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Postpartum

If you're hosting the holidays this year, we're sure that you have constructed the perfect holiday menu for your family.

But Christmas wouldn't be the same without these 3 classic holiday beverages!

Hot Chocolate, Eggnog and Punch!

We have reached out to Chef Joe Cardinale to provide you with some instruction on how to create the perfect Holiday Cheer(s)! 

 

Holiday Hot Chocolate

2 c half and half
1 c milk
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
Pinch of ground clove
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Sugar
Kahlua (optional)

In a saucepan gently heat the milk and the half and half. Whisk in the sugar and the cocoa powder. Add the spices and continue whisking until the mixture is heated through. You don't want the mixture to simmer. If you're using the Kahlua you can add 1-2 ounces to each mug before pouring over the hot chocolate mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar.

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Egg Nog

6 egg yolks
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c cognac
1/4 c + 2 T Bourbon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1 c milk
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Placentophagy (from 'placenta' + Greek φαγειν, to eat; also referred to as placentophagia) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth.

Human placentophagy is not a new practice. Although, until now, it has not been a very common practice amongst Western Culture. As of recently, this topic has been all over the internet, magazines, and even the news. The attention the media has given to this topic has sparked somewhat of a revival of human placentophagy. 

The popularity in this postpartum trend has been heavily influenced by Hollywood celebrities who consumed their placentas. 

Below is a list of celebrity moms who bit the bullet (and by that we mean, swallowed the encapsulated, placenta-filled bullet) and consumed their own placentas.

Kourtney Kardashian

On a 2013 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kourtney and sister Kim prank their family into eating a placenta for Sunday dinner. Since this episode aired, the mother of three has been very open about consuming her placentas. On January 10th, Kourtney posted this picture of her encapsulated placenta on instagram.

“Yummy…PLACENTA pills! No joke…I...Read more

You gave birth!

You did it!

You really did it!

She’s beautiful. She’s finally here. You are absolutely blown away by the experience and this perfect little baby that has been placed on your chest. Your partner cries, you cry, you have never been more filled with love and excitement in your entire life when suddenly your doctor says… “ok, I need you to give me a little push”.

You follow his or her direction and you bear down.

You feel that second life force move through your body.

It takes on the shape of your anatomy and with one long and laborious push, your placenta is here.

Your placenta. The organ that your magnificent body grew to nourish and grow your baby. The placenta that at about 8 weeks into your pregnancy took over the management of your hormones and kept you emotionally balanced (well, for the most part any way).

It’s fascinating and your provider asks you, “do you want to see your placenta?” You hesitate but you know it is too incredible of an opportunity to pass up and you take a glimpse of it. Wow…

What happens next can change your next 6 weeks of life dramatically. You have 2 choices (in most hospitals)

·      Disregard it as medical waste

·      Take it home with you

If you choose the first option, like many women do and disregard it, you will never know the “could haves”. It will be red bagged and discarded and you will not know whether it could have impacted your...Read more

I never had the desire to go to Hawaii.

It just wasn't on my list of places to go. I had no interest in going there for my honeymoon or any other vacation for that matter. In my mind, I had a picture of what Hawaii looked like and that was good enough for me. I didn't have anything against Hawaii it just wasn't my thing…

That said, Hawaii is my mental “go to” place. I have been to my own Hawaii a handful of times.

I didn’t board a plane.

I didn’t fly across the country.

Instead, I had a baby…

Stay with me here for a moment.

As any new mother can attest, the days and weeks following the birth of a baby, especially your first baby, can somewhat blend together. Before long you have no idea what day it is, never mind, remember the last time you took a shower.

Taking a shower is no longer a given. It is something that you now plan in advance and map out strategically. This normal daily hygiene routine is now considered an "accomplishment" when you actually manage to get it done!

I remember one fairly early postpartum occasion where I was able to take a shower and not have to bring the baby in to the bathroom with me or rush out to a anxious relative holding my crying infant.

That shower was my first trip to Hawaii!

I didn't know if the baby was crying or not but if he was, I couldn't hear him.

I was alone, I was free and I was desperate to feel that way.

It was just 20...Read more

 

The baby (2-16 or so, weeks old) is sleeping.

She is in your room with you in a bassinette, it is 11pm, you are exhausted and ready for as much sleep as she will let you get!

Your brush your teeth and your head hits the pillow hard! You are expecting a good 2.5 hours and you need it badly!

Your eyes quickly close to the hum of your sweet bundle’s breath and you're there. Your body and mind are finally at rest. You are in recovery mode. I mean you might even have a dream, you’re so asleep and then… she sighs and moves (a tiny bit). You’re up! All the way up! You’re standing over her, ready for action… she is asleep. It is 11:23pm, you get back into bed.

OK… You are filled with gratitude for that sweet little girl and you are back to sleep. Ahhhh…

You don’t know how you are able to hear her move her mouth but somehow from a full on sleep, her tongue moves off of the roof of her mouth and her pucker wakes you like a 5 alarm fire! You bolt out of bed. You are standing over that bassinette staring at a …sleeping baby! You make your way back to bed. It is 11:41pm. You drift off to sleep with thoughts about whether or not your husband needs a hearing check…

At 11:57, she is screaming! At least you thought so, because in the .2 seconds it took you to whip the covers off and RUN 1 step to her bedside… she fell back to sleep.

You chug some water, rub your face and let you weak and exhausted body melt back into bed. You pull...Read more

 

“DON’T TALK TO ME”, I snapped!

I need 20 minutes of quiet to just chill!

I’m completely fried.

I have to decompress… Oh my gosh, my mind is spinning. There’s electricity raging through my body and I have to drive this car and get this kid and I home safely!

It was a bowling event with the Girl Scouts. Erica was in 2nd grade. There were millions of them! Kids EVERYWHERE! The noise, the lights, the music, the worry that I might lose one of them, the incessant questions that started with Rannnndyyy???

As much as I loved being a leader and being involved in scouting with my girls…. That shit can also blow your mind!

Now think about a newborn…

The smells, the sounds, the lights, the people, his parents nerves, the dog, the sister, THE GRANDMA!

The kids mind is blown and he needs to decompress!

He cries!

You bounce him! (adding more stimulation…)

He cries more!

You walk him into another room! (adding even more stimulation)

He cries continuously!

Dad takes him! (adding more stimulation)

He looses his mind!

You try a bath…. (stimulation OVERLOAD)

He screams his fucking head off!

You cry! (adding more stimulation!)

So what can we do for an over-stimulated baby?

                       -       Relax (well, try to anyway) your baby used to live INSIDE you. He shared your body with you and he responds...Read more

 

Northeast Doulas has been facilitating a discussion group for pregnant and newly postpartum women for many years. This group has offered tremendous support, education and an opportunity for friendship to so many women in our community.

After a short break, THE GROUP IS BACK!

This group meets at Hudson Valley Hospital Center on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30 and is facilitated by the owners and staff of Northeast Doulas. You do not have to be delivering your baby at Hudson Valley Hospital in order to attend! Home birthers and patients of any other hospital are welcome to benefit from this group!

The group is open (and FREE) to pregnant and newly postpartum women with babies up to 3 months old. Many moms have started playgroups with the other moms for the 3 month+ gang.

The group is casual and it is ok if you are late or need to leave early. Take what you can get!

This is what’s so cool about the group;

1)  The group is facilitated by seasoned Doulas with tons of experience that you can benefit from!

2)  The group is a perfect opportunity to learn and connect with birthing and parenting philosophies!

3)  The group’s only requirements are an open mind and a judgment free attitude!

4)  The group gives you an opportunity to make life long friends who are experiencing exactly what you are!

5)  Women come to this group...Read more

Dr. John H. Kennell was a pediatrician and staff neonatologist in the 1950's. We are so grateful that he was the kind of man who really listened to his patients! His research and life's work played a huge role in mothers and babies staying together in the moments and hours following birth. Prior to his work, mothers and babies spent their first 12-24 hours apart with very little visitation between them. At 91 years old we say good bye to this great visionary, we thank him for his contribution to our empowerment as women and we wish for him eternal peace.

What a fantastic legacy you leave behind, Dr. Kennell.

Rest well!Read more

 

~ It’s 2am. I have to pee. I’m not pregnant. I haven’t had a sip of anything since 6pm. I wonder if I can wait till morning. I can’t. I get up. I go pee. I come back to bed and I’M WIDE AWAKE!

~ My 2 year old cries for me during the night. I bring him into our bed. My husband goes to the couch. We play musical beds all night. None of us are sleeping well.

~ I had a baby 6 weeks ago. I sleep for 30 minutes at a time. I’m exhausted. My baby sleeps all day. She saves all her a wake time for the middle of the NIGHT!

~ My son is 10 years old. He is stressed out about taking tests at school. He is losing sleep over it. It’s breaking my heart…

~ My 3 year old is terrified at night. Nothing has happened to warrant this fear. She starts to cry as soon as she gets her pajamas on. From the monsters under her bed to the “bad man” in the closet to the nightmares…. We are exhausted and at our wits end.

~ My little one (8 months old) was sleeping 11 hours a night and then his teething got real bad. He seems to be in constant pain and is miserable all night. He will only sleep if I sit in the rocking chair and rock him all night…

HELP! WE ARE EXHAUSTED AND LOSING OUR MINDS!!!!

These are just a few of the stories about lack of sleep that we hear regularly at Northeast Doulas.

I spend a great deal of time searching for great resources for our clients. So...Read more

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