Life is BUSY! Though I stand by my advice to clients to get into some kind of hands-on, in-person childbirth education series at some point during pregnancy, that is not always practical or possible for everyone. Maybe you are a busy professional with a hefty load of work before babies arrives, or maybe you are a stay at home mom with toddlers at home. We all can benefit from the convenience that the grand world-wide-web provides! Here is a compilation of my very favorite Childbirth education series and resources online. Be sure to look for my affiliate codes that often get you a discount!
One of my very favorite online class resources is Birth Transformed: Childbirth Preparation & Empowerment. This course is often on sale on Udemy for less than $20!
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Kopa Birth is a wonderful childbirth education program that was created by local Charlotte, NC parents! They offer in-person classes as well as an excellent online video series. Please mention that you are a client or friend of Sage Mama Doula when you register!
Be sure to mention Sage Mama Doula and enter code "Pregnant25" for a 25% discount!
Beautiful birth photography by Lindsay Leong.
Being born is important.
You who have stood at the bedposts
and seen a mother on her high harvest day,
the day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.
You who have seen the new wet child dried behind the ears,
swaddled in soft fresh garments,
pursing its lips and sending a groping mouth
toward the nipples where white milk is ready
You who have seen this love's payday of wild toil and sweet agonizing
You know being born is important.
You know nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with the circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood
It must be older than the moon, older than the salt.
Who doesn't LOVE milk and cookies??? Every nursing mother can use a boost to her milk supply every once in a while. This recipe for "lactation cookies" will not solve true low-supply issues, but some women are so sensitive to Lactogenic Foods in their diet, that nibbling on some cookies with special ingredients can sometimes offer a littlenudge to the mother's milk supply. At the very least, they are an excuse to indulge in yummy sweets once in awhile! The beauty of this recipe is that the strong sweetness of butterscotch covers up all the bitterness of Brewer's Yeast, a known galactogenic supplement that's loaded with B vitamins. If you like to bake, get creative with the other add-ins and see just how nutrient dense you can make these cookies!
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, dry "Lactogenic Add-ins" of your choice, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
PAN COOKIE VARIATION:
Grease 15 x 10-inch pan with coconut oil. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.
Happy Baking and Milk-Making!
Here are my favorite articles and the latest research on Vitamin K for newborns:
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I recently had the honor of being featured in article on The Penny Hoarder about how women can pursue Doula work. I love talking about how over the years, I have learned to transform my passion for mothers and babies and families from a fulfilling hobby into a sustainable career. Check out the fantastic article here!
There a billion and one books out there for parents on the "how-to's" and the "don't-do's" and the "to-do's" of raising children. There are some that I love and highly recommend and a whole lot that I'd rather pass on. What I have found is that in my time as a parent, the books that have been most helpful on my journey have been less about How-To and more about the soul and heart purpose of mothering. Here a few books that have nurtured me as a new mother, that I highly recommend:
Sarah Eiley Cowherd
Sarah is a mama to 4 wild things and a doula in Charlotte, NC with over 10 years of experience in supporting families of all kinds. With gentle hands and a humble heart, she guides women to experience birth without fear and move forward into motherhood in confidence.