Postpartum Doula

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!

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.

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."

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!

Birth and New Mom Affirmations - Free Printables

Birth and New Mom Affirmations - Free Printables

We want to shout from the mountaintops about how amazing women are!

There is so much negativity and fear that is unnecessarily forced onto pregnant women about their bodies and their babies. And we want to do our part to help change the words in your mind.

One of the ways we can do this is to provide you with these free birth and new mom affirmations. 10 AFFIRMATIONS EACH! SO 10 FOR LABOR AND 10 TO ENCOURAGE ANY MOM THROUGH THE TASKS OF BEING A NEW MOM.

Sometimes the hardest stories to tell are the most important to hear.

Sometimes the hardest stories to tell are the most important to hear.

I was approached some time ago about a story. A really dramatic, hard to hear story. I sat with it a while, honored to have been chosen to hold her story with her and thinking about the impact that her words had on me. 

Then I thought about the impact that it could have on you. How much strength do you have in your intuition, in knowing and understanding your body's needs and your baby's? 

Our whole purpose at Tulsa Family Doulas is to increase confidence in birth and in parenting for every family we serve, and we do that by providing tangible support and skills through every service we offer. 

And we tell stories like this, because they are important to read. She has given full permission, but requested anonymity. 

Butter and Postpartum Recovery - Going Back to Nature!

Butter and Postpartum Recovery - Going Back to Nature!

to Nature!

Written by Kelley MatherPostpartum Doula Extraordinaire

Did you ever randomly run across some little life hack that changed everything? Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic, but seriously…

The Beauty of Butter

I like butter – I mean who doesn’t? There is a point at which butter is the perfect temperature. Unfortunately, that spreadable, toast worthy place of deliciousness is hard to reach. 

What's the connection between butter and babies?

So what is this diatribe to butter doing on a blog dedicated to all things birth-y and doula-y (these should seriously be words, am I right?) Sometimes the best solutions are simple, everyday things that are right under our noses and rooted in the past ways of doing things. 

Why do you want a postpartum doula?

Why do you want a postpartum doula?

If I could have you be a fly on the wall in our postpartum clients house, it would make this description so much easier. 

How do you describe in mere words what we do when we enter the home of a mom that just had a baby? I can tell you we help her sleep, eat and breathe. I can tell you we listen, provide reassurance and perspective. We hold, cuddle and adore. But, it's more. 

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. 

Tulsa's Newest New Mom Must Have

Tulsa's Newest New Mom Must Have

Let's talk real for a bit. Being a new mom is hard. Pull your hair out, oh my gosh, I can't believe I did this, hard. You mutter words under your breath at 3AM after you had only laid your head back down on the pillow at 2:25AM. And then you take another look at your sweet baby and get all gushy again. 

The scariest depiction of zombie movies and video games have nothing on you as you stumble to the kitchen in the mornings mumbling, "Booooobs, Poooooop, Coooooofffeeee." 

How do I leave without you? I want to know...

How do I leave without you? I want to know...

I did all I could to make it to the car without breaking down. I fumbled with my keys and held my breath just long enough to open the door, get in and close it before collapsing on the steering wheel in a heap of sobs. I felt as if I couldn't breathe thinking about what stood behind me. I didn't look back as I pulled out of the parking space, out of the parking lot, put on my blinker and sped away, frantically wiping tears from my blurred line of vision. 

Have you set up your doula registry?

We register for so many other things: wedding showers, baby showers - so why not register for a doula? Choosing to have a doula during your birth and the early postpartum period is truly a choice that cannot be quantified. Women who have had doulas report more satisfaction during their births and more confidence in their parenting. How can you really put a price tag on that? If you're willing to ask your friends and family to contribute to your crib, stroller, diapers, wipes and breast pump (which are all necessities to most of us), why wouldn't you ask them to contribute to the necessary luxury of having a compassionate and knowledgeable professional to support you during one of the most vulnerable and life-changing times in your life?

There Is a New Fairy Godmother In Town

There Is a New Fairy Godmother In Town

Historically, It has been hard to find postpartum doulas in Tulsa.

There is a great deal of hype about birth doulas, and there should be! Birth doulas provide an amazing service to women and their partners during pregnancy, birth and the first couple of hours after delivery.

Doulas: More Than A Hospital Accessory

Doulas: More Than A Hospital Accessory

The doulas that work with Tulsa Family Doulas are so much more than a hospital or homebirth accessory. These are professional women that have spent months and years learning their trade and honing their skills to empower you in your decisions regarding how you give birth.