Category Archives: Educating

Teaching Breastfeeding, Talking about Breastfeeding and, well, Actually Breastfeeding…

Teaching Breastfeeding, Talking about Breastfeeding and, well, Actually Breastfeeding…

  Right now, I am teaching breastfeeding classes, seeing private lactation clients, training women to become lactation educators, and actually breastfeeding a newborn…so needless to say my life is boobs and milk! For me, the subject has two completely different sides. When I am teaching and working with clients, I am the educator that shares…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

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

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

Meet Your Cognitive Bias

Meet Your Cognitive Bias

Photo Credit: Jesse Orrico Earlier this summer, I was walking to my mailbox when I spotted a snake on my sidewalk. It was a tiny ribbon snake, completely harmless, yet I was barefoot and I immediately jumped back. My heart was racing, my breathing rate increased, my palms got sweaty. And then, I noticed the…Read More

Building Inclusive Bridges with our Language

Building Inclusive Bridges with our Language

Picture Credit: William Stitt Stereotypes hold their own birthing story. And, if we know anything as true advocates for birthing families, it’s that life is constantly evolving and taking on a new truth based on the context around it. Looking at life without the surrounding context is like taking a shortcut without considering the scenic…Read More

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