A Night With Your Postpartum Doula

Every new parent has that "oh sh*t" moment, the one where reality hits and you feel like you're a little out of your league with this tiny new human.

The whirlwind of your birth is over. Your baby is here and you're in love. After a few days in the hospital you load your sweet baby and yourselves into the car to head home... then panic hits. Questions and concerns run through your head as you consider this new life that you are responsible for. The stress is enough to make you want to turn around and head back to the hospital. But you don't. You forge ahead as so many parents before you, ready or not. 

We know this time can be particularly stressful for new parents and it is for that reason that we make ourselves available to support you that first night you bring your baby home... and for many nights beyond that. 

Placenta Encapsulation: The Difference a Pill Can Make

Could a few small daily pills prevent or treat postpartum depression? Could your milk supply and mood get a boost with your placenta pills? Could you avoid the baby blues, the weeping, the hormonal roller coaster and the fatigue just by encapsulating your placenta? 

Many people agree that these magical capsules have made all the difference for their postpartum mood and recovery. Collective feedback from our clients, friends in the community, and fellow birth workers show that placenta encapsulation can make a huge impact on the days and weeks following birth.

Save the Date :: Doulas of OC Grand Opening!

It is our extreme pleasure to announce that we'll be having our Grand Opening event on January 20th from 1-6pm. This "Open House" style event will be fun for the whole family! We invite you to join us for food, drinks, hourly giveaways, and a raffle in our new and improved space in Irvine, CA. 

Friends, family, clients, community members, care providers, and fellow birth workers are all welcome! The first 75 people in the door will be gifted a curated swag bag full of items to support pregnancy, birth & postpartum. Each attendee will be automatically entered into our hourly giveaway and given additional chances to win prizes and gifts during our event-long raffle. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at and prior to the event and 50% of the proceeds from our raffle with go to benefit Postpartum Support International. PSI provides resources for those struggling with postpartum mood disorders, as well as comprehensive training for therapists and practitioners to better treat new parents. We are honored to partner with PSI to shed light on the importance of mental health and access to resources during the postpartum period. 

As we prepare for this special event, we are seeking sponsors, food vendors and giveaway partners. With varying levels of involvement, we invite you to join us in sharing your business or your service with our community.

Not sure what you could contribute? Here are just a few ideas!

  • Gift certificate for your service (Massage, Photography Session)
  • Tickets to your venue (Symphony, Playhouse, Movie Theater)
  • Gift card for an amount of your choosing (Restaurant, Retail Store, Service)
  • Pregnancy or postpartum products (Skin Care, Breast/Bottle Feeding Support)
  • Baby products (Swaddle/Blankets, Skin Care, Toys)
  • Healthy & delicious treats 

Whatever your unique product or service, we welcome your collaboration! More information and a sponsor application is available on our website. Please contact us directly at hi@doulasofoc.com with any questions. 

We eagerly count down the days to share this joyous occasion with all of you!

The Pantry: Butternut Squash Dip

One of Chelsea and my favorite places to have work meetings (occasionally over cocktails) is Cafe Gratitude in Newport Beach. Their food is fresh and healthy and beyond delicious and they have some of the most refreshing libations out there. 

I remember the first time I went to Cafe Gratitude. We were meeting Midwife, Allison Molinski, for happy hour and winding down after a long day. I looked over the menu and while there were so many enticing choices, one stood out amongst the rest... the butternut squash dip. 

This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Rosemary infused butternut squash whipped into a frenzy and served on top fresh baguette slices. Oh my gosh you guys, it's almost orgasmic

Carry On, Mama

 

Hey there, mama. We see you.

We see you with your sore nipples trying to get your baby to latch, scrolling through KellyMom trying to figure out what's going on and how to make it work. We know it's hard and painful and exhausting. They told you your baby would feed every 2-3 hours, but how has it only been 45 minutes since your baby last fed and is now showing signs of hunger again?! Yeah, we see you.