I became a doula because I want to support women and families during this amazing and intense time of their lives.
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Cincinnati Postpartum Doulas
I believe intentional, peace-filled, empowered births and family beginnings are possible. I became a doula to support this mission for families of all kinds who desire these things for themselves.
I’ve lived in Greater Cincinnati my whole life. I love all the perks of city life while still having a small-town feel!
I’ve lived in Cincinnati for three years (I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA). I simply love the downtown Cincinnati views!
I love being close to all of my family in Cincinnati. There are so many things to do and see in just a short drive from home!
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.
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.
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.
Rachele lives in Northern Kentucky. She enjoys hiking, good Cincinnati eats, shows, and spending time with her friends and family. Get to know Rachele and why our clients love her!
It’s no secret that I love Kale Salad. If you’re a DOC client, and I’ve been your doula - especially for Postpartum and Infant Care - then you’ve probably seen me throw down a medium sized mixing bowl of this yummy goodness at lunch. It’s a favorite when I meal prep for clients and the possibilities are endless.
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!
My daughter recently turned 2-years-old, and I’m a functioning person with a decent amount of balance in my life. I have a job, I have friends, I go on dates with my husband, I exercise, and, most importantly, I love my daughter to pieces. We did bond, even without breastfeeding and without me being my best in the beginning.
At first it was all about the excitement, and I had lots of people checking on me and calling me. I had visitors, calls, messages, and mail from people showing their love. It was all about gazing at her little face and being in total awe that she was here, out in the real world, and I wasn’t feeling her wiggle around inside anymore. I was just recovering physically and trying to get the hang of life with a newborn.
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She said we would continue talk therapy. It would help. I would slowly back off of my pumps and in June, when I weaned, I would start medication. I kept telling her I would get better if we just bought a house. If I could get organized. If Maggie would come back to the breast. If. If. If. I didn’t need medication. I would be fine. If only I could fast-forward this part of my life.
She had milestones. I didn’t record any. Each month passed by and I didn’t snap a styled photo like I had for her older sister. I didn’t write in her baby book, except to apologize for ruining us. I hoped she would forgive me. I didn’t take any videos or pictures. I never wanted to remember this time. Never. But, daily, I was reminded. Reminded that we weren’t normal. Reminded we were broken.
I had a new plan for the weekend. I would stay with my parents. I would power pump. I would cluster pump. I would get my supply up. We would attempt to latch then. I tried to busy myself with sewing while my mother fed my baby. I made her watch a paced bottle feeding video. I watched across the room in agony as she held the bottle in her mouth. I knew it was over then. I knew I would never get to be her mother.
I know, firsthand, how hard it is for parents to admit they're suffering. I made it through and I can barely talk about it almost a year later. So I'm forcing my own hand (or fingers, rather). This month is National Mental Health Awareness Month and I am determined to get my story out in the hopes of helping another parent recognize their symptoms and seek help earlier.
Below is Part One. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 (or who knows how many since I haven't written them yet). I have never felt so vulnerable as I do standing on the precipice of this blog series. Thank you for reading.
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.