Early Postpartum Support in the Home: A Vital Link to Healthy and Safe Postpartum Recovery in the United States

By Jodi Graves | December 26, 2023
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(Read the rest of this article here: DOI: 10.1891/JPE-2022-0017) Jodi Graves, Birth & Postpartum Doula, BS, MS Nutrition ABSTRACTMany newly postpartum women and birthing people are sent home from the hospital with their newbornbabies, ill-prepared to care for themselves with little to no capacity to learn about newborn care andparenting. Women are often left to fend…

1 in 5 Women Report Mistreatment During Maternity Care

By Jodi Graves | September 26, 2023

What in the H E double hockey sticks is going on in US Obstetrics?! A new survey was recently released by the CDC showing 1 in 5 women reporting being mistreated by medical professionals while receiving maternity care. 1 in 5. That’s 20% of folks receiving maternity care….and you and I both know that those…

11 Quick Postpartum Breakfasts

By Jodi Graves | August 9, 2023

That’s right…we said 11. We’ve had several requests for quick and easy breakfast meals lately. (You know, the first thing you skip with a newborn in your home) Here’s some ideas that will hopefully make you re-think that choice. 1. Whole Grain Pancakes We like to make oatmeal pancakes, with blueberries or raspberries in the…

Tea With Jodi -S1 E7

By Jodi Graves | August 8, 2023

The State of our Health Care System with Mich Rep Laurie Pohutsky Introducing Laurie Pohutsky. 0:08 Introducing Laurie Pohutsky, 17th district Michigan House of Representatives. Maternal and infant health. What can the government do to better support parents? 2:54 Doula and birth center expansion in Michigan. The most important issue facing new families. The availability…

The Bare Minimum 5-5-5 Postpartum Rule

By Jodi Graves | July 25, 2023
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Welcoming a newborn baby into the world brings significant physical and emotional changes for the new mom/birthing person. And folks, this can literally be the understatement of the century for some people. The postpartum period, often referred to as the “fourth trimester,” is a crucial time of healing and bonding. To help ease this transition,…

baby right after birth

Empowering Choices: The Essence of Informed Consent in Birth

By Jodi Graves | July 18, 2023

Birth is a miraculous journey that ushers in new life, shaping families and communities. Throughout history, the act of giving birth has evolved considerably, and so has the concept of informed consent. Informed consent in birth is a fundamental principle that aims to respect a person’s autonomy, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge necessary…

All you’ll ever need to know about skin-to-skin with your newborn baby

By Jodi Graves | July 6, 2023

Welcoming a newborn into the world is a precious and life-altering experience. Amidst the joy and wonder, it is crucial to prioritize the well-being of the baby. One practice that has finally gained universal recognition for its numerous benefits is skin-to-skin contact. In this blog, we will explore why this simple act holds immense significance…

Take our PRIVATE Childbirth Class

By Jodi Graves | June 30, 2023
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Say what? A private class? Yes, please–sign me up!!! While group classes are widely available, private childbirth education classes offer a range of unique benefits that can greatly benefit expecting parents. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of our private childbirth education classes. Private childbirth education classes provide a one-on-one learning experience…

placenta on table after birth

We offer Placenta Encapsulation!

By Jodi Graves | June 29, 2023
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Motherhood (and Fatherhood too!) is a transformative journey, both physically and emotionally. As birthing folks navigate the postpartum period, they often seek natural ways to support their recovery and overall well-being. Placenta encapsulation has gained popularity as a holistic practice that offers numerous benefits for new mothers. In this blog post, we will explore the…