Doula Musings

February is Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

By Jodi Graves | February 3, 2024

Did you know that February is prenatal infection prevention month? This is a time to raise awareness and educate expectant parents and health care providers about the risks and prevention of infections during pregnancy. Prenatal infections can cause serious complications for both the mother and the baby, such as miscarriage, preterm labor, birth defects, and…

Safeguarding Your Baby’s Sleep During Flu Season: A Guide for Parents

By Jodi Graves | January 27, 2024
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When your baby has a stuffy nose due to the flu, adapting safe sleep practices becomes paramount. Here’s a guide to ensure your baby sleeps soundly and safely during the flu season. 1. Do NOT elevate the head of the bed Elevating your baby’s head slightly by placing a small pillow or folded towel under…

Bringing Your Baby Home to Your Fur Baby (your pet)

By Jodi Graves | January 16, 2024
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Bringing a newborn into a home with pets is a joyous occasion that requires thoughtful planning and consideration. Here are 10 essential tips to ensure a smooth and harmonious transition for both your four-legged friends and your newest family member-your baby. 1. Gradual Introduction to your baby:  Begin by gradually introducing your pets to the…

The Unspoken Realities of Breastfeeding: What I Wish I Knew

By Jodi Graves | January 5, 2024
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Breastfeeding, a sometimes beautiful yet almost always challenging journey that many new parents embark on, holds a myriad of unspoken truths. Beyond the serene images of bonding and nourishment lie the untold tales that every parent wishes they knew before stepping into the realm of nursing. 1. Latch Woes: It’s Not as Instinctive as You…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…