You Are Not Alone: Statistics, Resources, & Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

“Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.” National Coalition Against Domestic Violence The victims of domestic violence and its …

Get To Know Dina Piccioni, Birth & Postpartum Doula

Dina is a passionate, dedicated birth and postpartum doula. She believes strongly in a mother’s instinct and decision making process. She is non-jugemental and opened minded, supporting a mother’s choices 100%. Read on to learn more about Dina! Where were you born? Toronto, Ontario Canada How long have you lived in the DMV? Since July 1999 Tell me about the moment you wanted to be a doula.I knew it after the birth of my granddaughter. That was the first time …

In Depth: Balanced Birth Support’s 3-Hour Comfort Measures For Birth

Are you looking for a childbirth class focused on easing the pain and uncomfortable sensations of labor and birth? Have you taken a childbirth class with a previous baby and are looking for a refresher? Balanced Birth Support’s 3-Hour Comfort Measures For Birth class might be exactly what you are looking for! Balanced Birth Support’s 3-Hour Comfort Measures for Birth class is taught by Sara P, a Balance Birth Support birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth educator. Even though this …

Get to Know Danie Crofoot, Balanced Birth Support’s Traveling Doula!

Its so obvious that Danie has an immense, strong calling to supporting birthing families. They are a full-spectrum doula, and supports families in all circumstances and outcomes. Having moved away from their childhood home on an adventure to New York City, Danie is no stranger to uncertainty and unpredictability, and as a Traveling Doula, they will be there to your support you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum wherever you are, near or far. Read on to learn more about Danie! …

Meet Miranda! Balanced Birth Support Metro DC Birth Doula

Its been a fair amount of time since I have had an opportunity to visit with the awesome Balanced Birth Support community.  I’m super excited to share my interview with Miranda Franck, one of our birth doulas. She supports hospital births, home births, and birth center births all over the DC area.  She is smart, dedicated, and a fellow NICU mom.  Her passion for supporting birthing families is obvious, and she will tirelessly support you, no matter what. Plus, I …

Breastfeeding Resources & Where To Find Local Support

If you are planning to breastfeed, it’s important to have good, solid resources available to you both before and after the baby is born. Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally and support is essential if you want to achieve your goals, no matter what those goals are.  I’ve listed several go-to resources below; check them out before you go into labor so you know what to expect in breastfeeding from the moment your baby is born.  Books*Links …

Partner Birth Affirmations! (Free Printable!)

Affirmations are not just for mothers! Partners and support people are so important to the birthing family, so its important to take care of them too! Birth partners can also experience fear and anxiety at the uncertainly of birth and parenting, and can sometimes let those feelings get the better of them! Partner affirmations can help birth partners stay stay calm and present during labor and birth so the entire family as a beautiful and positive experience.  Free Printable Partner …

Natural Ways To Beat Cold & Flu Symptoms While Pregnant

It seems that most of the country is in the midst of a very active cold and flu season. Having a cold, flu, or a stomach bug while pregnant can be very debilitating and even for non-pregnant women there are very few remedies to help ease the symptoms. Generally, while these illness can make you feel miserable, they typically do not pose a threat to mom and baby. **However, if you are experiencing a high fever, prolonged or violent vomiting …

My Frank Breech Birth Story

When I first learned I was going to have a baby, I spent hours visualizing my perfect birth- calm, relaxed, and pain free (because how much could it hurt really?). I became a GW midwife patient and planned on having a completely pain medication free birth. I signed up for hynobirthing classes, practiced my meditations, and listened to relaxing music. But when I went into labor at 32 weeks and 6 days, my birth plan went entirely out the window …