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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5 Classic Books to Read when You’re Expecting!

Here is a list of the top 5 books to read when you are anticipating a new baby! 1- The Expectant Father, by Jennifer Ash and  Armin A. Brott, 2001: With all the focus being on mom, it's nice to see a great book dedicated to the expectant father. 2- The Baby Owners Manual by Louis Borgenicht and Joe Borgenicht, 2003: This is a great go-to guide for basic support and information. We love it! 3- The No-Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley , 2002:  As one of our foundations for sleep support, this book is a gentle guide to sleep for your baby. 4- The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin, 2001: A great guide...

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5 Excellent books for Expecting Fathers

We all know that there are hundreds of books for the expectant mother, but what about the expectant Father... Here is a list of 5 of our Favorite Books. 1- The Expectant Father- by Jennifer Ash and Armin A. Brott 2001. The Expectant Father is filled with sound advice and practical tips for men, including how to afford a pregnancy; how to juggle work and family roles; how to make sense of your conflicting emotions. 2- DADspirations: The First 100 Days of Fatherhood- by Pete Densmore 2012. DADspiration provides tips for parenting every new dad and dad-to-be should know. 3- 50 Things to...

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Doula…Willing to Travel

Here at The Doula House, we support expectant parents from all over the Nation, and all over the World. Coined as "The Doulas who travel" our services are unique and specialized, and specifically what you are looking for. What are some options for out of area parents: 1- The Doula House offers several "home-study" style courses and training's. This Skype based interaction allows for flexibility of your schedule, as well as a personalize touch for each class. We focus not only on what the course covers, but also anything specific what you are wanting. Any questions, concerns, or extra information...

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Are Blessing Ways The New Baby Shower?

Blessing Way Or Baby Shower? With the onset of modern times, almost everyone you speak with will understands all about baby showers and what is entailed. Many baby showers have become more elaborate over the years becoming almost akin to small wedding receptions complete with a rental hall, decorations, large amounts of gifts and the overabundance of personal birth stories that most of the guests bring complete with a healthy dose of baby birth advice. Many are filled with distant friends, co-workers and extended family with which the mother to be may have little or no connection with and no...

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Bonding After Baby

You just have had that beautiful baby put in your arms and you’re a little nervous. You may have done this before, but the newness of it is still scary no matter how many children you have. You will definitely never be the same, ever again. The changes you are experiencing are good changes, full of hopes and dreams and expectations. Your partner is looking on, and is so amazed with all different kinds of thoughts running through their head. Some of these thoughts they share with you and some they don't. Some of these thoughts may seem like crazy...

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Fear During Birth, is There a Reason for This?

 Where does fear come from in birth? Fear is an emotional response to feeling out of control or anticipating being out of control during childbirth. It stems from being overwhelmed with images, feelings and emotions of things going wrong now or in the past, or anticipating things going wrong in the future and not being able to stop it. Dealing with fear can be overwhelming and may consume the major part of a pattern of thought processes especially in women getting closer to birth and beginning to experience the oncoming reality that childbirth is real and will happen to her....

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Signs to Know Your Baby Is Ready For Solid Foods

Between the ages of 6-8 months most babies are ready to start some form of solid foods. By this time they have lost the extrusion reflex which benefits with breastfeeding and bottles but will push a spoonful of food right out of their mouth if they are offered one. Usually they are exhibiting several of these next milestones:  Sitting up (with support) and can hold their head and neck up as well.  They are double their birth weight.  They are interested in what you are eating and may be trying to grab it. They can keep food in their mouth...

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