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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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 county and Birth & Baby Coach whereever you may be.

 

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Consulting | 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 l Virtual Doula Support

When It’s More Than a Fever

When It’s More Than a Fever

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Any parent knows the feeling of helplessness that overcomes you in the middle of the night when your child wakes up crying, they feel warm, and you see a number on the thermometer, like 104.0. You know you’re in for a long night of holding, cuddling, comforting, and trying to bring that fever down.

But if it’s your new baby, you’re already sprinting  into action, putting on pants, and finding a matching pair of shoes to take them to their first ER trip. This was me. I was the mom wearing the sweatpants, the robe, and a very tired but worried face. To complicate things more, I was out of town alone with my 5 month old and 3 year old.

This started out like any other common childhood illness.

ERs give me anxiety. I tend to word vomit every single thing that has happened leading up to whatever the reason is for our ER trip.

“There was fever of 104.0.” I’ll spare you with the condensed version.

Then there’s vitals, needles, fluids, and tests. You sit there holding your breath, all while you know something is wrong and as much as you hate for there to be something wrong, you hope they just find something. You also hope its minor and easily treated.

For us, the first answer was minor and easily treatable; it was a UTI. A round of antibiotics was the plan.

When you finally get out of the ER, after what always feels like an eternity and your bones are practically frozen from the cold, you go home and back to the cyclical motions of cuddles, snuggles, and medicine. The medicine should start to make them feel better, right?

For us, it didn’t. In between what should have been cuddles and snuggles, was fussing, crying, vomiting, and a lot more temperature taking. I can now tell you from experience, nothing sinks your heart more than seeing a number like 105.0 on the thermometer. We repeated the entire last 24 hours: ER, vitals, needles, fluids, and tests. Only to come back with the exact. same. answer.

At that moment, “ok, thank you.” was all that came out in an effort to convince myself that a UTI was all that was wrong with him.

We all have that mommy instinct. It’s that internal alarm that goes off when we feel something is just not right when it comes to our kids. Mine was blaring.

We went back to our cyclical days of crying, holding, fever, medicine. I tired so hard to ignore my mommy instinct and convince myself that it really was just a UTI. As the day went on, new symptoms were thrown into the mix and in an effort to further convince myself this was nothing serious, I came up with an excuse for every single one.

He developed a rash…must a reaction to antibiotics.

He lips got really chapped…we were visiting Chicago and he’s never been in such cold.

His hands and feet looked swollen…no, he was just my super chunky baby.

But as a few days passed his eyes became so bloodshot that he looked like he hadn’t slept in days (we hadn’t). My baby who was big enough to look like he has never skipped a meal, stopped eating.

This wasn’t a UTI. I couldn’t ignore that instinct anymore. I can’t believe I found myself walking through those automatic ER doors again with my baby lost somewhere in the bundle of blankets I was holding.

More vitals….wait, that’s all they were going to do?! I was now the “crazy mom” who keeps bringing her son back to emergency room, where real emergencies are happening for what was eventually diagnosed now as “just a virus”.

 I lied above. Nothing sinks your heart more than knowing there was something seriously wrong with your child, to not be able to shake the feeling that if you don’t get an answer, that your child might die, and only be told that this was “just a virus”.  I wanted to believe it was just a virus, but I couldn’t.

I counted down the hours until our flight home and I could go straight from the airport to our pediatrician. When I finally stepped into her examine room, she listened, she looked, and asked, “Have you googled all these symptoms?”

Google? Dr. Google only says I have a brain tumor or I’m dying so of course, this would have been my usual go-to. But between the holding, worrying and temperature taking,I realized that I hadn’t. How un mom-like of me.

“What day of fever is this?

“6.”

“I don’t think he has a UTI. I don’t think this is just a virus. I think your son has something called Kawasaki Disease. He fits all the criteria and it’s only day 6 of fever, meaning he is within the 10 day window, making this highly treatable and I would expect a full recovery. But you need to go to the children’s hospital, like right now.

*Big sigh* Not sure if it was relief, as a wave of terror still flooded over me but I was relieved that we did have an answer. Kawasaki Disease became the official diagnosis at the hospital where we stayed for several days while he received a treatment called IVIG, its high dose immunoglobulin, and steroids.

We were lucky. Continued tests and monitoring showed that because he was treated on time, he did not develop the biggest complication of Kawasaki Disease, coronary aneurysms.

Many kids aren’t that lucky. Kawasaki Disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children because they were misdiagnosed over and over. Kawasaki Disease attacks the heart by causing inflammation in the coronary arteries, which can lead to aneurysms. Had my pediatrician not been on top of it, missed the diagnosis, and we didn’t receive treatment in the 10 day window, he would have had a 30% chance of developing an aneurysm.

If your child exhibits a high fever over 101.0 for more than 5 days and any combination of:

Rash

Cracked lips

Red eyes

Swollen lymph node

Red and swollen hands and feet

Strawberry-like tongue

Please bring  up Kawasaki Disease to your pediatrician. It can often be confused with other illnesses. We were misdiagnosed 3 times by other doctors while we were out of town. You know your child best and with this disease, you just KNOW something isn’t right.

Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day is January 26th. For more information, please visit Kawasaki Disease Foundation

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786-571-MDCO

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Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Consulting | 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 l Virtual Doula Support

Done is Better Than Good

Done is Better Than Good

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Like you probably are, I’m a mom too. I’m also a partner, a daughter, a friend. Then I️ have this “tiny” role as co-owner of Mainstay Doulas and Co. that seems to take up 99% of my day most days. Entrepreneur life, am I️ right?

It is not easy keeping up with but what keeps my sanity are the few words I️ live by:

Done is better than good and done is good enough.

It’s not that we are accepting less or lowering our standards. There are 24 hours in one day in which you have to work, keep your new tiny human alive, possibly take care of other siblings, and then complete all the mundane tasks that fill up every remaining second of our day.

Oh yeah, then there’s making time for your partner.

But wait, you also need to find time for yourself in there. Which I️ bet is usually the last to be done, if it gets done at all.

When we split ourselves at the seams, it’s easy to feel that nothing is done 100%. Like we can’t be a good enough mom, a good enough, partner, and certainly not a good enough friend. If you’re already feeling these emotions, then you’re probably also not being good enough to yourself either.

I️ see you. I’ve been there.

I’m still there. I’ll never not be there. There will always be something to keep up with, always something I️ feel that I’m not doing 100%. I’m sure through the seasons of being mom there will be an ebb and flow. Some seasons will be easier than others but overall, we will always have a huge task at hand.

So how do you push away the ever looming feelings of failure and believe that done is enough, that you are enough?

It’s not easy, but being a Postpartum Doula has taught me a lot about balancing all the different hats we wear. It’s exactly that: a balance. There is a give and a take. You cannot continuously be 100% in one area of your life without letting another area remain on the bottom, lower than all the rest. When we strive to be perfect in one area, another area suffers but when we simply just get it done, we can move on to another role that is required of us.

I️ don’t consider myself a perfectionist. That is a strength of mine, not a weakness. Because at the end of the day it allows me to put aside any anxieties about the state of the house being just not clean enough, the writing of this blog that just not perfect enough, or the fact that sometimes I️ let my kids have too much screen time. Instead, I️ get to just be me. I️ get to be the me that my kids, partner, and friends already love.

I️’m not the perfect mom, the perfect partner, daughter, friend, or even work colleague but I️ am good enough and I️ do get the job done.

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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 county and Birth & Baby Coach whereever you may be.

 

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Consulting | 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 l Virtual Doula Support

The Biggest Secret After Bringing Home Baby

The Biggest Secret After Bringing Home Baby

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There is a huge secret out there about the challenges of bringing home baby that is not being said.

***Before we go any further, we should have a disclaimer.  We, too, wish we had the secret to teaching baby how to clean when you clean so when baby sleeps, you can actually sleep.  But that’s not what this blog is about, so if that’s what you’re looking for from this blog, you won’t find it. We will let you know when we figure that one out.***

Our secret is much simpler than that

You won’t find this big secret on other blogs or articles proclaiming they are about to tell you everything that nobody else tells you about bringing home baby.

What those blogs and articles might tell you is that motherhood isolating (did you know that?).

They’re right, it is.

Our secret is about overcoming that.

It is so simple, you may think that it can’t possibly be the answer to an easier and more positive postpartum experience. But it is.

It is that there is a special power to just hanging out in those first weeks. Not by yourself but with someone. Someone like a best friend who knows all about the language your baby uses to tell you what they need and the normal, uncomfortable, and downright weird things that happen to your body in the postpartum period.

You need someone who is going to listen to hear you, not to just listening to respond to you. You want to share your valuable time with someone who isn’t going to judge you or have an opinion on how you birthed your baby, how you feed your baby, the type of diaper you use, where your baby sleeps, or someone that thinks they know the “best way”  to parent your baby because that’s the way they did it. You need someone who doesn’t give you the answers but realizes confidence is built in supporting you through figuring out what works best for you.

If you haven’t been home alone with your brand new baby yet, maybe you aren’t quite understanding what it actually feels like to have a conversation with another human that just gets it. They get your feelings from the most joyful emotions to the darkest moments and everything in between. Then they validate that these feelings or normal and you’re only human for feeling them.

Imagine if you had that best friend.

If you have already been through the ups and downs of your postpartum, how could your experience have been different if you did have this kind of company to share a hot cup of tea with?

Bonus secret: Those types of best friends DO exist. The best friend you wish you had there everyday to celebrate with, to cry with, and to vent to is your Postpartum Doula. She’s there when you need her, how you need her, and without judgment.

So, will you share a cup of tea with us?

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We are doulas living in Miami with a love for cafecito, pregnancy and newborns. We are the experts and the moms who have been there sharing our best tips and tricks with a side of inspiration. Our goal? Help you kick ass at this parenting gig.

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Rock the baby game with our 5 favorite apps for mastering and tracking #allthethings and feel like you have mastered parenting level: expert.

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Whether you are looking for a birth doula, postpartum doula, overnight care, prenatal classes, placenta encapsulation,  breastfeeding support, or someone to answer your every question about this whole pregnancy and parenting experience we are here to serve you.

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Babies Don't Come with a Manual.

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY AND THE NATION'S TOP BIRTH & BABY COACHES

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 county and Birth & Baby Coach whereever you may be.

 

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Consulting | 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 l Virtual Doula Support

The 5 Stages of Weaning

The 5 Stages of Weaning

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There’s often times an internal struggle when it comes to breastfeeding and weaning, whether its parent-led or baby-led. I found myself thinking “I want my body back” “I want my body back” “I want my body back” but at the same time, neither of us were ready for this to end.  Until, one of us was. To my surprise, the internal struggle didn’t end there.

Denial– It’s been a day since she’s nursed. It’s been two days. Three days. Four. This can’t be it. She depended on me a week ago. I was her source of comfort, calm, and cuddles. She will ask again. And I’ll oblige… I think.  Do I want this to really be over? That seems drastic, way too fast. It can’t be over.

Anger– I encouraged this. I was selfish. I wanted my body back. I wanted to feel that my breasts were my own again. I stopped offering. I denied her sometimes. I just needed sleep. What if I hadn’t been so selfish? What if I just put up with it? She probably feels like I abandoned her. It’s my fault. Ugh.

Bargaining– Was our last nursing session everything I expected? Was this the big culminating event to an emotional roller coaster? Our breastfeeding experience wasn’t perfect. I was always perusing Facebook. I was ready for her to just fall asleep so I could have my own time.  I didn’t know it was the last time. How could I have known? Can I just do this over again? Just one last time? I would have cherished every last second, if I had only known.

Depression – Ugly crying. More ugly crying. Back to denial.

Acceptance– I did it. I achieved my goals. This is bittersweet. Bitter because I needed to grieve these special times that will be no more, as they always have to end at some point. Sweet because I have the best memories that resulted in a strong bond between my daughter and I. I could look forward to finding new ways to bond and our relationship will become even stronger that way.  It surrounded me with a circle of friends that I am thankful to have in my life. That should be celebrated. Together we did it and weaning was certainly the new beginning to an end. 

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We are doulas living in Miami with a love for cafecito, pregnancy and newborns. We are the experts and the moms who have been there sharing our best tips and tricks with a side of inspiration. Our goal? Help you kick ass at this parenting gig.

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Babies Don't Come with a Manual.

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY AND THE NATION'S TOP BIRTH & BABY COACHES

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 county and Birth & Baby Coach whereever you may be.

 

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Consulting | 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 l Virtual Doula Support

Prepping for Postpartum- The Postpartum Plan

Prepping for Postpartum- The Postpartum Plan

HAVING A BABY

Changes Everything

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You just had a beautiful birth. One that you planned how you wanted it to unfold, what interventions you were ok with, if any, and it included a plan A, plan B, and plan C, if things veered off course. You were listened to, supported, and respected in your decisions by your entire health care team, all because you planned ahead. You learned about your options, educated yourself on everything from childbirth to infant feeding, and found a provider and place of birth that supported you in your decisions.

When it was time to go home, you placed your newborn in the car seat and took off. It is now you and your new family left to conquer the world, or at least the postpartum period.

It is in the midst of shushing and rocking a crying baby at 3am and you don’t know what you’re doing wrong that you realize a parenting instruction manual would really come in handy right about now.

While we still have yet to find a copy of one of those, a Postpartum Plan is just as important as a Birth Plan and often forgotten about. You planned the nursery colors, your registry list, and your baby shower. Why didn’t you plan what to do when bringing home baby? A Postpartum Plan can assist you and your family with a smooth transition into parenthood and adjusting to life with your new addition. Be sure to click below for a template for your postpartum plan!

Break Down of a Postpartum Plan

Caring for Baby– One of the most important parts when planning your postpartum period is finding the people who can support you and be the extra pair of hands so your focus can be maintained on bonding as a new family. Postpartum Doulas a more extensive role than a baby nurse, play a vital role in this area. They are experts on what new moms need, caring for their babies and the best part is, they won’t have an opinion on how you care for your newborn. They know you know what’s best for your family and support you every step of the way.

Physical Recovery– Whether you had a vaginal birth or a cesarean, physical recovery is vital. Plan ahead as to what you need to recover. Do you need someone to drive you around for a few weeks, baby care stations set up around the house, especially on the first floor, or healing measures, such as premade peri pads?

Bonding TimeSometimes bonding comes easy and sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, its ok. Find activities you can do as a family that can facilitate a strong bond between all of you.

Visitors– Limiting visitors can be key to recovery, it allows for you to relax, stay in bed, learn to breastfeed, if that is how you choose to feed your baby, and bond with your baby. Determine when and how many visitors you will allow. Don’t be afraid to speak up about it either. However, if visitors are willing to do more than just want  to “ooh” and “ahh” at your baby, it may be good to have them come and help out around the house. Be sure to add them to your list of support people.

Self-Care Routine– A self-care routine is VITAL to an easy transition. Think about what thing make you feel rested, relaxed and rejuvenated. Make a commitment to do those things several times per week, if not every day, even if it is just an hour of alone time.

Roles of Support– Delegate, delegate, delegate. Plan how you will run the everyday management of the home. Take into consideration who will do the light house work, who will watch other siblings, and who will run to the store when needed. Did you know a postpartum doula can do a load of laundry and make sure your dishes are clean each time they come over?

Meal Planning– Plan your meals for 6 weeks after baby BEFORE baby comes. That may mean preparing some freezer meals beforehand, asking for gift certificates to your favorite take out restaurant or a meal delivery service at your baby shower, or asking family and friends to not stop by without some food. If you haven’t tried cooking with a newborn, it can be quite challenging.

Sleeping Arrangements- Although I cannot promise this section will always go according to plan, it’s a good idea to plan ahead of time where baby is going to sleep. If sleep is not going how you envisioned and neither you or baby are getting the sleep you need, there is a solution for that!

Infant Feeding– You can decide now how you choose to feed your infant. Whether its breastfeeding, formula feeding, pumping, or a combination, whatever you choose, we can help you make a plan for it and teach you what to expect. If you choose to breastfeed, finding support from your partner, other moms, and a certified lactation professional, if needed, is a huge help when learning to breastfeed. Know ahead of time who the key support people are in your area. Postpartum doulas often have additional certification in breastfeeding counseling and support. Also, be sure your partner knows how they can best support you and feeding your baby at home. The little things often go a long way.

Planning your postpartum experience can help you and your family transition into parenthood while everyone wonders how you do it all.

Hello!

 

We are doulas living in Miami with a love for cafecito, pregnancy and newborns. We are the experts and the moms who have been there sharing our best tips and tricks with a side of inspiration. Our goal? Help you kick ass at this parenting gig.

More About Us →

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5 Must Have Apps for Pregnancy and Parenting 

 

Rock the baby game with our 5 favorite apps for mastering and tracking #allthethings and feel like you have mastered parenting level: expert.

Ready to Create Your Ideal Experience?

Whether you are looking for a birth doula, postpartum doula, overnight care, prenatal classes, placenta encapsulation,  breastfeeding support, or someone to answer your every question about this whole pregnancy and parenting experience we are here to serve you.

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Babies Don't Come with a Manual.

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY AND THE NATION'S TOP BIRTH & BABY COACHES

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 county and Birth & Baby Coach whereever you may be.

 

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Consulting | 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 l Virtual Doula Support

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