Father’s Day is upon us.

I think caring for dads and showing them the way with babies and children is a big part of postpartum care. I’ve watched a father become a stay at home parent and he went from knowing very little and being on the periphery of his children’s lives to someone who’s completely confident (and essential) in his ability to care for his older children and his newborn. It’s been awesome to be a part of! Here’s a podcast from CAPPA about becoming a dad with Darren Mattock.

Becoming Dad: A Talk with Darren Mattock



Laundry Tips For Newborn Stains

Excellent laundry tips!


You don’t have to use any special laundry detergent for your baby’s clothes, unless you find out later that your baby has had a reaction. Most babies will be fine with regular detergent. If your baby develops a rash and you suspect it might be because of the laundry detergent, then you can switch. Also, babies get rashes all the time so talk to your pediatrician if it’s just an inevitable rash (like baby acne) or if it might be caused by laundry detergent.

Babies have really runny poo, and sometimes, despite the best brand of diapers, you’re going to have a runny mess leaking out the legs or up the back. Here’s my never-fail laundry process for getting out stains:

  1. Rinse the garment ASAP in warm water. If you’re away from home, rinse it wherever you are (or at least pour some water on it) and keep it in a plastic bag…

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Updated – The Paperless Birth Professional

A really informative blog post about transitioning your business to paperless format.

Tucson Doulas - Tucson's Best

Updated, I’ve tweaked a few things since I first wrote this article so I’ve created a fresh post that contains all the changes here.  This post is focused on the Apple iOS platform for mobile.  If you have an Android device, I’m sorry I can’t help you there.

I’ve run my own private birth doula practice since 1999 as well as a group practice of birth & postpartum doulas for the past 8 years. Paperwork has always been the bane of my existence. I hate keeping track of papers, contracts, client files, etc. Once the client delivered I always had to DO something with that paperwork. So after going through many systems: binders, spiral bound client file books, clumsily put together computer files that required me to take my laptop to prenatals which was heavy, cumbersome and just not convenient; I finally found a system that works via my…

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