West Bloomfield Chocolate Cherry Oats

By Jodi Long | September 6, 2021

Really just the best dang oats ever! This was most definitely a win…. So you all get to benefit from my experimentation in the kitchen. I hope you’ll check it out!  Whether you’re recovering postpartum or you’re a year, two or 10 out from having your babies. Or, you’ve never had babies and you just…

Baby Nurse

What is a baby nurse vs a postpartum doula?

By Jodi Long | August 30, 2021

What is a ‘baby nurse’ anyway?  Many families are familiar with the concept of a night nurse or baby nurse. But what are baby nurses and why would someone want to hire one for their family? The term ‘baby nurse’ really is interesting, because the person acting in this role is not an RN/LPN (a…

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Virtual Postpartum Group Support

By Jodi Long | April 15, 2020

Love in the Time of Cholera…..This is the name of a movie from 2007 with Javier Bardem. Although were not dealing with Cholera now, what we are facing is much worse and much more contagious. We are all on lockdown in quarantine….rules in the hospitals have changed and birthing families can’t have doulas present with…

Sweet Treats Postpartum

Sweet treats

By Jodi Long | April 5, 2020

The beauty of this treat is that it’s just slightly sweet because of the blueberries….but there is no sugar and NO guilt! Plus, your immune system will be happy. This is currently my favorite guilty pleasure Ingredients: 1C organic, GF quick cooking oats 1C shredded, no sugar added raw coconut 1Tbsp ground flax seed 1tsp…

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Postpartum Mood Disorders During COVID-19

By Jodi Long | April 2, 2020

This can be a really stressful time for everyone. ESPECIALLY if you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the family. The extra anxiety of not knowing if you will be exposed to the virus in the hospital….will your partner be able to be present with you….can your doula, who you have gotten to…

JODI LONG postpartum doula

Meet the Doula (Agency Owner) Jodi Long

By Jodi Long | February 11, 2020

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…

MICHIGAN FAMILY DOULAS KHADIJAH BANSFIELD

Meet the Doula-Khadijah Bansfield

By Jodi Long | February 7, 2020

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…

MICHIGAN FAMILY DOULAS ASIA SIKKILA

Meet the Doula-Asia Sikkila

By Jodi Long | February 7, 2020

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

By Jodi Long | February 3, 2020

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…

Varicose Veins Pregnancy

Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

By Jodi Long | February 2, 2020

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…