Usually, when I tell people that I’m a doula I get two questions. The first: How do you spell that? And the second: Isn’t that like a midwife?
The concept of doula, at least in the way I use it, is relatively new. The word itself comes from ancient Greek, meaning “helper” or “woman slave,” but it’s been adopted in the last 40 or so years to refer to someone who provides support to women during pregnancy and childbirth. The support a doula provides ranges from emotional cheerleading to massages and acupressure to aromatherapy and meditation. It runs a wide gamut of all things non-pharmacological, a unique service for women giving birth mostly in hospitals. Keep reading »
Some of the baby shower guests picked up their fetus cupcake decorated with an ultrasound scan and thought, How cute! At 30 weeks you can see his little nose and lips and fingers! Aww… And the rest just thought, Yum … babies. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
A few days ago, I learned that a childhood friend of mine was pregnant and found myself unexpectedly exuberant over the idea of buying mini-things for a mini (and quite possibly bald) person who is to arrive in Arizona sometime around the ides of March. I thought this tiny soul should own my mini “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” shirt that I once dressed my cat Moskow in and an outfit that made him look like a panda, and my heart started racing in a new unfamiliar way. Lately, I feel like that female caricature that walks around with a cartoon clock ticking over her head and thinks her ovaries are a worthy dinner topic. I see a baby and I involuntarily gurgle, or at the very least talk in the same intonation I use for my cats (pitched perfectly high for their tiny little ears). In order to combat what can only be described as a genealogical disorder (i.e., the desire to have a baby before you have a mortgage), I have taken to interviewing women I know who have children. Keep reading »
Signs that Betty White has truly hit a new level of fame: she hosted “Saturday Night Live” and won the Emmy for it; she appeared on “Inside the Actor’s Studio”; Robert Pattinson called her the sexiest woman alive; and this little two year old is her biggest fan. “Betty White has blonde hair!” We’re sure she’s glad to hear that! [via Twentysomething Tales
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Move aside, Apple Martin—your name is old news. Especially when you consider the brand-spanking-new moniker that Jamie “Naked Chef” Oliver just gave his son. He and his wife Jools welcomed Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver into the world this week. James explained that Maurice is to honor Jools’ late father, but has no explanation for the furry first half of the name. Buddy Bear will fit in fine with Oliver’s three other children—Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Poppy Honey Rosie. Also following in the funky-name footsteps is Danica McKellar, better known as Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years.” The actress and math wiz dubbed her newborn son “Draco.” Perhaps she is a closet Harry Potter fan as well. What do you think of this new crop of creative kid names? [People/Zap2it] Keep reading »