Over the past thirteen years, I’ve gotten used to blank looks and confused reactions when I tell people that I’m a postpartum doula. After all, even with increasing attention to the importance of the postpartum period (both in terms of physical and mental health), the unconscionable health crisis in the black community around birth and the postpartum period, and articles like this one, most people still don’t know what a postpartum doula is. Continue Reading What’s A Postpartum Doula And Why Do I Need One?
With all the expenses involved in having a new baby—Strollers! Nursing pillows! Breast pumps!—paying for a lactation consultant can be overwhelming. The last thing you want to be doing is frantically googling “Do lactation consultants take insurance?” when you’re in pain or worried about your baby. Continue Reading How to Get Insurance Reimbursement for Your Lactation Consultant Visit
What’s a Lactation Consultant? How do I know if I need one? And what are all those letters I see? The birth of a new baby is such an exciting, magical time but can also be overwhelming for new parents. Continue Reading What is a Lactation Consultant?
November 17 is World Prematurity Day—part of an entire month devoted to Prematurity Awareness. In recognition, we’ve compiled some critical tips and information about NICUs.
More babies than ever are spending time in NICU—up to 15 percent—potentially due to higher rates of cesarean birth, more screening for things like gestational diabetes and Group B Strep infection (meaning more mothers will test positive for these conditions), and more epidurals (which may lead to more fevers in mothers). Continue Reading 7 Important Tips for Surviving a Stay in the NICU