Must Reads for Moms To Be

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In school all the answers you needed could be found in a textbook. Unfortunately, there is no textbook that can give parents all the answers to birth and baby, but there are a few who come close and offer great guidance. Wondering what books to read when pregnant? Read on for DFW doula’s top book picks for expectant parents!

The best part? All of these books are available to my doula clients through my physical and electronic lending library. Let me know if you want to check one out!

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

This book is an empowering classic! It’s written in two parts- a collection of birth stories and Ina May’s own experience and expertise with the midwifery model of care. I’d suggest reading the second section first, then finishing with the birth stories. I prefer this order so you can learn a bit about midwifery and birth and be warmed up to read amazing empowering stories that without any context may seem kind of hippy dippy! (Which I totally love!) I love this book and recommend it to all of my clients and friends.



The Healthy Pregnancy Book by William Sears, Martha Sears, Linda Holt, & BJ Snell

The Sears wrote the holy grail of pregnancy books. This book is written by medical professionals so moms can trust that the info comes from evidence, and unlike some really popular pregnancy books the scare tactics are limited. The books goes from preconception to a month by month guide with advice and info on navigating the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy as well as baby’s development, tips on building your birth team, planning for delivery, and transitioning into parenthood.




The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

I hear moms say all the time that they read all the books about pregnancy and birth, but didn’t read up on nursing and baby care! This is a staple for any mom planning to breastfeed. I have several copies in my library and reference it frequently. It is chock full of info from the basics and comfortable positioning to troubleshooting challenges. My birth and postpartum clients get breastfeeding support from me and referrals to IBCLCs when necessary, but this book is a fantastic read to help establish what is normal and what isn’t, what to expect, and instill confidence in moms to meet their breastfeeding goals!




Sweet Sleep by Diane Weissinger

Another book by La Leche League? Yes, because I love La Leche League! I read this book when my first baby was a tiny little squishy newborn and I felt I must be doing everything wrong! Sweet Sleep has a Quick Start guide to getting better sleep tonight, and the rest of the book is devoted to the research, biology, and history of sleep and sleep practices. More than anything, I think this book reassures parents to listen to their instincts and backs up those instincts with evidence. It’s a great read!






These books all offer expectant parents peace of mind. What did you read when pregnant?


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Sydney Williamson is a certified doula in the Dallas Fort Worth area offering birth doula and postpartum doula services as well as childbirth education and cloth diaper classes. Contact her today to schedule a consultation or class!

Happy Mother’s Day from DFW Doula

Motherhood is the most spectacular, challenging, heart-filling adventure anyone could take, and it is an honor to walk alongside women as they welcome their babies. When a baby is born a mother emerges too, changed and transformed in ways that are indescribable and all consuming. Witnessing this event is one of my favorite parts of my job, and I hold it so closely in my heart to see these women become mothers to new little beings.

For all the late night feedings.

For all the blowout diapers.

For all the coos and smiles.

For all the heartburn and discomfort in pregnancy.

For every contraction.

For every push.

For every breath.

We applaud you!

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Happy Mother’s Day from your Dallas Fort Worth doula.




Fort Worth Cloth Diaper Classes | Dallas Fort Worth Doula




Eco-friendly diapering options are a hot topic with parents right now, yet finding where to start, what to buy, how to wash, and which style will work is overwhelming to say the least!

That’s why I’m excited to offer a new service to my clients; Cloth Diaper Classes and Consultations!

My clients in the Dallas Fort Worth area will have the option of one on one, add on to doula services, or group classes (when available).

Contact me to learn more!





Why do you do what you doula? #worlddoulaweek


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I love being a doula. It has to be the best “job” in the world. I put quotes around job because although I work very hard, it doesn’t feel like work when it’s a passion.
Women know how to give birth. There’s this misconception that doulas help moms labor or empower them to give birth naturally, and that’s just not true. Women already possess everything in them to deliver their babies, they just need someone in their corner and someone to lean on, and THAT is what I do as a doula.


Photo courtesy of Kourtnie Elizabeth Documentary

Someone recently asked me what my favorite part of being a doula was, is it the new babies? While new babies (or as I like to call them, “freshly squeezed”) are so delectable and exquisite, it’s not the babies that tug me to this work; it’s the women. Seeing them dig down into themselves and find bravery, strength, and triumph in the face of the most vulnerable and powerful physical and emotional task any human being can ever do is the most awe inspiring thing one could be honored to witness. I get to see that. I get to see these women climb mountains. That’s why I love what I doula.

Happy World Doula Week!


DFW Doula


“Great support for both mom and dad!”

“Sydney is absolutely amazing! I don’t know what I would have done without her!”

“So caring and sweet and empowering.”


I’m Sydney, a certified Birth Boot Camp DOULA in the Dallas Fort Worth area.


What is a doula?

A doula provides support to expectant women in labor and birth, as well as the prenatal and postpartum periods. She provides physical comfort measures to help cope with labor and facilitate progress as well as emotional, informational, and relational support throughout a woman’s pregnancy, birth, and immediate postpartum.

As a doula my role is never to replace dad, but to involve him in the way most suitable for your family!

Women were built to birth, but they need someone in their corner and someone to lean on. That’s what I’m here for!

I would love to walk alongside you in this journey, contact me today!