Susie Conrad - Doula

Susie Conrad - Doula www.susieconrad.com I'm a birth, bereavement, and postpartum doula working in the Lehigh Valley, PA for The Growing Place.
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www.susieconrad.com Birth, bereavement, and postpartum services for expectant mamas. :)

This sweet boy... I was blessed to be at his big sister’s birth, and then his big brother’s birth a few years later and ...
02/08/2020

This sweet boy... I was blessed to be at his big sister’s birth, and then his big brother’s birth a few years later and now his. His mama achieved an unmedicated birth like a flipping rockstar with him, a redemption birth. I couldn’t be more happy for them. Welcome to the world, Luke!!!

That was a straight up WOO HOO birth...
02/06/2020

That was a straight up WOO HOO birth...

Abbie was thoroughly unimpressed with me... or was it the camera? 🧐😂 I got some smiles out of this sweet girl. Wonderful...
02/05/2020

Abbie was thoroughly unimpressed with me... or was it the camera? 🧐😂 I got some smiles out of this sweet girl. Wonderful postpartum visit today with Abbie, her big sister and her mama.

I wish I could go back to the OR... I’ve seen fear, a grappling to understand the switch that labor just took, the look ...
02/03/2020
Saint Thomas First in State to Add Doula OR Credentialing

I wish I could go back to the OR... I’ve seen fear, a grappling to understand the switch that labor just took, the look of unknown. It would be amazing to keep supporting clients actively even if their birth turns surgical, especially since dad usually leaves with the baby, leaving mom without a support person for the remainder of the surgery.

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is pleased to introduce a new service for expectant mothers by becoming the region’s first hospital to offer OR credentialing for doulas, allowing these highly personalized birthing coaches to accompany women

My last overnight shift with this little one...
01/27/2020

My last overnight shift with this little one...

Repeat clients hold a really special place for me.  I got to help Finn come into the world in 2017 and little miss Ella ...
01/25/2020

Repeat clients hold a really special place for me. I got to help Finn come into the world in 2017 and little miss Ella joined the crew just last week. Doula baby #33 in the books! Big brother was #10. :)

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Anna is amazing... if you are in the market for maternity photos, she’s your girl!
01/24/2020

Anna is amazing... if you are in the market for maternity photos, she’s your girl!

Are you Pregnant or know someone who is? Then this is for you! I am offering special discounted prices for a few maternity sessions booked for the month of April to July.

These sessions include the choice to wear a gown from my client closet, 10 artistically edited images, private online gallery, full print release, and the option to purchase high quality prints from a professional lab. I have a handful of gowns that fit a variety of sizes, and am always adding more.

I have availability for only 3 of these sessions for a very discounted price of $100. retainer fee of 50% is required at the time of booking.

***Must Be willing to sign a model release, and allow me to share photos on Social media.***

Squeezing in a birth while my daughter is at PreK, no big deal. 💁🏼‍♀️😂
01/13/2020

Squeezing in a birth while my daughter is at PreK, no big deal. 💁🏼‍♀️😂

I got permission to share these three with you! My time with this family has come to an end, which is bittersweet. What ...
01/06/2020

I got permission to share these three with you! My time with this family has come to an end, which is bittersweet. What a lovely family to work for. (But sleeping well woop woop! ❤️)
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Let’s be real, it was exciting and a tad intimidating agreeing to do overnight shifts with triplets. I’ve done many nights with one baby (mom of five, plus my doula work). I put my time in with twins... but THREE babies?! I didn’t know how it would go or what the nights would hold. I was blown away by the experience. 1. I did it!! 3 babies, 1 me (staggered wake times for feedings helps 😂) 2. These three are being raised by amazing parents. Their intentional and loving parenting is inspiring. I’m walking away so blessed to have had this experience. ❤️
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Lastly, how CUTE are these 3? Hazel, Cecelia, and Philip: thanks for letting me chill with you guys. It was fun.

There are big things ahead for this little lady. I can feel it. Little miss Ava, doula baby #32. 😍
01/03/2020

There are big things ahead for this little lady. I can feel it. Little miss Ava, doula baby #32. 😍

First birth of 2020 ✔️  ..#doula #doulalife #lehighvalley #birth #welcomebaby
01/02/2020

First birth of 2020 ✔️
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#doula #doulalife #lehighvalley #birth #welcomebaby

Keep those babies coming... ;)
01/01/2020

Keep those babies coming... ;)

Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to 2020!!

- 2019 POSTPARTUM WORK - I'm feeling so blessed to officially add "postpartum doula" to my repertoire this year.  In 201...
12/28/2019

- 2019 POSTPARTUM WORK -

I'm feeling so blessed to officially add "postpartum doula" to my repertoire this year. In 2019 I supported 8 families postpartum. 6 were overnight shifts and 2 were daytime.

Absolute coolest part was that I got to work with triplets. I never imagined that I would get to work with 3 babies at once.

To all my postpartum clients: thank you for welcoming me into your home and trusting me during a vulnerable time in your life: recovering from giving birth to your little one. Thank you for trusting your babies with me. I walk away from each family having been changed just a little bit more.

- 2019 BIRTH WORK -I love looking back at the year and all the families I have walked beside each calendar year.  For 20...
12/27/2019

- 2019 BIRTH WORK -

I love looking back at the year and all the families I have walked beside each calendar year. For 2019 I had:

13 birth clients

10 client births attended

1 bonus birth attended, covering for one of our doulas who had an unexpected surgery.

Participating in the miracle of birth 11 times this year.

I cover labors/birth that happen at night (Since each client gets 2 doulas at The Growing Place), pretty cool that out of 13 clients I got to attend so many births. I always hope to be the one who attends client births, and often both of us do because labors tend to take some time and cross that 7am/pm threshold.

As for boys and girls: GIRLS win this year by a land slide. In the past, boys have ALWAYS won!

What an amazing year. To each and every one of my clients, THANK YOU for allowing me into this sacred space. It was truly an honor.

Second prenatal for my January client this morning: last step before baby time! 😍  ..Prenatal.... endless last few weeks...
12/16/2019

Second prenatal for my January client this morning: last step before baby time! 😍
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Prenatal.... endless last few weeks of pregnancy.... labor and birth!

I had a shift with the triplets last night... can I just say major props to parents of multiples and especially the mama...
12/04/2019

I had a shift with the triplets last night... can I just say major props to parents of multiples and especially the mama and pop of these 3! Becoming new parents is NOT easy, becoming parents to multiples is mind boggling, and they do it with grace. I know it’s exhausting (understatement). I know it’s at times frustrating and as a new parent newborn life can be downright foreign! Yet, the amount of love and care put into these three babies is beautiful. The amount of bottles too... lots and lots and lots of bottles. 🙃😏

Mehmet says "Hi!" This little boy was brought into the world surrounded by so much love and family.  This was truly a un...
11/19/2019

Mehmet says "Hi!" This little boy was brought into the world surrounded by so much love and family. This was truly a unique and wonderful birth to be a part of!

Mehmet kicked off my September births, birth # 28. He's now officially on the birth log!

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11/19/2019

Almost a year later, FB finally approved my name change. Baby Love Birth Services served me so well, my little company grew and got busy... my heart was full, but my stress was high. I contentedly set aside Baby Love, and am so happy as a The Growing Place doula with the additional built in support and amazing doulas that I work alongside. Now my page name shows it! ;)

If your name is Emerson, you have a fierce, determined, calm, stoic, knowledgeable, kick butt mama who can rock a VBAC l...
11/15/2019

If your name is Emerson, you have a fierce, determined, calm, stoic, knowledgeable, kick butt mama who can rock a VBAC like nobody's business. For real. 2017 Emerson and 2019 Emerson, super honor to walk with both of their mamas because wow.

Tonight... triplets 👶🏼👶🏼👶🏼
11/08/2019

Tonight... triplets 👶🏼👶🏼👶🏼

Birth yesterday (I seriously have the BEST clients, like ever) ... slow, bummin’-around-catch-up day today 👍🏼
11/06/2019

Birth yesterday (I seriously have the BEST clients, like ever) ... slow, bummin’-around-catch-up day today 👍🏼

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11/04/2019

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These dilation pumpkins are the scariest thing I’ve seen all night. 🎃🙀 🤣

It was set up by midwives at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Lancashire, England as part of a pumpkin decorating competition.

10/24/2019

I had a postpartum visit with one of my September clients yesterday... it was awesome to recap, catch up, have some baby snuggles and big-sister-toddler-play, but little miss Emmie insisted “No pictures, please!” 😂😂

I'm finally updating my birth log... I'm a few babies behind!Little miss Aviva was added to the Birth Log tonight.  This...
10/22/2019

I'm finally updating my birth log... I'm a few babies behind!

Little miss Aviva was added to the Birth Log tonight. This sweet girl and her mama are amazing. - Casey Hibbs

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Mom After God's Own Heart
10/01/2019

Mom After God's Own Heart

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There are times where life just seems too busy, one thing to the next, trying to catch your breath... that’s all too eas...
09/18/2019

There are times where life just seems too busy, one thing to the next, trying to catch your breath... that’s all too easily relatable, right?

This month was not ^that^ and it allowed that slow deep breath of “this is why I do what I do” to resound. I had three births this month and let me tell you.... amazing.

One first time mom who rocked an all natural birth start to finish. Little Mehmet joined our ranks!

The second was a VBAC mom. This birth came fast and furious and my client was nothing short of astounding with so much control (SO MUCH). Emerson made her debut.

The third client was a second timer, a homebirth. Little Roula entered the world in peace, calm, and surrounded by so much love.

It was an absolute honor to witness these three births in the last few weeks. Welcome to the world sweet babies and WAY TO GO mamas!!!

Badassmotherbirther
09/17/2019

Badassmotherbirther


In this moment, he’s not interested in nursing, getting his weight checked or being measured.

He’s interested in studying mommy’s face.

Memorizing every single characteristic that makes his mother’s face.

This is his moment to gaze into your eyes and fall in love.

He’s been waiting for this moment as long as you have.

And when this moment is over, he will be able to identify your face and smell amongst a sea of people.

He will always prefer you.

Relish in this moment.

Love,
Flor Cruz
PhotoCred: MJF Birth Photography

09/14/2019

Welcome to the world, sweet girl! Doula baby # 29 💜

MamasteFit & The Doulas of Mamaste
09/10/2019

MamasteFit & The Doulas of Mamaste

What does labor look like?? Most families will have no way of telling how dilated mama is during labor without a medical provider, so how can you tell from her temperament how “in labor” she could be!

Early labor moms tend to be wondering if they’re in labor, maybe they realize they’re having contractions and are generally excited! She is typically able to have a full blown conversation even through contractions, maybe pausing a little bit during one.

Early active labor is a transitional phase where most laboring families head to the hospital too soon.

During contractions, mom is not feeling it. They’re beginning to get harder and she needs more support during them. BUT in between contractions, she can return to conversations and resume activity. She may be a bit more “breathy” in between.

Active labor is the real deal. She needs support during contractions AND in between them. This is when you know she’s probably in labor. She tends to be quiet between contractions, resting, and generally focused on waiting for the next one.

Interested in learning more in depth with our childbirth education course? Upcoming classes on September 22 and October 20 only have two spaces left! November 17 and December 8 are on the calendar now! Register for our courses here: https://www.mamastefit.com/childbirth-education

#labor #laborsupport #birth #birthpartner #activelabor #birthdoula #doula #empoweredbirth

@ MamasteFit & The Doulas of Mamaste

It's time to start gathering names for the hearts release... if you want to add your baby's name click on the photo and ...
08/23/2019

It's time to start gathering names for the hearts release... if you want to add your baby's name click on the photo and add your little one's name in the comments.

It's that time again... I am ready to hand write each and every name of your babies, lost far too soon.

Share your baby/babies' name(s) in the comments below: full names, nicknames, last name, initials or anywhere in between. All names are welcome and all babies are worth remembering.

Each baby's name will be placed on a small paper heart. Those hearts will be released at the Rose Garden in Allentown on Oct 12th. All are welcome to attend (event details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/365059674164015/) however you do not need to attend to have your baby's name placed on a heart!

Please feel free to share this far and wide

08/15/2019

And just like that I’m not on call anymore... well, not on call for 2 weeks 😂 #bringonseptember #butfirstvacation

The Empowered Mama
08/12/2019

The Empowered Mama

She hasn’t let herself go...

Postpartum perks... petting puppies. 😉 Last night was my final night with this awesome family. I’m happy to have been a ...
08/05/2019

Postpartum perks... petting puppies. 😉 Last night was my final night with this awesome family. I’m happy to have been a part of their postpartum journey. ❤️

In terms of doula work, there was a welcomed slow start to 2019. A steady pace of births in the Spring, and an anticipat...
07/21/2019

In terms of doula work, there was a welcomed slow start to 2019. A steady pace of births in the Spring, and an anticipated burst of births and postpartum work in the summer. The last ten days have exemplified that burst! I was called in as back-up for 1 Growing Place birth, had my own client birth, did extra overnights to cover a vacation and added in an interview for a September birth... all amid wearing my stay-at-home-mom hat too. Props to my husband for all he did while I was gone and when I needed to sleep. Up ahead doesn’t look a ton slower, so I will just focus on the day at hand. TODAY I have no work! 👊🏼 Except for being on-call. 😆 #butthatpaychecktho

Sharing my family with you all. Their births inspired my way into this profession. So thankful for my not-so-little fami...
07/11/2019

Sharing my family with you all. Their births inspired my way into this profession. So thankful for my not-so-little family. ❤️

Postpartum doula overnight shift... I spend the night in the nursery with baby, you go sleep. ❤️ ..#doula #lehighvalleyd...
06/29/2019

Postpartum doula overnight shift... I spend the night in the nursery with baby, you go sleep. ❤️
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#doula #lehighvalleydoula #thegrowingplace #postpartum #postpartumdoula #momsdeservesleep #ihelp

All the feels on this one 🥰
06/28/2019

All the feels on this one 🥰

Anxiously awaiting your little one's arrival? This is so true! 💞

Birth time ⭐️ ...#doula #birthdoula #thegrowingplace #tgp #birthmatters #doulalife #letsdoulathis #birth #babies
06/23/2019

Birth time ⭐️
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#doula #birthdoula #thegrowingplace #tgp #birthmatters #doulalife #letsdoulathis #birth #babies

I’ve worked with clients through all these positions 🥰
06/21/2019

I’ve worked with clients through all these positions 🥰

Totally love this beautiful artwork by @HollyPriddis for a project with Birth Internationaldemonstrating different ways to be active, comfortable and work with your body during labour.

I strive for this with my kids and I’ve never regretted soaking in an afternoon, playing in the creek, getting messy, or...
06/06/2019
Dear Mama: This Summer, Be the One

I strive for this with my kids and I’ve never regretted soaking in an afternoon, playing in the creek, getting messy, or allowing ice cream for dinner -just this once- because summer is made for memories.

This summer mama, be the one. Be the one who remembers they won't be children forever and someday is not so important because today is the best stuff.

06/06/2019

Last night I kept dreaming about being asked to be someone’s doula, being super excited, and then they would give birth soon after and wouldn’t call me until baby had arrived. Darn! Doula nightmare 😂😂😂

That’s what I get for writing an business email right before I go to bed. Hahahaha.

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I knew from the first moment I met Susie that she was going to be the perfect doula! She was there for me every step of the way during my twin pregnancy, offering wisdom and guidance without being overwhelming or pushy. Highly recommend!