Birth Doula Carson Meyer Shares the Self-Care Products She Relies on Most — Interview

    When Carson Meyer was a student at NYU, she had an “emotional reaction” to a screening of The Business of Being Born, a documentary exploring childbirth in America. After graduation, a chance encounter with a midwife at a birthday party sealed the deal: “I felt really pulled,” she says, and began training as a doula. Today, her work includes prenatal nutrition counseling, labor coaching, postpartum support — and recently, birth photography. “I find it so healing for the mothers because when they see [pictures of] what they’ve done, there’s a new level of respect for their bodies and love for themselves,” she says. Meyer also prioritizes self-care in her own life: “Things that make me feel good will ultimately help the mama feel better.” These are some of those things.

    Photographed by Joe Lingeman

    “Growing up, I would make my own products in the kitchen. I literally made C & The Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub out of things in the pantry, and that’s how [my skin-care line] started. It’s so
    helpful for my dry skin, especially in the New York winters.”

    “On those days when I just can’t shake stress, The Fullest Saffron Latte immediately relaxes me. Bee Hive of Healing’s Healing Tranquility supplements are so helpful for my sleep.”

    “I put a little bit of Agent Nateur Holi (C) vitamin C powder in my palm and then spray [it with] Holi (Water) toner and apply [the combo] before moisturizing. It’s really nice in the morning; it has a tightening effect and feels like a wake-up for the face.”

    “I bring a big Mary Poppins bag [to every delivery] and I always have my C & The Moon Malibu Made Glow Oil for massage. I use it in my hair too. It helps lock in my curls.”

    “After a birth, I physically and emotionally let everything go by [soaking in] Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes, which make me feel like I’m in a warm ocean. Higherdose Red Light Face Mask forces me to relax when I’m antsy. It puts me into a trance after 20 minutes.”

    “I remember when you couldn’t find good ‘clean’ makeup. We’re in an exciting time. Saie 101 Lengthening & Lifting Mascara doesn’t run and gives a natural look. So many foundations dry my skin out, but Iris & Romeo Best Skin Days is so moisturizing and has a dewy finish.”

    “I recommend prenatal vitamins by Needed to all my [clients] and their Vitamin D is my own go-to. ION Biome helps promote gut health. I try to take it three times a day, but sometimes I forget.”

    This story originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of Allure. Learn how to subscribe here.

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