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Traveling with Baby: How to Prevent Baby from Crying on an Airplane

The idea of a long trip with your little one can be daunting. The professional postpartum doulas at No Barriers Birth compiled a list of solutions for infant discomfort during travel, so that you can feel confident and prepared!


Preventing Crying on the Plane

1. Relieve Ear Pressure  Just like adults can alleviate pressure in their ears by chewing gum, babies also find relief in sucking and swallowing. Since turbulence may make breastfeeding difficult or dangerous, you might want to have a pacifier or bottle on hand. Tylenol given a half-hour before take-off and again before landing can also prevent pain (and screaming).

2. Prevent Overfeeding  While feeding may soothe baby, feeding more than you normally would can cause painful bloating. Atmospheric pressure actually creates more air in your tummy, so substitute pacifiers and teething rings if baby is full and needs something calming.

3. Avoid sedatives Medications meant to make baby sleep often backfire and make your child overtired and irritable or even hyperactive. Instead bring a few new toys that baby has never seen for a nice distraction, or even headphones and calm music.

4. Temperature Planes can be freezing! A familiar blanket that smells like Mom or Dad can be a lifesaver.

Helpful Travel Tips

5. Avoid over-packing  You can purchase packs of diapers, wipes, and formula when you reach your destination. For your travel day, it’s best to pack about one diaper for every hour of travel and possible delays (you certainly don’t want to run out at 30,000 feet!)

6. And if all else fails, do not let the haters get you down! Solicit the help of a flight attendant if someone is bothering you or making you upset. You deserve support, not judgment!

How Your Postpartum Doula Helps You Travel

  • Handling the details: She will make sure that nothing is left behind, from a car sun shade for shielding baby to resealable bags for dirty clothes and bibs. She will find the mother’s lounge at the airport and make sure a crib is set up in the hotel room, taking all of that worry off of your shoulders.
  • Dealing with the TSA: Have no fear when it comes to bringing breastmilk on a plane or transporting your stroller—your doula will double-check all of the rules and standards before you even book the flight. It will also be such a relief to have your doula’s extra set of hands to cart everything through the airport!
  • Taking care of yourself: Want to go on an outing with your family but baby needs a nap? Let holiday time be as restful, fun, and stress-free as possible by bringing your postpartum doula with you. Just like she does at home, she will enhance your experience, and make sure that you don’t miss out on anything!

-Blog post authored by Sally Stratmann, A professional Postpartum Doula at No Barriers Birth



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Why? Because Mistakes Do Happen

placenta-bags-mixed-up-safetyWhy do we encapsulate in our clients home? Why do we provide our clients with everything they need to safely transport their own placenta? Why would we never, ever, ever take a placenta out of our client’s possession? Two reasons:

1. Mistakes happen.

One happened yesterday to a new mom (not our client) who entrusted her health and safety to a service provider who did not uphold the safest possible standards.

A mix up. Two containers resting on the counter. They look identical.

One is snatched up for a quick front-porch drop off at this newly postpartum woman’s home.

Only after taking several pills did this mom realize that they might not belong to her. And it was confirmed. She ingested another person’s organ.

Only after reaching out to the person who did the encapsulation did the service provider realize her other client also received the wrong pills.

Two mothers. Two newborn babies. Two huge questions:

Have I or my baby been exposed to something dangerous? Can I trust that these replacement pills are actually mine?”

No new mother should have to ask these questions during an already stressful time.

2. Your safety comes before our convenience. Every time.

Sure, I suppose that some encapsulators prefer to put your placenta on the stove while enjoying the convenience of simultaneously preparing a salad and chuck roast for dinner, or while stepping outside to bathe their dog, or even while prepping another client’s placenta over in the sink, or “insert productive tasks here” which one might be able to accomplish when placentas are processed in the encapsulator’s home. Maybe they don’t do those things. Hopefully not. But the truth is, mistakes do happen.

We have the ability to enact a protocol in our industry that eliminates this problem: client keeps placenta in her possession. Period. It’s quite simple really, and yet in our unregulated industry of placenta encapsulation, this faces much resistance from many encapsulators. Policies like “I always label the containers,” or “I don’t start the second placenta until I finish the first one” still leave room for human error. And good intentions aren’t good enough when it comes to exposure to blood borne pathogens.

When performing this service outside of the client’s home, any self-imposed procedural safeguards are not enough when an accident occurs, which obviously, they do occur. It is unacceptable that recklessness has increased this mother’s stress level during an already overwhelming time of bringing home a new baby. I can’t imagine that “good intentions” are good enough to any mother that this has happened to.

Our strict policy of only encapsulating in the clients home gives our undivided attention to our client and to her placenta, regardless of the extra miles or time that may be required of our Postpartum Placenta Specialists. It is absolutely the safest possible location for us to encapsulate your placenta and on your safety, we will make no compromise.



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5 Things I Know About Postpartum Recovery


Our friend Katie Fleming, The Lake Country Doula, partnered with us this week as guest blogger! Out of her postpartum experiences and her lovely quick wit, she has 5 fabulous tips to offer you.


Congratulations! You’ve just had your baby and your sore back and swollen feet are gone for good!

Let’s get real. The immediate postpartum period can leave you feeling both like a goddess and a train wreck in the same 5 minutes.  I’ve been blessed with two little ones myself, and here are 5 things I know about postpartum recovery…

5. There’s always something they didn’t tell you.

Our sisters, our friends, our mothers… Maybe they didn’t tell you that your feet can swell even more in the days after childbirth. Maybe they didn’t tell you that yes, you will need to wear a pad thicker than your newborn’s diaper. Or maybe they didn’t tell you your boobs can not only leak, but straight up SPRAY when they are full.

The truth about postpartum recovery is that everyone learns something new about themselves, their body, or how things are different than they expected. We all find out very quickly how important it is to keep an extra shirt handy, for example.

4. Sleep is CRUCIAL!

Life with a newborn is exhausting. They eat all. the. time. About 6 days in when exhaustion really hits, you regret every tantrum that 5-year-old-you threw when you were told to take a nap. Sleep is just that important. Everyone always says “sleep when the baby sleeps” but for those first few days and weeks, that seems impossible. You have a new baby and they need you to stare at their tiny precious eyelids, right? Well, one mother to another, for the sake of your sanity, take a nap! Your body will thank you.

3. You only get the help you ask for.

For the first 2-3 days of your baby’s life, chances are you will be visited a lot. Folks will will come with balloons, flowers, and gifts for the little one. They will want to hold the baby, ask personal questions about your birth, politely ask if you need anything, and then head back to their non-newborn-having lives.

It’s hard to ask for help. Everyone wants to feel like they are on top of things during this challenging time, but I’m here to tell you, that YES, YOU CAN AND SHOULD ask for help. Ask for those dishes to disappear! Ask for a meal! Most people want to help you – sometimes they just need some direction.

2. “Opinions are like….”

You know the saying. There is never a time in a person’s life when they receive more unsolicited advice and opinions than when a baby is born. All of a sudden you will be told things like “breast is best!” or “don’t hold the baby too much or you’ll spoil him!”

Being constantly bombarded by everyone’s opinions can leave you questioning your abilities and your sanity. Remember – just because someone has an opinion doesn’t mean you need to make it yours! Including how you choose to recover from your birth.

1. YOU are important.

I remember being newly postpartum with my first baby. Everything he did was the most important thing in the world to me. He peed? He opened his eyes? He squeaked in his sleep? All important. He might want to nurse in 20 minutes? Important. I better not go enjoy a walk by myself in case he wakes up.

I remember feeling like an alien. It took a long time to feel like a person again. By the time my second came it really clicked. I realized: yes, this baby is very important. But so am I. When my needs for rest, self-care, exercise, food, and social time were met, I could better take care of my family.

Wherever you are on your postpartum journey, YOU ARE IMPORTANT. You are incredible. You are worth it.

If there is ever a moment when you begin to question whether or not you are important, reach out to the No Barriers Birth team. Their postpartum doulas will be there with you every step of the way to:

5. Tell you all the things you want to know

4. Help you get some sleep

3. Give you the help you need

2. Keep their private opinions to themselves

1. Treat you like the VIP that you are!

Katie Fleming is the owner of The Lake Country Doula in Hartland, Wisconsin. She is the mother of Liam (5) and Lyra (4). She enjoys cleaning up the same messes she cleaned up yesterday, making tasty food, and singing songs from Daniel Tiger.

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