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What It’s Like to be a Doula

Become a doula in Kansas

“That must be such a fun job!”…..”You’re so lucky to get to hold babies all day.”…..”A doula, is that like a midwife?” Even as doulas, sometimes it is hard to describe what we do. Actually being a doula has very little to do with holding babies and everything to do with supporting the parents of these babies. Here’s what its like to be a doula… Being a doula means being willing to drop everything and fully focus on someone else in their moment. It…

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Being Induced? How to Know and Understand Your Bishop Score

Bishop Score

Congratulations! You’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and birth is in sight. If an induced labor is on your birth plan, you’ll want to have an idea what your Bishop Score is before labor begins. Your doctor or midwife has likely been assessing your score over the last couple of weeks. He/she will be more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have surrounding anything mentioned here. What is it? The Bishop score, developed by Dr. Edward…

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The Best Place for Placenta Encapsulation in Kansas

Where is the absolute best place in the entire state of Kansas to have your placenta encapsulated? The answer may actually surprise you.  Where can you be undeniably sure about what is in your capsules? (No additives, fillers or parts of someone else’s placenta) A place that allows you absolute privacy while allowing you to rest and relax. After all, you did just have a baby. Somewhere that allows you to watch any parts of the process you’d like to watch,…

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Doula and Epidural – Can you have both?

There is a preconceived expectation of what Doulas are. Spend even a little bit of time on Google and mommy bloggers will try to convince you that doulas are ‘Crunchier than thou’, ‘Hippies‘, and ‘Natural Birth Advocates’ that hate Epidurals. Here’s the deal. We don’t. At Mid Kansas Doula Services, we don’t hate Epidurals at all. We actually appreciate the fact that many women are given the choice to have one. Whether you’ve already decided you want one, you’re…

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Who is the AAP and Why Should You Care What They Think?

AAP Mid Kansas Doula Services

You’ve most likely seen the newest studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Here is this one released October 21, 2016: American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use And this one published October 24, 2016: American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Safe Sleep Recommendations to Protect Against SIDS, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths You may be asking yourself, “Who are these people and why do they care how I parent my children?” According to the AAP website,…

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites – A Healthy Fall Snack

Pumpkin Spice is Here….and So is the Sugar Tis the season for everything pumpkin spice, unfortunately, a lot of it is also laden with sugar. Don’t get me wrong, sugar is great in moderation but sometimes it would be nice to have a treat that doesn’t give you that energy crash later. Enter Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites! The great thing about these is that they mix in enough protein and more complex carbohydrates that you won’t experience the sugar crash…

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Avoiding the Cascade of Interventions

Is the Cascade of Interventions Real? Yes, it is a real thing. Is it something you should be scared about? No. Is it something you should be educated about? YES! Should you need to fight tooth and nail with your care provider to prevent it? No, and if you are I would like to suggest looking into changing providers. The cascade of  interventions is something you need to be able to talk openly about with your care provider. The…

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What are the Breastfeeding Laws in Kansas?

What rights do you have as a breastfeeding mom in Kansas? Congratulations on your new baby! Odds are you are one of the 77% of Kansas moms that has ever breastfed a baby. While breastfeeding your baby might feel like a natural thing to you, it is important to know your rights regarding breastfeeding and pumping for your baby. Here at Mid Kansas Doula Services we encourage families to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. If nursing your…

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Grocery Shopping in Hutch Just Got Better with ClickList

The Good and the Bad of Grocery Shopping There are times when grocery shopping can be a wonderful break from everyday life. Those times are when you can leave the kids at home, stop by Dillons Marketplace, pick up your favorite caffeinated drink from the in-store Starbucks, and leisurely stroll the aisles. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and sometimes grocery shopping is the absolute worst. You know what I’m talking about, the kids are cranky and the one banana…

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Regret and Other Hard Things About Parenting

When I first announced that I was expecting, many people gushed about how amazing parenting is.  They threw in a few jokes about sleep deprivation and mom diapers but they usually followed it up with “but seriously, it is great!” or “I wouldn’t change it for the world!” Some even said it is the best thing you will ever do with your life. Well, I’m not going to disagree with them but I am going to take a moment…

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