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.