Postpartum Doula vs. Baby Nurse

As a new parent, you might be asking yourself if a Postpartum Doula is the same as a Baby Nurse or Baby Nanny. While Baby Nurses and Baby Nannies focus solely on the newborn, a Postpartum Doula will assist the entire family and teach the new mom about her baby. Baby Nannies or Nurses will […]

3 Helpful Tips for First Mothers

Many first time mothers spend time researching about their pregnancy and much thought into what the new baby will be like – and for good reason! It is exciting to be pregnant and to imagine who your new little person will be. Often, though, new moms are not prepared for their postpartum period. Many women […]

Doula History: Origins, Culture, and Postpartum Rituals

The word “Doula” is a Greek word that literally means “female slave for the child-bearing woman.” Today the word has come to mean “One who mothers the mother.” A pregnant woman will be given excellent prenatal care and classes to inform her about what to expect during labor, but little is said about what to […]

4 Benefits of Hiring an Overnight Postpartum Doula

Uninterrupted sleep One of the biggest contributors to a new mom feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and unhappy is the lack of restful sleep. When you don’t sleep a minimum of four hours straight, it is impossible to feel good the next day. Having an overnight doula from MothersCare can help provide a night or more of […]

New Mothers With Asperger’s Syndrome – What to Expect

What A Normal Postpartum Looks Like? MothersCare Doula Services of CT was given the privilege of being referred to a new mom who has Asperger’s Syndrome. We’ve been learning what the needs of a new mom are for one who has this added challenge. My sister works with children with Asperger’s Syndrome and she sent […]

Should You Hire a Labor Doula?

What do the studies show? When continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a: 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin 28% decrease in the risk of C-section 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief 14% decrease in […]

10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

There is a gap between the time a mom goes to her last prenatal visit with her OB and her first visit with the pediatrician. Because of this gap in care new mothers are not prepared for the reality of breastfeeding in the first minutes, days, and weeks of their baby’s life. Then we all […]

4 Tips to Get Siblings to Love Each Other

One of the biggest challenges to having a second or any additional babies is the concern of the effect on the older child. We’ve all seen or experienced for ourselves the uncomfortable situation when a 2 or 3 year old has meltdowns over the new baby. How can this be avoided or minimized? There are […]

Bonding with Your Second Baby – Tips & Timing

One of the hardest things about being pregnant with your second baby is the guilt a 2nd-time mom can often feel for her firstborn. Typically, our firstborn is the center of our universe, perfect to us in almost every way. Often, up until now, we haven’t loved anything or anyone as much. So it’s natural […]

Preventing Postpartum Depression

Researchers have launched the largest study ever exploring causes of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. The study, using a *free iPhone app, seeks to get 100,000 moms to participate. What causes Postpartum Depression? There are a few reasons that doctors believe moms are susceptible to postpartum depression. There are hormonal changes, lack of sleep, emotional […]