Let Your Superhero Out

Let Your Superhero Out

I find every year after conference my mind is buzzing.* Maybe it’s a 2 am insight or a random thought. This year the superhero social made my mind buzz about strengths. Each one of us holds our superhero inside. What can you do to let your superhero strengths out? First of all, do you know…Read More

Encouragement to Teach Preconception/Early Pregnancy Education

Encouragement to Teach Preconception/Early Pregnancy Education

During the 2017 CAPPA Conference in Portland, Maine, I saw the excitement of the faculty and attendees on the organizing of a New Parent Educator Course at CAPPA. As a childbirth educator for over 45 years, I have seen how few parents nowadays, shows a natural skill for parenting. Many new parents have never babysat…Read More

911 Postpartum Doula

911 Postpartum Doula

Photo Credit: Tim Bish As a Postpartum Doula, I serve a wide range of families and know the support I provide makes a huge difference in their lives after babies. Most of my clients contract with me before the birth to ensure that they will have the support needed. But I have a whole other…Read More

Finding Your Niche

Finding Your Niche

Photo Credit: Hans-Peter Gauster As a former biology instructor I always encouraged students to observe their environments, as they are ripe with individualized roles that are filled by a species with a unique skill. The world of childbirth education is similar. While the variety of options that exists could be endless, with the right research…Read More

5 Simple Tools for the Self-Actualized Doula

5 Simple Tools for the Self-Actualized Doula

Photo Credit: Natalie Collins “Self-actualization” is a term that comes from Abraham Maslow, a leading figure in the Positive Psychology movement. Self-actualization refers to the “realization or desire for self-fulfillment.” In other words, it’s the motivation to realize one’s full-potential. As doulas, we place a lot of emphasis on self-actualization, whether we know that term…Read More

Helping New Mothers

Helping New Mothers

One of the most common phrases I hear the new mothers wonder about is, “Is my baby ok?” Since we are professionals in our clients’ homes, it is easy for new moms to ask us all kinds of questions relating to their baby’s overall health. Our role as doulas is non-medical and strictly informational support,…Read More

A Special Place

A Special Place

Photo Credit: David Marcu “Imagine yourself in your special place.” As I write today, I am making plans for our annual family visit to a very special place—Campobello Island, New Brunswick. It is a very small island in the Bay of Fundy with a population of little more than 1000 people, limited cell phone service,…Read More

The Art of Networking

The Art of Networking

Networking has changed quite a bit from when I started in this field many, many moons ago.  In a technological world, we are quickly becoming more connected and disconnected all at the same time.  Before the Internet and social media was a thing, we used to have to actually make appointments with others and have…Read More

Safe Sleep Support and Practical Advice for New Parents

Safe Sleep Support and Practical Advice for New Parents

By: Shari Criso MSN, RN, CNM, IBCLC Newborn babies will spend most of their early life, up to 16-17 hours per day sleeping. Beyond feeding and making sure that baby is getting everything they need to develop and grow optimally, we want to make sure that they are ALWAYS safe! As a Registered Nurse, a Certified…Read More

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