Know The Terms, Pt 2 Birth and Breastfeeding: What’s the Connection?

By Naomi Starsiak Breastfeeding, what could be more natural? But there is so much more that goes into the process than, “open mouth, insert nipple”. The way we labor and give birth can have a...

Doula Digest: But Don’t Take My Word For It!

By Naomi Starsiak As a doula, it’s my job to keep up on information and statistics so I can give my clients the best advice available. I manage that by using several different sources, all...

Doula Digest-Tongue Tied!

If you look in a mirror, open your mouth, and lift your tongue you’ll see a little strip of tissue connecting the tongue to the mouth – the frenulum. This ligament may be tiny but...

Doula Digest: Time for PROM

By: Naomi Starsiak, I have a YouTube playlist that is filled with clips from movies and TV shows that I call “Bad Births”. In several of these videos, you see a pregnant woman going about her...

Doula Digest: Sympathy for the Pubis

By Naomi Starsiak Here's the thing about pregnancy, it changes your body and puts all kind of pressure on systems that may not be ready to handle it. I've had so many clients ask about,...

Doula Digest: There’s No Place Like Home

By: Naomi Starsiak As I’m writing this, Central New York is having its first big snow of the winter. Piles of fat, fluffy snowflakes have covered everything and all I want to do is curl...

Doula Digest-Push It. Push It Good!

By Naomi Starsiak If I ever found a fairy and had the chance to magically change one thing about how women give birth in the US, without a second’s hesitation, my wish would be to...

Let Sleeping Babies Lie By Naomi Starsiak

There is a certain amount of irony that comes up in conversation with my clients or any parent once they find out I’m a doula. These women have no qualms about asking questions or...

Doula Digest: Intervention Needed?

By: Naomi Starsiak: A word that comes up often, in regards to child birth, is “intervention”; which is a general term for several different things. An intervention is anything that changes the natural course of...

Doula Digest: When Positive and Negative Combine

I love old black and white movies, where dapper men and quick witted women fall in love while exchanging snappy dialogue. When these movies end in a wedding there is always a line put...
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