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Shopping for the Right Car Seat

Shopping for the Right Car Seat

Featuring Guest Author Angel Mattes, Doula and Lactation Educator at Collective Strength Doula Services You may have heard the public outcry about breastfeeding and the Trump administration after The New York Times article that was published over the...

Tips on Car Seat Installation

Tips on Car Seat Installation

"Car Seat Safety" series. Guest Author: Angel Mattes We get a lot of questions about the best or safest car seats to use. While car seats are products sold in stores, they are considered a safety device, and as such, you can’t necessarily rate or compare...

Babymoon Tour Guide

Babymoon Tour Guide

Guest Author: Mary Jozwiak, IBCLC A breast pump allows you to express your milk for supplemental feedings and to stock breastmilk for your baby when you are away. Breast pumps can also be used to relieve engorgement, and are sometimes recommended for...

Breastfeeding Gear

Breastfeeding Gear

You’re on the edge of meeting your baby and want to get off to a great start!  Planning your babymoon with awareness from our experienced ‘travel guides’ (aka- postpartum experts, moms, doulas) can help you have a joyful beginning and fewer difficulties. “Plan for...

Check your belly for Diastasis Recti (DRA)

Check your belly for Diastasis Recti (DRA)

Are you hitting the couch at 6pm, too tired to get to the grocery store or to walk the dog?  For many women, pregnancy can bring a fatigue that is unlike anything they have experienced.  You feel so overwhelmingly tired and yet you can't sleep. You are not alone;...

Is My Milk In?

Is My Milk In?

Our bodies demonstrate profound resiliency in the childbearing year. After giving birth, your heart, lungs, circulatory system, uterus, endocrine system…everything, are coming back into balance. Your spinal alignment, pelvis, pelvic floor, and abdominal muscles also...

5 Acu-points for Pregnancy

Are you hitting the couch at 6pm, too tired to get to the grocery store or to walk the dog?  For many women, pregnancy can bring a fatigue that is unlike anything they have experienced.  You feel so overwhelmingly tired and yet you can't sleep. You are not alone;...

Happy 19th Birthday!

Keep walking, though there is no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings.  Move within, But don’t move the way fear makes you move. -Rumi When you begin mindfulness meditation, 2 minutes of just being is a noticeable...

Old and New/East and West

Keep walking, though there is no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings.  Move within, But don’t move the way fear makes you move. -Rumi When you begin mindfulness meditation, 2 minutes of just being is a noticeable...

Best Bottle for a Breastfed Baby?

Best Bottle for a Breastfed Baby?

Updated February 18, 2019How oxytocin can help you have an easier labor and breastfeeding successOxytocin is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ and the ‘cuddle chemical’. We produce oxytocin when we feel ‘in love’ or loving, when we connect with others and...

Calming the Mind: The Brain and Neural Pathways

You’ve got a baby on the way and friends and family who can’t wait to meet your new arrival. Planning for how to include those dear to you when your baby arrives is quite a bit more complicated than planning your shower guest list for most expectant families....

For over 20 years, Birthways has provided expert support for Chicago-area families during the childbearing year with compassionate, knowledgeable, and affirming care. Founded by renowned postpartum expert Karen Laing, our doulas are carefully screened, trained, supported and experienced to meet your unique needs. With expertise ranging from education to lactation to sleep, Birthways is committed to providing compassionate, affirming support for expectant and new families.

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