Anatomy of a Military Child - One Year Older

Anatomy of a Military Child - One Year Older

April is the Month of the Military Child. I wrote this article last year but gave it a few tweaks and updates and am republishing it for 2019. Same information still applies, but I’m one year more experienced along my military spouse/life journey and wanted to add a few more details to the description of the anatomy of these wild creatures disbursed amongst us. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing (and updating) it. Stay blessed!

What You Need to Know About TRICARE's Banked Donor Milk Policy

What You Need to Know About TRICARE's Banked Donor Milk Policy

TRICARE families, have you heard the great news? TRICARE now includes Banked Donor Breastmilk as one of their covered benefits for all beneficiaries! The details can get a little complicated, but here on the From The Start, Postpartum Doula blog, I’ll do my best to clarify. Take a look at this article for more information and what you need to know about the new benefit and how to use it.

Lessons Learned from Overnight Postpartum Doula Support

Lessons Learned from Overnight Postpartum Doula Support

You’e heard about overnight support for families with new babies. Maybe you saw a Facebook post from a friend. Maybe you’re curious about what nights will be like when you have a newborn. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad you’re here and seeing this article. I wrote this article for two reasons: as a journal for myself and a way to mindfully think about and share my lessons learned from my most recent overnight support, and I wrote this as one example of how an overnight postpartum doula visit might go. I’d love your comments and your questions! Glad you’re here. Enjoy.

Why Overnight Postpartum Doula Support

Why Overnight Postpartum Doula Support

I’ve wanted to offer overnight postpartum doula support for years. My reasons for wanted to offer this service remained over the years but offering this type of support was not compatible with my family. Before I dive into what an overnight visit consists of, I wanted to continue my “why” series and explain why I think overnight support is so important. So, here it is. Why I provide overnight postpartum doula support! Enjoy!

My WHY

My WHY

Welcome to 2019 on the blog! I started this blogging journey one year ago when I explained a bit about what postpartum doulas do. Over the past few weeks and months I’ve been evaluating why I doula. My postpartum doula purpose. It’s really helped give me some clarity and focus for 2019 (and beyond!). It stemmed from Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why. If you’re a leader or a coach or a parent, I highly encourage you reading this. Or, at least reading a summary of it! It may help renew your purpose. Ok, enough of my book report and uncompensated product promotion…Enjoy this week’s article! Stay blessed!

A Different Kind of Giving

A Different Kind of Giving

Today is #givingtuesday, an annual day typically set aside to focus on donating money to causes with which you align. I’m stepping out of my usual lane of babies and families to share a different way to give today. Give the gift of life. Consider organ donation. Just think about it. If you have questions, this article has a handful of excellent resources to peruse and learn more before committing. It’s a big decision and one that I encourage you to discuss with your family. I hope you enjoy the post and learning a bit about Mary’s story. #MarysGotGuts #DonateLife

Strolling the Sunny South Bay - aka My New Service Area

Strolling the Sunny South Bay - aka My New Service Area

We’ve been in Los Angeles area for about 2 months now and we’re finally feeling like we have a bit of a routine. Especially me. I’m able to get out for a walk or run everyday and I’m trying to see as much as there is to see around here. This has allowed me to learn some streets and roads and has helped me determine my postpartum doula service area. So, I’m finally ready to share the areas in which I’m looking forward to supporting families with newborns. Share with anyone you know living this area who may be interested in postpartum doula services. Enjoy!

10 Thoughtful Gift Cards For Families With Newborns

10 Thoughtful Gift Cards For Families With Newborns

Think outside the registry and give a gift card! There are some really great products and services available nowadays for families with newborns. But, the big-box baby registries still have families registering for things they really don’t need. Here’s your chance to give an even better gift than a newborn-size onsie…a thoughtful gift card that the family will actually use! Take a look at this Top 10 list (but really, there are more than 10 ideas here!). Enjoy!

Are You Ready For Some...A Few Similarities Between Parenthood and Football

Are You Ready For Some...A Few Similarities Between Parenthood and Football

The NFL 2018-2019 Season Begins! A couple of weeks ago, I drafted my Fantasy Football team and it got me thinking about football and parenthood. Building your team. Hoping your team does well. Thinking about your team constantly. Wondering about their future. All that stuff. So, on this NFL Opening Day 2018, I wanted to make a light-hearted comparison between football and parenthood. And here it is. Enjoy!

Love At First Sight - Meeting My Firstborn's Father

Love At First Sight - Meeting My Firstborn's Father

Do you believe in love at first sight? Think about that as it relates to your children, especially your newborns, and you might have a different answer. But, you can also apply this question to another important person in your family. Check out today’s article on a pretty personal story for me and my family and learn how I became a believer in love at first sight. Happy Father’s Day!