Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day! Happy Love day to all my clients: then, now, and coming! People love to make a big deal about random holidays! I feel like it can be over-rated sometimes. I swear by life being about the little things! So make every day a love day. Show your appreciate to your spouse, those babies, toddlers, and teenagers often; not just one or two days a year.

Also, enjoy Valentine’s Day, and hopefully there is a bit chocolate on this day for you!

Now that that is off my chest! Hello mid-February! My plans for you continue to be thwarted by gorgeous babies arriving. Not that I am complaining! Who doesn’t love a squishy baby who arrives into the world bringing a whole new understanding of the meaning of love?

Plans for February have been about being really consistent with postings things, but I am still working on relevant content for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. I am also getting better about blogging on a regular basis so that I always have new things going up on my website! I want there to be good information on my website so that anyone who ends up on my page can find something helpful for their journey.

The next two weeks I will have an updated resource page, as well as new ways to stay in communication with me during our journey as client and doula. I might even get crazy and do a video. Stay tuned….

To follow my current happenings: http://www.facebook.com/allthingsdoulaservices

To see my current availability:

http://www.allthingsdoula.com/contact

Hello

Hello! I thought it was past time to do an introduction! My name is Sarah Newton! I recently moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia after serving birth and postpartum clients for the last 3 years in the Richmond area. Prior to that I spent 6 years serving families in Missouri.

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I am loving the area, and working on submersing myself in the birthing community! It’s hard to know what everyone would like to know about me, but here we go.

I began my doula journey 9 years ago! My first doula baby was born January 21st, 2011. I took a DONA birth doula training and have been certified since. I even had the pleasure of doing the training under the doula I had with my daughter. This was followed by 2 DONA postpartum trainings! It’s hard to believe I am 9 years into this doula work. I didn’t even know I was passionate about birth until I had a doula and things just sort of seemed to fall into place.

Experience

In the last 9 years, I have attended over 134 births, 30+ postpartum families supported, and have spent hundreds of hours helping families transition into this new period of life. Nothing about what I do is boring and I love every part of being a doula.

To continue this introduction, I am a 37 years old, married, with 2 kids. This journey has followed my husband through multiple job changes that have officially brought us to Fredericksburg, Virginia. I have spent the last few months working on meeting new doulas, checking out the local hospitals, giving my website a face lift, and getting ready for all the amazing things that 2020 has to offer. Which leads me to the following: availability!!!

I am currently available for new clients for the following:

March: 2 births (postpartum availability on a case to case basis, depending on client needs)

April: 2 births (postpartum availability on a case to case basis, depending on client needs)

May: 1 birth (postpartum availability on a case to case basis, depending on client needs)

June: 2 births (postpartum availability on a case to case basis, depending on client needs)

July: 2 births (postpartum availability on a case to case basis, depending on client needs)

** Introduction to what I do via free consultations are always an option! That way we can truly see if we are a good fit for client/doula**

I would love to chat with you and see if we are a good fit! Click to take you to my contact page! I look forward to hearing from you!

You can also follow me on my Instagram (@allthingsdoula) account!

And my Facebook page is another way for us to connect!

Doulas and Birth Tools 2

Doulas and Birth Tools

Part 2

 

The CUB, comfortable upright birth, is an amazing tool for birth professionals, and is now being offered within the United States. As a doula for over 7 years, I am always looking for good tools for my birthing bag. Ones that are really affective and are small enough to carry with me into a birth. The CUB definitely fits into this category.

It has the capacity to replace 3-4 other tools, which makes it an excellent tool for birth doulas to take with them.  I am looking forward to using this, and testing its ability to help my clients.

I have read up on some of the statistics for birthing upright. It’s pretty awesome that birthing in an upright position can encourage these kind of birth statistics. Including the following:

  • Allows for 28-30% more space in the pelvis
  • Contractions can be more effective in an upright position
  • 23% less likely to require medical intervention
  • Baby is 54% less likely to become distressed
  • 29% reduction in c-section rates
  • Shorter lengths of labor
  • 21% reduction in episiotomy rates
  • Less need for an epidural

It can give you more stability with it being stationary, so I can imagine that the mother would feel safer on it. The safer a woman feels when in labor, the easier it is for the body to relax. And a relaxed body allows those contractions to work more efficiently at opening the cervix and bringing that baby down.

Whatever I need to do as a doula to help create a good environment to labor in, good coping skills, position changes, and support, I do it. For me, I definitely have to think about what I teach, what skills I bring, and the tools as well. A fully stocked doula bag is worth its weight in gold. Sometimes you never use anything in your doula bag, other times you use EVERY single item from it. That being said, make sure you have good things in your bag!

Variety

The CUB allows you to use a variety of positions to labor in all while being supported, allowing you to sit on it alone, or even with the presence of a partner. It has the ability to help a laboring woman with an epidural get into a good position as well, to utilize gravity the best. You can squat with it as well, but still have something to lean on. On all fours is an excellent position, as well as on one knee. It also can mimic sitting on a toilet, which is a common place for homebirthing mothers to labor.

It has the added benefit of being used during pregnancy for comfort, and helping with position of baby. This is above and beyond its benefits during labor. The use of one item having so many benefits all wrapped up together is phenomenal. I am beyond excited to utilize the CUB when it arrives and I can put it into practice with my doula clients. There are no negatives to the use of such a tool!

If wanting more information:

http://www.the-cub-usa.com