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March 2019 - Northeast Doulas Blog Posts


Natural Birth, We Don’t do it for the Pain…

Posted on: March 23, 2019 | Hospital Birth, Natural Childbirth

Natural birth

Women choose spontaneous vaginal deliveries or what most refer to as “natural birth” for a variety of reasons. None of which include, because they love pain.  “Birth bonding” according to Dr. Sears, is the first of the 7 “B’s” of attachment parenting.  Bonding with your baby prenatally and throughout your …


Wow, That Postpartum Period…

Posted on: March 21, 2019 | Parenting Philosophy, Postpartum, Pregnancy

postpartum period

Wow, that postpartum period and that newborn sure can throw you for a loop… You’re so in love with your baby that you’ve neglected yourself… You know the old saying, you’ve got to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others, right? Have you been doing that? I know, …


Braxton Hicks Contractions

Posted on: March 18, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Braxton hicks contractions

Braxton hicks contractions may not signify the onset of labor but there is nothing “false” about them. Often referred to as false labor, braxton hicks contractions are your body’s way of preparing for the big day. Unfortunately, they offer no indication of when labor will begin. Some people begin experiencing …


The Overstimulated Baby

Posted on: March 13, 2019 | Babies, Parenting Philosophy, Postpartum

overstimulated baby

The overstimulated baby is the baby that gets passed from person to person. The mother seems frustrated and everyone wants to help. First, her friend. “I’ll take the baby. You go relax for a few minutes.” She takes the baby. She brings the sweet crying bundle up on to to …


The Birth, the Boob & the Baby

Posted on: March 10, 2019 | Breastfeeding, Labor and Birth

baby

There is something about birth that prepares you to become a parent to a child. It is usually a somewhat long process that ensues after about 40 or so weeks of pregnancy. When it starts, you’re ready. You know you will finally meet this baby that has been growing, stretching, …


Birth is Natural and So are Tornadoes…

Posted on: March 6, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Natural Childbirth

Birth is natural

I’m sure we all agree that birth is a normal, natural physiological function, right? We believe in our bodies and we believe in the innate wisdom of our babies to find their way through our bodies. Birth is natural. But so are tornadoes! The thing about natural birth is that …


The Three Stages of the First Stage of labor

Posted on: March 3, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Pregnancy

Three stages of labor

There are Three Stages of the First Stage of Labor which is confusing enough but when women start sharing “war stories” about birth, it gets even more confusing… “I was in labor for 29 hours.” “Oh that’s nothing! I was in labor for 38 hours!” “You think that’s bad? I …