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Meet Charis England

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Meet Charis England

I love how different Greater Cincinnati is (and its diversity!) Living in Walton I get to feel like I’m “out there” with land and lots of trees when I’m actually pretty close to so many things. I can drive a little south and be in farm land, drive 15 minutes north and be in Florence for shopping, 30 minutes north and I’m downtown enjoying the city lifestyle.

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Meet Monika Watson

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Meet Monika Watson

I love that there is always something to do in Cincinnati. There are new areas being developed all the time so finding new places is always fun. I like trying new restaurants and I love how close we are to Northern Kentucky. Many of my close friends live there and I enjoy going over the river whenever I can. 

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Meet Melissa Wirth-Gregory

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Meet Melissa Wirth-Gregory

What do you love about living in Cincinnati?

I enjoy the small town family friendly feel of Loveland where I live with easy access to our ever changing downtown area. With new exciting restaurants and breweries opening all the time there is always something new to try.

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Meet JoEllen Noble

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Meet JoEllen Noble

What do you love about living in Cincinnati?

I like that you can have the best of both worlds living here. There is so much to see and explore downtown, but with a quick drive outside of the city you can be surrounded by woods and fields. I love the history of Cincinnati as a city and think it is pretty neat that my great-grandfather Stanley Mathis was a finishing carpenter who helped to build Union Terminal.

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Meet Paige Menkins

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Meet Paige Menkins

Paige lives on the West Side of Cincinnati with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying all that Cincinnati has to offer from the parks, restaurants, and sports to the architecture. Get to know Paige and why our clients love her!

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I Knew I Could Do Anything: A Birth Story

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I Knew I Could Do Anything: A Birth Story

Then it was time to cut the cord.  The last baby I would have was finally about to be completely separate from me.  It was the last time I would be part of two.  It was the epitome of bittersweet—it was the end of a journey, not just of this birth but of all of them, but although it was an ending it was a happy one, one symbolic of so much, so many lessons I had learned, so much love I had gained...

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Dear Doula: My GBS Test is Positive, Now What?

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Dear Doula: My GBS Test is Positive, Now What?

Remind me again why none of my friends told me I was going to get my vagina and rectum swabbed at my 36 week appointment?!  You’d think they would have remembered to mention that one!...Let’s start by going over the basics of GBS (Group B Streptococci)

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Meet Miranda Tepe

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Meet Miranda Tepe

Miranda and her family live on the West Side of Cincinnati with her husband and four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, making crafts with the kids and shopping. Making memories with her family is her biggest enjoyment, because happy memories are the best part about life.

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Your Worry-Free Pregnancy

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Your Worry-Free Pregnancy

Whether you’ve just peed on the stick or your due date is quickly approaching, almost every pregnant person has fears leading up to their labor and birth.  Let us remind you that you are not alone.  At Doulas of Cincinnati we’ve helped prospective parents process a great deal of fears and questions.

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Guest Blog: 5 Things I Know About Eating Leafy Greens

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Guest Blog: 5 Things I Know About Eating Leafy Greens

Parenting is hard. Adulting is hard. Life is hard.

And since the universe is a sadist that enjoys watching us suffer, eating vegetables is also hard. Apparently, the so-called “experts” say that we’re supposed to eat at least three servings of veggies every day-- the greener, the leafier, the better.

That’s cute. Real cute.

Are these experts aware that most of us fancy grown-ups are barely getting one fruit or veggie in our diet in a day? Sometimes we manage to eat one of each, if we’re feeling like an overachiever. The pressures of modern life causes our time and energy to be consumed in other way more important things, like planning the most Pinterest-worthy baby nursery or getting in our daily kegels. (Or do squats if kegels aren’t your thing. Taking care of your pelvic floor health is the hottest new trend.)

So, what do we do when our doctor is giving us the “I’m not mad, I’m disappointed” face when they find out about our sub-par diet? What if we’re not “salad people” and we think that broccoli smells like farts? (It seriously does.) There’s hope, I promise. Let me share some things that I know about leafy greens to help transform you into a fancy grown-up that eats kale sometimes without having to put in much effort.

  1. Iceberg lettuce doesn't count.
    I’m sorry, guys. I’m really, really sorry. Iceberg lettuce has practically no nutrients. It’s basically just fiber and water. Plus, it’s only really palatable when it’s raw. Don’t martyr your lunch for a bland salad with iceberg lettuce. If you really need some crispy greens in your life, swap iceberg for romaine lettuce. It still has the soft crunch, but it is way more nutrient dense. With prenatal nutrition, the name of the game is quantity and quality.
     
  2. Spinach is basically magic.
    Think of your favorite dinner recipes to make at home. Chances are, you can wilt spinach into it. What if I told you that you could hide an entire 9 oz bag of raw spinach into your favorite lasagna, and no one would be able to taste it? When are you cooking the tomato sauce, throw the spinach or kale in the pan with the tomatoes and watch it wilt down to almost nothing. It’s like eating a salad that tastes like lasagna!
     
  3. Smoothies hide everything.
    Even the most veggie-averse of us would likely agree that fruit smoothies are palatable. The next time you make a fruit smoothie, throw in a generous handful of spinach or kale. Don’t look at me like that, just do it. It’s a win-win situation-- you get to enjoy a yummy, fruity treat while still patting yourself on the back for tricking yourself into eating something green. (Take note: this trick also works well on toddlers!)
     
  4. Put it in a sandwich.
    Sandwiches are basically an American pastime. We eat sandwiches like it’s nobody’s business. The next time you’re in line at Subway or making a melty grilled cheese at home, try adding spinach to your sandwich. The spinach is hard to notice when it’s stuck  between toasty bread and cheese and tomatoes and pickles and sliced turkey and mayo and all those other things that make you go “mmm…”
     
  5. It can reduce your risk of perineal tearing.
    The nutrients in leafy greens, mostly Calcium and Vitamin A, can help improve your skin elasticity and reduce your risk of stretch marks and perineal tearing. So, um...yeah. If that doesn’t make you want to eat a big bag of raw spinach right now, then I don’t know what else to tell you.

I get it. Green things are yucky and so much less tempting than a savory plate of french fries most of the time. But I believe in you! You are a fancy grown-up, and you can do hard things. And sometimes those hard things include adding a bag of raw spinach to your weekly grocery list.

Lindsay de las Alas is a doula, postpartum placenta specialist, certified lactation counselor, and overall badass business owner of The Indie Doula. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Josh, and her two kids Beatrice and Harvey. You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Doula Investment: Is It Really Worth It?

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The Doula Investment: Is It Really Worth It?

There’s so many things to consider when building and investing in a birth team that will be best for you.  Choosing a care provider.  Choosing your birth place.  Deciding if your family and friends will join in your birth experience.  One of the most frequent questions we get asked when speaking to a new client is:

“How will my doula support me?”

We went straight to the source and asked:

“Why did you choose a doula?”  

Here's what our clients had to say.

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Top Ten Signs Winter Is Over

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Top Ten Signs Winter Is Over

Growing up, we can remember experiencing four, distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. These days, it feels more like we have just two: Winter and Springy-Summery-Hot-Time-Before-Winter. For those feeling just a little confused, this week's Tuesday Top Ten is devoted to helping you figure it out.

1. It's been at least a week since snow was on the ground.

We are 10 days and counting away from the last cumulative snow, with 80 degree temps for the past several. It’s not perfect science…but a good first sign!

2. The fountains are on.

Our favorites, Smale and Washington Parks turned their fountains (splash parks) on this weekend! Hallelujah!

3. The boys in red are playing ball.

The start of the season isn’t always a guarantee, but coupled with a week of snow-less days, hearing The Cowboy and Marty nightly sure does feel like summer.

4. Pigs are flying.

The start of Cincinnati’s running season kicks off the first weekend of May with The Flying Pig. If a Facebook feed full of sweaty people in race bibs isn’t proof summer is here…we don’t know what is.

5. It's FEST time.

Goetta Fest! Mai Fest! Beer Fest! Church Fest(ivals)! Blue Sky Fest! Breathing Air Fest! It’s-A-Hot-Weekend-In-The-Summer Fest! You know winter is officially over when the fests start popping up. We'll be at the Big 6 wheel with a beer and fists full of dollar bills if you need us (on our off-call days, of course!).

6. OTR is back to its usual crowded self.

And everyone wants to eat on the patio. Three hours of drinking on an empty stomach doesn’t do wonders for your wallet (yes, we will order all of the food…just bring us everything you have), but it sure does make life-size Jenga at Neons more fun!

7. The Root Beer Stand is open.

Seriously. It's open. Go now.

8. City Flea is back.

Nothing feels more like summer in Cincinnati than perusing a gorgeous outdoor flea market surrounded by thousands of your closest sweaty friends.

9. Farmer's Markets open up on the weekends.

There are Farmer’s Market options other than just Northside and Findlay Market. Most start again in May, but some (like Hyde Park) wait until June.

10. Roller Coasters!!!!

Winter is officially over when Kings Island opens for the season.

Some of our fondest childhood memories are included in this list. We can't wait to make new memories with our littles. Here's to summer (errr...that hot time before winter)! What are you most looking forward to? How can you tell when winter is over in Cincinnati?

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Meet Katie Brenner

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Meet Katie Brenner

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN CINCINNATI?

The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of my favorite places, it has been since I was a small child.  I love spending time at the Cincinnati Zoo and the parks around town.

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Meet Emily Johnson

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Meet Emily Johnson

What do you love about living in Cincinnati?

The history here. The Reds. The Roebling. Carew Tower. So many firsts. The German fare. The hop-skip-and-a-jump to just about anywhere: bustling city, cutting-edge urban neighborhoods, suburbia, and even farmland!

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