The Atlanta Doula | What is a Doula?
Have you hired a doula yet? asks your mom, best friend, or a random lady in the produce section of Kroger.
But what does that mean? What is a doula, anyways?
According to DONA(Doulas of North America) International, the term doula is used to describe a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter, there are fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
Here are the outcomes associated with doula attended births:
But what does that mean for you?
So what do you think about doulas? Have you used one before? Are you planning one for your next birth? Let me know in the comments! And remember, here at SKDoula, I am here for all your pregnancy and childbirth needs!
The Atlanta Doula | Cloth Diaper Classes
Mention cloth diapers to any experienced mama, and their reaction will probably involve the phrase "but what about the poop?"
It's an understandable reaction. I think that people, in general, try to limit the amount of body fluids that we come into contact with. Having said this I can assure you, as a cloth diapering mama, that I have never once walked away from a diaper change covered in baby poop.
Now that we have the poo situation out of the way, let's talk about the reality of cloth diapers.
Think about this...
On average, a baby gets changed 6,100 times before they're potty trained, and approximately 4,000,000 babies are born every year. That's 27.4 billion disposable diapers every year, which equates to 11.9 million tons.
Those are some powerful numbers.
Now what if I told you that instead of spending up to $3,000 on 6,100 disposable diapers, you could spend $450-$700 on 24 reusable cloth diapers. Those same 24 cloth diapers are also free from sodium polyarylate, tributyl tin, and dioxin, which are some pretty nasty chemicals found in most mainstream cloth diapers.
Have I convinced you yet?
I would suggest checking out a local or online cloth diaper retailer. Many of them have information regarding the different styles and brands available!
Do you cloth diaper? Are you planning to? Let me know! And remember, I offer free cloth diaper consultations to all of my doula and childbirth education clients!
Atlanta birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, cloth diaper expect, yoga enthusiast, and baby snuggler.