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

Pregnancy

When you get pregnant, there’s no shortage of opinions and new knowledge about how your body is going to change during your pregnancy... You hear about what to expect during pregnancy and what you need for the new baby, but why doesn’t anyone talk about what UNDERWARE you'll buy?

Were you planning on wearing those frilly little numbers up to your due date?

Let's talk about panties.

Even if you didn’t invest big bucks into your lingerie before baby, this is certainly no time to cut corners. The panty timeline goes from frills to briefs as the weeks pass by.

But let's get real! It’s about comfort here, ladies.

We’re all for body positivity and you should feel confident and sexy while pregnant in your undergarments, but during pregnancy, your bum and belly may require a bit more support. 

Materials that are soft, breathable, and stretchy will be your booty's best friend.

Start by 'sizing up' in your favorite style underwear that you’re...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

Pregnancy comes with a ton of decisions to make. 

Which Hospital should I deliver my baby at? 

Which provider should I choose? 

Which do you choose first?

The Hospital or the Provider? 

WOW. These are just a few decisions to expect when you are expecting and it was overwhelming to just type these out. 

It has been said that "Doulas are experts in birthing options, not experts in clinical management.” So, since we as doulas have been deemed 'experts in options' we decided to break down your options when it comes to choosing a hospital and a provider. 

How to choose which provider to deliver your baby. 

You might have a connection with a personal GYN or you may have received a recommendation...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

What is Group B Strep? 

Group B Streptococcus (GBS)  is bacteria that can be present in the intestines, vagina and/or rectum. About 25% of all healthy adult women carry this bacteria. During pregnancy, GBS can cause urinary tract infections which can sometimes lead to preterm labor. Because it is possible to pass this infection to the baby during delivery, routine prenatal care includes testing for GBS. Most pregnant women who test positive for this bacteria (colonized) present no symptoms.

How can you get Group B Strep?

Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disease, you cannot get it from contact with food, water or touching a surface. It is not something you can catch from another person. Group B Strep is bacteria that normally lives in our intestines, vagina and rectum. 

Approximately 1 in 2000 babies in the U.S. are affected by Group B Strep. 

Testing for Group B Strep is routinely done because although not every baby exposed will contract it, those who do can...Read more

With the Denver Bronco's big win last night the Super Bowl is fresh on every ones mind. For many pregnant women, a different type of 'Super Bowl' is on their minds...

A big, giant, SUPER BOWL OF VOMIT.

Morning sickness is nausea in pregnancy, and typically occurrs in the first few months.

According to pregnancy.orgMorning sickness effects more than 50% of pregnant women and despite its name, the nausea can affect pregnant women at any time of day.

Morning sickness is one of the first pregnancy symptoms women notice as it most commonly begins around the 6 week mark. Morning sickness for most women stops around the 12th week of pregnancy. You might be thinking "6 weeks of morning sickness isn't that bad..." and although morning sickness does not negatively effect the baby, it can leave you feeling very, ill, stressed and uncomfortable. 

We have compiled a list of ways to combat morning sickness! 

These quick tips will help you combat morning sickness and relieve some of your symptoms. 

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There are a lot of things that we take for granted every day.

Financial Stability.

Food.

Water.

Shelter.

Life.

Family. 

Diapering our babies. 

There are many families who start and end each day stressed out about how they are going to provide clean diapers for their children.

This stress can induce severe negativity and depression amplifying the already desperate situation. The reprecussions financially, emotionally and physically increase the potential health risks for children and leave parents feeling helpless and hopeless.

Of all the things to be stressed about, Northeast Doulas believes struggling to afford diapers should not be one of them.

1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need

No Child Wet Behind is a not for profit organization set up by Northeast Doulas owners, Debbie Aglietti and Randy Patterson specifically to tackle this issue. "Our goal is to raise awareness, educate and provide diapers to families across the nation."

This spring on May 21, 2016 the No Child Wet Behind National Diaper Drive and...Read more

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
1 1/2 c...Read more

 

Oooops, I farted???

When did I lose control over my ability to make a fart completely disappear before it ever even made it out of my butt???

I’ll tell you when. When I got pregnant!

Prior to pregnancy, there were certain things that I had intended to keep private and personal. Things that I didn’t even plan to share with Jerry Patterson. One of those things was…. FARTS.

I’m not sure why I was SO self-conscious about it. I am typically very open and have a strong commitment to the idea that our bodies are “normal”. It’s functions included, BUT… farting was a whole different story.

There were times in my life where I thought I would rather die of spontaneous human combustion then let a noisy stink bomb out of my ass.

And then one day it happened…

I was newly pregnant and I was sitting on the edge of the bed putting my socks on. When I stood up. PPLLLLLBBBLLBBL….. I FARTED! I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t even know I had to fart! I was mortified! Jerry Patterson was as shocked as I was but laughed it off to save me from my own embarrassment and we went on about our day. I guess I got the green light that day because now, we share it all! Farts included! LOL!

I know… it’s bit of a stinky topic but it is an important one nonetheless.

It’s important, because there is a reason for it and as a Doula, my role is to educate. So, class, please take out your notebooks and pens. Todays lesson is on ...Read more

 

Are you a get on me or a get off me kinda girl during pregnancy?

Is that too bold of a question?

Ahh… what’s the big deal? Let’s talk about it! We all have the same parts and the same hormones, right? So let’s normalize this whole thing by talking about it!

Many women find themselves insanely horny during pregnancy and with good reason.

Increased levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are to blame (or thank!). These raging hormones are stimulating and increasing the amount of blood flow to the pelvic region and exaggerating the amount of your vaginal lubrication. So… of course you’re horny!

Now that doesn’t mean you’re horny every day, all day. But it doesn’t mean you’re not either. For some women, it changes with each trimester of pregnancy. For others it changes from week to week and for some… day to day or even hour to hour.

But what about our partners? Think about how confusing this must be to them. How the hell are they supposed to keep up with this stuff?!?! Especially, if you are a woman who typically has a low libido.

You get knocked up and now you want to swing from the chandelier and give blow jobs in the car! They can’t figure out if this is good or bad AND they are totally stumped as to why you want to one day and the next day, you’re the “ice queen”.

Once again… communication is key. Open a dialogue. Have a discussion about these hormones. Help them understand. Learn...Read more

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