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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…

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…

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