Asheville Doula: High Purpose

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Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from our suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of suffering. - Thich Nhat Hanh
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Labor contractions are like waves in the ocean. They come in rhythm and with intensity. I won't lie and say they're merely "surges of feeling" no girl, they hurt. We are conditioned to believe that all pain is bad. Pain signals to us that something is wrong. This isn't the case for birth. If you're in labor, something is very right. Bodies and souls are aligning like stars in the cosmos. Your body and your baby are working hard. Your soul needs to work hard too. Let your heart wrestle with your mind and let your heart win. Let your inner being tell your physical body, "Shh... this is good. This is holy." Accept the pain as a high purpose. .
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What is a Virtual Doula?

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I'm very excited to announce that I have added Virtual Doula Care to my services!   

What in the world is a virtual doula? Being a virtual doula was created out of a need for women who may need remote, long distance, emotional support and doula care. It differs from my traditional services in that all prenatal and postpartum appointments are done either on the phone or using Skype or FaceTime. There is also not a hands-on component during your labor, though you can reach me by phone or text with questions during the birth and anytime during pregnancy. 

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If you live in a rural  area or cannot otherwise access a doula for your birth, this option might be great for you. Virtually, we can still connect, and I can share knowledge and emotional support. I'm here via phone or text 24/7 helping you answer questions, create a birth plan, and otherwise prepare for your labor.  

There are many reasons virtual doula services may be a good fit for you. Maybe you like the idea of a doula but you and your family are very private and do not want someone in the room with you while birthing, however, you really want the prenatal support, education, planning, and assurance that a doula brings. With my virtual support, your birth will remain the intimate space you want, but you will have the preparation and educational assistance you need.

Virtual doula care is also a great options for mothers who have already had children, had uncomplicated births, and are looking for help with organizing birth and postpartum preparations and a knowledgeable, sympathetic ear for the more challenging aspects of pregnancy and birth.

And oh hey, maybe you would love to have me as your doula but you're not living in the Asheville area. I'm happy to work remotely, and as a great benefit, I offer a huge discount off my regular doula fees for virtual doula work! 

 

My Virtual Doula Services include: 

  • 1-3 prenatals by phone, FaceTime, or Skype
  • Assistance writing birth plan and postpartum plan
  • 24/7 phone and text support
  • Phone support during labor and delivery
  • 1 postpartum FaceTime or Skype consult
  • Herbal and aromatherapy support and reccomendations 

 

Do you think virtual doula services may be a good fit for you? I'm happy to help you decide and even recommend other options for you if not. If you'd like to learn more, please email me at info@marandabussanich.com. I'd love to chat with you!

 

 

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What To Eat and Drink in Early Labor

It used to be the recommendation that no eating should happen in labor what-so-ever. Thankfully, new evidence based research shows that eating and drinking in labor are helpful and beneficial. Eating and drinking in early labor can be especially vital to prepare and store energy for the hours and hours of labor that lay ahead. But what should laboring mama eat and drink?

True hydration cannot happen during labor absent hospital administered IV fluids. So it's SO important that in the weeks before labor, you're drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, in order to be properly hydrated for labor. However, maintaining that hydration during labor is also important. Water is, of course, the best go-to, but something with electrolytes and energy boosters should be considered too. These sippers are awesome for labor drinks.

  • Lemon water
  • Coconut water
  • Fruit infused waters 

To maintain energy for birth, think of eating in early labor like preparing for a marathon. We don't want belly too full with a big meal but we don't want you starving and lacking stamina either. Here are some energizing snack ideas for early labor.

  • Nut butter on whole week toast
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt with fruit or granola
  • Apple slices and peanut butter
  • Carrot sticks and hummus 
  • Grapes or berries
  • Protein shake
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Whole fruit granola bar
  • Turkey slices
  • Beef jerky

Most importantly, listen to your body. If you're hungry, eat. If you're thirsty, drink. If you're tired, take a nap. These snacks and drinks coupled with rest and care should give you the energy for a great birth. 

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