Saturday, April 5, 2014

Went to a birthday party at Imagine That and had to nurse the twins. I just have to say that the owner was more than accommodating, she offered me multiple places to sit, water, AND SNACKS! To sum it up, Imagine That is breastfeeding friendly!

There hasn't been a post in a long time so let's start back up with a short video clip...

Ever wondered what a prenatal visit in your home would be like....check out this short video!

In it you will see a local 27 week pregnant mama being shown some techniques to help loosen up ligmants that can help in optimal baby positioning.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Have You Heard...

Two Sustainable Businesses in South Bend Connect!

Ecological Babies, a cloth diaper, sling, and natural parenting business and resource in South Bend is now offering some of their top cloth diapers and accessories for sale in the storefront Just Goods in downtown South Bend. Besides the items in the store, anyone can visit Ecological Babies’ site, place an order for any items, and then pick them up at their convenience at Just Goods.

Ecological Babies provides all the education, support, and cloth diapering items you to get started.  In addition, they carry slings and provide complimentary tutorials, so you can wear your baby comfortably and safely.  Finally, they carry a range of natural baby and mama products.

Just Goods focuses on fair trade, organic, and local products in their store. You can find a variety of household items, fair trade food items, women’s clothing and jewelry, eco-friendly baby items, and much more.

 Becky Reimbold, owner of Just Goods, and Jen Starks have been connected since Jen moved into town about 1.5 years ago.  
 “She's (Becky) one of the only woman-owned local businesses in town where I (Jen) felt our mission of social justice regarding fair labor and ecologically sound goods matched up.  She's also one of the leaders in the Michiana Green Pages who really works hard to boost local businesses.  In her store, she has a decent size baby and children's section and I believe the products I carry help round out and compliment what is already in the store”.
 “Many have either never heard of or never actually been in Just Goods and by bringing the cloth diapers into her store, it will allow new potential customers who would really benefit from knowing about her store, to come in and check out all the great products.  It allows me to show the community what a cloth diaper looks like and allow me to connect with them to provide all the education they need to get started.”
“More concisely, my mission is to help families, especially those pregnant and/or with babies and young children, learn how to create a foundation of sustainable living as a family unit.  I believe cloth diapers are one of the first big decisions on raising "ecological" babies but also one of the toughest choices for those who are not located in an area where cloth diapers are common.  Therefore, I hope to be that local access to walk them through how to get started and then provide unlimited support once they start using them.”  

For Downtown South Bend's "First Fridays", Ecological Babies will be featured there in March.  The prior Wednesday evening, we're going to have a reception to kick off our official partnership, Just Goods & Ecological Babies.  It will be 2/27 from 5-7pm and all are more than welcome to come in the store!  On my website, Jen has a link to how and why she started Ecological Babies:  

 Jen and Ecological Babies are active in South Bend Green Drinks, attend Memorial Hospital's Childbirth Unit's Open House, have started a "cloth diapers support group in Michiana", hosted the Great Cloth Diaper Change last year (and am planning for this one on 4/20!), am an advertiser and big advocate of Edible Michiana, connected with Michiana Midwives in Goshen (for personal use as well!), and have reached out to mom's groups like Le Leche League, Holistic Mom's, and Michiana Moms groups specifically in South Bend.  I hope to become even more involved in the Michiana Birth network, LLL, and Purple Porch Co-op's new natural store opening in the summer to help continue to build up our growing community of those interested in sustainable living.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Doula Training

Always been interested in birth?  Have you attended all your family & friends birth?  Didn't know you could become trained in this area of birth support?  Check out this upcoming training session to answer all your birth support questions.....


Friday February 8th -10th

Are you interested in becoming a trained and certified birth doula? Join us in Fort Wayne this February!!

The weekend is broken into two parts. The Birth Doula Training is an extensive workshop that walks participants through all the aspects of being a doula, the birth process, how to support families, paperwork and starting a doula business. The second component, and optional, is the "Introduction to Childbirth". This is offered all day Friday the 8th and fulfills a DONA birth doula requirement for certification. Participants for the "Intro to Childbirth" must also register for this February Birth Doula Training in order for this requirement to be completely fulfilled.

A secondary option for trained doulas to fulfill their Childbirth Education requirement for certification would be to attend classes offered by Birth Matters in Fort Wayne. Their Childbirth Education classes also fulfill the requirement for the Birth Doula Certification. Birth Matters Childbirth Education classes happen over two, consecutive Saturdays (9am - 5pm).

 Class will take place at Birth Matters of Fort Wayne: 825 Barr Street, (lower level), Fort Wayne, IN 

For pricing and schedules The Doula Network of Fort Wayne 

Healing for Birth

Birth doesn't always go as planned and sometimes emotional and physical reactions can surface and stay with families for months or years after a difficult birth experience.  If a family felt pressured to agree to certain procedures/interventions or didn't feel heard, validated or well supported during the birth process those factors can further aggravate the symptoms occurring after such a stressful event.  If a family has experience disappointment, trauma or grief in reaction to their birth experience then this class is for them - regardless of outcome.

Whether it was experienced due to a pelvic exam, an episiotomy, internal monitoring, vacuum extraction, c-section, premature delivery, long and complicated labor, unsupportive birth team, or negative birth outcome, if a family feels they have experienced birth trauma, they have.

This two-part class is for mothers, fathers, and other family members who have experienced a traumatic birth.  Through group learning dynamics, writing assignments, and art therapy attendees will learn to:

                  *develop coping tools
                  *identify and process feelings surrounding the birth
                  *identify potentially negative feelings about participants and/or care providers present at the birth
                  *begin to let go of negative birth-related emotions
                  *develop a plan to effectively deal with future moments of fear

"There are so many different reasons families decide to come for this workshop. It is a supportive, understanding environment that focuses on healing and moving through. Consider joining us if it is the right time!"
For Dates, Times, and Costs visit: Birth Matters

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Newborn Photography

Jeri Hoag Photography: Newborn Session Contest

Per Jeri Hoag: I thought it would be fun to do a newborn session contest again.  Everything you need to know should be in the image below, but if you have any questions please feel free to email me.  Here is a direct link to jhp’s Facebook page.