Pregnancy Questions and Postpartum Suicide Prevention

By Christine Frackelton If you have been following the Tremendoulas blog and wondering what happened over the past month, let this post assure you, I am still here and at work!  In fact, my lack of blogging should be taken as an indicator that I’ve been doing extra work this month!  Between consults, prenatal meetings,… Read more…

3 Cheers for Placenta Palm Beach!

By Christine Frackelton   Hoorah, hoorah, hooray! Have you heard the news?!  Tremendoulas has a new sister site, specifically for placenta encapsulation!  You can visit it right now by going to http://www.PlacentaPalmBeach.com! Why, you may be wondering, would I create an entirely separate page for my placenta work?  I have mentioned on Tremendoulas that I… Read more…

I never thought I would do this after giving birth!

By Christine Frackelton I have a new title, and it’s time you knew. After a hands on, comprehensive, multi day training this week, I am now a postpartum placenta specialist. “Gasp!” Yes, I am. Also, if I ever give birth again, I will definitely plan to consume my placenta. If you’re surprised, so am I.… Read more…

Why I hid my pregnancy: the most common complication of childbirth

This is the best kept secret of motherhood. By Christine Frackelton A couple nights ago, I had the privilege of attending a screening of the recently released documentary, Dark Side of the Full Moon, about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD).  The emotionally powerful film concluded with a statement that these under-diagnosed and overlooked PMADs… Read more…

What to do this July in Palm Beach County if you’re 39 weeks pregnant

By Christine Frackelton When it’s as hot as habaneros outside, and you’re near the end of your pregnancy, what can you do?  If your nursery is good to go, you’ve taken childbirth education classes, and you’ve watched moms nurse at a local La Leche League Meeting, it is time to go out and nourish your soul and existing… Read more…

Three Types of Advocates Among Doulas

By Christine Frackelton   Recently, an expectant mother confided in me that she was interested in having a doula, but wanted to make sure that she would not be judged for wanting a medicated birth.  How could she find a doula who would support her wishes for an epidural, when it seems like doulas overwhelmingly… Read more…

What’s in a name? Doula vs. Birth Coach vs. Labor Assistant

By Christine Frackelton Do-what?  The term doula has little context in our culture.  It comes as no surprise, then, that one of the most common questions I am asked is, “What is a doula?”   Today I will address this question from the angle of why I don’t call myself a birth coach or labor assistant.… Read more…

What My 5 Year Old Taught Me About Being a Doula

By Christine Frackelton It probably seems logical that giving birth a couple times does something to prepare a woman for the work of being a doula, but what you may not guess is that beyond the birth, mothering over the past 5+ years has been an exercise in refining my doula skills.  Of course, I… Read more…

3 Reasons This Doula Marched Around Wellington In the Rain

By Christine Frackelton From the heading of this post, you might think yesterday I was walking around with a laboring mother, facilitating progress of labor before heading to a hospital.  Or maybe you think my car broke down in the rain.  In fact, yesterday was Wellington’s inaugural March Against Monsanto (you can read the Palm Beach Post’s coverage of… Read more…

Portraits of Motherhood

This is the final post in the Countdown to Mother’s Day 2015.  On the actual Mother’s Day, this author will be spending her time with family instead of blogging.  The other posts in the countdown are here, here, here, here, and here. By Christine Frackelton Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and it will be a celebration… Read more…

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