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I Watched You Become a Father

Posted on: June 16, 2019 | Hospital Birth, Musing, Parenting Philosophy

I am a doula. I stand in the space of birth while reducing fear and instilling strength and I watch as you become a father. I have been on the other end of the phone when you nervously called me to say, “She is ready for you to come now…” …


Strip my Membranes?

Posted on: May 26, 2019 | Labor and Birth

Strip my membranes

Strip my membranes? What does that mean?! I was like, strip my what?!?! My membranes?! I didn’t even know I had membranes to strip… Northeast doulas is ready to tackle this curious phenomenon. After reading this, if you become the next contestant on “My Doctor Wants to Strip My Membranes” …


Why do Babies Smell Amazing?

Posted on: May 16, 2019 | Babies, Musing

Babies smell amazing

Babies smell amazing, there’s no doubt about that!  I mean c’mon! You’re holding a new baby, it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or someone else’s. It’s swaddled up like a burrito when you bring it up to your face. You take a big breath in and you just melt into …


Please Don’t Judge Me, I’m Trying…

Posted on: May 7, 2019 | Doulas

Don't judge me

I’m new at this parenting thing and I’m trying to find my way. So please don’t judge me. I want to do what’s best for my baby and I’m trying to figure out exactly what that is. So please don’t judge me. My nipples are cracked and bleeding so I’m …


Listeriosis – What Not to Eat During Pregnancy

Posted on: May 1, 2019 | Doulas

Listeriosis

OK! Now that I have your attention, I want to talk about Listeriosis. Listeriosis is the illness associated with consuming the bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria is found in both water and soil. Since this bacteria can be found in water and soil, it makes sense that it …


When Your Crying Baby Triggers Rage

Posted on: April 11, 2019 | Postpartum

Crying baby

A crying baby is a tremendous challenge and anyone who has experienced this knows it to be true. The crying starts and you shift the baby from one position to another. The crying continues. If you are sitting, you stand. If you are standing, you walk. But the crying continues. …


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

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 …


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