Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Postpartum Anxiety


Did you know that postpartum anxiety is more common than postpartum depression? Did you know that you can have one and not the other, but you can also have BOTH!? Yes, it's true. As little as postpartum depression is talked but, postpartum anxiety is like it's second cousin no one ever talks about at the family reunions. If you have struggled with anxiety and/or depression in your life before parenthood, it's even more likely that you will experience it postpartum and likely more severe than you ever have before.

Anxiety is a natural response of keeping you and your family safe, it's adaptive! A lot of new parents will have these thoughts and can easily dismiss them and then they slowly stop cropping up as time goes on. But for those who continue to experience these intrusive thoughts, it starts being a problem when it affects every day situations and overshoots reality. It's when you're constantly feeling worried and on edge. The telltale signs of postpartum anxiety are excessive worrying, racing thoughts, and feelings of dread. Are you wondering if you may have (or had) postpartum anxiety? Check the symptoms below:

  • Excessive worry
  • Feelings of dread
  • Racing thoughts
  • Lack of concentration
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Dizziness
  • Hot flashes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea

The studies show that more parents experience postpartum anxiety than postpartum depression, but it's drastically under diagnosed and treated. Don't let that be you! Read the symptoms above and keep that in mind as you move through pregnancy and postpartum. Keep an eye on your partner and yourself and say something if you're seeing signs of postpartum anxiety. 

If you are struggling with postpartum anxiety (or depression), please reach out to our friends at Perinatal Support of Washington here: https://perinatalsupport.org. They have a warm line where you can talk to someone and they will get you resources so you can start feeling like yourself again!





Thursday, September 17, 2020

Before Implementing Sleep Coaching...

Please keep in mind that before attempting to implement a sleep coaching program, key issues MUST be addressed first and/or may also require an immediate referral out. These include and are not limited to:
  • Medical Issues: Tongue Tie, Reflux, etc.
  • Behavioral/Emotional/Temperament Issues
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Sensory Processing Issues
  • Developmental Issues
  • Hunger/Feeding Issues
  • Nutrition Issues (anti-sleep foods, allergies, food intolerance, iron deficiency, vitamin d deficiency, etc.)
  • Imbalanced Internal clock
  • Lack of Consistent Schedule, Routine & Bedtime Ritual
  • Stress
  • Travel Effects
  • Environmental Issues (Light vs dark, temperature, exposure to toxins, EMF’s, fragrances, etc)
  • Many Changes happening all at once
Does this mean we can't do ANYTHING before these are addressed? NO! Often times we can implement a lot of sleep foundations while the other issues are worked on. 

If you think there may be some underlying issues that need to be worked on prior to working on sleep, it is crucial to reach out sooner rather than later. That "sleep problem" may be fixed by addressing the above and that need for sleep coaching all but disappears!

Call today for your FREE 20 minutes sleep consult to see what I can help with! Call or Text me at 206-922-2051.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

PNW Smoke

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, then you know it looks like a zombie apocalypse out there! The smoke is so thick, the sky looks orange. Please take this smoke seriously with your children, babies, and yourself (especially if you’re pregnant!). Air quality is VERY important for littles ones and pregnancies. 

If you or your family are experiencing any of the following smoke inhalation symptoms, please contact your doctor or go to your nearest emergency room/urgent care center and make sure to follow the steps below to make your home more safe from the wild fire smoke:
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
Here’s what the Washington Emergency Management Division suggests for keeping your home’s air quality safe: https://tools.airfire.org/airtools/v1/pnw-smoke.html?lat=47.3&lng=-119.5&zoom=6&fbclid=IwAR0qxwFLpQjsQW-87QUAVhJ6sths-xtk3-BZDEvd-vnNO7GcuozYet53gac

Here’s what the EPA says about keeping your home safe from smoke:

  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Use fans and air conditioning to stay cool. If you cannot stay cool, seek shelter elsewhere.
  • Reduce the smoke that enters your home.
    • If you have an HVAC system with a fresh air intake, set the system to recirculate mode, or close the outdoor intake damper.
    • If you have a window air conditioner, close the outdoor air damper. If you cannot close the damper, do not use the window air conditioner. Make sure that the seal between the air conditioner and the window is as tight as possible.
    • If you have a portable air conditioner with a single hose, typically vented out of a window, do not use it in smoky conditions. If you have a portable air conditioner with two hoses, make sure that the seal between the window vent kit and the window is as tight as possible.
  • Use a portable air cleaner or high-efficiency filter to remove fine particles from the air.
    • If you use a portable air cleaner, run it as often as possible on the highest fan speed.
    • If you have an HVAC system with a high-efficiency filter installed, run the system’s fan as often as possible to remove particles while the air quality is poor.
  • Avoid activities that create more fine particles indoors, including:
    • Smoking cigarettes.
    • Using gas, propane or wood-burning stoves and furnaces.
    • Spraying aerosol products.
    • Frying or broiling food.
    • Burning candles or incense.
    • Vacuuming, unless you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during smoky times to reduce how much smoke you inhale.
  • Create a clean room.
  • Have a supply of N95 respirators and learn how to use them.
  • Air out your home by opening windows or the fresh air intake on your HVAC system when the air quality improves, even temporarily.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I’ve been working hard over here getting everything prepared for my upcoming changes to my business! I am working on my re-certification as a birth doula, updating my website, getting my client management system eDoula set-up and getting more active on Instagram and Facebook. My goal right now starting in October, is to take 2 births a month on average, work with 1-2 postpartum families at a time and weave in pediatric sleep consulting and baby nursery set-up’s in there as they come. Really looking forward to bringing more services to my local community. Do you know someone pregnant who might benefit from one (or more) of my services? I can make a package that fits any budgets so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Click here to check out my services: http://www.DoulaDeb.com/p/Doula-Deb-Services.html


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

BIG NEWS!! Labor Support Doula Services!


Big NEWS!! After a LONG hiatus from labor support services, I am officially opening back up for birth support start in October 2020! 

I have trained as a birth doula over 10 years ago and have done about 7 births but due to my family’s schedule and childcare, I couldn’t pursue it. I am so excited for this new chapter where I can follow families from pregnancy, postpartum all the way up to 3 years old with sleep consulting (if needed!). It’s likely that my clients won’t need the sleep consulting services if they follow my exclusive early sleep foundations provided to all my families! What an awesome added bonus! 

So excited to help families in this new expanded way. If you are pregnant and due in October or later, don’t hesitate to call for your FREE 20 minute phone call. I am happy to answer any questions about my services available and how we can make the BEST CUSTOM package for you and your budget.

If you book me before October, you get an additional $50 off any package (even custom packages)! But make sure to reach out, limited spots available! Call or Text me at 206-922-2051 or email me at douladeb@gmail.com.