Do “you get what you pay for?”

By Christine Frackelton If you are in the market for a birth doula, you may have discovered something strangely inconsistent: prices.  You may have heard of a doula who is voluntarily attending births for free.  Another doula is charging $1000.  What can the expectant parents make of this discrepancy?  “You get what you pay for…” some person comments.… Read more…

Happy, Humbling Birthday!

It’s time to celebrate, reminisce, learn, grow, and look ahead to the second year of Tremendoulas! By Christine Frackelton It’s official.  365 days ago, I incorporated Tremendoulas LLC!  This milestone will definitely be celebrated with something magical.  Probably a nap. I know, this makes me sound weary, like, maybe not the type of person you would… Read more…

Mommy Hypocrite

This is the story of how I learned to scale back By Christine Frackelton Parenthood has funny ways of humbling us.  After popping a dish of homemade brownie batter in the oven this evening, I offered my sweet 5 year old and 3 year old the mixing bowl, spatula, and whisk to lick clean, throwing in… Read more…

My Amazing Trip to the Farm — Part 2

By Christine Frackelton Earlier this month, I posted about how I ended up at the Farm, or what used to be a 1600 person hippy commune, but today is particularly well known for its midwifery clinic.  I noted the midwifery clinic’s astounding labor outcomes, the clinic’s famous midwife Ina May Gaskin, and how, as a doula looking… Read more…

Your B.R.A.I.N. – the most important item on your hospital packing list

By Christine Frackelton There are numerous lists on the web for what to pack when you’re going to the hospital for your labor.  In fact, your hospital itself most likely has a list of recommendations, and your care provider probably does also.  As a doula, I have my own list as well (primarily my phone charger… Read more…

My Amazing Trip to the Farm — Part 1

By Christine Frackelton I have been privileged to attend numerous, well respected trainings and continuing education workshops for birth professionals since I entered this field of work, including various doula trainings, placenta encapsulation trainings, a breastfeeding workshop, numerous childbirth education classes, and even a birth art course.  Each one has expanded my perspective, knowledge, and skills,… Read more…

The Tremendoulas Difference in Placenta Encapsulation

By Christine Frackelton Placenta encapsulation across the United States is a new industry dominated primarily by work at home moms, including myself.  For the sake of profit, and because of the nature of a doula’s work (which is primarily in her clients’ homes and hospitals), there is little reason to warrant having an office, lab,… Read more…

October in Doulaland

By Christine Frackelton   It’s been a busy month over here!  First, I attended the Palm Beach Baby Expo and a 6 week long distance course on the Birth Art Process through Birthing From Within.  I would love to share with you the opportunity to plan for your upcoming birth through a birth art session.… Read more…

Upcoming Opportunities to Meet Me (& Other Doulas Too)!

Chances are, if you’re visiting this site, you’re researching potential doulas for your upcoming birth or postpartum period.  Maybe you’re ready to schedule a consult to learn more.  Maybe you’re not. If that’s the case, I have some great news for you!  There are three upcoming events at which you may talk to me: Palm… Read more…

Birth Art: Preparing for Parenthood

Or why I abandoned my agenda By Christine Frackelton  It is no secret that prior to becoming a doula, I graduated with a degree in Studio Art.  I was later a professor’s assistant for a painting course and also had a job helping run a children’s summer art camp.  My love for the process of creating… Read more…

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