Labor and Birth in the Water

water birth

We recently attended a Waterbirth Education and Certification Course taught by Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, author and educator. We are happy to share some of the highlights and things we learned. Many birth locations now offer the use of warm water immersion in birth tubs as a comfort measure during labor, and some locations support…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for your Partner


Well, Christmas is here. Everywhere you look there is a new toy, book or adorable outfit to purchase for a child. But, my mind always goes blank when trying to pick a gift for my husband. This can be even trickier when you are new parents (or soon to be new parents). To help make your job…

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Welcome, Santa Baby!

santa baby

Amy Detweiler is a mother, nurse, blogger at Sarasota Moms Blog and former client of Buddha Belly Birth doulas. She graciously contributed this post about her special Santa baby, born in 2015. – Amy  Christmas means different things to different people depending on who you ask. We all know at least one Christmas fanatic who has their tree…

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Made me feel heard and loved – Sara, Tampa

Sara Blue Star Client Review

I had a great experience with Buddha Belly! I had an extremely difficult twin pregnancy and anytime it was getting too hard, or overwhelming I would reach out to them through text messaging. They always had kind and well-educated responses to my questions and made me feel heard and loved for months before my delivery.…

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Breastfeeding Advice from a Tampa Bay IBCLC

breastfeeding advice

First, congratulations on choosing to learn more about breastfeeding! Getting educated on breastfeeding will help you get off to a great start. Read books, talk to friends and professionals and ask questions; you are going to do great at this!  You probably already know that breastfeeding is the biological norm. This is how we have…

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Varicose Veins Postpartum

varicose veins postpartum

For more info check out the first two blog posts in this series here: Varicose Veins in Pregnancy Comfort Measures for Varicose Veins Will your varicose veins will go away after having the baby and if so, how soon? In my experience, there is not one straightforward answer. After my first baby, yes, completely gone,…

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Comfort Measures for Varicose Veins (updated July 2022)

comfort measures for varicose veins

How to find comfort through a pregnancy with varicose veins, my tips below! About 28% of women will develop varicose veins in pregnancy. While they are mostly harmless in the short term they can cause pain and discomfort. Here are my recommendations and best comfort measures to try if you are dealing with varicose veins in…

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Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

varicose veins in pregnancy

This is part one of a three part series on varicose veins in pregnancy and beyond. If you’re like me, before I had varicose veins I had no idea what they were, why I had them or why they hurt so bad! Background: Blood vessels have two directions of transportation throughout our body. Arteries carry…

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