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Postpartum

There’s no written owner’s manual when it comes to being a parent. 

There are books and resources. 

There is advice from other's experiences. 

There are other moms to bounce ideas off of. 

No matter how many resources we have available to us, we continually come across scenarios in parenting that make us think... 'WHAT THE %$*& DO I DO!?!?'

When confronted with a situation you are unsure of, you try plan A, then plan B, and so on until you find out what works best for you and your baby. Trial and error seem to be the general rule of thumb, and that’s ok. What works for one person doesn’t always work for all.  

Below is our list of Plan A Solutions for some common scenarios early parenthood brings. 

What to do if your baby is fussy? 

First, factor out the obvious reasons. Rule out a diaper change, and if he or she is hungry. 

Perhaps all your little one needs is a change of scenery. Just like adults, no one wants to sit in the same position for too long. An adult would get up, walk around, maybe do a stretch. Your baby is obviously unable to do most of those things and their only way to vocalize their discomfort is to cry and fuss. 

Pick up your baby and take a seat in that...Read more

The Easter Bunny, a sweet creature.

A generous creature who brings feelings of joy to your family.

A creature who is not to be confused with his twin brother, THE DREADED YEASTER BUNNY! 

The Yeaster Bunny. A demonic beast. A twisted soul who brings you gifts of inflammation, intense itchiness, and a thick, white discharge.

Yeast infections are relatively common. According to the Mayo Clinic, 3 out of 4 women will experience a yeast infection at one point in their lives.

The cause of a yeast infection? The fungus Candida a.k.a the root of all evil. Antibiotics can also be a large contributor to yeast. Consider taking a probiotic when you are perscribed an antibiotic. As always check with your medical provider before taking anything you are unsure of.

Candida is associated with intense itching, swelling, and irritation. 

Vaginal Yeast Infections

 

In the case of a vaginal yeast infection, the...Read more

With summer vacation quickly approaching, Northeast Doulas has teamed up with Disney expert and fanatic, Teresa Marra, from 'It's All About The Mouse Travel' to bring you everything you need to know to have the perfect Disney Vacation with your family. 

Teresa specializes in Disney destinations which include Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Aulani, and Adventures by Disney. When you book your Disney vacation with Teresa, she provides expert concierge level service at no additional cost to you and your family.

Let's start with some things you should know.

First up: Disney Baby Care Centers

Disney Baby Care Centers are located in all 4 Florida parks (...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

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.

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Sleep /slēp/ noun
A condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. 

A good night sleep can do more than boost your mood and get rid of your under eye circles.

Getting the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep can provide a variety of other benefits that play a role in your physical and mental health. Although most people are aware of the benefits of a good night sleep, sleep deprivation is something that most of us have struggled with at one point or another. 

Sleep Deprivation is something that many postpartum women struggle with.

Sleep deprivation comes with a lot of extra baggage (not just the ones under your eyes). Ongoing sleep deficiency can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain and is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Whether you had a vaginal or cesarean birth your recovery is equally important.

Your recovery is greatly impacted by two things. Your nutritional care and rest.

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If you're hosting the holidays this year, we're sure that you have constructed the perfect holiday menu for your family.

But Christmas wouldn't be the same without these 3 classic holiday beverages!

Hot Chocolate, Eggnog and Punch!

We have reached out to Chef Joe Cardinale to provide you with some instruction on how to create the perfect Holiday Cheer(s)! 

 

Holiday Hot Chocolate

2 c half and half
1 c milk
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
Pinch of ground clove
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Sugar
Kahlua (optional)

In a saucepan gently heat the milk and the half and half. Whisk in the sugar and the cocoa powder. Add the spices and continue whisking until the mixture is heated through. You don't want the mixture to simmer. If you're using the Kahlua you can add 1-2 ounces to each mug before pouring over the hot chocolate mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar.

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Egg Nog

6 egg yolks
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c cognac
1/4 c + 2 T Bourbon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1 c milk
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Placentophagy (from 'placenta' + Greek φαγειν, to eat; also referred to as placentophagia) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth.

Human placentophagy is not a new practice. Although, until now, it has not been a very common practice amongst Western Culture. As of recently, this topic has been all over the internet, magazines, and even the news. The attention the media has given to this topic has sparked somewhat of a revival of human placentophagy. 

The popularity in this postpartum trend has been heavily influenced by Hollywood celebrities who consumed their placentas. 

Below is a list of celebrity moms who bit the bullet (and by that we mean, swallowed the encapsulated, placenta-filled bullet) and consumed their own placentas.

Kourtney Kardashian

On a 2013 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kourtney and sister Kim prank their family into eating a placenta for Sunday dinner. Since this episode aired, the mother of three has been very open about consuming her placentas. On January 10th, Kourtney posted this picture of her encapsulated placenta on instagram.

“Yummy…PLACENTA pills! No joke…I...Read more

You gave birth!

You did it!

You really did it!

She’s beautiful. She’s finally here. You are absolutely blown away by the experience and this perfect little baby that has been placed on your chest. Your partner cries, you cry, you have never been more filled with love and excitement in your entire life when suddenly your doctor says… “ok, I need you to give me a little push”.

You follow his or her direction and you bear down.

You feel that second life force move through your body.

It takes on the shape of your anatomy and with one long and laborious push, your placenta is here.

Your placenta. The organ that your magnificent body grew to nourish and grow your baby. The placenta that at about 8 weeks into your pregnancy took over the management of your hormones and kept you emotionally balanced (well, for the most part any way).

It’s fascinating and your provider asks you, “do you want to see your placenta?” You hesitate but you know it is too incredible of an opportunity to pass up and you take a glimpse of it. Wow…

What happens next can change your next 6 weeks of life dramatically. You have 2 choices (in most hospitals)

·      Disregard it as medical waste

·      Take it home with you

If you choose the first option, like many women do and disregard it, you will never know the “could haves”. It will be red bagged and discarded and you will not know whether it could have impacted your...Read more

I never had the desire to go to Hawaii.

It just wasn't on my list of places to go. I had no interest in going there for my honeymoon or any other vacation for that matter. In my mind, I had a picture of what Hawaii looked like and that was good enough for me. I didn't have anything against Hawaii it just wasn't my thing…

That said, Hawaii is my mental “go to” place. I have been to my own Hawaii a handful of times.

I didn’t board a plane.

I didn’t fly across the country.

Instead, I had a baby…

Stay with me here for a moment.

As any new mother can attest, the days and weeks following the birth of a baby, especially your first baby, can somewhat blend together. Before long you have no idea what day it is, never mind, remember the last time you took a shower.

Taking a shower is no longer a given. It is something that you now plan in advance and map out strategically. This normal daily hygiene routine is now considered an "accomplishment" when you actually manage to get it done!

I remember one fairly early postpartum occasion where I was able to take a shower and not have to bring the baby in to the bathroom with me or rush out to a anxious relative holding my crying infant.

That shower was my first trip to Hawaii!

I didn't know if the baby was crying or not but if he was, I couldn't hear him.

I was alone, I was free and I was desperate to feel that way.

It was just 20...Read more

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