Our Favorite Baby Monitors

Our Favorite Baby Monitors

When determining what monitor(s) to get for your baby, we think it's important to consider three factors: your home, what stresses you out, and your budget. First, assess your home and think about it's layout, how far you'll be from baby, and other considerations such as if you'll have access to wifi.  For example, we live in a two story house where our kids sleep upstairs and my husband and I sleep downstairs.  A significant factor for us is the distance between us and crying babies, so we need a monitor that gives us great visibility on our kids. The…read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

August Giveaway with @BellyToBeloved

Our friends at Belly to Beloved are offering a generous giveaway in August to celebrate a busy summer season of births! You can learn more about their giveaway offer on Instagram, and checkout BtoB's useful, modern and eco-friendly products that moms love on their wonderful Etsy shop! 🍉🍍It's the middle of #Summer and we're heading into the busiest birth month of my year! To celebrate I'm giving away 1 item per birth this time it's one of our wall #mobiles! I'll select a winner each time one of my clients has had their baby!! I'll then list the next item…read more >