Using Essential Oils Safely

Essential Oils Tallahassee

You hear a lot about essential oils in the birth world. No matter which brand of essential oils you use, or WHEN you are using, please make sure you are using them SAFELY. Like REALLY safely.

What does this mean? Do not use essential oils willy-nilly or solely based on what the manufacturing company says. Seek out what aromatherapists say about that particular oil for your particular situation – small children, pregnancy, or whatever stage your family is in.

As a doula, I am not trained to use essential oils during labor but have had many, many clients who have used them to ease labor pains and discomforts. I am totally cool with whatever families choose for themselves and I personally love using lemon oil while cleaning and even used the same during transition to help ease my nausea!

If you need more info on what essential oils are safe for your family, check out Using Essential Oils Safely​ or their Facebook group:

According to the aromatherapists at Learning about EOs, “Pregnant women need to be especially careful when using essential oils, as some oils are never okay to use during pregnancy.” Two books I’ve seen frequently mentioned while researching EO use for my family are Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child and Natural Babycare. Here are direct links for more information about essential oils for my typical audience:

Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Essential Oils and Children

The takeaway from this I really, really want you to get, is that we all need to be doing our own research on the oils we are interested in BEFORE we buy them, getting the information from sources that are not looking for our business. These oils, even though they’re natural, they have strong medicinal properties and should be treated with respect and caution just as you would any other medicines for your children – and yourselves!

Tallahassee Newborn Photography

If you’re not sure about the importance of newborn photography, think about how tired new parents REALLY are. Trust me, they’re TIRED. You will be tired, the most tired you’ve ever been in your entire life. Plus you’re tired and still HAVING to function, I mean your baby is cute but she doesn’t feed herself. 😉 You might think you will remember every detail about your sweet baby’s face, and you just might, but what if you forget about how your little one’s hair like sticking up in the back, or how wrinkly his little hands are. Plus, what’s not to love about having a beautiful photograph of your precious baby hanging on your wall?

Tallahassee newborn photography

And guess what! You’re in luck! There are several professional photographers who take newborn and first year photos in Tallahassee. Take a look through the following links to look over the various beautiful portfolios and pick the one that fits your wishlist. There are true artists in this town, let them help create beautiful mementos for your family.

I know you’re probably reaching for your piggy bank to see what’s left after all the other things you’re getting while preparing for your baby to arrive (such as hiring a doula!). If you’re concerned about the cost, think of it as an investment and your future self is thankful you’re considering newborn photography. One thing you’ll want to ask when you call around to find the right photographer for you is if they have insurance. You can see photos of my newborn on various pages of Bold Birth.


Tallahassee newborn photography:

Bellflower Photography

Beth Johnson Photography

Catalytic Camera

Christy Baldwin Photography

Elizabeth Davis Photography

Jessica Diane Photography

Kira Derryberry Photography

Long’s Photography


If you know of a newborn photographer who is not on this list, please email their information to I’d be happy to connect with them to see if they would like to be included on my newborn photographer resource list.

Please visit my resource lists on Tallahassee Birth Photographers and Tallahassee Maternity Photographers.

Tallahassee Birth Photography 1

BBirth 1irth photography is a growing trend in the birth world. While some say they wouldn’t want their births photographed, but I can see the appeal – not only would you get to relive your birth experience over and over again through the photographer’s lens, you’d be getting the opportunity to see yourself in action on your biggest day.

After talking with a few photographers, here’s what you can expect: The typical scenario is that they will meet with you before your birth to get an idea of what types of pictures you would like from your experience. They will then meet you at your place of birth, be it home, birth center, or hospital, once you’re ready to meet your baby.

Although I didn’t have use a photographer for my daughter’s birth, I wish I had and I certainly will hire one if there’s ever a Bold Baby 2.0. I did ask my doula to take pictures, told her she could take whatever pictures she could rather than have no pictures at all. Birth 1-5

I’ve taken photos at births, but because I’m focused on supporting you and your partner during birth, I tend to get very few until after the baby is born – that’s when I usually take the most pictures, and get lots of good ones of you bonding with your little one.

There are several professional birth photographers in Tallahassee, you are sure to find the one with a style that speaks to your vision.


Tallahassee birth photography:

Catalytic Camera

Captured by Casey

Christy Baldwin Photography

Jessica Diane Photography


If you know of a birth photographer who is not on this list, please email their information to I’d be happy to connect with them to see if they would like to be included on my Tallahassee birth photographer resource list.

Please visit my resource lists on Tallahassee Maternity Photographers and Tallahassee Newborn Photographers.