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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
You've peed on the stick. You've seen the plus sign. You've freaked out with your spouse, your family and your friends. It's finally sunk in: you're going to be a parent! As the excitement abounds so do the nerves, the questions, and the what ifs. You start to do some research and get overwhelmed with the impending decisions...
What childbirth class should I take?
What hospital should I birth at?
How do I create a birth plan?
What baby gear should I register for?
Hi there! Thank you for stopping by to our little corner of the internet! We'd love to share with you a little bit about Doulas of Long Beach and how we came to be.
We are Lauren Jacobs and Chelsea Lynn Croce and we are your neighborhood doulas!
We founded Doulas of Long Beach in the Winter of 2017 and are excited to serve this vibrant community with love, compassion, and unconditional support. Together we have vetted and hired a team of professional doulas to serve every family and every choice. Our doulas are the best of the best and they will wholeheartedly support you through the ups and downs, and the joys and fears of pregnancy, parenthood and beyond.Read More