Hello! My name is Olivia Friel. I live in the suburbs of Boston with my husband Justin, my daughter, Tallulah, and our two dogs, Baxter and Rosie. Not only am I a mama and gentle parenting enthusiast; but I am also a birth and postpartum doula, a holistic nutrition consultant, and the founder of Healthy Balanced Birth, LLC.
Before becoming pregnant with my daughter, I began doing research and found it difficult to navigate through the wealth of information surrounding pregnancy and
childbirth. While looking for resources on nutrition during pregnancy, what my birth options were, and how to best prepare myself to have a natural childbirth, my passion to help others do the same grew. After spending countless hours reading books, doing research, watching documentaries, and listening to podcasts, I was inspired to launch Healthy Balanced Birth. My goal is to educate, empower, encourage, and support parents throughout their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey.
Photo Credit: Ashley O'Connell (Document Now Photography)
“Clean Beauty” is not just a fad, this is something that can impact the overall health of ourselves and our families. Being mindful of the ingredients in the products you use on your skin is especially important. There are many ingredients that have not been tested for safety. “Fragrances” included in personal hygiene products are known hormone disruptors. While paying attention to the products we use on our skin on a daily basis, we have to remember that our babies’ skin is even more sensitive. They are new in this world and it is important to use products that don’t contain harsh chemicals or unsafe ingredients. Below are some of my favorite brands that I use daily and are safe to use both during pregnancy and on your little one!
The ingredients of the products you choose to use in your home are JUST as important as the products you put on your skin, and the food you consume. Being mindful of the products you use to clean your home is especially important when you have a little one. Especially when they’re crawling around on the floor and putting everything they find in their mouth. Below are the brands we use in our home!