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Postpartum

The short answer is YES!

Your milk comes in stages, three to be exact.  The first stage is colostrum, next is transitional milk and finally mature milk. 

For many women the first sign of pregnancy is sore breasts.  The soreness comes when the milk glands start doing their job early in the first trimester. Most woman start producing colostrum in their second trimester, although for some, colostrum may begin to appear just after birth. 

Transitional milk is high-protein breast milk. A woman will start producing this about three to six days after the birth of the baby. This will happen by the baby stimulating the breast, regularly, at least every two to three hours. A woman will typically see an increase in the amount of milk she is producing, as well as a heavy-ness and increase in the size of her breast. 

The mature milk contains more fat and less protein.  You can expect that to start about 10 to 15 days after the birth. 

This initial two weeks of breastfeeding can be extremely challenging for both mom and baby.

Flat or inverted nipples can be one of those challenges. A flat or inverted nipple doesn’t mean that you won't be able to successfully breastfeed! It just means that you may need some extra support from a lactation consultant, or a postpartum doula. Engorgement is also a common challenge during the first two weeks. This is due to extra blood and lymph fluids in the breast tissue. Things to look out for are...Read more

Northeast Doulas - No Child Wet Behind

Northeast Doulas is now collecting diapers for our NO CHILD WET BEHIND Diaper Drive and Fundraiser.  Diapers and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless

We are raising awareness about the challenges that so many families are faced with in order to keep their babies in clean, dry diapers.  We will be collecting diapers through our event on June 1st.  The day will start off with a 5k/ 10k race and 1 mile Family Walk followed by a Family Fun Day to celebrate this amazing community!  

Bring some diapers, run and have fun!  See you at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights on June 1st!

For more information about diaper collection locations and to register, check out the EVENTS page on our website!

Northeast Doulas is proud to bring awareness to such a wonderful cause and we are so grateful for the support of our title sponsor Hudson Valley Hospital CenterRead more

When Your Water Breaks...

Ummm… Last I heard, water doesn’t break. Something that holds water can break and water can gush or leak out, but water doesn’t break.

There are a lot of terms used around birth that confuse women and if a doulas first role is to educate, then let’s get started.

This water we talk about breaking is actually in a sac.

It is called the amniotic sac, to be specific. 

The sac is made of a pair of membranes that are transparent and although thin, they are pretty tough. As you can see in the photo, the amniotic sac is part of the placenta. One side of the placenta (the maternal side) is attached to the uterine wall and the other side (the fetal side) is part of the sac. The umbilical cord attaches the baby to the placenta in the sac. Make sense? The sac holds the embryo/fetus/baby until shortly before it is birthed as well as the “water”.

The water is called amniotic fluid. This fluid is pretty magical (if you ask me). It changes to meet your baby’s needs. In the very beginning of the pregnancy, it is made up of mostly water and electrolytes. But by the second trimester, the fluid contains protein, carbohydrates and some other cool stuff to help with your baby’s growth.

Then there’s the amount. Remarkably, that changes too.

Early in pregnancy, there is about 25ml of fluid. That number increase to about 400ml by around the half-way mark of gestation. At 28weeks you can expect that...Read more

The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Postpartum Doula

10 - So you don’t feel judged while you learn to care for your newborn. A doula offers judgment free support allowing you to develop your “inner-momma” peacefully, smoothly and at your own pace.

9 - So you can let your guard down and explore your parenting options.  Your doula will discuss various parenting philosophies and options with you and support you in every decision YOU make.

8 - Because early breastfeeding can pose its challenges, having a doula by your side during frustrating or exhausted feedings can be extremely beneficial.

7 - So you can be nurtured while you nurture your newborn.

6 - So you can be reminded to eat well and stay hydrated. Simple things like eating and drinking are easily overlooked while focusing on a newborn, however, they are extremely important to your recovery.

5 - So you can be free of day-to-day household tasks in order to focus on bonding with your baby and your partner.

4 - For the most up to date information on products relating to babies. Your doula is an expert on all things “baby”, in spite of the ever-changing recommendations and product recalls.

3 - Doulas are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of the postpartum baby blues and postpartum depression. Your doula can advise you of what is a “normal” part of your emotional recovery and what you might need some help with.

2 - So that you...Read more

 

 

10 things to do with your newborn so you don’t go crazy!

Once the craziness and newness of having the baby wears off, you may find yourself, dare I say it… Bored….  Right now you are probably thinking, I’m so busy; I can’t wait till I can be bored.  It’s great, for the first two or three days, and then the reality sets in.  What do you do now?  Here are some suggestions.

10.  Take a walk – Whether you go out your front door and walk your neighborhood, or stick the baby and stroller in the car and go to a park or a walking path.  Fresh air does wonders for both you and the baby.  Make sure you have a light blanket to cover the stroller if you are going to be walking in the sun. 

9.  Go to a movie – Yes, I said a movie, not watch a movie at home. Take your cuddly baby into a dark theater and more than likely, your baby will sleep through the whole thing.  A matinee during the week shouldn’t be crowded, and you will pay less, just in case it doesn’t work out

8.  Meet a friend for coffee or lunch.  We all take the time to eat lunch or at least drink a cup of coffee. Call a friend, set a time and place, and don’t cancel! Talk to another adult. Take the time to get ready, get the baby ready and go out!

7. Get a pedicure. If you time it right, I promise it can work.  Go after a feeding, so with luck, the baby will fall asleep in the car and sleep through the whole adventure.  You will have done something for...Read more

It’s been 40+ weeks

It’s been 40+ weeks and the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. You are taking your baby home!

You put that carefully chosen, adorable first outfit from the baby shower on your baby, you neurotically buckle him or her into the car seat, you sign the last of the discharge papers, you hop (gently) into the wheelchair and head to your car. With your husband walking along side you, arms loaded with flowers, suitcases and birth ball, you think to yourself, Thank G-d our Postpartum Doula is meeting us at home!

If you’re anything like I was, you look into the backseat and as your husband pulls the car away from the hospitals curb, you think to yourself, I can’t believe they are letting us take this baby! Do they know that we don’t know the first thing about taking care of this kid?!?!

You slowly and carefully make the long drive home and there she is… Your Postpartum Doula! She arrived a few minutes before you and is sitting in a chair on your front porch. She welcomes you home with her genuine and calming smile and you are so proud to show her your little pride and joy.

She helps you in with your things and just as you get settled, your baby is ready to nurse. Your Doula is well versed in breastfeeding and un-intrusively helps you and your baby latch properly. As she affirms what a great job you are doing, she heads into the kitchen to prepare you a cup of tea and some lunch. Sound too good...Read more

I am always astounded to hear of a mom who arrives at her 6 week postpartum doctor/midwife appointment… PREGNANT!

My vagina was terrified after childbirth.

20 years ago, having a baby and having an episiotomy went hand in hand.

Or should I say, hand in scissor in hand, in vagina…. Afterward, it required a tremendous amount of patience, understanding and TLC.

I walked gently.

I sat GENTLY-ER!

I diluted my urine with warm water (with that uhh-mayy-zing peri-bottle), I softly patted it dry and I sprayed it with soothing aloe spray every chance I got. I nurtured my anatomy as tenderly as I nurtured my new baby. When I wasn’t focused on one, I was focused on the other.

All vaginas are not created equal.

I remember being taken to my postpartum room after delivery. It took me about a half hour to ease myself into bed and nudge an inch at a time into a comfortable position, ooh-ing and ahh-ing while wincing in pain with each nudge. Once I was settled, I planned on staying put for as long as possible. I was laying completely still and staring deep into the eyes of 6 hour old Erica Patterson when my roommate arrived. She barreled into the room with the nurse, dropped her things on top of the dresser, flopped onto the bed, picked up the phone and ordered a pizza for delivery!

I couldn’t believe she could move like that! I said, “did you just have a baby?” She said, “yea, ya want some pizza?” It was a...Read more

When a baby has colic... 

Colic can be extremely difficult to endure. There is very little that can be done to stop the discomfort and crying associated with colic. For moms that have to work through this early parenting challenge, our advice to you is to surround yourself with plenty of support. Keep the "know it alls" away and surround yourself with the unconditional, nonjudgmental support of those who love you. al

March is colic awareness month and we would love to post your personal blog about your own experience with your newborn that suffered with colic. What did you do to get through it? Was there a support group that you turned to? A product or position that worked best for your little one?. 

These are some frequently asked questions about our favorite product for comforting a baby suffering from colic. It is called Colic Calm. Have you tried it? Please share your experiences so that someone struggling knows she is not alone!Read more

PLEASE! Hold the new mothers in your life close. Postpartum depression sadly reaches every demographic and none of us are safe. Be the kind of woman that someone in your life might confide in if they are in trouble. I am heartbroken by this story and wish I could have supported this desperate mom.... </3Read more

Postpartum Help… Do I Need It?

 

Understanding what your postpartum needs will be while you are pregnant, can be a very tricky thing.

You haven’t even given birth to this baby yet, so how will you know your needs.

You might be asking yourself….

Who will help me?

Will breastfeeding come easy?

Should I hire a baby nurse?

Do I need a lactation consultant?

Is a postpartum doula a better choice for me?

When can I pump?

How the hell do I pump?!?!

My suggestion is always the same.

Tune everyone out (friends, relatives, in-laws and out-laws) and think it through.

Listen to yourself.

Do you function better on your own with the support of your partner? Do you feel you need some gentle guidance? Do you value sleep and anticipate needing help over night?

Think about your parenting philosophy. Are you planning to practice attachment parenting? Scheduled parenting? A combination of both (which is totally doable)?

These questions and more will bring you to your answers.

Do some research and talk to some professionals.

Ask your doctor or midwife for some recommendations.

Make a list of questions and invite some postpartum doulas and baby nurses to meet with you to discuss. Those meetings should be free of charge.

Some starter questions for you to add to:

Do you have current references?

How...Read more

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