Youtube can be such an incredible source of information when you're looking to gain more knowledge about pregnancy, birth, postpartum or parenting. I want to share a few of my favorite Youtube channels that I would recommend to check out if you're expecting. Of course, these videos are for educational purposes only and should never replace the advice of your care provider. If you learn something new in a video, check in with your care provider about the information.
1. Joyful Chaos
I've been watching Ashleigh for years. As a mother of 7, her wisdom as it pertains to birth and motherhood is plentiful. I've truly learned so much from Ashleigh's videos alone. One of the main takeaways I got from Ashleigh was the importance for mother's to REST postpartum. In a country where women are expected to "bounce back" immediately after giving birth, Ashleigh speaks on the importance of healing and rest. 9 months on, 9 months off theory. I recommend her videos for anyone who is looking to learn more about infant care, breastfeeding, fertility and much, much more.
2. Sarah Lavonne
I found Sarah's videos a few months before taking my birth doula training. On the last day of training, we were to hear from a from an RN who is now a birth coach. When the woman walked in, for some reason I recognized her. A few minutes later, our trainer let us know that not only is Sarah a birth coach, she also has a succesful Youtube channel. Ah-hah! That was it! I knew her from Youtube! Sarah is a wealth of knowledge. Sarah spent years as a labor and delivery nurse and childbirth educator and now owns her own business. As a doula, I really love learning from those who have worked in the hospital setting and can draw from their clinical experience to teach others.
3. Mama Doctor Jones
Dr. Danielle Jones is an OBGYN and mother of four. If you have white coat syndrome, or are just interested in learning more about the life of an OBGYN, I highly recommend Dr. Jone's channel .She does vlogs and educational videos in a fun, inviting way. Dr. Jones is a great reminder that there ARE doctor's out there working with women and expecting parents who have an amiable, warm bedside manner.