Live Births on The Today Show!?!?

Wow... first reactions here... when I first heard that The Today Show was doing a new series where they would be going to live births and show them on the air live, I thought, wow pretty cool. This is going to be very different from A Birth Story, because it will be much happier. It won't have all the dramatic music that A Birth Story has. And it will  normalize birth a little more(uuhh, we've been doing it for millions of years!!)

But I just turned it on and I was a little uncomfortable for mom. How long in advance did they get her permission? If it was during labor, than I'd say that would be a hard informed decision to make during labor and very hard for her to think about the benefits versus the draw backs. The camera person/reporter was LOUD and in this womans face as she was pushing her baby out and touching her baby for the first time. She said to the woman as she is touching her baby for the very first time, "Turn around and say hello to the camera for us!" and this poor woman turns around  and looks into the camera and says HELLO. Instead of taking in the moments, this loud person is narrating the events. I think the idea of this new Born Today on The Today Show is a great idea... but maybe they will be able to find a way to treat the birthing family with a little more respect and dignity about the huge event she is accomplishing in these moments.

So calling The Today Show and reporter Janet Shamlian...

Can I please come in and teach your staff how do this series in a more respectful, beautiful way? At Main Line Doulas, we help families create a more intimate environment in a pretty sterile setting and we are pretty darn good at it. I'd be happy to teach your reporter to know exactly what to expect and how to best narrate it in a way that your viewers will enjoy AND show respect for the birthing mom and baby.

FREE CLASS: Preparing for the Postpartum Period NEXT Sunday Saturday at Lulu's Casita in Ardmore

I am so excited for the Grand Opening Fiesta of Lulu's Casita in Ardmore, across from the old Milkboy on Cricket Ave.

Main Line Doulas will be there hosting a FREE intro class:

Preparing for the Postpartum Period

We will tackle questions like:
  • What will the immediate days after birth be like?
  • How can I have a smooth transition into this new phase of my life?
  • What can I do NOW to prepare for after baby is born?

Expectant Parents Bootcamp at Please Touch Museum

Main Line Doulas is excited to be participating in this year's 

Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia

Expectant Parents Bootcamp!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Expectant Parents Bootcamp is a must see event for expectant mommies and daddies! We will conquer some of the most exciting and pressing new mommy and daddy questions and help you prepare for the amazing and exciting changes your family is about to experience! Bootcamp Expo will feature vendors specializing in all things baby! From baby gear to childcare experts, you won’t want to miss our Expo area for free advice, giveaways and more!

Registration Fee: $50/person or $90/couple. VIP Hour included!

Click on the link below to register:

Yay for my placenta pills...

Doula hat OFF, newly postpartum mom hat ON:

I just wanted to take a brief second while my 10 week old baby Ezra is sleeping to mention how much I love my placenta encapsulation pills. The Main Line Doulas placenta encapsulation specialist, Brittany Welding did my placenta and I could not be happier with the results. I took them the first 6 weeks.... and then yesterday, I realized I had been feeling a little down the last few days. I started taking them again yesterday and today. My energy is back, and my anxiety has dissipated!!!

Okay... baby is crying... I better stop writing... I just had to sing the praises of my placenta pills:-)

Paoli, Bryn Mawr, Lankenau, Riddle Hospitals!

Paoli, Bryn Mawr, Lankenau, Riddle Hospitals!

The Main Line Doulas Team is so excited about running in the BabySteps 5k Run on Saturday to support the NICU's of Main Line Health System including Paoli, Bryn Mawr, Lankenau, Riddle Hospitals!!!!! We hope to see everyone there!

The event is being held at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA at 8:30am on Saturday Sept 7th!

You can register on site and all proceeds go to support the important work of the Main Line Health NICU's.