Strong As a Mother

 Kids can be adorable...and difficult.

Kids can be adorable...and difficult.

I recently read a pre-release copy of Strong As a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of YOU! I feel like personal empowerment is the most important thing you can have in motherhood (as well as a doula of course) and Strong As a Mother is a huge step towards it. Split up into easy to digest sections, this is one parenting book you won't have difficulty finding time to read.

We prepare ourselves with a good childbirth education class, breastfeeding education and hiring a doula. I find we forget to take care of ourselves and our mental health in the time before birth and in the postpartum period. This book delves into the emotional health and self-care aspects of becoming a parent better than anything I have read previously. Even reading Strong As a Mother while parenting a 3 and a 7 year old, I found the information provided to be helpful.    

Get your copy locally at The Little Shop of Stories in Decatur and meet the author, Kate Rope, this Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm. It is also available on Amazon.

 My favorite parenting moment of myself ever captured on camera. The face I made when my four year old was playing in the fountain at his brother's baptism.  

My favorite parenting moment of myself ever captured on camera. The face I made when my four year old was playing in the fountain at his brother's baptism.  

New for 2018

BirthYearBook is excited to announce two new services starting in 2018.  In addition to Just Birth and BirthYearBook, videography is also available as an add-on service.  Previously, maternity sessions were only offered with the BirthYearBook package but due to demand, you may now purchase these sessions separately.  As always, current clients of The Happiest Doulas receive 15% off all BirthYearBook services.  Check out the offerings at The Happiest Doulas.

Video birth stories will also include the still photographs and books if BirthYearBook has been purchased.  Videography is just another way for your birth memories to be preserved forever.  If you have already purchased birth photography for 2018 and would like to add videography, contact me!

We understand not everyone wants birth photography or can’t due to a planned surgical birth.  With this in mind, we are now offering maternity sessions separate from the BirthYearBook package.  You can pair the maternity session with Welcome Baby!, our newborn session, to tell your story from pregnancy to baby.

 Maternity shoots can have a sense of humor.

Maternity shoots can have a sense of humor.

 Your fur babies also make a nice addition to maternity sessions.  Be sure to have a lot of treats!

Your fur babies also make a nice addition to maternity sessions.  Be sure to have a lot of treats!

 Older siblings make for sweet portrait opportunities.

Older siblings make for sweet portrait opportunities.

To celebrate the New Year, we are offering free videography for the next client who signs a birth photography contract in the month of January.  This is a $300 value.  If you were planning on purchasing birth photography, act now!

It has been a great year filled with new babies, new families, and clients who are now new friends.  Thank you from all of us at The Happiest Doulas!

 Cynthya at a recent twin birth.  

Cynthya at a recent twin birth.  

 Alexa obviously loves her job.

Alexa obviously loves her job.

 Christina in a rare photograph of the photographer.  

Christina in a rare photograph of the photographer.  

 Jeni welcoming baby Josephine on November 7.

Jeni welcoming baby Josephine on November 7.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for Taking Perfect Fall Portraits

5 Tips for Taking Perfect Fall Portraits

The changing leaves of Fall provide a beautiful backdrop for outdoor photography sessions. The clothes can be cute and cozy. Autumn weather allows for longer outdoor photo sessions without everyone getting sweaty and tired. The cooler weather makes for more comfortable maternity shoots too!