Posts in Your Best Birth
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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Prepare for a Natural Birth

Congratulations! You're pregnant and looking into your options! 

If you're searching for ways to have a natural and unmedicated birth, you've come to the right place! Whether this is your first baby or you're a birthing pro, getting prepared is key. If you are committed to a natural birth and ready to put in the work, we are here to support you every step of the way.

So how do you turn this vision of a natural birth into a reality? 

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A Wedding Planner... But For Pregnancy + Birth

I'm currently planning a wedding and I'll be damned if it isn't one of the hardest things I've ever done. So many appointments, so much creative vision, and all of it leading up to this one monumental day where my life will change for the better. Not much different than the journey many expecting parents go through!

The other day I was speaking to Chelsea about my wedding and I mentioned how grateful I was for my Wedding Coordinator, Amber. It was in that conversation that I coined the phrase "Wedding Doula" and that got me thinking... Wedding Coordinators and Birth Doulas are basically the same.

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5 Reasons to Choose Private Prenatal Classes

When searching for childbirth and newborn care classes, our clients want the best! Hospital classes feel rushed, online classes feel impersonal, and not taking a class isn't really an option. For expecting parents looking for the best, most customizable childbirth classes in Long Beach and the surrounding areas, look no further!

At Doulas of Long Beach our educators specialize in meeting you exactly where you're at. Your in-home private classes are unique to your family, your style of learning, and designed to your birth & parenting preferences. Just in case you need a little more convincing, here are some additional bonuses to private prenatal classes. 

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Creating Your Birth Cave

Doulas are especially gifted at transforming ordinary places into relaxing and restful retreats. Our Postpartum Doulas work their magic day-in and day-out by creating "chill zones" to boost oxytocin and encourage bonding between new parents & their babies. 

But creating a relaxing and peaceful space is a bit more of a challenge for labor, especially for those birthing in a hospital. Challenging, yes... but not impossible! Today, our Birth Doulas are sharing their tips for creating your own birth cave no matter if you're birthing at a hospital, at home or a birth center. 

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