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This doll is not like any other doll. This doll will blow your mind 😮

And after you watch this video (watch it to the end!), you'll be thinking...

I want one! 🙋‍♀️

Find this doll, and many more educational dolls for Childbirth Education, Sibling Preparation, and Breastfeeding Education here at www.mamamordolls.com


Introducing La Leche League International Breastfeeding Dolls.

Available on our website at www.mamamordolls.com

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After a few months of testing multiple doll's head and mouth patterns, the final prototype of our new Breastfeeding Baby Doll Puppet was ready to share with the world.

This project started in the Spring of 2019 when we contacted the talented Andrea Schewe to help us with the head/mouth pattern for this baby doll. It was a long process, but a great one!

Andrea was amazing at understanding the functionality of this baby doll puppet, she created a few sizes of a pattern for the mouth that at the end, only needed a few tweaks to become the final version.

Thanks to the advice and suggestions of several Lactation Consultants, Midwives, and La Leche League friends that we consulted, we added a few more details that were important for teaching, such as a more pronounced nose, and a longer tongue, for example.

This doll is a fantastic educational tool for Lactation Consultants, Breastfeeding Educators, Doulas, Midwives, and/or anyone teaching Breastfeeding.

It's a puppet type of doll, with an open head in the back for you to place your hand, to open and close its mouth.

This baby doll comes dressed with an onesie and a baby hat in gender less colors.

Also includes a cloth breast with lumps forms, and a string in the back that can be pulled to show inverted nipples.

You can choose skin, eyes, and clothes colors.

This baby doll is about 20 inches tall and it's not weighted. 

Made to order  - Wait time is now 1-2 weeks

Made in Canada.

 

 

 

World Doula Week specials are here!

Give yourself permission to get a Doula doll this week, you deserve it.

Doula dolls come with accessories such a doll's size placenta, rebozo, peanut ball, doula bag, felt breast, etc.

During this week only, all our Doula dolls come with a Doula tee and pants.

You'll love it!

Happy World Doula Week to the amazing Doulas out there!

 

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After a few years of receiving requests, we finally made it happen!

Introducing two new dolls to our doll collection: Doula Dolls and Midwife Dolls

These dolls are made to order and some aspects of them can be customized.

They both come with a bag full or great accessories.

Check them out!

 

 

Sometimes all you need is a great teaching tool!

Introducing: Oasis Elite Doll Birth Pool, the first and only doll birth pool in the market!

Imagine how easy learning and teaching water birth just became!

The Oasis Elite Doll Birth Pool is the result of an idea that Debra from YourWaterBirth.com and I started cooking years ago when we met at a birth conference in Oregon. We wanted to design a mini pool that would look like the Oasis Elite Water Birth Pool, and that would fit our Classic birthing dolls

We started this collaboration project over the summer, and we are now ready to ship!

The Oasis Elite Doll Birth Pool is a fantastic teaching tool for families wanting to go for a water birth, for Doulas to use in pre-natals, and for Midwives to teach, to do demos, and to have available at their practices.

Fits our dolls, and any other 18 inch doll or stuff animal (yes...you can use it with other toys as well). 

Watch these videos to see the pools in action, and order yours today!

 

The more educated women are about childbirth options, the better ability they have to make an informed childbirth decision and prepare for the healthy birth of their baby.   Read More

 

Although the origins of the term caesarean section are widely disputed, the procedure has been practiced across the globe for thousands of years. From Julius Caesar’s alleged surgical birth in ancient Rome to desperate husband Jacob Nufer’s first ever recorded successful surgery on his pregnant wife in 16th century Switzerland, the caesarean section was designed to save lives during life-threatening labor. With the technological and medical advancements of the 21st century, caesarean sections, also known as c-sections, are still common practice for women with high-risk labours. Unlike the past however, it’s not uncommon for doctors to perform elective surgeries on healthy women who, for a variety of personal reasons, choose to opt-out of giving birth naturally.

 

If you’ve watched the news or surfed the internet recently, you’ve probably heard that c-section rates are at an all-time high. Like most unexpected medical trends, the increased rate of elective c-sections across the globe can’t be easily explained. From a human evolutionary perspective, surgical births take place today because of anatomical changes, such as bipedalism and larger brained babies, which have resulted in a tighter fit between unborn babies and the maternal birth canal. However, these long-term physiological changes don’t account for the substantial rise in modern c-section procedures as most women are still capable of safely giving birth naturally.

 

From 1990 to 2014, the global average rate of c-section birth increased from 6.7 percent to 19.1 percent, with an average annual increase of 4.4 percent. According to the international healthcare community, the ideal percentage of c-section births is between 10 and 15 percent. Despite this, women are undergoing surgical births at an unprecedented rate; one in every five births worldwide. In North America, c-sections account for 32.3 percent of all births. Recent studies reveal that when caesarean section rates rise toward 10 percent across a population, the number of maternal and newborn deaths decreases, but when c-section rates rise above 10 percent, there is no evidence that mortality rates improve.

 

When necessary, c-sections save lives

 

When medically necessary, c-sections can be a lifesaver for both the mother and child. It’s nearly impossible to deny the legitimacy of a procedure that is designed to save lives, and in emergency situations, almost all women will agree to a c-section if it increases the chances of a safe birth for themselves and their baby. Approximately 40 percent of c-sections are unplanned, often performed during what are considered emergency or medically necessary circumstances. The most frequently cited reasons for medically necessary c-sections are prolonged labour, abnormal positioning, fetal distress, and birth defects. In contrast, roughly 60 percent of c-sections involve some level of planning by clinicians and their patients.  

 

Women continue to choose surgical birth over natural birth

 

Staggering statistics like these beg the question: Why are so many women choosing to have non-medically essential c-sections? The answer is complex. In modern times, women have c-sections for a variety of socio-economic, cultural, political, legal and personal reasons. According to a study published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, many women choose c-sections over vaginal birth because they have unalleviated concerns about pain and loss of control, bodily harm, and trauma or tissue damage that might make them less sexually desirable to their partners. To put it simply, many women are very scared to birth their babies vaginally despite being perfectly capable.

Today’s drastic increase in elective c-sections can partially be attributed to the medical community. In many cases, doctors are driven by insurance companies and the fear of malpractice liabilities to encourage scheduled non-essential c-sections, and many ob-gyns are becoming increasingly impatient with prolonged labour. It’s no secret that doctors have a strong influence on their patients’ medical choices, especially those in vulnerable positions. Research shows that insecure women often develop doubts about their ability to give birth and lack the confidence to challenge or question clinicians who vouch for non-essential surgical options, even though continuing to labor may have resulted in a healthy infant born vaginally.

 

When given a choice, vaginal birth is the best option

 

When it comes to giving birth, women want the safest birth method possible. We know that not all women have the option to give birth naturally, even if they really want to. But for women who do have the option, the benefits are substantial. Take for example, an increased ability to breastfeed successfully, a shortened physical and psychological recovery period after birth, and a rush of labour hormones that enhances mother and baby attachment. Not surprisingly, mothers are not the only ones who benefit from vaginal birth as it boosts their baby’s body systems, making it easier for them to cope with the change from womb to world.

 

So, what’s the safest option for mothers who have a choice? Contrary to popular belief, planned c-sections can pose a serious risk to mother and baby. A Canadian study of all women who gave birth from 1991 to 2005 reported that the risks of severe complications during planned c-sections are three times more likely than those of planned vaginal births. Other studies have found a link between c-sections and postpartum depression, as well as long-term effects from repeated surgical births. Due to inadequate colonization of the infant gut, babies born via c-section are more likely to experience negative short-term effects, as well as long-term risks than their naturally birthed counterparts.


Facing childbirth fears

By recognizing the countless benefits of a natural birth, women are one step closer to making an informed birth decision. It’s also important for women with childbirth anxiety to know that they’re not alone. It’s normal for women to be anxious about childbirth, especially when it’s their first time. But anxiety and fear are two vastly different emotions when it comes to vaginal birth. One study conducted in 2012 found that between five and 20 percent of pregnant women are scared of childbirth. This fear was derived from several factors including young maternal age, first-time motherhood, pre-existing psychological issues, lack of social support, and a history of abuse or adverse obstetric events. Interestingly, the study determined that women who have a fear of childbirth endure a longer labour than women who do not. This is likely due to the fact that humans have evolved to give birth in a social and cultural context. For instance, research suggests that women who are emotionally supported during labour experience lower rates of medical intervention in the birth process.  

 

Medically necessary c-sections have been around for much of human history and will continue to be performed for as long as lives need saving, but elective c-sections are a relatively new medical phenomenon that if continues, will have significant implications for the future of childbirth. Expectant mothers who can give birth naturally should have the autonomy to make their own childbirth decisions without being pressured by the medical community or their peers. However, to make a well-informed decision, women must educate themselves on the benefits and setbacks of both surgical and vaginal birth and feel supported by trusted friends, family, and medical professionals throughout their childbirth journey.

 

Shawna King

 

Chances are you’ve attended, or maybe even hosted a baby shower at some point in your lifetime. During these celebrations, expectant or new mothers are showered with gifts to help with their transition into parenthood and unborn or newborn babies are introduced to the mother’s family and friends.

But, the westernized baby showers we are familiar with can take many different forms across cultures. For example, the Navajo or Native American culture is recognized for its sacred pre-birth tradition, known as a Blessingway, which celebrates a woman’s transformation into motherhood.

Unlike a baby shower which focuses mostly on the soon-to-be or newly born baby, Blessingway ceremonies focus on nurturing the mother-to-be by instilling her with love and confidence as she awaits the arrival of her child. Surrounded by her closest friends and family, the soon-to-be mother participates in her choice of activities.

These activities can include craft making, creating birth art, massages, conducting cultural ceremonies, and much more. Guests also have the option to offer handmade or inexpensive personal gifts to the guest of honor.

At MamAmor, we understand the importance of preparing expectant mothers for the life-changing journey of childbirth – that’s why each of our handcrafted dolls is customized to suit their unique needs.

If you’ve been invited to attend a baby shower or a Blessingway ceremony, or simply want to give a meaningful gift to an expectant mother, MamAmor dolls are always a great option. For group events, everyone can contribute to the purchase and offer the doll as a collective gift; this will reduce the cost per person and provide the honored guest with a thoughtful and memorable keepsake from her closest loved ones.

Our one-of-a-kind product will be specially designed to resemble the mother, allowing her to visualize herself throughout her journey into motherhood. For an expectant mother who already has children, or plans to have more, MamAmor dolls are also a powerful educational tool for sibling preparation.

In any culture, motherhood is a rite of passage that marks a significant life transition. In traditional Navajo Blessingways, mothers-to-be are honored and nurtured through various physical and emotional means. The guests share personal stories to instill confidence in and empower the expectant mother, as well as offer support. The sacred ceremony is intended to leave the expectant mother full of love, strength, confidence, and a strong belief in her ability to give birth to her baby.

Customized MamAmor Blessingway dolls are a meaningful, personalized gift that can facilitate these intentions and empower soon-to-be mothers as they transition into a new life stage.

Contact us for more information or to place your special order.

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