Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Childbirth Class

Getting Ready for Delivery
Physicians Holistic Alliance

*Childbirth education prepares you and your support person for the journey through pregnancy and the birth experience.
*Class includes information on the anatomy of pregnancy, terminology used, signs of labor, the stages of labor and a video on the birth process. Breathing and relaxation techniques, very important in the birthing process, will be practiced.
*Natural and medical ways to cope with pain will be discussed. Medical interventions that may or may not be a part of your experience will be introduced. What you can expect during and after the delivery will be be reviewed.

*The support person's role in each aspect of the birth process and the many ways they can provide ongoing support for the pregnant mother will be covered as well.


Saturday, March 17

Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance
230 East Day Rd., Suite 180
Mishawaka, IN 46545

$45 (includes mom and coach)
- 2 bed-sized pillows
- your lunch

Mary Olinger, RN, CCE
Not quite ready for childbirth preparation? PHA offers the class every two months - see you soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cloth Diapering


A diaper party with DiaperHQ is great fun! Join friends and meet other parents for a laid back party where you can see a range of all the new cloth diaper products out there! Prefolds, fitteds, covers, hybrids, pockets, AIOs, accessories - we have it all! You can see and feel the products and a consultant will present you with all the information you need to make a decision about what will work the best for your family. You can even take a sample home to try on your kids and really test it out before you buy!

5:30 PM

Contact: Amber R. Sahlhoff, Owner-Diaper HQ, 574-250-0904 www.diaperhq.com

*This is a party where products are being sold

SW Michigan Meeting

Birth Professional Gathering

April 12
Brunson Hill Art House in Benton Harbor
6 pm
Bring a dish to pass
Bring a piece of information to share briefly

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Childbirth Class

BIRTH MATTERS-Childbirth Education

We are just a few weeks away from our next Childbirth Education class series in March. Encourage those you know who are preparing for a birth to sign up. Families need excellent education prior to moving through labor and birth!

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM (ET)

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM (ET)

Fort Wayne, IN

Basic Registration

Includes mother and partner.


Comprehensive Package ($30 savings)

Package price includes Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care classes for mother and partner. Registrant must still complete online registration for their desired Breastfeeding and Newborn Care class dates.

Prenatal Yoga

Free Prenatal Yoga Classes
offered @
The Women's Care Center

360 North Notre Dame Avenue South Bend, IN 46617
Located just south of the University of Notre Dame
(574) 234-0363


Monday, February 20, 2012

Delivery & Hypnobirthing

Controversies & Innovations in Perinatal Health

5th Annual IPN Forum
March 9, 2012
Marriott North Hotel, Indianapolis


Who is delivering Indiana babies?

Hypnobabies-Teaching hypnosis for birth

Nurse-Family partnership in Indiana: An innovative approach to holistic service

To see a list of many more of the topics for the day and or to register go to http://www.indianaperinatal.org/sections/forum-agenda.phpLink

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Prenatal Tests


Feb. 22 —
Prenatal Tests for Down Syndrome: National Updates and What This All Means for Your Family,” with Brian Skotko, M.D., MMP, of Children’s Hospital, Boston. The Medical School is at 1234 Notre Dame Ave., South Bend. While physicians can earn CME credits, the topics cover current medical trends and intend to attract members of the lay public. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The Mini Medical School program is a partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and Memorial Hospital educating the community on current medical topics. This series is offered in the spring, free-of-charge to the public, physicians, residents, medical students and interested health care staff.

Thursday, February 16, 2012



IMPACT: Communicating the Connection Between
Breastfeeding and Birth Practices in a Modern-Day WorldLink
22nd Annual Indiana Perinatal Educators Conference

April 19, 2012

7:30 am Registration and Welcome

8:00 am Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding—Linda J. Smith, IBCLC

9:30 am Break and Exhibitors

10:00 am Debunking Breastfeeding Myths—Linda J. Smith, IBCLC

11:30 am Lunch

1:00 pm IPN and Legislative Update—Larry Humbert, MSSW PgDip
Breastfeeding in Indiana Update—Tina Cardarelli, IBCLC

1:30 pm Breakout Session 1
a) Leave ‘Em Wanting More
b) Dads and Breastfeeding—Randy Clark
c) Skin to Skin Part 1: Video - The Magical Hour—Renee Atkins, RN IBCLC

2:15 pm Break

2:30 pm Breakout Session 2
a) Leave ‘Em Wanting More—Linda J. Smith, IBCLC
b) Skin to Skin Part 1: Video - The Magical Hour—Renee Atkins, RN IBCLC
c) Skin to Skin Part 2: Mother Baby modeling

3:20 pm Breakout Session 3
a) Teaching or Preaching? —Linda J. Smith, IBCLC
b) Impact: It’s All in Your Words—Lisa Lahey, RN BSN IBCLC and Sharon Johns, RN LCCE
c) Skin to Skin Part 2: Mother Baby modeling

4:10 pm Closing—Sharon Johns, RN LCCE FACCE

Birth Position

Childbirth and Newborn ADD-ON Classes

Thursday, March 29, 2012
8:30am until 4:00pm

  • Childbirth and Newborn PREPARATION Add-on Classes
    Thurs., March 29, 2012 at the midwifery home and office of
    Diana Sanders, CNM 9998 West 1350 North, Nappanee

    One Day — Two Classes
    $50 for both classes or $30 for a single class

    Class 1 — 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ~
    Did you know your birth experience can be greatly affected by how your baby lies in your pelvis? We’ll talk aboutthat during this class and talk about what you can do to work toward the ideal position for better birthing. We’ll learn a few exercises and positions that can help you before, during and after your birth. Elkhart chiropractor Mark Lindholm, DC, will give information and advice on spinal and pelvic health and to offer FREE CHIROPRACTIC EVALUATIONS for pregnant moms during the workshop. For those who want her to, Steph will offer amateur
    fetal position assessments.

    Class 2 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ~

    You’d think breastfeeding would be easy, but it’s often tricky to get started right and is a nuanced skill for both you and your baby. We’ll talk about how your body makes milk, keys to successful nursing, troubleshooting and common challenges and, simply, HOW TO DO IT. A lactation consultant likely will be on hand to offer information and advice and to answer questions. We’ll also go over basic newborn behavior and some common how-tos like bathing, sleeping, belly-button care and how to assess the basic health of your newborn.

    About the teachers:
    Stephanie Price is a childbirth educator, midwife’s assistant and nursing student. She’s also a breastfeeding mother and has had personal success with chiropractic care to help a breech baby turn and to assure optimal positioning for her most recent VBAC baby.

    Mark Lindholm, DC, is a chiropractor at Natural Health Family Chiropractic in Elkhart. He serves newborn through adults, including pregnant women, and is highly knowledgeable about many health and wellness issues.

    Other Information:
    The classes will be in the home and office of Diana Sanders, CNM, who is graciously opening her private space to us. Bring anything you might need for special comfort. Steph will bring light snacks for mid-morning and mid-afternoon and provide hot and cold drinks. Participants who come to both classes will have a 90-
    minute break for lunch. You can pack a lunch, leave for lunch in Nappanee or enjoy a brisk walk over the break. While husbands are welcome, it’s likely mostly women will attend. Sisters, friends, mothers and doulas are welcome at no additional cost. These workshops are designed to COMPLEMENT, not replace, your childbirth prep classes.

    To sign up:
    Send a short note with your NAME, ADDRESS, VM NUMBER, ESTIMATED DUE DATE and check payable to Stephanie Price to 71015 Kessington Road, Union, MI 49130. Call 574-333-4903 (Steph’s cell) with questions. (Leave a message if necessary; include your voice mail number for a returned call.) Remember, it’s $50 for both classes (includes morning and afternoon) or $30 if you only want to come for one of the classes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Movie Screening

Birth Matters proudly presents a special screening of ...

MORE Business of Being Born
Explore Your Options: Doulas, Birth Centers & C-Sections

Friday, March 9, 2012
6:30pm - 9:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Downtown Allen County Library Theater

This is episode #3 of MORE Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein's powerful follow-up to their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born. In 2008, Birth Matters hosted a screening of that event, too, and we look forward to this one being just as successful and influential to our local birthing community!
Doors open at 6:00pm, show starts at 6:30pm. There are no reserved seats, so arrive early. The movie is just over 100 minutes long.

A panel discussion/Q&A will immediately follow the movie, and a wine and cheese reception will follow that.

If tickets do not sell out in advance, they'll be available at the door ($15.00/adult, $7.50/child), payable by cash or check. Due to limited seating capacity and space constraints, we recommend babies in arms.

Even though the documentary is not rated and does not officially require parental guidance, parents should be aware that it does contain mature content.