Natural Birth Center "virtual tour" at Prince George's Hospital

With the recent hospital closures in the District and other hospitals becoming busier, and removing options such as tubs for waterbirth, the DMV area seems to have fewer options for patients planning a hospital birth. However, University of Maryland’s Prince George’s Hospital is working to expand options by welcoming women and families to tour their two “natural birth suites.”

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Emily Smith
What does a postpartum doula do?

So you just had a baby and you totally underestimated this parent thing? There’s a person for that! A postpartum doula provides support to new moms and families after childbirth. Postpartum doulas are there to help you in whatever way you need. 

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Jacquelin Knighton
We Smell Fall!

With falling leaves, baggy sweaters, trick or treaters, and of course the smell of PUMPKIN SPICE….it can only mean one thing! Fall is here! We love baggy sweaters and scarfs that accessorize those baby bumps not to mention light layering helps with the hot flashes J. Comfort food is another perfect perk to the autumn season.

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Jacquelin Knighton
Pregnancy Clothes: What Are The Staples?

So now that you are pregnant, you are starting to grow out of your clothes, and maybe you are wondering if it’s worth it to buy maternity clothes? Our answer is YES!! Pregnancy can last up to 42 weeks, which is a long time to go in uncomfortable clothing (trust us, we know).

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Jacquelin Knighton
Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week!

Our guest blogger this week is Charnise Littles. She is a mom, IBCLC and birth doula within the D.C. Metropolitan area. Follow her on IG @charnisebridgette. Entering into motherhood was a complete shock for me! I was introduced to the many options on birthing and infant feeding, not through the community and family around me but from my overflowing Amazon cart!

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Jacquelin Knighton
Coming Home From The Hospital- Now What?

Congratulations, you have been discharged from the hospital with your new baby! After collecting all of your stuff, experiencing how to put a newborn in a car seat, and rolling to the door, it hits you-what happens now?

Here are a few tips for your first night home.

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Emily Smith
How Do I Give Baby's First Bath?

Giving your baby their first bath can be a very intimidating task. As postpartum doulas, “how do I bathe my baby”, is a question we get all the time. Babies don’t need much cleaning when they are first born (we recommend delaying the first bath until baby comes home). When babies are born, they come out with a creamy white substance covering their bodies called “Vernix”, which helps protect their skin.

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Jacquelin Knighton
Prenatal Nutrition: Part 2

What About Prenatal Vitamins?

First things first: Building up your stores.

Women planning on becoming pregnant or are pregnant should consider building their nutrient stores. Growing a human being inside of you is serious work, therefore prepping your body for that work is necessary for growth and development.

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Emily Smith
Prenatal Nutrition: Part 1

Congratulations! Your pregnant, or maybe you’ve made the decision that you are planning on becoming pregnant. There is a lot of information out there to sort through. Most practitioners focus on the No’s of Pregnancy, but today I’m going to provide you with a Prenatal YES List. This Prenatal Nutrition guide will allow you to focus on the needs of you and that baby (or soon to be baby) growing inside you.

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Emily Smith
Top 5 Strollers You Will Love!

We know everyone may not love baby wearing all the time, and lets face it, strollers allow us to haul all the bags we carry with us as parents. Strollers are beloved and great for long days out with baby (Helloooo, The Mall!). Whether you are going out jogging or taking a family trip to the monuments, strollers get lots of love and make exercising and trips out a breeze!

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Emily Smith
DPG Celebrates Nurse's Week!

Doulas of Prince George's County loves working alongside nurses! Not only are they there to make sure you and your baby are safe, they are an integral part of your birth team both for physical and mental support. In celebration of Nurse's Week, today we feature Labor and Delivery nurse Brittney Lemon. 

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Emily Smith
“But Won't A Doula Replace My Partner?”

Not at all.

Having a doula does not replace your partner. In fact, we support your partner as well! We acknowledge that both of you are having a baby and you rely heavily on the support from your significant other. Being the support person can be overwhelming and your partner may want to help but not know what to do.

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Jacquelin Knighton
Have You Considered Placenta Encapsulation?

What exactly IS placenta encapsulation? Placenta encapsulation is the process of steaming, dehydrating and grinding the placenta into capsules for ingestion. It is ancient Chinese Medicine, and has become increasingly popular in the U.S. Does it sound a little weird or even gross you out a bit? Don’t worry, we can take the ick factor away and you can consume them like you would any other pill! Celebrities like: Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Tia and Tamara Mowery, Kim Zolciak, and Blac Chyna have all encapsulated their placentas!

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Jacquelin Knighton
Want To Try For A VBAC? What You Need To Know

Did you know that you can have a baby vaginally even after you have had one or more
Cesareans? Yes! Its totally a thing!
VBAC is the shorthand and popular term for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. VBACs can be
achieved by any birthing person, as long as there are healthy and have support from their
healthcare provider. Choosing the right doctor is the most important decision you will need to
make once you decide to try for a VBAC. It is essential to ensure that your provider is
supportive of your decision and has a high VBAC rate. While Maryland’s VBAC rate is only
14.45%, Washington D.C is in the top 6 highest VBAC rates by states with 22.07%.
(www.evidencebasedbirth.com).

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What Exactly Is A Doula?

A doula provides personal support services for women and families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. In labor, the doula provides help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. She (or sometimes he) comforts the woman with touch, hot or cold packs, beverages, warm baths and showers, and other supportive measures. The doula is attuned to the laboring woman and her support team so she is always a step ahead of everyone's needs, desires and questions. She also assists the woman and her partner to become informed of the various options, both before and during labor.

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Emily Smith