Mantras for Parenthood

We often talk with our birth doula clients about using affirmations and mantras to help with the birth process as they can be extremely helpful to cope. And in the same light, using affirmations as a new parent can be encouraging. Here are a few of our favorites:

Pregnancy, Birth, and Having a Newborn During A Power Outage

Whether you are (fast) approaching your estimated date of delivery, have a newborn, or just have little kids, the possibility of Hurricane Frances hitting Raleigh in the next few days is a bit scary!

Decoding the APGAR Test For Newborn Babies

The test is divided into 5 sections with each section receiving a score of 0 to 2. It is to help determine if the newborn needs immediate medical attention, but not to predict long-term health issues.

Provider Spotlight: Kelly Raney, Pelvic Floor PT

We have had the privilege of knowing Kelly Raney, PT, DPT, CFm, PRPC of EmergeOrtho, for a few years now, and are so happy to have connected with her.

Spinach Smoothie with Chocolate

This smoothie is packed with important nutrients and tastes great too!

Affirmations for Labor and Delivery

A popular way we support our birth clients is through verbal affirmations during labor and delivery.

Entertaining a Toddler While Nursing a Newborn

Learning about your new baby and how to nurse can be challenging enough, but also dealing with a busy toddler AND nursing a newborn? Well, that is when the Mom Superpowers really show.

Transitional Engorgement 

As your body is transitioning from colostrum to milk, breast engorgement can be a common, but very uncomfortable, symptom of that transition.

Breastfeeding Should Not Hurt

Pain is never normal, even during breastfeeding.

Building Your Frozen Breast Milk Supply 

A few of our favorite tips to building a freezer stash from our friends at Aeroflow Breastpumps!

Provider Spotlight: Veronica Kemeny of Women's Wellness Space

We have known Veronica Kemeny of Women's Wellness Space in Raleigh for about a year, and we so happy that we do!

Tips for Dealing with Unhelpful Family Members

Everyone gets excited to see a new baby, it is just natural. You should see the way my head whips around when a baby rolls by in a stroller. But sometimes, new parents don’t want those extra visitors coming to their home, even if it those visitors have the best intentions.

Protective Factors to Help Strengthen Your Growing Family

These five protective factors can help protect, build, strengthen and promote healthy parent and child development.

Tips For Dealing With Morning (All Day) Sickness During Pregnancy

Pregnancy books saying morning sickness just happens during the morning, and will be over soon. But sometimes that is always true!

The Golden Hour Redefined

The “Golden Hour” has become very popular to discuss within the birthing community in the past few years.

Healthy Sleep for Pregnant Women (Guest Blog from SleepHelp.org)

Are you pregnant or trying to become so? You may not know it yet, but sleep is an important part of pregnancy.

How to Choose a Daycare Center (Guest Blog from Maternity at Home)

If you are going back to work shortly after having your baby, leaving your little one in a daycare center for the first time can be quite difficult. However stressful and scary it is, choosing a good environment that is trustworthy will help you put your mind to rest.

Provider Spot: Autumn Ehsaei, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

At a recent health fair where we providing cooperate chair massage, we had the pleasure of running into Autumn Ehsaei of Perennial Nutrition, and we hit it off!