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Because we are human beings, we are restricted as to what we can do or give. So in raising children we definitely need the support of other people. It's like we say in the village: "It takes a whole village to raise a child." It's also true to say, "it takes a whole village to keep parents sane."
~Sobonfu Some


Immense pressure is put on modern day parents, as we try to fill in the gaps for what entire communities use to provide. In the same way we wouldn't expect a fish to thrive on dry land, we must recognize that our village-less reality, is wreaking havoc on our quality of life, in numerous ways.


What indigenous cultures have known all along, is that the health and well-being of mothers is essential, in order for the community to be healthy and vigorous. There should be systems of support in place, that alleviate the load of challenging transitions, such as pregnancy, birth and the 4th trimester... Especially in a society that so often lacks the nearby guidance of grandmothers, aunts, cousins, etc.


I'm honored to hold space and provide respite for families; making it possible for them to truly experience the sacredness of their unfolding, ever-expanding, role as parents.🙏🏾
#ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #decolonizecommunity #alwaysonpurpose #holisticparenting #responsiveparenting #babylove #gentleparenting #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthworker #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #birthworker #MyDarlingDoula #Charlotte #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting #findyourtribe

For mothers looking to increase breast milk supply in a safe, organic and natural way, the answer lies in the leaf of the mighty moringa tree.🌱


Native to my country of origin, Liberia🇱🇷, #Moringa was a staple for nutrition, during my pregnancy and breastfeeding journey. This "miracle tree" is a natural #galactagogue (has been proven to increase #breastmilk supply by 100%!!), it is nutrient-dense, rich in essential vitamins & minerals including iron, calcium, vitamins A, E & K, and potassium. It is also a complete source of plant protein with all 9 essential amino acids, high in fibre and contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants. ▪

🌱If you're in #Charlotte, NC, contact My Darling Doula and get your breastfeeding journey off to a great start.🌱
#riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #humanmilk #liquidgold #normalizebreastfeeding #doula #decolonizebirth #sacredbirth #birth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula
#birthdoula #postpartumdoula #mydarlingdoula #superfood #motherhood

if being. your being. breaks someone’s eyes. then their eyes must break. feel no guilt. or regret for them. or yourself. all is as it should be. their eyes decided to break. they know this is how new eyes are born. 🙏🏾
~@nayyirah.waheed
📸@phosphilic
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #babylove #gentleparenting #waterbirth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ittakesavillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthworker #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula #charlotte #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting

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You already have everything you need, in order to do what you came here to do.


Affirm- I am medicine. I am a catalyst, an interdimensional portal. I am alchemy. I am the highest state of being. I am divinity incarnate. I am love, giving myself permission to just be.🙏🏾🙌🏾
~Maryam Hasnaa
Repeat👏🏽Repeat👏🏽Repeat👏🏽 #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #holisticstateofbeing #afdirmations #babylove #gentleparenting #lotusbirth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ittakesavillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthworker #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula #charlotte #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting

“Simply put, when there is no home birth in a society, or when home birth is driven underground, essential knowledge of women’s capacities in birth is lost to the people of that society- to the professional caregivers as well as to the women themselves.”
-~Ina May Gaskin. ▪

Many thanks to the health professionals who nurture and protect this knowledge, who support rather than intervene, who stand back in patience allowing the unfolding of this most natural process to occur, whether at home, birth center, or hospital.🙏🏾 Thank you for understanding and trusting birthing people AND the miraculous nature and ability of the body.🤰🏿❤
📷 @tampabirthphotography
#sacredbirth #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #babylove #gentleparenting #waterbirth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ittakesavillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthworker #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula #charlotte #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting

You already have everything you need, in order to do what you came here to do.


Affirm- I am medicine. I am a catalyst, an interdimensional portal. I am alchemy. I am the highest state of being. I am divinity incarnate. I am love, giving myself permission to just be.🙏🏾🙌🏾
~Maryam Hasnaa
Repeat👏🏽Repeat👏🏽Repeat👏🏽 #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #holisticstateofbeing #afdirmations #babylove #gentleparenting #lotusbirth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ittakesavillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthworker #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula #charlotte #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting

*insert new baby scent here*👶🏾


Meet Nya, my newest Doula-baby-sweetheart!🤗😍❤


Ever wonder why the sight of an infant makes most of us want to smile? Big innocent eyes✅, chubby kissable cheeks✅, baby soft skin✅, and a sweet button nose✅? While we may write these characteristics off as the adorable nature of babies, Oxford University researchers have found that cuteness is vital to survival.


They explain that cuteness doesn’t just trigger an immediate response, it facilitates caregiving, empathy, and compassion, because infants need our constant attention to survive and thrive. Amazing!🙏🏾
📷@lisayvettephotography
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #holisticparenting #responsiveparenting #babylove #gentleparenting #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthworker #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #birthworker #MyDarlingDoula #Charlotte #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting #findyourtribe

Attachment does not hinder Independence, it fosters it. Cuddle those babies. Carry those babies. Let those babies sleep in your arms and on your chest and be with you at all times. They will start taking steps away from you when they're ready.❤👶🏾🤴🏾👲🏾
📷@1beautiishername1
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #holisticparenting #responsiveparenting #babylove #gentleparenting #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #pregnantbelly #birth #parenthood #sacreddoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #birthworker #MyDarlingDoula #CharlotteDoula #peacefulparenting #attachmentparenting

Does your postpartum recovery plan include Placenta Medicine?


Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been processed and placed into pills. The pills are then taken by the new parent, which imparts numerous health benefits, that make the transition into the 4th trimester more pleasant. They also counter many of the symptoms associated with "baby blues" and postpartum depression.


My Darling Doula provides customized placenta smoothies (on the day of your birth), placenta art prints, placenta encapsulation and placenta tinctures. If you're interested in preserving your placenta and keeping it attached to your baby (lotus birth), My Darling Doula can also support you through this process. ▪

Setup your complimentary 30 minute consultation today, and learn about the benefits of placenta medicine!🙌🏾🙏🏾
#alwayoncall #alwaysonpurpose #birthworker #sacredplacenta #treeoflife #placentamedicine #amnioticsac #4thtrimester #umbilicalcord #placentaspecialist #Placentophagy #lotusbirth #placentaencapsulation #doula #decolonizebirth #normalizetheplacenta #doulalife #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #liberiandoula #mydarlingdoula #findyourtribe #ilovewhatidoula

You have permission to pause and take a minute. To cry. To breathe. To let go. To believe what you believe. To love who you love. To say yes. To say no. To release. To desire more. You have permission to stand firm. To keep moving. To be angry. To fight back. To change your mind. To heal. To be vast and ever expanding. To have autonomy over your body. You have permission to be.🙏🏾


Add a line and keep it going.♻


📸From ˋBlack Panther series’, Mother and Child, Free Huey Rally, Oakland, 1968 © Ruth Marion Baruch
#antwonrose #riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #doula #decolonizebirth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula #mydarlingdoula #motherhood #parenthood #mothering #baby #newborn #children #4thtrimester #selfcare #selflove #motheringthemother #selfcarematters

PUT THE OXYGEN MASK ON YOURSELF FIRST!


You are their Motherland & their North Star... their everything. 🙏🏾 But you are also a separate being, an individual with needs of your own. Unmet needs can become the breeding ground for resentment and bitterness. Don't be afraid to reachout and ask for support when needed. ▪

Putting the oxygen mask on yourself first, is a great metaphor for taking care of self first. You can not contribute your love, your inner beauty, your patience, your compassion, your understanding, your intelligence or your mission for your family, if you’re gasping for air yourself. ▪

Be as tender and loving with yourself as you are with your child(ren).
📸@stopcensoringmotherhood
#riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #doula #decolonizebirth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula #mydarlingdoula #motherhood #parenthood #mothering #baby #newborn #children #4thtrimester #selfcare #selflove #motheringthemother #selfcarematters

“Recently I’ve been speaking a lot about gender equality. Not from a place of rectitude but rather from the understanding that I am a man who’s been conditioned by the same deleterious system as other men. That like many men I have said and done things which may have impacted women in a negative way. For a man to try and claim otherwise would be fraudulent. I don’t see this as a space to try and exonerate oneself, nor do I think it’s solely about the male, but rather I see that gender oppression, rape, misogyny and chauvinism are all male problems, and all interconnected to patriarchal power structures. Women need allies, they need men who can communicate to other men and so if that means reconfiguring the language to help include men who might otherwise conflate feminism with misandry, then so be it. We need to accept women have a legitimate reason to be angry, to stop denying them the autonomy which constitutes a basic human right. Men are nervous. The right-wing affront on women’s liberation has never been more fortified than what it is now. These are dangerous times and while the conversation is long and complex, we need to work together, with women leading the way to essentially smash down the patriarchy.“ ~@anthony_anaxagorou
📸@pheonix.wild
#riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #doula #decolonizebirth #sacredbirth #birth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula
#birthdoula #postpartumdoula #mydarlingdoula

Breasts have become a sexualised commodity...


The true biological importance of women’s breasts is to feed human babies. When it comes to breastfeeding a child, there’s absolutely nothing sexual about that.

Bare breast only become offensive when a patriarchal society, discounts the essential necessity and right of a parent, to provide life–nourishing milk to their child; And because there are people who refuse to view the parts of a woman's body, as anything other than sexual, the breast remain vile. ▪

Should the objectification of the female body, continue to supersede what nature intended the body to do? ▪

It's time to relearn and update our attitudes to include the reality, that a mother breastfeeding her infant is nothing more than that, a mother feeding her child.💦💧🚼
#mindfulnessmonday #ittakesavillage #riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #letdownreflex #humanmilk #liquidgold #normalizebreastfeeding #doula #decolonizebirth #sacredbirth #birth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula
#birthdoula #postpartumdoula #mydarlingdoula

It takes a village...


"It may be hard for people who have lived all their life in the west to regard everything they own as belonging to the whole Community, but this is the case in the village. As a result, each person in the village contributes to the well-being of others.

When you have a child for instance, it's not just your child, it's the child of the community. From birth onward the mother is not the only one who is responsible for a child. Anybody else can feed and nurture the child if another woman has a baby she can breastfeed any child. And it's perfectly alright...." ▫

"Because we are human beings, we are restricted as to what we can do or give. So in raising children we definitely need the support of other people. It's like we say in the village: "it takes a whole village to raise a child." It's also true to say, "it takes a whole village to keep parents sane." When couples have children without a community to support them, they don't have much time to work out whatever is going on between themselves. And so things pile up, and when their children are gone, they suddenly realized that there is this mountain of things that has not been dealt with for years. And so they start to dig in and when they cannot resolve their problems-you know what people do. They leave without even saying goodbye. A lot of people divorce after their children leave home; I think the absence of community support in child-rearing is one of the main causes."
~Sobonfu Some, The Spirit of Intimacy
#ittakesavillage #riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #doula #decolonizebirth #sacredbirth #birth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula
#birthdoula #postpartumdoula #mydarlingdoula

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
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What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.
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If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
~Howard Zinn
📷@tcbirthphotographer
#riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #doula #decolonizebirth #sacredbirth #birth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlotte #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula
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Breathtaking!! 😭💫💥👑👌🏼
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"I think women are fools to pretend that they are equal to men. They are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart. She multiples and enlarges what is give to her. So, if you give her crap be ready to receive a ton of sh*t!"❤
~William Golding
#riseandshine #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #doula #decolonizebirth #sacredbirth #birth #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placentaencapsulationspecialits #birthworker #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #liberiandoula
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