Every family that has the Shore Grace Experience will walk away feeling Confident and Comfortable in their new parenting roles, and ready for success with their family dynamics.
All of our clients can expect to be met with love and encouragement. Our professional staff is here to help guide and support you in accomplishing all of your family's goals.
From welcoming a new baby to rediscovering who you are outside of motherhood ; we want to extend the gift of Grace to you and your family.
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We are so honored to be able to serve your family during such an intimate time in your lives that we don't want that to end with the birth of your baby. We will gladly support you down the road with any questions you might have about yourself and or your new baby.
This is a time for us to meet, discuss our services, explore your reasons for wanting a doula, and determine if we are the right doulas for you and your family.
A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care, so these meetings are focused on getting to know each other, having open discussions, and building our support team. We discuss your concerns and birth preferences, look at evidence based information, create a personalized birth plan (if desired), review labor positions and comfort measures, discuss your previous birth experience (if you’ve had one), and anything else you might want to explore.
When you reach out, we promptly reply during business hours. It’s so simple but so important to know that compassionate and knowledgable doulas are just a phone call away.
We are active in the community and have established relationships with many professionals throughout the Eastern Shore area. We give families access to a network of resources to meet their needs.
Beginning at 38 weeks in your pregnancy, we are officially on-call for you. This means that we don’t leave town, our cell phones are on us at all times, and we answer our phones 24 hours a day. If there is reason to believe that you might go into labor before 38 weeks (e.g., you did with your first pregnancy, you’re having twins, and or you’re in a high risk category), we can easily make arrangements to meet your needs.
Not everybody needs or wants this service, but for those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible, our presence can be reassuring. Our Doulas are knowledgeable about the labor process and help keep things calm so that you can feel safe and secure. We also can assist with identifying key tips to help you determine when it’s time to transition to the hospital.
If desired, and when we’re not needed in other ways, we’re happy to take photos or home videos during labor, birth, and/or just after your baby is born so that you can have visual memories of this incredible moment in your lives.
After your baby is born, we stay with you for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, and celebrate the birth of your new love.
Once you’re home from the hospital or birth center and are nesting in with your baby, we will come to your house to offer transitional support focused on processing the birth experience, assisting with breastfeeding, answering newborn care questions, discussing your transition into parenthood, or whatever else you’re wanting to check in about.
- love and grace
A postpartum doula provides evidence based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.
By demonstrating safe, AAP (American Association of Pediatrics) - approved practices, doulas assist parents during their transition in getting to know their baby and tending to his/her needs.
Here at Shore Grace, We want to empower parents so that they are confident and comfortable in their parenting roles.
• Daily compassionate care
• Provide valuable stability during overnights to support mom with feedings, bring snacks and drinks during feedings, change diapers, put baby back to sleep, and make sure the whole family gets much needed rest. Our postpartum doulas can completely handle overnight newborn care if desired.
• Prioritize mom's emotional and physical recovery from birth
• Help facilitate parent–infant bonding during the vulnerable newborn transition
• Explain, encourage and provide hands-on techniques for effective infant soothing
• Unbiased support with feedings at the breast or bottle
• Help ease sibling transition with new baby
• Emotional support and stability as the whole family adjusts to their new normal
• Baby laundry and light errands
• Meal planning, preparation and light housekeeping,
• Help establish new routine for moms that are going back to work after maternity leave
Let's be honest, being a mom isn't easy. Adjusting to motherhood is one of the biggest transitions women experience. Not only is this transition physically exhausting, it can also be emotionally draining as well.
Unfortunately, women often don’t feel comfortable sharing experiences that are outside the happiness that is portrayed by other mothers and social media outlets.
If you are experiencing both highs and lows, you are not alone. These feelings are not a reflection of who you are as a person or mother.
Pretending that everything is okay when it really isn't gets overwhelming and isolating. Hiding your feelings from others in order maintain an illusion that you "have it all together" can cause even deeper feelings of shame and inadequacy.
Let us help you take the first step in your healing process.
We can provide you with support from a professional counselor specializing in the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women. We provide in-home and office based services for pregnant women and mothers located on the Eastern Shore of MD. It is our passion to provide our clients with the same love and grace we see them so selflessly give to others in their lives.
Many mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or OCD often stem from an unacknowledged trauma. For trauma survivors receiving counseling can often seem intimidating. We can provide you with an experienced counselor who can help you gain the courage and confidence you need to help process feelings from past trauma. In addition to trauma recovery, we also provide support in grief counseling. The loss of a loved one or a pregnancy can often be difficult to handle and it can manifest itself in many forms. Our grief counselors will meet you where you are in your healing process and help navigate you through your road to recovery.
Whether planned or unplanned, a pregnancy or adding a new child to a family can permanently change a family’s dynamic. With this change sometimes comes many emotions that can range from excitement, fear, happiness, confusion, to disappointment and anger.
Parents often have expectations of what their post-baby life will be like. When these expectations are not met or communicated effectively, this can lead to martial turmoil.
We help prepare couples for the inevitable lifestyle changes that accompany a newborn, while also maintaining strength and intimacy in their marriage.
We help people who want to improve chronic health issues feel better, and become the healthiest version of themselves.
Perhaps you’ve been wanting to get healthier, but you don’t know how to take the first step? Maybe you would like to discover what foods you should be eating and receive personalized attention dedicated to improving your health & lifestyle?
With so much conflicting information about health and nutrition out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. We are here to help you navigate through all the do’s and don’ts.
If you think consulting with a health coach means deprivation and dieting, you’ve got it all wrong! When given the right foods, the body has an amazing ability to heal and rebalance. Our holistic approach goes beyond nutrition to address the whole person, and we determine the underlying causes of your health conditions rather than simply addressing the symptoms.
Our consultation goes deeper than improving your diet. We walk you through addressing other aspects of your life that can also affect your eating habits and your lifestyle including sleep, exercise, and sources of stress. We want you to be the best version of yourself and we are excited to walk alongside you in your journey.
Shore Grace offers comprehensive, evidence-based lactation care in a supportive and non-judgmental manner to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals
Our Breastfeeding Specialists and IBCLCs take the time to listen, and then gently guide new moms to achieve their breastfeeding goals. During the consult, a full assessment of mother and baby is completed. Before nursing, the baby is put on a pediatric scale for an accurate weight check. While mom is breastfeeding the baby, we compassionately guide mom and baby to make them both as comfortable as possible. Before your visit is over, we can help write and discuss a personalized care plan with complete instructions. Moms are always welcome and encouraged to contact via phone or email after consultations to make modifications to their care plan if necessary.
To make it easier and more comfortable for new moms, we encourage in-home lactation consultation.
During your prenatal consultation, a detailed breastfeeding history and maternal breast and health assessment will be done to identify risk factors and conditions that may impact breastfeeding. You will receive education on the effects of labor and delivery interventions, as well as intrapartum and postpartum procedures and medications. Ideally, the prenatal consultation should occur at least 4 weeks before the expected arrival of your baby. Anyone who is planning on breastfeeding can benefit from a prenatal consultation and it is particularly important for those with risk factors.
Risk factors can include but are not limited to:
•Multiples or premature births
•Inverted or flat nipples
•Prior breast surgery or procedures
•Previous breastfeeding difficulties
During your postnatal consultation, a detailed breastfeeding history, maternal breast and health assessment, and infant oral and health assessment will be done to identify areas of concern. Positioning, latch, suckling pattern and milk transfer will be evaluated. You will learn how to establish a healthy milk supply and a personalized feeding plan will be created.
Assistance with breastfeeding tools and alternative feeding methods:
•Paced bottle feeds
•Finger, cup and syringe feeding
Guidance with returning to school/work:
•Selection of breast pump for your individual needs
•Assistance with breast pump
•Individualized return to work/school pumping plan
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. It is also beneficial on an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual level. Reiki is used frequently for anxiety, relaxation, well-being, self-esteem, and for faster recovery from illness or injury. The Reiki energy goes where it is most needed in the client’s body and brings balance and harmony to the entire system.
Reiki has been known to help women with infertility as well. It is important when looking to conceive to address any mental blocks such as memories, fears or beliefs about parenthood or ourselves that may be underlying.
Western medicine doctors evaluate things like measurements of hormone levels, follicle development, or abnormalities while exploring infertility. While Reiki cannot pin point specific patterns in a woman's energy field that has fertility issues, it can however work with chakras that are blocked and restore the energy to those areas.
Reiki can be used throughout a woman's cycle to support the growth of follicles and uterine lining, recruitment of healthy eggs, the fertilization of eggs and assisting the embryo to implant in the uterine lining. Reiki also provides emotional and mental balance, helping the mother to be more positive in the process. It is beneficial if Reiki begins as soon as conception is considered. This will give time for the energy field to be repaired, cleared and strengthened, promoting balance within to conceive by putting your body back in balance, be it physical, mental or emotional. By improving overall health, it can improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Placenta encapsulation and other methods of placenta consumption have proven to be beneficial to women in the postpartum stage. Your placenta is grown specifically for giving life to your baby. The same hormones and nutrients that help grow your healthy baby are especially beneficial for the postpartum momma by helping her heal after birth.
Traditionally placenta capsules are used to help:
* balance your hormones
* enhance milk supply
* increase your energy
* recover more quickly from birth
* bring the body back into balance
* possibly prevent the "baby blues"
* shorten postpartum bleeding
* assist the uterus to return to size
Women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional shifts and enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery. Women, and their families, notice a marked improvement in overall feelings of happiness and well-being when taking placenta capsules.
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