Wednesday, July 25, 2012



Postpartum Support Group-
The 4th Trimester

Friday July 27th
255 W. Indiana Ave Suite 1 , Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Are you a new mom needing support, guidance and inspiration? Do you have questions or concerns? Would you like to meet other new moms and their babies?

Welcome to the fourth trimester monthly support group - a safe, non-judgmental space to connect with other new moms who have just had babies too!

The purpose of the group is for women to mother other women in the postpartum months, a time that is often ignored by many. Come share or listen to others on topics such as birth stories, mood/depression or anxiety issues, post baby body concerns, sleep patterns, feeding, soothing baby, relationship changes and more.


CHOICES Natural Birth & Parenting Network
Wednesday August 1, 2012
7:00pm in CDT
Hebron Community Center, 611 N. Main St., Hebron, IN

Topic ~ Unnecessary Cuts? Cesareans & Circumcisions. Please bring an open mind and your list of questions!

CHOICES is a natural birth & parenting network located in NW Indiana. Our purpose is to promote wellness and positive attitudes towards a healthy pregnancy, gentle birth experience, breastfeeding and informed parenting. We offer ongoing free monthly community meetings (with pre-planned topics/speakers) held at the Hebron Community Center where midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and many families gather.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gift Certificates Available

The Center for Children and Families

1602 N. Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN 46635

Are you a parent of a 4-6 year old child?

If so, we would like to invite you to help us gather information about the activities of families with pre-school children. The project involves a visit to the Center for Children and Families and 2 visits to your home.

All participants can receive up to $170 in gift certificates.

For more information, please contact Beth Planalp at 574-631-9984 or e-mail

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cloth Diapering 101

JULY 28, 2012
10:00am - 12:00pm

Thinking about cloth diapers? Do all of those styles and names seem confusing? Come join us for an clear introduction to cloth diapering! This informative class is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering options and choices. We will walk you through all the vocabulary and style options helping you know how using cloth works best for your family. You'll leave with a packet full of resources and the confidence to purchase the diapering system that suits you best!

We have the most popular styles and brands of cloth diapers on-hand for you to see in person - prefolds, Bum Genius, FuzziBunz, Mother Ease, Bumkins, gDiapers, GroVia, Flip Diaper, Kissaluvs, Thirsties, Rumparooz, Baby Kicks, Better For Babies, Under The Nile, and much more. It is never to late to start as there are options from birth through potty training.

Come and see how much cloth diapering has changed and how easy it can be!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Breastfeeding @ the Elkhart County 4H Fair!

We are showing up at so many local popular events that I saw people searching the web about if there would be a lactation station @ the Elkhart 4H fair and there will be! Apparently, they have had a place there for years. Take a look at the article for more details

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Got Milk? Please Donate!

Why Donate?

One in eight babies is born premature (March of Dimes Peristats, 2010). Premature or ill infants are at a much higher risk for devastating infections if they are fed formula instead of human milk. These haunting statistics, combined with our belief that human milk is the optimal form of nutrition and immunologic protection for babies, is the reason for what we do. To say it best, human milk fights infection while providing ideal nutrition. However, a mother may not be able to provide this precious resource because:
Premature delivery can cause delayed milk production or an insufficient supply

  1. She has delivered multiples (i.e. twins or triplets)
  2. The stress of hospitalization or other complications have impeded her ability to hold or directly nurse her baby.
  3. She requires medications that may pass into her milk and are potentially harmful to the infant.
  4. She has an infection or complications temporarily affecting her milk supply
  5. She has adopted a baby.

We recognize the time, effort, and love you have put into pumping, labeling, and freezing your milk. If you have extra, please share this amazing resource!

Mom’s own milk is always ideal for the baby – but when this is not available, human milk donations from generous mothers like you are the next best option. Organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization agree! IMMB follows strict screening, processing, and dispensing guidelines established by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) to ensure the safety of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM). Babies may receive PDHM because of the following:

  1. Preterm birth
  2. Failure to thrive
  3. Malabsorption syndromes
  4. Allergies
  5. Feeding/formula intolerance
  6. Immunologic deficiencies
  7. Pre- or Post-operative nutrition
  8. Infectious diseases

This is the current state of affairs as of July 16, 2012.

We do not have enough Milk to make it through the week. Please call or email if you can help (317) 535-1670 or

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birth Photography


Hi everyone! I'm Jeri Hoag and I am a pro photographer located in Goshen, IN that specializes in documentary birth photography covering the Michiana area including birth center, hospital or home births. I also specialize in



phy has always been a passion of mine since my high school and college years, but I kept it as a hobby until the summer of 2008, about one year after giving birth to my third child. This is when I realized that I had already forgotten some of those precious moments from his birth and the few images my husband captured for me didn’t include him since he was behind the camera. It hit me then that those moments are fleeting and I wanted to capture them for other women experiencing the miracle of birth. I thought, why not offer birth photography? After all, giving birth to your child is one of the most amazing, life-changing experiences of your life. You can see more of my work on my business page: Jeri Hoag Photography or my blog:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Birth Professionals Gathering-Michigan

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.

Let's bring food to share again.

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. We
ended up having plenty to discuss without these added topics, but it's
always good to share new information when it comes out. We may not
get to everyone's or anyone's piece of information, or there may be
some overlap. It will just be good to go home knowing something new.
Again, if we fill the time just fellowshipping, that's entirely
To summarize:
July 26
6 pm
Bring a dish to pass
Bring a piece of information to share briefly

Please RSVP

Hope to see you all there! And do talk to others who should be
there. I know previously I thought I contacted everyone, but I hadn't ,
so some people didn't find out about it until too late.


Thursday, July 5, 2012


2012 CAPPA Conference Link

7/19/2012 to 7/22/2012

Conference Theme

“Together we can build bridges for better perinatal outcomes around the world.”

CAPPA professionals approach their work with expectant families during the perinatal year with a desire to educate, support, and to see all families succeed.




Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
United States



Monday, July 2, 2012


  • Saturday, July 14, 2012
  • 5:00pm until 7:00pm in CDT
  • Mothering By Nature Center
  • 255 W. Indiana Ave Suite 1 , Valparaiso, Indiana 46383


What does a doula do? What are the benefits?

A fun, educational night to move through and meet several local doulas with a list of questions that we provide. You get 5-10 minutes per doula to ask whatever you want, then move to the next doula! You’ll see an informational DVD telling all about doulas and what they do. There will be snacks/refreshements and a question and answer time.

Come learn all about how a doula can help reduce interventions and c-sections by about 50%!! The day you give birth to a child is a day you will never forget. Make it a memorable one!

*If you have had a doula at your birth, please come share your experience with others!

*If you are a practicing doula and would like to participate, please let me know!

Store phone - 219-299-2039