The media often likes to have scenes of birth in shows and movies. They are usually rather dramatic. Enter the scenes of screaming and waters breaking and someone telling their spouse, "YOU DID THIS TO ME!!" But some documentaries seek out truth and explore birth in other ways. Recently on Netflix a new docu-series explores [...]
By Andrea Stainbrook You stare down lovingly at your sweet bundle. Squishy and angelic. An angel with claws! It is always amazing to see how fast babies can grow their nails. Some come out of the womb with long nails. New babies may need a trim as often as every few days! While looking at [...]
by Andrea Stainbrook It is normal to worry, or feel anxious in pregnancy. There is a lot happening. Your body is changing, as well as your life is changing! So many things to consider and think about. It can easily be overwhelming. For some you may already have a history with anxiety or have other [...]
When feasible set up support. DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR HELP. Have a visitor or a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula? ......
By Andrea Stainbrook An outing with your baby doesn't have to be hard! Babies are squishy and adorable and well frankly a lot of work! Normal outings like heading to the grocery store, or to shop for some new clothes can feel like daunting tasks. I know I sometimes rather wait for my hubby to [...]
"You have done this before. You know what you are doing!" Anyone who has given birth once and is now preparing to birth baby number 2, or 3, or 10 has probably heard someone say this. Maybe you feel like, "Heck ya I got this!" Or you maybe you want to reply, "Do I know what I'm doing? Is it too late to back out?"
The weeks of pregnancy are coming and going. Soon you find yourself nearing the end of gestation. You are close to your estimated due date. Every pregnant person wonders how will I know if I am in labor? Ask around and you are sure to hear the advice of, "you'll just know." How helpful [...]
It is amazing to witness a birth. Seeing a human enter the world is a beautiful and spiritual thing. Watching animals birth is equally awe-inspiring. How they seem to just know exactly how to move and where to go. Miss April the Giraffe is about to give birth. She's a Giraffe in New York anxiously [...]
By Amy Hammer, CEO & Co-Founder of Metro Detroit Doula Services After having a fabulous doula for her own birth over 5 years ago, Amy Hammer decided to join her gifts of compassion and service with her love for families and become a business owner & doula herself. Amy and Andrea's collaboration together has been [...]
Andrea is certified with ProDoula as a Labor Doula, pre-certified as a Postpartum Doula, and is currently working on her certification as a Childbirth Educator with ProDoula.