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…

delay babys first bath

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…

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Scones

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Scones

By Jodi Long | January 26, 2020

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…

Postpartum Mexican Lasagna

Postpartum Dinner-Mexican Lasagna

By Jodi Long | January 19, 2020

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…

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

By Jodi Long | December 31, 2019

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…

postpartum breakfast Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

Postpartum Breakfast-Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

By Jodi Long | December 30, 2019

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,…

Holidays New Baby Tips

How to Survive the Holidays with a New Baby!

By Jodi Long | December 26, 2019

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…

Postpartum Lunch Turkey Wrap

Postpartum Lunch

By Jodi Long | December 8, 2019

A large part of postpartum recovery is just that….recovery. We can’t recover, from anything, without appropriate nutrient intake. As a nutritionist, I have SO many quick, nutrient packed meals that I can’t wait to share. My first and most favorite quick lunch is a turkey wrap. This lunch has all the good fats, protein and…