12 Gifts of Christmas - Day 2 Baby Wrap

We’re back!!

Congratulations to the winner from yesterday, we hope you love your HaaKaa!

Today’s gift is a baby wrap!

Your new baby’s whole world has been with mom, she has always felt your warmth and listened to your heartbeat, she’s always enjoyed the sway of you walking around and that snug and safe feeling.
What better way to bond with your baby than to recreate that feeling and get some much needed cuddles?
Baby Wearing!
Yes, I said ‘wearing’ this years winter accessory is, babies!
When it comes to your options on baby carriers there are dozens of styles and brands and colors it can be very overwhelming.
You can ask any mom and they will probably have a carrier that they just swear by and their baby loved, but you’ll turn around and have another mom that hates that carrier. So who is right? Both!
Using a carrier is all about personal preference and taking into account the size and age of your baby and your own size and body type to know whats going to fit the two of you the best.
One way I would recommend deciding on a carrier is going to a baby wearing group/meeting and trying on all of the carriers and feeling the materials etc.
There are also Lending Libraries in some areas (we do have one in Tulsa) where you can pay for a year membership and check out carriers throughout the year. Some people use this as a chance to try all of the carriers before buying one, and some love the option of switching around to different prints and styles throughout the year because they just love all the carriers.
Whatever the reason, it is a great resource.

The carrier we will be giving away today is a traditional jersey knit wrap specifically designed for newborns and adjustable for mom or dad!

Merry Christmas!!

12 Gifts of Christmas - Day 1 HaaKaa

Merry Christmas!!

Tis’ the season for making memories with your family and friends, for taking time to give back to others and showing love to everyone around you, we would like to show our love by giving away some gifts to our wonderful community.

Each day from now until Christmas we will feature an item and do a giveaway!

Here is how you get entered into the drawing;

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  1. Like (or Love) the post

  2. Tag a friend you think would also love the item

  3. Share the post to your page

And that’s it! There is no limit to how many items you can win, you can enter each day for the different items. The contest ends once the next giveaway is posted so we will announce the winner at the same time.

Now on to our first giveaway!!

The HaaKaa!!

This item is from a company based in New Zealand.
If you have ever pumped while nursing a baby you know the struggle of sanitizing the pump parts, the giant bag you have to carry around, the cords, the tubes…. I know, you’re already having flashbacks, aren’t you?
One thing that you will hear over and over again from lactation specialists is that you should hand express, and yes, that is a very good option that can work amazingly! But sometimes you want that suction as well, so here is the solution!
The HaaKaa is a completely silicone item made from non toxic materials and is very easy to clean in between uses. Many moms love using this on one side while nursing baby on the other while other moms use this when going back to work in lieu of a traditional pump altogether!

Click the picture of the HaaKaa if you would like to order a set, but of course enter into the drawing!!

New Director of Tulsa Family Doulas

New Director of Tulsa Family Doulas

You know those events or conversations that become a defining moment and you can look back on them and pinpoint the exact instant a decision was made, your life changed and you absolutely KNEW what you needed to do next? I've had a couple of those and I want to tell you some sweet stories about them. 

Free Sibling Class this Saturday

Free Sibling Class this Saturday

Is your little one about to be promoted to a Big Sibling? Come to Pottery Barn Kids Utica Square this Saturday, March 24 from 11am-3pm and join in on one of three FREE sibling classes. 

  • 11:20am-12:00pm
  • 12:20pm-1:00pm
  • 1:20-2:00pm

Sleep Issues for a 6 Week Old Baby

Sleep Issues for a 6 Week Old Baby

The wealth of knowledge from your birth and postpartum doulas is almost limitless. This is a copy of a group text string between a client and her two doulas. Sidebar - yep, two. Any time you hire doulas from Tulsa Family Doulas, you get two. Twice the support, twice the experience, twice the information. These doulas immediately go on call for you. We don't wait until 36 or 38 weeks to go on call. Whomever is on call is the doula that attends your birth and then comes back to your home for the two postpartum visits including 4 hours of complimentary postpartum doula support. Sounds lovely doesn't it? It really is.

Okay, back to the reason for this blog - 6 week old babies, 6 week old mamas and sleeeeeeep.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Tulsa Family Doulas!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Tulsa Family Doulas!

Where do I start? How do I even say everything I want to say? This year has been amazing, to say the least. We topped well over 1,000 in-home postpartum hours and are still going, more birth clients than ever, so many lactation clients that are still going strong breastfeeding after their consults, happy placenta clients, belly bindings and so many classes. My goals for the agency were met this year and I couldn't have done it without the amazing women in the agency and all of our beautiful clients!

We are pleased to see the babies of our clients grow, and the confidence in their mamas blossom. Every client we serve reminds us of and reinforces our mission:

"To increase confidence in birth and in parenting for every client we serve."

So to celebrate, we want to lavish some gifts on YOU! Our business BOOMED this year because of referrals from our clients and care providers. So, it would only make sense to let those that refer receive some love.

Each of the following specials runs now through December 15, 2017. So figure out how many you can sign up for and best wishes on your beautiful gifts!

New Your Baby Experience and Your Breastfeeding Experience Classes for Tulsa Community

New Your Baby Experience and Your Breastfeeding Experience Classes for Tulsa Community

What a great week! There were 9 of us at the first ever YB Doula Training Retreat and y'all, it was more than amazing. I've done a whole heck of a lot of trainings for doulas and this has been my favorite one thus far and it gave us more to give to you, our wonderful Tulsa Community! 

This training was coordinated by Missy Boudiette, owner and found of the incredibly successful Your Birth Experience curriculum.

Fall Placenta Encapsulation Sale

Fall Placenta Encapsulation Sale

Placenta encapsulation in Tulsa is growing by leaps and bounds! It is so exciting to be on the service side of working with new moms and babies and seeing first-hand what is working for our clients and then hearing from them a couple weeks later ecstatic about their choice to encapsulate.

So much education is out there about the reported benefits of encapsulating your placenta, and even (for the strong stomached) a blog about our process of encapsulation.

Now we know there aren't any significant studies that detail why encapsulation works for some women. We know consuming one's placenta and the resulting experiences could be a complete placebo affect, and we are very open to sharing that.

Now Accepting Applications for Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Now Accepting Applications for Birth and Postpartum Doulas

I am thrilled to announce that Tulsa Family Doulas is officially accepting applications for Birth and Postpartum Doulas for contract work with the agency!

This agency is my heart and soul and has been nurtured, fed, loved, grown and is now again spreading its wings as I open the doors for more work for Birth and Postpartum Doulas.

Do I need a night nanny, baby nurse or postpartum doula to help with my newborn?

Do I need a night nanny, baby nurse or postpartum doula to help with my newborn?

It was only a couple years ago that postpartum doulas started becoming consistently more common in Tulsa. For the most part, doulas were associated with helping women in pregnancy and birth have a positive experience through education and support. Now, the term doula encompasses so much more than simply birth support, and extends to going into the family's home and helping the entire family adjust to life with a newborn.

In these last few months, Tulsa Family Doulas has been hired for, completed or will complete soon 842 hours of in-home postpartum doula support. That means for all of those blissful hours, the entire family is well-cared for. Postpartum doulas are trained to not only assist with basic newborn care, but to help ease the whole family into their new roles with the new baby.

Tulsa Dentist Offers Tongue Tie Revision

Tulsa Dentist Offers Tongue Tie Revision

Angie Nauman with Glisten Dental provides laser frenectomy procedures to help increase breastfeeding comfort and success for mothers and babies struggling through lip-tie and tongue-tie. 

The longer I'm in birth and postpartum work, the more I see the need to make sure that those providing much needed services are hailed in our community. One of those services is tongue-tie revision. A quick google image search of tongue-tie brings a whole host of pictures of babies, children and even adults with their red mouths gaping, lips splayed and their tongues lifted to see the sometimes very noticeable frenulums holding tightly to tissue where there should be freedom.

Most local families have been referred to Oklahoma City or Wichita to receive laser revisions for tongue-ties or lip-ties for their babies, but sometimes the thought of traveling even 90 minutes with a newborn can be daunting. But these families will, many times, do whatever is necessary to save themselves pain or risk having their nursing relationship cease because of a physical abnormality. 

Listen up, northeast Oklahoma, you have an option here! 

How do I find reliable childcare when I have to go back to work?

How do I find reliable childcare when I have to go back to work?

The thought of going back to work after having a baby can bring up a whole mess of emotions for many new moms. Until our employers, and heck, our country, can figure out how to promote exceptional maternity leave, the reality is that going back to work and leaving your baby with someone that isn't you is all to real.

One of Tulsa Family Doulas' most popular services is postpartum doula support where we provide certified support for the new mom during the vulnerable transition to life with a newborn with daytime, overnight and live-in care when family may not be nearby to provide help.

Many times, when our postpartum doula work is beginning to end, we will help transition the family to working with a childcare provider, most often a nanny. Our favorite nanny agency is E-Nanny and the owner, Erika Slade, is incredibly passionate about providing exceptional nannies for her clients.

The Mystery of the Magical Doula Fairy Dust

The Mystery of the Magical Doula Fairy Dust

Every single doula out there wants to make sure you know about ACOG's (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recent recommendation "Approaches for Ob-gyns and Maternity Care Providers to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth in Low-Risk Pregnancies."

The beginning of the fifth paragraph of the article states that, "The recommendations also suggest that women benefit from continuous emotional support and the use of non-pharmacologic methods to manage pain. Support offered by trained labor coaches such as doulas has been associated with improved birth outcomes, including shortened labor and fewer operative deliveries."

Yes! Job security! Validation! The epitome of true collaborative care for our clients! Let's do a little shoulder shimmy, booty shake and high five on proving our effectiveness for our clients AND their care providers! Alright, keep your smile and work with me on what all this actually means. Because I don't know if it is just me, but after my grin sits there slapped silly on my face, it fades a little and my first reaction is to take a deep breath and whisper under my breath, "No pressure, Sarah."

Birth - The Best Run Ever

Birth - The Best Run Ever

Who here enjoys running? With as many running groups as there are in Tulsa, trails throughout town and even places like Turkey Mountain, there are some fantastic places to get in a short jog or a long, blissful run.

There is something about plodding through those first five minutes to get the kinks out and then finding your pace, focusing on your breathing and just letting your body move smoothly and naturally.

You then start to take in your surroundings, enjoy the feeling of blood pumping through your body, and feel your muscles being activated and challenged. If you listen to music while running, your brain finds the rhythm and your body starts to follow the beat. Well, I guess that all depends on your music choice, right?

Sounds to me a lot like what your body does in labor.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Tulsa Family Doulas!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Tulsa Family Doulas!

There has been so much growth and changes these last two years and I couldn't have done any of this without the fantastic women in the agency and our clients!

We are pleased to see the babies of our clients grow, and the confidence in their mamas blossom. Every client we serve reminds us of and reinforces our mission:

"To increase confidence in birth and in parenting for every client we serve."

So to celebrate, we want to lavish some gifts on YOU! Our business grows steadily because of referrals from our clients and care providers. So, it would only make sense to let those that refer receive some love.

Each of the following specials runs now through December 5, 2016. So figure out how many you can sign up for and best wishes on your beautiful gifts!

How Do I Get this Baby to Sleep?

How Do I Get this Baby to Sleep?

Did you know sleep is a learned skill?

Some children will learn this skill relatively quickly and easily. But many others will need a lot of help with this. Temperament has a lot to do with how a child sleeps. What I can help you figure out is how to establish healthy patterns and routines to encourage the best sleep possible.

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy, Infants & Kids

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy, Infants & Kids

As a Mom and a chiropractor, I understand the importance of helping our children live healthier lives. Since I am currently pregnant with our second child I also understand the importance of receiving regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Although there are a variety of areas that can be addressed which ultimately help everyone to be healthier, the one I am going focus on is chiropractic care and the function of the nervous system. Pregnant women and parents alike are looking for alternative ways to improve the health of their unborn child and/or children without resorting to unnecessary drugs or surgery.

I Diaper Tulsa

I Diaper Tulsa

September 24, 10am-2pm, Lifetime Fitness South Tulsa

To whom much is given, much is required.

That's the backbone of the I Diaper Tulsa diaper drive and fundraiser for Emergency Infant Services.

Tulsa Family Doulas had a great first year, and as we are inching closer to our second anniversary, it was time to step it up a notch.

September Placenta Encapsulation Special

September Placenta Encapsulation Special

Labor day weekend is past, pools are closed, school has started and summer is officially over. Even if fall equinox isn't technically here yet - details, people!

Sigh.

I feel you.

BUT! We do have an exciting special for you as you are planning out the rest of your pregnancy or even pre-planning prior to pregnancy (we will work with you too!).