Twins, Triplets, or more in Madison
October 20, 2017
The news that you’re having twins, triplets, or more probably came as a bit of a shock to you, didn’t it? Your very next thought was probably something along the lines of “what are we going to do” or perhaps a bit more “colorful” language was utilized.
Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
August 21, 2017
Madison Family Doulas prides itself on being a voice and a leader in our local community. With the events of recent weeks and months weighing heavily upon us, we felt it was time to speak out. It is our desire that the community of Madison know unequivocally where we stand on matters of diversity and inclusion. Read More
The Gift of Time: How Postpartum Care Can Help
August 14, 2017
A New York Times article recently came out about a scientific study from the National Academy of Sciences. It found that spending money to save time generated more happiness and stress relief than spending time to save money, for people across class lines.
Our Privacy Promise
August 2, 2017
In today’s world of social media immersion, privacy and healthy boundaries can be difficult to maintain. You may be considering your plan for how you announce your baby’s arrival: Will you post their picture? Will you give their full name? Will you be making sure that none of your friends or family accidentally upstage you and announce the birth first? Will you announce every milestone as they grow? Read More
Bubbe Knew Best: We All Need Community
July 27, 2017
As I was partly raised by my bubbe, receiving directions, discipline and advice in the form of Yiddish proverbs was pretty consistent and expected. I could name off so many that stopped me in my tracks as a child, usually veering me in a better direction - “Don’t throw away the soiled until you have the clean!” Read More
Where are all the Baby Nurses in Madison?
April 24, 2017
It's sort of a known fact. There are a small percentage of people living in Madison who are actually FROM Madison. Many move here from elsewhere for work, for school, or for (fingers crossed) tenure. Read More
The Return to Work
March 31, 2017
Returning to work after becoming a parent can be so hard. You’re still in the process of rediscovering yourself and who you are now that you have this new little human in your life. Read More
Meet Our Doulas: Andrea Alvarez
February 1, 2017
Andrea Alvarez is the newest member of the Madison Family Doulas team, having come on board as an affliated postpartum doula in December of 2016. She compassionately cares for those around here and is always seeking better care for families.
3 Ways to Get More Sleep with a Newborn
January 20, 2017
My first daughter was born after a 3-day labor and emergency cesarean. She was immediately whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where she was put on a breathing machine. Luckily my partner was able to go with her, he held her hand and let her suck on his finger while they poked and prodded and saved her life. I was closed up and sent to recovery, two floors and a million miles away from my baby. Read More
Beyond the Fourth Trimester
January 3, 2017
Many resources surrounding birth and parenting revolve around the first few weeks after birth. And many who become doulas do so because they have experienced or witnessed how little care is available to new parents after the birth of their baby. Often, those first twelve weeks are referred to as the “fourth trimester,” as to say it is an extension of the time women spend pregnant. Read More
Night Nanny vs Postpartum Doula
December 9, 2016
With so many choices available to new parents, how do you decide which is the best for you? For some it’s by going with their gut, but for most, in this day and age it is by researching what the best options are. As consumers, we like to be able to see the differences in services provided, have them clearly outlined and stated, and make our decision from there. Read More
Do You Need a Postpartum Doula?
November 21, 2016
While “postpartum doula” isn’t yet a household term, more and more people are becoming aware that this service exists. As awareness increases, we are seeing more referrals from friends and family, and of course care providers in the area. But, often those referrals that come in are need-based. As in, there is a clear-cut reason someone recommends it to a new parent. Read More
Meet Our Doulas: Laura Froyen, PhD
November 18, 2016
I think it's safe to say that writing about the Madison Family Doulas team makes me smile.
This time I am writing about Laura Froyen. I knew from the moment I first spoke with her that she would be a perfect fit. With a background in academia, a brilliant mind, and a heart of gold… I just knew.
November 11, 2016
Our overnight doulas are trained and experienced in supporting families making a wide variety of decisions. Honoring and supporting those decisions is what we do best. Read More
5 Tips For Self-Care in the Wake of the Election
November 9, 2016
Shocked. Scared. Disappointed. Devastated. Hopeless. Sad. Sick. Empty.
These are the thoughts and feelings rioting inside of me this morning, and I know I’m not alone. Read More
I am a Postpartum Doula
November 6, 2016
My role, and my scope of practice is very defined. Read More
Meet Our Doulas: Patsy Brooks
November 2, 2016
When I set out to create a doula agency, I knew I wanted to hire an amazing team. Last spring, when this idea was brand new and I was just beginning, I sat down with a colleague, Patsy Brooks, to catch up over coffee. By the end of that coffee date, we agreed she would be the first independent contractor with Madison Family Doulas. Read More
Sometimes, I Get Paid to Hold a Baby
October 26, 2016
You read that right.
Sometimes, as a postpartum doula, clients pay me to hold their babies for all or most of a shift. And that’s okay. In fact, that’s wonderful. Not because I just LOVE holding babies Read More
Guest Blog: When You Bring A Rainbow Baby Home
October 3, 2016
You plan for it. You dream about it, more than most. You ignore it. You don’t believe it will come. It didn’t happen last time, so you don't believe it will this time. The nursery is ready. It hasn’t been touched from the time before when you planned for a baby to come home. Only sadly she didn’t. Read More
Family Fun in Madison: Door Creek Orchard
September 28, 2016
As a parent of young children, it can be hard to find outings that are fun for the whole family, but when the cooler weather is calling you outdoors, a trip to an orchard can be exactly what all of you need. Or maybe you need a little self care, some peace and quiet, some time for yourself? We don't always get all that we need, but a warm cup of apple cider at nap time sure can go a long way. Read More
Madison's First Postpartum Doula Agency
September 23, 2016
We did it! Last week, Madison Family Doulas, Madison's very first postpartum doula agency, launched. We had a great first week, and the community has been very enthusiastic. I am honored and humbled to be able to finally bring these services to families in Madison.