Most Products Labeled for Infant Sleep are NOT Safe | Here’s a Break Down of What’s What

Most Products Labeled for Infant Sleep are NOT Safe | Here’s a Break Down of What is What

Like many products geared to traveling with a baby or younger child are not safe (aftermarket car seat inserts, covers, and straps), most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe. Just look at the photo above. Looks innocent enough, right? Look again! The bumper pad attached to the side of the crib (even mesh bumpers) and what appears to be a mobile attached to the front of the crib, both go against recommendation for the safest sleep. “Sleepers” that are not safe for sleep, “safety straps” that are anything but safe.

It’s confusing, we know! ”

Safe sleep recommendations aren’t up for debate. We just want to give you a break down and sprinkle this blog post with science-based information so you can make choices you feel are best for you and your baby.

WARNING: This blog post may be triggering for some.

I want parents and caregivers to know that most products labeled for infant sleep are not safe for such.

“The advertisement and packaging show a baby sleeping. Doesn’t that mean the product is meant for such?” Baby products sell, especially products advertising more sleep for babies which ultimately means more sleep for parents. But buyer beware! Not all sleep is safe sleep! Products are marketed and sold every damn day and babies have died while using them. Some have been recalled, but many have not.

Like car seat safety (a blog for another day) science and research tell us that rear-facing is best until the age of 4-years old. Still, the AAP only goes as far as recommending rear-facing children until at least 2 years of age, therefore providing a false sense of security to those who don’t know 4 is really the safest we can get. While Florida law only requires that children 4 years old and younger use a separate car-seat or the vehicle’s built-in child seat, with no specification on rear-facing at all. Whhhaaaat?! Many people, naively assume if it’s legal then it must be safe, but again that’s incorrect. They don’t know what they don’t know!

Why wait until laws are passed and product gets recalled before we listen?

You may be on the right side of the law but does that mean we are doing our best we can for kids? My thoughts are, we have research and science on our sides. Let’s be proactive together! Through simple precautionary measures, together we can keep kiddos safer.

What’s the evidence say?

In the early 90’s the ABC Sleep campaign was introduced. ABC= Alone, on Back, and in a Crib. This campaign resulted in few infant deaths. We were on the right track! But, in more recent years death rates umong infants have begun to increase again. Most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe, yet buying these products is also on the rise.

Alone? What about bed-sharing?

Bed-sharing is discouraged by the AAP, but we understand that for some families bed-sharing is a necessity. The Jax Baby Company is not against or for bed-sharing, we are can’t recommend bed-sharing because of liability, but we do recognize that bed-sharing is something some families will want or need to do. There are safer ways to do it, we mention a few of those below. We could do a whole blog on that topic too, but that’s for another day! Together we can make a difference!

Infants ages 2 months to 4 months are at a heightened risk for SIDS.

Not to scare you, but did you know that? I had no idea until I had my third baby. Additionally, new evidence shows that soft bedding continues to pose hazards to babies who are 4 months and older. With boys, the risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is slightly elevated. Surprised? You’re not alone, less than 10% of parents know most (not all) of these things. The beauty of having us on your team is that we know all the things (or at least know where to find out fairly quickly) and we can help you learn all the things! All the while supporting you and your family in a way that is best for you and your lifestyle!

If most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe options how does one know what’s considered safe and what’s not?

Frankly, car seat safety and infant sleep topics are exhausting even as a professional in the field. So long as companies keep marketing and manufacturing products labeled for sleep and travel with kids there will always something new to learn. BUT it’s a topic we’re passionate to help families learn about!

What’s NOT approved for safest sleep:

In order to pass, a product must go through specific testing. It cannot pass if it has anything other than a 0-degree (0%) incline. That being said, just because it’s flat does not automatically make it safe. The Doc-A-Tot and in-bed co-sleepers are perfect examples of products that are flat but are NOT safe for sleep because they don’t pass one of those standards.

  • Rock-n-Play [a safer option is the Rock-n-Play portable bassinet
  • Car Seats [positional asphyxia is the biggest concern here]
  • Couch [the floor is safer in most cases]
  • Bouncer
  • In-bed co-sleepers or co-sleepers like the Doc-A-Tot (DAT)
  • MamaRoo
  • Swing
  • Crib Bumpers
  • Sleep Positioner/Wedge (even for babies with reflux)
  • Crib Tents
  • Blankets
  • Nap Nanny
  • Boppy

What IS approved for safest sleep:

The only approved sleep surface for an infant passes the standard for crib, cradle, bassinet, or play yard (PNP). If a sleep surface/mattress meets CPSC and ASTM standards, it is considered safe for sleep. Check current recalls and register your product, but remember recalls typically happen only once there have injuries or deaths involved. Be proactive, not reactive and back to basics is safest.

  • Majority of Pack-n-Plays like this one are fine
  • Most Mini cribs like this one are fine
  • Most Full-size cribs (NEVER a drop side crib, they’re illegal to sell new or used)
  • Tight fitting crib sheet, no blankets or bumpers, bare crib only

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:

  • Placing the baby on their back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, and soft toys. The crib should be bare, free of any blankets, gadgets, or pillows. Dress and adjust baby’s clothing so they will be comfortable through the night.
  • Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing (with a parent or caregiver) decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%
  • Don’t exposure baby to smoke, alcohol, or illicit drugs.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations. There’s no evidence that routine immunizations increase SIDS risk. Some evidence indicates immunizations can help prevent SIDS.
  • Breastfeeding is also recommended as added protection against SIDS. So long as you don’t doze off while nursing your baby, which tends to happen. If you feel sleepy or think there is a chance you may fall asleep or nod off while nursing your baby, nurse your baby on your bed, instead of a chair or couch. Make sure there are no pillows, blankets, or other items that could cause overheating or interfere, block, or obstruct your baby’s breathing. If you do fall asleep, upon waking move baby to their own sleep space.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Keep the room slightly cool, not too warm or hot
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices, including wedges or positioners, marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.

What’s the Verdict on Swaddling

“While the AAP has not taken an official stance on the practice of swaddling babies should not be swaddled past 2 months of age”, urges Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., FAAP, lead author of the AAP safe sleep guidelines and chair of the Task Force on SIDS. Many people continue to swaddle until their baby is starting to show signs of readiness for rolling from tummy to back. But the latest research indicates that we should stop swaddling by 8 weeks of age, by that time the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits. Even still swaddling should be done correctly to be considered safe and allow for proper hip and shoulder development.

More on Car Seats

The car seat (and or the base of the car seat) should be installed into your car following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Likewise, the child should also be correctly positioned and strapped into the car seat following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Slumping should be avoided especially in infants and children under two. Never leave them unattended. Do not allow blankets near their face. Check on them frequently while in the car and remove them from their seats promptly upon arrival. Positional Asphyxia happens when the position of one’s body blocks their airway.

The Latest on Rock-N-Plays in the News

The Rock-N-Play “sleeper” conflicts with the AAP’s recommendations for safe sleep environments for babies in order to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics states, “This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately. When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case.” (32 related deaths)

Give yourself a pat on the back for getting through this read!

Now that you know most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe options you can use the information you learned to create a plan for your own family! Who knows, perhaps you can help others along the way! As parents we are always learning new things, we follow our instincts, and do the best we can for our babies!

We have a full team ready to meet you where you’re at along your journey. We offer sleep support, sleep coaching and training, perinatal planning consults, nursery set up and organization, one-on-one personalized care and support for you, the newest member of your family, and everyone in between! Don’t delay, contact us today!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

-Elizabeth

Elizabeth Luke is the owner of The Jacksonville Baby Co., providing exceptional support and inclusive care for families welcoming babies in the Jacksonville, FL area since 2013. Helping families enjoy their births, their babies, and their sleep.

More resources for safe sleep:

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Announces-New-Safe-Sleep-Recommendations-to-Protect-Against-SIDS.aspx

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Urges-U-S-Consumer-Product-Safety-Commission-to-Recall-Fisher-Price-Rock-n-Play-Sleeper.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3VGc9JZGxoK9BpqaeF9fPGfrBL1wPpdVLHzJpF6OTZtENrNbfvFn3-V9U

https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlining.com/childcare/car-seats-and-positional-asphyxiation

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

https://www.astm.org/search/fullsite-search.html?query=infant%20sleep&

How Can a Postpartum and Infant Doula Help Me?

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How Can a Postpartum and Infant Doula Help Me?

You’ve heard the words postpartum and infant doula, but you’re wondering what exactly they mean together, what they do, and how can they help you?! First, you’re not alone! Most people have no idea what a postpartum and infant doula is. So breathe a sigh of relief you aren’t alone in the forest.

The word postpartum tends to get a bad rap.

Most people hear the word postpartum and immediately think of depression after a person gives birth.  Like prenatal and antenatal means during pregnancy, postpartum simply means the period of time after birth. Sure the postpartum time period can entail the baby blues, depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychosis, but it doesn’t always include those things.

A Postpartum and Infant Doula is a non-medical support person who is by your side after you have your baby!

While we can’t speak for all Doulas, First Coast Doulas are knowledgeable, trained, and skilled in compassionate care for families with babies!

While every family is different and their needs are unique there are challenges all new parents face. We add value to your family dynamics no matter what that looks like. Would you consider your family traditional, cool! Single parent home, you rock! Blended family, we love you all too! Polyamorous families, we see you!

So, how can a Postpartum and Infant Doula help?

Sleep

Be it your first baby or your fifth sleep is a key component of good mental and physical health. We help parents get the necessary amount of sleep day in and day out!

Nourishment

Keeping up after baby is no easy task. Keeping the body fueled is another component of good health. We prep snacks and meals and bring it right to your bedside. We’ll even run out for your cravings! Life is busier than ever, we got you!

Emotional Support

Having a baby brings out all of the emotions. Your doula knows! We’re skilled in the art of emotional attunement! From weepy, raging, and numb to everything in between we see it, we recognize it, and we are comfortable talking about it and being there to see you through it!

Companionship

You need to heal, rest, and care for baby. That doesn’t mean you should feel like an outcast or be confined to isolation. Ugh, we hear it all the time, “I feel so alone.” Your doula makes going out, or staying in more enjoyable. Your doula can tend to your baby while we all walk Target or grab lunch! On the flip side we can stay in, bake cookies, and watch your favorite episodes wth you too!

Team Work

A second set of hands, eyes, and a compassionate heart! We can wear your baby while you get a nap. Keeping him, her, or them soothed. We’re skilled in the art of toddler wrangling and bathing too! Calling in help doesn’t mean you can’t do it, it may just mean you are wise to value another compassionate human to give your babies attention too!

Self-Care

All this talk about self-care and no time for it sucks! Keep your hair appointment and book that massage, we’ll come along and keep baby happy and unwanted hands off! You can relax knowing that during a bubble bath or a phone call with your girlfriend on the patio your baby is with the very best and only a room away!

So, in short your postpartum and infant doula is like a magical unicorn! She appears when you need her most, anticipates your needs before you even know you need it, and she makes magic happen!

Laundry and dishes, done!

Laughs and a safe place to cry, she’s your girl!

Pizza and drink, just say wine or whiskey!

Ssshhhhh….it’s not really magic, but it sure feels like it! Contact our “magical unicorns” for a complimentary phone consult!

 

Why Women Want Their Placenta Encapsulated!

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Modern women have high expectations and they get exactly what they want when they set out to get it. While the act of consuming one’s own placenta after childbirth for personal benefits is a centuries old practice, it’s a relatively newer phenomenon to have your placenta encapsulated by someone else before consuming it.

Placenta encapsulation simply means that placenta is being dried and put into capsule form, making it a more socially acceptable way to consume one’s placenta.

In the past ten years placenta encapsulation has begun to increase in popularity, and rightfully so. Before this time the stigma surrounding consuming one’s own placenta held many women back from even considering this as a real option for postpartum balance, energy, and healing.

It’s no longer uncommon for a woman who is pregnant to seek out someone to encapsulate her placenta for her after birth. More and more women want their placenta encapsulated and are seeking those services. There are a number of reasons women want their placenta encapsulated, you can find the reasons here.

During my time as a birth and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and as the owner of a birth related business, I have come to realize something. Women are strong, capable, and they are determined, women want their placenta encapsulated, and know exactly what they want before they set out to find someone for the job!

In my experience, women paying for placenta encapsulation services will typically take one of two routes.

  • Route #1 Bargain Shopping- The primary focus of those who are choosing to go this route will be finding the person who can give them the best price possible. Discounts appeal to the bargain shopper. They would love things to be done as conveniently as possible, but do not have to have a high level of professionalism in order to make their selection. In addition, they will want someone who is available around their due date. Usually they ask minimal questions about standards, procedures, or reputability.
  • Route #2 Investment Shopping- The primary focus of those who are choosing to go this route will be finding someone who is legitimately providing services that are a good return on their investment. The investment shopper wants the best price possible, but is not willing to sacrifice high standards and professionalism. She wants to know her confidentiality is protected, and is highly attracted to having the encapsulation done safely, effectively, and conveniently in their own home.

Women want their placenta encapsulated and those who are hiring First Coast Doulas know that they will see a wonderful return on investment and their families will be set up for the best postpartum period possible. Having a First Coast Doulas Placenta Specialist who is also a birth and postpartum Doula is a nice perk for a new family to have visiting their home. Women know they’ll have a Placenta Specialist who is experienced, knowledgeable, following standards of excellence, and who is setting the bar as high as it can be set in Jacksonville, Florida.

Modern women want it all and they can have it with First Coast Doulas!

 

First Coast Doulas proudly provides Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, and Fernandina Beach Florida, as well as St Mary’s and Kingsland Georgia with safe, professional placenta encapsulation. We accept payments for those who would like that option and have gift certificates available for family and friends who wish to be part of your investment.

Contact us today to for a consultation!

Will Your Doula Be Right For You?

During pregnancy you are sustaining an incredible amount of physical and emotional change. There is never a time in your life where you will experience a more rapid change happening within your body. Your partner, if you have one is on this wild ride all his/her own. This is one of the most beautiful, most vulnerable times in your life and you are looking for a Doula who can attune to your needs. Those needs can and will look differently for each woman and her partner.

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That could mean you want a Doula who listens more than she speaks and validates your feelings.

You may want a Doula to help you and your partner form a plan so together you can easily navigate your birth experience with confidence.

Your partner may need a Doula who points him/her in the direction of evidence-based information and the you, the pregnant woman may just want someone to remind you to trust your intuition and vice versa.

Sometimes women know and readily admit, along with their partner, that while an amazing father and partner, during the last birth her partner was clueless and spaced out despite having taken a great childbirth education class, which left her feeling alone and him carrying the guilt bag with him for far too long.

One woman may want a Doula to help her communicate more effectively with her care providers or family and help her family of three transition to a family of four, provide comfort techniques, and educate her and her partner about birth and common interventions and procedures she may encounter.

Our clients know they can cry, moan, poop, fart, curse, ask their providers for an epidural, birth by cesarean, ask not to be touched, birth on their back, birth on all fours, create a birth plan and throw it out the window, leak amniotic fluid all over the floor, pee on themselves, walk around nude in labor, choose formula or breastmilk, disposables over cloth, babywearing or stroller pushing, yell at us during a contraction, hell they can leak milk from a third nipple, and NONE of that effects the level of compassionate support we provide or cause us to judge you or your partner or be disappointed in them, EVER!

We have no hidden agenda, our mission is to instill confidence and security in your growing family while helping you finding your path in birth and parenting.

Heather and I are a rare find on the First Coast! We are a dynamic duo, we are the right Doula for our clients, and neither of us have what it takes to pass judgment on you or compare you to anyone else. We have experience and training ranging from all natural, out of hospital birth to cesarean birth and VBAC, and everything in between. We meet you where you are and support you along your journey from pregnancy through postpartum.

It isn’t about what’s in our Doula bag or how much money we have to spend on fancy marketing and advertising, it isn’t about our experience or training, because it’s about YOU and we know it!

We connect, attune to our clients, and support. No ifs. No ands. No buts.

We provide continuity of care from pregnancy consultations, through childbirth education classes we build a foundation from the ground up. Our relationship from pregnancy through birth and into the postpartum period our support is just a natural progression of things.

Who wouldn’t choose Doulas who they have know can attune to their needs, are reliable, compassionate, and professional? Our clients are smart cookies, they know what sets us miles apart from the rest!

Contact us today and let’s do this!

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Baby Showers and Horror Stories

baby-701653_1280I have a bit of a bone to pick with this ubiquitous celebration.  If you’ve ever been to a baby shower, then you might already know where I am going here.

You see, baby showers have three main issues:

1.) They are usually a source of pressure and stress that emphasizes materialism.

2.)  They lack actually celebrating mother and baby, and oftentimes, subsequent children don’t get any sort of recognition.

and…

3.) They are the place where everybody who has given birth (or not, now thinking about it) decides that what the birthing woman wants to hear is horror stories.

So, to point #1-you don’t need most of the shit that you think you will or that you’ve registered for.  Really. In those first few months, a few essentials and a mother’s helper are the lifesavers.  By all means, DO ask for things from willing gift-givers, but honestly, one of the most beneficial gifts you could ask for is a birth and postpartum doula. She/he will help you find products and solutions that will work best for you!  That said, what if we had baby showers to simply celebrate this baby and this mom, as they are?

Point #2-and we hear this a lot-a mother grows again and wants to celebrate her new baby. Nobody else is excited, nor do they throw a party. Baby #2, 3, 10 is “just” another baby-they don’t need anything.  But if the point of the shower is to celebrate, as addressed above, then coming together to eat and give thoughtfully, should be a given.  It’s a way to support the mother on her continuing journey. It says: “this baby is loved and so are you”.

Point #3-for the love of all things good and great, can we please stop spewing birth horror stories, and conversely, postpartum nightmares? Can we agree that yes, this may be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life, but that it is also rewarding? Can we agree that every birth and postpartum period is completely different? And, can we agree that every single woman is STRONG? She can do this. YOU can do this. Instead, share your favorite moments of your birth; share how your support person uplifted you.

Think before you decide to say something like:  “you’ll need that epidural”, “nobody gets a trophy for going natural”, or “say goodbye to sleep now”. These are NOT supportive. They neither add insight nor plausible solutions, and even more so, they are full of implied judgement on the capabilities of the woman.

Encourage your pregnant friend, cousin, or acquaintance and let her know you are there to share in her joy and happiness, and that you will listen to her fears and concerns, rather than adding your own.

 

Nursing Munchies

Why isn't that plate FULL???
Why isn’t that plate FULL???

 

GIVE ME ALL THE FOOD!!!

This is what it can look or sound like. Seriously.  Nursing can be a challenge for many other reasons such as cracked nipples, engorgement, pumping, the list goes on. (Don’t fret, it isn’t always difficult and there are loads of resources).  Many, many women have a relatively easy time nursing. That said, one thing that unites us all…

Ah! The hunger. Near constant hunger. All the time. It brings you back to your days as a rebellious youth who might have dabbled in some (un)savory habits. Breastfeeding your baby and you have the munchies.

So what to do? EAT. Shop for all the food. Stockpile all the food. Then eat all the food.

Okay, not really, but there are some solutions.  Always have some key foods on hand. Easy to grab, easy to eat, and full of goodness. Your partner and your postpartum doula can take care of the heavy duty cooking.  After all, the reason you’re so hungry is because your body is using all those calories (from all the food) to make breastmilk!

You’ll want to eat foods that are high in protein and complex carbs. Fats will help with satiation and a high water content is a must to deal with near-constant thirst.

So, we present the 5 best snacks:

  • Fruit (watermelon chunks, grapes, apples)
  • Nuts (unsalted cashews, pistachios, almonds)
  • Cheese (colby-jack cubes are perfect)
  • Veggies (celery w/peanut butter and raisins, carrots, jicama)
  • Little pre-made sandwiches and wraps (get the recipe here)

 

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Cesarean Birth Recovery Essentials

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Cesarean Birth Recovery Essentials

Cesarean birth recovery is a question we get asked about alot. Are you planning a cesarean birth? Do you want to be prepared in the instance that you may need one? Keep this short list handy!  Be sure to print this so that you can bring it with you on your next shopping trip!

Compression Splint or Belly Band

Trust us! After having major abdominal surgery, your core will likely be weakened and sore.  A compression splint helps with the immediate balance, alignment, and pain issues that can arise. Laughing, sneezing, walking…and using the bathroom can be really difficult.  By placing continuous counter-pressure, the splint will manually keep the muscles and incision “in place”.  A splint is definitely for the short-term, however.  There are many on the market, ranging from very inexpensive to top-dollar. Even Kourtney Kardashian has espoused using a post-pregnancy wrap (The Belly Bandit), though I can’t speak personally to this brand’s comfort or effectiveness for cesarean birth recovery.

Comfortable Underwear/Bottoms

Because your incision could be easily irritated, you’ll appreciate little to no contact with it, especially itchy, scratchy elastic.  There are a few options to consider.  You could get cheap, replaceable high waist briefs, or you could opt for the “no-line” panties which don’t have the typical waistband.  Another option to consider is the C-panty, which serves as both a compression/binder AND comfortable underwear during cesarean birth recovery.

In addition, denim shorts and pants may irritate you. This would be the perfect time to splurge on some cute sweats and yoga pants!

Snack and Entertainment Basket

A MUST have.  It is really super-duper important that you rest, restore, and bond with baby after a cesarean birth.  (Very) minimal walking is okay (provided your doctor or midwife says so); however, you’ll want to avoid excessive up and downs, walking, lifting, etc. This is especially true if you live in a two story home. But a girl’s gotta eat-right? The solution:  set up an awesome area where you are comfortable and happy.  Have some snacks, books, your tablet, essential oils, lotion, music, remote, and the baby’s essentials in arm’s reach.  Make it YOU, make it CUTE. Remember-you NEED to pamper yourself during this time so that you can pamper baby too!

Postpartum Support

This is paramount and often forgotten. In American culture there is this highly valued thing called independence. We sure put a lot of emphasis on it. We are strong, we can handle hard things! This is definitely true. We are resilient, we bounce back….birth recivery is different, especially cesarean birth recovery. Our bodies, despite how we may or may not feel, need to heal and that takes a full 6 weeks. Line up your support system. Your partner, family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, church family, and of course your postpartum & newborn doula.

Having people support and serve you for at least 6 weeks after cesarean birth is invaluable and we have built First Coast Doulas to do just that!

Do not be afraid to ask for help. This is the one time in your life you absolutely should be that person who asks and fully accepts help. If speaking up isn’t your strong suit, have them choose from pre-selected tasks, that will help you most. Better still, have your postpartum doula delegate tasks to best support your cesarean birth recovery. A First Coast postpartum doula will intuitively know *what* and *how* to help you to a relaxing recovery.

Get the Cesarean Birth Recovery Printable here!

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Do I need a Doula for Birth?

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Do I Need a Doula for Birth?

You feel as ready as you’ll ever be for your upcoming birth.  You’ve selected your doctor or midwife, you have hospital bag ready, and your pregnancy pillow is packed. But then, someone drops a bomb and asks, “Whose your doula?”

So your research begins.

What is a doula? Do I need a doula for birth? Sounds neat, but do I really need a doula. I have my partner and my mom/sister/best friend. What can a doula do that they can’t.  So you wonder again, “do I need a doula for my birth?”

The answer is no!

You don’t need a doula. Nope. You don’t. You have the power to birth and parent that baby all by yourself. But let us ask you-do you need that designer purse? A massage? Or that wonderful hazelnut macchiato (made skinny, half-caf)? No…but, they make life a little better, and in general, much more enjoyable.

We don’t have expectations for your birth and postpartum, except that you feel like you are in control of your experience. We help you get the resources and information that matters to you.  We cheer you on when you make choices that you’re happy with. We comfort you when the sensation of birth becomes intense or when the exhaustion of new motherhood sets in.  We encourage your partner to attune to you and the process as you become a family.  We give him/her tips on how to make birth and parenting a little easier for you all. We strive to keep the atmosphere calm and discourage expectations and judgments of family who are emotionally invested in your choices. We are objective experts in how to help your birth and postpartum be easier, whether that be by massaging your back, reminding you to eat and breathe, or really listening to your fears when things may deviate from your plans. We can’t guarantee outcomes, but we can guarantee unconditional SUPPORT. We are professionals who are passionate about instilling confidence in your family, and making sure you know how powerful and capable you are.

If you’d like to find out more about how First Coast Doulas can support you as you birth and parent, set up a meet and greet with us today!