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