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Nesting Days Blog

I’m a trained postpartum doula. Because many people don’t know what a postpartum doula is or does, I usually begin by explaining what I don’t do. I am not medically trained. I do not make diagnosis, give medical advise, or administer medicine.

What I do do is Nurture, Educate, Support and Transition (N.E.S.T.) the new mother and her infant on their journey from womb to world.

“When I was 28 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to the incurable nature of the cancer I had, my doctors decided it would be best to do a complete double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.

Looking back, now 5 years in remission, it all feels like a dream. And the perspective I had gained was so invaluable. After my diagnosis, I vowed to myself that I would appreciate every single day. You never know when your time will run out.

Kristen LaValley had so much difficulty breastfeeding her first child that she eventually gave up. I asked her to tell her story of how she listened to her instincts, went skin-to-skin, and used the Nesting Days carrier to successfully nurse her second child.

Let’s face it, no matter how thrilled you are with your new baby, you still need to be able to perform simple functions to get through the day.

As a postpartum doula, I encourage new mothers to slow down and give their bodies time to recover from pregnancy and delivery, and to get to know their babies, but you can go stir-crazy without some mobility.

Congratulations, new mama!

Your baby is finally here and how precious and sweet it is to hold them, smell them and marvel at that perfect (and tiny!) body. Is there anything cuter than baby feet? I don’t think so.

Hey Kids, want to go on a teddy bear hunt? Bay Area neighbors have come together with a great way to entertain kids who are stuck at home while practicing social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Five years ago, on November 17th, 2014, I had the good fortune to travel to Rwanda to take part in the First Kangaroo Mother Care Product Forum at the bequest of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On World Prematurity Day 2019 the journey continues...may our little lights shine all around the world. ❤️👶
Today, Tuesday, Nov 19, a group of 40 children and adults representing The Butterfly Effect Migration Project' have traveled from the Bay Area to Washington, D.C., with 15,000 hand-made paper butterflies. 🦋
Today begins World Breastfeeding Week, devoted to listening to the collective feminine voice of millions of breastfeeding mothers around the world.

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