Are you ready for Baby? Meet our new Baby Prep Service!

  Is anyone ever really ready to add a newborn to their home and family?  And maintain their sanity at the same time?  Taking care of a newborn is a 24 hour, 7 day a week job, but there are a lot of things an expecting family can do before baby arrives to prepare for a smoother transition into postpartum life.  To help our clients better prepare for the plunge into parenting, Expecting Joy is pleased to introduce our new Baby Prep Service! Our Baby Prep Service is an in-home service where we help provide a game plan for your first days at home with baby. We ensure…read more >

International GBS Awareness Month

Did you know that July is International GBS Awareness Month? What is "GBS" you ask, and why should we be aware of it? Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria that can be found in the intestines, rectum, vagina and urinary tract of 1 in 4 pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and GBS can cause illness and possibly death in an infected newborn. Do I have your attention now?  Good. Luckily there are ways to prevent GBS infection! Please take a moment to learn more about GBS, and ways to prevent GBS Infection in…read more >

Expecting Joy? Make sure Hand Expression is part of your toolbox!

Anyone who has had me as a postpartum doula knows that I am a fan of hand expression.  In fact, I take any opportunity to climb aboard my soapbox and declare that every potential lactator should be educated on the many wonders of hand expression.  They should be confident in their abilities to express milk when no other device is available, and they should know all of this BEFORE they begin lactating.  This last part can be a bit tricky because hand expression involved breast stimulation, which, is sometimes advised against for those at risk for preterm delivery.  My reasons for this are…read more >
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 >

How to make “Crotchsicles” for Postpartum Recovery

"Crotchsicles" or post-recovery pads are ice packs made of witch hazel that are an essential method for healing the first few days after baby is born. Crotchsicle Ingredients Dickinson's Witch Hazel Tucks Medicated Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Pads Dibucaine Ointment Slim, thick maxi pad (for ice pack) Large Poise Pad to catch liquid from ice packs Instructions Place 1/2 cup (full saturation) of witch hazel on maxi pad until it is fully saturated, and then freeze.  You can layer the soaked maxi pads on top of each other in a ziplock bag in the freezer for storage.  We suggest making 15-20 crotchsicles and use them each…read more >
Lactation Cookie Recipe

Lactation Cookie Recipe

Lactation cookies are a wonderful postpartum treat to reward mom's and support milk production for baby.  Below is one of our favorite recipes that we're delighted to share with you! Ingredients 1 1/2 c. flour 1 3/4 c. oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 c. almond butter or peanut butter 1/2 c. coconut oil (softened) 1 tbls . flax seed 3 T brewer's yeast 1/3 c. water 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 c. maple syrup 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 large eggs 2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips 1 c. chopped nuts of your choice Prep…read more >

Tea Time with Your Vagina: How to Make a Perineal Rinse

A perineal rinse is a solution that you put in a peri squirt bottle and spray when going to the bathroom (midstream).  Some women like the solution to be cool (kept in the fridge), and others prefer it to be warm (heated up in a bowl of hot water). Ingredients Chamomile tea bags Rosemary bunch (get this close to your due date or have someone get it for you when you deliver) Hellichrysum oil (this is expensive you can use frankincense as alternative) Instructions Boil water with 6-8 tea bags and free floating rosemary bunch (few stalks) Stir until the…read more >
Keeping up with the Jones’: from Infertility to Parenthood

Keeping up with the Jones’: from Infertility to Parenthood

  Here at Expecting Joy, we love hearing about our client's birth experiences and seeing photos of their babies.  Today we hear from the Jones family-- a busy working couple that, after several years of trying to get pregnant, found themselves scrambling to get educated on how to welcome their little one into the world!  Enter the Jones Family My wife and I had quite a journey to get pregnant.  After several years of disappointment, my wife was finally pregnant!  It took us a long time to really believe and accept that it was happening. When it came to signing up for…read more >
Stuff Our Doulas Recommend

Stuff Our Doulas Recommend

We often get asked what products or gear we recommend expecting parents consider for all of their baby needs.  We'll add to this last as we learn more, and we recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.  Enjoy! Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, Expecting Joy will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  We recommend these products because we use them ourselves or find that they are helpful, not because of the small commissions earned if you decide to buy something.  Don't drop any cash on these products unless you feel…read more >

Stay-At-Home Dad Workout (with toddler & baby)

This stay-at-home Dad uses objects found around the home, like his baby, to keep fit and active.  Exercises include: Basic Lifts (with toddler) Bench Presses (with toddler) Basic Pushups (with toddler) Curls (with baby) Situps (with baby) Some classic lines from this clip: Get a body like this by using the thing you have to look after... kids. If the weight starts complaining, you put it down and you give yourself 2 minutes. Children weigh between 20-30 lbs., which is also the ideal weight for chest presses First you beckon the weight... the weight will need a onesie for this...…read more >