My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 6 | Tampa Bay Doula

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 6 | Tampa Bay Doula

"Then I found Brandi, who happened to live only 15 minutes away, and I knew she was someone who would be able to bring the energy and knowledge I wanted in my pregnancy and birth! She came over several times during my pregnancy to spend time with me and my daughter so that my daughter would be comfortable with her (and my daughter absolutely loves her), and made sure she got to know my husband and mother in law as well since they would also be at the birth."

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My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 5 | Tampa Bay Doula

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 5 | Tampa Bay Doula

"Without Brandi I don't think I could have had the birthing experience I wanted. She was amazing! During my pregnancy she was available to answer all my questions and also provided words of encouragement when I had any doubts on my ability to do a natural birth."

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Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation

"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.”

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My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 4 | Tampa Bay Doula

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 4 | Tampa Bay Doula

"She supported me through each contraction with soothing encouragement and holding my hands. She was great support and a team member for my husband. She gave him tools and techniques to use that allowed him to be an amazing birthing partner."

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My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 3 | Tampa Bay Doula

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 3 | Tampa Bay Doula

"After meeting with Brandi, I was confident that she could provide much more support than our previous experience, and she was able to answer all of my questions with ease, demonstrating to me she had plenty of birth experience. We met several times in advance to go over my birth preferences and for her to get to know me and my husband. I was impressed by her honesty, openness, and calmness."

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My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 2 | Tampa Bay Doula

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 2 | Tampa Bay Doula

"I couldn't have made it through natural childbirth without Brandi by my side. Brandi was the calm, positive, supportive, and at times creative force behind my successful birth.."

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Caryn's Home Birth | Tampa Bay Home Birth with Tampa Birth Photography

Caryn's Home Birth | Tampa Bay Home Birth with Tampa Birth Photography

Unfortunately, the United States Military threw a huge wrench in our plans when they sent my husband to Afghanistan in late October.  So now I was off to deal with all that pregnancy entails while parenting a 2 and 5 year old - solo.  I’m not sure how I got through those first couple of months as I had very bad morning sickness which caused me to lose about 10 pounds.  The stress of pregnancy and raising 2 kids during an unexpected deployment was a lot on me.  I constantly worried about how the stress would be affecting my unborn child. 

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My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 1 | Tampa Bay Doula

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 1 | Tampa Bay Doula

I'm so glad I had Brandi as my doula. I had a successful HBAC (Home Birth After Cesarean) at 41+6. She was such great support to my whole family. It's been 5 weeks and my 3.5 year old still talks about her. It was such a great familiar experience. If you're lucky enough to have her, you will love her!

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VBAC Options & Birth Statistics: Hernando County Edition | Spring Hill Home Birth Midwife

VBAC Options & Birth Statistics: Hernando County Edition | Spring Hill Home Birth Midwife

Hello families!  This blog was originally going to be a “VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) options in Hernando County”, as I have been noticing a lot of women in the local breastfeeding facebook group asking about VBAC-friendly providers.  The more I started digging into Hernando’s cesarean rates vs successful VBAC, the deeper into the rabbit hole I fell.  The numbers are alarming and unpromising, to say the least.

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My Midwife Was Charlie Rae Young Of Barefoot Birth: Part 6 | Tampa Bay Home Birth Midwife

My Midwife Was Charlie Rae Young Of Barefoot Birth: Part 6 | Tampa Bay Home Birth Midwife

"Wow!" That's what I tell people when they ask me about my home birth. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. Charlie accepted me and took over my prenatal care at 30 weeks. I had a c-section with my first baby and I knew that is not how I wanted to have this baby. "

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