How to Get Through Your Baby’s NICU Stay and Stay Sane- An Interview With Emily West

Having a baby or babies in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) can be a very difficult time for new parents. There are times when it is expected that a stay in the NICU will occur but even then it is not easy. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Emily West, a local Overland Park mom, whose … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHow to Get Through Your Baby’s NICU Stay and Stay Sane- An Interview With Emily West

Postpartum Doulas Do That

At least three times a week my mom comes to my house to hang out, clean my kitchen, and help wrangle my toddler. She doesn’t clean my kitchen because she enjoys it or because I really dislike cleaning my own house.  She does it because she knows it benefits my mental health to focus less on my kitchen and focus … Read More

Heidi ShulistaPostpartum Doulas Do That

If Only I Had A Doula When I Got Married

I was young when I got married, 21 by not even 2 months to be exact. None of my friends were getting married. They were all still partying and working towards an advanced degree or getting started in the ideal career. I was alone when it came to my peers. I was the first. I was sort of used to … Read More

Heidi ShulistaIf Only I Had A Doula When I Got Married

I Didn’t Have Depression So I Didn’t Think I Needed a Postpartum Doula (was I ever wrong)

Now you’re home with your new baby. You adore her or him and want to spend every waking second looking at this new little person that resides now, in your home. Every wrinkle and crease of skin and every puffy dimple accounted for, and well documented. You’ve memorized each look from milk drunk to sad quivering chin. All the diapers … Read More

Heidi ShulistaI Didn’t Have Depression So I Didn’t Think I Needed a Postpartum Doula (was I ever wrong)

How Will I Survive After Having a Baby?

Bringing a baby home is one of the most joyous, exciting, and fulfilling times in our lives. It can also be one sought with fear, anxiety, intimidation and uneasiness. It can be downright overwhelming. There aren’t too many sympathizers either even though most people have been through it. A common statement I hear among our clients and their friends and families … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHow Will I Survive After Having a Baby?

Why We Foster Relationships With Your Doctor, Midwife, and Nurse

It is true that as a doula we work for you, and not your doctor, midwife, nurse, hospital or birthing center. You sit down with the doula, get to know her, decide whether you can be completely open and uninhibited in front of her. You begin picturing the doula at your birth. You start to envision her breathing each breath … Read More

Heidi ShulistaWhy We Foster Relationships With Your Doctor, Midwife, and Nurse

To All The Dads, Daddies, and Fathers Out There

Aw, man! Dadss have such a special place in my heart! I love working with Dads. Here is a shout out to all the Dads out there that have ever: 1) Painted your wife or significant other’s toenails for her when she could no longer reach them herself, and never gave it a second thought. 2) Held her hair back … Read More

Heidi ShulistaTo All The Dads, Daddies, and Fathers Out There

How Kansas City Doulas Work With Health Care Providers

It is true that as a doula we work for you, and not the health care provider. You sit down with the doulas, get to know them, decide whether you can be completely uninhibited in front of her. You begin picturing the doulas at your birth. You start to envision her breathing each breath with you. You feel her hands … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHow Kansas City Doulas Work With Health Care Providers

Pregnancy Makes You Fart ?!

Pregnancy Makes You Fart?!?! When I was pregnant, I farted. No I mean I really farted. I farted ALL the time. Prior to pregnancy, I thought I would die of spontaneous human combustion before I would ever let a scented sound come out of my rear end in front of Jerry Patterson. But then, one afternoon, when I was about 10 weeks pregnant and he was … Read More

Heidi ShulistaPregnancy Makes You Fart ?!

Navigating the Postpartum Marriage

You’re in love–like, this person totally rocks your world. You can’t imagine your life without them–yeah, you could survive, but you want nothing more than to do it with them by your side. You are totally committed, in it for the long haul. You picture both of your wrinkled, sun-spotted hands entwined while you gently rock on that porch swing … Read More

Heidi ShulistaNavigating the Postpartum Marriage