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February 2013 - Northeast Doulas Blog Posts


The Man Of My Dreams <3

Posted on: February 26, 2013 | Doula Life

Wanna hear more about this Jerry Patterson? Yes? OK! I was 17 years old. It was 1984. I dropped out of high school and I was working at my parent’s record store, Rock n’ Roll Heaven North in Warwick, New York. The store was a specialty record shop with a focus …


Confidence + Pregnancy = Peace

Posted on: February 26, 2013 | Doula Life, Labor and Birth, Natural Childbirth

Journal Entry, 2009 Dear Diary, When we did XXXX’s prenatal appointment she was so calm. It was as if she had given birth many times all ready, although this was her first pregnancy. She didn’t ask the usual questions like how will I know when I’m in labor? What do …


How Dare YOU?!

Posted on: February 26, 2013 | Musing

Don’t do it! It’s a bad idea and you’ll fail every time! DON’T JUDGE YOUR INSIDES AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE’S OUTSIDES! How dare you be so unfair to your self? You look at another woman in the grocery store. She has a list, a box of coupons (neatly organized) and a calculator. …


BITCH, GET ME A DRINK!

Posted on: February 26, 2013 | Musing

Sorry about the title but I was furious! It was 20 years ago. We were a 25 year old couple with long hair, tattoos and a 4 month old baby. We lived in California and we were flying home to New York for Jerry’s brother’s wedding. The airline tickets were …


What if I poop when I push?!

Posted on: February 25, 2013 | Labor and Birth

What’s your “thing”? We all have a “thing”. For some it’s the IV for some it’s being seen naked. For me it was poop! I was terrified, horrified and totally freaked out by the idea that while pushing my baby out of my vagina an unwelcome piece of digested food …


The Daughter of a Doula

Posted on: February 23, 2013 | Doula Life

Tyler “my mom is the rock n’ roll doula” Patterson      Today is Tyler Jane’s 17th Birthday. Rather than tell you how amazing she is and how awesome it feels to be her mother, I interviewed her so you could see what I see! ENJOY!   The RN’R Doula: What …


UGH! Thank G-d You’re Home!

Posted on: February 22, 2013 | Depression

A day in the life…. The washing machines broken again, there’s a mountain of laundry, I didn’t make dinner and your mom is such a bitch. Welcome home… These are just some of the things that I would bombard the love of my life with when he walked in the …


Too Dominant To Take Direction

Posted on: February 21, 2013 | Musing, Parenting Philosophy

“Randy does not accept constructive criticism” “Randy does not accept constructive criticism” That is what it said in the comment section of my report card throughout my early education. Now, that may have been true but who was checking the integrity of the authority that was providing the criticism? How was …


Clear The Slate!

Posted on: February 19, 2013 | Musing

Often, we set ourselves up to fail when we set a goal, but goal setting (when done properly) can be a very powerful tool. No one teaches us how to do it properly and so we set half-hearted “goals” and feel like shit when we fail. Although goal setting has …


I Was Called To Birth Work “Part 2”

Posted on: February 18, 2013 | Doula Life, Labor and Birth

Continued from “I Was Called To Birth Work” When I walked in the door after being gone for less than 2 hours I looked liked I’d been put through the ringer. I flopped down on the couch and said, “I am NEVER doing that shit again!” Jerry Patterson encouraged and …


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