Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Positive keynote

As some of you know I am busy tweaking the keynote I am going to be giving at Lamaze and I really want it to be positive. I laughed when I watched this You Tube video - Someone took the time to piece together all the affirmations that Apple's Steve Jobs used in a keynote. Great, cool, awesome, beautiful, and more!

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Childbirth Education Manifesto?

All right, if we were going to create a Childbirth Education manifesto - what would be in it?


Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Someone you love

I just received this card from
Freya at Etsy.
I think it sums up the importance of having someone you love with you at birth.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Does It Hurt?

Peggy O'Mara has written a nice article on labor pain in the recent issue of Mothering.

Does It Hurt?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My website is brought to you by the wind!

What a treat to learn my website host - FatCow - powers the energy for their offices and data centers with Wind Power! Well the small print says they are off setting all of their electrcity use with wind generated renewable energy certificates. It's a start!

Looking for a new website host? Check out FatCow Tell them I sent you and they reduce my hosting fees! (Although it's already a great price!)


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rise in age of first -time motherhood

Small fact to keep in your birth trivia part of your brain:

In the United States, the average age of first-time mothers rose from 21.4 years in 1970 to 25 in 2006, according to an August 2009 data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Data from the Birth Data File in the National Vital Statistics System show that the average age at first birth increased in all states and the District of Columbia. Massachusetts (5.2 years) and the District of Columbia (5.5 years) had the largest increases since 1970.

Age at first birth influences the total number of births that a woman might have in her life, which impacts the future growth of the population. The mother’s age (both younger and older) also plays a role in a range of birth outcomes, including birthweight, multiple births and birth defects. For more information, go to CDC.

So does that impact attendance at CB in a positive or negative way?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monnie - you are amazing!

Monnie has gone through Passion for Birth program and it is an honor to know her. I was so proud to learn that she is a California Nursing Excellence finalist. CA Nursing Excellenence

She was selected for her community service. She has created a volunteer program to give labor support to homeless, poor or mentally ill women. She is on-call 24-7 to match doulas who she trains and supports with women who arrive at the birthing center needing help. She writes grants, sells t-shirts to make sure the program stays afloat and "that women aren't along during the birthing ritual."

I hope she receives the award, that every single grant she applies for is funded and that she is able to continue her awesome program at SF General. She is certainly an inspiration to all of us.

Monday, September 21, 2009

International Babywearing Week

I hope you take the time to talk about babywearing in your CB class - not enough time? How about a minute to show the clip above? Or download and handout this free brochure?

International Babywearing

Sunday, September 20, 2009

When to plant the seeds

As childbirth educators we have been pondering that important question - how early is early enough to plant seeds for a healthy, empowering birth? This video may be the answer - when you are 3.5 years old!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Creative idea!

Kyndal May has created a new tradition - contest for people in her childbirth class and it is original and creative. Everyone makes a t-shirt for their baby with a statement about Oxytocin. She had them nicely photographed and now there is a voting contest on FaceBook. My favorite is above - Oxytocin...that's how I roll out!

Check it out: Confident Birthing

Applause, applause!

Friday, September 18, 2009

"Web Site Story" - a musical!


Just a little humor for those of us who spend way too much time on the net! Evite, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, Google Earth, blog...enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

So proud!

Beth Day is a PfB grad and an incredible advocate! Go Beth.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Telling is NOT teaching!

When I revamped the Passion for Birth website, I decided to try to keep the home page crisp and clean and featured a quote about learning. Well I never want to be accused of a boring website that never changes, so I am going to try to change the quote and pic every two weeks!

SO....check it out! I also added seminars in Seattle, Sioux Falls, Mobile, Lincoln and more are in the works!

Passion for Birth

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Virtual labor

Have fun! Check out this unique web tool - virtual labor. Birthing Naturally

So how can you adapt this type of tool to class?

Thanks Anna B. for bringing it to our attention.

Monday, September 14, 2009

500th post!

A milestone! According to my counter - this is my 500th post! Whew! Thanks for all the support I have gotten.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Confidence weekly

Have you heard about the weekly Lamaze newsletters that people in your childbirth program can sign up for and received in their email box? Are you a bit like me, that before I can recommend something, I need to read it? When they first came out, I enrolled myself with a fantasy due date - well that's a long process to wait and read. I found a short cut for you to check them out: Building Confidence Week by Week

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dancing for Birth

Looking for a reason to come to Seattle? Join me at the Dancing for Birth workshop October 24 - 25! We are going to have fun!
Sign up.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Closed, be back tomorrow!

But I did find a neat website where you can find the #1 song on the day you born!

For me: Sh-boom by the Crew Cuts - now that makes me feel old!

Number one song on the day you were born

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Don't take birth lying down!

A bold group in Wilmington, NC did some street theater to bring attention to how they lost their midwifery service and will not take it lying down!

Applause! Applause! Thanks Barb for sending it my way.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Way to go Veronica!

Minnesota Public Radio does a program In the Loop that does a Cold Call to listeners. Veronica Jacobsen (PfB grad/LCCE and commentor on this blog) was the lucky recipient of a call and did admirably thinking on her feet. Way to go Veronica! Listen to Veronica If you want to listen to the program and hear how they added "Ira Glass Birth Relaxation" after her interview (at the end of the podcast.) In the Loop

What this points out is the importance of reaching out to get our message across - she wove doulas into the healthcare debate and then through her Facebook page (which Minnesota Public Radio had read) shared a relaxation in labor tip!

What can you do to informally make connections in your community?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

New blog: My OB said what?

There's a new interesting blog on the scene. Someone is collecting all those comments that are said to women during labor that makes you shake your head and wonder "why would anyone say that to a laboring woman?"

Have you heard comments that made you pause? Send them in. Obviously due to HIPPA there can be no identifying names/places etc.

My OB said what?

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day

This post is honor of Labor Day and for my son - who recently joined the Coast Guard and is sailing in and out and around Key West! If he ever gets the chance to transport a woman in labor, he will know just what to do.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Last Big Push

As some of you may know, I am so lucky to be part of the teaching team for the Seattle Midwifery School - the Penny Simkin School of Allied Birth Vocations! Well exciting things have been happening and SMS and the Simkin School are becoming part of Bastyr University. So last week I and Sharon Muza and Sarah Huntington led the final group through a four day doula training before the program joins with Bastyr. And what a group! At the end of these trainings it just feels absolutely wonderful that there is another group of sensitive, skilled, energetic doulas ready to support women as they birth!!

Thinking about becoming a doula? Come to Washington! The dates are set for 2010 Doula training

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Loggerhead turtles and birth!

Many of you have had been lucky enough to attend one of the annual Passion for Birth workshops at Topsail Beach, NC. PfB learning facilitator (Passioneer) and host of this workshop is Ann Tumblin. She sent out the link to this YouTube clip to share for a number of reasons - we always talk about the Loggerhead turtles as it's part of the culture of the Topsail area. There is a Loggerhead hospital, Ann's home on the beach is The Loggerhead. She shares a story about why induction should be avoided similar to why baby turtles should not be pulled from the hatching nest early. You can see the gloved "turtle doulas" in the film. I think if Passion for Birth was a sports team, the Loggerhead would have to be our mascot!
(I was a doula at a birth where the woman's ritual with each contraction was to gently lift and lower her hands, next to her sides - when I asked her later was going on, she had been a Loggerhead volunteer and was visualizing the turtle laying the eggs.)

So I decided to share this clip and to also let you know that the dates are set for the Topsail Beach seminar for 2010. If you are interested, reserve your spot now! May 20 - 23, 2010. We modify the schedule to allow for afternoon beach time. We can honestly claim to be THE workshop that is the closest to the ocean! The group rents and shares condos - some bring families. Hope we will see some of you there!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Healthy Birth Practices updated

The updated Healthy Birth practices are now available!

I am particularly proud of #2! Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor

Thursday, September 03, 2009

What is PowerPoint Karaoke?

When the presenter reads the bullet points on the screen!

This made me chuckle! Hopefully if you are using PowerPoint, you are NOT using it karaoke style!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Depression in pregnancy

Depression is common during pregnancy—between 14 percent and 23 percent of pregnant women will experience depressive symptoms while pregnant. In 2003, approximately 13 percent of women took an antidepressant at some time during their pregnancy.

ACOG press release on depression

Any creative ways to cover this in a childbirth class?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Inspirational Quote

I have always loved this quote and I thank Kyndal for recently sending it to me to nudge my memory:

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
-- William Butler Yeats

I was so nudged that I decided to feature it on the Passion for Birth home page I have felt for awhile that my home page needed to be simplified - my fascination with widgets had over run the webpage.
Let me know what you think.