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Postpartum doula in Barcelona: how I can help you!

Most new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all.

If mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The problem that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks.

 

What Is A Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.

Some of the duties that a postpartum doula will perform include:

  • Breastfeeding support
  • Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
  • Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel so overwhelmed
  • Running errands
  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
  • Light meal preparation
  • Baby soothing techniques
  • Sibling care
  • Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups
  • Much more! You only need to contact me!

Contact:

+34 687 98 69 13info@doulabarcelona.com

But I Have Lots of Family in the Area—Do I Need a Doula?

The answer to that question probably depends on your family and the level of support and care they offer you. Not everyone has a mother they can trust to come over, pitch in and help out—without the added commentary on how she’d do it differently if she were you.

One of the things new parents most appreciate about doulas is the complete lack of pretense—the doula is there to help you and support you in doing what you are doing, not to change it up and impose her system.

Because your doula doesn’t have an emotional investment in the way you desire to parent your newborn, she’s a help to the process, rather than a hurdle.But doulas aren’t just for women with especially vocal mothers and mothers-in-law.

Maybe you’d rather let mom do the fun grandma things like helping to entertain your visitors and taking care of siblings, and then let your doula handle the night shift. Doulas don’t usurp the role of family members in supporting a mother at this special time—rather they are advocates, making sure mom’s needs get handled in the midst of the new baby hubbub.

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How to Choose a Birth Doula!

If you are thinking to hire a Doula in Barcelona but you have a lot of doubts… Maybe I can help you!

Start with thinking about what you want from your doula.

Reassurance? Physical support and comfort during labor? Specialized expertise in attending twin births or vaginal birth after cesarean? Knowing what you want is the first step to making sure you get it! Likewise, a good doula finds out what you want and works toward that, instead of offering a “one size fits all” service.

Get recommendations.

Start by asking your care provider if she can recommend any labor support professionals she enjoys working with. If your OB hasn’t worked with a doula before, talking about why you want to hire one can help start a discussion of the type of birth you hope to have. Many care providers welcome the extra support a doula can provide.

When you meet with a doula, have a list of questions to ask her.

Try to think of questions that will give you an insight into how she supports women such as asking her what she enjoys most about her work and what she finds most challenging.

The most important step in hiring a doula is the interview. You can invite a potential candidate to your house or meet her in a public space, but consider it your opportunity to learn as much as you can about her. Ask her why she became a doula, how many pre- and postnatal home visits are included in the service (two or three visits is standard), and about the fee. Discuss medications during delivery, breastfeeding, and the type of care provider you plan to use for your birth. Most important, you should make sure that you feel comfortable with your doula, as you’ll be with her through one of the most stressful–and amazing–times in your life.

And if you are looking for a Doula in Barcelona, don’t hesitase to contact me! I would be glad to help you!

Contact details

34 687 98 69 13
info@doulabarcelona.com

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First trimester: What to do if you are pregnant in Barcelona

Having a baby is one of the most joyous times in many women’s lives. From anticipating the day you’ll bring your little one home, to picking a name and nursery colors, the excitement is palpable.

The first trimester begins on the first day of your last period and lasts until the end of week 12. This means that by the time you know for sure you’re pregnant, you might already be five or six weeks pregnant!

A lot happens during these first three months. The fertilised egg rapidly divides into layers of cells and implants in the wall of your womb where it carries on growing. These layers of cells become an embryo, which is what the baby is called at this stage.During this trimester, your baby grows faster than at any other time.

What you need to do if you are pregnant in Barcelona

  • Arrange your first appointment with your midwife: you can go for public health system, so first you will need to go to your CAP or for private clinics.
  • Take a daily folic acid supplement
  • Check before taking medicines
  • If you smoke, it’s time to quit
  • Cut out alcohol and cut down caffeine

 

By six weeks, a heartbeat can usually be heard and by the end of week 12, your baby’s bones, muscles and all the organs of the body have formed. At this point, your baby looks like a tiny human being and is now called a fetus. He or she will even be practising swallowing!

Pregnancy is different for every woman. Some women glow with good health and vitality during those first three months; others feel absolutely miserable. Here are some of the changes you might experience, what they mean, and which signs warrant a call to your doctor.

Bleeding. About 25% of pregnant women experience slight bleeding during their first trimester. Early in the pregnancy, light spotting may be a sign that the fertilized embryo has implanted in the uterus. However, if you have significant bleeding, cramping, or sharp pain in your abdomen, call your doctor. These could be signs of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside of the uterus).

Breast tenderness. Sore breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. They’re triggered by hormonal changes, which are preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby, and will probably last through the first trimester. Going up a bra size (or more) and wearing a support bra can make you feel more comfortable; you can go back to the lacy bras after your baby is finished nursing.

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5 Things Not to Say to a Woman Who Just Gave Birth

The days following birth are often a collision of mixed emotions- overwhelming love, joy, excitement, anticipation and even fear, can flood a new mom’s mind and heart. We are a walking emotional contradiction, and for good reason, birth is an enormously life changing event.

Here are some of the phrases I’ve found least likely to please a new mom, avoid them!

Are you going to have another baby?

I have heard asked this question hours after a first child had excite of the mother’s body. A woman that has just given birth does not want to think about going through it again immediately. She’s wrapped up in every emotion that has ever been in existence, and wants to be the best mother that she can be to THIS baby. Another baby is not what she wants to think about in these fresh, first moments after giving birth. Asking about her future family plans can wait, and it’s best to focus on the sweet baby she’s just brought into the world.

Breastfeeding is difficult

Breastfeeding might be difficult. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, be prepared for a little bit of work. Not everybody has a smooth ride and it can be anything the soft, bonding vignettes they plaster all over “Breast is Best” pamphlets. The good news is once you’re over the hump it’s pretty maintenance free and you can never forget your baby’s lunch on the counter. If you have an easy time of it, awesome!

My labour was much better / worse

No one likes a “one-upper” and you gain nothing by trying to do so. You can share your story too if you are all talking about birth, but don’t be that person

I Had My Baby “Naturally”

Again, this is one of those comments that is better left not being uttered, even under your breath. Whether a woman had a baby vaginally, via C-section, or through her ear–she doesn’t need to hear that you have done it “naturally.” Unless you are empathizing with a new mom who is suffering the aftermath that comes with vaginal birth or offering helpful tips for recovery, it’s best to just stay mum on the topic of your own experience.

You still look pregnant!

No kidding. After growing a baby for nine months, things don’t just shrink back to normal in a matter of days—it takes time. Meanwhile, mom doesn’t need to be told that even after giving birth, it doesn’t look like much has changed.

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Pregnant in Barcelona: a shopping list

Congrats!

You are pregnant! Do you know everything you are going to need meanwhile you are expecting your baby?

 

New pants or a waistband extender

Your belly may not be visibly rounder yet, but your pants may not be fitting as well, even just a few weeks in. A new pair of pants with a bit of Lycra stretch might round out your wardrobe perfectly.

If you don’t want to start buying new clothes just yet, try a waistband extender such as the Belly Belt or Bella Band. Keeping comfy is your new mission, and it’s more important than you may think: Some women report that a looser waistband helps with morning sickness.

 

Body pillow

Some pregnant women say their number one favorite purchase is their body pillow. Even this early, you may get uncomfortable easily, and a body pillow may help you get a better night’s sleep.

 

Tooth care

Your mouth may be drier, your gums more sensitive – and you’re more susceptible to gingivitis now. Preventing periodontal disease is vital for pregnant women, so buy yourself a nice new, soft-bristled toothbrush and some dental floss and use them every day to keep your mouth fresh and healthy.

 

A comfy cotton bra

Your breasts are probably feeling more tender now. And while you may not be ready for a maternity bra, a sports bra or comfortable cotton bra without underwire will give you gentle support and ease discomfort.

 

A good body lotion

Your skin may start feeling drier, especially on your belly as it grows and your skin stretches. Find a good all-over moisturizer that you can slather on now and throughout your pregnancy.
Pregnancy journal
You’ve just begun an incredible journey. How are you feeling? What are you thinking? Jot down your emotions, thoughts, or questions in a pregnancy journal. It can help you feel connected to the little person growing inside you and will be a one-of-a-kind keepsake after your baby is born.
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New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona

Prepare yourself for a positive birth experience! New group: Antenatal Clases in English and French in Barcelona!

Through the course “Parto y Movimiento” you will improve your skills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathingwill be your allies in your birth.

The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

In April 2018 we start a new group in Barcelona

Mondays at 19:15h (9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of April and 7th of May) inCoBaby

Carrer Sepúlveda 65, bajos 4º Metro Rocafort (L1) or Sant Antoni (L2)

Theoretical + Practical exercises 170 €

For further information contact me at info@doulabarcelona.org // 687.98.69.13

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Tandem Breastfeeding

If you’re a pregnant mom with a nursing toddler, congrats! Many mothers who start breastfeeding don’t continue, and you have defeated the odds. If you don’t want to stop nursing when Baby #2 comes along, you don’t have to. Tandem nursing—or nursing two babies at once—is becoming more popular with the rise in breastfeeding rates and it’s perfectly safe to do: Your toddler won’t hog your newborn’s milk because the breast has the amazing ability to adjust to the demands it’s given. Plus nursing both kids has been shown to improve the bond between siblings and relieve engorgement for moms.

I want to give you some tips to tandem breastfeeding

Find the right position

Breastfeeding both children at once mean creativity looking for the right position. There are two main positions to consider: One is the “football hold” and the other is the “cradle position.” When latching for the football hold, you bring the baby to your breast and position her so her legs and body are under your arm, with your hand at the base of the head and neck—as if you were holding a football. For the cradle position, you cradle the baby’s head in the bed of your arm with his abdomen against yours, keeping him in line with the rest of his body.

Once you get these positions down, you can choose a number of combinations when you’re breastfeeding the two babies. For example, the baby can be held in a football hold and the other child in a cradle position or you may choose to double cradle, where both children are held in a cradle position, with the newborn’s legs resting on top of the toddler’s.

Have an order in mind

If feeding a baby and toddler, try to feed the infant first because of his more immediate nutritional needs, at least until your colostrum is gone and transitions to a lighter milky color.

Take a break

Tandem nursing can be exhausting—especially if you feel like you never get a break. A good way to cope is to try to sleep when the newborn sleeps and get the toddler to nap at the same time. The toddler will not feed every 2-3 hours like a newborn, so take a break and rest with your baby.

Get ready for the critics

Since tandem breastfeeding is less common than nursing one-on-one, you may get the occasional irritating comment from friends, family members or strangers.

It’s good to have a response ready for these moments. Something like “I have researched the pros and cons of tandem feeding and found it to be safe, plus it works well for our family” works because those judging haven’t typically read-up on the method.

Find the Finding a support group also helps surround you with people who support your decision. La Leche League is the go-to organization when it comes to support for breastfeeding and a great resource for local groups. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to ask about groups at your hospital.

 

 

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El bebé emocional de Enrique Blay

Hoy quiero compartir un encuentro que os puede ser de mucha ayuda si estáis embarazadas o tenéis un bebé, este sábado 10 de marzo por la mañana, con el psicoterapeuta Enrique Blay, con la charla “El bebé emocional” donde nos hablará de lo que sienten y perciben los bebés en las etapas de gestación, nacimiento y crianza hasta los 2 años. Enrique Play es psicólogo con amplia experiencia entorno a la maternidad respetada y respetuosa.
Esta charla está organizada por Amana Doula, dentro del ciclo “Charlas Abiertas alrededor de la Maternidad” a través de las cuáles se pretende llegar a familias.
Para reservar tu plaza debes escribir un email a info@amanadoula.com
Día: 10 de marzo
Lugar: LLUÏSOS DE GRÀCIA Plaça del Nord 7-10 Barcelona
Duración aproximada: 1 hora y 45 minutos
Aportación por persona: 12 € [Parejas: 16€]
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What happens if I go past my due date?

According to research, only about one in 25 (four per cent) of babies are born on their exact due date. About one in five babies are born at 41 weeks or after. So rest assured, you’re not alone in wondering when your baby will make an appearance!

If you’re only a few days past your due date, most doctors won’t offer to induce your labour for a while. Although most babies remain healthy, obstetricians do worry when pregnancy continues several weeks past their due date. That’s because, after 42 weeks of pregnancy, a small number of babies die unexpectedly while they are still inside the womb (uterus) or shortly after the birth. Most hospitals follow guidelines which recommend offering induction of labour when you’re 41-42 weeks pregnant. This is based on evidence that babies are healthier at birth and more likely to be born safe and well when hospitals induce labour at or beyond 41 weeks. This approach seems to reduce the number of caesareans that are needed too.

If your pregnancy has been straightforward, you’re likely to be offered induction at 41 weeks. The timing may vary according to your hospital’s policy. In some areas you may be offered an induction at between seven days and 10 days after your due date, in others it may be two weeks. This is because it’s still not known when the ideal time is to induce labour in overdue mums. You may prefer to have your labour induced at 42 weeks, by which time you may have had enough of being pregnant. Or you may prefer to wait and see what happens, particularly if you’ve had a baby before, as the risk of stillbirth is lower for women who’ve already had a baby.

If your obstetrician suggests an induction, ask if your hospital usually offers inductions at a certain date, or if it’s due to your individual circumstances, such as your age, your weight, or complications in your pregnancy, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you have and she’ll take your wishes into consideration when an induction date is suggested. If your obstetrician suggests an induction, ask if your hospital usually offers inductions at a certain date, or if it’s due to your individual circumstances, such as your age, your weight, or complications in your pregnancy, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you have and she’ll take your wishes into consideration when an induction date is suggested.
If you’ve spoken to your obstetrician but you’re not sure about having an induction, you could ask for a day or two to consider it. See what your midwife thinks, read our information on induction with your partner and talk to friends who’ve had an induction. Though keep in mind that every pregnancy is different.

If there are no risks to your pregnancy and you don’t want to be induced, you could ask to be monitored every two to three days, to check that your baby is well. This should be offered to you if your pregnancy continues beyond 42 weeks.

 

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Hipopresivos: perfectas para el postearlo

Los ejercicios hipopresivos son aquellos que están basados en el trabajo abdominal y postural realizados, normalmente, en en apnea espiratoria, es decir, interrumpiendo la respiración tras haber soltado todo el aire que había en los pulmones (respiración). Éstos fueron creados como alternativa más saludable a los ejercicios tradicionales que se venían prescribiendo, los conocidos como abdominales, y como una forma de ejercitación global pues integra entrenamiento abdominal, postural y del suelo pélvico simultáneo, tres puntos fundamentales en la recuperación después del embarazo.

En definitiva, se trata de un método holístico que considera al cuerpo como un todo y concibe el entrenamiento de forma global, integrando la postura y la respiración, con especial atención al cuerpo de la mujer.

¿Cómo funcionan los hipopresivos?

La musculatura de la faja abdominal y del suelo pélvico está diseñada para ejercer de sostén de los órganos situados en la cavidad que envuelven. En la vida cotidiana se producen constantes aumentos de la presión abdominal: al toser, gritar, reír, cantar, cargar pesos, mantener relaciones sexuales, practicar deporte, etc. Debido a estos y otros factores, como la inactividad, los embarazos o la menopausia, esta faja abdominal y la musculatura perineal pueden verse afectadas y dejar de realizar correctamente sus funciones de sujeción.

Con los ejercicios hipopresivos podemos devolver esta función reprogramando la respuesta muscular ante las situaciones de aumentos de presión del día a día. ¿Cómo? Mediante un incremento del tono muscular en reposo, es decir, de la contracción muscular que se realiza de forma involuntaria y sostenida en el tiempo. Asimismo, se puede mejorar la respuesta muscular ante los aumentos de presión puntuales, ya que incrementa el soporte central ante las actividades que demandan fuerza.

Los beneficios más destacados que nos ofrece esta técnica en las mujeres que acaban de dar a luz son:

  • Mejora el aspecto estético del abdomen, reduciendo el perímetro abdominal en un periodo de tiempo relativamente corto.
  • Mejora los problemas de incontinencia urinaria.
  • Son ejercicios potencialmente beneficiosos para mejorar la vida sexual.
  • Es altamente recomendable para la recuperación y la tonificación en la etapa de post-parto.
  • Evitar y combatir la depresión postparto.
  • Mejora la salud de nuestra espalda.