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Placentas : To Eat or Be Eaten by The Internet

I don’t mean to be contrarian. It’s not really my nature to try and push back on things or choose the opposite argument for the sake of arguing. Maybe it’s because I’m a Libra, maybe it’s because I’m an INTJ personality type, but I am a strong questioner. Question everything, feel everything, remain open…that’s me. 

So it was interesting to have a common situation amongst my prenatal client meetings this past winter — apparent giddy anticipation for what I was going to say about placental ingestion. 

Three different sets of clients informed me that they had discussed amongst themselves whether or not to keep and consume their placentas and had mused between them that I likely had a whirlwind opinion on the matter with an outcome they couldn’t guess. I found this amusing. I kinda like that my personality is strong enough and my relationship with my clients deep enough that they’re talking about me like this. Being a bit of a nutty professor type doula is something I’m comfortable with as a brand I guess. 

And they were correct. I do have a somewhat tumultuous view of the question of what to do with a placenta that’s best delivered in an uninterrupted tirade, usually delivered at the outset of the third prenatal appointment. They ask the question and off I go! At the end of the maybe five minute schpeel, there are no answers, only more questions. That’s just the nature of many things to do with the human body, especially in postpartum, so I’m comfortable with giving a ramble instead of a supposed answer to what to do with this incredible organ at the end of birth. 

What is the placental jaunt, you didn’t ask? Join me…

There is no compelling evidence to suggest that ingesting a human placenta — however processed — is to the benefit to the person who has birthed it or the fetus who created it. 

However, there isn’t compelling evidence for many things that are of benefit to us, in part because of the political nature of funding high-level research. Placentophagy, as it’s formally called, is still seen as “gross” and pushed off into the realm of hippie-dippie, homebirthy, crunchy and thus unrigorous and unfounded territory Western (and primarily American) research bodies typically feel isn’t worth researching thoroughly. 

Coupled with the fact that organ meat of any kind is no longer cusine de rigueur, the gross out factor alone has largely kept this occurrence — something common within the mammal class and still practiced within many contemporary cultures — in a mental filing cabinet for the likes of Andrew Zimmerman and snow foxes, not sane, rational, middle-class, non-hippie parents. The loudness of the “NO!”s heard in labor rooms all over when asked “Will you be keeping your placenta?” can be deafening for this reason alone. 

Whale Placenta , via Thailan When. Artist unknown.

Whale Placenta, via Thailan When. Artist unknown.

So let’s talk about the mammal part a little. Truth : All mammals apart from humans routinely eat their placentas after birth. For many, that is compelling enough evidence that we should consume our’s. It was for me for a while, too, till I did more digging. Yes, all mammals eat their placentas after birth, however, the further up the food chain you go, the less likely it is that a mammal will consume their entire placenta. A friend of mine posted one of the most stunning photographs I’ve ever seen of a whale placenta floating along, still partly in an enormous amniotic sac, pierced by morning rays of sunshine and undulating exquisitely in the waves. Someone responded to this post asking why the full placenta wasn’t consumed. I chimed in (I can’t help myself) that because whales are high on the food chain and don’t need to hide the evidence of their recent births, it’s likely that this mama whale ate what she needed to in order to replenish herself after birth and just went about swimming along with her calf to tend to it in other ways. If this whale were not a whale but a guinea pig trying not to be eaten by a coyote or a coyote trying not to be eaten by a cougar, she would have likely have eaten her full placenta and set about removing herself and her new young one from the scene as disguise. 

Humans, like whales, are apex predators. We don’t need to hide our afterbirths for fear that the scent will attract anything other than predatory formula salesmen consuming our thoughts of a broken maternal body. So, naturally (if we want to co-opt the argument that placentophagy is “natural”) we don’t need to consume our entire placentas for safety.

We also have adapted to a system of grocery stores, which starts to break down the need for placental ingestion at all. One argument for the benefits of consuming a placenta (and these are argumentative points based off the very reasonable and likely assumption that the placenta has high levels of macronutrients like iron and magnesium similar to other organ meats) is that like other mammals we need to have an immediate resupply of blood-enriching nutrients we lost during birth. We do. That’s real life true facts. Do we need it necessarily from a placenta, OUR placenta? Likely not. Floradix will do the trick. Black strap molasses in some apple juice works wonders, too. Dates with ghee, almond butter, cacao, and goji berries — also a sexy, nourishing thing to shove in the face of a recently transformed birthing person. The next time you see a New Jersey black bear walk into an Acme for a date smoothie to replenish their postpartum bod, you let me know, otherwise, I think they’ll stick to a placenta snack in their hibernation spots (don’t think Uber Eats is up on cave delivery yet, anyhow. It’s barely in the suburbs.). Humans, however, have a choice in what they stick in their gullets, though, and choosing NOT to suck down their 8lb, bloody baby buddy meat, if that’s how they see it, is a-okay. 

How about the claims that it replenishes much needed hormones after birth? We legitimately have no idea if that’s true. Sorry. We don’t. This is where the super ultra high level primary tier research would be nice and Buddha willing, it will exist someday, but it’s not here now. We quite frankly, don’t know shit about hormones. Some research is pumping along on that front and there’s certainly the beautiful and rich history of midwives and healers sensitive as a tuning fork to the primal changes in hormones within pregnant, birthing, and postpartum folks, and where anecdote and oral history is a critical element in this profession, it’s not a mere semantical distinction to say that we don’t have quality research on the hormonal profile of placentas. We especially have no idea if processing human placentas into milkshakes or lasagnas or dried up bits to shove into pills preserves any of that supposed hormone profile. I’m not giving a valued statement here, this is just a fact of our unknowing that needs to be talked about frankly with parents curious about this topic. 

In regards to what birth workers world over and since time immemorial have noticed, there is also controversy. This, like so much of what’s broken within our health care system and the often knee-jerk counter “wellness” community is due to a lack of nuance more than a lack of correctness. 

Take for example the question of whether or not placental ingestion hinders or increases breastmilk supply. There is a schism in the birth community on whether the uptick in placenta eating has done more to benefit or harm breastfeeding success, with lactation counselors and midwives and doulas on both sides of the debate. Well, yeah, duh. Considering that this practice doesn’t have a standard of dosage, processing, monitoring, or individual screening for some bajillion different inherent factors, it is reasonable to assume there would be a variety of reported experiences and biases. It doesn’t help that the aforementioned political dynamics of research on this topic are seemingly much more compelled to shut down the potential of placentophagy doing any good has brought about more articles against it than for it from outside the realm of birth work. For some, that triggers an even less nuanced lens of this debate out of protectionism, as I see in my own birth community fairly often on this issue. For some, the idea that eating a placenta would ever do any harm is off limits to even bring up! It doesn’t matter that like any supplement and any biological system, what may work for someone may have completely opposite results in another. Without seeing the potential for adjustment or unsuitability of a practice, it is likely that an issue will be pushed aside as unworthy of exploration one way or another by a wider set of interlocutors. Beware, the circular firing squad. 

Another important part of this puzzle is the reported incidents of mothers/birth parents feeling “high” after consuming their placentas. This is also an area where the degree and mechanism of consumption need to be considered, but usually aren’t. The reported feelings of euphoria in some women/persons is a welcome counter to the “baby blues” experienced universally in the early postpartum period as hormones oscillate through to a once again non-pregnant state. This has been enough to create a frenzy of birth workers and parents taught that the placenta is a miracle worker, and for those it helps, it most certainly is. Dope. In other women/new parents, the feeling that comes from consuming their placentas leaves them feeling a lack of control — something really not beneficial to having to heal, process, and take care of an entirely dependent new little person. We don’t want parents drinking to the point of buzzed or drunk and then handling their infants, why would we advocate for them to consume something that would make them feel similarly, even if it is “natural?” 

In these two examples, again, I’m not saying that anyone is “right” or “wrong.” I’m not attempting to dismantle the notion that there are benefits to eating one’s placenta, but rather to express my disappointment in that this topic sometimes leads to yet another area to box the postpartum period into a time when outside influence reigns supreme, leading to feelings of guilt around not being good enough/natural enough/connected enough/intuitive enough/and so on. In some sort of perfect obstetrical dynamic where there is strong continuity of care, community support, 24/7 monitoring, history and nuance and stillness, yeah, maybe placental consumption would benefit everyone. But that’s still a maybe, and it’s also not the reality of the postpartum experience through most of contemporary society. Certainly not here in our’s. For this reason, I want to urge birth care providers to check themselves around how this topic is presented and managed amongst their clients and colleagues. Support the clients who are seeing positive results from ingestion, but allow space for those who aren’t to question if it’s right for them, that’s all. 

At the end of the day, I feel that this topic offers an organic and gorgeous place to talk about informed care and personal decision making with our clients. I have a schpeel, yes, but it offers intentional gaps that I want them to fill in for themselves. It’s exciting to watch my clients start to connect their gut instincts with what anecdotal and research-driven information is floating around. It’s something they’re going to be forced to do each and every day as parents. Opening this space for humor, analysis, discovery — THAT’S OUR DIVINE CALLING AND PRIVILEGE. This is the essence of being a guide for parents in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. This is the core of our work. This is the “it.” It literally doesn’t make a difference at all if they eat their placentas on your watch or not since it’s not your job to save them from what would happen if they didn’t. You don’t get a gold star for helping someone be more animalistic. You haven’t won anything by saying there’s no evidence and galloping onward on your high horse. I would cordially invite you to get off your high horse starting with this discussion if you’re tempted to prance all over it. This topic sometimes encourages off the rails in fighting that’s super unhelpful to our profession. 

Instead, let’s let this heated debate offer a Miriana Trench to explore together — one more of process and intuition than what “side” you’re on. This dark, wet, unknown is scarier than public health data or National Geographic interest pieces, sure, but that’s the work. To fully know more about what this magical organ can and cannot do for their creators and keepers, we need to sit with all the questions individually and repeatedly and allow for our biases to be proven wrong or right uniquely with each person tasked with making their own decisions. I urge you to keep an open heart and level head when responding to the questions around the topic on social media and in learning spaces, too. 

And, you know…Bon appetite. 

Nanny Contracts Part 2 : Setting Wages

Here with another segment of Nanny Contracts 101. Today I want to talk a bit about setting wages.

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For the most part, when families are looking to work with an in-home caretaker for their kiddos, they are hoping to form a long-term connection with this person. It’s likely everyone has gone through a long vetting process, boundaries have been discussed, philosophies on care clearly stated (hopefully), and so on. There’s a good deal of understandable nervousness and tension around bringing an outside person into a family or becoming that person with so much responsibility. It’s a big deal and it should be! This is why I stress so much (as do the folks responsible for the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights in NYC and beyond) that in home care workers have contracts. Setting these terms out clearly can go a long way in building solid, honest, caring, and long-term care situations. 

It is also important for everyone to be on the same page about a nanny’s role as an employee. The cost of childcare in the U.S. is incredibly high, as is the cost of living in many areas. Having said this, if a family wants a committed care provider who is able to devote the necessary compassion, energy, and attention the want for their children, they have to look at the needs of the person they are charging with that role as someone who needs to ALSO keep up with the rising cost of living in their community. 

The first step in doing that is setting a reasonable salary to begin with. One tool you can use (both nanny and family) is the HUD Median Family Income and HOME Income charts, as well as this breakdown of the poverty level as defined federally and statewide. Keep in mind that Domestic Workers are taxed at around 40% and have few tax deductible items through the year. Using that data, what is the salary you are comfortable having/providing? 

For example, in San Francisco, the median household income for 2019 is estimated to be $136,788. If a nanny without their own children works 40 hours a week at $20 hour 50 weeks out of the year, at a salary of about $41,000 before taxes they are making just above 30% of the median income in that city, which is often the limit for receiving federal or state assistance. Keep in mind also that 93% of units for rent in San Francisco go for over $2,000 a month, the bulk of which are over $3,000 per month. 

Shockingly, the average hourly rate for nannies in San Francisco, according to many online salary snapshots is around $17 an hour, netting the nanny $2,720 (about $1,000 of that going to taxes) a month for full time care work, which is about 40% of the median income for a household of 1 and barely over the average cost of apartment rental in the same city, even pre taxes. 

There are other parts of the country where the cost of living is significantly lower and rent takes up a somewhat smaller portion of expenses. This is why it’s a good idea to look at the data for your specific community when factoring how much to charge / pay for nanny services. 

As a nanny, you’ll need to factor in a number of things around how much you are needing to charge :

  • Is this going to be your primary source of income?

  • Do you have another working person in your household who helps support you / your family?

  • Where does your rent fall in the average for your area?

  • Will you be working full or part time?

  • Is this going to be a long or short term contract?

  • What advanced skills do you have to offer?

For families, in addition to the basic considerations like how many children and how old they are, you’ll also need to consider some of the following when offering rates :

  • What requirements are you looking for in a nanny -- Advanced degrees or training? Added certifications? Not working other jobs? X years of experience? 

  • What sorts of tasks/etc. are you requiring of your nanny -- Additional housework? Having their own car? Setting a family’s schedule? Cooking? Taking the child(ren) to specific activities? Pet care?

  • Will you offer additional perks like health insurance, covering their taxes, paid sick leave, paid vacation, bringing their own children, options for bonuses and raises, etc.? 

  • Will you offer them room and board (au pair or live-in nanny situation)?

  • Does your employer offer to cover some or all of your childcare expenses? 

Rates may or may not be negotiable on either end. It can be a good idea to interview a bit outside of your range requirements to see if there is a good fit in terms of connection and see if there can be some negotiation in either direction for finding a solid fit, but keep in mind, “good vibes” can’t pay the rent, not even in the city of groovy. 

It’s important to look at the process of setting responsible and appropriate salary rates not as something scary, intimidating, or confrontational, but as a means for showing respect for both parties, and offering an avenue to grow together in this important work. Be open and honest about your needs -- both nanny and parents -- to ensure the likelihood that this relationship is set on solid ground. 

Once terms of payment are set, make sure to include them in a contract. Beyond the rates, you’ll need to work in the way in which payments will be made as well as how often, and whether taxes will be taken out now or later. Any incentives -- financial or material -- should be in writing as well. 

Any job with a longer contract should have an open possibility for income adjustment, based on performance and/or inflation, and nanny care is no exception. The Social Security Administration releases a Cost of Living Adjustment report annually, with projections for the following year that can help you set the terms of raises and salary adjustments. There are several different ways to work this into a nanny contract, based on any number of personal factors related to your individual relationship between nanny and family. As long as it’s in writing and offers clear, but flexible language, the possibilities can remain broad and respectful. 

No matter how you set your terms, the process of coming up with these boundaries can be empowering for all involved if done thoughtfully. 

If you are looking for help writing a nanny contract for yourself or your family, I offer a wide range of services to aid in the process. You can learn more about those packages by visiting my Nanny Contract page here, or arrange for a 20 minute nanny contract consult by emailing me at doula@rosewoodconsult.com. I look forward to working with you! 

A Comment on DONA

Okay I can’t resist writing about the recent issue of DONA posting a highly insensitive image. I can’t say I feel quite gleeful or even a bit of Schadenfreude (thought it’s tempting) because this controversy comes at the expense of black folks who are at a particular crossroads of hatred and invisibility in our current environment, but critiques of the establishment neck of DONA are long overdue. I’ve had personal and professional beef with them as an organization since before I was even trained as a doula, and this has only grown over the years. This recent nonsense takes the cake, though.

I’m not going to repost the image. If you haven’t already seen it, DONA posted (for the second time in less than two years) an image of a white woman wearing an afro wig and looking dumbfounded in an advertising campaign. It’s an inappropriate and frankly just bad and nonsensical photo. It didn’t need to exist. The afro serves no particular plot purpose and beyond that, of course it’s offensive when there has to be policy action taken AGAINST the notion that you can deny someone work or access because of their black hair styles. DONA should have known better to begin with, but especially after they were already called out for using this photo, they should have known better than to reuse it.

Now, it is also worth taking this mantle up so that black women, already having to engage in these ridiculous battles to HAVE HAIR and you know…not die in childbirth, can take a nap or drink a beer or play with their kids or do their jobs without having to pause to fight these battles in the first place. And where I am exhausted as a liberally minded person by the constant in circle fighting and purity testing, this is an issue that is just so damn petty and annoying and caused only because people at the top of the biggest doula training organization seem to so constantly have their horse blinders on that I feel like this is something as a policy-oriented doula and a doula who recognizes the shameful truth of the disparities in care within an already failing system that I can’t just roll my eyes and wait quietly for it to pass.

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So let’s be clear, I am a WHHHHHHHHHHHite WHOOOOOOOoman. Like, Nordic and Celtic, see-through skin, made of potato and flakey white fish, born in a pile of lily white snow white woman. I’m listening to Philip Glass as rage music right now sort of white woman. I inherited the blonde hair and high arched eye brows of my mother that seem to serve as catnip for older white ladies to come up to me out of the blue and say crazy racist things at my face. I can’t tell you how many Birkenstock wearing older white ladies have approached me on the street in downtown Oakland after I walk out of my front door with my pitbull to ask me if I have this dog because I’m afraid of the black folks on my block. I truly, deeply, wish that I could chalk this up to me being a pathological liar vying for click bait, but trust me, this has happened to me on numerous occasions. It happens to me in line at the Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods — older “progressive” white women commenting on “the hood” where these stores are located (in now highly gentrified parts of the city) to commend or chastise me for my supposed “bravery” at living in such a supposedly threatening area. I wish I could tell you that I turned and screamed at them “I’M NOT ON YOUR TEAM, LADY!” but honestly, I’ve managed to be a bit more subtle in my rebuttal and for that, I am ashamed.

I see these same sorts of comments online regarding this and other issues around the black maternal health crisis. White women, most trained by DONA and CAPPA and the more “establishment” organizations, jumping into the comments to wag their fingers at more radical activists for voicing their anger. This isn’t the exhausting circular infighting that impedes some radical activism. No, this is a symptom of a strain of birth work that is all too accepting of the status quo not wanting to feel threatened by colleagues pointing out systemic problems and demanding action from the organizations that are supposed to represent doulas and help lend legitimacy and protect our livelihood. If DONA and the other major training organizations and their circle of piranhas online can’t see their blindspots, it affects ALL of us in this practice, but particularly the most underserved and undervalued of us — Black women.

Black women are 4x more likely than white women to die in childbirth in this country. We know that statistic by heart by now. We know it because it has finally crossed into the national dialogue. We know it because non-establishment black women yelled, cried, wrote, showed up, pushed forward for decades until this became a statistic we memorized. And let’s be absolutely clear — this statistic is an embarrassment. Our healthcare system is a huge and expensive joke and getting worse, but this particular component of our failing system is a particular offense and there is not a second more we can waste ignoring its causes. As indirect as it may appear, when racism runs so systematically deep that the problem with this image was overlooked TWICE when this offensive image is being used to represent literally tens of thousands of doulas, it is absolutely part of the problem. It cannot rest on the emotional and physical labor of black women alone to redirect this course.

We need to continue to push against initiatives that block access to our already difficult to access yet important work through means disguised as advancement.

With great privilege comes great responsibility and that is something that the directors of DONA can stand to hear repeated lately as bills like Senate Bill S3344B in the New York State Senate begin to dictate to doulas matters of certification and what is deemed, to “be of good moral character as determined by the department. [Section 1 (e)]” As the largest training body in the world, the Board and upper reaches of DONA may wind up having a particularly privileged position to determine what is acceptable behavior within our profession in the eyes of the governmental bodies of one of the most populous states in the country. We need to continue to push against initiatives that block access to our already difficult to access yet important work through means disguised as advancement. As DONA and the other larger organizations with larger boards given more access than many other certification bodies in policy decisions take up the mantle of professional recognition, they need to take heed of their modes of visual representation and know that their views don’t reflect those of a large portion of the birth workers in this country. If they want the seat of power given to what they proudly tote as the supposed “world’s best”, they must accept greater responsibility, pull in more diverse voices, and pay attention to their negligence. **

I personally, have long felt that DONA does not represent me as a doula. I actively avoided being trained by this organization from the outset. In the months leading up to choosing my doula training, I was working at a non-profit in Holland doing legal research for under-represented persons around the globe. I didn’t feel compelled to spend the little money I had to train under an organization that didn’t seem that focused on combatting the systemic issues within the American healthcare system that made doula work as critical and political a profession as it is. I talked to too many DONA trained doulas who felt unprepared for the realities of how political and challenging their work would be fresh out of their trainings and I wanted better. I wanted more. I wanted to be challenged. I wanted the tools to challenge the system. We all should have those skills so that fewer of us get burnt out after just 2-3 years in this field. Initially in my practice, because I chose to train outside of DONA, I was barred from volunteering at many programs (YES, VOLUNTEERING) and those who were blocking my access were very vocal about why they thought I was unworthy of supporting their efforts. I was admonished openly in doula gatherings (and this was in Seattle and Tacoma — the birthplace of DONA) and told to just make cookies for nurses and not cause too much fuss.

That was a decade ago (just had my 10 year anniversary as a doula earlier this month!) and I feel that the gap in the reality of this work and what DONA as an organization promotes as doula work is ever widening. I am proud to have been trained by toLabor and proud to work with more radical training programs like Cornerstone. I am proudly developing my own training program that has a particular bent toward more activism and policy goals and means to bust this broken system from within and without starting this fall. Doulas need more diverse and BETTER representation than they’re getting through DONA.

So what can we do here as allies? There are three main things, as I see it :

  1. Stop giving DONA money, if you can. If you disagree with their policies and practices, don’t continue to train with them or pay for your continued certification through them. At this point, certification is not required to practice as a doula (there are some issues with that, too, but for another day). When you have the opportunity or need to take more classes, choose ones not taught by DONA (there are LOTS). And if clients are concerned about your certification status, you can give a brief explanation of why you chose not to continue with this group. You can still do the work to keep up with your advanced training, but don’t continue to fund an organization that doesn’t represent you or take criticism of their bad practices seriously. They don’t have to remain the top organization in the world if they aren’t living up to that standard. Like it or not, we live in a capitalistic society and money talks.

  2. Whether you choose to stay with DONA or not, SPEAK OUT. Don’t leave it up to someone else to voice your concerns about practices that you don’t agree with. If you don’t want to wade into the swamp of social media with this issue (and I honestly do not judge you for that at all), you can write a personal letter to the board at DONA, a blog post, a letter to your DONA trainer, etc. If you are part of an agency, collective, or group that requires your certification through DONA or if you have a newer doula looking for recommendations, you can speak up on why you’d like them to seek alternatives. I know this gets lost in our digital age, but this work is still fundamentally word of mouth and comes down to making ripples in person in our own communities. This area of our work is no exception.

  3. Show up. SHOW. UP. If you feel that DONA is not representing you, start representing you. This cannot be done just online and it can’t be done just with black women having to do all the work themselves. Submit issues of access in townhall meetings. Start a letter writing campaign. Form strong, local doula community networks so you can show up as a team with an efficient plan and collective voice when issues of determination arise at the local and national level. If you don’t want DONA to be the only seat at the table, you are going to have to whittle together a goddamned chair. That’s just reality. And if you show up and get others to show up, that means that we can divide the work. Someone can take on paying attention to when issues of racism and insensitivity come up. Then another motivated person can formulate comments and official statements against them. Someone else entirely can help make action plans to make sure these issues arise less often. Yet another person can be paying attention to when bills are going to be brought to the floor and how to get more diverse representation in the meetings. No one magical person can do it on their own. It was a team of folks who allowed that image to spread through DONA and onward and it takes a team of people to get it down. We need to show up for each other. That is self care. That is community care.

And I’m going to walk the walk here. I’m not going to cave and pay DONA hundreds of dollars a year to have my courses count for their CEU’s. I was on the fence about it since I feel the doulas they train deserve to have a spectrum of courses offered to them for professional development and because they do have many trainers I respect tremendously. However, I feel that this money I have to grind my teeth in my sleep with stress over getting could be redirected toward scholarship programs, creating more access to my activism training, and supporting the efforts of communities of color having to shoulder so much unnecessary and petty work just to survive a normal biological event in this country.

You are, obviously, allowed to disagree with me about DONA’s structure and trainings in general, but I hope that you will join with me in promoting stronger activism efforts and a push for greater representation in the movement for the legitimacy of our profession and the rights of black persons to have access to safe and supportive reproductive care. If you want to talk more about how, please email me at doula@rosewoodconsult.com or fill out a form on the Contact page.

**[Amended] The original posting of this article incorrectly mentioned that DONA and ProDoula were part of the legislative endeavors of NY Senate Bill S3344B. The original source of that information was incorrect and appears to have since been taken down. This article has been adjusted to reflect that. Sincerest apologies for the confusion that had caused.

We Gotta Ditch the Baby Wipes

I know I sound like someone rocking a tinfoil hat sometimes when it comes to environmentally friendly choices in parenting, but the issues around baby wipes are ENORMOUS. Most families I work with go through several giant bulk boxes of wet wipes every month. The actual and environmental costs of using baby wipes for each diaper change (yep, even the “natural” ones) and for our own hygiene add up quickly.

Good thing there are some simple solutions to this growing problem. It’s easy to make the switch to reusable flannel pads for urine — for baby and adult — and the savings are HUGE. Read on to learn more.

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Books are Open for Oakland and San Francisco Doula Contract Consultations

Hi Oakland and San Francisco Doula friends. I’m heading back up north for a long weekend and am available July 25th, 26th, 28th, 29th for private and small group contract consultations. They’re two hour sessions to go over contract edits or where we can begin if you’re hoping to have me draft contracts for you.

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Check out the Contract Writing page to learn more about these services and email me what days and times you have open in my trip window and whether you’re in SF or Oakland.

Looking forward to working with you!