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SUPPORT is best!
01/22/2023

SUPPORT is best!

“Don’t worry! Fed is best anyways!” A doctor at the hospital tells a mother who just birthed her baby who won’t latch.

“Don’t worry, they all grow up to eat chicken nuggets anyways!” Laughs the nurse at a babies 3rd well visit, he isn’t gaining weight the way they want.

“Don’t worry! It hurt me to nurse too so I stopped!” Says a woman to her friend over lunch as she watches her cringe in pain.

“Don’t worry! A bottle will help her sleep through the night.” Says a husband to his wife when the alarm goes off to feed.

“Don’t worry! He’ll never remember you stopped!” Says a coworker to his friend who’s freezer supply is dwindling and she’s struggling to get more then an ounce.

Don’t worry they all said. Fed is best anyways.

She cried for help.
She sobbed in that office.
She called her friend exhausted.
She went to anyone she could.
She begged. She pleaded.

But fed is best anyways.

A phrase we started to help moms know it’s okay if it just simply “doesn’t work out” Is crippling thousands of woman.

Choosing formula over breastfeeding is a choice. Yet the mothers choosing breast are having that choice ripped from them - before they ever stood a chance.

So I encourage you, next time a mom is begging for support, don’t turn to her and say “Well fed is best anyways!”

Ask her what you can do.
Help her read the books.
Help her search on google.
Help her find an IBCLC.
Help her get the help she needs.

The western world has the lowest and shortest breastfeeding terms globally. I’ll let you do the math on why you think that is.

If you are a mother who struggled and had your journey end before you were ready, I stand with you. My heart hurts for you.

Just know there are woman like me, doing everything we can to make sure the next generation doesn’t have to beg and plead for the help they need.

And for those in the thick of it, Remember: Breastfeeding is NOT all or nothing. Every teaspoon of has 3,000,000 germ-killing cells in it.

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This is an important discussion to have. Not to shame, but to educate and to help inform expecting mothers that any and ...
12/02/2022

This is an important discussion to have. Not to shame, but to educate and to help inform expecting mothers that any and all labor interventions have risks and may impact breastfeeding.

Birth matters. Your birth story matters. Your birth trauma matters. Your mental and physical health matters.
09/20/2022

Birth matters. Your birth story matters. Your birth trauma matters. Your mental and physical health matters.

Controversial topic, but I have heard this from both lactation consultants and chiropractors. Food for thought 💜
09/02/2022

Controversial topic, but I have heard this from both lactation consultants and chiropractors. Food for thought 💜

I know some of y’all just LOVE your swaddles, this is not an attack. 🚨

Babies need their arms to feed well. I know their scratchy nails and little hands can be annoying and get in the way. But they use their hands and arms for balance and stability at the breast and to find the ni**le.

Wrapping up babies in blanket burritos dampens their feeding cues and can cause missed feedings.

This is ESPECIALLY worrisome in the early days and weeks when frequent milk removal is required to create your milk supply.

Your breasts are literally calibrating the milk volumes and when you miss feeding cues, it means LESS milk is going to be made.

Frequent/long swaddle sessions can cause babies to be underfed.

Babies should be gaining 1oz/day.

Babies who can’t use their startle reflexes as designed aren’t able to reduce their risk of SIDS.

They are literally designed to startle as a way to keep them alive.

Reconsider the swaddle.

Other ideas for ways ways to ensure your baby is safe and sleeping well can be found at Biologically Normal Infant & Toddler Sleep. 🖤🖤🖤

Let them use those arms! 😍

08/27/2022
This is a free event for expecting fathers in the area!
08/25/2022

This is a free event for expecting fathers in the area!

You're going to be a dad. Get ready for the most exciting and exhausting adventure of your life.

I have supported many successful & healing VBA2C’s ✨
08/23/2022

I have supported many successful & healing VBA2C’s ✨

Good news! ✨ If you've had two Cesareans, you can still be a great candidate for a VBAC! A lot of people think it's riskier to have a VBA2C, but here are some interesting facts you can consider while weighing your options.

See link for more details: thevbaclink.com/vba2c/

08/12/2022

One of the many myths surrounding homebirth is that giving birth outside of the hospital is equivalent to choosing a low or no resource environment.

Many families don't realize that home birth providers are prepared with many of the same equipment, supplies, and medications that would be found in the hospital.
They can handle most obstetrical and neonatal emergencies at home--and in the majority of cases, the mother and baby can be stabilized at home and don't need to transfer to the hospital. ⁣⠀

Here, is administering pitocin to a woman whose placenta took its time coming out. Because she wasn't bleeding, they were able to patiently wait for her placenta, and with a couple shots of pitocin and some position changes (squatting next to the bed), they were able to encourage it out.⁣⠀
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Amazing ✨
08/06/2022

Amazing ✨

07/20/2022

❤🌡 BREASTFEEDING FACT 🌡❤
Your Breasts Are Able to Detect Even a One Degree Drop in Your Baby's Temperature and Warm Up.

You are the best incubator/warmer there is. Period.

Wrapping that baby up like a little burrito is only necessary if he/she will be away from you. But the best way to keep her warm in the early hours, days, and weeks is to cuddle with them skin-to-skin with a blanket over the two of you.

Your skin contact means that baby will have to expend fewer calories regulating her own temperature.

AND...Dads can do it as well! ❤️

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YES 👏🏼 It’s hard but so beneficial and those babies know what they need. Sincerely, a tired mama who nursed all 3 of her...
07/12/2022

YES 👏🏼 It’s hard but so beneficial and those babies know what they need. Sincerely, a tired mama who nursed all 3 of her babies throughout the night for 18+ months!

I'm not for one second suggested night feeds are easy. They can absolutely suck sometimes (or often, even!)
But they are normal, and important. Please don't let anyone try and tell you they're not.
Not to 'improve' sleep, not to get them eating more solids, not for anything.

07/06/2022

Incredible home birth of twins 😍
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05/15/2022

A bit of science for you today...

There are two mechanisms at work in a full breast which slow down milk production:

One is that there is a whey protein in breastmilk called Feedback Inhibitor of Lactation (FIL for short!) This protein slows milk production. So the higher the volume of milk in the breast, the higher the level of FIL and the more milk production is slowed.

The other is that when a breast is full, the walls of the milk producing cells get stretched. These cell walls contain receptor sites that prolactin (the milk making hormone) enter and trigger milk production. However, when stretched, prolactin can't enter and milk production slows down.

So keeping breasts 'empty' is the best way to speed up milk production. This can be done by ensuring that baby has an effective latch and is fed responsively (not to a set schedule or for set lengths of time). If for any reason baby is unable to be fed, expressing can help to ensure that breasts are kept 'empty'.

Note the use of inverted commas in the last paragraph - the breast is never fully emptied during a feed or pumping session and will be continually making more milk.

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05/02/2022

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What do you say to a sister
Who is about to
Enter the sea
When you don’t know if she will be met
with storms or calm water
When you don’t know what
journey awaits and
how she’ll make it to shore
What do you say to a sister when you see her scan the horizon
Hesitant and unsure
When you know her fear
And the work that lays ahead
When you know she’ll come out the other side
Changed.
Softer, perhaps. Or maybe scarred.
But stronger, too, no doubt.
You walk with her as deep as you can into those waters
And you hold her close, as long as you can
And then you let go
And let her dive deep
Knowing there are parts of this journey she must make alone
Knowing there are storms that she must face
On her own
And you stand, a lighthouse, the shore
As she becomes one with the sea

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04/28/2022

“I’d love to have a homebirth but I’m going to deliver at a hospital… just in case.”

1) Homebirth midwives are medically trained professionals, highly qualified and equipped with the skills needed to handle an emergency and knowing when to transfer.

2) The homebirth midwife that you’re scared of being under-qualified has probably seen more natural, physiological births in a one month timeframe than the typical OB has in their entire career.

3) The emergencies and trauma you’re trying to avoid are more likely to happen within a hospital setting because they have such a high rate of medically unnecessary interventions, leading to the cascade of interventions.

*Women should birth where they feel the most comfortable but we also need to remove the fear and stigma from homebirth because it’s a safe and valid option*

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04/11/2022

I've spoken out against this so many times. It's brought a lot of backlash from my own community. I continue to speak out despite that because I know we can do better.

Reposted from Matru-Prema Doula Services

It is easy to turn practitioners into the villains of the birth world (and yes, there are some who are), but many of them are at the mercy of a paternalistic, litigation-driven system that ties their hands. If they have a desire to provide truly evidence-based care (and yes, there are some who do) that happens to go against hospital or birthplace policy, they are at real risk of having disciplinary action taken against their license, losing privileges at a given birthplace, or even losing their license and livelihood altogether. They practice from a place of fear, so their care, in turn, is often fear-driven and fear-based.

I think it’s fair to say that the current state of the maternity system is a reflection of the current state of society. Fear-based practice or fear-based governance both yield the same result: limiting choices and restricting freedoms in an effort to maintain control while still presenting the illusion of consent. The self-protective mantra of these systems becomes “the fewer choices they have, the less risk we have.” In birth, women are told they have choices and are presented with a distorted version of consent and “shared decision making” as long as it conforms to the system’s acceptable levels of risk and benefit. If it doesn’t, then the default is to hide behind the seemingly-altruistic shield of safety.

“I want to have my twins at home.”
“You can’t, it isn’t safe.”

“I want to have a vaginal breech birth.”
“You can’t, it isn’t safe.”

“I want to have a vaginal birth, even though I’ve had X number of cesareans.”
“You can’t, it isn’t safe.”

And so the mainstream medical model continues to contract in on itself, limiting mothers’ choices, limiting midwifery scope, limiting practitioner skill, all in the name of risk reduction masquerading solely as safety. If we don’t let them do it, it can’t hurt us. If we don’t let them learn it, soon it won’t even be an option.

Here’s the only safe bet I know: the current system is so infused and infected with fear that any number of alterations, exceptions, policies, procedures, laws…any attempt to “fix” it is futile. It is unrecognizable as a safe space for true physiological birth. That safe space is a space entirely separate, one that, with enough outcry, can become the new way to birth.

A new way and a return to the old way. A way built on trust, autonomy, and freedom. This is the way I want. If you want it too, don’t stay silent any longer.

Birth is hard....but women are strong! 💚💚💚Looking back on all those raw, beautiful, challenging, emotional, life-changin...
04/05/2022

Birth is hard....but women are strong! 💚💚💚
Looking back on all those raw, beautiful, challenging, emotional, life-changing moments that happened almost a year ago as I prepare to celebrate the first birthday of our sweet Cate!

03/28/2022

How much did your baby weigh??
5 tips to getting that big baby out without a

1. Know the Facts About Macrosomia (big baby) Less than 10% of babies worldwide are born weighing more than 8 lbs 13 oz

2. Hire a Doula. Studies show that having a doula improves just about every aspect of your birth, and delivering a large baby is no exception.

3. Move, Move, Move! Being on your back can close your pelvic opening up to 30%.

4. Ditch the Epidural to allow you to labor and birth in upright positions

5. Believe in Your Body!

This is a common myth! Have you been told this by a medical professional?
03/10/2022

This is a common myth! Have you been told this by a medical professional?

💥💥BREASTFEEDING MYTH 💥💥
"Many babies are lactose intolerant."

THIS IS NOT TRUE.
While many babies do have a hard time digesting cow’s milk or breast milk when mom is consuming cow’s milk, it is VERY RARE for a baby to be Lactose intolerant!

Human milk has approx. 10x the amount of lactose than cow’s milk. Lactose is the milk sugar, and the reason why human breast milk is so sweet.

What many human babies are reactive or intolerant of is the cow’s milk protein, not the sugar.

This is something that is meant to be digested by baby cows not human babies and very often they are unable to digest it, which can lead to fussiness, gas, and bowel irritation.

Since it is the protein and not the lactose that is almost always the problem, drinking lactose-free milk will not help. The only real solution is to remove cow’s milk from your diet.

This is something very important to keep in mind since it is so common and also what it used to make infant formula. 🤱❤️

**Note: Babies that are intolerant of cow's milk protein are also often intolerant of soy as well

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03/01/2022

When I was first attending births in 1984, the obstetric model was to cut the umbilical cord immediately after birth and take the baby away for evaluation and a first bath. This was based on the belief that placental blood flow would increase birth complications for babies.

Even back then, we midwives knew to do it differently - we waited until the placenta stopped pulsating - 10 or more minutes -- before clamping and cutting the cord. Baby’s did great, placentas came out readily, and all was good - even if our methods were considered silly by doctors.

Times change, science has caught up. The midwives were right. We now know that immediate cord cutting, unless there’s a medical emergency that requires it, is not recommended. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends a delay in umbilical cord clamping for at least 30–60 seconds, and the WHO recommends 2-3 minutes.

The benefits of waiting include:
❣️ Transfer to baby immunoglobulins and stem cells, essential for tissue and organ repair
❣️ Extra iron, which has been shown to prevent iron deficiency in the first year of life
❣️ Possibly reduced risk of hemorrhage and easier placental delivery for mom

While jaundice can develop from delayed cord cutting due to this influx of blood, this type of jaundice is not usually a medical problem. Baby will naturally clear this excess iron with pooping. Your midwife or pediatrician will keep an eye on baby over the first few days to make sure it’s clearing. However, the benefits of delayed cord cutting are more beneficial for baby than the risk of this jaundice.

Unfortunately, immediate cord clamping/cutting are still common practice in hospitals. You have to let your midwife or doctor know that you want to wait, with baby tummy to tummy on you, while you do. I recommend bringing this up with your care provider in advance to ensure that they are on board to do ‘delayed cord clamping and cutting’. Get specific with exactly how long you want baby to be connected to the placenta. Unsure how to advocate for yourself? Want guidance on pregnancy, birth, and newborn care? Join the Mama Pathway for all the support you need to be in the know. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ideservebirthsupport/

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01/10/2022

At birth, ⅓ (or more) of your baby’s blood is still in the placenta.

That means if you immediately cut the cord, your baby is missing A LOT of blood.

If you were missing ⅓ (33%) of your blood, your heart and respiratory rates would increase, your blood pressure would drop, and you would become anxious and confused. If you lost 40% of your blood, all those symptoms would be worse and you would become lethargic.

If you lost more than 40% you would die.

So how long should you wait after birth to clamp the cord?

Ideally you would “wait for white”. This means the cord isn’t clamped until it has stopped pulsing and turned white because all of the blood is now inside the baby. This is usually over 5 minutes (I’ve waited until the birth of the placenta with my two homebirths [about an hour]).

But delaying cord clamping for even 60 seconds has been shown to have benefits including:

🔆 Increased hemoglobin
🔆 Increased iron
🔆 Increased blood pressure (early clamping means BP can be too low)
🔆 Increased urinary output
🔆 Increased body temperature (early clamping babies are colder)

If baby is having a slower transition to breathing outside the womb upon their birth, keeping them attached to the cord will also continue to provide them with oxygen until they begin breathing on their own.





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11/28/2021

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For fun... I’ll go first!
11/10/2021

For fun... I’ll go first!

10/11/2021
08/07/2021

Why isn’t there a week for people who couldn’t breastfeed?

There is. It’s World Breastfeeding Week.

World breastfeeding week starts tomorrow so I’m posting this today to preemptively make my point, before the flood of critical posts starts.

World Breastfeeding Week is not just for mothers who met their breastfeeding goals. It is also for every mother who ever wanted to breastfeed for a day, a week, a month, a year and wasn’t able to do so.

I know this week is incredibly painful if you weren’t able to meet your breastfeeding goals. I know it feels like the universe is conspiring against you to re-open old wounds and pour salt into them. I’m not going to minimize that. I’m not going to tell you to get over it. I’m not going to tell you that your feelings don’t matter.

You matter. Your feelings matter.

Not only are your feelings valid, they are important. I would argue that those feelings of pain, and loss and grief are one of the most important parts of World Breastfeeding Week.

It is nothing short of cruel that we, as a society, inform mothers of all the benefits of breastfeeding, and then fail to provide adequate help and support for mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals. 80% of mothers who stop breastfeeding in the early days say they would've liked to continue, and felt they could've continued with better support (according to Public Health England). It is nothing short of a travesty that hundreds of thousands of mothers are being let down. Given the very real grief many mothers feel at having to stop breastfeeding, and the fact that the leading cause of death in women in the first 12 months after giving birth is su***de I believe it is fair to say that it is a travesty that is harming, and possibly even killing women.

One of the most damaging results of a lack of breastfeeding support is that mothers are left with no emotional support when breastfeeding doesn't go to plan. There is no one there to give them a hug, a cup of tea, a piece of cake, to reassure them that they have nothing to feel guilty about. To tell them that if they can look themselves in the eye and know they are doing the best they can with their circumstances, then that is all anyone can ever do and it it makes them a truly wonderful mother. No-one is there to tell them to be kind to themselves, to give themselves time to grieve. To tell them that if they want to curl up on the sofa with chocolate and Netflix for a few days they should do that. They are expected to just move on, get over it, it's not like it mattered anyway. So that pain, and that loss, and that grief never truly gets a chance to heal.

And that's exactly why this week is important. Because every mother who ever wanted to breastfeed her baby, for an hour, a week, a month, a year or longer deserves adequate help and support to meet that goal. And for the mothers who don't meet that goal for whatever reason, they have the right to adequate emotional support to heal from that. And I know it hurts this week when you didn't get the support that you deserved, but the aim of this week, the reason we bang our drums, and and get on our soap boxes is so every mother gets the practical end emotional support she deserves. So no other mother ever has to go through this pain.

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08/06/2021

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This is your birth, Mama.

Birth on your hands and knees
… or don’t.

Have your partner catch your baby
… or don’t.

Be naked
… or don’t.

There’s no one right way to give birth. It’s a unique journey for each woman. What we must all do is this:
Give yourself the protection and space to internalize and listen - to your mind, your body, your baby.

Honor what your body and baby say and demand that others do the same.

Take one minute right now… JUST ONE. Stop scrolling.
Close your eyes.
Slow your breathing.
Lengthen and deepen each breath.
Listen.
What do you hear, Mama?

Learning to listen to your intuition, your body, and your baby before birth will help you do so in labor so that you feel confident in the decisions you make for your birth, the way you move your body in labor, and the way you feel when your baby finally comes earth side 🤍


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It’s 2021 World Breastfeeding Week! Any and all breastmilk you feed your baby is worth celebrating ♥️🤱
08/01/2021

It’s 2021 World Breastfeeding Week! Any and all breastmilk you feed your baby is worth celebrating ♥️🤱

It’s 2021 World Breastfeeding Week ❤️

Breast milk is the ideal first food for a 👶 . It's safe, clean and contains antibodies which help protect against illnesses.

✅ Start Breastfeeding within 1 hour after birth
✅ Breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months
✅ Continue until the 👶 is 2+ years old

{Credit World Health Organization (WHO)}

My last special {with my handcrafted healing balm} was popular so I decided to do another! 🌸🪴☀️ Pregnant mamas, take adv...
07/23/2021

My last special {with my handcrafted healing balm} was popular so I decided to do another! 🌸🪴☀️ Pregnant mamas, take advantage of this promo and reach out if you have any questions about encapsulation and the benefits for postpartum healing. I love honoring and caring for this special part of your pregnancy and postpartum journey. 💫

The birth story of our sweet Cate Ivy is finally up! 👏🏼 I should warn you—it’s long. I’m very thankful I decided to docu...
07/05/2021

The birth story of our sweet Cate Ivy is finally up! 👏🏼 I should warn you—it’s long. I’m very thankful I decided to document our journey through photos and videos by Nurturing Image Photography. We loved our home birth experience with Lisa Rutledge, Licensed Midwife! This was my easiest + healthiest postpartum and we are so grateful to everyone who helped make it such an empowering journey. 🥰

Link: https://www.villagemamablog.com/home/birth-story-of-cate-ivy

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Hello there! I’m Candice, owner of Woodlands Birth & Baby. I’m a mom of two, birth servant, and wellness blogger. My little business has been in the works since literally the day I gave birth to my daughter. I was sitting in bed, nursing my hour-old newborn and thought, "Man! If only I could help every mama feel this empowered and supported after giving birth!" The timing, however, wasn't in my hands. Here's my story:

The only thing I knew about birth, before my first pregnancy, was all the scary stories I had heard from friends and family. I had witnessed a few births and always wondered if there was another way. I feel as though I have an instinctual nature about me, and I ignored the fear and stigma surrounding birth. I wanted my birth experience to be rewarding. I wanted to have positive feelings about my birth for years to come. So, I researched it all…care providers, doulas, birthing classes, labor options.

I gave birth to my daughter at 41 weeks and 1 day, after a quick and unexpected night of laboring. My birth experience – messy, raw, beautiful, challenging, rewarding – changed my perspective in life and empowered me in every sense. I felt all the preparation truly paid off. I realized birth matters. Your birth team matters. Feeling supported and respected matters.

The birth of my son 2 years later was a completely different experience. I labored for three days with him before surrendering my body and rushing to the birth center in time to push him out. I needed that experience to remind me that birth takes time and things don’t always go as planned. I pulled from the knowledge I had about birth and the confidence I had in the process. I relied on the support and guidance of my birth team to help me through it.



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