A Family Blog: The Elwood Family

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Danielle is a doula and child birth educator by trade and the voice behind the blog, The Elwood Family.  The Elwood Family blog chronicles Danielle’s families happenings, and showcases some really cute kids!

If you could sum up your blog in one sentence, what would it be?
My blog is about my family: things we do together, things I can vent about, and all kinds of activities I do with my boys.  It’s also a way for our friends and family to keep up with our family.

You work in the pregnancy and birth community.  How long have you been doing so, and what is the most fulfilling part of your job within that community?
I have been working in the pregnancy and birth community for about 6 years now. I have learned so much, but mainly that education is key.  I would say what’s most fulfilling is helping mothers avoid the kind of birth experience I had with my oldest son, which was not nice at all!

What exactly is a doula, and why should one use one?
A doula is a for hire birth coach in so many words. She is an advocate for the mother, and her wishes, so in most cases her partner can focus on her completely instead of helping mom stay comfortable, or talking with Doctors and Nurses about her wishes and preferences.  I personally find doulas important because they provide a lot of great options for mothers, one of the best being lower c-section rates!

If you could give us one bit of pregnancy/birthing advice, what would it be?
My biggest advice for mothers or about pregnancy and birth is take a childbirth class!

Favorite Posts:
Playing in the Snow:  When the Elwood family got a whooper storm, they enjoyed it!
It’s a ?:  Danielle reveals the gender of her baby.
Toddler Vs. Work: Danielle’s son does not like his daddy leaving for work.

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About Alina Thomas

Alina is a Northern Virginia wedding photographer based out of Leesburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.