Tulsa Postpartum Doulas

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.

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. 

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.

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." 

Is your doctor an OB or an SOB?

Is your doctor an OB or an SOB?

Sadly, many people in the birth world perpetuate the thought that obstetricians are out to get you and sabotage your birth experience. It is not unheard of for some doulas to say things that make people distrust their doctors. “He’s just lazy." “She doesn’t care about your birth plan." “He is old and controlling.” 

How My Puking and Postpartum Depression Helps You Be a Better Parent

How My Puking and Postpartum Depression Helps You Be a Better Parent

Well, there isn’t a glowing story to tell you about when I was pregnant with each of my 3 beautiful little children. I didn’t float through pregnancy on a cloud of bliss at the wonderment of creating an entire new person and enjoy the special feelings of my body expanding to accommodate their growing forms as they pulled their nourishment from me.

I puked.

10 years later, I need help breastfeeding.

10 years later, I need help breastfeeding.

I remember bringing home my daughter and thinking that it was ridiculous that the hospital would just let me leave with her. I had never parented anything more than 2 dogs and a cat. There wasn't much concern on how to make sure those animals stayed happy and alive. Food, water, go outside, throw the ball, and scoop the poop. Ta-da!

A Doula's Grief

A Doula's Grief

There is a commonality in the profession of doula (professional birth and postpartum support) that stems from an enormous amount of compassion for a pregnant, birthing and new mom. Many stories of how one became a professional doula entail joy, excitement, sorrow and even anger. But, the reason we stay in this incredibly demanding job is because we understand the value of having someone provide a constant stream of physical, emotional and educational care during such major transitions in life.

Does Postpartum Belly Binding really work?

Does Postpartum Belly Binding really work?

Any woman who has given birth can tell you that the feeling of a squishy belly after several months of a taught firm belly feels a little weird. All of those months of your baby and uterus growing, your skin stretching, and your hips widening takes a toll on your body. Those first few days postpartum are something to get used to. We don’t have the same balance, as now we don’t have the extra weight pulling us forward. We don’t sleep in the same positions because now that baby isn’t in the way but we can’t go back to our pre pregnancy positions either because the uterus still needs to shrink down. Something we don’t often think about though is the baby, uterus, skin, and hips aren’t the only parts undergoing a transformation. The muscles are also equally affected. The great news is, belly binding can help! 

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?

Pacelines and Postpartum Doulas

Pacelines and Postpartum Doulas

A CYCLING DOULA'S OBSERVATIONS FROM LIFE ON THE TRAIL

Last month, a major item was marked off my bucket list when I rode in the Louisiana MS 150. This is a two day, 150 mile bike ride that raises funds for Multiple Sclerosis. Preparing for this event required me to ride my bike ... a lot!  I rode in the heat, I rode in the rain, I rode on trails and roads in towns in every direction around Tulsa.  I met some amazing new people, saw some incredible wildlife (minus the tarantula somewhere in Bixby, OK!)   

If Animals Can Do It, Why Can't I?

If Animals Can Do It, Why Can't I?

I have a small "farm" in Northeast Oklahoma where we raise rabbits, chickens, pigs, and sometimes a garden.  Since I have started raising rabbits, I have noticed something very interesting. First time mama rabbits have about a 50-50 chance of losing their entire first litter when they are put in cages separately. Some mamas simply don't build their nest in time, some mamas build a nest but don't feed their babies, some mamas will step on the babies accidentally crushing them. But I have been reading a lot about a different method of rabbitry; colony style.

Please Don’t Buy Me A Wipe Warmer {Tulsa Postpartum Doulas}

Please Don’t Buy Me A Wipe Warmer {Tulsa Postpartum Doulas}

Every single list of suggested items for a baby registry includes it: a wipe warmer. In fact, it’s usually in the list of “Top Sellers” as well as “Top Recommended.” It’s just expensive enough that the typical new mother sees it as a luxury that she wouldn’t purchase on her own, but it’s elusive enough that she definitely wants it, and is thrilled if a friend or family member brings it to her baby shower.