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



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.


• 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,


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,


Bamboo Birth Services

Certified Birth Doula

“empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births”


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

Bamboo Birth Services
Certified Birth Doula
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"

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.


"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"

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:


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!


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!


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.