Meet the Doula (Agency Owner) Jodi Long

JODI LONG postpartum doula

Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula and Infant Care Specialist, Nutritionist & Childbirth Educator Jodi has been actively working as a birth and postpartum doula since 1999. She is a clinical nutritionist and Bradley Method educator as well as an RYT 200 yoga instructor. Jodi is passionate about women’s health throughout their reproductive life cycle.  Jodi…

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Meet the Doula-Khadijah Bansfield

MICHIGAN FAMILY DOULAS KHADIJAH BANSFIELD

Khadijah is an AMANI certified doula and childbirth educator, a birth assistant, and a student midwife. She has lived abroad for many years where she became a doula in 2012 and attended dozens of births and raised childbirth education awareness to hundreds of women. Khadijah is very passionate about advocating for women’s rights, especially childbirth…

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Meet the Doula-Asia Sikkila

MICHIGAN FAMILY DOULAS ASIA SIKKILA

I trained as a doula in 2004 with Elizabeth Davis, the author of Heart and Hands. In 2006 I lived in Senegal, West Africa and for 5 years hosted a Midwifery and Doula exchange program where Westerners came and worked with the local midwives in a birth clinic. I have supported women in a wide…

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5 Reasons to Delay your Babies First Bath

delay babys first bath

The routine has always been that immediately after your beautiful little newborn arrives, the nurse whisks them away to clean them off, bathe them, and wrap them up for you to snuggle for the firs time. Things have changed a bit over the years, and with good reason! Many of us don’t realize that we…

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Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

Varicose Veins Pregnancy

This topic came up in class today…..something not everyone is talking about but many women are experiencing—varicosities in pregnancy. What the heck is that? When you’re pregnant, you have more circulating blood in your body. This is a protective factor for you and for baby. You also have more of the hormone progesterone flowing. Progesterone…

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Paleo Lemon Blueberry Scones

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Scones

I am personally grain-free and sugar free these days…..but I still have days where I like a little something sweet. This one is for all our clients who can’t have grains….it’s one of my favs Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time investment 30 mins Preheat oven to 350F Ingredients: 3C Almond…

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Postpartum Dinner-Mexican Lasagna

Postpartum Mexican Lasagna

This is a warm, hearty meal for that new family you have been trying to find ways to help. OR, if you’re the partner of someone who has just given birth-I encourage you to try your hand at this. You won’t be disappointed!! It has plenty of good fats from both the turkey and the…

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

The words ‘Postpartum Depression’ bring up all kinds of thoughts and feelings for many….for families with new infants, for birthing people who have had a traumatic birth experience…..for people who have special needs children who were premature….and for women and families with perfectly normal, healthy deliveries and healthy infants. Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Postpartum Mood…

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Postpartum Breakfast-Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

postpartum breakfast Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

There could not be an easier, heartier pancake recipe out there. This one packs a punch of whole grains, good healthy fats from the egg and coconut oil and one of the most antioxidant rich fruits on planet earth-blueberries. Choose organic + gluten free wherever possible. Ingredients: 1C Oats, 2Tbsp coconut oil, 1 large egg,…

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How to Survive the Holidays with a New Baby!

Holidays New Baby Tips

So Christmas is over….but that’s not the only holiday this time of year. You may still be celebrating Hanukkah, starting Kwanzaa or just looking ahead to the New Year celebration. Maybe there are still friends and family in your home, or there are more on the way. Here are a few tips to managing the…

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