"Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby(ies) and dehydrating it to then be ground and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest as she sees fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.”Read More
I woke up after a peculiar and very real dream the day before we found out we were expecting again. I had dreamt that I was lying in bed, looking into the side-cared crib, and sleeping peacefully was a sweet baby boy. The next day I decided to test. Lo’ and behold, we were going to have our second baby!Read More
Hey Y'all! We thought you might want to share the word about the Barefoot Bus!
We will be sharing these around town and would love it if you could too! You can download and share our flyer below- check it out!
We are so excited to share - this is the first in a new blog series we are working on called Our (extended) Family! We have decided to rid our website of our lackluster "referral" and "resource" lists for something much more thoughtful, interactive, and useful! We will be featuring our favorite local businesses, services, organizations, and people. Our (extended) family that we are constantly referring our families to. We want you to know who they are, what they stand for, and how they can actually help you!
If you know anyone who is featured here- please feel free to leave a
comment telling everyone what your experience has been in working with
them! We love building this big beautiful community with y'all!
This first organization to kick off this series is one near and dear to our hearts. The Tampa Bay Birth Network is a local non-profit that aims to connect birth professionals with the families that need them!
So many amazing families braved the heat to rally together to raise awareness about birth options today, and Barefoot Birth was proud to attend! We got to chat with mamas and papas while their kiddos colored our Barefoot Birth themed coloring book pages!Read More
As many of you know, Barefoot Birth began as a small little wish of myself and my best friend Megan. This past summer, I had the huge honor of attending Megan's first homebirth and welcoming her son earthside. Every birth is so special, but to walk with your best friend on one of their most vulnerable and important days is simply magical.
These are two best friends who I had the honor of caring for simultaneously during their second pregnancies. Katie and Dana were due just days apart from one another. They became inseparable after meeting when they were teenagers. They put their story like this:Read More
"This story comes to us from a previous client who, despite several obstacles, had an amazing birth. This story highlights in detail what it is a doula ACTUALLY does. Stereotypes and preconceptions aside, this is how we as doulas help support families to feel confident in themselves. We are not there to do it for them, we CAN'T do it for them....we are there to make sure they are informed, loved, and feel heard every step of the way without our own agenda. Even when things don't go as planned, a doula helps you to find your path and feel confident in the decisions you're making."
At the time, she was dubbed “Baby Poptart,” and no one but God and my very precocious 3 year old knew she was a girl. We were, of course, already in love with her, but worried a bit too. Not about her health, no, everything seemed on track and we had no reason to expect anything was off - and I’ll save you skipping to the end - nothing was, she was perfectly healthy. No, we were worried because we ended up in the middle of a situation in which we had far less control than we should have we had. Let me start at the beginning, 3 years prior.
Some of you may know me. Maybe I took some maternity pictures for you a while back, or maybe we met last year at the Natural Birth Expo. I imagine, though, that most of you do not know me. My name’s Jeanine and I’ve been the Barefoot Birth staff photographer since Barefoot Birth’s inception. Just as Barefoot Birth has, I’ve come a long, long way since then. I began my career shooting maternity and newborn photos. Soon after that I began shooting weddings. I slowly poured every dime I had into upgrading my equipment and taking classes to better myself as a photographer. It’s truly amazing to look back and see how far I’ve come.Read More
This birth story comes to us from our dear friend Susan. Susan is an ICAN leader and radical unschooling mother of 2. We are excited to share her story with you as it shows how having the right support, appropriate preparation, and belief in yourself can help you achieve the birth you and your baby deserve.
"Kai was a planned but surprise pregnancy just like our first son. We had been trying for over a year and had basically given up on having more children. We decide to be happy with our 3 person family. I also decided that if I was going to be a mommy to one, I could also handle a new career and went back to school to become an architect. I had finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up and that was to work on sustainable community development About 6 weeks into the semester, I found out I was pregnant with our second baby. I was so excited that all of our new plans were now going to have to be re-planned once again.
Barefoot Birth has entered the blogopshere to provide efficient support, helpful resources, and the best birth experience possible. We aim to update our clients on new information as it becomes available, as well as to create a network to allow peer-2-peer advising and communication for new parents all over the Tampa Bay area and the world. We hope you are as excited about this new platform as we are and find even more helpful during your pregnancy and parenthood.Read More