Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Doula and a A Midwife?
A doula is a support person that assists and provides education, advocacy, and comfort to families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. We are more vocal and emotional support. Doulas can support during the transition of adoption or a loss as well. Midwives are medical providers that give prenatal medical care and provide physical guidance while you are birthing your baby. A doula will not do any medical examinations, or catch/birth your baby. We work mostly from the waist up minus massaging and providing comfort measures/movement that can help with the discomforts of pregnancy and labor.
To learn more about what an Holistic Doula does please visit our Holistic Doula Training Page.
What if I know I need a consultation?
If you are sure you need a consultation then feel free to call us or go to the booking page/ services page and select the best option so you can be scheduled to see a trained professional that can answer your questions.
Often times pain or discomfort during a feeding can be due to a poor latch. Having a deep latch similar to the one described in the video can help eliminate discomfort during breastfeeding. If this does not help please call for an full assessment and consultation.
Combining pumping and massage can help a mother express more milk during her pumping sessions. The video demonstrates how to do this method of pumping.
Breast Compression is a good practice to keep sleepy babies engaged and feeding at the breasts.
Hand Expression can be used instead of pumping in the first days after birth. It can help entice the baby to latch. It is also good to use in case you do not have a pump or during power outages.
A good position for mothers with a fast let down and for babies that have a hard time staying latched on.
Most babies have a fussy period during the afternoon/evening from 4 pm to 9 pm. This fussy period can last two or more hours and can be very frustrating for new parents. This hold, as well as other coping and soothing methods, can help calm your fussy baby.
We recommend not giving a baby a bottle until 3 to 4 weeks old and once breastfeeding has been well established. Once a bottle is introduced it a good practice to pace feed the baby so that they are not overfed and it simulates breastfeeding. The video gives a demonstration, if you are still having trouble with this method after viewing please feel free to call us to schedule an appointment to assist you with proper bottle feeding methods.