I’m very excited to begin offering these classes in the new year. A good friend of mine Breanna Fast and I have collaborated and brought our passions together to bring you Celebrate Pregnancy.
Celebrate Pregnancy is a 4 week mini series blending prenatal yoga and circle activities together during a 2 hour class. Many activities come from Birthing From Within and are focused on a more emotional and spiritual preparation for birth as well as activities to celebrate your sacred time now being pregnant! These are not comprehensive childbirth education classes. These classes are for you as a woman becoming a mother, they are for connection and celebration!
2016 spring prenatal class series is coming to a close next week, and it was a wonderful class. We had lots of laughs and I know all the couples are feeling ready and confident for their upcoming births! I’m booking dates now for fall and spring classes and will get them up on the website asap. If weekly classes don’t work for your family feel free to send me a note and we can get you booked in for private classes in your own home.
I have a FREE Placenta Encapsulation Education Discussion coming up on June 28th, 7pm. I’m being hosted once again by our lovely midwives at the East Kootenay Midwives clinic. 1617 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC. See the facebook event for more info. Please call or message me to reserve your spot!
I am already receiving doula inquires into next year (2017!!) so if you’d like to schedule a free interview CLICK HERE and we’ll make that happen. We can go over all your questions as to what exactly a doula brings to the table and how it benefits you.
As always I have birth tubs, TENS units and home birth supplies available for rent and purchase. Click on the Rentals + Supplies section above to learn more!
I adore being a doula; I love birth, I love supporting and empowering women and families. I love the intensity, magic and power you feel in the birth room. The intimacy and sacredness, I am privileged to be a part of each time I attend a women in labour.
But I confess I wasn’t so in to placentas. They were fascinating, definitely an important part of pregnancy but they weren’t my bag. Until…until I realized that women wanted to eat them. Women were looking for someone to help them take the placenta in it’s ewwey gooey form and make it into a neat, little, easily ingest-able supplement. I took my training because women were looking for help, they wanted this service. I started out doing it because the community called for it! Once I took my placenta encapsulation training I understood why women wanted this. The touted benefits list is pretty awesome:
Better milk production
Nicely balanced postpartum moods
More energy from all the B vitamins
Shorter postpartum bleeding phase
Less pain and easier recovery
Once you hear all that it seems like a no brainer.
Now I drive home with a placenta in my truck, giddy to open up the cooler and discover this placenta, this totally unique, beautiful little organ. I love tracking the stats, how much it weighs, if it’s got calcification, the colors, length of cord, how many pills it resulted in. It may seem weird and I totally give you that, you can put me in the weirdo category. But each one really does tell a story, and has a its own energy.
Some people say that every child is a twin and its placenta is it’s sibling, some people do placenta readings, and say that you can get an idea of the child’s personality from their placenta. That may sounds crazy but I get it, there is a special magnificence to these organs, one that people may never understand. But after you’ve handled hundreds of placentas you start to have their magic rub off on you. Processing a placenta becomes therapeutic, I get to honor the placenta and it’s part in the pregnancy, thank it for it’s work and send it on it’s way to continue to support mom and baby in the postpartum period. I get to bless each mother who entrusts her placenta to me and I put a little blessing in each pill, “peace, love, joy, good milk production, easy recovery, and good family bonding”. My gift to you! Now…. I love placentas!
Want to have your placenta encapsulated? I have an easy online intake and booking!
So a couple weeks ago I went on a little family road trip for Gena Kirby’s Rebozo workshop! It was fantastic, kind of life-changing. Wow! Just…wow! Gena really opened some doors for me as a doula, in how I can interact and support my clients! I’m so happy also to have brought a beautiful new LONG 9 ft rebozo back to Kimberley with me!
A rebozo is a woven shawl, they come in varying lengths and widths, and even have different names from country to country, in Laos they’re called Jias, there are African Kangas, Rebozo is the Mexican name. A rebozo is often worn by a women, used in labour by midwives and then used to carry baby by the new mama. It is not just a tool for birth, it is part of a lifestyle.
Here’s Gena, sharing a bit more about the rebozo:
What did I learn?
How to connect with my clients in new ways
Some awesome techniques for supporting labouring moms
How to get partners/dads more physically involved in comfort measures for birth
The Rebozo as a Gateway
As a doula I have mostly seen it as a tool in my doula bag until now. Now I see it as an extension of my hands and arms, and as an extension of the partners love, for a labouring mom.
I think over the years I’ve figured out ways to engage with clients to help get us up on our feet and trying out comfort techniques, but it can often feel awkward, especially if it’s the first meeting between the doula and the dad. Enter the rebozo, such a simple tool for helping open a gate way and between the birth team. It’s wonderful to have something I can hand to dad and say, you are going to be a pro at this by the time we’re done here. Giving dad something to do to feel engaged, connected and NEEDED is really important, because I never want dad to feel displaced because I was there, I want him to get all the glory.
Seeing the many uses of the rebozo now I will never leave home without it, it can be used to relieve pain and tension, used as a relaxation tool in labour, help relieve stress from partners, midwives, nurses and siblings. Create a quiet space for the couple to reconnect, it can be used to block out stimulating lights and sounds. Use it to help mom move in the case of an epidural and is a powerful tool toward effective pushing.
Here’s a couple examples of what we might do with a rebozo:
Gena demonstrating how to relieve tension in the mothers neck (or anyone who’s feeling stressed in the birth space)
Here seated is the partner or dad, then labouring mom is straddling them. She is being supported with the rebozo by her doula, standing behind dad. Shown is a demonstration of pushing so kneeling behind mom is the midwife helping to lower baby safely to the ground.
And here I am, supporting Gena through some intense contractions, this is an awesome postion for pushing!
The Partner is so important!
The workshop really lit a fire in my heart to addressing the role partners and dads play in the birth experience. I know that in each prenatal visit from now on I am going to be telling the partner how integral they are to helping mom relax. I’ve always been good at getting dads involved to their comfort level but now I will be acknowledging the importance of them being there, loving her, loving the experience and I’ll be creating space in prenatals for them to further their relationship in pregnancy and birth.
What does that really mean though?
When you close your eyes and imagine labouring, see yourself working hard, coping through an intense contraction. This image might create some stress in your body, now imagine labouring and your partner is right there next to you, skin to skin, their smell comforting you just by its presence, their arms holding you, supporting you, their heart beating in time with yours, love hormones flying between you as you open your eyes and see the pride beaming from him to you for the hard work you’re enduring. That’s what we want because if you notice, that time when you imagined your partner there by your side, everything was softer, more relaxed. That is the key to better births. And really that is what was driven home for me, how when I’m there supporting my couples I really want the partner to being doing it, because that is the where her comfort lies.
The rebozo techniques themselves weren’t all new to me but having a chance to practice them and see them in action rather then just on a hand out was so important for my learning experience. Having more hands on experience myself so that when I share these comfort techniques with my pregnant couples will be so beneficial to their learning and their birthing time. I love that I now have new ideas for situations that may arise in your birth!
If you’re pregnant in Cranbrook or Kimberley and think you could use some more labour support, please give me a shout!