How did I break her? Maybe I should have put her down like my Aunt said, or was it that I didn't hold her enough like the internet said? The nurse said crying is good for her lungs but her tiny little body is so rigid and firm. She must be in pain.
...In a vacuum, yes caesarean births carry more risk than vaginal births but we don't birth in a vacuum. When you are that person who's birth is now more risky to continue vaginally, the caesarean risk can pale in comparison. Blanket statements like "risk of caesarean" don't account for the circumstances that require a person to birth via surgery, the ones where caesarean is safer in that moment than doing anything else. ...
With a sling, everywhere you can go, baby can too! Cliffs of Moher? No problem. Dunmore caves with it's 706 steps? Piece of cake. Even small things like navigating clothes shops and shopping centres is so much easier with a sling. Airports and children can be challenging! With your child in the sling you have one less worrybecause you know they are safe. Also, if your child is in the sling for takeoff and landing you don’t need the extra belt because you child is already firmly attached to you.
One of the biggest challenges new parents face is allocating sufficient opportunity for both partners to bond with the new baby.
Breastfeeding is primarily the role of the birthing parent and if you didn't already know, breastfeeding can be incredibly time consuming!
About two weeks into parenting is when we usually get the call from the new parents wondering how the partner can bond with their new baby. Our postpartum Doulas are highly skilled in newborn family adjustment and can ensure both partners experience valuable opportunity to bond with their baby.
Doula probably wasn't on your top ten list of careers during career guidance class at school. I imagine you were already somewhat into your professional career before you discovered what the definition of Doula is.
A professional support person providing compassionate, unbiased and non judgemental care to birthing people and their families in a non medical role through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and into parenting.
Having a baby is a life changing event! It's also a body changing event. Dublin Family Doulas know the immediate postpartum person like no other. Please enjoy six tips for the days after birth from Dublin Family Doulas Postpartum Doulas.
You've invited me into your birth place. You've trusted me with your fears, insecurities, moments of self doubt and you've taken strength from my words and my presence. That's what happens when you decide to hire a doula. The first time a Mother placed her newborn baby, moments old, into my arms it took my breath away.
Surviving Easter Mid Term with kids is no mean feat! Two weeks of glorious morning cuddles, mid afternoon madness and chocolate induced meltdowns. Like most parents, you're probably already bracing yourself, texting all your Mum friends and strategically scheduling playdates for every other day.
When I took my first Birth Doula Training a few years back, I left it excited and revved up to create my Doula Bag. It was amazing to me how the contents of our homes are often the greatest tools for comfort measures for labour and birth.
Around 38 weeks into your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife may begin to have conversations with you about the possibility of having a "Stretch and Sweep" or a "Membrane Sweep". They are the same thing with a different name.
Sex after birth appears to be quite the “hush hush” topic. With all the Rollercoaster Birth Month groups going on, our clients are still picking up the phone and asking us for information on having sex after birth because we are their trusted confidants.
We are Doulas, whether contracted for birth doula support or postpartum doula support, this is one question we can be almost guaranteed to come across. And you all know that there is nothing TMI for your Doula! Think of your Doula as your best friend who happens to know a lot about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting.
It seems the guidelines are always changing when it comes to safely making up your baby's bottles.
The Dublin Doulas pride ourselves on remaining current and up to date on current guidelines
We're also aware how easy it can be for misinformation to be shared among friends or handed down from generation to generation. We know your baby's health is your priority. This step by step information will help you safely prepare your baby's bottles.
Having a new baby is the perfect excuse for a 9 month long shopping spree. The list of options, gizmos and gadgets are never ending! We've been through all the stores and websites and shopped with many expectant parents. Here's our Newborn Essentials List. If there's anything you'd add, please let us know!