Providing Professional Doula Services to Families in Greenwich, Westchester and NYC

November 2016

If you're expecting your first baby, one of you biggest most important questions may be... 

Will my vagina go back to normal after my baby is born?

It might be hard to believe you can push a watermelon sized person out of there and everything will go right back to normal. No matter who your partner is, nothing this size has ever entered your vagina!

In most cases, the answer to this frequently asked question, is yes! Because your muscles and tissue does a remarkably good job of bouncing back. 

Our bodies are crazy, right!?

There are actually a lot of different factors that determine how "back to normal" your vagina will be after you give birth. 

Genetics, your baby's size, the number of children you've had, whether or not you experienced any tearing during birth and whether or not you had an episiotomy.

A wise obstetrician half jokingly shared that "The integrity of the vagina and tissue around it is amazing! If you put two pieces of vagina in the same room, they merge together! The healing a vagina can do on its own is unbelievable.

Let's believe in our vaginas! Let's believe that they are strong and capable and that...Read more

The term "due date" is short for ESTIMATED DUE DATE.

Some mothers go into labor a day or even a week early, while others are left watching the clock, awaiting the moment when their baby decides to show up to the party. 

It's been a long, long pregnancy and you've finally had enough. 

You may begin thinking...

"I have passed my due date, now WHERE IS THIS BABY?!"

Going past your due date is actually normal. It's not unusual to exceed 40+ weeks, however risks do increase in post term deliveries.

Not to mention a mom is just plain uncomfortable at the end of her pregnancy. 

What are the risks involved with post term delivery?

Once your baby reaches full term they have several increased risks that mostly pertain to their size. At 40 weeks, the baby is huge and there's not much room for them to wiggle around. Despite the limited space and constriction, many mother's can confirm that baby wont stop trying to make moves through their last day in utero! 

Babies delivered after 40 weeks are more prone to excessive birth weights, issues with glucose metabolism and inhaling meconium (fecal wastes)

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Having a baby is typically accompanied by a fair share of questions and uncertainties. 

Even if you've been down this road before, you might be feeling a little hopeless as your due date approaches. You may be worried or even anxious about bringing a new little one home. 

Even with tons of reading and researching, there are still topics you may be cautious to discuss in your group Childbirth Education classes or even when you meet with your birth team.

Many women feel awkward mentioning certain topics that pertain to their bodies, with people they don't know, and that's completely normal!

 Holding back questions that you are uneasy about, can lead to more fear, more concern and more anxiety. All of which are unnecessary! So...

What are some questions to NEVER ask your doula? 

NOTHING!

Nothing is off limits.

Instead of being nervous to ask, this is the opportunity to get in touch with your body, your needs, and your birth choices, ensuring you, your mind and your body are as...Read more

Weaning can be a nightmare! 

There are a ton of tips and tricks for moms out there that want to wean their babies of breastfeeding, however it's up to the individual to choose what's best. Some methods take a little longer, and every mother and childs weaning experience is unique to them. 

Weaning doesn't end the bond between a baby and its mother, it just the begins a new chapter.

Wondering more about weaning and how to wean your baby off of breast milk

The American Pregnancy Association reccommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months to one year and slowly introducing solids in addition to breast milk around the 6 month mark. Weaning off the breast might be sooner or later depending on your preferences and parenting style, there's no pressure, you get to decide what's best. YOU and only YOU! 

How can I tell if my baby is...Read more