Providing Professional Doula Services to Families in Greenwich, Westchester and NYC

March 2014

 

We were madly in love and I had just birthed our baby about a week and a half prior. The oxytocin was flowing like crazy and our new little family was blissfully bonding.

I remember my husband sitting with me while I was breastfeeding. He would stare lovingly at our little girl and I, while she and I tried to figure out the intimacy and awkwardness of early breastfeeding. He would stroke her feet, chuckle at her tiny gulping sounds and offer her his finger for her tight fisted grip.

Although he knew that I was the only one who could offer our daughter nourishment, there was a part of him that wanted to share in that closeness. He wanted to feed our baby. He was so cautious of not interfering with our process, but he really wanted to feed our baby.

One summer afternoon, when our daughter was barely 2 weeks old, she was ready to nurse. I took her into the bedroom where I could stretch out and be more comfortable. My husband followed me into the bedroom. Before I could get settled, he took off his shirt and sat on the bed with his back against the headboard. He opened his legs and asked me to sit in front of him with the baby in my arms and my back to him.

I laid the baby on the bed in front of me and I took off my top, exposing my breasts to nurse her. He asked me to lean back against him. He reached his left arm around me and supported our baby and he nestled his chin on my left shoulder. As he brought his right arm around me, he...Read more

 

Oooops, I farted???

When did I lose control over my ability to make a fart completely disappear before it ever even made it out of my butt???

I’ll tell you when. When I got pregnant!

Prior to pregnancy, there were certain things that I had intended to keep private and personal. Things that I didn’t even plan to share with Jerry Patterson. One of those things was…. FARTS.

I’m not sure why I was SO self-conscious about it. I am typically very open and have a strong commitment to the idea that our bodies are “normal”. It’s functions included, BUT… farting was a whole different story.

There were times in my life where I thought I would rather die of spontaneous human combustion then let a noisy stink bomb out of my ass.

And then one day it happened…

I was newly pregnant and I was sitting on the edge of the bed putting my socks on. When I stood up. PPLLLLLBBBLLBBL….. I FARTED! I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t even know I had to fart! I was mortified! Jerry Patterson was as shocked as I was but laughed it off to save me from my own embarrassment and we went on about our day. I guess I got the green light that day because now, we share it all! Farts included! LOL!

I know… it’s bit of a stinky topic but it is an important one nonetheless.

It’s important, because there is a reason for it and as a Doula, my role is to educate. So, class, please take out your notebooks and pens. Todays lesson is on ...Read more