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 >

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 >
What is a doula?

What is a doula?

  The word doula is derived from the ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves,” and is now widely used to refer to an experienced professional who provides physical, emotional, informational, and even spiritual support to the mother (and her family) before, during, and after birth.  Increasingly, studies are revealing the value of doulas, including shortened labors with less complications, enabling a more personalized birth experience, and making transitions to breastfeeding easier. The research is compelling– the support of a doula has been shown to lead to a: 50% reduction in cesarean rate 25% shorter labor 60% reduction in epidural…read more >
Welcome to Expecting Joy

Welcome to Expecting Joy

We're glad you're taking the time to check out our new site.  It's our desire that this blog will be a helpful resource to you during your pregnancy and beyond.  Look to find inspiring stories, helpful tips, and a guide to other resources from across the interweb! With joy, The Expecting Joy Teamread more >