Supporting mothers in establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship is one of our most important roles as doulas.
When we talk about the first hours after birth we often tell expectant mothers to trust the baby, they know exactly what to do and the less we mess with the process, the better it goes.
The following YouTube videos show how the slow, gradual process occurs. We all just need to be patient and let nature take its course. You and your baby are amazing magical creatures. If anyone tells you otherwise, come back and watch these.
The first is a quick highlight reel video by Entrust
This third video posted by Jennifer Pitkin
is the whole process. This mom and baby have had immediate skin-to-skin and it seems there has been no interference. Oh the suspense!!
I taught myself to knit and crochet in high school. MANY moons ago! My favorite time spent knitting and crocheting was during my pregnancies. There is something special about knitting baby outfits for your little one. Each of my littles had a wardrobe by the time they were born.
I also made a blanket for each of my babies while I was pregnant. It kept my mind occupied when I was nervous about giving birth. It helped keep me sane when I was still pregnant at 42 weeks. It helped me connect with my baby before the birth. While I crocheted, I imagined what their personalities would be and what they would look like wrapped in my creation.
Being pregnant in New Jersey during the winter made me feel isolated. I found a little knitting group that met at the Barnes & Noble so I would have actual human interaction. I kept up with them after the baby was born, too. It helped pick me up during the baby blues. They were a great postpartum support group of wise, experienced grandmothers.
As a doula, I continued knitting to occupy the "waiting time". I always have a baby hat in progress in my doula bag, sometimes finishing them in time for the birth. Clients sent me pictures of those babies wearing their doula hats. My creation on their creation. Nothing better than that.
My Stained Glass Blanket above is a version of the Granny Square found here
. It was a stash buster project and I love how it turned out. It isn't quite a beginner project though, so this link will take you to the Yarnspirations site for an easy Beginner Baby Blanket Pattern
. I hope it inspires you to try yarn crafting!
Today's recipe was submitted by the amazing Chiropractor, Dr Kyle Klim of Integrative Wellness Group
in Belmar, NJ. We hear some rumors about a pregnancy cookbook.....We will post once we confirm;)
4 to 6 chicken thighs or breasts, depending on how many servings you need
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or dried Italian seasoning
2 cap fulls of Braggs apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 baking sheets
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On one baking sheet, place coconut oil and broccoli. Season with salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar. On the other sheet, place the chicken, and season with olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Bake broccoli for 15 minutes, until tender. Bake chicken for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of each piece. When finished, plate them up and enjoy!
You can easily substitute lots of different veggies for this recipe such as asparagus, sprouts, zucchini, or anything your family enjoys. Dr.Kyle Klim, DC, BSDoctor of Chiropractic specializing in Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Gymnasts, Webster Technique Certified, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Member
Dr. Kyle grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania and has been under Chiropractic care his entire life. Dr. Kyle decided as a teenager that he wanted to become a Chiropractor in order to help people achieve the level of total wellness he had been experiencing as a result of being under consistent care. With Dr. Kyle's experience as a competitive gymnast, college cheerleader, and tumbling coach, he understands the needs of the athlete in competition, balance, strength, flexibility, recovery, and performance. Dr. Kyle is also a member of the a international Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and focuses on keeping the body balanced and aligned during the pregnancy for the best possible outcome during labor and delivery. He is also Webster Technique certified which is a specific Chiropractic analysis, soft tissue release, and adjustment to properly align the pelvis to allow for the best bio mechanical and neurological function giving the growing baby the best amount of room and positioning for the birthing process. Dr. Kyle is dedicated to taking care of the family as a whole in order for everyone to be their best every day.
You can reach Dr Kyle Klim at (732) 359-8263
or visit the office located at 800 Main Street #109 Belmar, NJ 07719
I love making these little pizzas for my family. They are fast and versatile. Bocconcini
are small morsels of mozzarella - but you can also cut up whatever mozzarella you have at home or use shredded.
Today's recipe comes from Delish.com
- 4 small 3 inch whole wheat pitas
- 1/2 c. part skim ricotta
- 1/2 tsp dry oregano
- 1 clove of garlic
- coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 package of frozen chopped spinach
- 1/2 pt. bocconcini
1. Heat broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a large baking sheet with foil and arrange pitas cut side up.
2. In a bowl, combine ricotta, oregano, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Divide evenly onto the pitas and top with spinach and bocconcini. Season again.
3. Brown until cheese is melted and starts to brown (4 - 6 minutes) rotating sheet from front to back halfway through baking. Serve immediately.
Today's recipe was submitted by the fabulous Renee Hennings. Renee can be reached at email@example.com
. She found this recipe at http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a15528/mini-spinach-cheese-pizzas-recipe-mslo0511/
This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. When reheating be sure to add water because pasta absorbs it during storing. If you would like to prep the recipe and freeze you can eliminate the pasta and add it when reheating.
Prep time: approximately 15 minutes
total cook time: approximately 30 minutes
Serves 4 to 6Ingredients
1 medium onion - diced
2 cloves garlic – crushed and diced
6 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 can crushed tomato
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ pound of ditalini pasta
2 cans cannellini bean (white kidney beans)
1-2 cups chopped fresh spinach
Salt and pepper to tasteDirections
(if using gluten free pasta, precook pasta as per directions. Prepare recipe below and add pasta as your final step. If you add pasta prior, it will change the consistency of the broth and pasta can easily become overcooked)
1. In a large pot, add oil. Saute onion until translucent then add garlic and saute for approximately 2-3 minutes.
2. Add can of crushed tomato, seasoning, broth and pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium.
3. When pasta is al-dente, add beans and spinach. Salt and pepper to taste.
Todays recipe is submitted by the fabulous WBC Doula Anna Gourlay-Irons. Anna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first day of spring gave us our last burst of winter, here in NJ. Today's recipe is a great way to warm up during these last few freezing nights! This recipe is a copycat of the famous Skyline Chili restaurant
I can't usually wait til the next day to eat it-- it's sooo yummy! Can be served with gluten free pasta, or over rice, and without cheese depending on your dietary restrictions.Prep Time: 15-20 minutesCook Time: 4 hoursIngredients:
- 1 quart cold water
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 cups crushed tomato ( or 1-15oz can)
- 2 yellow onions, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 whole bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- Add beef and water to a 4-quart pot. Bring to a simmer while stirring until the ground beef is in very small pieces. Simmer for 30 minutes
- Add all the remaining ingredients.
- Continue to simmer on low, uncovered, for 3 hours. Add water as needed if the chili becomes to thick.
- Refrigerate the chili overnight, and the next day remove the layer of fat from top before reheating and serving.
Today's recipe was submitted by the fabulous WBC doula Cornelia Mazzan, she can be reached at email@example.com
Today's recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. Prep time approx 10 minutes. Cook Time approximately 30 minutes. This is a great lunch option, too. Make a large batch and eat throughout the week.
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 white onions
3 cloves or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
½ cup red lentils*
2 cups of water or broth**
1 – 10 oz package frozen spinach or 10 oz fresh (one bag)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 cups water (approximate) Depending on brand of rice
2 cups basmati rice
Directions *If you choose to use larger lentils it will increase the amount of cooking time.
**If you choose to use a broth, vegetable or chicken is suggested.
1. Saute Onion in a deep skillet over a medium heat until onions become translucent.
Add garlic and saute for another minute.
2. Add lentils and water/broth and bring to a boil then reduce to low and cover for
approximately 20 minutes until lentils reach desired tenderness.
(It may be necessary to add more fluid while cooking.)
3. Begin to cook rice.
4. If using frozen spinach: While lentils are simmering, cook frozen spinach in
5. Once lentils are desired tenderness, add spinach, salt and cumin.
6. Add additional toppings/seasonings to taste.
Today's recipe is contributed by the Fabulous WBC doula Anna Gourlay-Irons. Anna can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
My family loves this recipe because it feels like a special treat. I love this recipe because it tastes like tacos without all of work and has a good amount of protein.
You could substitute or add meat to the beans. Personalize this to suit your family.
This would be great for #familygamenight ! It will become a quick favorite!Ingredients
3 cans cooked black beans
One packet of taco seasoning or 3 T. Homemade taco seasoning
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
2 avocados cubed
1 jar of salsa
8 oz sour cream
Chopped green onions (optional)
One bag of tortilla chipsDirections
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Warm up beans on stove top and season with taco mix
3. Spread beans into the bottom on a 9 x 11 pan
4. Top with shredded cheese and warm in oven until cheese is melted
5. Top with cubed avocados, a jar of salsa, sour cream and chopped chives.
6. Serve immediately with tortilla chips
Today's recipe was submitted by the fabulous WBC Doula Tzipi Sutin. Tzipi can be reached at email@example.com
I admit, the Royal Family
fascinates me! According to Life & Style Weekly
, Kate is expecting baby #3 with Prince William
. If it's true, congratulations to the growing family!
Like many of us regular non-royal moms, Kate has had rough pregnancies dealing with hyperemesis and bed-rest. I was sick through the entire duration of pregnancy #2. It was horrible.
However, Kate is a future Queen. She is provided unending support by nannies, midwives, Ladies Maids and chefs...(ahhhh Downton Abbey season 6 starts soon in the US!)
While I may be Queen of my Castle here in Morganville NJ, the staffing is sadly inadequate. If this was a Vlog, I would pan the camera. You would see, my maid sucks and the chef did not show up again today.
So how can we get the royal treatment for our pregnancy and early days after the baby arrives? Here are my 3 quick suggestions:1. Plan ahead for time to rest.
Kate has planners and schedulers whose sole purpose is to plan her day. I have my datebook. It's sad we have to plan to rest, but we do, so learn to use the crock-pot, follow-our Menu Monday Blog
and sign-up any older kids you have for some activity that takes them out of your space for an hour or two. We all benefit from some child-free time and they benefit from some mommy-free time.2. Surround yourself with people who are positive support.
A good friend who just agrees because she know it's what you need to hear, and then gently nudges you in the better direction. ie: Me: I am going to eat this entire box of Ghirardelli chocolates and follow them with a bottle of wine! Friend: Sounds AWESOME! How about I take you for a milkshake and a pedi instead?3. Plan for "after birth support".
If you can afford a nanny, hire one. If not, this is the time to put some cash aside for a postpartum doula. Kate has them, we should all have them. A Postpartum Doula comes to you and does all the things that Kate's staff does for her. She helps mom with self-care, she helps care for baby, she helps you spend time with older siblings, she makes sure you are eating and showering, she listens to you and makes sure you are healthy in body and mind! She gets it.
Most importantly she treats you like a queen.
Not in the creepy "smoking in the alley complaining about uppity nonsense
" way. In the "I will listen and support you without judgement
" way. It's time we all got treated like Kate.
It takes a special kind of person with a great deal of patience and compassion and training to support a new mother. And we have plenty of them!Call us now at 732-754-9551 to see how we can treat you like a Royal.