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  • Brimming with overwhelming feelings of gratitude I thank all the wonderful New Mothers who have entered my life these past years and have trusted me with their thoughts, energy, and love. Indebted to them for allowing me into their sacred space and the space of their new precious babies, I happily dedicate my website blog, to them, the New Mother Diamonds, and to all the future Beautiful Ones who are yet to come into my life.  

  • How Can I Prepare Birth?

    Laurie from Birth in Berlin discusses two ways to prepare for birth psychologically as well as physically.  Find out different strategies.Enjoy watching.  See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    Birth in the Age of COVID19

    Laurie from Birth in Berlin discusses reasons why it still makes sense to have a Birth Companion on your Birth Team even if she is not allowed in the birthing room of a hospital".Enjoy watching.  See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    Understanding Perineal Tears

    What is Perineal Tearing and Why I Should Not Worry. Help prepare your self for the birth of your first child by understanding what the perineum is and how it can be effected during childbirth.  Enjoy watching. See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    The Lochia

    The Lochia. What is it? Is it Normal? When Should I be Concerned? Laurie from Birth in Berlin will explain this normal physiological process, what you can expect and when one should be concerned.  Enjoy watching. See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    Remote Support Available Now

    Now offering remote support for pregnant women, and those who have returned home with their baby. My thoughts on diet, pelvic floor health, breastfeeding, and baby care. Also for women experiencing dynamic shifts and rites of passage.Enjoy watching.  See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    Forgotten Knowledge

    My pain was so bad. I went to my gynecologist. He said it's up to me to decide to endure the pain or stop breastfeeding as he can't do anything more about it. He said my body could not manage to breastfeed because I have a small body and bigger breasts.Ella received this less-than-scientific diagnosis from her trusted doctor after suffering from painful breasts and nipples. Her milk ducts clogged,[...]

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    Feminine Healer Experience Winter 2019

    I was recently in Vietnam. Completely unexpected, and up to only a few weeks before arriving, unforeseen and not a priority in my life travel plans. It turned out to be an extremely special trip, I believe healing for many people, on many levels. Strangely enough, I had always grown up with the word "Vietnam" around me - whispered, said and unsaid, consciously and unconsciously. The word carried [...]

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    Thriving, Not Surviving

    When Samantha reached out to me she was a few months pregnant with her first child. She was inquiring about birth support and wanted to know what the birth culture was like in Germany. She eventually decided to birth her baby at home and felt that the support of her midwife right for her needs. The circumstances for a vaginal birth were not present and Samantha ended up transferring to a hospital [...]

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    Finding my Calling

    When I came to Germany in January 2000 to be with my then fiance,  my professional goals were just as unclear as they were at the beginning of my university studies, four years earlier.  I had a bit more critical thinking skills, a bit more ability to convey my thoughts clearly, but a meaningful career was long off.   I believe the saying goes  "Life is what happens while you [...]

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    Ankyloglossia AKA Tongue Tie. What it is and how it affects breastfeeding

    Restricted movement of a baby's tongue due to a too thick and/or too short of the frenulum (band between bottom of mouth and underside of tongue) can result in a poor latch, painful breastfeeding and damaged nipples & areola tissue.Enjoy watching.  See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    Birth Record

    Obtaining your birth record.  Enjoy watching. See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    In Home Support Provided by the German Health Insurance

    Laurie Reinke of Birth in Berlin about when in-home support is provided by your German public health insurance after having a baby  and how to apply for it.  Enjoy watching. See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie Reinke

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    Midwives and Birth Companions, Complementary Care

     Laurie explains the difference between medical Midwife Support and emotional, physical and psychological support of a Birth Companion (Doula).  Enjoy watching. See you soon, Goddesses! Laurie ReinkePlease do! Just be sure to include this complete blurb with it. Laurie Reinke is a Birth & Postpartum Doula offering many services that will help equip you for the journey from [...]

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    Inner Voice

    While supporting women as a Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Companion for the past three years,  I have been privileged to witness and support women's processes during life transforming rites of passage.  It is genuinely fulfilling to support women with the adjustment to first pregnancies, help them prepare emotionally, physiologically and physically for birth, support the birth process,[...]

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    The Circle Of Life

    As I supported my client Erin and her husband Ronald at the birth of their first child this January, I needed to call on all of my skills of professionalism and decorum which I had luckily acquired over the years. That is because the timing of the birth support could not have been more challenging; I had just received word that my mother in America was terminally ill. The text came from my sisters[...]

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    The Undisturbed Birth Process; Raw, Wild and Intense

    As I rose from my bed in the wee hours of a Tuesday morning in late October, I  felt well rested, even with only five hours of sleep behind me. Karin texted me, relaying that her contractions had started a half an hour before and they were getting stronger.  She believed her water had broken.  Karin was emotionally preparing herself for a birth process of approximate 12 to 24 [...]

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    The Closing Ceremony

    A Closing Ceremony originates from Middle and South America, and it is used by indigenous and non-indigenous persons alike, to aid the healing and integration process of the new mother. Typically performed on the 40th day after birth, this ceremony encourages shrinkage of the uterus and guidance of the bones back to their original positioning. The ceremony helps to energetically close the new[...]

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    In-Hospital New Mother Support

    Since becoming a postpartum companion nearly three years ago, I have heard many very personal stories, birth stories, hospital stories. One reoccurring theme I encounter is how the mother’s birth experience to be described as “fine”, only to feel very alone and unsupported during their hospital stay.   These stories, sometimes reflecting painful experiences, make pointedly [...]

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    The New Mother Diamond

    The first day I began working with Noa, I felt a strong presence of her mother with us. It was overwhelming. As I inquired about her family in Israel, she told me that her father and brother live in Tel Aviv. She explained that her mother died in 2004. During our first appointment, I shopped, cooked, tidied the apartment and helped with the care of her then two-month-old baby. We chatted lightly, [...]

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    Teamwork

    As I picked up the call from my colleague, Annie, I was thrilled. I had always had beautiful exchanges with this experienced Birth Doula. Annie was consistently generous and always ready to discuss her thoughts and experiences as a Birth Companion. I had always experienced Annie as a calm and as a thoughtful speaking person. Therefore, I was even more startled when I heard the urgency in her [...]

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