Let me tell you about this amazing military wife and doula I know... Her name is Amanda Dodson, and she is a certified DONA Doula and HypnoBirthing Educator (HBCE). Her passion is to help service members and their families during pregnancy and beyond inspired her to found the Japan Birth Resource Network. In order to coordinate and provide training and support for local area doulas, Amanda opened the Okinawa Birth Education Center. As a military spouse of 18 years, she has spent over 12 years living overseas with her husband of 18 years and their 3 children, two of which were born in Okinawa. Amanda was voted 2016 AFI Spouse of the Year for Marine Corps Base SD Butler, Okinawa, Japan for her important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country. She has spent the past 7 years educating and supporting military families stateside and abroad, working to build a continuity of care for expecting families and building relationships while fostering growth in local communities.
Want to know more about the Military Birth Resource Network Chapter? Click here for a chapter near you: https://www.militarybirthresourcenetwork.org/board-of-directors/
Recently this summer Amanda linked up with 'She Swank Market Place' located in Jacksonville, North Carolina in the heart of The Gum Branch Center. She rebranded herself to Dogwood Baby. If you are looking for Bump and Birth support to help your Bounding transitions more settle, contact her! In the store you can find a little bit of everything; from pregnancy, birth, to children items. They offer a selection of maternity clothing, natural health care products, a DIY station to make your own tea blends and nursing/teething necklaces. They also offer childbirth classes, information sessions and resources for the Jacksonville, North Carolina area. So if you're ever in the area, drop in to take a peek and go 'LIKE' her FB page: Dogwood Baby, Bump to Both to Bounding!
715 Gum Branch Rd. Unit 6
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Call (910) 968-0343
Let Amanda know I 'Natasha, from Earthbound' sent you via my blog on her!
Let me tell you about this new free lancing photographer we collaborate with. Her name is Monica Munoz and she loves to capture images which reflect the feelings and essence of family or couples. Monica holds a bachelors in communication Sciences , specializing in Public Relations.
Last winter 2015 - 2016 she worked as a photographer at the resort Angel Fire, New Mexico for the company Atmosphere Photos. She was in charge of the Summit, action shots, family, couples and engagement. The photos found in her portfolio and client albums are taken and edited by her. Monica loves that her clients enjoy the photo shoot, feel relaxed and free, to capture unique images She give all the photos taken during the photo session 10 photos (which are chosen with the client) she will edit, color correct, and retouch.
Things she wants you should know about her:
- peruvian decent.
- Is the owner of a Nikon a D7100.
- A designer.
-Her logo was designed by her.
- She is a member of Public Relations Students Society of America.(PRSSA)
"You can count on me for a wonderful photoshoot, where we can immortalize those unique moments of life."
Please visit her website here: http://monicamunozphotogr.wixsite.com/mmphotography
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As a Doula I am often asked many questions in regards to the benefits of having a doula. The question I receive the most is, “I am planning to have an epidural; do I still need a doula? If so,what are the benefits/what can you do for me?”
Absolutely! If you are planning to have an epidural you can have a doula. Many people believe that doulas are only helpful for unmedicated births. That is far from the truth. Doulas provide support before, during, & after the birth. An epidural is just one of many tools offered to a mother for pain relief, but an epidural cannot provide the same support that a doula can. I am going to share with you 6 ways a doula can still provide support.
A doula can help a mom change position in bed for comfort & labor progress. Lying in bed in the same position can not only become uncomfortable, but it can also cause labor progression to stall. Many doulas use a peanut ball placed between mom’s legs to help keep her pelvis open.
• Comfort Measures:
A doula can help manage the laboring mom’s environment (ex. lighting, temperature, music, etc.). A doula can bring mom a cool washcloth, ice chips, extra pillows, and more. Doulas can also provide massage.
• Pain Management:
Break through pain is fairly common with an epidural. A doula can provide pain management techniques before the epidural, during the procedure, and after the epidural if it doesn’t adequately cover the pain.
• Continuous Support:
When a mom has a doula it also allows her partner and other support system to be able to take breaks and get some rest knowing that mom is being taken care of.
• Communication with Care Providers:
A doula can help facilitate discussions with care providers. They are a bridge between the medical system and their clients. They may help clients formulate questions, determine options, and provide information so the laboring woman can make an informed decision. Doulas work to convey your goals and desires to the medical staff. A doula CAN NOT speak for or make decisions for a mom and her partner.
• Help with Pushing:
When it is time for mom to push, doulas can suggest techniques and provide coaching to help make the process easier.
There are many other benefits to having a doula even if you plan to have an epidural. Using doulas has been shown to have some very positive effects on labor and birth outcomes. If you are interested in a doula and are not sure if one can be helpful in your birth plan please contact us and let us explain how we can help you.
Written By: Terry R.
Natasha has 18 years of experience working with birthing and postpartum mothers. She is well versed and rounded with experience in holistic wellness and integrative medicine. Natasha focus is to treat the body as whole instead of a symptom.