Best New Dad Class in Miami

Best New Dad Class in Miami

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Where do you find the best new dads in Miami and Broward? At the brewery, of course!
Mainstay Doulas & Co. now offers a brand new dad class for all dads and partners-to- be. But it comes with a twist! Well, actually it comes with a FREE BEER. The new dad class, Beards, Beers, & Babies, is not your typical daddy boot camp class. It’s held at one of Miami’s favorite new and family friendly microbreweries, Lincoln’s Beard Brewery.
Don’t expect your typical dad class when you come upstairs at the brewery! This class is not taught by nurses, it’s not even taught by the Doulas of Mainstay Doulas & Co. It’s taught by dads who have been there. They have supported their partners through pregnancy, held their hand through childbirth, and earned the title “Super Dad” after bringing baby home. They are ready to teach you everything they learned along they way. They know what is helpful and what is definitely not helpful and don’t want you to make the same mistakes they did.
Dad and partner’s to be will learn how to:
 Keep everyone calm at the first signs of labor.
Navigate their partner through those early labor sensations before and once they get to the hospital.
 Everything they need to know about making their partner as comfortable as possible, before and after an epidural.
How to be the best wingman during pushing or in the OR.
Look like Superdad in the eyes of their partner in the hospital and after bringing baby home.
And how to get back in the game when she’s ready *wink, wink*
Join us the 4th Monday of every month at Lincoln’s Beard Brewery for a casual and fun class with the dads as you learn what to do after baby brews.

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Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

E.A.R.L.Y. Labor

E.A.R.L.Y. Labor

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Nothing plays with your emotions like that of a high school romance than early labor. You get those first twinges of “hmmm…that felt different”, your belly feels a bit tight and you’re having what feel like period cramps. You then start to furiously Google every single thing your feeling.

Is cramping a sign of labor? 

Is my stomach tightening a sign of labor? 

Is back pain a sign of labor? 

Is spotting a sign of labor? 

Is moodiness a sign of labor? 

…..

Am I ever going into labor? 

These new sensations are exciting! It’s a sign that your body is doing exactly what it needs to be doing when you’re full term. These sensations can also be confusing. Sometimes you’re not sure when a contraction started or when it stopped. Sometimes there’s one contraction just minutes after the other but then the next one is 15 minutes from the last. And then they completely stop. UGH. Just when you got your hopes up. Its even more frustrating if you’re “overdue” or this pattern has been going on for several days or even weeks.

Whether you want to call it early labor or prodromal labor, just don’t call it false labor. These are some real sensations that are doing real things to finally get that baby out of your baby, even if you’re not dilated yet. So how do you not go crazy?

Remember the acronym E.A.R.L.Y. when you’re in early labor.

 

 

Eat- Grab a light meal 

If you have an appetite, satisfy it. Grab something energy packed like a green smoothie, salad with a protein, oatmeal, or peanut butter and honey toast. If it is really time, you’re going to need those energy stores for later. Don’t forget to wash it down with water or other electrolyte drink.

Active- Get moving

If you’re experiencing that burst of energy that can happen in early labor, get up and get moving. Grab your partner or enjoy some alone time with a walk in the park, do some last minute shopping for yourself or baby while you do a few laps around the mall, or continue nesting around your home with some more baby laundry or meal prep. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s something you can complete. If your body isn’t quite ready to complete this pregnancy, at least something got done from start to finish. But remember, when your body says it’s had enough, listen to it and get some rest.

Rest- Go to Sleep

If you’re not feeling that burst of energy that makes you want to do all the things, don’t! Instead get some rest. The relaxation that comes from a good nights sleep or nap can be just as effective at bringing on labor as getting moving if your body is ready. If you’re exhausted and having trouble getting rest because early labor contractions are keeping you up all night, talk to your provider about therapeutic rest.

Love- Bond with your partner or other children

Take these last days to bond with your partner or other children. Ask your partner for a massage, have a candlelit dinner, and enjoy these last days of life as it currently is together. If you have other children, spend some time with just them individually. Let them have an afternoon where they choose what to do and where to eat. Focus on them and remind them that even after baby is here and demanding a lot of attention, they’re still an important part of the family and you will always be there to give them the love they need.

Yourself- Treat yo’ self

Self care is as important now as it will be once your baby is here. Make sure you take some time to do something nice for yourself. Go to the salon and get your hair done or a mani pedi, read a book and enjoy the quiet time, or binge watch a new show while eating ice cream in bed, whatever you need to do to center yourself and feel re-energized.

I know it’s easy for me to feel like the cheerleader over here in the corner shouting all “This is normal!” “Just hang in there!” Because the reality of early labor is that it’s no walk in the park (I mean, sometimes it is what you do to get labor going). Believe me, I remember. That blog I linked above was written when I really was “overdue” after weeks of prodromal labor. Early labor takes an emotional and sometimes physical toll on our bodies. It’s important to acknowledge that you are doing hard things by just keepin’ on, keepin’ on.

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

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Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation, gentle sleep training, childbirth education, newborn care classes, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and lactation support in all of Miami-Dade and Broward.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

You're in the Right Place.

Mainstay Doulas & Co.

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

Overdue and Over It

Overdue and Over It

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You reached your due date!!…..and nothing.

An anticlimactic day followed by the soreness, backache, and swollen ankles you’ve already been dealing with over the last couple weeks.

I’m not going to tell you that,

“Babies come when they’re ready”

Or

“Your due date is just a guess date”

Or

“Relax and enjoy these last few days”

Because, let’s be honest, no amount of affirmations is going to make you feel any better at this point.

You’re feeling overdue and you’re fucking over it.

Pregnancy is hard, physically and emotionally and the last few weeks can be miserable. You can’t find a comfortable position when you feel like a turtle stuck on its back, you’re getting little sleep and feel like you may give a swift kick to the next person who tells you sleep now while you can, and you have no idea when this baby is going to make their appearance and the lack of control over the process is emotionally taxing.

It is ok to feel done, no guilt strings attached. There’s a reason they say the last month of pregnancy lasts approximately 7395 days because it sure feels like it. So what’s a heavily pregnant person to do to make the remaining time pass just a little faster?

We promise. There will be an end and you’re almost there. In the meantime, here are a few things that may serve as a welcome distraction to the end of your pregnancy, as well as the endless texts you’ve been getting asking if baby is here yet.

Date Night: No need to go out! Pick a craving and order in from your favorite restaurant and stay in your comfy clothes. As you chow down, you can joke with your partner about how your next conversations over date night will be much different and likely involve the contents of your baby’s diaper

Catch Up with Friends: Throw on that roomy maxi dress and head out to your favorite coffee spot. Talk, reminisce, and leave the when is the baby coming talk out of it. Then jet over and get some mani pedis together. Be sure to ask the nail tech for a really good foot massage!

Let the Nesting Take Over: Organizing, reorganizing, and preparing for your baby’s arrival can help pass the time. If you can check “have a baby” off your do list, you sure can check off everything else that needs to get done.

Speak with your doctor: If you feel that having a final induction date will help you emotionally, you can speak with your doctor about scheduling one. Posting that final eviction notice can put you at peace, even if it will still be a few weeks out.

This isn’t easy. You’re doing hard things. And you don’t have to relish in it, if you don’t want to.

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SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

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Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

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Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

So You’re Afraid of Getting a Vajanus

So You’re Afraid of Getting a Vajanus

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You’ve heard the horror stories. You’ve googled the cringe-worthy photos of 4th degree tears. You’re scared of tearing while pushing during birth and even with a little vaginal tear, you’re wondering

“Will my vagina ever be the same again after birth?”

But let’s be honest, your biggest fear of all is tearing from hole to hole. Ouch!

It’s even got you thinking maybe you would be better off going straight for the cesarean birth in order to keep your vagina intact and back to business ASAP after birth.

Your fears are totally normal. Tearing can be totally normal. NOT those 4th degree tears you’ve been googling but minor tears occur in about 90% of vaginal births.

Not all vaginal tears are created equal. There are different types of tears with different recoveries. So let’s break it down:

1st and 2nd degree tears are the most minor of all tears. It involves only the skin around the vagina or perineal skin and sometimes the muscle between the vagina and anus. It may require a little bit of suturing.

3rd and 4th degree tears involve more of the muscle of the vagina and anus and can even extend to the tissue around the anus. It requires careful suturing and follow up with your provider.

Recovery is going to vary depending on the type of tear.

With first and second degree tears, recovery may be a bit uncomfortable, that peri bottle the hospital provides will become your best friend.  You may have increased pain when sitting straight, having a bowel movement, sneezing, or coughing. By two weeks, your discomfort has diminished for the most part. The first time you have sex after birth can be a bit uncomfortable but you will be back to your old habits and look in no time.

For third and fourth degree tears, recovery can be a bit more involved and need additional treatment from your provider to heal properly. This is why it is important to discuss all you’re feeling with your provider, no matter how embarrassing. They’ve already heard and seen it all. Remember, these types of tears are not common.

By this time, I’m sure you’re ready to ask your OB or midwife

“What can I do to prevent tearing during pushing?”

While tearing is not always preventable, you can discuss with your provider about your position options during pushing to a position that puts less pressure on the perineum and pushing in the moments you feel the urge, which can even be possible with an epidural. During the pushing phase, your provider can also support our perineum by putting pressure with a warm cloth or lightly stretching your perineum with their finger as your baby is beginning to crown. Most importantly, the first step to easing your fears and preventing vaginal tears is to discuss your concerns with your provider and come up with a plan together.

But what about episiotomies?

 Is it better to tear or have an episiotomy?

An episiotomy is an incision your provider makes to your perineum. While it can be necessary and life saving, most OBs do not do them routinely anymore as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognizes episiotomies can sometimes be more harmful than helpful with greater recovery time.

Hiring a birth doula doesn’t prevent tearing but can get you comfortable, help you voice your concerns about tearing during pregnancy and even during pushing, but most importantly, they can ease your fears about the entire process. Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers the best birth doulas in Miami and are ready to listen to your fears of the smallest tears to a fourth degree tear and help you figure out the best options for you.

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

Mainstay Moms newsletter means first access, the inside scoop & a FREE Week by Week Pregnancy Planner!

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Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation, gentle sleep training, childbirth education, newborn care classes, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and lactation support in all of Miami-Dade and Broward.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

You're in the Right Place.

Mainstay Doulas & Co.

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

Is This the Real Thing?- ABC’s of Pregnancy P is for Practice

Is This the Real Thing?- ABC’s of Pregnancy P is for Practice

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Imagine gearing up the day of a big race but you haven’t trained a day for it. You would probably get tired easily and your muscles wouldn’t be as effective. You’re going to have to work longer and harder to get to the finish line.

Birth is a lot like running that big race. It’s going to take preparation, endurance, and the training of your uterus to contract efficiently. This isn’t something you can control, your body takes over all the prep work, whether you actually feel it or not.

It does this by contracting. These type of contractions are called Braxton-Hicks contractions, practice contractions, or the less favorable term false or fake contractions.

As anyone that has been pregnant and has experienced any intensity of Braxton-Hicks contractions will tell you there’s nothing fake or false about it. While they may not be actively dilating our cervix, they are working hard to tone your uterus for labor day. They can be exhausting. They can be intense, though not necessarily painful. Mostly, they can be confusing.

How will I know if I’m in labor?!

As you enter your third trimester and maybe even a little before, you worry every twinge or pain is a sign of possible labor. You worry about being one of those moms that end up giving birth in the car on the way to the hospital. Experiencing brixton-hicks contractions, especially several of them over a short period of time can start to play tricks on your mind.

If only there were a tell tale sign that told you that you were in fact in labor. I’ve always thought why can’t our bellies just turn purple or something when labor becomes imminent?!

While it still may be confusing and a little emotionally draining, there are some ways you can tell the difference between Braxton-Hicks contractions and labor contractions that cause dilation.

  • Braxton-Hicks contractions are pretty irregular. There’s no pattern to them. They may be coming every 20 minutes, then a few come every 7 minutes, then it’s back to 15 minutes apart. For a short period they may seem regular, but give it some times and the pattern may constantly change. Labor contractions may also be irregular at first but then continue to increase in regularity.

 

  • -Braxton-Hicks contractions don’t intensify. Although not necessarily painful the same way labor contractions are, they can be a intense sensation that is physically exhausting. Labor contractions will continue to intensify as time goes on. You may have been able to ignore them for a while, then they took a little bit more of your attention, and now you have to stop what your doing and concentrate through them. That’s a sign of actual labor.

 

  • You can stop Braxton-Hicks contractions. You can stop them by laying down and taking a break, drinking some water, or urinating. Braxton-Hicks can often be a sign of dehydration. If you’re ever in doubt, pour yourself a tall glass of water and put your feet up, then see if the pattern changes. Labor contractions cannot be manipulated in this way. They won’t stop coming no matter what you do.

 

Birth can be a marathon or a sprint and your body is going to do everything it can to get ready. What you experience at towards the end of your pregnancy is never false or fake. It’s real sensations, real preparation, and real work your body is doing.

If you’re still in doubt, take a childbirth class that goes further in depth on the signs of labor and how to tell the difference or hire a birth doula that can support you through the all of your labor questions on demand.

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

Mainstay Moms newsletter means first access, the inside scoop & a FREE Week by Week Pregnancy Planner!

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Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation, gentle sleep training, childbirth education, newborn care classes, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and lactation support in all of Miami-Dade and Broward.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

You're in the Right Place.

Mainstay Doulas & Co.

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

Your Options in Birth- ABCs of Pregnancy O is for Options

Your Options in Birth- ABCs of Pregnancy O is for Options

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If you google “birth plan options” you are going to get a myriad of options, checklists, and links to help you sort out what choices you have ad the information you can use to make them.

Did you know you even had that many options?!

You begin to research options and find resources that may

…sway you towards a natural birth

…or tell you how awesome an epidural is

…or why to have an out-of-hospital birth

You begin to check off which options you want, which options you’re ok with, and which options you absolutely don’t want. You’re informed, you weighed every option, and you have chosen the most evidence-based option because thats the key to having a good birth, right?

The doulas and childbirth educators at Mainstay Doulas & Co. would say no.

We don’t view a birth plan as a checklist. We know that choosing what is determined to be the evidence-based option isn’t the best option for everyone. We know that having each option checked off and go “according to plan” doesn’t always ensure a positive birth experience either, just as having a birth go completely not as planned isn’t always the means of a negative birth experience.

While we never promise a certain experience, we do know how to help you uncover what you really want in birth, what options may help you have that, and know what to do with your choices in order to have a satisfying birth experience.

While discovering your options and learning about the birthing process are certainly the beginning steps, it doesn’t end there. A birth plan is more than a piece of paper or checklist. Its a tool. A tool for communication between your provider, your family, and your partner. A tool for collaboration. A tool for feeling in control, connected, safe, and prepared during your birth. Its a tool for a lifetime of decisions.

It is the goal of our birth doulas and part of our childbirth education curriculum to help equip you, support you, and work together with you to see you, hear you, and value you through your pregnancy and birth without judgment.

Whether its creating and implementing a plan, providing non-judgmental support, or a need for more information, Mainstay Doulas & Co. is ready. Support is on the way!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

Mainstay Moms newsletter means first access, the inside scoop & a FREE Week by Week Pregnancy Planner!

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Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation, gentle sleep training, childbirth education, newborn care classes, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and lactation support in all of Miami-Dade and Broward.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

You're in the Right Place.

Mainstay Doulas & Co.

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

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