Postpartum Healing

The Golden Hour

By Jodi Graves | October 10, 2021

You might know what the ‘Golden Hour’ is in the context of medicine(that critical time when getting treatment or medicine on board will have more benefits and potentially save a life)….many of our clients and students speak this language fluently. But, do you know what the golden hour after birth is? Well, let’s hear this…

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Virtual Postpartum Group Support

By Jodi Graves | 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…

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Postpartum Mood Disorders During COVID-19

By Jodi Graves | 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…

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Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

By Jodi Graves | 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…

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

By Jodi Graves | 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…

Mastitis 101

What the Heck is Mastitis?

By Jodi Graves | October 16, 2019

Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection, typically in the ducts that produce milk in the breast. The inflammation can result in: Pain Swelling Warmth Redness Fever, chills & flu-like symptoms Sometimes, an itchy rash can also be present The breast is composed of several glands and ducts that lead…

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4 Maybe-Slightly-Taboo Postpartum Must Haves

By Jodi Graves | October 11, 2019
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You have just brought your beautiful bundle of joy home….but you feel less than a beautiful bundle of joy yourself. You came home in those oh-so-lovely mesh panties with a diaper sized menstrual pad in them to catch whatever it is that’s coming out of you still (that stuff is called Lochia, but we will…