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Pregnancy & Brushing for Two, or Three!

By: J. Shahangian Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy November 20, 2019

As a soon to be mom, you make all sorts of sacrifices. Of course, expecting moms gladly and gracefully give of themselves with full awareness of the much greater rewards once the baby is born. During nine months of carrying your baby, you may get a bit tunnel-visioned on making everything perfect for baby’s arrival and neglecting your own well …


A Home Birth

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Labor November 14, 2019

On Saturday evening before our estimated due date, I had a little bloody show that we took as a sign that we’d be starting labor soon. Although “Dr. Google“ suggested that it could still be as much as 2 weeks away… Regardless, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing Epson salt bath while listening to my birth playlist and HypnoBirthing …


Our Birth Story

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula October 14, 2019

Hi Ashley, Care & The San Diego HypnoBirthing Team! My husband and I took your class at the Birth Education Center this past April/May. We wanted to send you a little update regarding the birth of our daughter this June. And also thank you! Your class was absolutely essential to our pregnancy and birth experience. We had an overwhelmingly positive …


A Letter to Grandparents About Birth | How You Can Be More Supportive

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor, Pregnancy March 18, 2019

I am writing this blog post in response to the countless parents that contact me needing help with this subject. The subject is, “How do I explain the kind of support that my partner and I need for our labor, birth and postpartum time without offending the grandparents and family? This is such a loaded question and a hot topic …


You Are Just As Fierce In The Birth Room As You Are In the Boardroom

By: Care Messer Birth, Doulas, Education February 6, 2019

I read an article in pathways magazine that sparked this whole post. I will include the link at the end of the blog. It called to me in a deep way. I want to shout this from the rooftops(and actually do quite often). We are witnessing our political climate change with more women in office than ever before. We heard …


How To Prevent An Unnecessary Cesarean

By: Care Messer Birth, Community, Pregnancy November 30, 2018

  SIGN UP NOW for our FREE Mini Course on “How To Prevent An Unnecessary Cesarean.” Release Date: May 2019 Course link will be emailed out to you this month upon release! Sign Up       Why did we create this course? Women are scared to give birth. We are so scared and overwhelmed that we: Don’t make time …


Join us for a Holiday Diaper Drive

By: Care Messer Community November 30, 2018

The Birth Education Center and Postpartum Health Alliance have teamed up to gather donations of diapers and wipes for our local Father Joe’s Villages. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to join in the effort to keep these baby bottoms clean and dry! **Para obtener más información en español, visite nuestras páginas de Facebook o Instagram para las publicaciones traducidas. …


Setting Yourself Up For Breastfeeding Success

By: Anita Butler Breastfeeding, Postpartum November 29, 2018

You’re through the first two trimesters of your pregnancy, and now entering the “home stretch” – yaaaay!  This whole “I’m having a baby” thing is becoming more and more real!  You may have already set up the nursery (or not!), set up your gift registry, taken childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn care and CPR classes, and downloaded ALLLLL the latest new parent …


How Do You Inspire?

By: Care Messer Doulas November 26, 2018

SUCCESS isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you INSPIRE others to do.   — Unknown There is no way I would be where I am in my business(and in my LIFE) if it weren’t for the generosity of many beautiful humans both in and out of my field of work. The majority of the …


Your Best Teacher Is Your Last Mistake…

By: Care Messer Doulas November 12, 2018

Your best teacher is your last mistake… I don’t know why perfection seems to be the main goal. The social pressure to be the best, “all knowing” and flawless isn’t even attainable. But how much time do we waste making sure that our IG pictures look perfect, our snapchats are super upbeat and our FB life looks like we have …


Breastfeeding Is A Journey You Can Get Through

By: Care Messer Breastfeeding, Parenting, Postpartum November 6, 2018

Allison’s Story “I think the majority of mamas hope to breastfeed. I had my heart SET on it. I grew up hearing stories from my mom about nursing my brother and me into our toddler years, and I expected it to be no different for me. She loved it so much, and knew I would too (but no pressure, right?) …


A Candle LOSES NOTHING by Lighting Another Candle…

By: Care Messer Doulas November 5, 2018

A Candle LOSES NOTHING by Lighting Another Candle… Unknown Are we as women, hesitant to be happy for one anothers success? Why are we not each other’s biggest cheerleaders? Why aren’t we building up instead of tearing each other down? Why are we not congratulating a woman, a sister and friend when something in her life is going really well? …


FUN Before The Baby Comes | Things To Do Before You Deliver

By: Care Messer Birth, Pregnancy, Sex & Intimacy October 26, 2018

Are you making the most of your time before this baby gets here? I hear so many parents express regret for not relaxing more during their pregnancy and enjoying each other as a couple. It seems kind of counter intuitive because you’re preparing for a baby and there’s so much to do ahead of time. But don’t get so caught …


This Is Not How The Story Is Going To End…

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor, Pregnancy October 16, 2018

At any given moment you have the power to say, “This is not how the story is going to end.” When it comes to a pregnancy, you won’t find many friends or strangers that don’t have a story to share or advice to offer you. I wish I could say it was mostly positive, with only a few snide comments …


No Is A Complete Sentence | Use It When You Need Too…

By: Care Messer Doulas, Pregnancy October 15, 2018

As birth workers we are natural caretakers. We have been all our lives. We do for others what we most likely don’t do for ourselves. And we constantly walk around exhausted, tired and wondering why no one loves us as much as we love them. Saying no to things you are not a “hell yes” for is one of the …


Why Should You Add A Doula?

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula, Doulas October 11, 2018

We’ve already established in previous posts, that the road to a calm intimate birth is helped by eliminating all the excess people and/or distractions that can get in the way of you and your partner building a beautiful experience together. Then why would I now suggest that you add a perfect stranger to the mix? Why not just add a …


Getting Over Your “What If’s”…

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor, Pregnancy September 27, 2018

What if? I think I’ve pretty much heard all the negative “what if’s” when it comes to birth. As an educator – I hear how “I am going to fail at birth, or ”I am not planning anything because nothing ever works for me if I do that,” and “why would things go my way? – they never have,” etc. …


Building The New

By: Care Messer Doulas, Pregnancy September 1, 2018

The secret to change is to FOCUS all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on BUILDING THE NEW… Socrates What are you doing to create something new in your life? Welcoming in new deliciousness into your life means changing the old, setting your sites on something bigger and releasing what used to serve you for something better. …


Use Your BRAIN!

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Pregnancy August 30, 2018

The B.R.A.I.N. acronym is something that birth educators, doulas and midwives have been using for a long time to help parents become more educated and engaged with their care providers. The world of birth medicine and obstetrics seems very overwhelming to a lay person. And in this age of “Dr. Google” information, so many articles, so many Facebook posts, so …


I Had a Natural Birth After Having a C-Section

By: Care Messer Birth, VBAC August 24, 2018

What is a VBAC? It’s the acronym for “Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.” One of our HypnoBirthing, VBAC moms shares her story, along with her husband. The tips and tools they used and how they made it to the hospital in time for 4 pushes and a baby on her chest!  


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