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This is horrible, but I will do whatever I can to support you and your family during this time.
05/20/2020

This is horrible, but I will do whatever I can to support you and your family during this time.

Can we just take a minute to talk about how silly it is. As the restrictions start to ease across many states we are baffled by the lack of attention and focus given to our community of pregnant or birthing women and mothers of newborns. Despite the QLD government directive now allowing 2 support people we have heard reports of hospitals under QLD health still restricting it to one person and in NSW there have been no mentions of changes in this regard. Yet pubs (with dining areas), cafes and restaurants opening, funeral and wedding numbers have been increased, amount of allowed visitors in your home has increased and schools are reopening full time as of Monday.

We don’t need to go into all the research that talks about the value of the right support during birth!

So basically, if you have your baby in a pub you have a chance of having the supported birth you want!!

And hey you can have 5 people in your home so all the more reason to look at a homebirth. To help us fund homebirth and doula support please follow link in bio to shop or donate. X

#crisisresponseforbirth #supportingmamatotos #protectingmamatotos #birthrights #birthmatters #birthsupport #doula #doulasupport @doulanetworkaustralia @australiandoulacollege @douladirectory @doulatrainingacademy

Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful ladies.
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful ladies.

Omgosh y'all, go check this book out. She is the author of Almost A Mother. I am so excited to pre-order this book. I ca...
04/04/2020

Omgosh y'all, go check this book out. She is the author of Almost A Mother. I am so excited to pre-order this book. I can't wait to be able to add a new book to my library, for all of us to read

G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y!

The first 100 people to pre-order will receive:

*A free-gift!
*A signed, personalized copy!
*An entry in a giveaway to win a $$$ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR$$ gift card to a store of YOUR choice!

To enter:
1. Order your copy from the link below

2. Comment on THIS post that you ordered

3. Each copy purchased is worth one entry in the drawing, so please indicate if you are buying more than one.

4. Sharing this post will also earn you an entry-but please comment that you shared so I know you did it!

Hardcover: $17.99
Softcover $12.00
Bulk order pricing available!

Always Ours
Written by: Christy Wopat
Illustrated by: Julie Wells Illustration
Published by: Orange Hat Publishing
Release date: May 19, 2020

PRE-ORDER NOW!

Erin and Mae are sisters who are eagerly waiting to meet their new baby brother, James. When the girls find out that he has died before he even got to come home, they are confused and sad. With her teacher's help and a heart full of bravery and love, Mae embarks on a journey to find a way to honor and cherish a family member that couldn't stay. She and her sister help us see that even after our family members are gone, they will always be ours.

LINK:

Hardcover:
https://www.orangehatpublishing.com/product-page/always-ours-hardcover

Softcover:
https://www.orangehatpublishing.com/product-page/always-ours-paperback

THANK you and good luck!

XO
Christy

Love What Matters
02/02/2020

Love What Matters

"I had to pee so badly but they wouldn't let me go. They said I needed a full bladder because it’s easier to see the baby during the ultrasound. I remember feeling so frustrated not only because of my full bladder, but because I had to fill out what seemed like 50 pages of paperwork before I could empty my bladder and see the baby I'd been waiting to see for 8 weeks.

I finally was walked to the back room where I was greeted with a smile from everyone because the happiness from carrying a baby was contagious. The ultrasound began and I saw the images right in front of me. My heart was beating out of my chest. This was exciting!

This was a day my husband and I had been waiting for, for over a year.

But these images were different than the ones I've seen on Facebook that all my girlfriends had posted, something was wrong.

I saw nothing because my body was just hours away from miscarrying.

My ultrasound tech was quiet and I just knew. She left the room and my husband quickly assured me that "everything is fine." But don't tell that to a girl who has seen hundreds of ultrasound photos, who has searched Instagram for the hashtag "8weeks" to see what her baby now looked like.

I knew it wasn't right and it wasn't.

I remember being afraid to cry. I didn't feel as if I deserved to cry because "I wasn't that far along," and "this happens all the time."

I remember holding back the tears with every ounce of my being and not being able to look my husband in the face because I knew his pain would break me.

I was sent home to let my body naturally run its course and it did. I felt everything but had nothing to show for it. My doctor didn't let me leave without warning and she was right about everything. But what she didn't warn me about was everything that would happen after the initial heartbreak and pain.

She didn't tell me I was going to be reminded for weeks to come because my body was going to take that long to “clean out." She didn't tell me I was going to have to watch my husband weep. She didn't tell me how hard it was going to be to tell my mom what had happened. She didn't tell me that my body was going to continue thinking it was pregnant for weeks to come. She didn't tell me how hard it was going be to tell people I was fine when I wasn’t. She didn’t tell me that this was going to make me a jealous person over-night. She didn’t tell me how much harder the question “when are you having kids?” was going to be. And she didn't tell me that it was going to be so hard losing someone I had never met.

But she did tell me it was okay to cry and she did tell me that I wasn't alone.

Miscarriages are SO real and so common, in fact, one out of four women experience a miscarriage; but don’t let that confuse you into thinking it hurts any less. As large as this statistic is, I still felt alone and I have finally figured out why: because no one talks about it.

It wasn’t until I started talking about it to my friends and family that I slowly realized I wasn’t alone. That my mom, my aunt, my sister, my sisters best friend all have experienced this heartbreak and pain, a heartbreak and pain I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.

People may wonder why I choose to talk about this after months have passed, but it's the harsh reality that time really doesn't heal all wounds so I am hoping sharing my story will help with the healing process. I am not looking for pity and I am not looking for answers. I am sharing this so that maybe one less woman will feel alone and use this as a reminder or message that there is hope after this heartbreak.

This is my hope for you…

I hope that you won’t feel alone.
I hope that you let yourself cry.
I hope that you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I hope that though your faith will be tested, you will be strong.
I hope you find peace.
I hope you won’t be afraid to try again.
I hope that you don’t blame yourself.
I hope that your friends hug you a little tighter.
I hope that you give someone else hope through your hardship
I hope that you are a light in the darkest of time.
…and I hope that you celebrate that baby’s life as much as you celebrate the next because no matter how short a life, all life deserves to be celebrated and all loss should be mourned.

Feel free to share if this spoke to you or you feel as if it might speak to someone you know."
{Matthew 7:7}

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#LoveWhatMatters

Credit: Emily Christine

Just a little reminder
12/25/2019

Just a little reminder

12/25/2019
Your baby only knew your love
12/23/2019

Your baby only knew your love

Absolutely beautiful
12/18/2019

Absolutely beautiful

A father's hand giving support, a mother's hand guiding her baby, a sister's hand welcoming her newborn brother and a baby's hand reaching for life.

Caption and Image by Badass Birth Photography

Yes, bereaved parents want to know that their sweet baby has not been forgotten.  This time of season is definitely hard...
12/02/2019

Yes, bereaved parents want to know that their sweet baby has not been forgotten. This time of season is definitely hard on them. Show them you remember and their baby is still loved and missed.

This book is absolutely amazing and a must read.
10/17/2019

This book is absolutely amazing and a must read.

Today Only, in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, the e-book of AAM is only .99!

Download your copy now, and tag a friend in the comments who's been wanting to read! Link below:

https://amzn.to/33MqQBd

Praying tonight for all those that need it 💗
10/15/2019

Praying tonight for all those that need it 💗

Join me tonight in lightning a candle (or candles) in memory of the babies gone to soon. I would love my page to be fill...
10/15/2019

Join me tonight in lightning a candle (or candles) in memory of the babies gone to soon. I would love my page to be filled with candles. Please feel free to post and share here.

10/10/2019

Sorry I have been away. I am still available, helping out SE North Carolina and making gowns. Will post my creations soon.

Motherboard Birth
09/26/2019

Motherboard Birth

“What in the world is that weird thing they’re doing?!” Who’s heard of a forward leaning inversion? 🙋🏻‍♀️ doing inversions every day can help you lengthen and soften your uterine ligaments, as well as help resolve any twist in the lower uterine segment. The weight of baby and uterus streeeeetches out those ligaments to reduce torque and helps baby get into a great position for birth. For more in depth info about this position and others, head to Spinning Babies ! This and other positions will be featured in our Labor Positions class releasing shortly!

Sign up for updates on the launch! 🚀
https://www.motherboardbirth.com/childbirth-ed

More info on inversions here: https://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/techniques/the-fantastic-four/forward-leaning-inversion/

Bella Mama Pregnancy Spa & Wellness Centre
09/21/2019

Bella Mama Pregnancy Spa & Wellness Centre

"Can you see that bulge on her lower back? That is the rhombus of Michaelis.
During the second stage of labour, a combination of bones including your sacrum actually move backwards and in doing so, increases the diameter of your pelvis.
This is what is known as the opening of the back.
This is completely normal and is, in fact, an integral part of a physiological birth as it allows your baby the maximum amount of space to turn as they navigate their way out into the world.
In order to facilitate the opening of your back, you should use active birth positions where you are upright and leaning forwards.
So cool right!
And while your pelvis is expanding, your baby's head is moulding - changing shape to fit through those pelvic bones!
Your body was made to do this! And your body and your baby work together!
Birth is not something to be feared...it is something to be understood!
Image via North Dallas Doula Associates

I normally don't make #angelgowns like this, but when I received #authorchristywopat #weddingdresses it spoke to me. Hal...
09/13/2019

I normally don't make #angelgowns like this, but when I received #authorchristywopat #weddingdresses it spoke to me. Half of the dress was made into matching #boygirltwins sets. The other half will be used for more angel gowns.

These gowns are made in #memory of Aiden and Sophie

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc @ Kinston, North Carolina

A little look at the #angelgowns in progress. 8 gowns 4 #boy and 4 #girl and I have a lot more to cut....... I am truly ...
09/11/2019

A little look at the #angelgowns in progress. 8 gowns 4 #boy and 4 #girl and I have a lot more to cut....... I am truly #blessed to have this opportunity.

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

Bittersweet moments, cutting up a #weddingdresses to make #angelgowns #authorchristywopat #donation #supportingyou #ange...
09/11/2019

Bittersweet moments, cutting up a #weddingdresses to make #angelgowns

#authorchristywopat #donation #supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

50 #miscarriage #hearts are finished and individually packaged, ready to be dropped off at 5 #hospitals #supportingyou #...
09/08/2019

50 #miscarriage #hearts are finished and individually packaged, ready to be dropped off at 5 #hospitals

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

She does have her own bed in my office, but loves sleeping on the train of this gown.#sillypuppy #supportingyou #angelba...
08/25/2019

She does have her own bed in my office, but loves sleeping on the train of this gown.

#sillypuppy
#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter The 3 on the bottom right were made by my daughter @amarahdavis I love whe...
08/23/2019

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter
The 3 on the bottom right were made by my daughter @amarahdavis

I love when my kiddos help me make a difference.

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

#nationalrainbowbabyday🌈 is a day to honor the families that have lost a baby. Today we see you, we will #rememberyourba...
08/23/2019

#nationalrainbowbabyday🌈 is a day to honor the families that have lost a baby. Today we see you, we will #rememberyourbaby with you. #allbabiesmatter #nomatterhowsmall

#iseeyoueveryday #iwillhonoryoueveryday #iwillrememberyourbaby #youmatter #yourbabymatters #supportingyou #angelbabies #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter Thanks for the help from 2 of my daughter's (@amarahdavis )#supportingyou ...
08/22/2019

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter
Thanks for the help from 2 of my daughter's (@amarahdavis )

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter #supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #le...
08/22/2019

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

I'm so excited, I got my #butterflycharms in the #mail today. These will be added to all #angelgowns and #miscarriage #h...
08/21/2019

I'm so excited, I got my #butterflycharms in the #mail today. These will be added to all #angelgowns and #miscarriage #hearts.

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #youmatter #yourbabymatters #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter #nomatterhowsmall#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula...
08/21/2019

#miscarriage #hearts because #allbabiesmatter #nomatterhowsmall

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

Yvette Mystakas - She is Sacred
08/21/2019

Yvette Mystakas - She is Sacred

Whether you lost your baby at 6 weeks.
Whether you lost your baby at 12 weeks.
Whether you lost your baby at 16 weeks.
Whether you lost your baby at 20 weeks.

Whether it is your first loss.
Whether it is your second loss.
Whether it is your third loss.
Whether is is your fourth loss.

Whether you have not had a child.
Whether you already have a child.
Whether you have two children.
Whether you have three children or more.

Whether you lost your baby in your teens.
Whether you lost your baby in your twenties.
Whether you lost your baby in your thirties.
Whether you lost your baby in your forties.

Whether you lost your baby through ivf.
Whether you lost your baby through unplanned pregnancy.
Whether you lost your baby through planned pregnancy.
Whether you lost your baby through surrogacy.

Your pregnancy loss matters.
Your grief matters.
Your tears matter.
You matter.

Words: Yvette Mystakas - She is Sacred
Image: Unknown

#iam1in4 #pregnancyloss #miscarriage

I have finished 42 #angelgowns in #memory of #babiesgonetosoon (don't worry I'm still making more).Now I'm working on #m...
08/20/2019

I have finished 42 #angelgowns in #memory of #babiesgonetosoon (don't worry I'm still making more).

Now I'm working on #miscarriage #hearts for families that said #goodbye #fartosoon from leftover #weddingdresses scraps

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #miscarriagematters #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

Breonna Gervais, Birth & Postpartum Doula
08/19/2019

Breonna Gervais, Birth & Postpartum Doula

Chiropractors are suggesting a different way of changing babies’ diaper to reduce digestive issues and colic!

WE 👏🏻SHOULD 👏🏻 ALL 👏🏻 BE 👏🏻DOING 👏🏻 THIS 👏🏻

Have you seen this?! One small change in something you do multiple times every day, and it could truly help your little one!

Watch this chiropractor explain what I’m talking about https://youtu.be/l9IDpEVkemM

#colic #digestiveissues #fussybaby #babygas #gas #diaperchanges #howtochangeadiaper #clothdiaper #disposablediapers #chiropractor #chiropractorforbabies #holistic #holisticadvice #changethenorm #newborn #postpartum #postpartumsupport

This #tinybaby #boy #angelgowns is in #memory of the Kane babies (baby, baby, and Charlie)#supportingyou #angelbabies #a...
08/18/2019

This #tinybaby #boy #angelgowns is in #memory of the Kane babies (baby, baby, and Charlie)

#supportingyou #angelbabies #allbabiesmatter #lovingdoula #bereavement #lenoircountync #pittcountync #greenecountync #waynecountync #jonescountync #duplincountync #onslowcountync #kinstonnc

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