Thursday, April 7, 2016

What's Going On In Our Area

What is The Great Cloth Diaper Change?
It all started as an Earth Day event to bring awareness to what cloth diapering was all about. Soon after, the desire to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously around the world was created! Since 2011, thousand of babies have been changed!

The NW Indiana event on Sat. April 23 ..
All info and updates about this event will be on our Great Cloth Diaper Change NW Indiana 2016 facebook page ...

Please see our Eventbrite page for all of the info about our event ...

Another round of Babywearing Dance is starting up soon!
We'll meet on Mondays, from April 4-May 9 from 10:30-11:30 at Dancenter, 427 N. Hickory Rd, South Bend.
In order to make this go, we have to ask for payment up front. I know that it's hard to guarantee getting out of the house with little ones, so I'll give you one freebie--$40 for a 6 week session, all profits donated to LLL SB!
It's really informal and loose, so don't stress about bringing fussy babies/older sibs, or if you haven't had dance experience before, just come enjoy some camaraderie, music, movement, and your baby!
Grassroots Baby is VERY excited to have GroVia visit us on June 10th! Mark your calendars! June 10th at 3:00 pm for an in store road trip exclusive print, in store specials, and free gifts with purchase (while supplies last).  
New support group for mom of infants up to three months old starts this Thursday. Hosted by local labor and postpartum doula, Mimi McNamee. Here are the details, copy and pasted from her post:
"New mom group will meet for first time, Thursday April 7 at 10am. Meeting at 1452 Ridgedale rd., south bend. All are invited to this 1st meeting and if there's too many of us , we'll break up for next time. Be thinking about what you need from the group and share with us what has been the biggest challenge in parenting. I know that coming to a group is scary for some of you, but in truth it's hard for most of us. Try it once and if it's not for you, that's fine."
Every month, we feature different moms from the region in our Mom You Should Know section. For our May issue, in honor of Mother's Day, we would like to featurea mom YOU think is deserving of this honor. Is there a mom you know that goes out of her way for others, never asking for anything in return? Is there a mom you admire and respect and want others to know how great she is? If you know someone who fits these parameters, send us a brief description of why she's deserving, along with a photo of the fabulous mom to with the subject line Deserving Mom You Should Know. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 6 by midnight. The winner be featured in the May issue and on the front cover!!
Climb Out of Darkness Team NWI, Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. This event is designed to increase the awareness of those suffering with these disorders, reinforce the Warrior Mom Community, and create a space for women to be seen. This year women from all around the world are taking the challenge and declaring it is TIME TO CLIMB. It is time to CLIMB out of darkness, stigma, and suffering. It is time to embrace our power, tell our stories with courage, and support women as they go about the work of mothering.

Register here!

Join our Facebook group here!
Berrien County Mom 2 Mom Sale By popular demand, the Berrien County Youth Fair Fundraising Committee will be hosting a SPRING Mom2Mom Sale! 

Our event page here on Facebook is where you can find the most up-to-date information, find out who will be selling what, and RSVP to attend! We hope to see you there!
Free Car seat Check up 
Get your child’s car seat checked by a certified car seat technician and learn how to keep your child safe! Brought to you by Safe Kids Elkhart County and Martin’s Super Markets. A Balloon Artist will also be providing entertainment for kids throughout the morning! Cookout for a Cause April 30th 11-3 will benefit SAFEKIDS of Elkhart. Martins Supermarket 120 Ssndford School Red Elkhart, In
Childbirth Education Classes
Good Morning! I'm getting so excited to dive into the next series of birth classes, beginning in about two weeks. I still have room for a few more students, so e-mail me at to enroll or ask questions. Class runs 6 Wednesday nights April 20-May 25, 7-9:30. Check out the website for more details.
Valpo Parks is proud to be the new coordinator of the Kid's Closet Sale (previously coordinated by Mother's & More). Over 30 vendor stations under one roof selling gently used infant, toddler, and children apparel, toys, furniture, & much more! Cash sales only. Admission only $3 per person age 18+ before 9:00 a.m. and $2 per person age 18+ after 9:00 a.m. Grab your shopping bag and get ready for some great finds!  Saturday April 30th @ Butterfield Family Pavilion 600 Evans Ave, Valparaiso, In

Monday, March 28, 2016

New Names Added to Our List

Blue Heron Birth Education
Adair is a childbirth educator, certifiedthrough CAPPA (The Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). She offers evidence-based birth classes  emphasizing the normalcy of birth and teaches multiple comfort techniques. Whether birthing in a hospital, birth center or at home, students leave equipped to embrace the challenges and rewards of birth and parenting. Group classes meet in the South Bend area and private classes are available throughout Michiana. E-mail or check the website for upcoming series and pricing.  

Hi there! My name is Allison, and I’m a certified birth doula and a birth photographer in the Southwest Michigan area. I’ve been offering labor support to women and their families since 2012. As a doula, my desire is to help women feel loved, nurtured, and listened-to during their season of birth. I believe that birth is special. Sacred. Set-apart. A gift of intricate design given to women by our all knowing and amazing Creator God. And that He designed our bodies with the amazing capability and resiliency to give birth. The more I learn about pregnancy, labor, and birth and the incredible feed-back systems and delicate balance of hormones in the body, the more I stand amazed and convinced that God’s design for birth was not a mere afterthought! Not only is childbirth unique, but each woman is uniquely and intentionally created precious. Therefore, I believe that each birthing woman has her own special, God-designed birth story. As a doula and birth photographer, I delight to support each individual woman in achieving her own birthing goals. To laugh and cry with her and hold her hands through the journey. To nurture, encourage, listen, and respect. To celebrate her birth for the unique gift that it is. But most simply of all, to shower her with God’s love as she experiences one of the most crazy, thrilling, and remarkable moments of her life – a custom-scripted, set-apart birth story!
A Little About Allison: Allison completed her certification as a DONA International birth doula in 2014 and has been offering women labor support since 2012. She is also a member of Birth Seasons, a local doula collaborative striving to offer women compassionate and quality doula care during their season of birth. Allison has sought to expand her skills by receiving education in Spinning Babies, neonatal resuscitation, and birth assisting. When she is not soothing labor pains or behind the lens of her camera, Allison enjoys savoring dark chocolate, sipping hot tea, watching BBC's Call the Midwife, and spending time with her family and friends.

Yours in the journey,
Allison Sobanski, CD(DONA), 269-985-8226

Elevate Michiana Doula Services LLC
Shea Blunier is the owner of Elevate Michiana Doula Services where she offers birth doula services, placenta encapsulation sibling doula services, lactation support, and professional birth planning. She prides herself in providing compassionate, professional and unbiased support. Her clients can rest assured that they have a safe place to turn to, free of judgment, and that we will give them everything they need to make decisions they are confident in and comfortable with. She has always had the desire to serve others but was never sure how to pursue that. While attending the birth of a close friend in a supportive role it all clicked. Shea trained with ProDoula as a birth doula, volunteered as a breastfeeding counselor for a year and a half, and is begining to pursue childbirth education. She is CPR and First Aid certified. She was born and raised right here in Michiana, specifically Elkhart were she attended Baugo community schools and later IUSB as a music education student. Shea now lives in Niles with her husband, their two-year old duaghter, and their fur babies. She likes to spend her time avidly consuming music and coffee, reading and researching all things birthy, finding the perfect Instagram filter to not change the color of her newest "favorite" lipstick, and trying her hand at the latest DIY Pinterest craze.

Friday, September 18, 2015

From Hospital Birth to Home Birth, "I am living out my calling"

It has been a long while since I have put up any new posts but I will be endeavoring to do better by the birth blog.  To make up for such a long hiatus take a look at a new face in our homebirth midwifery world!  She is taking our area by storm with love and gentleness.  Have you heard of her, birthed with her, or seen her at the many community birth events she has attended?  Let me know, I would love to hear about it!

I have been a nurse midwife since 1999 and practiced in 3 states as a hospital midwife until 2013. I worked hard to provide personalized care in the hospital setting during those years and have many great memories. In 2013, circumstances arose making it more difficult to continue care in that setting. There was an obvious need for home birth providers in the region, leading me to out of hospital birth care. I've always believed women should have the option of homebirth, but had never been brave enough to go out on my own. I've always believed in the safety of homebirth, but the business/ logistics side of practice were very scary. After encouragement by some great area midwives and much reading, began to catch the vision. I also felt that God was calling me to this and I have been privileged to see His hand work in many ways for success. In the 1.5 years in this practice, I have been blessed to welcome over 60 babies earthside. Sometimes I work really hard, sometimes I can just relax and watch the process unfold. I can hold the space sacred for what the family deems important to them. The mom can be confident in knowing who her care provider will be; great trust is built and brings great things to labor/birth. WHY HOMEBIRTH? Having previously provided hospital care, I think I can speak to this accurately. There are many ways to approach care to women in labor. Hospitals provide care using policies and procedures to best care for a larger number of women at once. Some of these are evidenced based, some are out of habit or fear. Being able to offer personalized care makes a great difference. For example, because I already know the mother well, I can forego the traditional hospital intake questions. I have already discussed her wishes for her labor/birth experience. It is wonderful to not have to interrupt labor focus. I can also evaluate mom and baby where they are; I can listen and support, assuring their safety and progess with flexibility. So if mom is standing, on toilet, on hands and knees for progress or comfort, no need to interrupt. Sometimes this flexibility of care is difficult in hospital. Certainly, there have been times that I have transferred mom to hospital care because her circumstances warranted a different level of care. But majority of moms are healthy and deserve the flexibility and personalized care that being out of hospital provides. Moms choose homebirth for the above reasons of flexibility and personal care, but they also choose because of safety. They believe that being home is safer and advantageous for their baby too. Unwanted or unneeded interventions are much less likely at home, keeping baby and labor in a safer place. Baby is not exposed to hospital environment/germs that may put them at risk. Breastfeeding success is improved and jaundice levels are very low in my clients at home. Because babies are not medicated, they generally feed very well right after birth which gets things off to a great start. I am truly privileged to enjoy my work and LOVE what I do. My heart melts when moms say "thank you so much for being here, offering this option. It made all the difference" That keeps me going. I am living out my calling 
Terrie Lemley CNM

Monday, February 2, 2015


That moment. Once the baby is born.  You forget all the strength you were exerting, all the power it took, the energy you released. Forgotten (for a moment) in the blink of an eye as you embraced your baby with your eyes and thought, 
"Oh, yeah, this is what I was going thru this for"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


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Monday, January 26, 2015



The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story
Friday, January 30 
7:00-10:00 pm 
Brainworks @ the Corner of Navarre & Michigan St
      Free will offerings accepted/ Dessert will be served
(Snow date the following Friday)

The Milky Way, a feature-length documentary about breastfeeding in the USA, shows how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. A film by, for, and about women, it is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman and how to trust that knowledge.

It will inspire women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!”



Free Breastfeeding class called Breastfeeding 101 on  
February 3rd, 7PM
First Tuesdays of the Month every month.
at Lansers The Natural Way on W.Edison in South Bend
Intended for pregnant couples looking for basic information on breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend too.