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

Labor and Birth

3 owners, 2 offices, 10 labor and postpartum doulas and 1 pink car!  All serving a common goal – to educate, inform and support women. 

Last week, while I was holding down the fort, Randy and Debbie met up with OB/GYN, Dr. Meedlen Charles and they headed to the WHUD radio station to sit down with Kacey and talk about women – babies, birth and doulas!  Listen to interview "Oh Ladies" now!

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It’s finally time to meet your newborn and you’ve been dreaming of seeing their perfect face for months.

When they finally get handed to you, they’re not always the “picture perfect” sight you expected.

What is all this cheesy stuff all over my new baby?!

It’s gross!

We ordered ours without the cheese, thanks.

While it can seem pretty unsightly, be thankful it's there.

The 'cheese' or more commonly referred to as vernix, is an important part of protecting your baby inside the womb.

Protection

Vernix Caseosa covers a baby’s delicate skin in the womb as it’s developing. The amniotic fluid’s acidity can damage this delicate skin and the Vernix coats the baby and prevents infection. It also keeps a newborn insulated, keeping them at a comfy temperature.

Moisturizing

Amniotic fluid would dry out a baby’s sensitive skin if it weren’t for the layer of hydrating Vernix. Your baby would be born a shriveled up raisin if their skin wasn’t constantly being hydrated while in the womb. Think of it as your baby’s first skincare regimine.

Soundproof Studio

It’s pretty noisy to float around in liquid for months, and the...Read more

What is infertility?

Infertility is the diagnosis given when a couple is not able to become pregnant despite having carefully timed, unprotected sex for one year. There are more than 200,000 cases of infertility in the United States each year. 

What causes infertility?

The causes of infertility may include inadequate levels of hormones in both men and women. Women who have difficulty with ovulation may be at risk for infertility as well. 

Looking for infertility treatment? 

Treatment may significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant. Treatments for infertility include hormone treatments, fertility medications (IVF), and surgery. Various medical techniques can also be used in assisted reproduction to fertilize an egg. 

April 24th through April 30th 2016 was National Infertility Awareness Week and it prompted us to open the door to this blog post.

Infertility has somehow become a "taboo" subject...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

As I sit here on the morning of Wednesday November 19th, in Guangzhou China across from my friend / business partner, Randy Patterson, I can’t help but think that my life, but really the lives of all doulas across the world is about to change… 

This is the morning that Randy will stand on stage (with her interpreter) and give her presentation on Doula Care in The United States, to an enormous audience of doctors, hospital administrators, nurses, and midwives, at The Fifth China Maternal and Child Health Summit.

With butterflies in my belly, (even though I don’t have to present), I look over at one of the most powerful women I will ever meet, and am in absolute awe. She is calm, cool and confident, as she reviews her notes, one last time. She is ready. She is driven and she is determined to help create change in the birth world. Her name is Randy “The Rock n’ Roll Doula” Patterson, and I am more proud of her then I could ever explain! 

What we have had the honor to see over this amazing week in China most will only dream about.

The reception we received upon our arrival and during our entire trip is second to none.  The people here in China can’t get enough information about doulas, not to mention the gorgeous, long haired, tattooed American woman who is here to talk about it. 

They want to change birth in China and the government officials, doctors and medical personnel are confident that one of the ways to make this happen will be...Read more

The “shakes” are a symptom associated with labor and the early postpartum period and are NOT often discussed or addressed during prenatal education.

Imagine the intensity of active or transitional labor…

The power of your body and baby working together to birth your child is enough to cause nausea and vomiting. Abundant releases of the hormones oxytocin and beta-endorphin are rushing through your body and you are working harder than you ever have in your life.

These extreme hormone releases coupled with the fact that we are giving birth to our children, is why this experience has such a profound effect on us as women. Never in our lives, has our body worked so hard or done so much. For nearly 50% of women, this hormonal release leads to teeth chattering shakes. These shakes tell our loved ones that we need a blanket. We do not. We are not cold. We are having a physical reaction to labor and it is very normal.

There is no way to truly physically prepare for this event. No amount of practicing, no workout, no trainer, that can take us to this “place” prior to the big day.

Dr. Henry Klapholz an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard University, has a different theory. According to him, new evidence about why nearly 50% of women shake during labor points to small amounts of fetal blood making it’s way into the mother’s bloodstream. He explains that if the baby’s blood is “incompatible” with it’s mother’s (mother is A,...Read more

This is a question that new Doulas often ask of seasoned Doulas, but clients rarely ask.

The answer is simple! What’s in the bag is

                       CONFIDENCE!

Well, not in the form of “confidence” as you may know it.

In the beginning of a Doula’s career, she looks for “things” to put in her Doula bag. Things that will make her feel like she brings value to her client’s birth.

That Doula has not yet learned the secret.

In her Doula bag are things like massage tools, rolling pins, tennis balls, rebozos (a long piece of fabric used in a variety of ways to help support and comfort a laboring woman) various massage oils, essential oils in a variety of flavors, heat packs, ice packs, flickering battery operated candles, an ipod/iphone dock and other things of that nature.

Many Doulas keep this bag near their front door for quick and easy access or even in the car for fear of getting called to a birth and not having time to get home and get the bag before heading to the birth.

The truth is…. Most of the stuff in the bag is absolutely UN-necessary. Typically the majority of that stuff… never even comes out of the bag, with the exception of her granola bar and bottle of water for when the Doula takes a quick “break” while her client is peeing.

In fact, I challenge the new Doulas that I mentor, with full Doula bags, to take one item out of the bag that she didn’t use after every birth she attends. When the bag...Read more

The short answer is... NO!

Your husband can only be your doula if he IS a doula and even then, being the doula to someone you are emotionally connected to, poses certain challenges.

The role of a doula and the role of your husband/partner during labor are vastly different but equally important. Let me explain….

The Husbands/Partner Role:

The role of your partner (who is emotionally connected to you) in labor is a tremendous asset to you in many ways. Your husband/partner provides comfort to you in a way that a stranger is not capable of.  

They know you intimately; your fears, your passions your deep concerns and your history. They can anticipate your reactions before you have even had them. They are the person you look to in life for support and they are likely the person you feel most comfortable being your real self with.

You grew this new life together and for many couples, this is their first birth experience ever.

This relationship in the delivery room is incredibly valuable, HOWEVER, it is not the doulas role.

The Doulas Role:

The doulas primary focus during your pregnancy is education, followed by the support of the decisions you make. She is able to answer your questions and lead you to the resources that you seek through relationships that she has developed....Read more

1)  Music is familiar. Making a playlist of songs that you know well, to listen to during labor can be very comforting. Giving birth in a non-familiar place can disrupt the natural flow and continuity of labor. Filling the room with things familiar to you can relax you and help your labor to progress. Typically, songs that you know all of the words to are songs that you have sang along to on many occasions. Those songs will stimulate familiar thoughts for you and can bring a comforting feeling with them.

2)  Music is personal. Music defines us in some ways and so can giving birth. Choosing to have music in your labor room and choosing what music will play gives us ownership of our room and ultimately our experience. It creates personal space in that room and tells the people who come in the room that you are a woman who has made choices about your experience. Own your personal space with the music that tells the story of who you have been and who you are becoming!

3)  Music is rhythmic and so is labor. Women who are given the opportunity to move during labor, intuitively move like they are dancing. When they are not restricted and are feeling uninhibited, women will roll their hips in a swaying or circular motion. Music helps us find that rhythm and allows us to go deeper into the experience.

4)  Music is inspiring. Think Rocky! Nothing inspired the...Read more

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