Placenta Prep & Belly Binding Workshop by ProDoula
January 30th & 31st 2016 in Charlotte, NC
ProDoula’s Placenta Prep is coming to Charlotte, NC. This 2 day, 12 hour comprehensive workshop is designed to educate and guide you on your path to becoming a well-respected postpartum placenta specialist in your community.
Through our program you will learn about our industry standards as well as ProDoula’s desire to elevate them. ProDoula insists that our Postpartum Placenta Specialists do not transport client’s placentas. Additionally, since providing services in a client’s home is the only doubt free way the client can be certain she is consuming her own placenta, services must always be provided in the client’s home.
ProDoula is associated with providing the highest quality training programs available to birth workers and the Placenta Encapsulation program is nothing short of exceptional.
• The Placenta
• The Client
• Encapsulation Methods
• Placenta Consumption
• Placenta Art and Keepsakes
• Equipment and Supplies
• Business Tools and Information
This is a two-day training being held on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day and at from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm Belly Binding. Location will be disclosed after registration is complete.
Call (914) 400-3494 or email us at email@example.com to learn more about this rewarding opportunity or e-mail us for more information
Every family shares a heritage of unique lullabies, depending on family traditions, culture, religion and even just musical tastes. I have always been fascinated by traditional lullabies from other cultures. Just for fun, here is a collection of the songs I have sung to my own 4 babies and also many doula babies, as I ushered them into dreamland.
I'm a big fan of one-day childbirth prep workshops! You can gain so much knowledge in just a few short hours. I think it is great to gain different perspectives and bits of wisdom from more than just one childbirth educator. I recommend checking into a more in-depth series of classes as well, but be sure to be on the lookout for short workshops such as this whenever possible. I love the work of Pam England and Birthing From Within and highly recommend her books and workshops based on her methods. If you are having a baby in the Charlotte, NC area sometime this fall or winter, you don't want to miss this class!
Here is the link to register: http://www.rhythmofbirth.com/child-birth-classes/2015/11/21/birthing-in-awareness-pain-coping-workshop
Katia is a sweet mama friend that I connected with when we were both planning to move from upstate NY to Charlotte, NC around the same time. Her family is now settled in Texas and she keeps a very active Video Blog, sharing her adventures as a natural-minded mama of two adorable little ones. She graciously allowed me to share her blog posts and videos here about the births of her two darlings. Be sure to check out Crunchy Mama Chronicles Vlog!
Kassiyan's Birth Story
Vera's Birth Video:
I am the daughter of two writers. My parent's met when my dad was a guest speaker at my mom's college journalism class. My whole life was documented by storytelling in my father's weekly column in our small town newspaper. I believe that every human on earth has a legacy of stories worth sharing, and as a birth doula, I have a particular interest in the experiences and stories of birthing women. I directed a play all about women's birth stories called "Birth" by Karen Brody- twice. When I was just 18, I devoured the birth stories of women living in a hippie commune in Tennessee in the 60's ad 70's in Ina May Gaskin's iconic book, "Spiritual Midwifery". Birth stories were my introduction to the work I am called to do. I even named my third baby Story.
I have told the stories of my four children's births countless times - to each of them whispered as bedtime tales, to new mothers in need of an encouraging birth account when all they have heard are the stuff of nightmares, and to doula clients who ask, "So how about your own births? What is it like to be a Doula giving birth?"
But I have something to admit - I have never written down any of my children's births.
I'd like to change that. This year, I am challenging myself with the task of documenting each of my baby's births in writing. I would LOVE for you to join me. Every week I will be publishing a new series called "Sunday Night Stories" and I welcome your submissions. ALL BIRTH STORIES ARE WELCOME - unassisted births, cesarean births, water births, medicated births, stillbirths, natural births, doula-supported births, traumatic births, hospital births, home births.... they all matter and they all are worth sharing. If you would like to share your birth story in this space, please email it to me, along with any photos or videos you'd like to include to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some excellent resources to get you started:
The Sanitized Stories We Tell By Sarah Bessey
How to Write Your Birth Story (with Helpful Visual Guide and Writing Prompts) from www.BirthMemoirs.com
"Why Don't You Write Your Birth Story?" From Birth Without Fear
How to Write A Birth Story from SheKnows
Perhaps you'd like to write your children's birth stories but don't want to share. I believe the writing process can be just a cathartic as the sharing. Perhaps take the time to write the story just for yourself. Journaling as Spiritual Practice by Ann Voskamp has some beautiful ideas on how to do that.
Oh my darlings, I must admit... I am obsessed with coffee shops. With 4 young children at home, you best believe that I can drink my weight in coffee in a day, but there is really something so special about carving out some time to myself in a cozy little cafe, with a cup of freshly brewed java and a treat.
When I recently moved to Charlotte, NC and began the re-launch of my Doula practice, the first thing I wanted to scope out was the coffee scene here. I have not been disappointed! Because my small business doesn't quite yet demand a brick and mortar office, I am quite happy to hire a sitter for the little ones, and plant myself at a local cafe a few times a week. When you call me to set up a free initial consultation to chat about my doula services, I will offer to meet you at one of the following local cafe's closest to your home. I am currently scheduling free consultations on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but contact me to set up a time that will work for both of us. Choose your favorite local spot and let's get together. I'd love to hear about your hopes and dreams for your new baby and talk about all the wonderful ways doula support can benefit you!
Amelie's French Bakery & Cafe - NODA, Charlotte
Amelie's French Bakery & Cafe - Pineville-Matthews Rd
Amelie's Rock Hill
Mama's Coffee House - Pineville, NC
Mugs Coffee - South Charlotte
I always tell my doula clients and mama friends that there is one essential tool that is often neglected on baby shower lists, but is one of the best tools for postpartum recovery - a subscription to Netflix! In those first few days (or weeks) that blur together after having a baby, when countless visitors come knocking at the door, and when a newborn's demands are all-consuming, nothing can help a mama settle in for some much needed rest like a good movie. Newborn babies just need to nurse and mamas need to rest, relax and recover. Settle in for some skin-to-skin snuggle time, and check out a few flicks on this list.
Can we ever have too many movies that capture the stories of women? I love to find new films that dive deep into the complexities of women's roles and relationships. I can't be the only one... I polled my friends and family for great movies that have a central theme of motherhood, and the responses poured in. This list runs the gamut from the hilariously absurd (Father of the Bride 2, Baby Mama) to the dark and gritty (Precious, Firelight) to heartening and hopeful (Where the Heart Is, Steel Magnolias). There is truly something for everyone here! When you click on each picture, a hyperlink will take you to the Oline movie database and tell you exactly where you can watch each movie (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.... genius!)
And just to get the ball rolling, a movie list like this just wouldn't be complete without a little clip from the otherwise unforgettable rom-com flick "The Back Up Plan". Because who wouldn't want Melissa McCarthy as their Doula?!
Here are my top picks for new mamas!
Stay Tuned for my next blog entry, a list of the very best Netflix Binge-worthy television series!!
When my first daughter Ruby was just 6 weeks old, we had an opportunity to participate in a photo shoot for WIC to promote breastfeeding, which had it's NY state offices near where we were living. Several of my nursing mama friends at the time also posed with their babies and children of varying ages and we all got to feel like super models for the day. The photographer ended up calling me back because Ruby was a marathon nurser and had no problem staying latched on for the entire hour and half that it took to get several good shots! And that's how we ended up with out pictures all across the state!! I had completely forgotten about the photos when out of nowhere, 3 YEARS LATER, we were driving down the street and I spotted two huge bus stop advertisements - with me and baby Ruby on them!! Our sweet nursing moments caught on camera are now being used for a state-wide breastfeeding awareness campaign, as well as in all of WIC's handouts for nursing moms.
Check us out:
Healthy Foods for Mom Brochure - http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/3975.pdf
Gift of Breastfeeding Poster -
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.