Nightmares and Night Terrors Part 2

  Night terrors are different from nightmares as they usually happen early in the evening about 1 ½ to 3 hours after going to sleep.  They happen in non-REM deep sleep and during transitions from deep before getting to light sleep.  The child may sit up suddenly and cry out and be unaware that he [...]
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Nightmares and Night Terrors Part 1

    As a sleep consultant, I occasionally work with children that have nightmares and night terrors.  Parents often don’t understand the difference and don’t know how to deal with them.  I would like to give you a good idea of what they are, and the difference between nightmares and night terrors so you can [...]
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Become a DONA International Doula

This month of May is International Doula Month and I would like to let everyone know why you should become a DONA International Doula.  DONA International is often referred to as the “premier” doula training and certifying organization in the world.  DONA is not only the largest organization but also the oldest.  It was created [...]
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Third Hand Smoke and SIDS

Students often ask me how third hand smoke affects babies and its relationship with a greater risk of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. Third hand smoke is tobacco smoke residue that remains on clothes, hair, skin, carpet, upholstery etc. after the cigarette has been extinguished.  These toxins build up over time when exposed to the [...]
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Keeping a good milk supply after returning to work

Keeping a good milk supply after returning to work can be challenging.  Mother’s with long term breastfeeding goals are very vulnerable the first few weeks at work. They need time to adjust to being away from their baby and how to manage their milk supply when time is limited and responsibilities are abundant. During this [...]
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Storing and Handling Breastmilk Part 2

When nursing, it is easy, no worries about is the milk fresh, does it need to be warmed or what to do if she doesn’t finish the bottle.  When parents begin giving a bottle of expressed breastmilk many questions arise that they had never thought about before.  Part two of this blog is about safely [...]
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Storing Breastmilk Part 1

There will come a time when you need to give your baby an occasional bottle or you have to go back to work.  When this happens and you start pumping your milk for future use there are some good strategies to follow for safely storing breastmilk which is part one of this blog. First you [...]
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Resources for Successful Doulas

As a postpartum doula, it is important to have resources available for your clients. As a doula trainer, it is important for me to provide you with some professional resources to help you along the way so you can be successful. I have a dear friend and colleague named Betsy Schwartz who has some great [...]
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Night Weaning

Night weaning is an important factor to consider if your child is over 9 months of age and they still aren’t sleeping through the night.  Waking up to eat after 9 months of age is not necessary unless they are under weight or failure to thrive.  So let’s explore why and how to night wean [...]
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Leave your Comfort Zone

Leave your comfort zone is a familiar phrase to me.  Starting a new career takes courage and becoming a postpartum doula falls into this category.  We work privately in the home with only the families.  It is up to us to nurture, educate, assess and refer appropriately.   Many new doulas are a bit fearful and [...]
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