The road is long, the journey is challenging, the reward, unparalleled. 10 ways childbirth is like mountaineering.
The road is long, the journey is challenging, the reward, unparalleled. 10 ways childbirth is like mountaineering.
Immediately postpartum, families are left with a brand new baby, a million pediatric appointments to attend, and a single postpartum visit to get the "A-OK." Sometimes they get more postpartum check ups, for example if they've had a home birth, the midwife will come between three and five times postpartum, and ask questions about their emotional state and how things are going, but it's often still a medical assessment for mom and baby. Sometimes new parents have family in town to help out, amidst vying for the new baby's attention. All to often, the important things about your postpartum healing and parenting journey are left unattended to. Enter the postpartum doula.
I had the great pleasure of meeting with Tara Snide. She is a baby guru, breastfeeding expert, and postpartum professional, based out of Castle Rock, Colorado. She works for families in the South Denver Metro Region, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs!
Tara specializes in assisting with families with twins, and also loves working with "newborn families" aka those who have just had their first babies! She's great at helping your family adjust to another new addition as well. Let's face it, she loves it all!
I asked Tara some questions about her role as a postpartum doula.
Families often don't know what they want, or what they will best benefit from, so I help them with that by working a regular schedule of 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. (This schedule fills fast, so schedule your free phone consultation today!) With this schedule, they wake up knowing I will be there in just a few short hours. No more, "What am I going to do?" "How am I going to make it to bedtime?" We often start by discussing how the night went, and meet the immediate needs first. I then model self-care, and help them establish a routine for the day. I answer any pertinent questions they have, and fill whatever roles they need me to.
I believe every newborn family can benefit from an in-home visit with a postpartum doula. Whether they have questions about breastfeeding, belly binding, swaddling, sleep routines, babywearing, nutrition, self-care, or parenting.... I am there to teach, support and model best practices on their parenting journey.
Three things really stood out to me in meeting with Tara; her follow through with families, her work with dads, and the importance she places on self care. In Birth Boot Camp, we have a strong focus on preparing dads, and Tara also recognizes the importance of building confidence and parenting skills in dads. Tara's work isn't finished at a specific age of your baby, it continues as long as families need her expertise; even if that's later on in your parenting journey. Tara recognizes the relationship she builds with families, and will be there for you anytime in your parenting journey. Self care is quite possibly the biggest element missing from a healthy and happy postpartum adjustment. It is the number one thing that moms struggle with throughout motherhood. Tara's postpartum support fills the gap between medical care and compassionate attention for your postpartum needs.
This is the birth of my bucket list. A return to my first love, the mountains. As a birth worker, I love comparing the similarities of mountaineering and labor. Like birth, the mountains present challenges that we must overcome, and when we do, it is glorious.
It's 1 o'clock, and I am exhausted! 3 o'clock doesn't look much better! What's a mom to do?
The downloadable Placenta Encapsulation Manifesto includes details on processes and protocols, contraindications, and considerations for placenta encapsulation, to promote and encourage discussion regarding this postpartum option available to parents.
Spontaneous labor begins from a combination of fetal maturity and the physical and emotional readiness of the mother. This concept makes apparent the benefit of labor in regards to neonatal health- the onset of labor demonstrates that the baby was ready to be born.
Options for breech birth are slim. Despite knowing that it may not be the best option for women, cesareans are often scheduled for women when....
Epidural, natural, cesarean, or something else? There's a lot to consider while planning for the birth you desire. Here are 5 ways your doula will support your birth!
A recent study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) looked at 201 women who received epidural analgesia, the study found those with more pain relief during labor had lower scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). What does this mean for mother's planning a natural birth? A closer look at the ASA Studies (this one from 2016, and another from 2014) reveal...
Planning for your natural birth? Don't just hope you have an amazing birth, prepare for one, with these comfort measures for labor!
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. Finding appropriate care for HG is a serious challenge for women faced with the condition.
So you have discovered that your first (or second, or maybe third) choice of care providers isn't right for you. Don't sweat it! I've been there too.
I teach childbirth classes, and a big component of our curriculum is helping students, parents just like you and me, learn what mother-friendly care is, and understand the importance of choosing the right birth team. And as a doula, I help parents formulate questions to pick the right care provider for their birth. But sometimes, despite all our best efforts, the need arises to change care providers.
Fall into this full week of Spooktacular Halloween Festivities! And before you go, drop a comment of YOUR favorite place to TRICK or TREAT!
Everyone knows you gotta satisfy that sugar craving, and it won't always be in a healthy way. So here's THE BEST (cold) Butterbeer Recipe you will ever concoct! A cold, delicious, non-alcoholic beverage for two!
Pour slowly over
Chiropractic care for pregnant women is safe for the mother and the developing baby. The American Pregnancy Association and Birth Boot Camp encourage mothers-to-be to find a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care.
Did you know that what you do prenatally can largely influence how your labor and birth plays out. In this first part of comfort measures for labor, we're going to talk about prenatal comfort and having a healthy pregnancy.
I am proud to introduce to you my dear friend and our guest blogger, Rachel Morgan, here to talk about her experience nursing her baby through special circumstances, in which moms are told, "it can't be done."
One month ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Like most soon-to-be mothers, I envisioned bringing my nursling up to my breast moments after birth, allowing him to root around until he found just the right spot to begin suckling.
As we bring 2015 to a close, I thought I'd share my top 5 favorite posts that every family should read.
Each year we learn and each year we grow. And sometimes, we settle. I caught myself settling when I asked my 8 year old to feed the pets and was caught red handed doing it myself. But it was easier!! Let me explain.
We have a large American Boxer, who when hungry, curls herself into the shape of a horseshoe and prances around like an awkward deer; scattering any toys that may have been left in her way and crushing your feet as she lands. And when the dogs are getting fed NOW, the cats will incessantly meow to be fed NOW. All before a morning cup of joe! So you see, it was just easier to do it myself than coax my 8 year old off of the iPad.
Wait a minute, didn't I just say this was all before my morning cup of coffee? Yes, I did. Mommy confession No.2. I have succumbed to allowing screen time first thing in the morning (on non school days) just so I can have my coffee in peace!
We welcomed a beautiful little girl this year. With her birth we learned so much. We learned to navigate the challenges of politics in birth, we learned to trust our intuition and make the choices that were best for us - even in the face of adversity, most importantly, we learned the importance of supportive friends and family and the beauty of undisturbed birth. You can read her birth story here.
In other updates,
Joshua absolutely loved hiking and climbing this year with his friend Livy. We're still struggling with his distaste for foods. Currently on his short list of foods he will eat are figs and other fruits, pasta, pizza, and of course, candy. He still tells us "it's not working" when attempting to use the potty, so we have two in diapers, and two in our bed.
Aden will be attending an online school this next semester - this will be a very interesting challenge for our family, but we'll enjoy having him home more and we are so grateful to no longer have the frantic mornings involved with attempting to get to school on time. He loves helping out with his siblings and is a wonderful big brother!
Annabelle is enjoying sucking on her toes and will be rolling over any day. We hope she enjoys dresses as much as she enjoys hiking with mom - only problem is every time I put her in one of those overly cute dresses, I take her out of it less than 5 minutes later! It's just too much for me.
In May, our whole family - myself, my husband, my ex, his wife, and all five of "our" children - are moving to Colorado. We are very much looking forward to living closer together and this exciting new adventure. We look forward to learning, growing, and settling (in the other context of the word), as we welcome 2016.
Happy Holidays, from our family to yours!
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With so many childbirth classes to choose from, what sets one apart from another? Why would you want to take Birth Boot Camp?
This is not your average childbirth course. Birth Boot Camp is interesting, educational, entertaining, and accessible.
No lotus flower here! Dads love the program just as much as moms. What's more? We focus on teaching partners how to prepare as a TEAM.
For the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can teach classes in a shorter time. Birth is a BIG event; it takes time to prepare for it, and I promise, it is worth preparing for.
Not only does class night make for a great date night, you'll get a comprehensive education, and we'll teach you and your partner a variety of techniques to help you feel prepared and confident.
I LOVE watching people learn! With the Birth Boot Camp curriculum, you'll get up-to-date information to make informed choices for your birth.
In Birth Boot Camp, we go beyond pregnancy and birth to talk about nutrition, physical fitness, breastfeeding, and preparing for your new recruit.
This is an excellent format for couples to learn about childbirth and beyond, and to prepare to have a safe and satisfying birth.
- Martha Sears, RN, Childbirth Educator, LLL Leader, and Lactation Consultant
10-weeks can seem like a lot to commit to, but don't worry - if you need to miss a class, you can make it up online!
Give me a call, send me an email, or sign up now for the next childbirth class in Denver or online! Don't live nearby, but still want to take a live class? Get in touch and I'll do my best to connect you with an instructor near you.