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Alternative Births

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

What is infertility?

Infertility is the diagnosis given when a couple is not able to become pregnant despite having carefully timed, unprotected sex for one year. There are more than 200,000 cases of infertility in the United States each year. 

What causes infertility?

The causes of infertility may include inadequate levels of hormones in both men and women. Women who have difficulty with ovulation may be at risk for infertility as well. 

Looking for infertility treatment? 

Treatment may significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant. Treatments for infertility include hormone treatments, fertility medications (IVF), and surgery. Various medical techniques can also be used in assisted reproduction to fertilize an egg. 

April 24th through April 30th 2016 was National Infertility Awareness Week and it prompted us to open the door to this blog post.

Infertility has somehow become a "taboo" subject...Read more

"Judgement free? Can I write that on my birth plan?

I just don’t know how I will act when I am in labor, but in my normal life, worrying about what people think of me, keeps me from doing things sometimes.

I want to feel uninhibited when I’m in labor.”

What the fuck?!?!

Why is this something that American women even have to wonder about?!?! A wonderful and wise mother asked this question at our Women’s Prenatal Discussion Group a while back. We were talking about birth plans and she said, “I don’t want to be judged the next time I’m in labor. Is that ok to write on my birth plan?” My heart broke…

People ask us all of the time, “what does a Doula do?” My response is different based on who is asking the question. Sometimes I keep it real surface and sometimes I go deeper into the explanation.

A Doula brings a sense of normalcy to birth. She validates a woman and her partner and they feel free to embrace the experience because she is with them. She encourages them to learn and discover themselves and their philosophies during pregnancy and through the birth and postpartum period. A role that is taken on by no other birth professional.

A doula makes it feel absolutely normal to make noise during labor or move in a way that doesn’t seem normal when you are not in labor. In fact, she will make the noise with you, and she...Read more

1) I want an amazing birth experience where my husband plays a key role. We both anticipate him doing more than holding my hand and cutting the cord. 

2) I want complete control over who will share in this intimate experience and I can get that in my own home. Call me a control freak… but I am not comfortable with a new cast of characters coming in with each shift-change.

3) I want to be where I feel most comfortable and uninhibited.  I want to be able to scream, cry, laugh, curse, puke, etc.  There’s no safer space for this than my own bedroom.

4) Labor is hard work! If I get hungry or thirsty, I want to eat or drink and I don’t want to be told that I can’t. Many hospitals don’t allow food or drink during labor. I’ve done the research; this misguided practice is surgery prep, not birth prep. I believe it’s far more important that I keep up my strength throughout my labor.

5) I want my birth to progress naturally at my body’s pace, not at a pace dictated by routine protocol or an obstetrician’s schedule.

6) I want a natural and un-medicated birth.  Interventions and medications carry risks for both me and my baby.  Even though I’m a bit of a wimp most of the time, other comfort measures can be as effective as drugs. I don’t want anything to inhibit my ability to fully experience and participate in my labor and delivery. 

7) I want to be able to move around and change positions during labor.  Being confined to a bed is not my...Read more

I am a Doula and I have been witnessing birth for about 17 years. The truth is…

I don’t love birth.

What I really love is the power and strength that women find in them selves during labor. When that power, pushes them past the words, “I can’t!” and they learn how capable they really are. THAT is my true passion and why I love my job.

I have pushed myself many times in my life and because I have, I have confidence. I trust my instincts and I believe in my abilities.

My life has not been easy. In fact, I personally know the meaning of the word struggle, I looked struggle in the eye and I made it through… virtually unscathed.

At 21 years old, Jerry and I were homeless. We lived outside… on the streets. Our only belongings were, 2 sleeping bags, 1 plastic garbage bag filled with our clothes, an acoustic guitar and an alarm clock that didn’t work without electricity.

The good news? We lived in San Diego! The weather was perfect and it never rained, not even once, while we spent that month without a roof over our heads.

Jerry got a job as a laborer for a small construction company and I got a job at the bowling alley’s snack bar.

Getting that job was one of the most challenging and strategic things I have ever done in my life. Remember… I was homeless. No address to write on the job application, no phone number to leave for the manager to contact me. So instead, I showed up every day at a different hour...Read more

First time mom gives birth 2 weeks early at her BABY SHOWER!

Enjoy this story of a precipitous birth!Read more

I don’t like to eat a cupcake from a bake sale when I don’t know who made it! I haven’t seen their kitchen and don’t know if it’s clean enough for me to consume something prepared there. Never mind my placenta!

We all have a standard of cleanliness that we live by. The people closest to me will tell you that my standards are extremely high. A sponge in my sink can easily gross me out after a small handful of days but for someone else, it my not occur to them for weeks to replace it.

The idea of someone coming to the hospital to pick up the placenta (which is an organ, by the way) that I just birthed, bring it to their home (which I have never seen) dehydrate it, crush it and encapsulate it, is well beyond my comfort zone.

What I do know for sure is that ANYTHING prepared for sale, for human consumption MUST be prepared in a Board Of Health approved kitchen OR the kitchen of the person consuming it.

Some IMPORTANT things to consider when contemplating

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION FOR INGESTION

1)   How will your placenta be transported? The only acceptable answer to this is that YOU will transport it to YOUR home. I am not certain of exactly what the legal repercussions are of driving your car with someone else’s body organs in it is, but I’m sure they are not good. There is a standard for transporting body organs and most encapsulation...Read more

 

I am a Doula. That is my profession, my career.  It is my job, NOT my lifestyle. I clean my house with bleach (not cleaning products that are safe for human consumption) and I was devastated (but now recovering) from Hostess’ announcement to go out of business. I drive a gas guzzlin’ SUV and patchouli oil gives me a migraine!

All professions come with stereotypes. Accountants are called nerds, Firemen are sexy, used car salesmen are deceitful and you know what they say about those hot librarians! However, I, and the staff at Northeast Doulas does not meet the stereotypical description of Doulas. Instead, we are professional, articulate, well trained, certified support Doulas.

I do not encourage any certain birth philosophy or parenting style. I have no agenda. I simply want for my client, what she wants for herself. I support her completely free of judgment, knowing that I may be the only woman on Earth NOT judging her.

Somewhere down the road, the definition of the word Doula became cloudy. For many, it has taken on a connotation that implies crunchy, granola, natural un-medicated, un-intervened birth along with exclusive breastfeeding and attachment parenting.

Today, I set the record straight!

The word Doula, is a Greek word and it is defined as a woman servant. A woman who serves another woman. The capacity that we use it in is a woman serving another woman through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum...Read more

100 miles from Salt Lake City on a rural stretch of highway surrounded by nothing but barren salt flats when her twin unborn babies decided it was time.
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A Postpartum Insurance Policy

You just gave birth. Your hormones are raging. Your life just changed forever.

What if I tried to sell you an insurance policy that could insure a more positive transition for you? What if it was your own placenta and eating it was part of that policy? Ladies, let me introduce you to…

Placenta Encapsulation For Ingestion

As a kid, I remember my hippie mom and her friends talking about placenta lasagna and placenta stew. I remember thinking, I’m not sure what placenta is but I’m steering clear of stew and lasagna for a while, just in case. I had no idea that they were talking about growing an organ in their uterus’, passing it through their vaginas and then EATING IT!!!! I always thought they were weird but this took the cake!

BUT….

My mind has been changed. It’s amazing what a little education can do for someone... So, let me share what I’ve learned!

First of all, we are mammals. MOST (not all) mammals ingest their placentas after giving birth. Of the ones that don’t, most are water mammals. Whales for example do not. When a whale is just about to give birth, the cord and the baby separate, the “calf” is born and when the placenta is born, it falls to the bottom of the sea and the mother is not able to ingest it.

Marsupials, particularly kangaroos don’t ingest their...Read more

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