Monday, October 3, 2011


Indiana's birth and postpartum doula networking forum.
Description: A forum for Indiana doulas (birth and postpartum) or those looking to become doulas, for networking, sharing information and supporting one another in our journeys to empower birthing families.

If you are a doula in IN and have a FB page for your business -- post a link here for us so we can "like" it!



Friday, September 30, 2011

Freedom to birth in ANY position you want!

Sloths are solitary animals that only come together for mating, during March or April. A male attracts a female by marking an area with his scent. Approximately six months after conception, the female gives birth to a single baby, while she hangs upside down. The baby crawls out and clings right-side-up to her belly. The newborn is approximately 10 inches (25 cm) long and weighs about 12 ounces (340 g). At 20 to 25 days, the young sloth will begin to hang upside down, and will nurse for approximately 75 days, after which it begins to eat the same vegetation as the mother. The youngster can cling onto tree branches by six months and by eight to nine months can fend for itself, although many mothers and offspring stay together for two or more years after the birth. Sexual maturity is reached at three and a half years for females, and five years for males.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birth Professional SW Mchigan Gathering

Thursday October 27th @ 6 pm
Bring a dish to pass
Bring a piece of information to share briefly
Please RSVP
Betsy McCanse

It is once again time to meet together, to meet and encourage each other. This meeting is open to anybody with an interest in the world of birth: doulas, midwives, LLL leaders, massage therapists, birth educators, etc. Anybody who is passionate about supporting and encouraging natural childbirth and looking for a community of like- minded people.
We fit pretty nicely into the Brunson Hill Art House, so we shall be
meeting there again. It is a red and green house with steps leading up to the front door. Call if you get lost: 269-926-2334.
Latecomers are always welcome. Last time I had thought it would be interesting if each of us also brought something to share briefly: a current birth-field piece of legislation update, a new-to-you technique for some aspect of labor, a helpful way of dealing with common pregnancy complaints, etc.

FREE Birth Movie Nights!

DATE: Sunday October 16th
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION: Auburn Birthing Center 1915 Wesley Road, Auburn, IN

If you are a birth professional (DR, midwife, L&D nurse, lactation counsultant, chiropractor, birth assistant, doula, massage therapist), an expectant OR experienced parent interested in learning more about birth and birth related topic - YOU are invited to this free event!

Our FIRST EVER Movie Night will be held on October 16th (Sunday) at 6pm to 8pm and our feature film is ..."Gentle Birth Choices." Surprise special feature! In honor of National Midwifery Week there will be discussion following the movie on midwives serving in the state of Indiana

Each movie night presentation will be held at the Auburn Birthing Center, LLC in Auburn Indiana. All presentations are Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

2011 Fall Schedule:
October 16th "Gentle Birth Choices"
November 13th "Nutrition During Pregnancy"
December 11th "Nativity Story"


MOVIE NIGHT FEATURES: Films: "Business of Being Born", "Pregnant in America", "Gentle Birth Choices", "Happiest Baby on the Block", "The Miracle of Life" and Many More!

SPEAKERS: Some movie nights will have a special presentation from a birth professional (physicians, midwives, doulas, and other birth professionals) about a birth/birth related topic

MORE INFO:Visit Blessed Journeys on facebook and the

REGISTRATION: *Registration is limited to 25 due to space. Please RSVP to ensure registration. Additionally, due to the nature of our practice and the unpredictability of birth, it may be necessary cancel and reschedule an event. All cancellations and reschedule dates will be posted on both the Blessed Journeys and Auburn Birthing Center Facebook pages.

BIRTH-RELATED BUSINESSES: If you provide pregnancy/birth-related services and are interested in marketing opportunities - we are accepting information. Please contact us for details at

Midwives Assistants, and New Midwives~~ Work Shop

Thursday & Friday October 20th - 21st
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Hosted by: Ireena Keeslar

This event is for midwive's assistants and for new midwives. It is a skills training workshop. We will cover: how to help at a birth, your role, basic charting, set up for a delivery, and estimating blood loss. We will discuss and practice the following skills: vitals, blood draws, injections, IV's, pelvimetry, pelvic exams, and Paps.

We will begin on Thursday October 20th 9am-5pm and continue on Friday October 21st 9am-4pm.

Fees: There will be a fee of $50 per person for lab supplies. Payment must be received by the end of September.

You must RSVP if you are attending and information will be sent to you via email. Once your payment has been received an information packet will be sent to you via email.

I am asking midwives to please share this with your students or helpers that you would like to have a bit more training. Feel free to share this with your midwifery-birth assistant friends.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Looking to Get Involved? This May Be the Group for You!

Michiana Practitioners Network
Improving access and education on alternative health for under-served populations in our area

Improving Access to Alternative Care
- building a non-profit that fundraises to cover fees for alternative health practitioners- working to build relationships with local clinics/hospitals to make referrals from under-served populations
- educating local clinics/hospitals and clients about the benefits of alternative health options (ie doula, massage, reiki, yoga, herbology, etc).Encouraging “Healthy” Gift-giving and Care- a source where people in the community can find information on participating practitioners and their services.- a centralized way for people to buy gift certificates or create a gift registry for doula and massage services, etc.- education/outreach/marketing to promote the idea of giving these services as gifts and using them on gift registries.
Please contact Nicole Bauman if you are interested in pursuing these conversations, or if you are a practitioner with interest in joining the Network at 574 536 0225 or
"The Michiana Practitioners Network was birthed out of Karissa Loewen's vision of building her doula and massage business while also providing more accessible, affordable care and education about alternative health and wellness to otherwise marginalized and under-served populations. Karissa began sharing her dreams with friend and fellow doula Nicole Bauman, and they decided to begin inviting others to brainstorm ways in which they might collectively move the project forward. These two women are hoping to gather with area practitioners over the next several months to continue to define their vision and to begin to lay out next steps. All are welcome to join this movement; please see the attached documents for more details, or be in touch if you are interested in participating!"
For meeting dates, times, locations and updates join them on Facebook:!/home.php?sk=group_128771413845868&ap=1

Webster Technique Informational Workshop

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 15 · 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Natural Health Family Chiropractic, 601 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, IN
More Info Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb 11. Call 574-262-4402 or Email:
~ Refreshments will be provided ~

The following is what Stephanie Price had to say about Chiropractic, her experience with Dr. Lindholm and the Webster Technique:
"As a childbirth educator and birth attendant, I strongly emphasize to clients the importance of optimal fetal positioning to help lay a good foundation for birthing. Professional chiropractic care seems to be an essential component to helping babies adopt optimal positions - heads down, anterior. I have worked with at least a dozen women who have had persistently posterior or, even, breech babies who have visited the chiropractor during their pregnancies with great success at helping their babies to move into better positions, thereby avoiding unnecessary pain, interventions and surgeries during birth. My first baby was a surprise breech, born then by cesarean section nearly two weeks early. I did not know then about chiropractic manipulation. My second baby was breech from weeks 28 to about 34. Highly conscientious about her position, I visited the chiropractor regularly. He discovered subluxation in my sacral area, something that likely was causing the baby to be constrained and thus remain breech. After consistent visits to the chiropractor, who performed the Webster Technique, my baby turned vertex and remained so. After only about 6 hours of straightforward, active labor, my daughter was born in a perfect anterior position. That birth - my first VBAC - was transformative to me and furthered my commitment to help mothers do all they can to facilitate pelvic health. Chiropractic care was exponentially less expensive than surgery would have been - and painless!"

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Home Birth Child Birth Classes

These are preparation classes for those choosing a homebirth. Anyone is welcome to take these classes who is planning a homebirth regardless of care provider or anyone who would like more information about home birth. If interested please contact Rhoda Baughman @ 260-450-1520 for further info regarding class fee and what all the classes include.

Date/Time: Saturday March 12th @ 9:30am & Saturday March 19th @ 9:30am
Location: 4126 North County Line Road East, Huntertown, IN 46748

Share Your Birth Story

Women have been having babies for centuries. We have all heard birth stories about people we know and people we don't know. Here is an opportunity for you to share yours! I know I will


Our Mission
For everyone who has been through the journey to motherhood, you know of the decisions (OB/gyn vs midwife), the questions (what does labor feel like?) and the uncertainties (what kind of a mom will I be?) that each pregnant woman faces. Yet even though these are shared experiences, we often feel alone on the journey, constantly trying to make informed decisions without sometimes knowing what questions to even ask. Often the journey through pregnancy, birth, babyhood and beyond is something far from the expected. But it is a shared rite of passage even on those days when we feel far removed and alone.

So here is Unexpectant–an experiment in collecting real mother’s stories–the ups, the downs, the lost expectations and alarming surprises. We want to hear your experiences and truths concerning pregnancy, labor, delivery, motherhood and more. Over the next few months, we will ask questions about your journey. We want to hear from you and we hope you will join the conversation and spread the word. Who knows where exactly this all will go, but we hope it becomes a useful tool and resource.

And so, share your story. Together we can help guide others who are beginning their journeys, encourage those who are in the midst and maybe even find a little catharsis along the way. Will you join with us?