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

February 2016

Our doula certification organization, ProDoula, challenged us to write a blog about a children's book that teaches a life lesson. 

 

The point of many children's books is to teach a life lesson so we thought long and hard about the lesson we wanted to reinforce with this post.

 

We wanted to write about something important and meaningful that would connect deeply with people's insides (quite literally).

 

We wanted to share a message that was written to appeal to children but one that adults could identify with also. 

 

After much mental 'constipation' we settled on 'Everyone Poops' authored and illustrated by Taro Gomi.

 

The story is simple, direct and without boundaries but what is the life lesson 'behind' it?

 

The first lesson is obvious: 

A one-hump camel makes a one-hump poop. And a two-hump camel makes a two-hump poop. (just kidding, if only life's lessons were so simple...)

The real life lesson is right in the title...

'Everyone Poops'. 

Everyone does a lot of things.

 

The lesson in this book is that we are all the same. We all function the same. Our bodies are designed to do certain things and that we must not feel shame or...Read more

Northeast Doulas is excited to announce that the event registration for our annual No Child Wet Behind 5K is now open! 

In case you are unfamiliar with this fundraiser, No Child Wet Behind began as a small local event started by Northeast Doulas three years ago. When we realized how many families just in our surrounding area alone struggled with providing diapers for their small children, we knew we had to do something to change this. 

No Child Wet Behind brings support to families in diaper need that otherwise goes unfunded by any government backed programs.

We set a goal to collect diapers to help our local diaper bank, now we have evolved into a nationwide foundation that assists hundreds of families and facilities all over the country. 

It is so important to spread the word to further our reach so we need your support too! Here is how you can get involved.......Read more

What is Group B Strep? 

Group B Streptococcus (GBS)  is bacteria that can be present in the intestines, vagina and/or rectum. About 25% of all healthy adult women carry this bacteria. During pregnancy, GBS can cause urinary tract infections which can sometimes lead to preterm labor. Because it is possible to pass this infection to the baby during delivery, routine prenatal care includes testing for GBS. Most pregnant women who test positive for this bacteria (colonized) present no symptoms.

How can you get Group B Strep?

Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disease, you cannot get it from contact with food, water or touching a surface. It is not something you can catch from another person. Group B Strep is bacteria that normally lives in our intestines, vagina and rectum. 

Approximately 1 in 2000 babies in the U.S. are affected by Group B Strep. 

Testing for Group B Strep is routinely done because although not every baby exposed will contract it, those who do can...Read more

Northeast Doulas offers a wide variety of doula services including placenta encapsulation.

This practice has been around for centuries and over the past several years has been gaining ground in the US. Unsure of what exactly placenta encapsulation means?

In this post we break down all there is to know about Placenta Encapsulation, including a breakdown on the placenta encapsulation procedure, benefits and how Northeast Doulas can assist you. 

What is placenta encapsulation? 

Placenta encapsulation is the procedure by which a woman's placenta is ingested after being steamed and dehyrated...Read more

With the Denver Bronco's big win last night the Super Bowl is fresh on every ones mind. For many pregnant women, a different type of 'Super Bowl' is on their minds...

A big, giant, SUPER BOWL OF VOMIT.

Morning sickness is nausea in pregnancy, and typically occurrs in the first few months.

According to pregnancy.orgMorning sickness effects more than 50% of pregnant women and despite its name, the nausea can affect pregnant women at any time of day.

Morning sickness is one of the first pregnancy symptoms women notice as it most commonly begins around the 6 week mark. Morning sickness for most women stops around the 12th week of pregnancy. You might be thinking "6 weeks of morning sickness isn't that bad..." and although morning sickness does not negatively effect the baby, it can leave you feeling very, ill, stressed and uncomfortable. 

We have compiled a list of ways to combat morning sickness! 

These quick tips will help you combat morning sickness and relieve some of your symptoms. 

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Let's talk about sex. 

You just had a baby. Let's be real. Your body does not snap right back to normal.

Regardless of how 'perfect', or not so perfect, your birth experience was, it is undeniable that your body has had an extraordinary and perhaps traumatic experience. 

Now that you are no longer "with child," you may be feeling eager to hop into bed with your partner and share a hot and sexy experience.

But suddenly it sinks in... Your body loudly telling you, "NO, NO, NO!" 

The thought of being penetrated after a vaginal birth is terrifying.

The thought of sharing your body with anyone other than your baby seems weird.

On top of (No pun intended) the symptoms associated with recovering from childbirth, you might even be feeling self conscious about your new body. 

Physical Pain + Self Scrutiny = Bad Sex, Bad feelings and sometimes... RESENTMENT!

So lets talk about how to get your head and your body back in the game

It starts with 2 simple words...

Relaxation and Lubrication

Let's start with relaxation.

Ask...Read more