MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH
Midwives are Awesome
Midwives have the ability to play an important role in the birthing process. They have many different skills and abilities that allow them to help bring babies into the world.
Issues in Maternal Child Health
There is a dire need for more focus to be given to issues in Maternal Child Health as it relates to black women. Black women are more likely to have higher incidences of Maternal Mortality than other races of women.
One of the biggest tips that I hear moms share with each other when it comes to caring for our babies is to always have clean clothes! Babies spit up, poopie and wet on them, and not to mention drool! These things happen and it is life for our little precious ones.
Coping with Postpartum Stress
Postpartum stress can derail a mother's well planned day. Taking care of baby while daddy is at work can often feel overwhelming, especially when baby cannot be consoled. Call a friend to assist so you can take a break. Don't go it alone. You need just as much care as your baby.
FAMILY & HOME
Planning For BabyPlanning for your baby is such an exciting time! Making sure you position yourself to be able to function from day to day is very important. It’s not easy to predict how each moment will...
When Mom is Frazzled, Everybody is Frazzled!Mothers are the individuals who “make it happen in the home.” We take the kids to school, cook, clean, discipline, help kids complete homework, bake cupcakes, volunteer, schedule appointments, take the kids to participate in...
What Can I do During Pregnancy?This is a time to make sure that you are getting all of the prenatal education and medical attention required. Going to a childbirth class will give you lots of information about what goes on...
Have You Thought About Breastfeeding?Having a postpartum doula can be a positive experience for the breastfeeding mother and her family. The postpartum doula can assist with breastfeeding, meal preparation, newborn care, and help with siblings, etc. It would be...
Influence and Breastfeeding for Black WomenBlack women seem to face many different hurdles when it comes to breastfeeding. One of these hurdles is the opinions of their friends and family members. About two years ago, I had a young mom...
The Case for Articles that Focus on Breastfeeding in the Black CommunityThere is a shortage of articles that give us valuable insight into what is going on with breastfeeding in the black community. Sometimes we just do not have many people who have the desire to...
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ABOUT TANGELA L. BOYD
Dr. Tangela L. Boyd is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), Certified Childbirth Educator (CCCE), and Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD) who has a passion for working with breastfeeding mothers. She also is a member of Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA), and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). Tangela has a PhD in Ethical and Creative Leadership and a Master of Arts degree in Health and Wellness with a concentration in Human Lactation. Tangela is certified in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR as an Instructor. She has been working with breastfeeding mothers for the past 12 years.
Tangela’s vision is to see breastfeeding rates and perinatal education rates increase in our society, especially among women of color. With gifts of organization and time management, she desires to help working moms and stay at home moms function as stress free as possible with the many tasks placed before them on a daily basis.
Having a postpartum doula can be a very positive experience for the breastfeeding mother and her family. The postpartum doula can assist with breastfeeding, meal preparation, newborn care, and help with siblings, etc.
Making sure that your baby is immunized will help protect against childhood diseases. Many years ago, we had a high rate of infant mortality (infant death) and thanks to modern technology we are able to help fight infections that occur today.
PLANNING FOR BABY
Planning for Baby
Planning for your baby is such an exciting time! Making sure you position yourself to be able to function from day to day is very important. It’s not easy to predict how each moment will turn out with your little one, but having what you need on hand will make a big difference.
A birthing plan is information that you put together in a document that explains your desires and wishes for the birth of the baby. It is a message so to speak to those in the hospital who will be working with you to make sure you have your desired delivery (as much as possible) during labor and delivery.
A Good Time to Think about Breastfeeding
During Pregnancy is a good time to think about breastfeeding. This is the time to learn the facts about breastfeeding and how it works. Breastfeeding can be a choice that you make that will not only be a huge benefit for the baby, but a huge benefit for yourself.
Ideas for Time Management
There can be steps taken to help you organize your life while parenting. Some basic tips that can be helpful throughout every stage of parenting can be organizing for the week ahead whether or not you are a working mom or a stay at home mom.