Do you need help during the Witching Hour?

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Postpartum | 0 comments

Ask any mom what the most challenging time of day is and I bet 9 out of 10 of them would say “evenings”.

Dover Doula is now offering Witching Hour Support Packages for new families!

Erika Gagnon, DONA trained postpartum doula, IBCLC and mother of 4, will come to your home from 5pm – 9pm (or later if desired) to help new families during this rough time of day.

We get it!  Everyone is tired, there needs to be dinner, bath times and bedtime routines.  The house is a mess and everyone is crying.  Dover Doula is here to help!

As your postpartum doula, Erika will:

  • help care for your baby and older children so you can rest, shower, have a break, etc.
  • help with light meal preparation
  • help with bath time and bedtimes
  • tackle some household chores like tidying the kitchen, folding the laundry, etc.
  • offer tips on making the witching hour easier
  • listen to you
  • answer any questions about newborn care, feeding and development

Contact me to schedule!

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Prenatal Yoga Help for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Yoga | 1 comment

Prenatal Yoga Portsmouth NHIn addition to being a Postpartum Doula, I also teach Prenatal Yoga at ChildLight Yoga in downtown Dover, NH.


One of the most common physical complaints I hear from students in class is that they have pain down the back of one or both of their legs.  Sciatica is a common discomfort associated with pregnancy and there are several great yoga poses you can do to relieve the pain.

First, it helps to understand what causes Sciatica during pregnancy.   Usually, it is because of swelling of and around the the piriformis muscle.  In simple terms, the Piriforis muscle starts at the Sacrum, goes through the muscle of your butt/pelvis and then connects to the top of your femur or thigh bone.  During pregnancy, as your body begins to create more fluid and everything in the pelvic area begins to swell, the piriformis muscle can tighten and put pressure on the Sciatic nerve.  This pressure on the nerve can cause pain, numbness and tingling down the leg.

So, by stretching the piriformis muscle, you can alleviate the pressure on the nerve and help to relieve your symptoms.

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Pigeon Pose:


Begin on all fours, with your knees directly below your hips, and your hands slightly ahead of your shoulders. Slide your right knee forward to the back of your right wrist; at the same time angle your right shin under your torso and bring your right foot to the front of your left knee. The outside of your right shin will now rest on the floor. Slowly slide your left leg back, straightening the knee and descending the front of the thigh to the floor. Lower the outside of your right buttock to the floor. Position the right heel just in front of the left hip.
 The right knee can angle slightly to the right, outside the line of the hip. Look back at your left leg. It should extend straight out of the hip (and not be angled off to the left), and rotated slightly inwardly, so its midline presses against the floor.

Join one of Darcy’s Prenatal Yoga classes at the ChildLight Yoga studio in downtown Dover, NH.  Click here for more info or to register.
Darcy Sauers is a certified Prenatal Yoga teacher and a certified Yoga Birth Method instructor.  She is also a DONA certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor.  Darcy teaches prenatal yoga classes and Yoga Birth Method workshops and private sessions in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire.  She is the owner of Dover Doula and a member of Great Bay Doulas.  Darcy lives in Dover, NH with her husband and three children.  For more information on  her upcoming classes and workshops, please visit  She can be reached at 603-988-5945 or 

How to Build your Milk Supply

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Breastfeeding | 0 comments

How to Build your Milk Supply

Building up a stash of frozen breastmilk for your upcoming return-to-work can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!

Your body makes the most milk in the mornings, so take advantage of that when building your freezer stash.  After your first feeding of the day, watch the clock and pump at the halfway mark between your first and second feeding.

For example, if your baby generally nurses every 3 hours:

  • Breastfeed at 6:00 am when s/he wakes
  • Pump at 7:30am
  • Breastfeed at 9:00 am


By pumping in the morning when your milk is most abundant, you will still have enough for your next feeding.

If your baby generally nurses every 2 hours:

  • Breastfeed at 6:00 am when s/he wakes
  • Pump at 7:00am
  • Breastfeed at 8:00 am

Pump both sides for no more than 10 minutes or so and freeze whatever you get in 2-4 ounce containers.  Label with the date and amount.

You might not produce much the first day or two, but if you stick to this schedule every day, soon your body will adjust and you will notice a big increase in the amount you pump.

Remember the 5-5-5 rule:  breastmilk stays fresh for 5 hours at room temperature, 5 days in the fridge and 5 months in your freezer.


Darcy Sauers is a Certified Lactation Counselor and provides private, in-home lactation counseling to new moms in the Seacoast area. In addition to her extensive training, she breastfed her three babies and experienced all sorts of issues, problems and joys.  She is now committed to helping new moms with meeting their breastfeeding goals.  

Yoga Birth Method – Using Yoga during Labor

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Yoga | 0 comments

Yoga Birth Method – Using Yoga during Labor

Yoga Birth Method – Use Yoga During Labor

Are you starting to wonder how that baby inside of you is going to come out?  Interested in exploring natural childbirth and learning ways to manage labor pain naturally?  Check out my Yoga Birth Method workshops and learn to use the power of yoga breathing and poses to work with your body to manage the pain of labor and to help labor progress faster.
Yoga for BirthThe Yoga Birth Method workshop is designed for pregnant women and their labor support partners.  At this workshop, you will learn a very specific sequence of breathing techniques and yoga postures that are adapted to the physical and emotional changes of the different stages of labor.  This will enable you to manage contractions from a calm, meditative and controlled perspective.The Yoga Birth Method is for women who are interested in educating themselves about natural childbirth and empowering themselves during their own baby’s birth.This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to work with your body and connect to your baby during birth to take you out of the experience of pain and connect you to the experience of giving birth.

Benefits of the Yoga Birth Method:

  • Faster labor progression as the yoga poses encourage the baby’s movement into the birth canal
  • Learn to remain focused and in control of your birth experience in a positive manner
  • A deep mother-baby connection as they work together during labor
  • Birth partners learn specific techniques to physically and emotionally assist the woman during labor

Workshops are offered bi-monthly at ChildLight Yoga Studio in downtown, Dover, NH. Darcy Sauers is one of the only certified Yoga Birth Method instructors in the New England area.  Contact her with any questions at 603-988-5945.


5 Tips to Planning a Great Babymoon

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Postpartum | 0 comments

5 Tips to Planning a Great Babymoon

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.  And typically, after our big, elaborate weddings we take a fantastic, relaxing, expensive honeymoon that is focused on bonding and having fun with our new partner.

The birth day of your baby is also one of the most important days of your life.  Yet, typically afterwards, we are sent home in a whirlwind of questions.  Instead of bonding and having fun with our new baby, we find ourselves surviving on granola bars, not showering and sometimes crying for no reason.

Why? Why? Why?

Why is there such a disparity between the way we celebrate these two major life events?  I don’t know – that’s the topic of a separate blog.

One study showed that in the last 3 months leading up to their wedding, brides spent an average of 11 hours a week working on wedding details.  Devote some time to planning your Babymoon.

Here’s my top 5 tips for taking a Babymoon and how hiring a postpartum doula can help.

  1. Sleep.  Did you sleep in every morning on your honeymoon?  Take a nap before going out to dinner?  Sleep is of the utmost importance on your Babymoon.  A new baby needs to eat every 2-3 hours around the clock.  The sleep deprivation that comes along with a new baby can really take a toll on your mood and your health.  And this is not one or two nights of bad sleep, this is a long haul!  It’s really important to “sleep when the baby sleeps” throughout the day.  Nap whenever possible.  A postpartum doula can watch the baby while you nap during the day.  You can also hire an overnight postpartum doula to help you get the most sleep possible at night.  Postpartum doulas can also educate you about newborn sleep patterns and help you maximize the sleep you and your newborn are getting.
  2. Pamper yourself.  Did you have a massage before or after your wedding?  A pedicure?  Treat yourself to some pampering and self-care.  Whether it’s hiring a massage therapist to come to your home or just taking a really long hot bath with some candles and the door closed.   A little self-care goes a long way for  a mom.  A postpartum doula will care for the baby while you take some time for yourself to nap, shower or whatever it is that makes you feel better!
  3. No guests allowed.  How many people did you invite to come with you on your honeymoon?  In the first few days home on your baby moon,  just let it be the three of you.  Naked in bed.  Focus on breastfeeding, bonding and recovering from birth.  Your baby will still be super cute a week or two from now and you can invite friends and family to come then.  A postpartum doula often “runs interference” with family and friends, making sure that no one is overstaying their welcome.
  4.  Good food.  Was your wedding catered by a top, local chef?  Were there decadent dinners and drinks on your honeymoon?  Then why are you surviving on granola bars and frozen dinners in the first weeks home with your baby?  Take the time to enjoy nutritious and delicious snacks and dinners.  Nourish yourself so you can nourish your baby.  When a friend asks, “Is there is anything I can do?” Say, “Yes, please drop off a healthy dinner.”  Keep a list of healthy take out options nearby.  Hire someone to stash your freezer with healthy meals.  A postpartum doula will be sure to provide you with healthy snacks throughout the day and light meal preparation.
  5. Enjoy it. The focus of a honeymoon is to have uninterrupted time with your partner to have fun, build wonderful memories, and create a bond that will last a lifetime.  Do the same with your baby!  Turn off the phone, the computer and the to-do list and snuggle in with your amazing newborn.  Take time to examine every cute little roll of glorious chubbiness!  Notice how intently his eyes look at your face.  Sing her some songs.  Snuggle him on your chest and inhale that intoxicating newborn scent on the top of his head.  A postpartum doula will take care of your laundry and dishes so that you can focus all your time and attention on the fun stuff!

Bonus.  Don’t stress.  Did you spend time on your honeymoon worrying about whether or not you were a good wife?  Or did you live in the moment and enjoy long walks on the beach with the love of your life?  Spend your babymoon enjoying your new baby and falling in love.  Don’t waste one second worrying that you are a bad mom or that you’re doing it wrong.  You’re not.

And finally, just like you did on your honeymoon, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES!  And make sure that you are IN the pictures.  You may not feel as beautiful as you did on your honeymoon, but trust me, you are.  


Darcy Sauers owns Dover Doula and is a certified postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor.  She is the mother of three children who didn’t take the time to plan a Babymoon and really wishes that she had.  She is now passionately committed to helping new moms really enjoy the first 12 weeks home with a new baby.  Since 2010, she has helped close to 100 Seacoast, NH area families with their Babymoons.