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January 2013 • Northeast Doulas Blog Posts


Learning to Breastfeed~My Story

Posted on: January 30, 2013 | Breastfeeding

July 11th 1992 I gave birth to 7lb 3oz Erica early that morning. My due date was July 4th and when it came and went I was pissed! I’m not sure why they told me I was… DUE that day, since in my chart it said  ESTIMATED due date . …


Why do they call you the Rock n’ Roll Doula?

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Doula Life

Senior Prom, 1985… Randy Patterson? … nowhere to be found. Instead, I was working as the heavy metal DJ of a small club in Middletown, NY called JB’s Rock 3. On that particular night a small band named Metallica were opening for the legendary Ramones and I was playing records …


A Bad Day Doula

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Doula Life

A bad day Doula? Riiiiinnnng…Riiinnng… Good morning, Northeast Doulas. Ummm… Hi, my name is Suzie Q. I am not pregnant and I didn’t have a baby, i just want a doula! I’ve had a bad couple of days, my husband works insane hours, I’m tired and cranky and I just …


“Alternative Birth”

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Alternative Birth, Labor and Birth

A WOMAN’S EMPOWERMENT THROUGH CHOICE The free dictionary.com just gave me the definition of “alternative birth” and I thought I should share it with you. Alternative birth – a method of childbirth that avoids intrusive high-tech medicine in favor of more natural and homely settings. When did we as a society decide that …


Surrounded by Great Women

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training, Musing

DOULAS, DOULAS, DOULAS!! My hope is that as doulas, we are changing the way women interact with women – that we are caring for our clients (and friends and family), in a way where support and nurturing are commonplace, and judgment and conditions are irrelevant. My hope is that my …


Milk, Sugar and Some Honesty, Please!

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Musing

Dig a little deeper You, a friend and a cup of coffee. You called her, you made the arrangements to meet up with her. You fit it into your schedule. WHY? What do you hope to get from it? Will you make it worth the time you give it? What …


Which Childbirth Class is Right for You?

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Labor and Birth, Natural Childbirth

Hypnobirthing, The Bradley Method, Lamaze…. Boy oh boy, so many to choose from…. How will you pick the class that’s right for you? Do you know enough about each method to choose the childbirth class that you are philosophically aligned with? Do your research and read up a bit on …


How To Keep Them Reaching Up To YOU!

Posted on: January 26, 2013 | Parenting Philosophy

Parenting our children… By far, the most responsibility EVER bestowed upon us.  AND… there is no training, certifying, licensing etc. required for this all consuming position.  We do the best we can, we do it based on what is morally and ethically important to us and we do our best …


Children should be seen and not heard…

Posted on: January 25, 2013 | Musing, Parenting Philosophy

Children should be seen and not heard… I made you and I can make another one just like you… I brought you into this world and I can take you out… I am in my mid 40’s and these were the quotes that adults spoke to children when I was …


All Vaginas Are Not Created Equal

Posted on: January 25, 2013 | Hospital Birth, Labor and Birth, Postpartum

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…. …


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