For World Doula week, I thought I would offer a book review or two below.
One of the book reviews was written by Margaret Wolfe in reference to my newest edition of "A Catholic Postpartum" - second edition!
"This was a phenomenal and eye-opening book. Wow, there's so much to learn from this book. My favorite part about this book was Tinctures, Bath Sitz and more section that was especially helpful and interesting. As a Catholic, I really found the saint section in the back compelling and gave me great hope. I also really enjoyed the section on cloth diapering as this is becoming a "fashionable" thing again. An interesting fact that i learned is that 50% to 85% of moms suffer from postpartum depression. A lot of interesting facts about that too. I would strongly recommend this book to any mommas who are looking for a Catholic perspective on dealing with the postpartum stage.
Amazon stars 5 stars" End of quote...
Barnes and Noble:
This Catholic Postpartum book is great for planning your postpartum before your baby arrives too!
OK, next on our list is my newest pregnancy book. I haven't announced it out to many people yet - but the title is "Little Way of Motherhood" and it is a bigger size paperback book. Price is a little more, but what I want to do is offer anyone who buys the Little Way of Motherhood book a free digital journaling book to go with it - so if you want that message me at email@example.com with proof of purchase (any picture of your checkout will do) and we will send you a free digital journaling booklet to go with the book.
Here's how you obtain Little Way of Motherhood: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-way-of-motherhood-a-catholic-pregnancy-journey-julie-larsen/1143208959?ean=9798215824832
I also can send out chapter titles if someone wants that before purchasing any of above books.
What's World Doula week? What's a doula?
A doula helps support a mother as a "servant" in a way to help her during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period. There are different types of doulas. The main three types are:
1. Birth doula or labour doula - this doula will do around 2 prenatals with mother, be there for email support and be in person or virtually for birth support during birthing time.
2. Postpartum doula - this doula will be available for several hours or weeks to help the mother in postpartum time frame - supporting the mother either in person or virtually as well.
3. Bereavement doula helps a mother with miscarriage and stillbirth time - she usually does all work pro bono and/or donation based to cover any expenses or she may work with a church to help with that later part.
If you are looking for a doula please try these two directories:
http://findacatholicdoula.weebly.com or https://lifedoulas.weebly.com
If you want to know more about Catholic Doulas go here: www.catholicdoula.com
We are also starting a postpartum collective for mothers that will meet once a month www.catholicpostpartum.com - it only costs a small fee per month to join. Our first zoom call will be in mid-April for members!!
Anyway, we hope this little column will help you get started on finding a doula for your upcoming birth or at least reading more about pregnancy and postpartum time.