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#becauseitsWednesday This is Us. Black Women who Breastfeed.
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It was not only refreshing but EMPOWERING to meet so many women of color this past Saturday as we celebrated the proclamation of Black Breastfeeding Week in Charlotte.
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This is so important because the Black community has the lowest breastfeeding rates of any racial group while Black babies are dying at twice the rate of any other racial group due to being born too soon, too small, or too sick. The death rate in Charlotte is more than double that of white babies. Our babies NEED the nutritional benefits & immunities of breastmilk, and this is a huge step in the direction of awareness AND acceptance.
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Plus, we make CHOCOLATE #liquidgold 😏 lol. We are Heroes.

#blackbreastfeeders #blackbreastfeedingweek #bbw17 #betonblack #queensmilk #mydarlingdoula #normalizebreastfeeding

#Repost @wisecommunitydoulas (@get_repost)
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Proceeds and donations will benefit the local families that we serve.🙌🙏 #repost @mydarlingdoula and @bottlesnbottoms are working together to collect diapers for local families in need, during Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 26-October 2, 2016). 🚼Diaper Need Facts🚼
✴Disposable diapers cost $70 to $100 per month per baby,averaging around $1200 a year for one child; ✴1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need;
Federal assistance programs,such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover
diapers; ✴5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families; ✴No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; ✴Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers; ✴Infants  can require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. 🚼What to Donate🚼
✴We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. ✴Unexpired infant formula
✴New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Join us on Saturday, September 30th for “Happy Hour” and enjoy light refreshments while you donate.

Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
Donations can also be dropped off at Baby+Co. from September 25th-October 1st, during the following hours:
Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–5PM

However you donate, your contribution will be helping local families who are supported by @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas.

Your donation is tax deductible.
#diaperneed #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #bottlesnbottoms #comm

#Repost @mydarlingdoula (@get_repost)
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It's Diaper Need Awareness week!!!
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North Carolina only has 10 National Diaper Bank Memebers statewide and Charlotte based @bottlesnbottoms is one of them. Collectively, these 10 organizations distribute 1,530,027 annually, to families in need.
You can make a difference by helping us collect diapers, for our neighbors in need. Drop off your donations at Baby+Co, today through Saturday, September 30.

Donations will benefit local families supported by two organizations, @BottlesnBottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas. 🚼What to Donate🚼
⭐We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. New and open packages will be accepted.
⭐Unexpired infant formula
⭐New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
#diaperneedawarenessweek #charlotte #diaperneed #charlotteparent #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #bottlesnbottoms #wisecommunitydoulas #everybabyeverybottom #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

💥Yoni Fest Vendor Spotlight💥
My Darling Doula & Wise Community Doulas (Non-Profit Organization)

Fametta Darling of My Darling Doula will have an informational table at Yoni Fest! Be sure to stop by and ask any questions. She will also have information for you to take for both My Darling Doula and Wise Community Doulas. ♡
W.I.S.E. (Women In Support and Encouragement) Community Doulas, is a Charlotte-based organization, that provides free and sliding scale birth support, to low-income pregnant POC. They are working to create a community, in which ALL pregnant people, have access to the care and support they need during the childbirth continuum.

You will have the opportunity to donate to the WDC organization so that women who need it most, have access to the services. We are who we've been waiting for!
#PeaceBeginsWithBirth #BirthMatters #BirthIsARiteOfPassage #DecolonizeBirth #SacredBirth #YourWombIsAPortal #HolisticDoula #CharlotteDoula #MyDarlingDoula

even if your baby is 'bout grown... All of this. Thank you @mydarlingdoula
#Repost @mydarlingdoula (@get_repost)
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Midmorning love notes for a new mama... You are not a problem to be solved. There is no need to waste your time on self doubt and fear... you already have everything you need, to do what you came here to do.

I'm simply here to hold the space, be the helper, and the reminder of the innate wisdom of your body. I'll hold up the lantern when you veer off the path.
May you trust your truth before any one else's expectations... You can do this! ❤️
#affirmations #work #ThoughtsArePrayers #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #4thtrimester #birthworker #mydarlingdoula

Charlotte, NC is stepping up with a proclamation in support of Black Breastfeeding Week to be unveiled at this event tomorrow. Just WOW!
Rp @mydarlingdoula
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Happy Black Breastfeeding Week folks!! Now in its fifth year, Black Breastfeeding Week is designed to strengthen cultural pride and raise awareness of the nuanced challenges of "breastfeeding while black". Here in Charlotte, NC, Mayor Jennifer Roberts has signed a Proclamation making August 25th-31st officially Black Breastfeeding Week!🙌🙏 My Darling Doula has partnered with local breastfeeding parents to celebrate and promote this critical lifesaving and loving practice, that is a cultural human right.

Meet Queen Mother Petrischa...
"No supplement can ever get close to the protective, nutrient and immune system boosting properties of breast milk and I would never chose to do it any different way." Read more about her here
https://www.mydarlingdoula.com/single-post/2017/08/25/Queens-Milk--Petrischa

#betonblack #BBW17 #blackbreastfeedingweek #chocolatemilk #normalizebreastfeeding #eatlocal #charlottedoula #QueensMilk #eatlocal #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

my mother was my first country. the first place I ever lived.🌍
~@nayyirah.waheed
#fertileground #sacredland #earthmama #holygrail #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Women, protect each other! Do not fall into the trap of denigrating, gossiping or cutting one another off from greatness. There is no lack of opportunity. The more you uplift others, the more success will rush to you. Every time you feel fear arise, jump into an act of compassion where you serve someone else and your fears will dissipate. You’ll plant seeds of goodwill that will overcome future setbacks. Be as audacious in your dreams as you can, at any level, even if that level is to make enough money to stay home and knit for the rest of your days. Knowing what you want and understanding your life’s purpose will be more fulfilling than rushing toward a dream you don’t really want.
〰Zhen Muzyka
artist unknown
#findyourtribe #protecteachother #donotfallintothetrap #protectyourmagic #holisticdoula
#charlottedoula
#mydarlingdoula #happysunday

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#ItTakesaVillage... The community concept is based on the fact that each person is invaluable and truly irreplaceable. Each person has a gift to give, a contribution to make to the whole. The kind of gift a person brings, the kind of being a person is, is very unique to him or her and is valued by the community. The community is constantly affirming each person, and that constant affirmation is why people are always in the community. We sleep together. We work together. We walk together. When we are 'separate' we are vulnerable and are more likely to underestimate the self. This way of life may sound like an invasion of privacy to a lot of people, but not in my village. Being in community forces us to cultivate a deeper sense of intimacy with one another, to notice one another and value one another's gifts.
~Sobonfu Somé, Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community
📽️@melamurder @ibeyi2
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #Ittakesavillage #sobonfusome #decolonizebirth #decolonizecommunity #sacredencounters #decolonizeparenting #communityhealing #communitysupport #sacreddoula #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

"It is not that Black women have not been and are not strong; it is simply that this is only a part of our story, a dimension, just as the suffering is another dimension - one that has been most unnoticed and unattended to." ~Bell Hooks
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Giving birth and becoming a mother evokes strong memories and a range of emotions. It is a powerful and profound event and, no matter the outcome, it can be infused with negative feelings. In our culture, “healthy mother, healthy baby” may be considered the only thing of value, yet what happened to you matters.
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Our Body, Our Birth is a workshop designed to support black women who may feel angry, frustrated, resentful, disappointed, violated, or wounded by their birth or pregnancy experience. We will provide a place of safety, understanding, empowerment, and compassion as you sift through the feelings, that have prevented you from fully healing.
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Sharing individually and collectively the pains, & the triumphs during pregnancy and birth, will help you reclaim your sense of self and see the power you hold, even in a society that has often discounted black women’s narratives. *
Space is limited to 10 participants. Nursing lap babies are welcome.
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This workshop will be facilitated by:
Midwife, Sakina O'uhuru, CNM. She can be reached at sakinao@a-womansway.com
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Certified Holistic Birth and Postpartum Doula, Fametta Darling. She can be reached at www.MyDarlingDoula.com
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#ourbodyourbirth #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #life #blackwomenhealing #mentalhealth #selfcare #birthmatters #blackmamasmatter #trauma #fubu #protectyourmagic #selfcare #health #wellness #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

We remember the only reason we are alive is because we had at least one #ancestor who refused to die and lived long enough to have children who did the same. This is our #genetic inheritance. Remember this. So dance #indigo. #Cultivate #brilliance. #Speak #life. Name pain. #Grow #dreams & in times of terror…wage #beauty.
~Mark Gonzales
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #pregnancy #birth #life #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Today is the final day for the Black Friday + Cyber Monday 🔥$199 PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION SPECIAL!🔥 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Expecting in 2018? Lock in your due date and start parenthood in the best way possible. Offer valid now through November 27th.

Service includes:
✔️30 minute consultation
✔️Pick-up and drop-off
✔️Placenta capsules in Traditional Chinese Method
✔️Umbilical cord keepsake
✔️48 hour turn around time
✔️30 minute postpartum visit to discuss dosage
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*E-mail mydarlingdoula@gmail.com to book your service!
*Offer not valid on previously purchased services.
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#alwaysonpurpose #alwaysoncall #thefirst40days #placentaspecialists #birth
#charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #findyourtribe #charlottemom #placentaencapsulation #blackfriday #cybermonday #postpartumdoula #pospartum #postpartumcare #4thtrimester #motherhood #parenthood #placenta #treeoflife #placentapills #birth #pregnancy #postnatal #expecting #maternity #motherhood #parenthood #justborn

::Black Friday – Cyber Monday::
🔥PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION SPECIAL$199🔥••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Your placenta is packed full of vital vitamins, hormones, minerals and nutrients. It is such a special organ that it's praised for doing everything from easing postpartum depression to improving breastmilk supply, in the postpartum period. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Expecting in 2018? Lock in your due date and start parenthood in the best way possible. Offer valid now through November 27th.

Service includes:
✔️30 minute consultation
✔️Pick-up and drop-off
✔️Placenta capsules in Traditional Chinese Method
✔️Umbilical cord keepsake
✔️48 hour turn around time
✔️30 minute postpartum visit to discuss dosage
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*E-mail mydarlingdoula@gmail.com to book your service!
*Offer not valid on previously purchased services.
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#alwaysonpurpose #alwaysoncall #thefirst40days #placentaspecialists #birth
#charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #findyourtribe #charlottemom #placentaencapsulation #blackfriday #cybermonday #postpartumdoula #pospartum #postpartumcare #4thtrimester #motherhood #parenthood #breastfeeding #placentapills #birth #pregnancy #pregnant #postnatal #breastfeeding #healthypregnancy #expecting #maternity #babyontheway #preggo #motherhood #parenthood #justborn #homebirth

::Black Friday – Cyber Monday::
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🔥🔥Placenta Encapsulation Special🔥🔥
Take advantage of this excellent deal today through November 27th!!! My Darling Doula is offering this service for just $199!
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Service includes:
✔️30 minute consultation
✔️Pick-up and drop-off
✔️Placenta capsules in traditional Chinese preparation or raw method
✔️Umbilical cord keepsake
✔️48 hour turn around time
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E-mail mydarlingdoula@gmail.com to book now!

The benefits of placenta encapsulation include balanced mood and energy levels, reports of quicker postpartum healing and stabilized milk production and more. Because of its original role of nurturing new life, the placenta is considered to be the most profound substance for replenishing Jing (Essence).
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Offer not valid on previously purchased services.
*alwaysonpurpose #alwaysoncall #thefirst40days #placentaspecialists #birth
#charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #findyourtribe #charlottemom #placentaencapsulation #blackfriday #cybermonday #postpartumdoula #pospartum #postpartumcare #4thtrimester #motherhood #parenthood #breastfeeding

"I'm okay with being 6"

6 years ago today (11-20-2011), I stepped into the incredible abyss of motherhood. I experienced my body wax and wane, stretch, ache, and toil through pregnancy and childbirth to make room for him.... It is through him that my heart walks outside of my body, vulnerable and open, ready to receive and feel on the deepest level. Some days feel like falling without a parachute and others feel effortless and magical like falling in love. He's helping me to realize that they're one and the same.
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Happy bornday 🌞... my greatest teacher thus far! You are filled to the brim with magic and it's such a pleasure and an honor to share this journey with you. Rise & Shine❤️
#alovesupreme #happybirthday #motherhood #6 #nofilter #fertileground #earthmama #alovesupreme #blackmamasmatter #blackboysmatter #blackboyjoy #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Give your daughters difficult names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.
~Warsan Shire
🎨@tawnychatmon
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136 million babies are born each year. Those who survive will sooner or later undergo the initiation process of receiving a name. The sense of personal identity and uniqueness that one gets from a name, is of great significance to both the people who receive them and to the societies that gives them.
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In spite of their importance, most people know very little about names and about the effects they have on us and on our children in everyday life... OR the ramifications of slave masters stripping Africans of their names, their languages, their culture, customs, and of their history?? What about the cultural assimilation of those who move to the US and leave their birth names in their native land?
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There's a great need to know the spiritual, psychological, and ethnic aspects of our names and how they may influence our life.
#whatsinaname #initiation #babynames #namingceremony #name #namemeanings #culture #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #LiberianDoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

#tbt❤️ PREGNANCY SLAY: The incomparable #GraceJones has pushed boundaries at every turn, especially in fashion. Check her out in this geometric styled maternity dress, designed to both disguised and celebrated her pregnancy. Circa 1979🙏🙌
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I wonder if she had a #Doula on her birth team.😍😍 #vintageparenthood #slayage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #motherhood #fashion #igfashion #peacebeginswithbirth #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #pregnancy #pregnantbelly #birth #parenthood #artislife #lifeisart #sacreddoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #birthworker #MyDarlingDoula #CharlotteDoula

The most common major surgery performed in the U.S is the delivery of babies via cesarean section.🔪 A recent initiative involving more than 23 North Carolina hospitals and over 10,000 deliveries, found that a patient who is in labor and has a cervical dilation of 4 cm or more, had approximately a 1-in-10 chance of getting a C-section. However, patients who had an induced labor had a 1-in-3 chance of getting a C-section.
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If your labor is induced, it becomes a medical event and proceeds quite differently from spontaneous labor.  Unless you or your baby has a health problem that necessitates induction, it makes sense to wait patiently for your labor to start on its own. Be mindful that the last few weeks of pregnancy are critical to both lung and brain development.
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My personal objective with each family that I support, is to prepare and assist them during pregnancy & birth, so that indications for C-sections do not develop. Researchers have estimated that almost half of the C-sections performed in the U.S. are not required.🤤
#findyourtribe #letlaborbeginonitsown #respecttheprocess #normalizebirth #spontaneouslabor #peacebeginswithbirth #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #callingdownthemoon #fullmoon #fullmoonintaurus #moonmagic #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

The art of Infant massage, stretching, and head shaping is an age old African practice, that has been a part of baby-care traditions for many generations. *
Some countries offer a special bathing ritual, that is performed by the infant's paternal grandmother. This consist of rubbing the baby's skin with palm oil, to keep the skin moisture, soft and smooth. 🙏🙏
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In times of illness, a massage not only can comfort, but can also help relieve painful symptoms such as aches, fever, gas, congestion, etc.
#InfantMassage #AfricanInfantMassage #TraditionalAfricanBabyBath #AfricanTraditions #AfricanRituals #traditionalbirthworker #traditionalbirthattendant #rituals #LiberianDoula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

How are you giving away your power? How are you allowing others to take over your decisions when your #intuition says otherwise? It's your body, your baby and your birth(.) What do YOU want for it? Are you willing to listen to the voice that comes from deep within to guide your actions? Is your birth team equipped with people who honor and respect your vision? These things are key considerations, when preparing for birth...
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Rise up and claim your #power as the wise, miraculous, giver of life, that you are.🙌🙏
️📷: @ashleymolinaa 😍
#mood #rise&;shine #mindfulnessmonday #fertileground #earthmama #lifegiver #blackgirlmagic #mondaze #power-full #pregnancy #birth #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumDoula #placentaencapsulation #lotusbirth #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

@Regranned from @mydarlingdoula - In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don't love your eyes; they'd just as soon pick em out. No more do they love the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it. And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face 'cause they don't love that either. You got to love it, you! And no, they ain't in love with your mouth. Yonder, out there, they will see it broken and break it again. What you say out of it they will not heed. What you scream from it they do not hear. What you put into it to nourish your body they will snatch away and give you leavins instead. No, they don't love your mouth. You got to love it. This is flesh I'm talking about here. Flesh that needs to be loved. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that need support; shoulders that need arms, strong arms I'm telling you. And O my people, out yonder, hear me, they do not love your neck unnoosed and straight. So love your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it and hold it up. and all your inside parts that they'd just as soon slop for hogs, you got to love them. The dark, dark liver--love it, love it and the beat and beating heart, love that too. More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize.

Toni Morrison, Beloved
#issaword #goodvibes #quoteoftheday #tonimorrison #beloved #protectyourmagic
#selfcare #selfcarematters #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #pregnancy #birth #blackmamasmatter #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula - #regrann

In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don't love your eyes; they'd just as soon pick em out. No more do they love the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it. And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face 'cause they don't love that either. You got to love it, you! And no, they ain't in love with your mouth. Yonder, out there, they will see it broken and break it again. What you say out of it they will not heed. What you scream from it they do not hear. What you put into it to nourish your body they will snatch away and give you leavins instead. No, they don't love your mouth. You got to love it. This is flesh I'm talking about here. Flesh that needs to be loved. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that need support; shoulders that need arms, strong arms I'm telling you. And O my people, out yonder, hear me, they do not love your neck unnoosed and straight. So love your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it and hold it up. and all your inside parts that they'd just as soon slop for hogs, you got to love them. The dark, dark liver--love it, love it and the beat and beating heart, love that too. More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize.
~Toni Morrison, Beloved
#issaword #goodvibes #quoteoftheday #tonimorrison #beloved #protectyourmagic
#selfcare #selfcarematters #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #pregnancy #birth #blackmamasmatter #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Art is life is art is life...
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Today, this is what my self care looks like. Creating with my hands is holy communion. It forces me to feel deeper, change course when necessary, tap into my instincts, call on memory, take a chance... trust . Just like pregnancy & birth, there are no guarantees for a foreseeable outcome, but sometimes there are maps + guides that can help assist you along the way.
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Life is art is life is art...
Birth work has inspired me to be gentle and nurturing to my inner artist. What are you creating as an individual? What are we creating collectively as a human race? Within each breath there's a powerful defining moment that directly impacts the next moments, hours, days, years, lifetime. Are you standing in your truth? Is your heart infused with love?
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🎨inspired by those that I've been called to support and the art of my homeland.
#holyencounters #workinprogress #selfcare #selfcarematters #mixedmediaartist #recoveringartist #doula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #pregnancy #birth #artislife #lifeisart #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

#Repost @mydarlingdoula (@get_repost)
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It's Diaper Need Awareness week!!!
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North Carolina only has 10 National Diaper Bank Memebers statewide and Charlotte based @bottlesnbottoms is one of them. Collectively, these 10 organizations distribute 1,530,027 annually, to families in need.
You can make a difference by helping us collect diapers, for our neighbors in need. Drop off your donations at Baby+Co, today through Saturday, September 30.

Donations will benefit local families supported by two organizations, @BottlesnBottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas. 🚼What to Donate🚼
⭐We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. New and open packages will be accepted.
⭐Unexpired infant formula
⭐New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
#diaperneedawarenessweek #charlotte #diaperneed #charlotteparent #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #bottlesnbottoms #wisecommunitydoulas #everybabyeverybottom #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

It's Diaper Need Awareness week!!!
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North Carolina only has 10 National Diaper Bank Memebers statewide and Charlotte based @bottlesnbottoms is one of them. Collectively, these 10 organizations distribute 1,530,027 annually, to families in need.
You can make a difference by helping us collect diapers, for our neighbors in need. Drop off your donations at Baby+Co, today through Saturday, September 30.

Donations will benefit local families supported by two organizations, @BottlesnBottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas. 🚼What to Donate🚼
⭐We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. New and open packages will be accepted.
⭐Unexpired infant formula
⭐New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
#diaperneedawarenessweek #charlotte #diaperneed #charlotteparent #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #bottlesnbottoms #wisecommunitydoulas #everybabyeverybottom #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

#repost @mydarlingdoula Today marks the beginning of #DiaperNeedAwarenessWeek!! Why do diapers matter? Inability to adequately diaper a child can subject them to adverse health conditions, like dermatitis and urinary tract infections. You can make a difference by helping us collect diapers, for our neighbors in need. Drop off your donations at Baby+Co, starting today through Saturday, September 30.

Donations will benefit local families supported by two organizations, @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas. 🚼What to Donate🚼
⭐We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. New and open packages will be accepted.
⭐Unexpired infant formula
⭐New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
#charlotte #diaperneed #charlotteparent #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #bottlesnbottoms #wisecommunitydoulas #everybabyeverybottom #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Today marks the beginning of #DiaperNeedAwarenessWeek!! Why do diapers matter? Inability to adequately diaper a child can subject them to adverse health conditions, like dermatitis and urinary tract infections. You can make a difference by helping us collect diapers, for our neighbors in need. Drop off your donations at Baby+Co, starting today through Saturday, September 30.

Donations will benefit local families supported by two organizations, @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas. 🚼What to Donate🚼
⭐We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. New and open packages will be accepted.
⭐Unexpired infant formula
⭐New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
#charlotte #diaperneed #charlotteparent #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #findyourtribe #bottlesnbottoms #wisecommunitydoulas #everybabyeverybottom #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

For the culture...
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Made-to-order by yours truly @mydarlingdoula👑
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Waist beads are an ancient African practice of adornment, that have been worn for centuries, by women of all ages and sizes.
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Traditionally, waist beads have been worn as a “coming of age” rite for young girls, as a means of intimacy, as an expression of femininity, for fertility, healing, spirituality, as a weight management tool, or simply as a beautiful accessory. *
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They tell the story of your womb and stand as a reminder of the daughters of the African Diaspora- of traditions lost and then recaptured...
#waistbeads #africanwaistbeads #wombbeads #wombwellness #handmadejewelry #wearableart #healingjewelry #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

When was the last time you held space for yourself? When was the last time you allowed yourself to be vulnerable? Are you standing in your truth? Is your heart infused with love? *
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Take your healing seriously - one uncertain breath, one shaky step, one miraculous moment at a time... Trust yourself and your way forward.
#selfcare #riseandshine
#mindfulness #doulaingthedoula #protectyourmagic #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

#Repost @wisecommunitydoulas (@get_repost)
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Proceeds and donations will benefit the local families that we serve.🙌🙏 #repost @mydarlingdoula and @bottlesnbottoms are working together to collect diapers for local families in need, during Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 26-October 2, 2016). 🚼Diaper Need Facts🚼
✴Disposable diapers cost $70 to $100 per month per baby,averaging around $1200 a year for one child; ✴1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need;
Federal assistance programs,such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover
diapers; ✴5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families; ✴No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; ✴Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers; ✴Infants  can require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. 🚼What to Donate🚼
✴We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. ✴Unexpired infant formula
✴New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Join us on Saturday, September 30th for “Happy Hour” and enjoy light refreshments while you donate.

Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
Donations can also be dropped off at Baby+Co. from September 25th-October 1st, during the following hours:
Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–5PM

However you donate, your contribution will be helping local families who are supported by @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas.

Your donation is tax deductible.
#diaperneed #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #bottlesnbottoms #comm

#Repost @mydarlingdoula (@get_repost)
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@mydarlingdoula and @bottlesnbottoms are working together to collect diapers for local families in need, during Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 26-October 2, 2016). 🚼Diaper Need Facts🚼
✴Disposable diapers cost $70 to $100 per month per baby,averaging around $1200 a year for one child; ✴1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need;
Federal assistance programs,such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover
diapers; ✴5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families; ✴No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; ✴Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers; ✴Infants  can require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. 🚼What to Donate🚼
✴We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. ✴Unexpired infant formula
✴New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Join us on Saturday, September 30th for “Happy Hour” and enjoy light refreshments while you donate.

Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
Donations can also be dropped off at Baby+Co. from September 25th-October 1st, during the following hours:
Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–5PM

However you donate, your contribution will be helping local families who are supported by @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas.

Your donation is tax deductible.
#diaperneed #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #bottlesnbottoms #communitysupport #bothendscovered

Proceeds and donations will benefit the local families that we serve.🙌🙏 #repost @mydarlingdoula and @bottlesnbottoms are working together to collect diapers for local families in need, during Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 26-October 2, 2016). 🚼Diaper Need Facts🚼
✴Disposable diapers cost $70 to $100 per month per baby,averaging around $1200 a year for one child; ✴1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need;
Federal assistance programs,such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover
diapers; ✴5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families; ✴No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; ✴Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers; ✴Infants  can require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. 🚼What to Donate🚼
✴We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. ✴Unexpired infant formula
✴New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Join us on Saturday, September 30th for “Happy Hour” and enjoy light refreshments while you donate.

Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
Donations can also be dropped off at Baby+Co. from September 25th-October 1st, during the following hours:
Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–5PM

However you donate, your contribution will be helping local families who are supported by @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas.

Your donation is tax deductible.
#diaperneed #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #bottlesnbottoms #communitysupport

@mydarlingdoula and @bottlesnbottoms are working together to collect diapers for local families in need, during Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 26-October 2, 2016). 🚼Diaper Need Facts🚼
✴Disposable diapers cost $70 to $100 per month per baby,averaging around $1200 a year for one child; ✴1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need;
Federal assistance programs,such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover
diapers; ✴5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families; ✴No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; ✴Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers; ✴Infants  can require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. 🚼What to Donate🚼
✴We’re accepting diapers (sizes newborn-6). Our current biggest need for diapers is sizes 4, 5, and 6, but all sizes are welcome. ✴Unexpired infant formula
✴New and gently used baby carriers and infant Onsies (sizes newborn- 12 months)
Join us on Saturday, September 30th for “Happy Hour” and enjoy light refreshments while you donate.

Financial donations can be made in person or online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=UDVmHcip0hoD1FGnUCONl0GYxDV5hWm1dxBMj2vSN4Y0nRX7-mrxS_peYa4jMW5HR74t4G&country.x=US&locale.x=US
Donations can also be dropped off at Baby+Co. from September 25th-October 1st, during the following hours:
Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–5PM

However you donate, your contribution will be helping local families who are supported by @bottlesnbottoms and @wisecommunitydoulas.

Your donation is tax deductible.
#diaperneed #diaperneedawarenessweek #ittakesavillage #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #bottlesnbottoms #communitysupport

#DOULAS CELEBRATE LABOR DAY EVERYDAY!!🎆

It has been a pleasure providing support to my clients and their families, through the use of non-invasive, mind, body, and spirit centered care. Integrating modalities such as meditation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, placenta encapsulation, rebozo and more, allows me to create a tailor-made, holistic system of support from early pregnancy throughout the postpartum period.

I recognize no “right” way to give birth, instead I honor the unique rhythms of each birth giver as they move through their own birthing process. Regardless of where or how you give birth – home, hospital, vaginal or c-section – every birth signifies a beautiful occurrence. Every birth giver and every kind of birth outcome deserves loving support and respect.
🌟Full Spectrum Doula
🌟Birth Doula
🌟Postpartum Doula
🌟Sibling Doula
🌟 Bereavement Doula
🌟Placenta Encapsulation
🌟 Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
🌟Mother Rising Ceremony Facilitator
🌟Belly Casting
#LaborDay #FindYourTribe #PeaceBeginsWithBirth
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #sacredbirth #postpartumdoula #birthworker #charlottedoula #blackdoula #birthadvocate #MyDarlingDoula

For the second consecutive year, My Darling Doula has partnered with local nursing families, to promote a fuller, more nuanced narrative of the black breastfeeding experience. From a legacy perspective, it's important to document and tell our own stories for ourselves and as a gift to future generations. Telling our stories helps us evolve and grow beyond them; and the exposure to imagery has a profound impact on the way we view the world.  We make our decisions based on so many factors, but we are not always aware of the great power that lies in what we see and how often we see it.

Meet Queen Mother Kayla and hear her story at... https://www.mydarlingdoula.com/single-post/2017/08/31/Queens-Milk--Kayla
#betonblack #BBW17 #blackbreastfeedingweek #chocolatemilk #normalizebreastfeeding #eatlocal #charlottedoula #QueensMilk #eatlocal #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #givebirthtosomthingbeautiful #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

#becauseitsWednesday This is Us. Black Women who Breastfeed.
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It was not only refreshing but EMPOWERING to meet so many women of color this past Saturday as we celebrated the proclamation of Black Breastfeeding Week in Charlotte.
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This is so important because the Black community has the lowest breastfeeding rates of any racial group while Black babies are dying at twice the rate of any other racial group due to being born too soon, too small, or too sick. The death rate in Charlotte is more than double that of white babies. Our babies NEED the nutritional benefits & immunities of breastmilk, and this is a huge step in the direction of awareness AND acceptance.
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Plus, we make CHOCOLATE #liquidgold 😏 lol. We are Heroes.

#blackbreastfeeders #blackbreastfeedingweek #bbw17 #betonblack #queensmilk #mydarlingdoula #normalizebreastfeeding

There is a significant racial disparity in Breastfeeding rates in the United States and babies are dying because of it. From historical and health care perspectives, the inequality of Breastfeeding support for women of color is tragic.

Black Breastfeeding Week is not about excluding white women or women of other races, it is about intentionally including black women. We are actively creating a space for ourselves by declaring our own stake in the breastfeeding conversation.
All nursing parents need help and support to become successful in meeting their breastfeeding goals, and too many of us have been left out of the picture. Supporting Black Breastfeeding Week means we support a cultural shift in the African American community to view breastfeeding as the cultural norm.

Meet Queen Mother Krissy and hear about breastfeeding journey at... https://www.mydarlingdoula.com/single-post/2017/08/29/Queens-Milk--Krissy
@krissyscouch @blkbfingweek
#betonblack #BBW17 #blackbreastfeedingweek #QueensMilk #chocolatemilk #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #eatlocal #blackwomendobreastfeed #blackwomendobreastfeedtoddlers #QueenCity #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #Charlotte #charlottemom #charlottedoula #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula

For black people in particular, breastfeeding offers important benefits for ailments that overwhelmingly diminish our health or cut short our lives. For example, exclusive breastfeeding is one of the only proven actions a mother can take to protect herself against the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, which affect black women at disproportionately high rates.

My Darling Doula has partnered with local black breastfeeding parents from the Queen City, to celebrate and promote what is a crucial life-saving, life-affirming, and loving practice that is a part of our human legacy.

Meet Queen Mother April...
Checkout more of her story @ https://www.mydarlingdoula.com/single-post/2017/08/28/Untitled
#BBW17 #betonblack #QueensMilk #BlackBreastfeedingWeek #chocolatemilk #blackmamasdobreastfeed #eatlocal #normalizebreastfeeding #charlottedoula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula #charlotte #charlotteparent #charlottemom #findyourtribe

I enjoyed the Queen's Milk: Celebrating Black Breastfeeding in the Queen City event with my 2 doulas @mydarlingdoula and Kayla! Got some goodies anbd won a raffle for a massage. Today is another GREAT day!!! Check out Ms. Riley. She was such a good girl at the event!
#mydarlingdoula
#blackbreastfeedingweek
#tribe
#bbw17
#betonblack
#queensmilk

QUEEN'S MILK: A Celebration of Black Breastfeeders in the Queen City🙏🙏🙏 In the spirit of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek (8/25-8/31), My Darling Doula will host a series of mini photo shoots, to promote visibility, awareness, and education within the black community, around the benefits of #breastfeeding.

Are you a nursing person of color, in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC), who would like to participate in this project? Email us for more details at mydarlingdoula@gmail.com. All ages and gender expressions welcome.
www.mydarlingdoula.com
#breastfeeding #BBW17 #betonblack #birthworker #blackwomendobreastfeed #blackwomen #liquidgold #firstfoods #eatlocal #breastfeedingwhileblack #blackdoula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #doulaofcolor #blackdoula #liberiandoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placentaspecialist #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

The egg that created you was formed inside of your mother's fetus, while she was inside you grandmother's #womb during #pregnancy (image from The #MyDarlingDoula fb page). #genetics #fertility #motherhood #grandmother #babies
https://www.google.com/amp/s/genedoe.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/in-your-grandmothers-womb-the-egg-that-made-you/amp/

#Repost @mydarlingdoula In the spirit of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek (8/25-8/31), My Darling Doula will host a series of mini photo shoots, to promote visibility, awareness, and education within the black community, around the benefits of #breastfeeding.

Are you a nursing person of color, in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC), who would like to participate in this project? Email us for more details at mydarlingdoula@gmail.com. All ages and gender expressions welcome.
www.mydarlingdoula.com
#breastfeeding #BBW17 #betonblack #birthworker #blackwomendobreastfeed #blackwomen #liquidgold #firstfoods #eatlocal #breastfeedingwhileblack #blackdoula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #doulaofcolor #blackdoula #liberiandoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placentaspecialist #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

#Repost @mydarlingdoula (@get_repost)
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"The egg that created you was formed inside of your mother's fetus, while she was inside you grandmother's womb.🙌🙏❤️ When you take care of yourself you take care of your ancestors and your descendants. You are the living embodiment of both in the present moment.
#MindfulnessMonday #selfcarematters #epigenetics #legacy #wombman #biology #dna #sacredroots #sacredbody #divinefeminine #blessedbe #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #holisticdoula #doula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #birthworker #mydarlingdoula "

I'm thrilled to announce that @Mydarlingdoula will receive a nursing bra donation, from @LeadingLadyBras and @LovingMomentsBras, in honor of #NationalBreastfeedingAwarenessMonth (August), #WorldBreastfeedingWeek (8/1-8/7) and #BlackBreastfeedingWeek (8/25-8/31). MDD has some very exciting things planned for our Queen City #blactivist, so stay tuned. ** Have you signed up to participate in the Queen's Milk photoshoot? Email mydarlingdoula@gmail.com for more details.
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #bbw17 #betonblack #queencity #charlotte #charlottedoula #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #blackwomendobreastfeed #queensmilk #breastfeeding #breastmilk #liquidgold #chocolatemilk #eatlocal #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula  #birthworker #mydarlingdoula

#Repost @mydarlingdoula (@get_repost)
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The egg that created you was formed inside of your mother's fetus, while she was inside you grandmother's womb.🙌🙏❤️ When you take care of yourself you take care of your ancestors and your descendants. You are the living embodiment of both in the present moment.
#MindfulnessMonday #selfcarematters #epigenetics #legacy #biology #dna #sacredroots #sacredbody #divinefeminine #blessedbe #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #holisticdoula #doula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #birthworker #mydarlingdoula

The egg that created you was formed inside of your mother's fetus, while she was inside you grandmother's womb.🙌🙏❤️ When you take care of yourself you take care of your ancestors and your descendants. You are the living embodiment of both in the present moment.
#MindfulnessMonday #selfcarematters #epigenetics #legacy #wombman #biology #dna #sacredroots #sacredbody #divinefeminine #blessedbe #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #holisticdoula #doula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #birthworker #mydarlingdoula

Charlotte, NC mamas! @Regrann from @mydarlingdoula - In the spirit of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek (8/25-8/31), My Darling Doula will host a series of mini photo shoots, to promote visibility, awareness, and education within the black community, around the benefits of #breastfeeding.

Are you a nursing person of color, in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC), who would like to participate in this project? Email us for more details at mydarlingdoula@gmail.com. All ages and gender expressions welcome.
www.mydarlingdoula.com
#breastfeeding #BBW17 #betonblack #birthworker #blackwomendobreastfeed #blackwomen #liquidgold #firstfoods #eatlocal #breastfeedingwhileblack #blackdoula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #doulaofcolor #blackdoula #liberiandoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placentaspecialist #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Queen City, look up! @mydarlingdoula is setting up #BBW17 photo sessions in Charlotte now. ・・・
In the spirit of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek (8/25-8/31), My Darling Doula will host a series of mini photo shoots, to promote visibility, awareness, and education within the black community, around the benefits of #breastfeeding.

Are you a nursing person of color, in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC), who would like to participate in this project? Email us for more details at mydarlingdoula@gmail.com. All ages and gender expressions welcome.
www.mydarlingdoula.com
#breastfeeding #BBW2017 #birthworker #blackwomendobreastfeed #blackwomen #liquidgold #firstfoods #eatlocal #breastfeedingwhileblack #blackdoula #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #doulaofcolor #blackdoula #liberiandoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placentaspecialist #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

even if your baby is 'bout grown... All of this. Thank you @mydarlingdoula
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Midmorning love notes for a new mama... You are not a problem to be solved. There is no need to waste your time on self doubt and fear... you already have everything you need, to do what you came here to do.

I'm simply here to hold the space, be the helper, and the reminder of the innate wisdom of your body. I'll hold up the lantern when you veer off the path.
May you trust your truth before any one else's expectations... You can do this! ❤️
#affirmations #work #ThoughtsArePrayers #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #4thtrimester #birthworker #mydarlingdoula

Midmorning love notes for a new mama... You are not a problem to be solved. There is no need to waste your time on self doubt and fear... you already have everything you need, to do what you came here to do.

I'm simply here to hold the space, be the helper, and the reminder of the innate wisdom of your body. I'll hold up the lantern when you veer off the path.
May you trust your truth before any one else's expectations... You can do this! ❤️
#affirmations #work #ThoughtsArePrayers #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #ItTakesAVillage #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #postpartumdoula #holisticdoula #4thtrimester #birthworker #mydarlingdoula

I woke up feeling FULL after my weekend long, #Midwifery skills lab. I'm a bit overwhelmed, but still smiling at the idea that one day soon, I'll be able to serve my community as a #Midwife.😊
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #dreamingwideawake #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #birthmatters #birthworker holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placentaspecialist #placenta #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #futuremidwife

My firsts baby girl of the year, turned10 days old today.❤️❤️ Baby Riley entered this world weighing 9lbs 14oz... strong and sweet just like her mama.😍😍 How blissed and fortunate I am, to be able to witness miracles for a living... from the unique flow of birth to the emergence of a  new mother... a new family, and the constant unfolding of love and admiration, as they become acquainted with each other. 'Tis like a dream. 😊
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#iwitnessmiraclesforaliving #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #theartofgivingbirth #birthsomethingbeautiful #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placenta #placentaspecialist #sacredplacenta #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

This umbilical cord keepsake beautifully captures the blood vessels within the cord. #DidYouKnow that Inside the human umbilical cord are two arteries and one vein.  The vein carries oxygenated blood from the #placenta to the baby, and the arteries carry waste products and deoxygenated blood away from the baby, back to the placenta.  Fetal circulation is very complex and involves an opening between the two sides of the heart, and mixing of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood.  In the first moments after birth, an enormous physiological shift happens in the baby, the umbilical cord, and the placenta in order to ensure a baby breathes, exchanges gases, and circulates blood on its own for the first time.  Part of that shift involves Wharton’s Jelly.  #WhartonsJelly is a clear, mucous tissue that insulates and protects the umbilical arteries and vein.  When exposed to the cooler temperatures outside the mother’s body, Wharton’s Jelly will collapse the venous structures within the cord, physiologically clamping it within 5 to 20 minutes after birth (Wharton’s Jelly and Umbilical Cord, Postnatal Occlusion). #theartofgivingbirth #birthsomethingbeautiful #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #welcomingcommitteeoflife #peacebeginswithbirth #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #placenta #placentaspecialist #sacredplacenta #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Taking a quick break in between processing a placenta, to read this beautiful magazine that I was featured in. Thank you @b2btribe for this amazing opportunity, to spread the word about my love and passion. I'm so grateful and honored and blessed to be able to do the work I was born to do.❤️👑
#alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #BirthMatters #findyourtribe #sacreddoula #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula #peacebeginswithbirth #birthworker #postpartumdoula #placentaspecialist #birthsomethingbeautiful

BIRTHING WHILE BLACK: Holistic Childbirth (In)Equity.
If you're in Charlotte, join me tomorrow (4/29), at the @1stannualyonifest. We'll delve into the side effects of being pregnant and black in America, and how to make decisions that will positively affect your birth outcome.

You are the path... You are the answer... You are the anecdote... Ticket sales end tonight!!! Purchase your tickets TODAY at www.ashaktiwellness.eventbrite.com

#WeAreTheOnesWeveBeenWaitingFor #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #BirthIsARiteOfPassage #BirthMatters #BirthingWhileBlack #BlackMamasMatter #BlackBabiesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #PeaceBeginsWithBirth #birthsomethingbeautiful #charlottedoula #holisticdoula #mydarlingdoula

#happyearthday This is my favorite day 🌳🌴🌱🌿☘️🍀🌺🌸🌕🌖🌚🌜🌛🌞🌝🌈🌊💧💦☃️⛄️ #Repost @mydarlingdoula with
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The word ‘mother’ holds great power. It evokes memories of the women who gave us life, nurtured us as infants and helped mold us into who we are today. The Earth is the ultimate mother; an astounding planet that has since time, supported and sustained life in myriad forms. As humans, we outgrow the need for constant maternal care. But we can never outgrow our reliance on Mother Earth. As long as we live, we need air, water, fertile soil and the countless other gifts this planet bestows. #HappyEarthDay #TheGreatMother #MotherEarth #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #earthday #SacredBirth #holycommunion #HolisticDoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

The word ‘mother’ holds great power. It evokes memories of the women who gave us life, nurtured us as infants and helped mold us into who we are today. The Earth is the ultimate mother; an astounding planet that has since time, supported and sustained life in myriad forms. As humans, we outgrow the need for constant maternal care. But we can never outgrow our reliance on Mother Earth. As long as we live, we need air, water, fertile soil and the countless other gifts this planet bestows.🌱🌻🌹🌺🐛🐝🐞🐳🐣🌍 #HappyEarthDay #TheGreatMother #MotherEarth #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #earthday #SacredBirth #holycommunion #HolisticDoula #charlottedoula #mydarlingdoula

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility. I affirm the rights and dignity of everyone who can become pregnant, experience a pregnancy loss, or give birth. Our movement for reproductive justice is stronger when we celebrate the beautiful complexity of our identities. #DoulasForAllGenders #TransBirthMatters #transvisibilityawarenessday #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #birthmatters #findyourtribe #HolisticDoula #peacebeginswithbirth #charlottedoula #MyDarlingDoula

A darling past client posted this on the first day of #worlddoulaweek, and it means so much to me. It's such an honor to hold space for women as they birth not only their babies earth side, but also birth a new version of themselves. I'm closing out #worlddoulaweek full of gratitude, to be able to walk this sacred journey with countless families. 👪❤
#doulasbenefiteveryone #alwaysoncall #alwaysonpurpose #birthworker #doula #holisticdoula #charlottedoula #birth #birthmatters #peacebeginswithbirth #mydarlingdoula

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