March 18th, 2012

Has no taste at all – says Dad

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March 16th, 2012

watched a dad ‘taste’ the placenta – what flavour??

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March 5th, 2012

Spring – an amazing time to enjoy.  We get so excited that the weather is changing and warming up, getting rid of the boots and heavy jackets.  Well for me along with Spring is the start of a wonderful season of New Babies!!  I so love being immersed in Birth 🙂

Yesterday an adorable little girl arrived ‘early’, perfect in all ways.  This had been a long awaited event for her parents, and the whole labor and birth was surprisingly quick, especially (and thankfully) for her mother!  What was the best part for me?  For ten minutes, I had stood beside  Dad, as he helped catch his daughter and place her on Mum’s chest.  He was so excited about catching his baby he didn’t look to see what sex the baby was.  Maybe the tears of joy peaking from the corner of his eyes,  made it hard to see 🙂   Mum was asking what they had, with no response from a stunned Dad, she lifted the baby’s leg and screamed, It’s A Girl!  and then the tears ran down Mum’s cheeks.  They both believed it might be a boy, then the discovery of their daughter, brought enormous serge of excitement for both parents.

It is no wonder that a Doula loves what she does, the excitement of Birth in all ways – shapes – forms – is addicting.

I am looking forward to a full new season of Beautiful Babies and Over the Moon Excited Parents!!

 

Call me soon if you are looking for my services – this is going to be a very busy year!

My book is a perfect gift for a baby shower or to yourself – lots of tips on how to prepare for labor and birth – and some awesome Birth Stories from some of my past clients

www.whatdoesadoulado.com (for an autographed copy);   from Kindle  or  Amazon  – enjoy the read

 

 

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February 23rd, 2012

I am enjoying the post partum Doula work that has come to me lately.  I love that I get to hold and ‘play’ with new borns.  Rocking them back to sleep, or changing a diaper.  The change of pace is something I didn’t expect, and has given me lots of ideas on how to better service women and families.   I am putting together a Collective of Doulas and Service Providers in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland very soon.  I am putting together a long list of what we will offer to the public, but if you can think of something that would make your pregnancy,  labor and first few months easier, please reply to this blog.  I will try and accommodate by finding and having that Service Provider listed on our Website.

Looking forward to this very soon……..

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February 19th, 2012

When we became pregnant of Daniel we didn’t think twice to choose midwifery care. We had the feeling that the midwifes would give us the most personal approach and would do everything to support  a natural birth. Now that our son is four weeks old and we look back.  At one of the birth nights at the midwifery centre a doula, Katie spoke about how she could support couples both during the delivery, but also post-partum. As first time parents she really got our attention, because we were both feeling a bit anxious about the whole labour process, but also if we would be up to speed right away to start taking care of our baby.

We felt a really good connection with Katie, so we asked a couple of weeks later if she wanted to be our birthing doula and luckily she said yes! As the delivery date was pretty close to her holidays, she also arranged for Kim, our second doula, in case she couldn’t be there. In the end we were lucky and could have both, because Katie helped us during the start of labour and Kim did the second part. They were both wonderful in supporting us through the whole process. The start of labour did not progress really fast, but Katie got us through it. She supported Cécile with pain relief methods, like the TEN’s device, massage and different positions, but also supported Edwin in helping him to help. It helped Cecile a lot just to be able to hold Katie’s hand during every contraction, knowing somebody was there to help her deal with them. Kim got us through the second part of labour and helped really well with Cécile to push. We think that without them it would not have ended in a natural birth, so you could say that their help is really invaluable!

The day after we got out of the hospital we had our post-partum doula helping us at home. She added a whole different dimension of help. As our family and nearest friends are all in Europe, we were looking for some support and also help in the household. The doula helped us with that, but what was much more important, she managed to get us into our new rhythm very fast and made us feel much more comfortable taking care of our son. The first time she came, the first priority was breastfeeding. With her help we got that going from the first day, which was amazing as we thought it wasn’t going really well when we left the hospital. With all of her experience and calm approach she taught us all the small details (and let us learn by ourselves). Thinks like how to latch, what’s a good latch, which positions work, burping, etc. They teach you these things during prenatal class and in the hospital, but you only really really get it when you take the time at home with an experienced person to support. Also, the first day at home we realized we were clueless about what was going on. Why is Daniel crying right now, when should we feed him, why doesn’t he like to sleep in the bassinet, so where are we going to put him to sleep, what’s the right diaper size for him, how and when do we bath him……well….the list goes on and on :-).    After 4 weeks it feels like Daniel has been with us forever. We’ve established a routine and feel very comfortable taking care of him.

Hiring our doulas has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Cecile and Edwin

 

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January 24th, 2012

I just took the CAPPA Post Partum training, and am so excited to offer this along with my Birthing services.    I am happy to offer a whole package, attending your birth and afterwards helping you as you adjust to baby at home.

At this time my services are:  private prenatal birth preparation visits; continuous assistance during labor and birth; breast feeding help both after birth and into the post partum period; placenta encapsulation; post partum assistance; a birth story; Reiki treatments.

I look forward to hearing from you about your birth requirements.

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January 19th, 2012

We finally got our snow in Vancouver – thank heavens I have no girls due.  I love everything about snow – except driving in it.  My part of town didn’t get the huge dump like everyone else, which is fine with me.

I am excited to be taking the Doula Post Partum course this weekend, and offering this service to clients.  I am venturing into this work, and am looking forward to taking care of mamas and their baby and/or family.  Maybe on my down time I will get started on my next published project!!  🙂

Enjoy this weather, it will soon be hot and sunny again, but till then let’s admire the beauty in this season.

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January 4th, 2012

I believe that the baby (in spirit) ‘chooses their parents’ – not the old saying “you can pick your friends not your parents” – so to all you mums out there, this baby inside you is listening to everything, and feeling every thought; and waiting anxiously to meet you. He/She picked you to be it’s perfect mum, smile! you are blessed

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January 4th, 2012

I had 74 births in 2011!  I say WOW to be so blessed – thank you to all of my clients, for allowing me to journey with you at your baby’s birth.  I had my last baby on Dec 31 at 8:30 a.m. and my first birth of the year Jan 2 at 10:12 a.m.

I would love to have twins this year – I have had lots of ‘twin’ clients but not the birth.  I look forward to being at your birth – even if you aren’t having twins!!   🙂

 

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December 30th, 2011

My last client of the year, due Dec 23 is secretly wishing her baby is born in 2012!  This past month I have attended ten births, and two just since the early morning of Dec 28.  I surprisingly had 3 days at Christmas off, and am hoping that I don’t get a call New Years eve.  I now sit exhausted! and in total and complete joy, for the parents I have helped, bring their babies into this world in 2011.   I attended a total of 73 births this year, wow !! how did I do it??  I know my year went by sooo fast, probably because I was working at my passion – BIRTH!     I thank the Universe for helping me keep my schedule on track – I rely on them so I don’t over lap and have a conflict in labouring mamas.  They did throw me a few loops; like back to back births several times, but I attended all.  Except for the bit of time I took off; I believe I was away for two births.  All in all this was a fabulous year, now for the coming year………

 

2012 is going to be very successful – if we chose it to be.  For myself; fewer births and delving into Post Partum work.  I have not as yet professionally experienced this side of the birthing picture and I look forward to having more time with babies that I am helping arrive.  I so enjoyed my four boys when they were new, the precious wee babes are a mystery and a delight 🙂   I look forward to working with mums and dads this ‘year of enlightenment’, 2012 should prove to be the start of a new world.  My schedule is starting to book up, so please contact me soon if you are looking for either doula work or combination birth/postpartum doula work.  As always I look forward to helping you birth your baby.

Enjoy your New Year’s celebration, be safe.   I wish everyone an abundance of love – peace – joy as we all live together on this glorious planet.

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