Continuous Labor Support Was Left Behind When Birth Moved Into Hospitals.

The support of a continuous labor support person. As human beings, we fare better, especially in new or stressful situations, when we are surrounded by those we have a trusted and loving relationship with. Historically, labor and birth support persons were friends and family members who had gone through childbirth themselves, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters… > read more

Prenatal Yoga: Becoming a Mother one Class at a Time

This is a very special blog post. First, it is my first (of many) guest blog posts; but, certainly more importantly, it is written by someone that I respect, appreciate, and love more than I would think possible of someone who I really just met. Brigitte’s background in dance, pilates, yoga work, midwifery studies, lactation… > read more

Provider Spotlight: Ali Vander Baan, M.S., L.Ac.

Ali Vander Baan, owner of Yintuition wellness and co-founder of Jinjur herbal remedies! I can’t possibly be more excited about today’s spotlight provider. I first met Ali when we jumped right into a collaboration together and organized an acupressure workshop for childbirth professionals. We hit it off immediately! I was drawn to her passion for… > read more

Provider spotlight: Julie Brill, IBCLC, CHLC, CCCE, CLD

Julie Brill does it all! Whoa boy, am I embarrassed of how long this took me to put together! Julie was one of the first people I came across when I started dreaming of becoming a doula and childbirth educator. She is among the most respected members of this community and has been dedicated to… > read more

2018 Workshops, Classes, etc.

Classes and Workshops: Preparing For Childbirth Classes We’re co-teaching the Preparing for Childbirth Classes at Root & Sprout! To accommodate various schedules, this class is offered as a 4 week series or a 1 day program and will provide you tools and information to prepare for the birth of your baby. Next offerings: Feb. 2018… > read more

Oxytocin: so much more than the hormone of love!

Oxytocin & Pitocin, what’s the difference? Oxytocin is perhaps the coolest hormone that I know of. Not only does it regulate social interactions and sexual behaviors and play a key role in maternal-infant bonding and breastfeeding, it is also so much more! Here’s a fun list of what oxytocin does in our bodies {1}: stimulates… > read more

Provider spotlight: Rachel O’Brien, IBCLC

I struggled like hell breastfeeding my first child. For the first 6 weeks of her life, I would cringe and often cry each time she would latch. I had very little support and didn’t know where I should go to get it. In retrospect, I should have reached out to my doula; if she couldn’t… > read more

Provider spotlight: Ece Yildirim, L. Ac., New Moon Acupuncture

Many of you know that my family has made its first real home here in Watertown, MA. We have loved becoming a part of this community. So, when a new perinatal care specialist moves into town, I get super excited! Ece was connected to me by another friend, Shirley Anne, and we got together for… > read more

Fall 2017 Classes, Workshops, & Events!

Classes and Workshops: Preparing For Childbirth Classes We’re co-teaching the Preparing for Childbirth Classes at Root & Sprout! To accommodate various schedules, this class is offered as a 4 week series or a 1 day program and will provide you tools and information to prepare for the birth of your baby. Next offerings: October 5-26… > read more

Redefining “doula”

The engineering of words. All of you who know me know that I am a complete geek. I love to figure out the mechanics of things, how they work. When I was a kid, I used to take apart electronics and put them back together again to figure out how each part functioned. The same… > read more

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