Stars and Stripes Doulas

Stars and Stripes Doulas "Supporting Those Who Serve" Army | Navy | Marines | Air Force | Coast Guard | Fire | Police | EMS...and YOU! Stars & Stripes Doulas is honored to support the growing families of those who serve throughout our nation during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum in Washington DC, New Orleans, Fort Riley, and Hampton Roads.
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It is with heavy hearts that we share the news...Stars and Stripes Doulas is closing its doors.This decision was not mad...
08/23/2018

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news...Stars and Stripes Doulas is closing its doors.

This decision was not made lightly and Stars and Stripes Doulas has been a wildly successful business growing beyond our wildest dreams; however, life as military spouses, as I am sure you understand, is full of new adventures, dreams, and surprises and we are ready to use our time and talents serving our military community in other ways.

Being business partners and best friends we have only grown closer throughout this incredible journey and we are so blessed to have walked this path together. We are excited to take off our business owner hats and celebrate our success by planning a relaxing girls' trip!

To our past clients: Thank you. Your love, support, friendships, loyalty, and shared belief in our mission means the world. We appreciate and value you. We treasure every precious moment spent together and look back with such love and fondness.

To our current clients: You should have received an email from us. We love and appreciate you! You can expect to receive the same commitment, dedication, and support that you have grown to love throughout the remainder of your pregnancy and/or early postpartum period. Thank you for trusting our team during life's most precious moments. We do not take this responsibility lightly and promise your continued support.

To our supporters--our families, our friends, our colleagues, and our mentors: Thank you. Your support, encouragement, and love have been felt throughout the years. We couldn't have done it without you!

To our amazing team of doulas: We love you. We will always be here for you. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, trust, loyalty, and belief in our mission. Our doulas are the face of our business and you have made us proud. We are grateful for each of you and wish you tremendous success in your future endeavors both personally and professionally.

Again, thank you all for your support. We look forward to supporting our military communities.

With lots of love and gratitude,
Melissa and Melanie

It's Back to School season!
08/21/2018

It's Back to School season!

Megan Meredith Harless shares amazing hidden treasures in Hampton Roads. Let us know which you have visited!
08/16/2018
Hidden Treasures in Hampton Roads - Stars and Stripes Doulas

Megan Meredith Harless shares amazing hidden treasures in Hampton Roads. Let us know which you have visited!

There are so many fun things to do in the Hampton Roads, that we often miss those little gems hidden by all the big tourist attractions. If you are still looking for something to do this last bit of summer, be sure to check these off your bucket list! Plantation Row – A short drive from …

It’s back to school season. Share an emoji or gif with us stating how you feel about this time of year. ...#starsandstri...
08/16/2018

It’s back to school season. Share an emoji or gif with us stating how you feel about this time of year.
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #backtoschool #backtoschool2018 #militaryfamily #pcsseason #newkidsontheblock

Hydration is important in this summertime heat. What will we find in your glass right now?...#starsandstripesdoulas #sup...
08/14/2018

Hydration is important in this summertime heat. What will we find in your glass right now?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #summertime #drinkinmyhand #drinkingbuddies

08/14/2018
U.S. Marine Corps

For a hundred years, women have been a part of the Marine Corps. Daughters, moms, sisters - they have been making a difference, fighting the fight. Pushing their body and mind to the extreme. Semper Fi Marines!

“I don’t want to just be the right woman for the job; I want to be the right Marine for the job!”

#supportingthosewhoserve #semperfi #womeninthemilitary #oorah #womeninuniform #starsandstripesdoulas

Today is the 100th anniversary of women in the Corps. Ooh-rah, Marines.

"You've left a great legacy, as all Marines have, in war and in peace. Thanks for being loyal to our Corps and our country. I really, really appreciate your service. Semper Fidelis."

— Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller

Watch the opening ceremony of the Women Marines Exhibit live. https://www.facebook.com/WomensMilitaryMemorial/videos/723248984685238/

Summer break is coming to an end. What is your favorite summertime memory?...#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhos...
08/13/2018

Summer break is coming to an end. What is your favorite summertime memory?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #summertime #summermemories #summerbreak #backtoschool

“When you grow up a military brat you stay restless for the rest of your life. Part of you yearns to constantly move. Yo...
08/11/2018

“When you grow up a military brat you stay restless for the rest of your life. Part of you yearns to constantly move. You are the true gypsy souls.”
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #militarybrat #milkids #dandelionkids #milspo #milfam #marinespouse #marinebrat

Alternative Birthing Options - Guest Post by QuoteWizard.com - Stars and Stripes Doulas
08/10/2018
Alternative Birthing Options - Guest Post by QuoteWizard.com - Stars and Stripes Doulas

Alternative Birthing Options - Guest Post by QuoteWizard.com - Stars and Stripes Doulas

Preparing for birth is one of the most exciting and emotional times in your pregnancy. This is the moment you’ve been waiting nine months for, finally meeting the newest member of your family. There’s a lot of planning that goes into the home stretch, and there are also more options than people ...

08/10/2018
Fatherly

Fatherly

5 car seat accessories you should absolutely never use.

Often times clients report that their pets act differently during pregnancy. Have you experienced this?...#starsandstrip...
08/10/2018

Often times clients report that their pets act differently during pregnancy. Have you experienced this?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #petsandpregnancy #pets #dogsofinstagram

It’s National Night Out!  Melanie’s family is checking out Fort Belvoir’s National Night Out!  Anyone else checking out ...
08/07/2018

It’s National Night Out! Melanie’s family is checking out Fort Belvoir’s National Night Out! Anyone else checking out their community’s NNO? Thanks Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services and Fort Belvoir Police Department for keeping our community safe every day! Drop your photos below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Also a bit thanks to other community members Pentagon Federal Credit Union, American Red Cross, Fort Belvoir MWR

#nationalnightout #fortbelvoir #safetyfirst #communityevent #supportingthosewhoserve
#NNOBelvoir

One form of self-care is a long, warm bath. What do you like to add to the bath to enhance that experience?...#starsands...
08/07/2018

One form of self-care is a long, warm bath. What do you like to add to the bath to enhance that experience?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #selfcare #selfcareisntselfish #bathtime #essentialoils #bathbomb #bathsalts #bathoil

08/04/2018
Legendairy Milk

Legendairy Milk

Do you know the proper way to use a silicone hand pump?

Tax Free Shopping in Virginia started today and extends until Sunday.  Read what our Doula Megan with Military Spouse Ch...
08/03/2018
Tax Free Days in Virginia - Stars and Stripes Doulas

Tax Free Shopping in Virginia started today and extends until Sunday. Read what our Doula Megan with Military Spouse Chronicles shares with our readers. Did you know that the tax exemption applies to more than just school supplies? Tell us where the best place for deals are this weekend!

http://starsandstripesdoulas.com/tax-free-days-in-virginia/

#taxfreeshopping #schoolsupplies #summerdeals #starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve

Every parent enjoys a good savings! Most times we are found looking at deals for car seats, infant gadgets, and toys for holidays! However, there is one important time each year that is sometimes overlooked for savings, and we don’t notice it until we’re complaining about the $150 in school supp...

Babies bring so much love and happiness to the world. Stars and Stripes Doulas aim to fit seamlessly into your family by...
08/02/2018

Babies bring so much love and happiness to the world. Stars and Stripes Doulas aim to fit seamlessly into your family by providing an extra set of hands for baby care, laundry, light housekeeping, pet care, and parent support.

#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #postpartum #postpartumdoula #doula

It’s World Breastfeeding Week!   Make sure you look through all of these wonderful badges. La Leche League knows that br...
08/02/2018

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Make sure you look through all of these wonderful badges. La Leche League knows that breastfeeding doesn’t look the same for every family. Beyond the amount of time that you fed your baby breastmilk, which badge resonates with your family’s situation the most?

#worldbreastfeedingweek #supportingthosewhoserve #breastfeeding #lalecheleague

Whether you breastfeed/chestfeed/EP/feed your baby human milk for 2 days, 2 months, 2 years or beyond, La Leche League is here to support you on your journey. Take what works for you and leave the rest behind!

Which bottle does/did your child prefer?...#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #babybottle #mam #drbrown #nu...
08/01/2018

Which bottle does/did your child prefer?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #babybottle #mam #drbrown #nuk #kiinde #avent

07/25/2018

We would love to see what your home screen or lock screen pictures are on your phone. We know it’s usually the most important thing in your life, typically family or a pet. Is that true? Show us pics of your screens. Ours are below!

Deployments can make for lonely pregnancies. These women want to help.
07/25/2018
Deployments can make for lonely pregnancies. These women want to help.

Deployments can make for lonely pregnancies. These women want to help.

Women with deployed spouses are significantly more likely to have premature births and face postpartum depression, a 2015 study conducted at the Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C., found. In 2016, these challenges led two women to start a company, Stars and Stripes Doulas, to support pre...

How many stamps do you have in your passport?...#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #passport #wunderlust #w...
07/24/2018

How many stamps do you have in your passport?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #passport #wunderlust #worldtravel #traveltheworld #militarytravel #militaryfamily

"As the days draw near, I thought this may be a great time to share some tips for everyone in the same boat, anxiously a...
07/22/2018
Dear Sweet Baby - You Can Come Anytime Now... - Stars and Stripes Doulas

"As the days draw near, I thought this may be a great time to share some tips for everyone in the same boat, anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little one!" - Melissa Nauss

The end of pregnancy is tough! Everyone is excited, the expectant mama is exhausted and uncomfortable, and the days feel like they are creeping by slowly. My own children are 11 and 8 and I remember so vividly anxious awaiting their arrival — guessing whether they will look like mommy or daddy and...

What song will we hear you singing in the shower to?...#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #singingintheshow...
07/22/2018

What song will we hear you singing in the shower to?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #singingintheshower #showersongs #showermusic #favoritesong

"During pregnancy, your luscious locks are shiny and thick.  You can thank hormones, good nutrition and prenatal vitamin...
07/22/2018
The Great Postpartum Shed - Stars and Stripes Doulas

"During pregnancy, your luscious locks are shiny and thick. You can thank hormones, good nutrition and prenatal vitamins for this. You’ve just spent 12 months growing your hair and losing very little then suddenly, the Great Postpartum Shed starts. Seemingly overnight."

During pregnancy, your luscious locks are shiny and thick. You can thank hormones, good nutrition and prenatal vitamins for this. You’ve just spent 12 months growing your hair and losing very little then suddenly, the Great Postpartum Shed starts. Seemingly overnight. At around three months postpa...

07/21/2018
Militarykind Stories

Homecomings never get old! 😭❤️😍⭐️🇺🇸

Little Charley was so excited to see her Air Force dad on the jumbotron just days before her third birthday. Turns out, daddy had something even bigger planned.

He even used his beard to throw them off from what he had up his sleeve. https://usat.ly/2LBbN4C

“In 2016, these challenges led two women to start a company, Stars and Stripes Doulas, to support pregnant women in the ...
07/21/2018
Deployments can make for lonely pregnancies. These women want to help.

“In 2016, these challenges led two women to start a company, Stars and Stripes Doulas, to support pregnant women in the military community.

Doulas, who typically don't have medical training, serve as advocates and coaches for pregnant and birthing mothers.

And that's what military spouses often need, said Melanie Binversie, co-founder of Stars and Stripes Doulas.”

Women with deployed spouses are significantly more likely to have premature births and face postpartum depression, a 2015 study found.

It’s that time of the year! Let’s share some tips to help those in the same boat. #starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthos...
07/20/2018

It’s that time of the year! Let’s share some tips to help those in the same boat.

#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #pcs #pcsseason #pcsseason2018 #pcsing #militarymove #militarylife #militaryfamily

This is a TBT from last year - an oldie but a goodie. Last year, I was mourning the loss of my closest friends and villa...
07/19/2018
It's Okay to Feel That Way When Your Military Friend Moves - Stars and Stripes Doulas

This is a TBT from last year - an oldie but a goodie. Last year, I was mourning the loss of my closest friends and village PCSIng - now I am the one prepping to move. -Melanie

‘The military life is full of beauty and tradition. We see things in this culture that no other group of people are privy to. But this life does not come without sacrifice from the service members and their families. It's PCS season and PCS season often means you or your friends moving.’

http://starsandstripesdoulas.com/militaryfriendsmoving/

Military Friends – No one can ever replace these special friendships! They say to find our village. You roam around, looking at villages until you find that very one that you fit into. Conversations are filled with gleeful “Me toos!” You find that your kids just fit in with each other. That th...

"So while you’re out there checking on all your friends, don’t forget to check on your military spouse friends, and thei...
07/19/2018
Military Spouse Depression - Stars and Stripes Doulas

"So while you’re out there checking on all your friends, don’t forget to check on your military spouse friends, and their children too." ~ Military Spouse Chronicles - Megan Harless - Fort Eustis MSOY 2018
http://starsandstripesdoulas.com/military-spouse-depression/

In the military community we always hear about how depression affects the military service members. They come home from deployments, battle tired and worn down. Before long our headlines are filled with how 22 Veterans a day die by suicide due to some form of depression or PTSD. With the recent even...

Come on out to Live, Love, Latch near Fort Bragg, N.C. on August 4th to visit our amazing Fort Bragg Stars and Stripes D...
07/19/2018

Come on out to Live, Love, Latch near Fort Bragg, N.C. on August 4th to visit our amazing Fort Bragg Stars and Stripes Doulas -- Aida and Nina!

Are you planning to attend Live, Love, Latch! 2018? Spread the news! Are you a vendor or sponsor for this incredible celebration? Let your followers know! Here's a list of some of the businesses and organizations who you will see, hear from, or learn about on August 4th! Share this event with friends and family, and lets have an awesome time celebrating!

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1558831000892444/?ti=icl

The Little Gym of Fayetteville - Vendor - Activities
Ellee, your Bag Lady - Vendor
Wendy's Happy Books - Usborne Books & More, Educational Services Rep - Vendor
FIT4MOM Fayetteville - Vendor
Juice Plus+ with Jenny- Vendor
The Fayetteville Doulas - Vendor
Authentique Cafe - Vendor/Food
Cape Fear Botanical Garden - Vendor-class
Cumberland County WIC - Vendor
Lularoe Alyssa Liquori - Vendor
Play Date of Fayetteville, Inc. - Vendor
Prima Elements Wellness Center - Vendor - FREE Yoga class
The Unique Swede Younique - Vendor
Clark Park Nature Centre- Vendor
Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center - Vendor - Storytime
Stars and Stripes Doulas - Vendor
Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry - Vendor
Fayetteville Fire / Emergency Management Department - Attraction
Aida Algarin Birth Services - Sponsor
Bravery Kids Gym - Sponsor
Military Outreach MUTU System - Sponsor
Breastfeeding Social of Fayetteville - BIG LATCH ON - Vendor
Music Together of Fayetteville - Mini Class
Babywearing International of Fayetteville - Vendor

Military spouses who are moving due to a Permanent Change of Station or within six months of separation from the militar...
07/19/2018
Get Ahead as a Military Spouse

Military spouses who are moving due to a Permanent Change of Station or within six months of separation from the military now have access to a one-year upgrade to LinkedIn Premium at no cost. Take advantage of this opportunity to gain access to cutting edge resources, including LinkedIn’s online library of more than 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses. Begin building your network as soon as you receive PCS orders and gain access to the following:

- Insight on how you compare to other applicants, including analysis of your education, experience and skills
- Free online training to develop new skills or refresh old ones, to eliminate any skills gaps between you and other applicants
- Ability to message those you may not already be connected to, in order to build a professional network that will help you achieve your goals
- LinkedIn’s learning path for military spouses ( https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/get-ahead-as-a-military-spouse ), focused on obtaining and succeeding in remote, flexible or freelance work opportunities
- Department of Defense military spouse LinkedIn group ( https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4159976 ), which will signal your status as a military spouse to recruiters seeking to hire from this community

Take advantage of this opportunity to advance your career and build your networks by logging into MySECO Military OneSource today: https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/spouseprofile/mytransition .

Managing a career as a military spouse can be challenging due to frequent moves, varying credential requirements, and the added family stress of your spouse's deployments. Lea...

🌎 Tell us where you were married (and share a photo). 🎶 First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a ba...
07/17/2018

🌎 Tell us where you were married (and share a photo).

🎶 First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage.

🤰🏼 We are invested in your family from day one! If you are newly married and plan to grow your family, reach out! We’re happy to share information, experience, referrals, and blogs that may aid in your journey.

#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #weddingday #justmarried #militarywedding #militarymarriage #navyspouse #armyspouse #marinespouse #coastguardspouse #airforcespouse

Pasta is an easy and versatile #postpartum meal. What is your favorite pasta recipe?...#starsandstripesdoulas #supportin...
07/16/2018

Pasta is an easy and versatile #postpartum meal. What is your favorite pasta recipe?
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#starsandstripesdoulas #supportingthosewhoserve #pasta #pastarecipe #dinner #whatsfordinner #postpartummeals

07/16/2018
Abbeigh Blake Photography

Our amazing partnered photographer, Abbeigh Blake Photography will be in town (DC area) August 10 - 12! Schedule today!

Hey NoVA mamas! I'm headed back to Alexandria the weekend of Aug. 10-12 and have 2-3 spots open for either a family session, a maternity session, or a newborn mini! If interested, please message me here or email me at [email protected]!! Thanks y'all!

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A new measure introduced in Congress could be good news for military families with school-age kids. http://blog.pcsgrades.com/education-first- military-kids/