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 >
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 >

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 >

Meet Hannah, the newest Expecting Joy doula

    Hannah Rutan is the newest doula to join the Expecting Joy team.  As a graduate from Robert’s Wesleyan College in upstate New York, she has, most recently, been working as an Registered Nurse at Eastside Family Health Center in Kirkland.  During her early education, Hannah supported a few births and instantly knew that her passions were in this line of work. She received her doula training at the Simkin Center/Bastyr University and she considers it a true privilege to work along side families as they prepare for the beauty of bringing a little miracle into this world! Why did you originally want to become…read more >