Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Resource for women who have had trauamtic birth

Every childbirth educator should know about this website! Consider donating or volunteering and at a minimum spread the word as to its availability for people in your programs who have traumatic births. Solace for Mothers

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Vaginal Breech Video

Vaginal breech birth is becoming more rare. There is a delightful video of a breech birth at this website: Breech video I think all childbirth educators should watch - the position, the support, the patience.....I don't need to say more - read her blog and watch the video - (4+ minutes)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thoughts on China

As many of you know Passion for Birth has been training childbirth educators in China for many years. While the training has been based in Beijing, participants have travelled from all over China. I know some have been impacted by the earthquake and I am eager to hear from them as to their safety. Communication is tough. So I have been reading everything I can and when Robin sent this picture, it brought a smile in midst of an awful situation.

This woman has breastfed 8 babies who have been orphaned or whose parents have been traumatized. There are no alternatives for these hungry babies! She deserves a medal of honor, valor and appreciation! When I was nursing my children, I sometimes felt I could feed the world. This is proving the point that women are quite incredible!

Hug your family tightly and many times! We never know when life can change!

PS. CNN did a spotlight on the policeofficer: Breatfeeding on CNN

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cesarean - voices of women

This is a powerful video because the voices and message are so important. Thanks to those who created it and are sharing it!

You know when someone has been to a PfB seminar....

Passioneer Ann Tumblin just led a seminar at Topsail Beach.....when she sent out the networking sheet, the way someone responded was very telling that she had been at Passion for Birth seminar...she wrote "Thanks Ann. I did hit the Dollar stores yesterday!" Once you learn about "artichokes", increasing retention, having fun at a Passion for Birth seminar, you can never shop the same and will be called into places like the Dollar Store in search of that unique tool to strengthen your classes! Welcome to these new dynamic educators!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Healthy Birth Booklet available

If you have ordered and received your copy of Ricki Lake's Business of Being Born, hopefully you read the materials that were enclosed and you noticed the Healthy Birth Booklet. I was quite impressed and pleased to see an article by Judy Lothian (one of my "fav" writers in the world of birth!) Being the resource "scrounger" that I am, I contacted the publishers (who were a delight to correspond with) and they are available for the cost of shipping! I have ordered them for future Passion for Birth seminars but wanted to make sure everyone knew about them. To download the pdf and to order them go to Choices in Childbirth

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Pretty "hip"

Well, watch this - although it still promotes that Lamaze is primarily breathing...it is quite an updated venue for getting the word out about Lamaze....

Twins, triplets...going to term and beyond

This is an inspirational video - featuring twins and multiples who are not born early! If you are teaching eaither a Multiples childbirth class or have a class with a mother of twins...send her to You Tube to watch this clip!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Crossing Paths

Several years ago I was on my way from the Denver airport to the DONA conference hotel via the Super Shuttle when I was fortunate enough to share the ride with Christina Smillie. Of course we started chatting and it took me awhile to realize that she was one of the keynote speakers. But she was so down-to-earth, friendly, enthusiastic, it made the "longer than long" shuttle at rush hour enjoyable! And she brought the same characteristics to her talk and to her approach to Baby-led breastfeeding - The Mother Baby Dance. I was sold and she affirmed so much of what I felt in my lactation practice. I had even borrowed a technique from Australia that when things weren't working out, to put mom in a tub with her baby upright between her breasts to just be calm, together and relaxed....and often breastfeeding would take off. I thought it might be the water or the fact that mom was relaxed in tub....but now I know that it was the connection and calming/listening to the baby that was the magic!

I have been a lactation consultant for almost 15 years and it's now the final months when I am on my hunt for those CERPS for recertification. So because Dr. Smillie was speaking in Portland this week and I have a wonderful friend/Passioneer there (that knows all the best restaurants), I decided to go. And I love serendipity! I was stopping by friends in Olympia WA after the workshop. I saw Dr. Smillie in the hall, suitcase in hand and thanked her for an inspirational talk and by chance she shared that she too was heading to Olympia to see her son! I offered her a ride instead of the train and once again we were on the highway together! The time sped by and I felt so lucky! (Of course I was kicking myself for not throwing out the collection of Starbucks cups and vacuuming the yellow lab dog hair but I learned she didn't mind....)

So why am I sharing this? Often times new people to the birth/breastfeeding movement, put people on pedestals and may refrain from reaching out person to person.... And I want to reinforce that the leaders in this amazing field of birth/breastfeeding/babies are also people and for the most part are just like you and I - trying hard to impact change in our own way. And we all enjoy sharing/being offered a ride or a conversation with a cup of tea or some connection to be re-energized.

Now it's time to go purge those cups off the floormats.....

Thursday, May 01, 2008

In spite of my best intentions

I have been working with breastfeeding moms for what feels like forever (and my kids, like many of yours, think I am as old as dirt) and I have been an IBCLC for 15 years. For those of you who are IBCLC or have checked into it, it requires a lot of time and once you have it, why would anyone not recert? (except every ten years you have to re-take that exam - ugh!) So this is my year to re-cert by cerps - so I am on a hunt for cerps! I signed up and went to a workshop yesterday on "Looking Upstream: Chemical Contaminants, the Threat to Breastmilk and Connections to Breast Cancer Risk" My motivation in going was to "bag" some cerps but to my surprise I actually learned something. Sandra Steingraber was a delight - I have placed her book "Having Faith" on my wishlist and have ordered copies of her booklet from the Breast Cancer fund. Order yours today Falling Age of Puberty