Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. And whether you’re here for all that hearts and chocolate and romance stuff or not, we need you to check out today’s blog. Because chances are, you forgot someone pretty important this V-Day.Read More
Love. Love. Love. With Valentine’s just a few days away, love is in the air this week. That’s why this week on the blog we’re talking about all the people who get a little love in your life - friends, partners, even you. And of course, your kids, right. Right?
But what happens when you’re just not feeling the love?
If after nine months of pregnancy and hours and hours of labor you don’t feel an instant bond with that squawking little baby on your chest, is there something wrong with you?
If you want to run away to a desert island (or at least a luxury spa) after walking the floor all night with a fussy, teething 6 month old, does this make you a bad mother?
If you’d rather run to the dentist’s office than get up one more time to refill your toddler’s snack bowl, are you failing at parenthood?
The answer to all of those questions is: NO. No, falling out of love with your kids sometimes does not make you a bad mother.
In fact, it makes you a totally normal mother. It’s totally normal to unconditionally love your kids, to know that you would die for them, but at the same time to not love every part of motherhood. And embracing this truth is the secret to guilt-free parenting.
We all lose our shit some days. Other days we want nothing more than a few, kid-free hours all to ourself. And none of this changes how much we love our kids.
Becoming a parent won’t make you perfect. It won’t make you stop having your own needs and wants and wishes. It won’t give you endless amounts of patience. But it will give you a love like you’ve never experiened before. It’s the kind of love that makes you feel like your heart will explode some days. It’s a love that makes you want nothing more than for your little one to fall asleep and then make you sneak into their room hours later just to gaze at that perfect little face. It’s the kind of love that demands a night away with your partner to refresh, just to do nothing but talk about your baby all night and then rush home to them when you can’t stand to be away a minute more.
That’s the kind of love that we reserve for our kids. It’s not perfect but it is unconditional. And we know you love your kids, even when you don’t want to. That’s what makes us parents.
Birth doulas LOVE birth. It’s common for most people to associate them with only the birth itself. What’s not often discussed is what the birth doula does leading up to the birth and sometimes behind the scenes at the birth itself. Check out this post for more info.Read More
Did you know that 1 in 3 families have to choose between buying diapers and food? Did you know that WIC and food stamps do not cover diapers? Check out this blog on the way a Wake County program is filling the need for diapers in our community. Doulas of Raleigh is partnering with this organization to help raise awareness and increase donations.Read More
You've heard about placenta encapsulation, but what does the process really look like? Today's blog gives you an inside peek into what happens - start to finish - when you hire one of our Postpartum Placenta Specialists.Read More
This month we are beginning a new blog series highlighting local businesses. The first to be featured is SnickerDoodles, a creative and fun play space that is enjoyable for kids and grown-ups alike. Check out our interview with SnickerDoodles owner, Jaime Adams, and then head on over for a visit.Read More
Have you seen placenta encapsulators pushing the benefits of "magic" pills? Well, unfortunately the early postpartum period is not a fairy tale, so beware of anyone selling magic pills. We tell you why.Read More
We are heartbroken over the tremendous loss of life after the mass shooting in Las Vegas yesterday. There are so many feelings and emotions and it can be so hard to put them into words. It is even harder when our children begin to ask questions about things like this. So how do we gently tell them that the world can be a scary place?Read More
In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, we invited Emerald to write about her experience as a Black Mother who breastfeeds as well as her experience as a lactation support professional. Thank you, Emerald, for writing this and sharing your experiences with us.Read More