Sarah Coffin

The Tulsa Family Doulas Difference

The Tulsa Family Doulas Difference

The growth in the popularity and presence of doulas in Tulsa has been astounding lately. More people are realizing the positive benefits for continuous, compassionate care before pregnancy, during birth and after delivery. Serious studies show the benefit to having doula support, and many women find the increased satisfaction of having that continuous, unbiased support well worth the investment. 

The process of finding a doula may seem like it would be quite daunting, but it really doesn't have to be. Tulsa Family Doulas eases the process by taking care of a couple of really important steps for you ahead of time. 

Growing a Baby: Part 5 Heading to the Hospital

Growing a Baby: Part 5 Heading to the Hospital

So, you've made it to the end of the pregnancy! Now it's just a waiting game on when you will be able to meet your baby. And there are probably a thousand questions flowing through your mind about what it will be like to actually be like to bring your baby on to this side of the world.

Let's talk about some of those questions. 

Growing a Baby: Part 4 Third Trimester

Growing a Baby: Part 4 Third Trimester

So close! You're more than halfway done, and the end is in sight even though it probably doesn't feel like it yet. You probably even have a name picked out for your little one, and if you don't, no rush. Sometimes it helps to meet the baby first. Aaah! You're having a baby!

You're probably feeling like the time so far has flown by and has taken forever all at the same time.

Welcome to the time when you'll finally start to understand why everyone says the days are long but the years are short. 

If only there were short lines in the bathrooms, however. Third trimester bladder here, people!

Growing a Baby: Part 3 Second Trimester

Growing a Baby: Part 3 Second Trimester

Second trimester! Hopefully, you have some more energy and are feeling a little more up to the task of planning out the rest of your pregnancy and birth.  And there seems to be an ever-growing list of things to plan.

Are you enjoying your pregnancy? Feeling a little anxiety? Wondering how time can move so slowly and so quickly all at once?  

We get it! That's why we are here. Every service we offer provides tangible ways to increase your confidence in birth and in parenting. 

Check out some of our best recommendations to enjoy your second trimester below including planning ahead for some awesome gender reveal party ideas!

Growing a Baby: Part 2 First Trimester

Growing a Baby: Part 2 First Trimester

Awesome feeling, isn't it? Knowing a baby is growing inside of you? Have you caught yourself with a small grin on your face yet just thinking about what the rest of your pregnancy will be like? What it will feel like to go through birth? Meet your baby? Boy? Girl? TWINS? Aaahh!

Growing a Baby: Part 1 Early Pregnancy

Growing a Baby: Part 1 Early Pregnancy

You've slipped away to the bathroom and nervously opened the box, read the directions, held that crazy stick and probably got a little splattered with your own urine while silently counting the 3 seconds you are supposed to hold it, pointed down, in the stream. You placed the lid on the test and set it down on a level surface. 

Maybe you couldn't bear watching the test and simply had to set a timer and walk away. Or maybe you stared, unblinkingly, while you were awaiting the result. Anxious, apprehensive, relieved, hopeful or frightened. There was no one right feeling.

But there were most definitely two lines.

Best Nipple Lubricant for Breastfeeding

Best Nipple Lubricant for Breastfeeding

There are some common sayings many of us are told by well-meaning friends, family, and even strangers. And for those planning on breastfeeding it can be confusing. 

“Your nipples are going to be so sore! Be sure to use Lanolin weeks before the baby arrives.” 
“Ouch, your nipples are looking pink. Slather some nipple butter on them.” 
“After every feed use *this* for your nipples, it prevents the soreness.”

Should I use Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Earth Mama Nipple Butter, Medela Tender Care Lanolin? As you search you find more and more options from lanolin, lanolin-free, organic to non-GMO. Some people are even told to utilize non-evidence based method like wet tea bags or creams. So where can you find the best lubricant for your nipples?

Safe Sleep: It's Life or Death

Safe Sleep: It's Life or Death

Full disclosure here. I was one of the those moms that would bring my babies in from the car and leave them sleeping in their car seat because I was desperate for them to sleep well. It wasn't as talked about 10, 9 and 6 years ago; maybe mentioned once on one website that was glazed over in passing.

The car seat isn't a safe option for somewhere place a baby to sleep. 

This video isn't just about day care workers, but serves as a reminder for postpartum doulas, aunts, grandparents, older siblings and anyone who has the opportunity to be the one watching over the littles while they sleep. 

Tulsa Placenta Encapsulation - Real Women Testimonials

Tulsa Placenta Encapsulation - Real Women Testimonials

Placentas! There, I said it. You okay? Feeling woozy? Maybe have your face scrunched up in a look of unsure disgust? That's okay. I'm totally used to it. 

Placentas have become a huge part of Tulsa Family Doulas and we are thrilled to offer the incredibly personalized service to our clients. There has been so much new talk lately about encapsulation and more and more people are starting to realize it is an amazing option for many women. And I, for one, am thrilled about it. 

We do encapsulation differently than anyone else in Tulsa, and we love it! It becomes more than a revenue builder and we establish relationships with our clients. We give more of ourselves so that you walk into your first steps of parenthood served, pampered, educated and confident. 

I could talk on and on, but why not hear from Tulsa Family Doulas encapsulation client's themselves!

How will you spend your time with your newborn?

How will you spend your time with your newborn?

As much as people want to focus on the surreal and ethereal part of bringing a baby into the world, the time spent in the most delicate stages, emotionally and physically, with your newborn can bring on a fog like no other. So, how are you going to plan now to make the most of your time with your new baby?

First of all let's all acknowledge something here. 

YOU GREW A HUMAN INSIDE YOUR BODY! A whole human. 

Sit with that a minute. 

Your body is crazy amazing. YOU are crazy amazing!

Hypnobabies in Heels - Making Tulsa Childbirth Education Mainstream

Hypnobabies in Heels - Making Tulsa Childbirth Education Mainstream

My name is Sarah Coffin and I absolutely adore shoes. Wedges mostly, TOMS are a favorite - strappy sandals, boots, you name it, I love it. Lately, I've had to be a bit pickier on my choices however, because, well, age. But there isn't much that is going to keep me from eyeing a pair in the distance and feeling nothing but love for those beauties. Those wine-colored pieces of magnificence met my criteria and were quickly on their way home to be snuggled and adored. 

I tend to live vicariously through my shoes. And my hair. Oh my gosh, and my jewelry! But those are all other blogs. This blog right here is about teaching Hypnobabies in Heels

Where is the best place to get information on pregnancy?

Where is the best place to get information on pregnancy?

Top 4 Pregnancy Information Resources

Thanks to the somewhat overwhelming and abundant information found in places like the beloved and dreaded GoogleBabyCenterpregnancy.com (seriously, those week by week images are addicting!) and WebMD,  you have the world at your fingertips. You can search for anything pregnancy and birth related and receive thousands of opinions, perspectives, rants and claims. But, it's the Internet, and no one can put anything on the Internet if it isn't true, right?

First Annual Homebirthday Party

First Annual Homebirthday Party

This past Saturday my husband and I loaded the van with our toddlers and baby, swung by my beloved Starbucks and made our way to Zink Park for the 1st annual Oklahoma Homebirthday Party. The Midwives Society of Oklahoma put together birthday activities, yummy cupcakes, and little party favors. This birthday gathering was not just for midwives, doulas and homebirth families, but also for all people who celebrate and support home (and birth centers) as an option for birthing women.

Fair Trade Coffee and Fair Trade Doulas

Fair Trade Coffee and Fair Trade Doulas

I'm the type of person that likes the back story and the 'why' behind why I purchase what I purchase. I love to search out hole in the wall restaurants that are authentic and family-oriented and become regulars there. The walls of my home are covered with paintings from local artists because I believe in the power of art and the importance of its impact on society. I love Tulsa and giving back in my community. I get a kick out of supporting small locally-owned businesses and directly and positively impacting their family. There is so much meaning to supporting organizations and businesses that I believe are making a true difference in our crazy world in which we live. I like feeling connected to the healthy food I eat and the coffee I drink.

And oh man, do I love to drink coffee. Scratch that, I love to drink GOOD coffee. 

Milky Misery and Happy Baby

Milky Misery and Happy Baby

I love breastfeeding. I have now breastfed all three of my babies for collectively over 3 years (and still going strong with my 4 month old!)  It can be beautiful, nutritious, and connective to you and your baby. 

However, the bed of roses can have some thorns.

In honor of those needing some breastfeeding encouragement, I would like to share some of the hurdles and my own insecurities that I have personally had with breastfeeding!

Oh For the Love of Hair

Oh For the Love of Hair

I am almost 4 months postpartum, and like every postpartum experience I’ve had, it is the ending of an era; the era of glamorous hair. During pregnancy I grow thick long locks and after birth, a few months later, my drain is clogged and I’m calling (crying) to my sister Kayla, who happens to be a hairstylist asking, once again, if this is normal and am I going to become bald? To which I’m sure she rolls her eyes then tells me to come in for my overdue hair appointment and makes me (mostly) right as rain.

How you give birth can affect how you parent.

How you give birth can affect how you parent.

A traumatic or negative birth experience can deeply impact a birthing woman and affect her emotionally and physically for years to come. When power is removed from a laboring woman and she feels dismissed, scared, abused, unheard or inept, she can shut down. This can manifest in depressive symptoms, disconnection from her baby, disconnection from her partner, confusion on behalf of her partner on how to help her, and minimization of her experience because her baby is there and healthy. 

Who is going to catch my baby?

Who is going to catch my baby?

Being an experienced professional that has been fully immersed in the birth field since 2009, one of the most common questions I get when talking with new clients, strangers and even my bank teller (I'm there often enough, she even recommended a client to me!) is who should they choose to catch their baby?