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Northeast Doulas offers a wide variety of doula services including placenta encapsulation.

This practice has been around for centuries and over the past several years has been gaining ground in the US. Unsure of what exactly placenta encapsulation means?

In this post we break down all there is to know about Placenta Encapsulation, including a breakdown on the placenta encapsulation procedure, benefits and how Northeast Doulas can assist you. 

What is placenta encapsulation? 

Placenta encapsulation is the procedure by which a woman's placenta is ingested after being steamed and dehyrated...Read more

Pregnancy comes with a ton of decisions to make. 

Which Hospital should I deliver my baby at? 

Which provider should I choose? 

Which do you choose first?

The Hospital or the Provider? 

WOW. These are just a few decisions to expect when you are expecting and it was overwhelming to just type these out. 

It has been said that "Doulas are experts in birthing options, not experts in clinical management.” So, since we as doulas have been deemed 'experts in options' we decided to break down your options when it comes to choosing a hospital and a provider. 

How to choose which provider to deliver your baby. 

You might have a connection with a personal GYN or you may have received a recommendation...Read more

What is Group B Strep? 

Group B Streptococcus (GBS)  is bacteria that can be present in the intestines, vagina and/or rectum. About 25% of all healthy adult women carry this bacteria. During pregnancy, GBS can cause urinary tract infections which can sometimes lead to preterm labor. Because it is possible to pass this infection to the baby during delivery, routine prenatal care includes testing for GBS. Most pregnant women who test positive for this bacteria (colonized) present no symptoms.

How can you get Group B Strep?

Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disease, you cannot get it from contact with food, water or touching a surface. It is not something you can catch from another person. Group B Strep is bacteria that normally lives in our intestines, vagina and rectum. 

Approximately 1 in 2000 babies in the U.S. are affected by Group B Strep. 

Testing for Group B Strep is routinely done because although not every baby exposed will contract it, those who do can...Read more

They tell you you've become a woman when you're thirteen.

You don't become a woman when you're thirteen; you don't become a woman once; you become a woman a thousand times, with every test you pass (or fail), every challenge you overcome with feminine wile, every obstacle you conquer with courage and a high tolerance for pain, every birth and death that shifts generations and forces you into a new womanly role, every bodily demand or medical scare unique to women; every fight you end with a hug, every cake you bake, and every pimple you cover up...

At 39 I've become a new woman; today I've become a newer, better woman than I was yesterday (older is a state of mind); and all the women around me contribute to the fabric of my being.

So, I thank them. I thank my mother, my sisters, my aunts, cousins, friends, cleaning lady, postpartum doula, lactation consultant, and more friends who provide examples of giving, nourishing, sacrificing, working, mothering, and becoming more whole as a woman every day. 

It's a process we cannot stop. We try and try to move body and soul gracefully and sometimes need bolstering. Having been shown tremendous grace, warmth, and generosity of spirit during this pregnancy and postpartum period gives me a strong desire to become an amalgam of all the women I admire--to carry the torch, restore harmony to the community of women, and add my own unique stamp of sass and humor, skepticism and derring-do to the communal...Read more

“Time may change me. But I can’t trace time.”- Changes- S. Pitts & D. Bowie

At dinner today, (Mexican take-out- I don’t cook on Thursdays) Drew asked for “rice” and said “ah- done” when he was finished.  He said “nigh nigh” at bedtime and asked for a clean “butt” and crawled up the stairs himself for his bath.

Nineteen months ago, after 39.9 weeks of pregnancy, 15 hours of labor, and 27 months of healing from my C-section, Drew was born.  With the help of my amazing husband and doula, I gave birth to this baby, via VBAC, on a rainy November evening.  Since then I have nursed, snuggled, played, watched hours of ESPN, listened to music, laughed, cried, marveled, and taken care of him.  Now that tiny newborn is 19-months-old.

This morning at breakfast, Ben asked me when I was going to come to his preschool to hear him sing the Hebrew song with the Cantor.  He then excused himself from the table, went to the bathroom, and washed his hands afterward.  He hugged me good-bye and then told me to have a good day at work. 

Almost 4 years ago, on a sunny July afternoon, after 39 weeks of pregnancy, 8 hours of induced labor, and 45 minutes of surgery, Ben was born.  It was a transformative experience in many ways. Since then, I have nursed him, snuggled him, played games with him, read to him, cooked, laughed, cried, and taken him to work with me when I can.  He’s my little assistant and he’s almost four-years-old.   

Today, I gave their...Read more

Being a doula takes it's toll.
We work long hours, without notice and must give 110% of ourselves regardless of what is happening personally, when we are needed. It is sometimes frustrating, usually exhausting and ALWAYS rewarding! This letter from a recent client will help you understand... Why We Doula. 
"I am not sure how many letters like this you receive but I hope it is many and I hope that the volume of gratitude in no way dilutes the message that you are incredible women.
 
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