Providing birthing services for busy modern moms is my passion! Whether you take my evidence-based “Informed and Mindful Birthing Class” online with me or want postpartum care, my job is to put you first.
Services for Moms & Moms-To-Be
As a trained postpartum doula and childbirth educator, through the Long Island Doula Association (LIDA), I strive to use my training and my experience as a modern mom to help all in need, whether acting as your postpartum doula, or instructor in childbirth classes and even online birthing classes.
Online group classes for your convenience
With you every step of the way
Informed & Mindful Birthing
Labor is not the right time to learn about the birth process. I had trouble finding a birthing class near me that fit my needs so I took an online class, which inspired me to become a professional educator. My childbirth classes will prepare you with the most up-to-date best-evidence practices for labor, including comfort techniques from the Lamaze and Bradley methods. Birth doesn’t have to be scary and anxiety inducing. Join me to learn how your child’s birth can be more comfortable, joyful and beautiful. We have online birthing classes for your convenience!
Doula Services for Modern Moms & Families on Long Island
I’m with you every step of the way. From pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, I’ll be there to provide you with excellent care and support. Birth is a journey into parenthood. It is sacred and no one should have to do it without the support of a birth doula. Bringing home a baby can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry. I’m here to help you transition into this new family dynamic and teach you the tools you need to feel confident in your parenting abilities. A postpartum doula can support you emotionally and physically, aid in breastfeeding success, show you how to calm baby, give you an extra pair of hands for household chores and perhaps most importantly – let you get some much needed sleep!
A Bit About Bella and OT Hi Mamas! So excited to be writing to you this week. Before we jump into infant development and milestones, I figured I’d give you a little blurb about me. I’m Bella - an occupational therapist and Tummy Time expert on Long Island that specializes in women’s health and infant/pediatric development. Now, many of you may be wondering, what is an occupational therapist (OT)? We’re kind of like the Swiss Army Knives of health care professionals - plug us into whatever scenario/setting/client population, and our skill sets may vary a bit. BUT at the heart of every OT is this notion…our goal is to facilitate you - our client - living your life to your fullest by doing what is most meaningful to YOU! For my private practice, mama and little...
Finding My Postpartum Village I didn't understand how true the saying "It takes a village" really is and how badly I needed that village in postpartum. While as a birth educator I know preparing for labor and birth is very important, I didn't spend nearly as much time preparing for what comes after. Sure, I got the breast pump, nursing pads, mesh underwear, perineal spray, etc. All of those items were helpful. But what I needed, what I really needed, I couldn't buy on Amazon. Support. A community of other new moms going through the same challenges, joys, feelings I was going through. This is what I was missing. Although I had my close friends and family, I still felt a bit isolated because no one else was experiencing postpartum with me. In a way I was alone...
Let's Talk About It The pelvic floor often gets ignored during regular checkups in postpartum, but are vital to our sexual and reproductive health. I talked about pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy in my previous blog post and now it's time to talk about some of the nitty gritty details of pelvic health and postpartum. While our bodies expand and change in beautiful and often uncomfortable ways during pregnancy, they also go through A LOT during labor and birth. Our perineum has to stretch during vaginal birth and that, along with tearing, can have an impact on your pelvic floor health in postpartum and beyond. Many new moms experience pelvic floor issues after vaginal birth and don't seek treatment because women's health is often stigmatized. So let's...
Pelvic What? The pelvic floor is the layer of muscles that stretch under the pelvis and support the inner organs (bowels, uterus, and bladder). I had never heard of the pelvic floor until I started learning about pregnancy and birth. Even though I was already suffering from and getting treated for a pelvic floor dysfunction long before I became pregnant, no one, not my OB or physical therapist, explained what the pelvic floor muscles did and how they could impact my well-being. Turns out, as I would later learn, my pelvic floor could wreak a lot of havoc on my body during pregnancy and labor. My pelvic instability lead to symphysis pubis disorder that caused excruciating pelvic girdle pain that still lingers today, one year after I gave birth. The pulling on...
I'm a postpartum doula on Long Island. The first response I get when I tell someone this is, "What is a postpartum doula? What do you do?" The answer is quite simple and the service is a life-saver for many. Mothering The Mother My job is to help Long Island postpartum moms who have recently birthed or adopted a baby. I help them cope, adjust, heal, and feel confident in their parenting. How do I do this? Well, I provide a myriad of services that combine into a practice of care and support. The first tenant of being a postpartum doula is to "Mother the Mother." Us doulas believe that every mama deserves to be nurtured with compassion; so, our role is to give motherly love and support. We don't replace any client's mom or other family member. In fact, we...
Coping During Natural Birth Pain. How Do I Do It? Is coping through natural birth pain possible? This is the most frequent question I get from moms, whether they're approaching their first or fifth birth. Labor pain appears to be the number one concern about birthing. Many believe an epidural is their only option. But I'm here to tell you, that there are more natural alternatives than you may think. If having a natural, meaning no medical interventions, birth is important to you, then you're going to want all the information you can get on coping with labor pain. And yes, I'm saying pain. Some educators don't like to use the "p" word, mostly because as soon as we hear that word we tense up and think of it negatively. But I want to be realistic here. Yes, it...
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