9 episodes

We are passionate about providing quality education and information to pregnant families or families who are parenting their new babies. Let’s face it, the wide world of Google is a great resource, but it isn’t always easy to discern which information is good and which information is misleading. With nearly 30 years of combined experience as birth professionals, we created The Doula Download to provide quality information and resources to our clients and expectant and parenting families from inside and outside our community. If you’re looking for support, information, and education with a splash of humor, you’ve found the right place.

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We are passionate about providing quality education and information to pregnant families or families who are parenting their new babies. Let’s face it, the wide world of Google is a great resource, but it isn’t always easy to discern which information is good and which information is misleading. With nearly 30 years of combined experience as birth professionals, we created The Doula Download to provide quality information and resources to our clients and expectant and parenting families from inside and outside our community. If you’re looking for support, information, and education with a splash of humor, you’ve found the right place.

    Episode 8: Postpartum Doulas: What They Do

    Episode 8: Postpartum Doulas: What They Do

    Postpartum doulas are innovators of support and masters of adaptability.
    The particular challenges your family may face after birth are as varied as you are. But there are commonalities amongst the families we work with.
    As postpartum doulas, we have the experience and resources to help you and your family find the path of least resistance as you recover from birth and navigate life with your new baby.
    Your postpartum doula can minimize stress and frustration and increase confidence. We focus on your bond with your baby and how you are handling this transition into life with this new tiny human.
    We often receive calls from growing families who ask:
    "Can you help me with feeding? We are having issues." We got you.
    "I am really struggling to try to figure out a daily routine. I need predictability." We can do that.
    "I have some big feelings about losing myself, and I want to be the best parent possible to my baby." We can help you navigate that.
    "My partner and I haven't slept in the past 3 days. How quickly can you be here" We've got you covered.
    Adding a baby to the family is a huge transition. A transition full of unknowns and uncertainty. A postpartum doula can help you navigate this transition with confidence.
    Join us as we discuss the many benefits of adding a postpartum doula to your post-birth support system.

    • 47 min
    Episode 7: Five Doula Myths

    Episode 7: Five Doula Myths

    Ask 10 people about doulas, and you'll likely hear at least one of the common doula myths among the responses.
    Doulas are like midwives. They are only for those who plan to have an unmedicated birth. Doulas hate hospitals and doctors. The possibilities are endless.
    While some of the myths may apply to some doulas because they had to start somewhere, right? There are far more doulas today that do not fit these common myths and stereotypes.
    In this episode, we address five of the most common doula myths:
    I have a supportive partner; I don't need a doula.
    Doulas are the same as midwives.
    Doulas can't support those who choose cesarean birth.
    Doulas dislike doctors and hospitals.
    I'm not planning a natural birth, a doula won't support me.
    Join us as we explore and debunk these common doula myths!

    • 45 min
    Episode 6: Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    Episode 6: Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    When it comes to pregnancy, there's no doubt that it brings a host of physical and emotional sensations. Many of which you've likely never experienced. With all the "weird" that is happening to your body, it's hard to know which pregnancy symptoms are normal and which to be concerned about.
    Many pregnant individuals don't want to bother their providers. They hesitate to call or go in to be checked when they have a new symptom. But ask any provider, they'd rather you call, and determine it is nothing vs. it being something that you shouldn't have ignored.
    In this episode, we discuss five pregnancy symptoms that shouldn't be ignored.
    Vaginal bleeding
    Severe abdominal cramping, back pain
    Leaking fluid
    Severe swelling and visual disturbances
    Persistent itchy skin
    Come join us as we explore these pregnancy symptoms and why you should contact your provider if you experience them.

    • 52 min
    Episode 5: Choosing A Prenatal Care Provider

    Episode 5: Choosing A Prenatal Care Provider

    One of the first decisions you make when you find out you are pregnant is who you will hire as your prenatal care provider. For some, an established relationship with a trusted gynecologist may make this an easy choice. 
    Others may find themselves searching for the perfect provider to provide their prenatal care and facilitate their birth. You may have a preference for an obstetrician or perhaps you prefer a midwife. 
    Regardless of your choice, the individual you pick will significantly influence where you will give birth and what options are available to you as you navigate pregnancy and birth. 
    As doulas, we recommend giving some thought to what you want your birth to look like. What options would you like to have available? Do you prefer giving birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home? For many, the preference in birth location will determine which type of provider is available in that setting.
    Join us as we discuss the ins and outs of why who you hire as a prenatal care provider can influence the options available to you during birth.

    • 52 min
    Episode 4: When Parents & Grandparents Collide

    Episode 4: When Parents & Grandparents Collide

    Having a grandchild is often one of those peak moments in a grandparent's life.
    There is typically a lot of excitement surrounding welcoming a new baby into the family. Some grandparents are anxious to jump in and get their hands dirty, and others prefer to give their support from afar.
    When grandparents are present and participate in the lives of their grandbabies, there are often points at which the grandparents and their children will disagree on how a baby should be raised. This is a power dynamic that many growing families may not have experienced before. 
    So how do you handle those disagreements or differences of opinions with your parents as a parent?
    As a parent, it's essential to understand where the grandparent comes from. For many, they are relying on the practices that they used to raise you. You turned out ok, right?
    Many grandparents haven't kept pace with the changes in research and recommendations surrounding infant care. Changes that have likely changed since they raised you. The use of car seats, sleep safety, when to start solids, and outdated breastfeeding practices. These topics present points at which conflict and disagreement can happen between parents and grandparents. 
    There are many complexities in navigating how involved grandparents will be in the lives of their grandchildren. Join us as we discuss how to handle those expectations and navigate those hard conversations with your parents!

    • 56 min
    Episode 3: Is This Labor?

    Episode 3: Is This Labor?

    Is this labor? This is one of the most common questions doulas receive from our clients.
    From Braxton-hicks to spotting to irregular contractions, how labor may begin is as varied as the person having a baby. Yet, understanding the overall labor process and the stages of labor can help growing families assess where they may be in the overall labor process. 
    While early labor is often the longest part of labor, it is also where contractions are further apart, shorter, and less painful.
    Active labor is where things start to happen. Contractions are coming closer together, are more predictable, last longer, and can cause you to stop what you're doing and give your total focus to the contraction until it is over. 
    Transitional labor is the point at which labor is the most intense. It's normal to want to quit. To want to go home. Yet while it is the most intense, it's also the shortest part of labor for many.
    The following two stages are pushing and the birth of the placenta. While pushing looks different depending on the individual and their unique circumstances, it is often where many birthing individuals feel most productive.
    Join us as we help you learn about the stages of labor and how to navigate them confidently.

    • 50 min

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