The Reverse Cinderella

Baby focused instead of Parent focused There is so much attention prenatally on a new baby coming. Parents are blessed with baby showers. There are regular classes and checkups to attend. Everyone is asking how they feel during their pregnancy and inquiring about their plans for birth. During the postpartum phase, visitors are often focused on meeting and holding the new baby. Neglecting that the new parents may have needs. Lack of support After birth, parents are sent home from...Read More

Meet Your Doulas: Faith Boisen

Faith is a certified Labor and Postpartum Doula, Infant Feeding specialist, and Childbirth Educator. Faith passionately loves what she does and longs to see every mother empowered in their role as they bring new life into the world. Growing up as the second oldest of twelve children piqued Faith’s interest in birthing and babies from a young age. After witnessing and helping with several of her siblings' births, Faith set her hopes on becoming a midwife. Working as a nurse...Read More

Newborn Sleep

A brand new baby will sleep much of the time, waking every few hours for feedings. Many new parents have a lot of questions about how long and how often a newborn should sleep. Because newborns have such a small stomach they should be waking to be fed every 2-3 hours. How often your baby eats depends on what their nutritional needs are and what they are being fed. It is best to talk to your provider to see if...Read More
Fear of Childbirth

Fear of Giving Birth….. Again

Childbirth can be a really scary thing. Most of that fear comes from the lack of control and fear of the unknown; how will it feel? What if I don't know I am in labor? What if we don't get to the hospital in time? These are very real and very valid fears. But what if you HAVE given birth before and it was not the experiance you were looking for? As your pregnancy progresses and you get closer to...Read More

When should your child stop seeing you naked?

Turns out this is a tough question to answer. I spoke with Nancy Brooks M.S., PsyD (can) who works with children and teens here in Lancaster. As you can imagine, there is no "right" answer for every family. When is it no longer OK for your child to see you naked? It depends on how you want your child to view nudity.  Some people believe that as soon as children can spot differences in males and females that they should be...Read More

Fear of Giving Birth

There are few things in this world that scare us as much as childbirth. If this is your first child, many of those fears tend to come from fear of the unknown. Childbirth is such an unpredictable experience and each birth is as unique as a snowflake. In our highly scheduled and controlled world it can be scary to let go and let nature take its course. Today we are going to talk about some of the biggest fears many pregnant...Read More

Nitrous Oxide is now available in Central PA !

Nitrous Oxide has been used in labor and delivery wards overseas for decades. Now this popular labor tool is coming to Central PA. I have been a doula for well over 8 years and this is one of the most exciting things to happen in maternity care in our area! UPMC Pinnacle Health is the first to take this wonderful leap in helping women have a better birth experience. Nitrous Oxide in low doses is both an anxiolytic (for anxiety)...Read More

Umbilical Cord Care

[caption id="attachment_2814" align="aligncenter" width="289"] Photo Credit: Copyright: photodeti / 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Today we are going to talk about the umbilical cord and how to care for it until it falls off naturally on its own. The Umbilical Cord: A Brief Description Lets start off by talking a bit about your baby's lifeline; the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord consists of two arteries and a vein which bring nutrients and oxygen rich blood...Read More

How to: Sooth an Overstimulated Baby

[caption id="attachment_2810" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit : Copyright: candy18 / 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] There is nothing a parent hates more than not being able to comfort your crying baby. Babies cry for many reasons and most of them are easy to decipher like hunger or needing a diaper change. Sometimes, however, it feels like nothing is working to calm your baby. Often times when this happens it is because your baby is overstimulated. First, lets talk about the signs that...Read More

Pumping Iron: Getting more when your Iron is low

Iron: What is it and why is it so important? Iron is an important mineral that your body uses to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that  is responsible for transporting oxygen through your body. When you get pregnant your blood supply increases causing you to need about twice the amount of iron you would need when not pregnant. About 20% of women will develop an iron deficiency known as anemia. The risks of anemia can...Read More

World’s Greatest

Written by: Brielle Rainney Owner of Southern Pacific Doulas A friend of mine was on facebook showing off her recent purchases. Amongst the lovely flowing dress, and cozy pjs, was a shirt that said “World’s Okayest Mom”. This women is one of the best mothers I know. I know ‘okay-est mom’ is a thing, but this woman owning that shirt is a tragedy. It would be so much more accurate if she had bought a “World’s best mom for my...Read More