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

August 2016

Last Wednesday Northeast Doulas headed to Dutchess Stadium to raise awareness and collect donations for No Child Wet Behind at The Renegades baseball game! The Renegades' 'Collection for a Cause' program allows non-profits the chance to meet local families and spread the word about their cause.

Northeast Doulas was proud to partner with The Renegades to offer families $1 admission tickets for every pack of diapers they donated to the No Child Wet Behind non-profit organization. Collections from this event went directly to the Westchester Diaper Bank and into the hands of families desperately in need of diapers for their children.

Co-owner of Northeast Doulas, Debbie Aglietti even threw the first pitch! She’s the 2017 draft pick with her Renegades hat on.

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As the summer draws to a close, we are coming up on a new school year, pumpkin pies and crisp sweater weather.

Even with fall nearby, don’t forget about these last precious weeks of summer sunshine.

Spend some time as a family or plan a few adventures at home while you still have long days and warm nights.

 

Plan a movie night outside.

Sometimes an adventure can be found right in your own backyard. Plan a camping trip in your backyard complete with tents, sleeping bags and smore’s! Your kids will feel like they’re exploring uncharted territory only a few feet from the back porch. A projector can turn your laptop and a white sheet into an outdoor movie theatre. A movie night under the stars might be an awesome last hoorah before school starts.

Plan a trip to the beach.

It wouldn’t be summertime without a day at the beach. Pack a picnic lunch, sand toys and some fluffy towels and...Read more

Raising kids isn’t easy no matter what gender they are. But, as a mother of two sons, I know a heck of a lot about raising boys. Even as I sat down to write this guest post (for Randy Patterson and Northeast Doulas) I was interrupted by my three year old son Miles walking into my office holding a giant kitchen knife requesting that I slice him up a snack, followed shortly after by my six year old banging away to The Who on his drum set-up. Let’s just say that raising boys comes with a few special notes!

Crisis averted, earplugs in and my inspiration fueled- here we go:

5 Things I know about raising boys

  1. Their aim sucks. No matter how much you clean, your bathroom will always smell like a bar restroom and there will always be scraps of food near the garbage. We’re always reminding them to be careful but I’m convinced it’s because boys are too busy racing off to do something else to stop and make sure they’ve hit the target.
     
  2. There will be a LEGO phase. It’s almost unavoidable with ALL kids. Star Wars, Scooby Doo, Lego Friends,
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As a girl who grew up in the backyard playing baseball, roller-hockey, and making mud-pies, I was more than a little nervous when the ultrasound tech looked up and said “There is your daughter!”

You see, at a young age, up until I was about 20, I hadn’t ever spent time with little girls. My brother had two sons, my cousin is a boy, most of the neighborhood kids were boys, and the ones that were girls really weren’t keen on being my friend. I always dreamed of having a little girl but when it came time I realized I had no idea what to do with one.

My daughter is now 4 and while I learn something new about raising girls every day, here is a list of 5 things I definitely know about raising girls.

1) One size does NOT fit all

We all know women come in all shapes and sizes but for some reason we tend to put our daughters into two categories...tom-boys and girly-girls. But what if your little girl loves to roll in the mud while she plays princess? Well, my friends, it means you have a GIRL. Little girls (and big girls!) are fluid creatures with ever-changing likes and interests. How awesome is that?

2) They copy EVERYTHING

Imagine my horror walking into my 4 year old daughter’s room to see her trying to make her tiny tummy smaller. Yeah...Read more

While you’re in the midst of getting your placenta encapsulated, you have a great opportunity to find out more about newborn care and the postpartum period in general, from your Northeast Doulas Postpartum Placenta Specialist.

Asking your specialist some postpartum questions can help ease your mind as you navigate your road to recovery and new parenthood. Remember that your specialist is an expert in her field and can give you some great tips as well as affirm that your intuition is leading you in the right direction.

Wondering if the type of questions you have are appropriate to ask her? Don't worry, you can be sure that there is no question too messy or too awkward to ask your encapsulator. 

Although you have the option to sit in while your placenta is being processed, if you prefer not to, we still encourage you to utilize your Postpartum Placenta Specialist as a preferred resource. 

It's like having Google right there in your kitchen! 

Take advantage. Sit with her. Pick her brain!

Here are just some of the questions that have been asked of our Postpartum Placenta Specialists, to give you an idea of how valuable it is to have our experts in your home during the early postpartum days! 

1. Why am I constantly sweating at night? Is this normal?...Read more

The pacifier, paci, binky, or the boppy, no-no or nucky. Every family has a creative name for this little piece of household 'peace and quiet'. Almost 200 different names to be exact.

The real fun begins when it’s time to say goodbye to the binky. 

Once it’s gone, the tears begin. But, necessity is the mother of invention and figuring out how to release the bink is no exception!

Parents are creative when it comes to pacifier weaning to ease the transition for their little ones and make it a bit less stressful for everyone involved. The object here is to make it fun and not too obvious about what’s really going on. If they’re onto you, it'll never happen!

The following are some creative solutions!

The Binkie Fairy

Oh you’ve never heard of the mystical Binky Fairy?

She visits your child while they sleep each night (similar to her cousin, the Tooth Fairy) and removes the pacifier, She replaces it with a little present that makes a toddler very excited to wake up to! One by one the pacifiers disappear, almost without any waterworks.

Whoever thought of this one should win an award for most creative. Parents, by the end of this you’ll be experts at navigating your child’s room in the dark like a pacifier ninja. Of course that comes after stubbing your toe and stepping on a few legos in the middle of the night.

Pay With Pacifiers

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