at Portland, Portland, 97219 United States
My postpartum doula role is to aid families physically and emotionally after birth. My principle is that all people deserve compassion, care, and support.
Providing experienced nurturing and loving Postpartum Doula care and breast feeding support for you and your baby/babies; singles, premature, multiples, trauma survivors, and perinatal and anxiety mood disorders. My approach is to support using non-judgement and evidence based information and care for them through life transitions. Who I am: In 2010, Emily Lovejoy provided full time holistic infant and toddler support for several babies. Starting out as a private nanny, she introduced families and cared for their children simultaneously. From 2012 to 2014, she worked in infant, toddler, and preschool accredited schools as a lead teacher. Later in 2014, she was professionally trained as a Postpartum Doula. Through the years, Emily has worked with hundreds of babies. Providing compassionate, respectful support, and professional care to families. Education: B.A. Art Education, Post B.A. Family Psychology, Associates in Childhood Development, Postpartum Doula trained by Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association Experience: 4 years full time infant specialist Other Qualifications: Provides family based infant care, Infant feeding specialist, Current with First Aid, CPR, Infant CPR, OR Food Handling certified, Registered OR Criminal Background, and immunizations. Interests: Art, exercise, healthy cooking, traveling, friends & family. Why I'm here: As a Postpartum Doula I support all families decisions, reproductive choices, pregnancy support, birth choices, and family lifestyle. My role is to help families physically and emotionally after birth. My principle is that all people deserve compassion, care, and support.
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There's a bit of a mixed message about sunscreen for babies under six months. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Skin Cancer Foundation, and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) all recommend that you hold off on applying sunscreen until baby is 6 months old. Sunscreen hasn't been tested on babies younger than this age, and it is simply not known whether it's harmful or helpful. But the AAP and the AAD add that if for some reason you can't keep your baby out of the sun or well-covered, then sunscreen should be applied. However, the chemicals in sunscreens are likely to be absorbed more quickly through the skin and into the bloodstream in babies than in children or adults. "They're a smaller package," explains Maribeth Chitkara, M.D., a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation and a pediatrician. "If you measure the area of their body surface and compare it to what they weigh, that ratio is much higher in a baby. This means they have a higher risk of absorbing more chemicals." What's more, a baby's sensitive skin is more likely to react to the ingredients in sunscreens. Finally, experts agree that babies shouldn't be in direct sun long enough to need sunscreen in the first place.
Baby care products are usually marketed as “safe” and “gentle,” but many are not. Commercial baby shampoo, soap, lotion, and baby oil often contain unnatural ingredients that are harsh and many times, toxic. Research shows what we put onto the skin goes into the skin and then to the bloodstream. This makes careful selection of baby products a high priority for many parents. Although there are natural choices available, finding them can be an arduous task (since many products labeled “natural” are really not). And once we do track them down, the cost can be prohibitive. The solution: make your own! Most natural baby care products are quick and easy to make. Truly. Below are five homemade, natural baby care solutions that will save you time and money (and give you peace of mind): 1. Coconut Oil – A Cure All (Almost) Nicole has already shared the wonders of coconut oil, and I have to agree: it is amazing. If there is one item I would encourage parents to buy, this would be it. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer, massage oil, and diaper rash cream. It is also helpful in removing cradle cap (instructions below). 2. Baby Oil Regular baby oil is nothing more than mineral oil (also known as liquid petroleum). It is produced when petroleum, from crude oil, is distilled. I don’t feel comfortable applying this to the skin of my sweet newborn, and I know many of you share my concern. Olive, coconut, and sweet almond oil are great replacements. Not only are they gentle and safe, they actually nourish the skin (something liquid petroleum does not do). If you would like a little added fragrance, try making the following massage oil. It takes less than five minutes to put together and is perfect for a relaxing baby massage after a bath or before bed. (It would also be a wonderful baby shower gift.) Recipe: Sweet Dreams Massage Oil for Baby (Adapted from Herbal Crafts by Jessie Hawkins) Makes 2 ounces 1 tablespoon apricot kernel oil (available at most health food stores) ½ tablespoon olive oil ½ tablespoon coconut oil (melt over low heat if solid) 5 to 10 drops lavender essential oil (Babies can be very sensitive to smell. Start with a few drops of essential oil and increase the amount one drop at a time, watching to see how your child responds, or use unscented if concerned.) To Make: Measure all ingredients into a clean bowl and stir to combine. Pour into a 2-ounce glass bottle. Or, measure directly into the bottle, cap tightly and shake to blend. (This is a great opportunity to re-purpose any small glass bottles you have saved from herbal formulas, vanilla extract, spices, and so on.) 3. Diaper Rash Cream As previously mentioned, coconut oil is a good substitute for commercial diaper rash cream. If the diaper rash is not healing with coconut oil, try Calendula Salve. Calendula is known for its calming, anti-inflammatory properties and is generally thought to be an excellent skin healer. Keeping calendula salve on hand will benefit the whole family as it is excellent for treating cuts, scrapes, stings, burns, chapped lips, and rashes! Making a salve involves a few basic steps: steeping, straining, melting, and pouring. You can find full instructions here. 4. Cradle Cap Treatment Rub sesame, coconut, or olive oil on baby’s scalp and leave for a few hours. Shampoo off with a mild baby shampoo or diluted Castile soap. Scratch the scalp with your fingers or use a baby comb to remove the softened flakes as you shampoo. Repeat as needed. Another simple treatment is to fill a small sock or muslin tea bag with a handful of oats. Close tightly with a rubber band and run the sock under water until damp. Rub over baby’s scalp until the oats are milky and make a slight lather. This helps soften the cradle cap which can then be brushed out with a fine-toothed comb. (This idea comes from Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm, which I highly recommend.) 5. Baby Shampoo Newborns don’t need shampoo, even if they have a lot of hair. As a general practice, I don’t recommend shampoo or baby wash until six months old (or older). If you feel some shampoo is needed, use a little diluted Castile soap. Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap is a good choice. For ease of use, measure a small amount (a few tablespoons) into an empty foaming soap pump and fill the rest with water. Add a drop or two of essential oil for added fragrance, if desired. Shake to blend. Dispensing soap from the foaming pump will make it much easier to handle than the thin (and runny) diluted liquid you would have otherwise. Although this is considered safe for baby, use sparingly as it can be drying to the skin. Clean & happy baby!
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