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

Posted on: July 19, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Natural Childbirth, Pregnancy

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 7 “B’s” of attachment parenting. Bonding with your baby prenatally, through labor, and literally …

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” …

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 Birth, the Boob & the Baby

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


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 …

Induction – What Should I Ask my Doctor?

Posted on: January 22, 2019 | Hospital Birth, Labor and Birth

Labor induction

You’re 39 weeks pregnant and your doctor says you need an induction. You’re not really sure what it means, why you need it or how it will happen. You only know that you should probably ask some questions but nothing comes to mind! Your friend was induced 2 months ago …

Pregnancy info – Want it? Or not?

Posted on: January 20, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Pregnancy

Pregnancy info

The word doula is synonymous with support. In fact, most would say that what doulas do is provide physical, educational and emotional support to women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. And while that’s true, the educational piece is tricky….

On the Double! Precipitous Birth Coming Right Up!

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | Labor and Birth

Labor and birth is so beautifully unique, no two women labor in exactly the same way. While most labor experiences are expected to be anywhere from 6 to 12 hours, many women experience labor and delivery in what seems like the blink of an eye. Wait a second…isn’t a speedy …

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