Essential Oils for Labor & Birth

One of the key items in my “birth doula bag” are essential oils. They have the power to transform a sterile, cold, hospital room into an inviting, relaxing, and cozy space. Last month I shared my favorite essential oils for pregnancy which I invite you to read through first if you’re new to essential oils. Use in labor is becoming more mainstream especially now that research shows there are benefits, specifically for pain relief. I’ve noticed that not only do essential oils assist the laboring mom, they also provide benefits to others in the birthing room. I cannot tell you how many times a doctor, nurse, or midwife has walked into the room, smelled the essential oils, and commented on the relaxing effects. I’ve personally witnessed stressed nurses relax in an instant upon inhaling the aromas diffusing in the room. It’s beautiful to see and proves to me that these powerful plant derivatives serve a great purpose in labor & delivery.

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Postpartum Doula Tips: Baby's First Bath

Bringing your baby home is unlike any other experience you’ll ever have. It is a perfect combination of love, excitement, nerves, and even some fear. That is why having a postpartum doula is such an asset. We are there to meet you exactly where you’re at, help you honor that excitement while also calming the nerves.

One of the most nerve wrecking things you’ll go through as a brand new parent is that first bath. It doesn’t seem that difficult, but once you’re in it, you’re so scared you’ll hurt your baby, that your baby will be too cold, or that your baby will slip out of your hands! Add those nerves to your sleep deprivation and being sore from giving birth and you can imagine how overwhelming that moment can be.

This is why the first bath is one of my favorite moments to guide new parents through. It is a transitional moment, one that once completed, helps boost your confidence as a parent and strengthens your bond as a couple and a family.

Though each bath after that first gets easier and easier, it can still be a stressful process for several weeks or months. So here are a few tips from me to you on giving your baby a bath.

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Creating a Bedtime Routine for Your Baby

Are you ready to help your baby have smoother sleep at night?

Do you wish your baby would sleep longer stretches?

If so, you are not alone!

With so many different methods sleep training methods to consider, it can be overwhelming trying to get your baby on a schedule. So I want you to throw out the concept of a sleep training method and just focus on this one foundational element: a peaceful bedtime routine.

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Essential Oils for Pregnancy

One of my favorite things about being a doula and childbirth educator is helping educate people on pregnancy, birth, and parenting. This takes many forms and is always unique to each family I work with. Recently I’ve had a lot of people ask me about essential oils. I use them in my everyday life and love them, but I am not an aromatherapist so there’s a fine line when educating on this topic, especially if people are looking for treatment from a particular ailment. I’ll share some of my favorite everyday uses for essential oils in pregnancy and want to encourage you to do your own research as well.

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Get Better Sleep in Pregnancy!

Sleeping becomes increasingly difficult in pregnancy, as your belly grows and your bladder gets squished to oblivion. As the weeks and months pass you might notice what used to be 8 hours of peaceful sleep each night is slowly dwindling to 6 hours or even 5. While this could be nature’s way of preparing your for less sleep with a newborn, getting enough night sleep is still to your benefit. Sleep doesn’t have to be a thing of the past! Here are a few tips to help you get the best sleep during pregnancy…

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An Overnight Visit with a Postpartum Doula + Newborn Baby

Overnight care is one of our most popular services here at Doulas of of Long Beach! Do you keep hearing about your friends or co-workers who’ve hired overnight support with the help of a postpartum doula, baby nurse or newborn nanny and are curious what exactly this kind of support looks like? 

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In the Spotlight: Dr. Cecilia Betencourt

Many of our clients want to know about and do ALL the things to help them prepare for birth. One of our biggest recommendations is chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Not only does it help with the pregnancy aches and pains that are so common, but it can make for an easier, more comfortable birth!

This month we sat down with Dr. Cecilia Betencourt, a Long Beach chiropractor that specializes in prenatal and family care. Cecilia is such a ray of sunshine and we’re so happy to know her. We’re confident that she will support you and your family in your wellness goals and that your lives will be all the better for it! We’re excited to share some of her wisdom and thoughts on the benefits of chiropractic care.

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Your Doula is an Investment

You’ve finally gotten your partner on board with your plan to hire a doula. You’ve shared about all the wonderful ways that a birth and postpartum doula will support your entire family. You’ve even set up some a consultation with us to find the right doula for you.

But then your partner starts expressing some hesitancy about the cost…

“Why is it so expensive?”
”Is a doula worth the money?”
”What if we don’t need the support in the end?”

In all honesty, this is the number one form of resistance we hear, especially from spouses or partners. And we get it. Having a baby isn’t cheap and finances ultimately play a large role when deciding what kind of support you have before, during, and after the birth of your baby.

So let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about why doula support costs what it does and the intrinsic value of doula services.

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