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

Postpartum

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

3 owners, 2 offices, 10 labor and postpartum doulas and 1 pink car!  All serving a common goal – to educate, inform and support women. 

Last week, while I was holding down the fort, Randy and Debbie met up with OB/GYN, Dr. Meedlen Charles and they headed to the WHUD radio station to sit down with Kacey and talk about women – babies, birth and doulas!  Listen to interview "Oh Ladies" now!

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Please join us Sunday May 13th for the 6th annual No Child Wet Behind 5K and Family Fun Day in FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. 

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day Than with your families supporting the families in need in our very own community.

Each year Northeast Doulas hosts this event, bringing us together and raising awareness about the many babies in need of clean, dry diapers throughout Westchester County and our nation.

A full day of activities is scheduled along with a diaper drive, fundraiser and raffle. We are thrilled to partner with Taconic Road Runners Club for our annual 5k. In honor of Mother’s Day this year’s race is ladies only. The 5K will be kicking off at 8 am followed by a 2-mile family fun run.

Children of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy the many activities we have in store including: a bouncy house, face painting, carnival games, a clown, vendors, food, special speakers and more.

Northeast Doulas are proud to continue to partner with The Westchester Diaper Bank and raise awareness for this incredible cause. Please take a moment to visit  www.nochildwetbehind.com and our facebook page for a list of diaper drop off...Read more

Crying, screaming, fussy. Is there no end? Every time you put your newborn down, shrill shrieks, and bursts of belted tears that seem to get louder and louder with each foot step further away. Will they ever stop? Will there ever be peace? How can I make this end?

SWADDLE

The secret art of swaddling has been soothing even the most unsettled for centuries. Yes, I said ART.

The baby burrito has been in practice for thousands of years. Swaddling has been known to have many benefits beyond just providing comfort. Swaddling has been known to promote healthy sleep since swaddling simulates the womb. Studies have shown that swaddling assists in decreasing SIDS risk since infants are securely wrapped and laid on their backs, with less chance of rolling over.

Swaddling is a finely tuned skill. This baby blanket origami has been mastered by parents and birth workers to sooth even the most savage of infants. Snugness and tuck techniques passed down from generation to generation perfected along the way.

But, don’t you worry we have scoured the universe (YouTube) and found 3 incredibly informative swaddling tutorials that will make you Masters of the Swaddle in minutes.

So, grab a baby doll and a blanket and follow these links...Read more

Sometimes to the key to getting rid of stress is a relaxing cup of tea. That is no different when it comes to stress over lactation. Generations have turned to teas to remedy everything from sleep to slimming down to boosting a mother’s milk supply. It is so common that there is actually a term for them: Galactagogues.  
 
Throughout history, almost every culture, from shamans, to mothers, monks and doulas have been brewing their own “magical” teas that aide in the creation of milk for breastfeeding mothers. Each culture in possession of a powerful ingredient or blend of ingredients indigenous to their lands that boosts lactation. 
 
Today we are lucky to have access to every secret blend, from every corner of the globe. We can purchase the key ingredient(s) to blend and steep ourselves or order them as loose blends. No matter your choice, these sacred ingredients have been promoting lactation for centuries.
 
While there are no studies to scientifically prove that lactation teas work, the fact that we are still discussing them today supports the anecdotal evidence.
 
There are several different companies that have...Read more

 

Once again, we are putting the FUN in Fundraiser.

No Child Wet Behind is kicking off the 2018 fundraising season with our 2nd Annual Comic Relief Fundraiser. On Friday, April 27th at 7:45 PM comedian Nate Bergatz will take the stage of Levity Live. Register today and be sure to secure your seat for the comedian who Esquire calls “one of the top up and coming comics.” 

Join us at Levity Live’s Nyack, NY Palisades Mall location for a night of non-stop laughs.  This is your chance to experience Nate Bergatz’s national tour and support an incredible cause in the process.  Laugh your butts off to diaper the butts of the many infants in need of diapers in Westchester county. The $20 ticket makes a huge difference in our community as all proceeds from this event will benefit The Westchester Diaper Bank.

If your calendar is not clear but you still want to support No Child Wet Behind please help make our wishes come true and visit our Amazon Wishlist where you can donate the exact diapers that are most in need from the families in our community.  Diaper drop box locations will be announced soon for in person donations as well. Stay tuned for information about our Annual No Child Wet Behind 5k and...Read more

Breastfeeding can be a once in a lifetime opportunity to bond with your baby. Whether it be because of challenges during breastfeeding, low milk supply, or trouble latching, for many parents their breastfeeding journey is anything but. 

So switch to formula, right? 

Wrong. 

Many parents see incredible value in actual breast milk, and despite not being able to produce enough milk, still prefer their baby consume breast milk, even if not produced by their biological parent. 

Northeast Doulas is proud to announce that we are ONE of just THREE Breast Milk Banks located in Westchester County

So you might be wondering how this actually works. 

All milk donors are screened for health concerns and communicable disease.

Our donors MUST meet the following basic requirements:

- In good health and able to breastfeed, with a surplus of milk.

- No use of nicotine products or regular use of milk enhancing herbs, including fenugreek or blessed thistle....Read more

Here it is. The moment we've all been waiting for. The day you finally get to bring your baby home after waiting for what probably seemed like the longest 9 months ever! With baby donned in their 'coming home from the hospital outfit', and your car seat safely installed the way you practiced a hundred times, you are finally en route to home sweet home.

I'm sure you've imagined those first few moments at home with baby to be magic. Maybe you've even fantasized about bonding with your baby, skin-to-skin, in the comfort of your own bed, or having guests over to whisper sweet nothings to your newest addition as they meet for first time. 

Here at Northeast Doulas we are here to tell you what nobody else will. 

Bringing home baby kinda stinks.

Babies are notorious for throwing parents off with their digestive systems.

We'll start with gas.

Many parents know to expect an influx of gas when baby is earth side. However, most parents are not educated on the why behind it. So we'll start with that. 

As with all gas, the cause is linked to too...Read more

Now that your baby is here and settled in at home, you’re probably anxious to get out of those maternity clothes and back into your favorite skinny jeans.

Remembering to eat a full meal, or even something green is a challenge and taking on a brand new diet might seem overwhelming to add onto your to-do list.Carrying a baby with one hand and trying to use the other to prepare snacks and meals that actually keep you on the right track can be easier said than done. You’ve got a lot on your plate as it is, but eating right doesn’t have to be complicated, stressful or even difficult.

You might be surprised what indulgences can actually be doing your body good.

Dairy isn’t always scary.

Research found that a lack of calcium actually triggers fat cells to store fat and get bigger. Since dairy products are known to be a rich source of calcium, nutritionists are taking a closer look at how dairy really affects our ability to live a healthier lifestyle.

New studies show that people taking a calcium supplement while watching their calorie intake experienced 38% more lost body fat. Another controlled group boosted their dairy intake while reducing their daily calories and experienced 64% more fat and body weight lost.

So supplements are great, but sometimes they’re no match for the real thing.

Keep an eye on calories but don’t let them consume you, and incorporate fresh foods and even some treats you thought were off...Read more

Postpartum placenta magic goes far beyond capsules.

Encapsulation is so much more than a placenta capsule regimen and helps women go above and beyond to take control of their postpartum wellness and more. Your postpartum placenta specialist brings more than capsules to the table and your sessions can include everything from tinctures to art that encapsulates memories of your beautiful birth experience. 

Placenta encapsulation and processing as a whole is still fairly new to the United States, while placenta has incredible spiritual and physical significance across the globe. We're always setting out to fill in the gaps and help parents identify what birth and postpartum journey feels right for them to help them feel confident as they start this amazing new chapter in their lives.

We're exploring some of the...Read more

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