Why Everyone Needs a Postpartum Doula

Why Everyone Needs a Postpartum Doula

What is a postpartum doula? Why would anyone need one? Since my recent transition from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) RN to postpartum doula, I get asked these questions a lot. People are typically more familiar with the birth doula, and usually when anyone uses the term “doula,” they typically are referring to someone who supports births.  Postpartum doulas are the reinforcements that arrive after you're home with your new little one. The challenges of postpartum are many.  Weeks (ahem, years) without a decent night’s sleep.  As a new mom that breastfeeds, you are no longer an individual, but a food source--…read more >

Meet the Doula : Christian Fillingame, DONA

The Meet the Doula series showcases a different member of the Expecting Joy team, so you can learn why we love our doulas! This week, meet Christian Fillingame.  She's an incredibly creative doula who also runs an inspiring Etsy shop.  Below she answers our questions about why she became a doula and what feeds her soul!   EJ: Where are you from?  What brought you to Seattle? CF: I'm from sunny San Diego, California!  I heard about Seattle Pacific University from a friend during high school, and was drawn to the green trees, mountains, and cozy artistic feel of the city on a rainy…read more >