What’s the Fuss About Peanut Balls?

If you’ve taken any childbirth classes, toured your local hospitals and birth centers…or talked to any doulas for any length of time, you’ve probably at least heard mention of the so-called magical properties of the peanut ball. This unassuming, smallish, peanut-shaped physical therapy ball couldn’t really be super useful during labor…or could it? So What is a Peanut Ball Anyway? …

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What Will the Dog Think? How to Introduce Your Pets to Your Baby

In many American households, it’s practically unthinkable not to have furry friends who are part of the family. However, when it comes time to add a new sibling of the human variety into the fold, parents are understandably anxious. Will the animal react strangely? Dislike the baby? Or even worse, bite or scratch? Here are some tips on how to …

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Is Hypnobirthing Just for Hippies?

As a Hypnobirthing-friendly doula agency (featuring three Hypnobirthing instructor and several Hypnodoulas!), we have received many questions and comments from Annapolis area parents and providers regarding the practice of Hypnobirthing. “Isn’t that just a woo-woo, anti-science, birthing-in-the-woods thing?” While we can certainly see how the visual of a comedy-show hypnotist combined with a laboring woman could raise a few eyebrows, …

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5 Tips for Moving During Pregnancy

New year, new…house? Moving is already stressful enough as it is, with closing deadlines, packing, cleaning, and all the associated costs. But throw in a new baby arriving soon, and your move can become a whole new level of tense. Here are five tips to help make moving during pregnancy a little easier. Plan Ahead of Time While moving with …

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How to Have a Low-Stress Holiday with Your New Baby

“Low-stress” and “holidays” are two words that few of us can admit to ever putting in the same sentence. And adding a new baby to the mix? Forgettaboutit. If you have a little one who’s just starting to make a grab for the ornaments, or if you’re expecting to give birth this December, you may be feeling your blood pressure …

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