Love Is In The Air!

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It’s February and love is in the air! Sure, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but I’m talking about a different kind of love. On Monday, January 2nd at 11:32 am my beautiful niece, Allie Marie, was born. Since she came into this world at 19 inches and 6 lbs and 13 oz, I have been completely, head-over-heels, in love!

Baby AllieAs a postpartum doula, certified lactation educator counselor and newborn care specialist, I provide families with a wide array of services. I have always loved babies and helping parents adapt to family life. It’s my great privilege to witness some of the most intimate moments in a newborn and infant’s life. L.A. Doula Care is built on the principle of bringing the village back to the new mother. What makes this Valentine’s Day even sweeter is that I get to do this for my own sister and her family.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones, whoever they may be!

Getting Social

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As you know, I’ve been busy building L.A. Doula Care. Caring for newborns, new moms and families is my passion! My role, as a Certified Postpartum Doula, is to bring “the village” back to the new mother. I have the privilege of working with people in what is often a very vulnerable time in their lives and I take this responsibility very seriously.

Hopefully you can forgive me, then, for not spending as much time on my social media. Until now! I’m thrilled to be expanding my efforts and contributing more about my experience, my life and my love for doula care. What does this mean? It means you’ll start to see more from me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and this blog. 

If you’re pregnant, thinking about having a baby, newly married, interested in becoming a doula, curious about life as a doula or just friendly and see me online, say hello! I can’t wait to meet you!

Foods That Promote Lactation

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Welcome to my first blog entry! Thank you for checking it out. Please note that these entries stem from my experiences with babies, children, and families and are solely in my opinion only. Please e-mail me to suggest other topics of interest and I’d appreciate any feedback you may have!

A great place to start is with a discussion of healthy foods that promote lactation. First, we must review the basics. A balanced diet, hydration, and a low-stress environment are three factors that will help the new mother produce that “liquid gold.” If she has all three of those covered and still feels like she needs a boost, she can consider the below lactation-promoting foods.

  • Lactation cookies (available for order; please inquire via e-mail)
  • Mother’s Milk Tea
  • Garlic or garlic pills
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green papaya (technically raw papaya)
  • Nuts (specifically almonds or macadamia nuts)
  • Steel cut oats
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Carrots
  • Ginger

For lowering her stress levels, she can consider carving a little bit of time out for something she enjoys everyday. Meditation, reading, or writing may be good outlets for the new mother. Also, I’m a huge advocate for acupuncture; it works wonders on stress and all sorts of physical and emotional concerns.

Good luck to you and enjoy your journey!