I wearing (other people's) babies!
I've tried so many wraps, slings, & carriers, and I want to share with you some of my favorites.
This video is the first of 3 or 4, sharing the carriers I've used the most.
When supporting families as a postpartum doula, babies and moms can experience their deepest, most amazing rest (together OR separate, with the doula wearing baby or mom) when babies are close to a warm, beating heart.
This wrap technique I learned when I was just a baby midwife. It's not a method I've seen in videos (though I'm sure they are out there), and I personally felt that it was the easiest to use in the beginning, and secured baby so well I was confident!
I hope you find this helpful - shout out or share your successes or tips you have!
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March CAPPA Trainings
An Evidence Based Birth® L&D Comfort Measures workshop is coming to your area - and time is running out to register at the early bird price! This is a great opportunity to cover a vital subject - and earn nursing contact hours. Space is limited. Here are the details:
• When: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Central
• Where: HMBirth Office, 522 Kedzie Street, Evanston, IL
Pricing and benefit levels (minimal registration fees also apply):
• Basic Ticket - audit only, no contact hours - $97
• Professional Ticket - certificate for 3 nursing contact hours - $127
• Super User Ticket - certificate for 3 nursing contact hours, Comfort Measures Teaching Toolkit with instructions and permission to teach lessons to your peers, one month free Professional Membership to Evidence Based Birth® with access to 24 additional contact hours - $147
Get the early bird registration rates listed above until THIS SATURDAY, March 2! After that, prices will...
“Honey, can you take a look at this?” Unless our partners have already shown us THEIRS, we’re not going to be too excited showing OURS.
Hemorrhoids & varicose veins go hand in hand. Both are visible / palpable symptoms of vein health. Or rather, vein walls that aren’t able to provide the support we wish they would.
Most common for the first time birthing person are hemorrhoids after birth. Even with gentle, exhale-breath pushing, the process itself can create hemorrhoids.
Great! Now we get to sit on our butt and breastfeed for weeks...the joy!
For those with familial history of varicose veins, not only are hemorrhoids more likely, but a hidden suprise - VAGINAL varicosities or LABIAL varicosities . You’ve got to be kidding, right?
I get so many txt messages from clients who find someTHING where nothing should be. It can also be a vein that partners can’t see due to the location.
Wow! Breech feels like an epidemic right now! We see you, mamas!
Just last night an amazing first time mom, thanks to her health, coping tools & the 312Doulas Secret QUICKLY got to 10 cm...and then her provider discovered the baby had flipped to BREECH in the last week! With the support of her amazing midwives, she was able to have a spectacular family-centered cesarean birth
We’d love to hear from any of you (or if you can share on our FB pg) what your experiences were of breech pregnancy, version, or birth (we’ve even had a few accidental breech births ;)
What the heck! There is only ONE provider in Chicagoland who is a breech expert + will catch first time mama breech babies. She is Dr. Alfreda Hampton @ Mercy hospital. She’s amazing, and provides a consult to walk through all the options.
Dr. Hampton is also GREAT at VERSION - the manual turning of a baby.
(Side note: I used to do versions at the birth center in Portland)
'Coyote Midwives' is the culmination of the MFA thesis work of filmmaker Ellen Esling.
This documentary is about the birth workers who are leading alternative maternity care and reproductive justice in the state of Illinois. The film examines the medicalization of labor and delivery, the patriarchal norms that constitute a threat to a birthing parent’s health, and the structure in place to ensure that birth remains exclusively physician-controlled. Coyote Midwives captures the energy, spirit, and empowering potential of birth, the negotiation and compromise of “professionalizing” midwives, and the networks of black market, yet safe maternity care that persevere despite the illegalities.
I was so honored to be interviewed for this film! It's been such a huge part of my story - being a Certified Professional Midwife in Illinois, which currently does not offer a license to practice for CPMs. (Many of you are wondering - can I have a midwife or a homebirth in Chicago?)...
1 more second, and you're done!