Say What You Mean

Have you heard phrases like, "my doctor is letting me" or "I had to do xyz"? How we speak, how we interpret, how we view birth matters. It truly makes a difference for people around us and for future generations.

Parenting

Doula Spotlight | Postpartum Doula in Castle Rock, CO

Immediately postpartum, families are left with a brand new baby, a million pediatric appointments to attend, and a single postpartum visit to get the "A-OK." Sometimes they get more postpartum check ups, for example if they've had a home birth, the midwife will come between three and five times postpartum, and ask questions about their emotional state and how things are going, but it's often still a medical assessment for mom and baby. Sometimes new parents have family in town to help out, amidst vying for the new baby's attention. All to often, the important things about your postpartum healing and parenting journey are left unattended to. Enter the postpartum doula.

I had the great pleasure of meeting with Tara Snide. She is a baby guru, breastfeeding expert, and postpartum professional, based out of Castle Rock, Colorado. She works for families in the South Denver Metro Region, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs! 

Tara specializes in assisting with families with twins, and also loves working with "newborn families" aka those who have just had their first babies! She's great at helping your family adjust to another new addition as well. Let's face it, she loves it all!

I asked Tara some questions about her role as a postpartum doula.

What makes your postpartum support so unique?

Families often don't know what they want, or what they will best benefit from, so I help them with that by working a regular schedule of 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. (This schedule fills fast, so schedule your free phone consultation today!) With this schedule, they wake up knowing I will be there in just a few short hours. No more, "What am I going to do?" "How am I going to make it to bedtime?" We often start by discussing how the night went, and meet the immediate needs first. I then model self-care, and help them establish a routine for the day. I answer any pertinent questions they have, and fill whatever roles they need me to.

How do you help families? Do all families benefit from hiring a postpartum doula?

I believe every newborn family can benefit from an in-home visit with a postpartum doula. Whether they have questions about breastfeeding, belly binding, swaddling, sleep routines, babywearing, nutrition, self-care, or parenting.... I am there to teach, support and model best practices on their parenting journey. 

A postpartum doula's job is to not only support new families, but help them get that feeling of

"I CAN do this!"

That is just what Tara does with the support she provides.

Three things really stood out to me in meeting with Tara; her follow through with families, her work with dads, and the importance she places on self care. In Birth Boot Camp, we have a strong focus on preparing dads, and Tara also recognizes the importance of building confidence and parenting skills in dads. Tara's work isn't finished at a specific age of your baby, it continues as long as families need her expertise; even if that's later on in your parenting journey. Tara recognizes the relationship she builds with families, and will be there for you anytime in your parenting journey. Self care is quite possibly the biggest element missing from a healthy and happy postpartum adjustment. It is the number one thing that moms struggle with throughout motherhood. Tara's postpartum support fills the gap between medical care and compassionate attention for your postpartum needs.

Do you want to practice more self care? Are you having twins? Are you looking for a routine that fits your family dynamics? Do you want help with sleep, breastfeeding, swaddling, babywearing, or to gain confidence in your own abilities to care for your newborn? Call Tara today!

Placenta Without Fear

Know The Facts: Placenta Encapsulation Processes & Protocols

The downloadable Placenta Encapsulation Manifesto includes details on processes and protocols, contraindications, and considerations for placenta encapsulation, to promote and encourage discussion regarding this postpartum option available to parents.

Labor & Birth

Easing Labor Pain May Help Reduce Postpartum Depression

A recent study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) looked at 201 women who received epidural analgesia, the study found those with more pain relief during labor had lower scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). What does this mean for mother's planning a natural birth? A  closer look at the ASA Studies (this one from 2016, and another from 2014) reveal...

Pregnancy

More Than "A Little Case Of Hyperemesis"

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. Finding appropriate care for HG is a serious challenge for women faced with the condition. 

Help! I Want to Change My Care Provider! Is it too late?

So you have discovered that your first (or second, or maybe third) choice of care providers isn't right for you. Don't sweat it! I've been there too.

I teach childbirth classes, and a big component of our curriculum is helping students, parents just like you and me, learn what mother-friendly care is, and understand the importance of choosing the right birth team. And as a doula, I help parents formulate questions to pick the right care provider for their birth. But sometimes, despite all our best efforts, the need arises to change care providers.

The Best Butterbeer Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)

Everyone knows you gotta satisfy that sugar craving, and it won't always be in a healthy way. So here's THE BEST (cold) Butterbeer Recipe you will ever concoct! A cold, delicious, non-alcoholic beverage for two!

 

the best butterbeer

Combine

  • 2 tbsp butterscotch desert topping
  • 1 tbsp melted butter

Add in 

  • 3/4 cup of cool whip
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow creme

Pour slowly over

  • 1 can of cream soda (split into two cups) or 2 cans of soda if you please
  • 1/2 tbsp (also divided) warmed butterscoth

Gently mix

 

Enjoy

Breastfeeding With A Cleft Lip & Palate | It Can Be Done

I am proud to introduce to you my dear friend and our guest blogger, Rachel Morgan, here to talk about her experience nursing her baby through special circumstances, in which moms are told, "it can't be done."

One month ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Like most soon-to-be mothers, I envisioned bringing my nursling up to my breast moments after birth, allowing him to root around until he found just the right spot to begin suckling.