Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bamboo Birth Services ads Discovery Toys to serve families through school years

I am thrilled to be able to extend my services as a doula beyond the birth and postpartum days and into the infant, toddler, preschool and school age years. This month I have launched with Discovery Toys as an educational consultant. Discovery Toys provide quality, safe, open ended, stimulating, educational toys with multiple layers of learning.

You are able to view and order through the online shopping cart here: www.DiscoveryToysLink.com/JunBugFun OR you can host an event with a party, a basket party, or an online party, which will allow you to earn free toys based on the total order amount. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to introduce DT to grandparents, aunties, and uncles shopping for your little one, or for you to earn toys for your daycare, your church, or playgroup.

[COMING SOON: Bamboo Birth Registry]

If your holiday shopping is finished and the gifts are wrapped-- are your ready for last minute birthday party invitations? Winter and spring birthdays? Gifts for your teacher or childs classroom? Check out the catalog!




Questions? Contact me!

Interested in hosting and earning free toys? Contact me! As a hostess you will extend an invitation (cards provided by me and online) collect orders and the next thing you know a box of toys will arrive at your house.

Does your child attend an in home daycare or preschool? We can host a toy fundraiser for the careprovider or facility. Contact me!

Does your church, playgroup, or other organization want to earn toys? Contact me!



Discovery Toys®

Educational Consultant: Jun Bug Fun

319-430-6736

JunBugFun@gmail.com www.DiscoveryToysLink.com/JunBugFun



Infant & Baby, Toddler, Preschool, School Aged and Family Games


Games, Books, Toys, and CDs


Multi-lingual: English, French, Spanish


Multiple Learning Pathways& Styles


Autism & Special Needs Support




Guaranteed for life!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bamboo Birth December News

Bamboo Birth: November News, 2010


Dear Bamboo Birth Families and Friends,

Season’s Greetings. As a child my family would visit the UNICEF card shop to choose our peace dove cards to send our holiday greetings. It was always very important for us to send an all inclusive card for the many religious and cultural festivities that this time of year celebrates. As an international family we celebrate Swiss Christmas fondue dinner, American Christmas morning, Western New Years Eve and Japanese New Years morning on the 1st of January, and then our festivities continue through February for the Vietnamese New Year. So, we send our season’s greetings to include these and the many other festivities that you honour and celebrate with your loved ones.

In the birth world, I am excited to be back on call! During this month of November there was a flood of interviews and meetings to prepare for winter births. Thank you for the referrals and welcome to the new Bamboo Birth families.
Where have I been?

I had the pleasure of speaking to the MOM medical students again this year. Each student is paired with a pregnant patient at the UIHC obstetrics clinic, attends prenatal appointments and the birth. What a prime chance to speak to the next generation of doctors about the benefits of doula support and how they as future care providers can collaborate with doulas on a birth team.

The Iowa City Doulas attended the Sycamore Mall Ladies Night to help educate the public about the work that we do as doulas. Our newly updated contact cards arrived just in time. In addition to the contact cards we also have a pocket card to keep in your wallet with questions to ask when faced with medical decisions. Katherine Parker Bryden and I worked on the Informed Consent acronym: E.M.P.O.W.E.R. [see article section] Please let me know if you would like ICDoulas Contact Cards or EMPOWER cards to pass on.

Events and Announcements:

Website Updates

Visit www.BambooBirth.com to check out the two new features:

A Guest Book on the Contact Me Page

Te!! A Friend buttons

I invite you to test these out. Leave a message and share with one of the many options.

Bamboo Blog

 Diaper Depot: Open House: holiday packages and cloth diaper service

 Kids Care Cooperative

 Prenatal Yoga & Postpartum Yoga Sessions Announced

 Discovery Toys Order Opportunity: Learning through Play, infant through school age toys

 Catalog: submit order by November 30: http://media.discoverytoys.com/ec_tools/catalogs/DTUSCatalog.pdf


Bamboo Mamas Playtime

3rd Tuesday of every month, Mercer Park/Scanlon Gym Tot Lot, 9:30AM’ish

Mark your Calendar: December 21, 2010



Article:

E.M.P.O.W.E.R

Informed Consent

E- xplanation: What is the procedure or medication?



M-inute: Have we got one? An hour? A day? A week? What happens if we wait for x hours or days? Is this an emergency, or may I have time to make a decision?



P-lans: What were they?



O-ptions: What are they? What are the alternatives? What else might we need if we accept this?



W-hy are you suggesting this?

W-hat happens if we do nothing?



E-valuate: Risks, side effects, and benefits



R-eflect and R-each a decision.

Jun-Nicole Matsushita & Katherine Parker Bryden,

Birth Movement, 2010.

Mission:

• My mission to my clients is to help them experience birth as an empowering life event in the hospital setting. I work to educate women about their birth options and choices so that they are able to make informed choices during the pregnancy, birth, and as parents. My mission to the community is to connect birth workers and to make the term “doula” a household name. What is a doula?

Gift certificates are available for babywearing consultations, postpartum doula support, birth support, and birth plan consultations. You can also request business cards to include in shower invitations. Birth and postpartum services are for Iowa City families; birth plan consultations can be nationwide with communication performed via phone and e-mail.

Referral challenge: do you know somebody who is pregnant and wants to experience a positive, safe, natural birth in the hospital environment? A good referral for me is a woman planning to give birth with little or no interventions in an Iowa City hospital, a woman who wants to learn labor coping skills such as guided imagery, hypnobirthing or active birthing, or a woman who is attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). You'll know it is a good time to refer to me when you hear one of these things: I want somebody with me during the entire birth. I want to be prepared to avoid interventions at the hospital so that I can make informed decisions. I want somebody there with us to support my partner, or I had a horrible birth last time and want somebody there to support me this time. When you hear any of these statements send them to my website at www.bamboobirth.com

Come connect with other Bamboo Birth Families, birth practitioners, get announcements, birth and parenting tips and resources.



Where is Bamboo Birth Online?


Greetings from my family to yours.

Your Bamboula,

Jun-Nicole





Bamboo Birth Newsletter management



We grow by "word-of-email" so you may absolutely forward this newsletter to anyone whom you think might benefit from it. When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including our contact information. Thank you and enjoy!



Your bamboula,

Jun-Nicole

Bamboo Birth Services

Certified Birth Doula

“empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births”

www.BambooBirth.com

319 430 6736

Bamboo Birth News is written by Jun-Nicole Matsushita. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: junnicole88@gmail.com

Prenatal Yoga & Postpartum Yoga Sessions in Coralville and Iowa City Studios

Prenatal Yoga & Postpartum Yoga Sessions

Prenatal Yoga at Robinson Family Wellness:
A yoga practice for the body, mind, and baby. Fannie Hungerford will lead the mother-to-be through gentle asanas that help support a healthy birth and labor. This is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and prepare your body!

Classes held Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm
Contact Dana at 319-331-3689 or email rdrobinson@gmail.com to register.
Also visit www.sweetfeetyoga.com for more information.
 
Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio, LLC

Our new Yoga and Pilates sessions beginning in December. Please RSVP for class before Wednesday, December 1st to hold your spot in the class. If you have not yet received a medical release, please email us for more information:

Prenatal Yoga 3-week session begins Tuesday, December 7th, 14th, 21st at 6PM
Cost: $45

Postpartum Mat Pilates/Pilates on the Stability Ball
3-week session begins Saturday, December 4th, 11th, 18th at 8AM
Cost: $45

Please RSVP if you are planning on attending class.
Marcie Evans, MA, ACSM, E-RYT, BCES
serenity.yp@gmail.com
http://www.syp-studio.com/
319-541-4997


**************
Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Birth Doula
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nov 13 Diaper Depot Open House: Learn how you can have Cloth Diapers delivered to your door step

Cloth Diapers. Fan or Foe? I have to admit that we only used cloth diapers with our second son and once he was over a year old. My friend and I talked at length about why we didn't want to use them. Then she decided to give the Fuzzi Bunz a try and was pleased with the experience and enthusiastic to share. So, I did my research, invested in a few medium size diapers to experiment with different styles. After figuring out what worked for us we became a cloth diapering family. Khoi used cloth during the day, disposable at night and for travels. It eliminated the dreaded last minute trips to buy boxes of disposable diapers and the reduction in waste was amazing.

My advice to newbies? See if you can feel the different styles in a class, open house, or a friends stash. Birth, Baby & Beyond offers cloth classes.  Purchase a few different varieties to test out and then stick with what works. If the investment for a whole set is too large, at first purchase in smaller sets. Also become familiar with http://www.diaperswappers.com/ , a forum for questions and sales. Not to worry, there are often new diapers for sale.

For newborns- either a) have the Diaper Depot deliver your clean diapers to your door or b) use disposables for the first 6-8 weeks and then pull out your cloth diapers. Why? Newborns pee and poop A LoT and with the little time that you do have, be efficient and try to avoid overload in any way possible. Once things have settled down you won't be as quick to retire the diapers and your family will be able to figure out a system that works for you and really enjoy them.

If you are looking into cloth diapers you have to take a look at http://www.starbunz.com/  . These fleece animals are super cute and do not leak. Also become familiar with the elimination communication concept. Babies are predictable in that they eliminate after eating and when they wake up. Why not save a diaper and hold your little one over a pot. It sure is nice to catch those poops in the pot.

I hope you will look into cloth diapers and see how the baby and environmentally friendly option may be one for your family.


DIAPER DEPOT ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE

"November 13, 2010

Please join us for an Open House, Saturday, November 13th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center to learn about cloth diapering and what our service entails. Register online or contact us if you have questions.

We offer a healthy natural way to diaper your baby that is easy, inexpensive, and a labor of love. Cloth diapering offers a healthy alternative to your child and our environment. If you choose to give us a try we will do our very best to make it a wonderful experience for both you and your little one. Feel free to give us a call or drop us an email even if you are not sure about cloth, it would be our pleasure to answer any questions or setup a free consultation to see cloth in action."


********
Bamboo Birth Services
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kids Care Cooperative

Kids Care Cooperative: A parent-run state licensed playgroup
Pregnant? Get your teeth cleaned, hair cut, visit the bank, and schedule any other meetings. When my boys were little I didn't have the opportunity to run errands during the day without a little one at my side. As a babywearer I firmly believe in the convenience and predictable nature of babies in public when they are snuggled up by mom in a carrier. I felt completely comfortable enjoying a break at a coffeehouse, library or restaurant.

However, this becomes a little more complicated when you are in certain environments. I do not bring my sons to the hairsalon, because I do not want to disturb other patrons who are enjoying their quiet time. The dentist. Nope. We didn't use a bucket carseat and I wouldn't risk my sons waking up and my not being able to tend to them. With that said, there are ways to bring along baby, but they sure do take a lot of preparation and can be quite stressful. For instance, I had my six week postpartum physical with my newborn balanced on my belly and breastfeed Khoi through a number of appointments and meetings.

So what is a young family to do? The kids cooperative is a wonderful parent run playgroup. Work once a week or every other week to earn your credits so that you can go get your haircut, go for a vigorous walk without the jogging stroller, or perhaps take care of the pile of work if you are a work at home mom. Here is the programme Mission:

Purpose


Originated in the 1970s (as the College Street Cooperative

Playgroup), our organization has a long history of helping

Iowa City families meet their childcare needs.

Kids Care Co-op is a parent-supervised, non-structured play environment for children ages eight months to five years. Special accommodations are made for children two months to eight months.

It is a great place for kids to learn how to get along with others and make friends. It is also a great place for mothers and fathers to make friends!

Organization

Kids Care Co-op is a state-licensed, non-profit child-care center.

It is an all volunteer-run cooperative serving approximately twenty families. Member parents share the responsibilities of childcare supervision, support the Co-op financially, and help maintain the facilities. Member parents also have voting rights in establishing Kids Care Co-op goals and policies. Because the Iowa State Department of Human Services licenses Kids Care Cooperative annually, we follow the rules and regulations required of all licensed childcare facilities. Although we are an all-volunteer organization, we strive to maintain the highest professional standards among our staff and facility. After all, this benefits our own children!

Facilities

Kids Care Cooperative rents space from Trinity Episcopal Church and shares the facility with the church nursery on Sundays. The Co-op owns a large collection of developmentally appropriate toys, books, games, play equipment, and a variety of art supplies.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bamboo Birth November News

Bamboo Birth: November News, 2010


Dear Bamboo Birth Families,

What a fantastic month of October activities. Since I wasn’t on call I took the opportunity to dedicate my time to office work and event preparations. I would like to dedicate the November News to thanking the people who helped our family business reach the milestone of 50 babies. I am also extending a big welcome to the new readers of Bamboo Birth News, the next generation of Bamboo Birth Babies. I look forward to providing you with valuable content to guide you on your journey through pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

I was delighted to see so many Bamboo Birth families and friends at the 3rd Anniversary event. Click here for press release . I am so grateful to the families, friends, and fellow businesses who have supported my efforts to share birth options in Iowa City and to grow Bamboo Birth by connecting me with clients, networking, and fellow birth workers. Thank you for being so helpful.

In addition to the Anniversary event we had another strong turnout to the Iowa City Doulas Meet the Doulas Speed Dating event. During these evenings the doulas briefly present what a doula does and does not do. We then split into stations where the guests rotate through tables allocated to doulas and educational materials. In ten minute increments the bell rings and the guests rotate to the next station. The event has been such a success that we have decided to host them on a quarterly basis. The 2011 schedule is set for February 10, May 12, and August 11, 2011, 7-9 PM at the Panera Bread in the Iowa City, Sycamore Mall.

Anniversary Letter to Bamboo Birth Families
Dear Bamboo Birth Family and Friends,

I am so touched by the outpouring of support and excitement as we celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Bamboo Birth Services. Three years ago my friend invited me to be a part of her pregnancy and birth to act as her doula and see if this was something I could and should do. After the birth she gave me her blessing, my sons were at an age where I felt comfortable being on call, my husband agreed to be on-call for childcare when I am on-call for births, and most importantly I reflected on if I felt that I had prepared myself enough to professionally support a family during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. The answers were a confident yes. We opened our family business and here we are celebrating the 50 babies that we have had the pleasure and honour of supporting. Thank you.

This event is an opportunity to celebrate your families, build community, and extend my support to the businesses that I have networked with by introducing them to you. Families often ask who I recommend for local services and businesses. I have compiled a list of people that have supported me over the past three years and I wish to extend the same support to them. In addition, a number of Bamboo Birth families are business owners and I have included them on the list. Please enjoy the exciting gifts that they have shared. I hope that you will extend the same kind support that you have to us.

With gratitude and sending smiles.
Bamboo Birth Family
Jun-Nicole, Huy, Khai and Khoi

q Accent Photographics: Lifestyle photographer, documenting life’s moments

q Acupuncture of Iowa: Specializing in fertility, prenatal and labor induction

q Arbonne: Pure, Safe, Beneficial, ID# 18324157

q Bradley Method Childbirth: Your natural birth

q Doty Angus Cattle Company: All natural black angus beef for sale

q Doubletake Photography: Password- beautiful

q Inbox Fashion: Fresh new fashion. Downtown Iowa City

q Iowa Diaper Depot: Cloth Diaper Service

q Kids Care Cooperative: A parent-run state licensed playgroup

q Kinderfarm: A breath of fresh air in preschool, ages 3-6

q La Leche League: Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support

q Martin Construction: No job too small. Remodels, additions, maintenance

q Mindful Birthing: Comprehensive childbirth class

q Norwex: Improving quality of life

q Nurtured Beginnings: Certified postpartum doula & Lactation counselor

q Orchid Healing Arts: Transformative bodywork & energy medicine 319-321-9933

q Rivercity Pilates, LLC: Precision, centering, balance

q Robinson Family Wellness: Doctor of chiropractic

q Sacred Space Bodywork: Licensed massage therapist

q Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio: Prenatal yoga, postpartum pilates

q Shaklee: Creating Healthier Lives

q Sobe Babies: Online baby carriers, Strider Bike, and more

q SOHO Marketing Guru: Small Office/Home Office business coaching and development

q Sweet Feet Yoga: Yoga for infants through age 9, and prenatal yoga

q Taproot Nature: Outdoor preschool, after school, and more


Events and Announcements: Sycamore Mall Ladies Night: Iowa City Doulas Table

Enjoy an evening of fun sampling tasty treats, beverages, and samples from local vendors and organizations. The Iowa City Doulas will be there answering questions and asking, “Do you know what a doula is?” We want the community to know about doulas and what we do and do not do. November 18, 5-8PM, Sycamore Mall, SE Iowa City

Bamboo Mamas Playtime

4th Tuesday of every month, Mercer Park/Scanlon Gym Tot Lot, 9:30AM’ish

Mark your Calendar: November 23, 2010

Article:

When families ask me about having family, in particular mothers and sisters, in the house around the birthing time, my question is: When you think about the person is your first gut feeling one of safety, support, and being "your rock," or anxiety, tension, and feeling judged. If it is the former, welcome the person to be in attendance for their emotional support. Once the baby has arrived they can be a tremendous help by maintaining the household duties while mom and dad rest and care for baby. They can help care for older siblings, prepare meals, and keep the dishes and laundry rolling. Waking up to a clean sink, sheets, and clothes always lifts the spirit, especially during times of exhaustion. Now if there is hesitation and the person creates tension, feelings of insecurity or feeling judged, and would be a guest in the house, I recommend inviting them to visit at a later time. Go with your instinct!

“A Birth Circle are those people whom you invite to physically be by your side as you birth your baby. Fortunately, in our society today, we can invite as many or as few people as we feel comfortable. Our choice in care providers as well as birth location will have an impact upon how many people we can invite as well as who can or cannot attend….” [see article, by Helene Rose] Creating Your Birth Circle Helene Rose, August 2010

“When considering who to allow in your birthing room, explore your relationship with the person. Ask yourself some questions.” [see article] By Invitation Only… Who will attend your birth? Cara Terreri, October 4, 2010



Mission:

• My mission to my clients is to help them experience birth as an empowering life event in the hospital setting. I work to educate women about their birth options and choices so that they are able to make informed choices during the pregnancy, birth, and as parents. My mission to the community is to connect birth workers and to make the term “doula” a household name. What is a doula?

Gift certificates are available for babywearing consultations, postpartum doula support, birth support, and birth plan consultations. You can also request business cards to include in shower invitations. Birth and postpartum services are for Iowa City families; birth plan consultations can be nationwide with communication performed via phone and e-mail.

Referral challenge: do you know somebody who is pregnant and wants to experience a positive, safe, natural birth in the hospital environment? A good referral for me is a woman planning to give birth with little or no interventions in an Iowa City hospital, a woman who wants to learn labor coping skills such as guided imagery, hypnobirthing or active birthing, or a woman who is attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). You'll know it is a good time to refer to me when you hear one of these things: I want somebody with me during the entire birth. I want to be prepared to avoid interventions at the hospital so that I can make informed decisions. I want somebody there with us to support my partner, or I had a horrible birth last time and want somebody there to support me this time. When you hear any of these statements send them to my website at http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Come connect with other Bamboo Birth Families, birth practitioners, get announcements, birth and parenting tips and resources. Where is Bamboo Birth Online? Facebook, Twitter, Bamboo Blog, LinkedIn


Greetings from my family to yours.

Your Bamboula,

Jun-Nicole

Bamboo Birth Newsletter management

We grow by "word-of-email" so you may absolutely forward this newsletter to anyone whom you think might benefit from it. When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including our contact information. Thank you and enjoy!


Your bamboula,

Jun-Nicole

Bamboo Birth Services

Certified Birth Doula

“empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births”

http://www.bamboobirth.com/
319 430 6736





Bamboo Birth News is written by Jun-Nicole Matsushita. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: junnicole88@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bamboo Birth: October News

Bamboo Birth: October News, 2010



Dear Bamboo Birth Families,






I hope to have the opportunity to celebrate the third anniversary of Bamboo Birth Services with you this month. We are gathering for a Potluck Party to enjoy each others company, reconnect and make new connections. Many of you know each other from childbirth and exercise classes, therapeutic services, and community events. It will be fun to see how much the babies and bellies have grown. Of course all children and guests are welcome. Please RSVP.






Another opportunity to gather with other families is at the monthly Bamboo Playtime. This past month we had a fun group of 6 mamas and little ones ranging from 12 months- exactly!! to 4 years old. On Tuesdays the Tot Time has the inflated jumping house up and lots of open space with the full gym floor open to play.






Events and Announcements:


Bamboo Birth Services Anniversary Potluck Party


Celebrating 3 years of service and 50 babies!!


October 23, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM, Mercer Park/Scanlon Gym, Proctor & Gamble room


Please RSVP!






Bamboo Mamas Playtime


4th Tuesday of every month, Mercer Park/Scanlon Gym Tot Lot, 9:30AM’ish


Mark your Calendar: October 26, 2010


Meet the Doulas: Speed Dating Style, October 14, 2010






Article:


In my continued attempt to keep my skills and education up to date I have completed a Reiki I certification with Reiki Master-Instructor, Courtney Keyes. During my second pregnancy I had the priviledge of receiving doula support from my now mentor, Monica Brasile. I asked her during a prenatal meeting, “what tools or equipment do you bring with you to the birth?” Her response was, “My hands and my voice.” I have remembered these wise words. As a doula I too find that I am able to provide calm support and guidance with my voice and touch. I hope that the reiki will be useful to add to my skill set as I support women during their birth journeys. Article: Reiki during pregnancy and birth






Mission:


• My mission to my clients is to help them experience birth as an empowering life event in the hospital setting. I work to educate women about their birth options and choices so that they are able to make informed choices during the pregnancy, birth, and as parents. My mission to the community is to connect birth workers and to make the term “doula” a household name. What is a doula?


Gift certificates are available for babywearing consultations, postpartum doula support, birth support, and birth plan consultations. You can also request business cards to include in shower invitations. Birth and postpartum services are for Iowa City families; birth plan consultations can be nationwide with communication performed via phone and e-mail.


Referral challenge: do you know somebody who is pregnant and wants to experience a positive, safe, natural birth in the hospital environment? A good referral for me is a woman planning to give birth with little or no interventions in an Iowa City hospital, a woman who wants to learn labor coping skills such as guided imagery, hypnobirthing or active birthing, or a woman who is attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). You'll know it is a good time to refer to me when you hear one of these things: I want somebody with me during the entire birth. I want to be prepared to avoid interventions at the hospital so that I can make informed decisions. I want somebody there with us to support my partner, or I had a horrible birth last time and want somebody there to support me this time. When you hear any of these statements send them to my website at www.bamboobirth.com


Connect with other Bamboo Birth Families, birth practitioners, get announcements, birth and parenting tips and resources.







Greetings from my family to yours.


Your Bamboula,


Jun-Nicole










Bamboo Birth Newsletter management






We grow by "word-of-email" so you may absolutely forward this newsletter to anyone whom you think might benefit from it. When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including our contact information. Thank you and enjoy!






Your bamboula,


Jun-Nicole


Bamboo Birth Services


Certified Birth Doula


“empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births”


http://www.bamboobirth.com/


319 430 6736










Bamboo Birth News is written by Jun-Nicole Matsushita. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: junnicole88@gmail.com








Bamboo Birth: October News, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Meet the Doulas: Speed Dating Style. Coming October

MEET THE DOULAS: Thursday, October 14, 7-9 PM; Panera’s Bread Garden, back couch area, Sycamore Mall, 1646 Sycamore St, Iowa City, IA




Iowa City Doulas serve pregnant women in the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and surrounding area. We are a group of doulas committed to providing women in our community with prenatal, postpartum, labor and birth support.



So, what is a doula anyway? Doulas are women trained to provide non-medical support to a pregnant woman and her partner prenatally, during labor and birth, and in the immediate postpartum period. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)? Epidural? Unmedicated? Planned c-section? No matter what kind of birth you are hoping to have, a doula works with a couple to define for themselves what constitutes a good birth and helps them prepare for this life-changing event, providing information on normal birth processes, hospital procedures, comfort measures, and relaxation techniques to help a couple make their child's birth the best it can be. Postpartum doulas also work in the home, providing mothers with extra support for breastfeeding and newborn care.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Prenatal Yoga and Postpartum Pilates Schedule

Newest prenatal and postpartum yoga and Pilates sessions. Please register in advance for the best rate! If you need the forms to send to your doctor, please let me know.


Prenatal Yoga:
Tuesdays, 6PM
4-Week session begins Tuesday October 5th
Medical release paperwork required
Registration fee received on or before Tuesday September 28th, $52
Registration fee received AFTER Tuesday September 28th, $60

Postpartum Mat Pilates, 6-weeks-1 year postpartum with Doctor release form, good for those up to 3 years postpartum
Saturdays, 8AM
4-week session begins Saturday, October 2nd
Registration fee received on or before Saturday September 25th, $52
Registration fee received AFTER Tuesday September 25th, $60

Please mail forms and registration fee to:

Serenity
610 Eastbury Drive, Suite #1
Iowa City, IA 52245

Thanks and Namaste',

Marcie



Marcie Evans, MA, ACSM, E-RYT, BCES
Co-Founder Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio

serenity.yp@gmail.com


319-541-4997

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Classes: Prenatal Yoga and Postpartum Pilates


"new session of prenatal yoga, Mondays at 5:30PM have become hard for people to make it to class. We are looking to determine a new day and time that works for everyone. If you have your little one already, we are offering postpartum Pilates Saturdays at 8AM to help you get your body back in shape 6 weeks- 2 years postpartum! Please email us for more information!




Here are a few options for prenatal Yoga:

Mondays at 5:40-6:35

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

Thursdays at 5:35-6:30



Please let me know if you are interested and which time works best for you.



Thanks!

Marcie



--



Marcie Evans, MA, ACSM, E-RYT, BCES

Co-Founder Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio

http://www.syp-studio.com/

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mindful Birthing: October 17 for winter babies

Mindful Birthing



The next course will start Sunday, October 17 from 2-5PM. It will run 7 consecutive Sundays through December 12 (we will not meet the Thanksgiving weekend). Cost is $250 and registration is required.

Back to School Thoughts: Green Light, Red Light

The kids are back to school and this year Khai and I are joining the march up the hill to our elementary school. We picked up a Keropi backpack and lunch bag on our trip to Seattle. I'm not sure who likes the frog more, myself, as a reminder of my childhood favourite, or Khai, a frog fan.

One of the behavior tools that the school uses is green light for good behavior, a yellow light for offenses, and a red light for serious misbehavior. Khai came home with the goal, "I want to have a green light every day." We were impressed that he understood the concept and wished to strive for that positive goal.

The below article made it to my mailbox, and I thought the concept was very timely at the start of the school year. If my child should watch his behavior, attitude, way of talking and interacting so should I, and I too must strive for green lights.

* :: Red Light, Green Light ::




THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

www.enjoyparenting.com/dailygroove



The PATH Program: Master the art of parenting

with Partnership, Authenticity, Trust, and Heart...

http://www.enjoyparenting.com/path/info

Virtually all of us "lose it" with our kids at some

point. Then later we say, "I didn't want to yell at my

child, but I couldn't stop myself."



If you want to avoid these parent-child "collisions,"

you have to pay more attention to your "inner

stoplight": stress.



Suppose you're worried about getting your child to an

appointment on time. Worrying is stressful, so it's a

red light telling you to stop and get centered before

moving on. But long ago you were trained to tolerate

stress, so you don't notice the red light. You're on a

collision course!



Which parent is more likely to end up yelling, the one

who's centered or the one who's stressed?



Today, pay close attention to your subtle feelings.

Decide that even "mild" tension or irritation is a red

light. Stop, breathe, reach for better-feeling

thoughts, and wait for the green-light feeling of

*relief* before you take action.



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Saturday, September 4, 2010

International Cesarean Awareness Network: ICAN of Iowa City Chapter Meeting

ICAN of Iowa City website announces:

"Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Sycamore Mall Panera in Iowa City. All women and their children are welcome.


ICAN of Iowa City is a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). We hold monthly meetings offering woman-to-woman support for the complicated emotions that often accompany surgical birth, as well as providing information and resources to help the women in our community make informed birthing choices. We seek to be a place of safety in which women can ask questions of their peers, express concerns and fears, and share their experiences without judgment. We serve the cities of Iowa CIty, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, and surrounding communities.



•Have you had a c-section and need support from other moms who have been there?

•Do you want to learn how to prevent an unnecessary c-section?

•Do you want to learn more about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean?

•Are you looking for information about how to turn breech babies and vaginal breech birth options in Iowa?

•Do you want to promote normal, evidence-based birth practices?





If you answered yes to any of these questions, you belong with ICAN!

The cesarean rate in the United States is an astounding 32.3%. Help us to reduce that number, one birth at a time."


http://www.iowacity.ican-online.org/

 
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Bamboo Birth Services is a Subscribed Professional Supporter of ICAN
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/
Certified Birth Doula

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bamboo Mamas Playtime

You asked for playdates. Let's do it!!


Bamboo Birth Services- Doula and Iowa City Area Moms are setting a Bamboo Mamas Playtime: 4th Tuesday of every month, Mercer Park/Scanlon Gym Tot Lot, 9:30AM.

No obligation. No RSVP. Just a casual time and place to meet, chat, play and have fun.

Perhaps we'll see you August 24th

Of course, the Tot Lot is open to the community. Note there is an enty fee (less than $2 per child, not sure of the exact amount)

Bring your friends, meet old and make new ones. Nobody there. No problem, have a good time with your little one.



Map: http://www.icgov.org/default/?id=1026

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Do you know the benefits of prenatal and postpartum yoga and pilates?

Join Marcie Evans, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor of @Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio and Jun-Nicole Matsushita, Certified Birth Doula of @Bamboo Birth Services- Doula to learn how prental and postpartum Yoga and Pilates can help you prepare for your pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum recovery.

Time
August 28 · 11:30am - 12:30pm

LocationSerenity Yoga and Pilates Studio, 610 Eastbury Drive Suite 1, Iowa City

Created By

More InfoJoin Marcie Evans, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor of Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio and Jun-Nicole Matsushita, Certified Birth Doula of Bamboo Birth Services- Doula to learn how prental and postpartum Yoga and Pilates can help you prepare for your pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum recovery.

Free Open House

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio: new 5-week session of prenatal yoga, 5:30 PM Mondays, beginning July 12th

Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio will be starting a new 5-week session of prenatal yoga 5:30 PM Mondays beginning July 12th. The five classes will be $70. If you are interested, please respond to serenity.yp@gmail.com and we will send it to you. Please let me know if you are registering for the class and already have your paperwork completed.




Dates: Mondays July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9

Time: 5:30-6:25 PM

Class Includes: Yoga Postures to help release tension and open the hips, breathing techniques to help calm the mind, and exercises to help you stay in shape through your pregnancy and prepare for the demands of labor.
 
 
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Certified Birth Doula
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Coralville: River City Pilates

Pilates and Pregnancy
By Carey Sadler or Rivercity Pilates Studio


Moderate exercise is generally recommended for most women during pregnancy for a variety of reasons. Exercise helps to keep the body strong, flexible and balanced so that the new mom is more comfortable as her body changes and grows. Also she is better prepared for labor and delivery, as well as taking care of her newborn baby.

Why is Pilates so ideal for pregnant women?

Pilates is a method of exercising that focuses on body movements that create optimal balance throughout the body and allows the body to move with ease. As a pregnant woman’s body changes, individual pilates sessions can be tailored to individuals, with exercises that will help the new mom-to-be adapt to her rapidly expanding body. Maintaining a balance of strength and flexibility in the body can help pregnant woman have a comfortable pregnancy and help them stay active to continue their day to day activites.

Pilates is also ideal for postpartum recovery for many of the same reasons. Pilates’ exercises focus attention on core muscles and pelvic floor muscles, which assists post partum women work on the areas most affected during pregnancy.
 
RIVERCITY PILATES LLC

2751 Oakdale Blvd. Suite #3

Coralville, IA 52241

319.471.2380

Carey@RivercityPilates.com 
 

Josh O'Leary of the Iowa City Press Citizen write about doulas

Doulas try to create positive


birth experience



Monday event lets women and partners

learn about services



Josh O'Leary • Iowa City Press-Citizen • May 18,

2010



All too often, it's the war stories from the delivery

room that first come to mind when mothers look

back on the birth of their children, Jun-Nicole

Matsushita said.



Instead, she hopes that her work and that of other

doulas makes the experience a positive one --

which was the case for Maria Perez, whom

Matsushita assisted in the birth of her first child,

Andrea.



"It was incredibly powerful and empowering to have

a natural birth," Perez said.



Iowa City's cooperative of trained doulas -- workers

who provide non-medical support for women from

pregnancy through the early postpartum period --

will host a meet-and-greet event Monday for those

interested in learning more about their services.



"We're really trying to help women learn about their

birth options and what their choices are in the

community," Matsushita said.



Perez and her husband, Erik Rader, of Coralville said

having a doula working alongside certified nurse

midwives at the University of Iowa Hospitals and

Clinics last year helped them achieve their goal of a

birth with the least amount of medical intervention.



Perez, whose daughter now is 15 months old, said

Matsushita was able to teach her techniques to cope

with pain and improve her comfort, as well as create

an environment in the hospital that was best suited

for the birth she and her husband envisioned.



"The biggest thing in working with a doula is that

even the terms we used to describe the birth were

different," said Perez, 34. "She actually got away

from talking about pain to instead talking about

surges. When you have a contraction, that's a surge

of power and energy that means that your baby is

coming soon. And that's something to welcome."



Matsushita said doulas provide information to

expecting mothers who are weighing their choices,

which can include obstetricians, midwives or at-

home births. She said there is a growing interest in

natural and low-intervention childbirth approaches,

and more hospitals are offering support to doulas.



Matsushita said local doulas have worked with a

number of women, many of whom drive from as far

as Des Moines to UIHC, who aim to have a

traditional birth after previously undergoing a

cesarean section.



"One in three women now has cesarean sections,

and after that, many of them are trying to have

vaginal birth," Matsushita said. "Not many other

hospitals are providing access for that. University

Hospitals does, and the certified nurse midwives are

very supportive of that. And of course the doula is

another member of that team who can help make that

a positive experience."



The Iowa City Doulas, which is a cooperative of

seven childbirth educators of varying specialties, a

lso provide cost-reduced and volunteer services,

depending on a family's financial situation.



"Anyone who says I can't afford a doula just hasn't

asked," Matsushita said. "People can always find

someone who is in training or who will volunteer

their services."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Prenatal -- Postpartum -- Yoga and Pilates

Dear Bamboo Birth family and newsletter subscriber,


My graduate school classmate just bumped into me outside my house and we have met to collaborate. Marcie is the owner and instructor of prenatal yoga at the Serenity Yoga ad Pilates studio in Iowa City. She has asked me to pass the following message on.

Many greetings,

Jun-Nicole



Hello! Hope this email finds you happy and healthy and enjoying your summer! We will be starting a new trial 2-week session of prenatal yoga 5:30 PM Mondays starting June 21st and 28th. The two classes will be $30. You will need to preregister for the class by sending your payment as soon as possible. There is paperwork that will need to be filled out by your doctor. If you are interested, please respond and I will send it to you. Prenatal yoga has many benefits! Please see below!



PRENATAL and POSTPARTUM YOGA & PILATES

Generally, if you are not already doing yoga or Pilates pre-pregnancy, you should consider attending a class with an instructor who is specifically trained in prenatal/postpartum yoga or Pilates. If you choose to continue doing yoga or Pilates in your current class, there are many positions that are unsafe during the prenatal period. If you do not know if your instructor is trained in prenatal yoga/Pilates, you should ask or seek someone who is. Here are some of the benefits of prenatal/postpartum yoga & Pilates:



PRENATAL

1. Helps open the hips and prepares the body for the stress of the birthing process

2. Helps to relax the mother and de-stress her, releases relaxing hormones into the bloodstream that can be good for the unborn baby

3. Introduces breathing techniques and sound therapy that may be helpful during labor and child birth

4. Helps the mother better connect to her body, thereby allowing her to better connect with the baby

5. The baby can feel mom moving, which creates a gentle, fluid, and nurturing environment

6. Helps decrease problems with swelling and circulation

7. It is a great way to introduce partner yoga to dad’s-to-be as well!


POSTPARTUM PILATES and YOGA

1. Helps to strengthen the ligaments, tendons and muscles around the hips during the postpartum period

2. Helps mom to refill her giving cup and take time for herself

3. Can help decrease chances of post-partum depression

4. Helps to retrain the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles to prevent incontinence (urine leakage)

5. Helps to tone the rest of the body

6. Can encourage weight loss

7. Helps relax and calm nerves



I’m pregnant! What should I know about Prenatal Yoga or Pilates?

Changes in mom’s body cause a hormone called relaxin to course through the body during this time. This hormone causes much more freedom in the joints (joint laxity). Unfortunately, relaxin is not specific to any joint in the body. It works on all of them. Overstretching is a major concern during the prenatal period and also up to 6 weeks post-partum or more (depending on breast feeding). Overstretching can cause dislocation of the joints, possibly permanently.

We do so many motions in our yoga and Pilates classes, we have to think about how those motions could affect our unborn baby. A wise yogi once said, “You can, but should you?”

Yoga is totally safe during the prenatal time with some poses omitted, and with other important poses added to prenatal classes it can be extremely beneficial for mom and baby, or the whole family! Seek a certified prenatal instructor to help you develop a safe and effective practice.

Thanks and Namaste'!

Marcie

Marcie Evans, MA, ACSM, E-RYT, BCES, ACE

Co-Founder Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio

serenity.yp@gmail.com

syp-studio.com

319-541-4997
 
For those of you who live in Coralville and North Liberty please visit the Riverside Pilates studio with Carrie Sadler [future post in the works]

Friday, June 4, 2010

Perceptions of a mother: Birth Art



I had the pleasure of working with Heidi and Andy as their doula during their pregnancy. The couple are both ceramics artists and Heidi has recently shared her blog. She writes:

"My artwork is my diary. It holds secrets and memories of the past and illustrates my anticipation and vision for the future. It simultaneously depicts fears that haunt me, and reveals fantasies that are beyond reality. Currently this diary contrasts my personal experience of motherhood with more conventional expectations and perceptions of mothers. My hope is that my work will not only bring humor and discussion to the topic of motherhood, but also challenge the pressure of responsibility that mothers hold in raising their young."




Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Labor Doula
http://www.bamboobirth.com/
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

UIHC Community Seminar: Understanding Preeclampsia

Understanding Preeclampsia


A free community seminar

Thursday, June 3

6:30-8 p.m.

2117 MERF (Medical Education Research Facility)

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa



Hear the powerful and heartwarming story of a new mother who survived preeclampsia and get the latest medical information on this potentially life-threatening condition at this free community seminar. Our featured speakers will be Lauren Larsen, President of the Foundation for America's Blood Centers, and Mark Santillan, MD, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Preeclampsia is a leading known cause of premature birth, and without proper care can threaten the lives of both the mother and the child.

It is a serious problem for as many as 1 in 12 women during pregnancy, and generally occurs in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The condition is marked by a sudden increase in blood pressure (development of hypertension), protein in the urine, and swelling in the hands and face. A more severe form of preeclampsia can lead to liver failure, kidney failure, and seizures.

Lauren Larsen's life took a dramatic turn in the spring of 2000 when preeclampsia threatened the life of her baby and landed Lauren in the intensive care unit for six weeks. Lauren will share her personal story and tell why she is now a crusader for volunteer blood donation and preeclampsia awareness.

Dr. Mark Santillan will discuss:
•What is preeclampsia?

•What are the warning signs?

•Am I at risk of having it?

•Can my health care provider treat it?

•Is there a cure?

•Is there a link between preeclampsia and other future disease?

To register, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or register online.

Presented by: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
In collaboration with the Preeclampsia Foundation and the Foundation for America's Blood Centers.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call Tom Walljasper, External Relations, in advance at 319-384-1745.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Call for research partipants

Call for Participants


Interview-Based Research on New Moms and Work

I am seeking participants for a new research project titled “Mothering and the Return to Work: An Investigation of the Intersection of New Mothers’ Productive and Reproductive Labor.” My research asks the following questions: How do first-time mothers in the Midwest make decisions about childcare and employment, and to what extent are they able to implement these decisions once their babies are born? Also, what are the meanings moms attach to these decisions, the resulting patterns of paid work and family work, and their new identities as employed mothers? To begin to answer these questions, I am conducting interviews with women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. In our first interview, we will talk about work history, current employment (if applicable), household work, plans for the post-partum return to work, and thoughts about childrearing, childcare arrangements, and becoming a mother. After your baby is born and you return to employment (or before your baby is one year old if you have decided not to seek out or return to paid work), we will meet again for another interview to discuss your post-partum adjustment to motherhood, at home and at work. To compensate you for your time, you will receive a $20 gift card from either Target or Hy-Vee after each interview. This research has been approved by Augustana College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

I anticipate that this research will have important policy/advocacy implications as well as scholarly ones. The information I gather from interviews will highlight best practices in the workplace that empower women as mothers and workers to fulfill each role to a high level of satisfaction as well as areas where women could be better supported in these dual roles.

If you are interested in participating in this research or have questions, please contact me:

Carrie Hough
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Welfare
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL

E-mail: carolynhough@augustana.edu
Phone: 319-354-1614 (home)
319-631-5699 (cell)


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Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Birth Doula
http://www.bamboobirth.com/
"experience empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pregnant? Fun Personal Ad

Certified Birth Doula seeks pregnant women who plan to give birth in Iowa City hospitals. You: want to experience natural childbirth, low-intervention or high-intervention childbirth with a low-intervention approach. Hypnobirth, Active Birth, or VBAC a plus. No: non-medically indicated planned induction or cesarean. Me: calming, non-judgmental, diplomatic. I can help you experience a positive, comfortable, safe natural birth in the hospital. Visit www.BambooBirth.com for free birth plan template.










Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Birth Doula
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Monday, May 10, 2010

International Month of the Doula: Meet the Doulas event

MEET THE DOULAS: Monday, May 24, 7-9 PM; Panera’s Bread Garden, back couch area, Sycamore Mall, 1646 Sycamore St, Iowa City, IA


May is the International Month of the Doula. The Iowa City Doulas is a group of doulas and childbirth educators who serve pregnant women in the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and surrounding area. We are committed to providing women in our community with prenatal, postpartum, labor and birth support.


What is a doula? Doulas offer a variety of services that allow all women to receive the care they deserve during the special time from pregnancy through birth and the early postpartum period. The concept of a doula is an old one. The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning, “a woman who serves.”

Today, the word doula means a supportive person trained in childbirth who provides non-medical support. Birth doulas accompany women and their partners in labor, providing continuous emotional, informational, and physical support. They facilitate communication with caregivers to help clients feel fully informed, provide reassurance, perspective and help with relaxation, positioning and other labor support techniques.

Studies have shown that a doula’s presence at births results in shorter labors with less complications, fewer requests for pain medications and/or epidurals and a reduction in labor-enhancing drugs (Pitocin), forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans. Postpartum doulas reduce the stress involved in being a new mom. Doula care has also been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of postpartum depression. Doulas like to say that they "mother the mother."



Over 20 years of research have revealed the benefits of continuous doula support during labor:

Reduction in the cesarean section rate (up to 50%)

Reduction in the need for assisted delivery (forceps and vacuum extraction)

A shorter labor (up to 25%)

A reduction in the requests for epidural anesthesia (up to 60%)

A reduction in the use of oxytocin (up to 40%)

An increase success at breastfeeding

Maternal satisfaction with the birth experience, their partner, child and themselves

Increased satisfaction in the experience by the mother’s partner.



Postpartum doulas help new mothers in the early weeks with their new baby. Parents find the additional help with breastfeeding, education on newborn care, errand running, nighttime support and assistance with anything else a new family needs invaluable.
 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Heartland Prenatal yoga: April 24 -

Prenatal classes for Expectant Mothers


6 week course: Saturdays, April 24 - May 29 from 11:30-12:45pm

This course is based on Kundalini yoga, and designed to safely stretch and relax the mom-to-be in each trimester. No yoga experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity to do something for yourself and to meet other moms-to-be. Taught by Jennifer Harman Deslippe.

To register, click here, download the form, and send to us at 221 E College St, Suite 213, Iowa City, IA 52240. Or, you may email us at info@icheartlandyoga.com or call us at 319-354-4062.

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Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Birth Doula
"experience an empowering no-to-low intervention hospital birth"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Mindful Birthing: Summer class

Mindful Birthing: An 8 week course for expectant mothers & couples.


The next course begins Saturday, June 5 through July 31 from 11-2pm. Cost is $250 and registration is required.

Mindful Birthing is designed to help mothers and their partners communicate their desires about labor and birth, learn to trust their instinctive voice, and allow their fears to be resolved prior to birthing. This class is not specific to one way of birthing or method of childbirth as we believe births unfold in organic and unique ways. There are as many ways to give birth as there are mothers and babies. Instead of learning one method, many practices that have proven beneficial in having an ideal birthing experience will be presented.

Tools that will be taught include prenatal yoga, mindfulness meditation, hypnosis for pain and anxiety management for childbirth, active birth postures, and supportive ways to think about your labor and birth without fear and one that empowers you.

This course is appropriate for all stages or pregnancy, especially your third trimester. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Mothers may attend class alone or with birthing partners.

Class teachers are Janelle Railey, MA, Betsy Rippentrop, PhD, and Monica Brasille.

To register, please download form, and send with check to Heartland Yoga, 221 E College St, Suite 213, Iowa City, IA, 52240. Kindly refer questions to info@heartlandyoga.com, or call us at 319-354-4062.

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Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Birth Doula
"emperience an empoweringno-to-low intervention hospital birth"
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Bradley Method® Classes

Bradley Method® Classes
Written by Kara Seaton


Our Bradley Method® classes focus on educating the expectant mom and her partner on the natural process of birth and training the partner/coach how to support mom during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum

Bradley Method Childbirth Class Schedule
Each series contains 12 classes held on a weekly basis. Each class lasts approximately 2 hours.

Next series:

•Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:00pm. This series is appropriate for due dates starting in late July.
 
Future series:


•Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 7:00pm. This series is appropriate for due dates starting in late November.

•Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm. This series is appropriate for due dates starting in late March 2011.

Class dates and times may be subject to change
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Also available
•Private classes for couples unable to attend a scheduled series

•Refresher courses (for couples who have previously taken a Bradley® series only)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Do you know the benefits of doula support?

Bradley instructor Sonya Eckel shares the benefits of doula support for couples planning on experiencing a natural childbirth. I love the concept of a doula respecting the mother-partner diad. Not interfering with their work, yet enhancing their experience and providing support in a way that allows them to maintin their intimate bond through the birth experience.

http://purelyborn.com/blog/

Do you know the benefits of doula support?

By Sonya Eckel
April 6th, 2010 Doulas- Finding your Match

What a wonderful addition to your natural birth!



As a Bradley Method® Childbirth Educator, I’d like to briefly cover why doulas can be such an excellent adjunct to Bradley Method® classes when you are wanting to birth your baby naturally. I’ve had several couples in my classes who choose to work with a doula. They have been very grateful for the extra pair of hands, encouragement and expertise! Here’s what Elisa, mother of Isla, has shared about their birth experience with the combination of Bradley® classes and an excellent doula:



“They say that the only things we fear are the things we don’t understand and nothing proved that more to me than labor. One of the most asked questions to pregnant woman (behind “When are you due?” and “What are you having?” of course) is “Are you nervous?”. I never was. People thought that was funny, but it was true. I was never nervous or fearful of what was about to happen. The Bradley classes had prepared me so well on what would happen during labor, I only felt excitement. I understood the process of labor, therefore I wasn’t afraid of it.



If the Bradley classes were our best investment in preparing for childbirth, our doula, Jun-Nicole Matsushita was our second best! Having Jun-Nicole freed my husband to concentrate on coaching me and using what we learned during Bradley classes, not worrying about things that needed to be done. When I look back, I am amazed how Jun-Nicole was steps ahead of us during labor-getting what we needed next all ready. When I wanted to be in the tub, it was filled. When I thought I should eat something, there was food. All of this happened without us knowing and allowed Micah to never leave my side. Neither one of us worried about anything during labor, it was all taken care of before we realized it needed to be done.”





One very important thing when choosing a doula is to interview several to see who is the best fit. Just like hiring your caregiver (doctor/ midwife), you want to be sure that this is someone who you are excited to have as part of your birthing team! Another good idea is to ask each doula if you can call some of her past clients as a reference. It’s also very powerful to talk with other new parents who have experienced a birth much like what you are hoping for- here is where you will get some of your best referrals and recommendations!





In the majority of “Bradley Method births”, the father plays the key “coach” role. And in other Bradley births, another person close to the mother takes the “coach” role. Many couples seek a doula who does not interrupt this important “mom-coach” relationship, but rather is that perfect extra pair of hands in the background helping the process to flow as naturally as possible!

Why use a doula?

(Adapted from www.BambooBirth.com)

A doula provides continuous non-clinical support to a woman and her coach during pregnancy, birth, and the early weeks of parenting. A doula at your side during labor is focused solely on you and your partner to provide emotional support, practical assistance, and a calm, consistent, objective presence. Part of a doula’s role includes suggesting appropriate comfort measures such as position changes, performing light massage, and assisting with guided relaxation. She may make suggestions to help your coach best support you, while yet allowing him/ her to fully experience the birth as a loving participant. Throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period your doula can help you understand basic terminology, procedures and medical practices to further your efforts to make informed decisions. Your doula should be part of a whole team, where each member has a special role to play in supporting you for your birth.



“Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth. Review.” 2007. The Cochrane Collaboration. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. “Results: Sixteen trials involving 13,391 women met inclusion criteria and provided usable outcome data. Primary comparison: women who had continuous intrapartrum support were likely to have a slightly shorter labour, were more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth and less likely to have intrapartum analgesia or to report dissastisfaction with their childbirth experiences…. Authors conclusions: All women should have support throughout labour and birth. “Social Support by Doulas During Labor and the Early Postpartum Period.” Hospital Physician, September 2001. Bruce A. Meyer, Jane A. Arnold, and Debra Pascali-Bonaro.



In summary, doula support can also result in:



» reducing the length of labor by 25%

» reducing your chances of having a cesarean birth by more than 50%

» reducing mothers’ requests for epidurals by 60%

» reducing mothers’ requests for other pain medications by 30%

» reducing the need for oxytocin augmentation or use of a vacuum or forceps by 40%

» a higher incidence of breastfeeding success

» a mother and partner who consistently report high levels of satisfaction with their birth experiences.

(In my Resources section, you’ll find the Iowa City Doulas link- to date, I’m not aware of a comparable link for all of the Cedar Rapids doulas- please let me know if you know otherwise!) I wish you the best in finding that perfect doula match for your birth!)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: obstetrician interview regarding Cesareans

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.
Can you imagine driving 3 hours to see your obstetrician or midwife for prenatal visits? Can you imagine feeling your first sensations of labor and driving that long? Can you imagine driving home with a newborn in the car and sitting on a donut for 3 hours?

I am working with women who are driving from all parts of Iowa to work with the Univesity of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and obstetricians. The sad part is that they are forced to seek care so far from home. The great part is that the UIHC CNMs welcome VBAC patients and are great advocates for VBAC awareness and primary cesarean prevention. 


SOURCE: http://www.uihealthcare.com/kxic/2009/04/cesareans.html [full interview]
University of Iowa Health Care Today April 2009


April Is Cesarean Awareness Month

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The National Center for Health Statistics reported last month that the cesarean or c-section rate hit an all-time high in 2007, with a rate of 31.8 percent, up 2 percent from 2006.

When a cesarean is medically necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved. However, a vaginal birth is still considered the safest birth for a woman and her baby. Marygrace Elson, MD, director of general gynecology in the Women's Health Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, talks about c-sections:

Why are the number of caesarian births on the rise?


As you mentioned, the total cesarean rate in the U.S. is now at about 32 percent. That's about doubled over the last 20 years. Operative deliveries have stayed right at about 9 percent. Here at UI Hospitals and Clinics, our rate is right at the national average, right around 32 percent.

These rates are impacted by several factors. The medical-legal climate in the United States certainly looms large for anyone providing obstetric care, because if there's a poor outcome with the baby, the plaintiff's attorney will argue that either one should have done a c-section, or, if you did, they will argue it should have been done sooner.

We're also starting to see women request elective cesarean births. It's estimated that about 2.5 percent of all births in the United States now are c-sections on maternal request. There are lots of motivations for this request. Sometimes families simply like the idea of picking a day for logistical reasons. The only real medical reason to consider elective cesarean has to do with pelvic support.

There's absolutely no question that having a baby weakens a woman's pelvic floor and this can lead to later problems with urinary incontinence or prolapse. Aside from a longer hospital stay and the other things we've already discussed, elective cesarean birth after 39 completed weeks is not a very big deal the first time around. The real issue of elected cesarean birth shows up with the next pregnancy because any time there's a scar in the uterus, the placenta may implant in the wrong place; for example, in front of the baby and this sets women up for hemorrhage and possible need for hysterectomy.
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What bottom line advice would you give to pregnant women who are considering their birthing options?

Women should discuss their questions and concerns with the provider taking care of them during the pregnancy, including pain relief in labor and what the provider's philosophy is about interventions in labor and birth.

Together, they should discuss her risk factors and what the provider's recommendations are for birth route. This discussion should take into account the woman's age, her history, her future pregnancy plans. Both the woman and the provider should be on the same page. If a woman has had a prior cesarean birth and wants a trial labor, and if she's a good candidate but her local hospital cannot offer her this option, we would always be happy to see her in consultation in University of Iowa Hospitals and consider co-managing with her local provider.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Maternity, Birth, and Newborn Photography: Shuva Rahim




Shuva Rahim of Accent Photographics is a talented professional photographer. She splits her time between the Quad Cities and Iowa City and will conduct on-site photographs throughout Eastern Iowa. In Shuva's words, "Documenting life as I see it is what I love… capturing the genuine, heartfelt moments… The accidental glances. The look of wonderment. The release of emotion. These imperfect moments are not the superficial traditional portrait, but what make up your unique Pieces of Life."

I had the pleasure of meeting Shuva and we discovered that we both work in the world of pregnancy, birth, and newborns. In addition to her wedding, events and family work, Shuva specializes in maternity and newborn photography. Her newest adventure will be to branch into birth photography.

Shuva generously offered to take my photographs for my Bamboo Birth materials. I am impressed by her professionalism. She listened. She asked what I envisioned. What message did I want to convey. She worked in my environment. She gave gentle suggestions and the results will speak for themselves.

Here are the two main adjectives that I wanted the photographs to convey: profesionalism and calm



Shuva is available to document your beautiful family through all it's stages of development. your pregnancy, your birth, your newborn, and beyond.

Contact Information
Lifestyle Images by Shuva Rahimwww.accentphotographics.com
319-512-9344 or 563-528-2035
shuva@accentphotographics.com