The Cycle of Postpartum Depression and Baby’s Sleep

I was reading a study the other day that correlated a mother's depression with how she responds to her child during the night. What I read, was not what I expected. According to a study published by the journal Child Development, researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that if a mom is depressed, she is more likely to wake her baby in the night. A study of 45 families, with children ranging from 1 month to 2 years, found that mom's emotional state had a direct relation to her child's sleep patterns. The study found that moms who had higher...

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Busy Expectant Parents Hire a Maternity Consultant

"(Reuters) - New Yorker Melissa Garden learned she was pregnant with her first child last year just as her communication director job at New Meadowlands Stadium hit full throttle. When exactly, she wondered, would she squeeze car seat and stroller shopping into 70-hour work weeks packed with concerts and prepping for the Jets and Giants season openers? Garden opted to hire professional baby planners (maternity consultant) who, much like the better-known niche of wedding planners, came armed with expertise to ready the overwhelmed, soon-to-be mother for her big day -- her son's arrival. "I had no time to think about...

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5 Misconceptions About Sleep Coaching

There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to sleep coaching and hiring a sleep consultant. I would like to take a moment to talk about the different approaches, and why hiring a professional sleep consultant, tends to yield better results. 1- Every baby is different- Some babies will sleep "through the night," (a five hour stretch) right out of the womb, others will not sleep longer than 3-4 hours until 6-12 months. When we assess a sleep situation we not only look at the parents' desires for sleep, we also look at what their baby is doing...

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Tips on How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Longer

Almost every parent wonders, "How can I get my baby to sleep longer?" It is not uncommon for a baby, from birth to one year, to wake during the night, or to wake many times during the night. There are, however, a few tricks that can really help you, and your baby, get more sleep. Tip #1: Change the way you are viewing your baby's sleep- Instead of thinking "Why why why" try thinking in a more positive light such as: How great is it that my baby falls asleep really well. My baby is really a great nurser. My...

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10 Reasons Doulas are Expensive

I recently read an article on 10 reasons why photographers are expensive. Since many of our clients are using photographers for their birth, and milestones photography, I thought it was worth reading, and sharing with our clients. Then it got me thinking, I hear all the time about how doulas are too expensive from moms calling, and I hear "I wish I could charge more" from doulas in the field. The truth is, most doulas do not just pick a number and call it their fee. There are calculations that go into what they charge, this includes, time, cost, travel,...

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A Surrogate Doula

What is a Surrogate doula? A surrogate doula is a doula who is trained specifically to support parents who are using a surrogate for the birth of their baby. We are there to support the intended parent(s) as well as the surrogate. Why do I need to hire a surrogate doula? For the Surrogate: We act as an extra set of knowledgeable hands before, during, and after the birth of the baby. We are there to provide birth education, what to expect during a surrogate birth, and preparing for birth. We are a companion for the surrogate mother, allowing you...

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The Surrogacy Doula

With Surrogacy a growing option for many families and individuals, there is a growing trend for doulas for surrogacy!   The Doula House offers exclusive support to intended parents and surrogates. We have spent years training and working with surrogates and intended parents to create the optimal support for everyone. The surrogacy process is a time of joy, excitement, and many unknowns. The surrogacy process requires a lot of patience, education, and communication between the intended parents and their surrogate mother. The Doula House provides a  trained, knowledgeable professional for everyone involved. We include supports such as birth and postpartum doulas, Sleep...

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10 Signs You Need a Sleep Consultant

It happens often, we get the call from an exhausted parent needing help getting their little one to sleep. It is heart breaking to hear a mother or father speak about lack of sleep, frustration, and a general feeling of helplessness and not knowing what to do. There are hundreds of books on infant sleep, and each has a different philosophy and plan as to how to get your child to sleep. With so much contradicting information, it is hard to know where to start. For the parents out there who are wanting to help their little one to sleep...

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Intended Parents and The Maternity Consultants

So, you are happily expecting the arrival of your bundle of joy (or bundles of joy) Now what? Surrogacy is a beautiful options to help intended parents have a family. Though Surrogacy Agencies are wonderful in their support and planning for intended parents, it usually encompasses the technical aspects of the surrogacy journey, and that is where we come in. The Doula House offers intended parents a "Guide Book to Baby" or an instructional manual for parenthood. This is our passion and joy, and we love supporting intended parents through this journey. We work with you to create a customized...

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Who is The Doula House

“Simply put, my life is a miracle.” Throughout history, families are raised by many, not just the parents. Women are often cared for through pregnancy and birth, and parents are supported through the life of their child. In contrast, what many expectant parents experience today is a feeling of “going it alone” and their support system is often Google and WebMD. The empowerment of becoming a parent is often lost before you even know you have it. The Doula House was created to fill the gap between going it alone, and using your village to raise your baby. Since our...

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