A native New Yorker, Julie Satow can most often be seen strolling with her daughter and baby bump around the West Village or profusely thanking her nanny as she scurries off to her workplace to make a writing deadline. Her bread and butter is covering real estate for the New York Times, but her work has also appeared in The New York Post, The Huffington Post and many other publications. She can be found @juliesatow.
Forgive me a few minutes to vent about doulas, those crunchier-than-thou pregnancy helpers that are as necessary now to the Park Slope set as a baby sling or Babycook steamer.
But I'm pulling the…Boppy pillow from under those mommy helpers. In my house, they are don'tulas. I have hired two doulas in my life--one for each pregnancy. But for all their talk of the beauty of birth and the exhilaration of labor (not to mention their $1500 fees), neither was present for the birth of my children. Let… >> Read More
On Friday I went to my OB for my regular check up.
Unlike my first birth, where my husband anxiously held my hand each month in the waiting room and smiled excitedly when the thumping of the…baby's heartbeat came over the sonogram speakers, eight months into this birth and he has attended only a smattering of check-ups. The reason? I usually don't tell him about them. Why have him leave work and trek across town to witness a 10-minute check of my vitals and weight gain? So maybe I shouldn't have… >> Read More