5 Things You Might Not Have Packed In Your Hospital Bag

You've taken your childbirth and parenting classes, prepped your nursery and been showered with gifts from loved ones. One of the last things on your to-do list before baby arrives is to pack that hospital bag! There are lots of great packing lists on Pinterest but I have a few additions that in my experience as a doula are crucial to a more peaceful and enjoyable labor and birth.

Open House Success!

What a whirlwind January was. Our calendars and hearts were full as we joyfully prepared to welcome our clients, families, and community for our Open House. And now it has come and gone. Gratitude doesn't begin to describe how we feel. To all of you that supported from near and far, for the hugs, the congratulations, the gifts, and the love; we thank you!

DOC Open House - Vendors & Giveaways Announced!

Hey all! We are just under 2 weeks away from our grand re-opening at Doulas of Orange County! We can't wait to open our doors and show you our exciting new hub for expectant and new parents in Orange County!!

Our Irvine center is currently offering weekly Mama & Baby meet ups, Toddler Playgroups, Prenatal Yoga and Baby + Me Yoga. Our parenting experts teach recurring classes including Childbirth Education, Baby Care Basics, Breastfeeding 101, VBAC Prep, Comfort Measures for Labor, a Grandparents Workshop and more. We also provide a variety of support groups including a VBAC support and Postpartum Support group.

We invite you to our Open House on January 20th 2018; 1:00-6:00pm in Irvine, California to learn all about our Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum services! We will be having some exceptional guest vendors and pop-up shops as well.  

The Marathon of Birth: Part 2, Active Labor

Welcome back to the Marathon of Birth, an overview of the stages of labor plus tips & tricks from your favorite Birth Doulas! If you haven't already done so, review Part 1: Early Labor to get a good understanding of how to manage that phase of labor. 

Remember that birth has 3 distinct stages: Labor, Pushing, & Birth of the Placenta. The first stage of labor is broken down into 3 parts: Early, Active, and Transition... I know, it's kind of confusing. Today, we'll share all about the Active Phase of labor to better prepare you for your own birth marathon. If you're interested in delving further into the stages of labor, we recommend registering for our Confident Birth series or Weekend Intensive, offered in group & private settings. 

If you recall, we compared Early Labor to the first few miles of the marathon where you're finding your stride and own unique rhythm. When active labor hits, you'll begin to tap into your instincts and all the mental and physical training you've accomplished in pregnancy. 

January Events at Doulas of Orange County

Now that the holidays are over, you may be feeling ready to tackle your birth classes and postpartum planning. Well, don't fret, Doulas of OC has all the best classes that are sure to bring you out of your holiday hangover and get you excited for the arrival of your baby. 

In addition to the popular classics like our 4-week Confident Birth series, Baby Care Basics, and Milk Mama 101, we have added a few new unique offerings to our 2018 calendar. With these new classes we seek to include the whole family in preparing for birth and postpartum. 


The Greatest Grandparents

Becoming a Grandparent is an exciting time! It's been a long time since you've had a child and we know you want to be the best grandparent you can be. This workshop will give a refresher on all the baby care basics - from diapering to swaddling to bottle-feeding and nap time.  We'll share up-to-date information regarding health and safety standards, along with the latest gear and gadgets.  You will learn all about today's birth choices, modern parenting and ways to support your child in their choices and bond with your grandchild.

Launching January 10th and held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 4-6pm in Irvine. 


Confident Birth Weekend Intensive   

Added to our 2018 calendar by popular demand! You requested a weekend option for our popular Confident Birth childbirth education series and we answered!

This monthly class covers the same information as our 4-week series in a fun, engaging environment. Preparation is crucial for a positive, confident birth experience and this uncensored, unbiased class will do just that! 

Held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 9am-5pm in Irvine. Launches February 11th!


VBAC Preparation & Support

Planning a Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean requires lots of support, education, and preparation. Our team has put together two options to cheer you on in your VBAC birth choices with a monthly Preparation Workshop as well as a monthly Support Group

Our VBAC Workshop is designed to assist you in creating a strong vision for your birth as well as to educate you on your options, finding a supportive care provider, creating a strong birth support team, and more. The curriculum in this class will help you to build a plan to physically, mentally and emotionally prepare for your VBAC. Offered the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting January 17th, 6-7:30pm.

Our donation-based VBAC Support Group welcomes those planning a VBAC, those considering their options, or those looking for support in processing their cesarean, repeat cesarean or VBAC births. We offer discussion on local and national resources, VBAC friendly care providers, and other wellness practitioners who can contribute to a positive pregnancy no matter how you choose to birth. Hosted by women with personal experience with VBACs as well as Doulas who are well-versed in supporting all births, we welcome you into this non-judgmental forum. Held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, beginning February 7th, 6-7pm. Pre-Registration is required. 

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DOC Open House

Join us on Saturday, January 20th as we celebrate the new year and our grand re-opening in Irvine! 

Refreshments, Raffles, Swag Bags, and Community. What more could you want?

Expecting parents, new parents, current clients, past clients, friends, and family are all welcome! We encourage you to pre-register online as well as pre-purchasing raffle tickets to save! Additional tickets are available for purchase at the event and 50% of the raffle proceeds benefit Postpartum Support International. 

We're still accepting sponsors, food vendors, & product giveaways to partner with us in making this an amazing event for OC families. If you're interested in collaborating with us, please visit our sponsorship page

A full list of all of our January & February events is listed on our website. Pre-registration for classes is always required. We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes or support groups soon!

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