The IKEA Doula

Memphis is buzzing with excitement over the Grand Opening of our very own IKEA. The iconic blue building with yellow letters beckons with the promise of inexpensive home goods, plenty to look at, and delicious, inexpensive meatballs. ikea-1376853_1920-1

Let's face it, though. IKEA can be equal parts awesome and overwhelming, and a trip with kids requires a strategic battle plan. Enter: The IKEA Doula.

You know the drill by now: Doulas provide families with physical, emotional, and informational support during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. We joke among colleagues about wishing we had a "Life Doula" to support us through difficult-to-navigate situations. Why should IKEA be any different?

Your IKEA Doula provides physical support during your trip.

Parking is a breeze with your IKEA Doula. She'll drop you off right at the entrance and meet you inside. Having trouble juggling your list, coffee, cart, and purse? Don't worry, your IKEA Doula can help! Need someone to watch your things while you take a much-needed potty break? We got you. Need one grownup to push the stroller so you can push the cart? Hold your spot in the food line because your toddler has to go potty RIGHT NOW even though they didn't when you asked them ten minutes ago? We'll even help you remember to sit down on the display couches and help you stay hydrated while you attempt to walk the entire store.

Your IKEA Doula provides you with the emotional support you need to make it through the store in one piece.

Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering why you decided to even do this opening week? Need help keeping your goals in mind? This is where your doula shines. She'll remind you you're not alone, there's nothing wrong with sitting down for 30 minutes to regroup, that it's okay to not know which color you want right now. If you're exhausted, she won't judge you for taking a nap in one of the micro-apartments. It helps them look more realistic, right? She'll listen as you process how this piece will fit in your room versus that one, and won't tell you that you're overthinking and to "OMG JUST PICK SOMETHING ALREADY. IT'S A COFFEE TABLE." Your doula knows it's never just a coffee table and will listen and validate all of your feelings.

Your IKEA Doula is fully equipped to give you the informational support you need for a successful trip.

If you've never been to an IKEA before, your doula can help talk you through the process. If you need a list-making ninja, she'll make sure you've got the best list for you. She'll help you take measurements so you can know if that couch will indeed fit in your living room, and will help you locate every item you need in the warehouse part of the store. She'll help you find item number and help you make sure you haven't forgotten anything.

There's no such thing as an IKEA Doula, but don't you wish there were?!

Alas, this magical creature called the IKEA Doula isn't real, but if you're pregnant or a new mom in Memphis, you can get this kind of support through this beginning stage of parenthood! Experience that same magic in the form of birth doulas, postpartum doulas, overnight doulas, childbirth education, and lactation support.

P.S., if you want your postpartum doula to take Baby's First IKEA Trip with you, we totally do that. We'll even let you call us your IKEA doula while you're there ;)

Happy 901 Day! | Win a Birth and Postpartum Planning Consultation

September 1st is 901 Day, and Doulas of Memphis is celebrating with a giveaway!

This year on 901 Day, we're hosting a photo contest and giving away a free Birth and Postpartum Planning Session with Doulas of Memphis!

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Have you ever wished there were someone who could walk you through this whole baby thing? Someone who:

  • Knows local OB/GYNs, pediatricians, and other professionals
  • Has a relationship with your birth place and is familiar with options
  • Has experience supporting families through different kinds of birth
  • Is up-to-date on the latest recommendations
  • Can help you sift through all of the baby gear choices
  • Has experience helping families adjust to a new baby
  • Can answer your questions about birth and parenting a newborn
  • Supports you without judgement

If you're pregnant in Memphis and you'd like to win a chance to pick our brains in the privacy of your home, this contest is for you! 

How to enter our 901 Day Photo Contest:

  1. Go to our Doulas of Memphis Facebook page and find our pinned post.
  2. Post a selfie of you showing some 901 pride in the comments.
  3.  Share the post with your friends and family!

We will pick a random winner on Friday, September 2nd at 3:00pm. Be sure to check the Doulas of Memphis Facebook page for updates!

The "Fine Print"

To be eligible to enter, you must be currently pregnant and live in the Greater Memphis area. If you're our lucky winner, you must schedule your planning session sometime in the month of September. This offer is non-transferable. The Birth and Postpartum Planning Session will last about 60-90 minutes.

Here at Doulas of Memphis, we love our city and have 901 pride all year round. We hope you have a Happy 901 and celebrate in Memphis style!

We're looking forward to seeing all of your photos, so enter today!

If you'd like to learn more about our Memphis birth doula, Memphis postpartum doula, and Memphis lactation support services, we're always a call or an email away. You'll always hear a friendly voice on the other end of the line.

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Memphis summer tips for decorating baby's nursery

If you’re pregnant in Memphis this summer, it can be hard to find the motivation to pry yourself from the air conditioning to do anything else besides hit the pool. While you’re poolside with your (virgin, of course) drink in your hand, you might be dreaming of what you want your baby’s nursery to look like. What IS the best way to decorate a nursery, anyway?  Pinterest is chock full of time-consuming ideas, but who has time and energy for that when it’s 100+ degrees outside? Before you invest, take a look at the things you already have. swimming-pool-1211573_1280

You know your grandmother’s old dresser that you aren’t sure what to do with? It’s beautiful, not too high, and has a lot of storage space. If it’s sitting unused in your attic, a weekend and a few coats of chalk paint can turn your forgotten antique into a meaningful way to incorporate your loved ones into your little one’s nursery. The best part? While the paint dries, grab your beach towel and take a dip in the refreshing pool water! Once it’s dry, you can use items you’ve probably already received to turn that dresser into changing table extraordinaire, with space for all of baby’s clothes, diapers, and other essentials.

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A nursery that tells your story

Speaking of grandma and incorporating loved ones into your baby’s nursery, look around for pieces of art or trinkets you may already own that tell a story to your baby. Place them around the room among the adorable decor you already have. Do you or someone in your family collect something? Create a nursery themed around that, and as you sit and nurse your baby in the rocking chair that’s been in your family for generations, you can bond with your baby by creating a tradition of sharing stories. Stories about your family that bring fond memories, bring you closer together, and connect past and present.

Consider utilizing collections that are meaningful to your family in your nursery decor.

 

There are so many options out there for nursery decorations, but let’s keep it real: your baby isn’t going to remember it! Create a space for yourself that feeds your soul, is true to you, and tells your baby a story that will be woven into the fabric of their childhood. That’s where memories are created. And if you happen to find some cute baskets at Target that match...

Your doula

Things are different now from the way they used to be. In an ideal world, everyone would be so supported by their communities and “villages” that my job wouldn’t exist. your doula

But our world isn’t ideal- families live far away or are working, we’re stretched thin, we’re isolated, and it seems like everyone around us is busy. Not your doula. Your doula is not too busy because your doula is there for you.

We go to our doctor appointments and we wait an hour for ten to fifteen minutes of face time. Unless there’s something urgent on our minds, oftentimes our questions leave us in the moment, or we forgot to write them down, or we think of something on our way out the door. Who is there for us then? Who has answers, or knows how to get them? Google? Friends who may or may not understand? Our parents who gave birth in a totally different world? What if we just need to talk about something, and it’s not necessarily “doctor-worthy”? Your doula can help. She can listen, validate concerns, calm fears, help you think of questions, help you avoid Google and direct you to the best source for the answers you seek. She’ll never judge, never think you’re silly, and is a constant for you. When we go to give birth, often it’s just us and our partners punctuated by hospital staff coming in and out at various intervals but never able to stay for very long. They care about you, but they are also focused on making sure your baby is healthy and safe. It seems as if nobody is there exclusively for you, not even your partner. He’s having a baby too, and his focus is divided between you and your baby. He has needs of his own that must be met as he tries to balance them with meeting your needs. What if he gets tired? Anxious? Hungry? As much as he wants to be, he cannot be there exclusively for you.

Your doula can. Your doula is the only one whose job it is to prioritize you and your needs. Everything she does revolves around you.

She is a buffer, someone who makes things easier for everyone around you. Her presence and support ensures that everyone around you can focus on their jobs because they know you are taken care of. She supports your partner by helping guide him in supporting you better. She can be the firm hands on your hips so that he can be the gentle voice in your ear.

She takes the pressure off of him to be everything and instead gives him the freedom to be himself, the one who loves you and the one you need in that moment.

Your doula is experienced in childbirth and knows how to anticipate your needs. You have work to do, and she helps you to make the most of it. Your doula knows what to say to give strength and encouragement to everyone around her, but especially you. After your baby is born, your doula rejoices with you and begins the work of adjusting pillows, snapping a few candids of those first moments (if you’d like, of course), and helping you as the rest of the world melts away and your world is now on your chest. She assists you as you settle in until she sees you breathe deep, that sigh that tells her that it’s time to slip away. Don’t worry, you’ll see her again at home soon, when she will sit down with you to answer your questions and talk about anything you need, whether it’s your birth or how beautiful your baby is.

When everyone else is there to see the baby, she is there to see you, because her work is making sure that you are cared for and that you know how important you are to her.

Blue, Gold, and Doulas of Memphis

We've already talked about the Doulas of Memphis difference, but you may have been wondering, "What's with all the blue? What does that have to do with being a doula agency?" It's everywhere, from our website to our social media, clothing, and print materials. We have worked diligently to create a brand that encompasses things we love about the city we all call home.  

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From our blue to our service, every detail with you in mind.

Here at Doulas of Memphis, we see ourselves as here to stay. We are deeply rooted in Memphis as people, parents, doulas, and businesswomen. We chose the color blue because to us, blue represents loyalty to Memphis. Tiger Blue. Grizzlies Blue (and gold!). Home of the Blues. We are loyal to our city, and we are loyal to our clients. We want nothing but the best for you and strive for excellence in everything we do. Our doulas are attentive, professional, and always ready to serve your family.

Doulas of Memphis is an agency that builds bridges.

bridge elementIt's no coincidence that a bridge is the centerpiece of our logo. We believe in building bridges between doulas and medical professionals so that clients benefit from relationships built on trust and mutual respect. As a client, you can be sure that we will always encourage and nurture those relationships. Our goal as doulas is not to protest for change, but to hold families up through some of the most special and memorable times in their lives. We believe that when we work together, everyone feels supported.

Valuing our history and heritage

blue, headshot, cecelia lucyAs birth and postpartum doulas, we are trained to know both where clients have been and where they are going. In the same way, we recognize our rich history and are working to be a positive part of Memphis as it moves into the future. With musicians represented among our doula ranks, we gave nod to our city's musical heritage. You'll see hints of the Levitt Shell, the gold of Sun Studios, and the ebb and flow of the Mighty Mississippi. We're connected to our city, our history, and most importantly...we're connected to you!

If you spot us around town in blue (or any other color, for that matter), don't be shy! Say hello. Tell us your story. If you want us to be a part of your birth and parenting story, we'd be honored! Call us up at (901) 308-4888 or drop us a line on our contact form. We also love interacting with our community online! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see what we're up to and to look for opportunities to connect. We can't wait to hear from you.