Sunday, June 14, 2020

First Sleep Client Consultation!

I completed my first sleep client consultation after reopening my sleep consulting services again yesterday. I am so happy to have been able to help this family’s sleep struggle. We were able to address feeding, sleeping, sleep environment, nursing/pumping management, even some things mom needed to address for self care. It took about 2 hours to discuss all the pieces that make up their family’s sleep puzzle, but at the end they felt confident to start right away! This morning, we chatted about how it went and although change can be hard, they are already seeing positive changes! In fact, they saw enough progress that they don’t need my in-home support tonight after all! Yay! Nothing makes me happier than a family that feels supported and confident enough to not need the support the initially anticipated!

Is your family struggling with sleep too? I can help you! We cover all the areas that can be contributing to your child(ren) not getting the sleep they need and deserve (not to mention the sleep you need too!). Your first 15 minute mini consult is free so you’ve got nothing to lose EXCEPT MORE SLEEP!

Signed Your Sound Sleep Consultant,

Doula Deb

Thursday, May 21, 2020

New Class at Fern + Foster in Tacoma

I am so excited to share that I am starting to teach again! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a space to teach and I am thrilled to collaborate with a local business in Tacoma, Fern + Foster. They are an AMAZING resource for pregnant and postpartum families. Not only do they collaborate with highly trained professionals in doula services, lactation, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage AND midwifery, but they also offer amazing classes and support groups. And to top it off, they house our local Nurturing Expressions which is my primary place to get all my client’s baby feeding supplies when Amazon isn’t fast enough (can you say screaming infant?!).

They are just opening up their new memberships for their many classes and support groups so now is the time to sign up people! If you sign up by the end of the month, you will get a FREE 101 class included. Right now with the stay-at-home orders, everything is online too. How convenient for all those families with little babies! Everyone knows how hard it is to get out of the house, so now you don’t have to when wanting to connect with other families or learn more about your baby.

Go check them out and join me for my Baby Sleep 101 class next month!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Accepting Sleep Clients Soon!

I am so excited to announce I am opening up my sleep consulting side of my business again soon! It has been many years since I have officially worked as a sleep consultant, although I have kept honing my skills with my doula clients.

When I made the decision to stop sleep consulting, it was a difficult one for sure. Although I loved helping families find solutions, it was difficult to keep up with two young children of my own to attend to! Now that they are getting older, I’m finding myself with more of a desire to help families in this way again!

Is there a need for another sleep consultant out there? We will see! I plan to get all my ducks in a row within the next month or so, and officially open for sleep clients. Can’t wait to get back out there and help families during this difficult time! Please feel free to call and get on my waiting list if you are interested in this service.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

These are two of my greatest teachers as a #postpartumdoula. My first taught me about tongue tie, a NICU stay, pumping, milk storage, mastitis, tongue tie revision, the aftercare and stretches, more mastitis, postpartum anxiety and depression, sleep schedules, sleep regressions, teething, baby led weaning, food allergies, autoimmune disorders and sooo much more.

My second taught me patience, the beauty of being steady, holding space, and letting go, another tongue tie, revision and aftercare, letting go of nursing and embracing the world of exclusive pumping, vaccine injuries, recognizing personality differences and how to parent each child in their own special way.

Being a doula means so much more than my book smart and countless courses, articles and hours spent with families and their babies. Being a mom myself who had these AMAZING teachers to show me all the difficult things motherhood can bring has been the hardest, most rewarding and best learning experiences I could have hoped for to bring to clients. No matter what you’re going through, you are not alone.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A day in the life of an overnight postpartum doula!

What’s a typical day for an overnight postpartum doula?

It usually starts at 7pm when I leave the house for a quick gym trip and shower then an hour-ish drive to work. Start at 10pm and get set up for the night. Check the baby log for last feedings and medication then check in with the parents about their day and how they’d like the night to go (Nursing? Pumping? Bottles?). I get my area set up by drawing curtains, turning all lights off and getting the sound machine set up. Then I move the babies to my area, gather dirty bottles and pump parts, and check all other supplies for the night like diapers, wipes, milk, etc. I wash all the dirty bottles from the day, pump parts, set up for the mom’s next pump session and set outside her door to grab when she wakes to pump. If it’s been a while since the babies last ate, I usually feed the babies right away to encourage a longer sleep and stay on a schedule in order to make sure they are feed and happy when I leave in the morning. I typically cover all the baby care so parents can get the rest they need and log everything in an app parents can check anytime. When mom gets up to pump she leaves the milk outside her bedroom door and I take over from there. Repeat the washing, pump setup and bottle setup for 1-2 more feeds. In between feedings, diapers and washing everything, I keep myself busy with loads of laundry in the machines, folding and putting away and dishes from the day. Then it’s time to transition babies back to the parents care! I move everything back to parents room, including babies, washing station supplies and all bottle and pump parts. I try my best to leave babies fed, sleeping and settled then sneak out ninja style out of the house! I drive home for about an hour and sneak into bed for a good 3-5 hour nap and right back to mommy duties for the day!

Whew! So when someone asks what I do as an overnight doula, I usually say “what don’t I do?!” 😂

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tears Foundation

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and touring the Tears Foundation in Puyallup. This is the ONLY location in Washington and not only are they there to help support families after miscarriage and loss but they are committed to preventing SUIDS, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (previously known as SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Here's the cool part: They provide EVERY expecting family with education on evidence based safe sleep habits as well as a baby box, sleep sack and many other goodies!! I was truly impressed with the space they created to comfort families and support them after loss but also provide expecting families with real education and resources as they enter into parenthood.

Here are some upcoming events:

Parent Support Group
Center for Pregnancy and Infant Loss
11102 Sunrise Blvd E., Suite 112, Puyallup, WA 98374
Date:  Third Monday of each month (February meeting will be on February 26th)
Time:  6pm-8pm

This is an open group with a monthly discussion topic for bereaved families.

Mother’s Day Gathering
May 19, 2018, 12:00-2:00 pm
Center for Child Loss, 11102 Sunrise Blvd. E. Suite 112 Puyallup
“On Mother’s Day, I can think of no Mother more deserving than a Mother that had to give one back.”
Erma Bombeck
Join us as we honor bereaved Mamas and create something beautiful in memory of our babies. Refreshments and supplies for crafting provided.

Tears Foundation: :

Baby Box University:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Business is booming!

It's so exciting to report that after a short dry spell, client inquiries are WAY up! I am having to refer lots of families out to other qualified doulas. It has been hard to shuffle families around to make sure everyone has the support they need! This is making me think about creating a new part of my business to include a referral service. It would both benefit doulas AND families. There's a HUGE gap in the market to connect families to qualified postpartum doulas in the Tacoma and surrounding areas. Would this be something you would benefit from? Please comment below if you are a doula or family and how/why this would interest or not interest you!

Monday, April 2, 2018


Welcome to my new website! I was taken down by a hacker about a year ago and I finally have a new site up and running! Please take a look around and let me know what you think!