Help! My hoo-ha is on fire!

how to make frozen postpartum soothing pads

tips from your Orange county doula

 

Hi mamas!

Amber here, your Naturally Newborn doula. ❤️

I wanted to talk about a topic that you likely know all too well: the aftermath of a vaginal birth. And the uh....discomfort most of us experience. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

After having a vaginal delivery, it is pretty likely you will be in some amount of discomfort, especially if you have had vaginal stitching or tearing (good times!). You will likely be swollen and sore as well. You can ease this discomfort by making your own frozen pads at home to use during the postpartum recovery period. You can make a batch of these and put them in the freezer so they are ready to go when you arrive home from the hospital. It's simple day's task that you will appreciate a millions times over after you'd had your baby.

 

Things you will need:

 

  • Maxi pads of your choice. Natracare is a great choice and easy to purchase on Amazon.

 

  • Aloe Vera Gel (Trader Joe's has a great one!)

 

  • Witch Hazel (I used Target's brand, but any will do. Here is a great option)

 

  • Spray Bottle (If you don't want to use plastic, Amazon has some great glass bottle options.)

 

  • Essential Oils of your choice-lavender/frankincense (You probably have an essential oils rep in your friends list!)

 

  • Foil or Plastic wrap (any brand will do)


 

-Start out by filling your spray bottle with witch hazel and then add in 5-10 drops of your essential oils. Lavender is great for soothing the skin and swelling, frankincense is great for skin healing and reducing scarring. I would suggest using the oils prior to making the pads to ensure you do not have a sensitivity to them. Start out with a smaller amount of each oil until you know you can tolerate them well.

Next, lay out your pads, unwrapped.

With clean hands spread some aloe gel on top of each pad. Then you will want to spray a good amount of your witch hazel and oil mixture onto the surface. It should be wet, but not soaked because you will want them to be absorbent enough to use them for postpartum bleeding. Wrap each pad in plastic or foil to keep them clean. Another tip I like it is to place each pad in a bowl while freezing so that they are shaped better to fit your body.

As a bonus, you can use the remaining spray bottle, or make an extra to have on hand. Use this spray during bathroom trips or in between for added soothing. Spray directly on the perineum area.


Your Doula,

Amber Gunnet

 

New Vintage Brick Wall Studio Set!

New vintage studio set in Orange County!

Perfect for boudoir, babies and more.

 

Hey everyone! Just wanted to write a quick blog post to introduce you all to our latest set in our Orange County studio. As many of you know, we've had an all white bedroom set for years now. As I've noticed more and more photographers adopt this style, I've wanted to recreate my space with something different and unique. After quite a few hours and lots of Home Goods shopping trips, we're ready to unveil our new set just in time for this year's Motherhood Event. Woohoo!

Here's a peek into the various options for this set:

Vintage style sofa. Perfect for boudoir, maternity and mommy and me.

Vintage style sofa. Perfect for boudoir, maternity and mommy and me.

Classic bedroom set with a vintage/urban flair. Perfect for maternity, babies, boudoir and more.

Classic bedroom set with a vintage/urban flair. Perfect for maternity, babies, boudoir and more.

Vintage Nursery set with real antique crib! Perfect for maternity, babies and mommy and me!

Vintage Nursery set with real antique crib! Perfect for maternity, babies and mommy and me!

We are soooooo excited to start shooting in this new set! We absolutely love it. We'd love to start shooting all types of sessions in it.

...and just to entice you, here's a very limited time special:

Limited Time In Studio Special!
1,000.00 1,250.00

For a limited time, we are offering $250 off an in studio photo session.

This can be any type of session. For maternity, this does include hair, make-up and wardrobe. Don't miss out! Includes 25 high resolution digital images.

This offer expires on April 30th, 2017. Your session must be booked by this time.

Quantity:
Add To Cart

Hope to see you in the studio real soon!

xoxo

2017 Motherhood Event

Orange County Motherhood Photo Event

 

It's that time of year again ♥️

Our past Motherhood Events have been so popular, so of course we are going to bring it back for 2017! This year we are opening more indoor time slots so that we can accommodate even more mamas in our schedule!

If this is your first time participating, or even if this is your third time, here's a quick rundown:


Date:
April 8th
for indoor sessions
April 15th for outdoor sessions

 

Cost:
$600 for indoor
$750 for outdoor

 

What's included:
Professional Hair and Make-up
Wardrobe and Styling
At least 10 high resolution digital images

 

Perfect for:
Mommy and Baby(s)
Nursing Photos
Grandma and Grandbaby(s)
New Pregnancy with Baby(s)*

*please notify us if you are pregnant, so we can arrange maternity wardrobe ♥️


Here's a sneak peek into last year's successful Motherhood Event:

How the day works:

First, you will arrive for your scheduled appointment time and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Our talented make-up artist, Veronica, will welcome you back into our Mother's Room for some pampering while your little one(s) enjoy our Children's Suite. Our resident doula, Amber, will keep a close eye and make sure every baby/child is happy and content.

Please note: If your little one suffers from stranger anxiety or has trouble being away from mama, it's best to bring a friend or relative that can calm and reassure your sweet baby. After all, we want this to be a fun event with as few tears as possible.

After you've had your hair and make-up done, we will spend approx 20-30 minutes going over wardrobe options for you and your little one(s). We have an extensive collection of wardrobe options for mamas and babies up to 18 months. We also carry a large line of girl's dresses up to size 8.

Your photo session will take approximately 30 minutes and will consist of mostly candid shots of you interacting with your baby(s). You will be given direction, but we really want to capture the essence of your unique relationship with your child(ren).

 

What's new for 2017:

Motherhood Videos!
We are so excited to introduce your very own Motherhood Video as an add-on to your session this year. As much as we love photos around here, there is just something magical about capturing your relationship on video.

The best part? It only costs $150 to add on to your Motherhood Session! Make a note at checkout of this is something you'd like to add-on and we'll take care of it.
Take a look at a sample video here:

Ready to book your session?
Reserve your session time below.

INDOOR Motherhood Session | 50% deposit
300.00

This listing is for the indoor Motherhood sessions. 50% deposit due at booking. The remainder due on session date.

The times listed are for hair and make-up at the studio, followed by wardrobe selection. The actual session will take place after hair, make-up and wardrobe.

Schedule is as follows:

9am hair and make-up; shoot time @10:30am

10:30am hair and make-up; shoot time @12pm

12pm hair and make-up; shoot time @1:30pm

1:30pm hair and make-up; shoot time @3pm

3pm hair and make-up; shoot time @4:30pm

4:30pm hair and make-up; shoot time @6pm

appointment time:
Add To Cart
OUTDOOR Motherhood Session | 50% deposit
375.00

This listing is for the outdoor Motherhood sessions. 50% deposit due at booking. The remainder due on session date.

Times listed are for hair and make-up at the studio, followed wardrobe selection. Schedule will be as follows:

2pm-hair and make-up; shoot time @5:45pm

3pm-hair and make-up; shoot time @6:15pm

4pm-hair and make-up; shoot time @6:45pm

Location will be provided upon booking. xoxo

appointment time:
Add To Cart

A glimpse into a postpartum night shift

I often get questions from potential clients, family and friends that ask me what it is that I exactly do when I'm at “work.” So, I thought that I would share an example of an actual night shift I've recently done. During my shifts I take detailed notes, so that parents know how their baby's night went. I thought that I would share my notes with you here and let you take a little peek into what I do.

Read More

Introducing....Mini Session Mondays!

Mini sessions for babies in Orange County!

 

Hey y'all (that's about as country as I'll ever sound 😏).
So I've had this idea for a while now. I get so many requests from moms that "just need a few quick pics" but don't dare go to a mall chain 'cause....ewwwwww.

Whether it's because your baby just got a new haircut, or they are just got their first teeth...whatever. Your baby is cute right now and needs pics...ASAP!

And yes....I will also be including a maternity and a newborn option; keep reading.

irvine-baby-mini-sessions-studio-orange-county

Sooo....here's the details:

baby mini sessions

For babies 4 months and up

They will take place on Mondays only because well, it's in the name.

They will be in the studio only.

They will cost $500.

They will include wardrobe, props etc.

They will include 10 high resolution digital images.

They will last approx 20 minutes.

No siblings. No parents. Just baby.

 

and now for newborns.........

newborn mini sessions

They will take place on Mondays only.

They will be in the studio only.

They will cost $750.

They will include wardrobe, props etc.

They will include 10 high resolution digital images.

They will last up to one hour only.

No siblings. No parents. Just baby.

 

and now for bellies.......

maternity-mini-session-orange-county

maternity mini sessions

They will take place on Mondays only.

They will be in the studio only.

They will cost $500.

They will include wardrobe.

They will include 10 high resolution digital images.

They will last approx 20 minutes.

No children. No spouse. Just you.


Sooooo.....

Has grandma been bugging you for updated photos?
Need new pics to share on social media?
On a smaller budget but still want some great quality images?

Then this is for you.

Contact the studio now to book yours, as we will only be scheduling a limited number each week.

See you soon!

xoxo,

Amber C.