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24
Sep

Treatment & PPD- How stigma prevents moms from getting the help they need.

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Treatment, of course, is a top priority and now that I’m on the other side healthy and recovered, I can see that it looks different for everyone. My youngest daughter was born in the summer of 2013, July 1st in fact. I knew something was wrong almost immediately, by 2 weeks for sure, yet it […]

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19
Sep

The Negative Effect of Dr. Google & PPD

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I recently had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2017 Stanford Medicine X conference in California with our team at the brand new Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative, and it was definitely an experience like no other. I wanted to share with you a bit about the work I presented so I’ve broken […]

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08
Sep

Aaron Stuckel- Why hiring a doula was “the best decision we ever made.”

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I have to admit, when my wife first suggested we look at hiring a doula, I didn’t like the idea. I had a few concerns, but mainly I was worried that I was going to be shut out of my role as a support person to my wife. But I also really wanted her to […]

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08
Sep

Jae-Lyn Stuckel- How having a doula helped her feel empowered and supported.

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When my husband and I looked into doula services, we didn’t know exactly what we were signing up for but I looked forward to having support during the birth of our first baby. I was nervous about what labour would feel like, but I knew that I wanted to be at home as long as […]

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03
Aug

Things to Consider When Creating Your Birth Plan

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There’s a lot of information out there about birth plans and creating the ideal birth experience for you and your baby. Over the last few years birth plans have become less popular, and research shows that they can lead to negative outcomes for mom if things don’t go according to plan. We strongly believe that […]

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03
Aug

How You Can Support Recovery from PPD

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Moms with a maternal mental illness like postpartum depression (PPD) or postpartum anxiety (PPA) need understanding, compassion and support. To help your partner or loved one on her path towards recovery we’ve put together a quick list of practical things you can do now to offer support. Sleep Support Being sleep deprived makes everything more […]

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29
Nov

FAQ’s- How Can Certified Breastfeeding Educator Martha Neovard Support Your New Family ?

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At Family First Doula Service we are committed to improving the ways in which women access education and support during the perinatal period, and that’s why we are proud to welcome Certified Breastfeeding Educator Martha Neovard to our team! Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about her scope of practice and […]

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18
Oct

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN FROM THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF PPD.

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This past weekend I attended the 2nd annual Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference in Atlanta and it was beyond amazing! I know I will have so much more to share about all the things I learned, but today I really wanted to focus on what I feel is one of the most helpful tools for […]

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18
Oct

Doulas- What we really do and how we can help!

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Hey everyone! I’m sure by now you have all heard the word “Doula” but what does it really mean? What do we really do and how do we really help the women and families we work with? Well that’s exactly what I want to talk about today, as I sometimes find myself jumping into 30 […]

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