Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birth Movement Workshops: Iowa City

Bamboo Birth family using the birth sling attached to the squat bar
Birth Movement: How to Use the Birth Sling, Squat Bar, Birth Ball and Positions for Your No-to-low Intervention Hospital Birth, by Jun-Nicole Matsushita, foreword by Katherine Parker Bryden, 2011.

Birth Movement Workshops
November 26, 3-5 PM, Core Fitness East in Iowa City
December 10, 11-1PM, Heartland Yoga in Iowa City

The Birth Movement workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and their birth partners; for doulas, nurses, midwives, obstetricians and others who are interested in learning how to use movement and low-tech methods to promote and support no-to-low intervention hospital births.

Attendees of the Birth Movement Workshop will:

Receive the Ebook of the 2011 instructional book, Birth Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth

Learn about the benefits of movement and mobility during birth

How to use movement, the birth sling, squat bar and birth ball

How to adjust positions through the stages of labor

Accommodations and appropriate positions for both unmedicated and medicated birth (epidural and narcotics)

The Birth Movement workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and their birth partners, for doulas, nurses, midwives, obstetricians and others who are interested in learning how to use movement and low-tech methods to promote and support no-to-low intervention hospital births.

The workshop is intended to complement and not replace comprehensive childbirth education courses.

$50 fee per couple

To register please visit www.BirthMovement.com or contact: junnicole88@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bamboo Birth Services Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Bamboo Birth Services: 4th Anniversary
Celebrating 88 Families and Friends

“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as physical, achievement… The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.” Grantly Dick-Reid, 1953



Dear Bamboo Birth Family and Friends,

Another year has passed as we add to our growing Bamboo Birth Community. Many of you have reported bumping into each other and connecting. Some of you attended childbirth classes together or know each other from work or social groups. Know you have the common bond of birth and being a part of the Bamboo Birth Community.

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 four 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.

I am once again touched by the outpouring of support and excitement as we celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Bamboo Birth Services. This year has been ripe with positive birth experiences and new connections. This month I will also be attending the first repeat Bamboo Birth Family. Thank you for allowing me the pleasure and honour of supporting you and your family during your birth journey. 

Bamboo Birth Family

Jun-Nicole, Huy, Khai and Khoi

P.S. Thank you to the families and friends who were able to attend the anniversary event. It was wonderful to see you and your glowing families. If you were unable to attend, please consider picking up your gift bag. There are a number of exciting vendor discounts, gift certificates, and samples.



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

q Be Well Healing Services: Licensed massage therapy and reiki

q Bradley Method Childbirth: Your natural birth

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

q Inbox Fashion: Fresh new fashion. Downtown Iowa City

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

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

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

q Mindful Birthing: Comprehensive childbirth class

q Norwex: Improving quality of life

q Rivercity Pilates, LLC: Precision, centering, balance

q Robinson Family Wellness: Doctor of chiropractic

q Sacred Space Bodywork: Licensed massage therapist

q Shaklee

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



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Bamboo Birth Services
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
www.BambooBirth.com

Prenatal Yoga Classes

Sweet Feet Yoga
(12th Ave. and Oakdale in Coralville)


PRENATAL Yoga classes
Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

7-week session begins Aug. 24th
NEW--Saturdays @ 8:30am!
6-week session begins Sept. 10th


Upcoming 6-week Sessions
for all children's classes:Sept. 12-Oct. 20
Nov. 3-Dec. 13

Family Yoga class

Family Yoga class this Saturday @ 10am.
Dana writes, "If you haven't had a chance to join us before, we would love for you to come!  It is a great way to share a fun, healthy activity with the whole family.  This is for children 4+ along with their parents (or even grandparents, aunts, uncles.....).  You can find more info about it on the website (www.sweetfeetyoga.com) or contact me with any questions.
Please let me know if you will be coming, so I know how many to expect.


Namaste,
Dana"



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Bamboo Birth Services
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
www.BambooBirth.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 29, 2011 Meet the Doulas: Speed Dating

August 29, 2011- Meet the Doulas: Speed Dating Style


MEET THE DOULAS: August 29, 20111, 7-9 PM; Panera’s Bread Garden, back couch area, Sycamore Mall, 1646 Sycamore St, Iowa City, IA

Agenda: 7PM brief introductions and speakers followed by doula speed dating. Meet members of the Iowa City Doulas: birth doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, licensed massage therapists.

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.

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Bamboo Birth Services
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
www.BambooBirth.com

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Radio Interview: Birthing Options in Iowa

http://iowapublicradio.org/news/news_story.php?story=2799


Birthing Options in Iowa

6/28/2011 filed by Talk of Iowa

Natural, medical or surgical; hospital, birthing center or home; obstetrician or midwife: today's mothers-to-be have access to more information and more choices than the generations of mothers who have come before.  Guests are: Katherine Parker Bryden, a doula; Lynne Himmelreich, a Certified Nurse-Midwife; and Dr. Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks, an Ob-Gyn.  All are from Iowa City. 

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Bamboo Birth Services
"experience empowring no-to-low intervention hospital births"
www.BambooBirth.com 

Welcome Katie Sullenbrand, new CNM in SE Iowa

I had the pleasure of meeting Katie Sullenbrand,CNM, of Eastern Iowa Midwifery. Katie offers homebirth services in the Eastern Iowa corridor. 



"I'm Katie Sullenbrand, a certified nurse-midwife, and I've recently
moved back to Iowa after spending the past several years in
Washington, DC and in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I'm excited to
be offering homebirth and well-woman services to clients in the
greater Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. As a bit of background, I
completed my nursing degree at the University of Iowa and my master's
in nurse-midwifery at the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family
Nursing. My clinical training took place in Pennsylvania with a
primarily Amish population. I enjoy combining the intensive
evidence-based education I received at Frontier with the traditional
wisdom of homebirth midwifery; other passions include waterbirth,
cloth diapering, babywearing, nutrition, and breastfeeding support.
Both of my daughters (born in 2009 and 2011) were waterbirths at home,
and so I appreciate firsthand the importance of holistic options for
giving birth. I am currently accepting new clients; I can be reached
by email at katie@easterniowamidwifery.com, or by phone at (319)
481-8772, and you can visit www.easterniowamidwifery.com for more
information."


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Bamboo Birth Services
"experience empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
www.BambooBirth.com 
www.BirthMovement.com 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Postnatal Yoga: Call for Research Participants

Postpartum women ages 18 to 50 who have given birth within the past 12 months are invited to participate in a research study investigating a postnatal yoga program for improving women's health

Brief overview of study:
We are interested in looking at the effects of an 8-week postnatal yoga program on women's psychological functioning and health-related quality of life. If eligible to participate, participants will be randomized into either a yoga or wait-list control (WLC) group. Participants in the yoga group will be asked to participate in 16 1-hour yoga classes over an 8 week period, along with completing a 1-hour yoga practice each week at home (postnatal yoga DVD provided to study participants). Participants in the WLC group will be asked to wait an 8-week period; at the end of the 8-week period, participants will receive 16 free yoga classes. Participants in both groups will complete 4 assessments, including a telephone interview (~10 minute/interview) and a questionnaire packet (~ 20 minutes/packet) over the course of the 8-week period and one assessment 2 months after the 8-week period. Free yoga classes and compensation for completed assessments will be provided.

Eligibility criteria (this can be assessed online or over the phone - takes approximately 10 minutes):
- Currently experiencing emotional difficulties
- Within 12 months postpartum
- Between the ages of 18-50
- Not currently in treatment (psychotherapy/medications) for mental health reasons
- Live within 30 miles of Iowa City (or be willing to drive to Coralville to take yoga classes)
- No yoga practice in the past month at a studio with a yoga instructor
- No significant medical condition that is currently untreated (e.g., severe asthma)
- At least 6 weeks postpartum if baby delivered via C-section/other method with the exception of vaginal delivery

If interested, and you have yet to do so, you may complete an online eligibility screen at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GPZKHQ8 or contact me directly by phone (319.335.0307) to complete the eligibility screen.



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

Birth Movement Class: Portland, OR

July 11, 2011- Vancouver, Washington.


Birth Movement Workshop

Register today for this interactive workshop taught by author and certified birth doula, Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Iowa City, Iowa.

During this workshop you will learn about the benefits of movement and mobility during birth. You will practice how to use movement, the birth sling, squat bar and birth ball; how to adjust positions through the stages of labor for both unmedicated and medicated birth. Upon registration attendees will receive the Ebook, Birth Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth, 2011, Matsushita.

The Birth Movement workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and their birth partners; for doulas, nurses, midwives, obstetricians and others who are interested in learning how to use movement and low-tech methods to promote and support no-to-low intervention hospital births.

Time: 1-3PM – Location: SOHO Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row, Vancouver, Washington – To register add workshop to shopping cart- Price: $45 for two participants
http://www.birthmovement.com/#!workshops

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Birth sling: rebozo/selendang sifting video

Birth Movement: Sifting in the hospital setting using a rebozo, selendang, sling, bed sheet

http://youtu.be/1p2cd2P63Q4



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Birth Movement. Learn how you can use movement, the squat bar, birth sling, and birth ball for your positive hospital birth
Website: www.birthmovement.com

Monday, May 30, 2011

Discovery Toys Summer Sales

There are two Discovery Toys sales going on:
Write in sale for discontinued items through May 31: Must contact me junnicole88@gmail.com to submit this order. 
Summer Sale, May 27-June 30

You can visit www.DiscoveryToysLink.com/JunBugFun to purchase online or if you wish to shop with a group of friends and get credit to receive your wish list items for free contact me

Khai has three more days in Kindergarden and then he is off for the summer. He has made so much progress that I hope we can continue to build on through the summer. We are pulling out his Discovery Toys phonics to continue with his reading. He wants to learn how to read the clock and build bridges with his Qubits .

June is also Teacher Appreciation month. I like giving a classroom gift. So many fantastic Discovery Toys to choose from.

ABC Arbonne Baby Care

My son, Khoi, woke up during the winter nights because his skin was dry and itchy. We kept bath times to a minimum, slathered him in a variety of baby oils and creams. No change. Then I changed to fragrance free and organic products. A little better, but still needed something better. Trudy gave me a sample of the Arbonne Baby Care products. I liked the consistency of the oil and the absence of any frangrances. So I took the leap and Khoi asks for the oil and cream after bath time. No more scratch marks, and waking up.
Guest Article: BY Trudy Mitchell with Arbonne International

ABC Arbonne Baby Care

Give little ones the skin care they deserve with ABC.  Gentle hair and body wash makes bath-time fun, diaper rash cream spreads happy relief to sore skin, and sunscreen helps protect baby when playing outdoors. Even grown-ups with sensitive skin can appreciate the mild way these products soothe, nourish and protect skin.

The Arbonne Advantage: Arbonne is a highly regarded, premium brand with a Swiss heritage.  The products are healthy, botanically based and inspired by nature.   Arbonne is committed to the development of unparalleled products free of harmful ingredients.  Formulations are never tested on animals and do not contain animal-derived ingredients or petroleum-based ingredients.  You may want to check the labels on all the products you are currently using for petroleum or mineral oil.  These 2 ingredients just sit on your skin and do not penetrate the skin.  Arbonne uses essential oils that actually penetrate and nourish the skin.

Try all five Arbonne’s Baby Care products and note the testimonials below.  Also see below how you can make homemade wipes with Arbonne ABC baby products and receive 20% off!



This review is from: Arbonne Baby Herbal Diaper Rash Cream (Health and Beauty)

“I'll never forget the sound of my 9 month old screaming when changing his diaper. When diaper rash gets this bad, you'll try anything and everything.....and I did - air dry, butt paste, anti-fungal, petroleum jelly, hair dryer dry, air out...the list goes on and on. This is the only stuff that actually works and doesn't make the rash worse. Arbonne diaper rash cream starts working with the first application; no joke, rash almost gone after the very first application. The cream is thin which makes it easy to spread. Very little is required. I've converted all my other mommy friends and daycare now also swears by it. “



Homemade wipes with Arbonne ABC Baby Products—enjoy how soft your hands feel while knowing you are using pure, safe and beneficial products on your baby!



Thing you need:

  • #9 Rubbermaid container:  Any container approximately 6 inches tall will work as long as half roll of paper towels will fit inside.
  • ½ roll paper towels:  Cut with a serrated knife.  We recommend Bounty or the select-a-size paper towels.
  • 2 cups warm water:  Use more or less depending on how moist you would like the wipes
  • 1 Tablespoon Arbonne ABC Baby Lotion
  • 1 Tablespoon Arbonne ABC Baby Wash
  • 1 Tablespoon Arbonne ABC Baby Oil

Directions:  combine water, lotion, wash and oil in a bowl or measuring cup.  Place roll in container.  Pour mixture over roll.  Wait five minutes.  Remove inside cardboard tube (usually comes out in two parts).  Start by pulling the wipes from the center, and make sure the lid stays tightly sealed so the wipes do not dry out.

Enjoy!

Call me for free samples and a free skin care consultation for baby and mom.  I’ll show you how to shop at 20% off!  Check out my website below to browse or shop online for baby care and skin care products.  Also, we have a fabulous firming body crème that works great on new mommy’s bellies!



Trudy Mitchell

District Manager, Independent Consultant

Arbonne International

ID # 18324157

319.400.4295




Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May is the International Month of the Doula

May is the International Month of the Doula

Do you know what the benefits of doula support are?
Studies have shown the following benefits of having a Birth Doula present at birth:


Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, Cochrane Review, 2011
http://childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10272&ClickedLink=200&area=2
A Systematic Review of the Cochrane Review, 2011

50% reduction in c-section rates

25% shorter labour

60% reduction in epidural requests

40% reduction in Oxytocin use

30% reduction in analgesia use

40% reduction in forceps or vacuum deliveries

Women who have used a Doula are more satisfied with their birth experience, feel more confident in their ability to mother, bond faster with their newborn, are less likely to have Postpartum Depression, and are more likely to breastfeed. ~ Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus 2001

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April: Cesarean Awareness Month

April was Cesarean Awareness Month!

Next Meeting: May 18, 2011, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Robinson Family Wellness on Norcor Dr. in Coralville.
with Guest Speaker is University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Certified Nurse Midwife, Elizabeth Cook: Natural childbirth in the hospital setting
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.

All women are encouraged to attend ICAN meetings if they are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, had a cesarean, planning a VBAC or a repeat cesarean, or just want to know more about ICAN.

All women, their partners, and their children are welcome!


About ICAN

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a non-profit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN’s 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).

Statement of Beliefs:

We, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc., believe that:

1. The inappropriate over use of cesarean surgery is jeopardizing the lives of mothers and babies.

2. When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved.

3. Birth is a normal physiological process. Research shows that with emotional support, education, and an honest opportunity, the vast majority of women can have a healthy vaginal birth.

4. A healthy birth incorporates emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

5. Research shows that VBAC is reasonable and safe for both mother and baby. A repeat cesarean should never be considered routine– it is major abdominal surgery with many risks.

6. It is unethical and unenforceable for hospitals to institute VBAC bans. Women have the right to refuse any procedure, including a cesarean.

7. Women have the right to true informed consent and refusal, which entails full knowledge of the risks and benefits of all tests, drugs, and procedures.

8. It is incumbent upon every care provider and institution to facilitate the informed consent process.

9. Women must be allowed to express all their birth related feelings in a safe and supportive environment. The emotions of a pregnant and birthing woman have profound effects on the birth outcome and recovery.

10. It is unethical for a physician to recommend and/or perform non-medically indicated cesareans (elective). Women are not being fully informed of the risks of this option in childbirth, and therefore make decisions based on cultural myth and fear surrounding childbirth.

11. The trend of “elective cesareans” is being significantly overstated through distortion of research and data.

12. We as women must now assume more responsibility for our own births.

13. It is critical that women’s choice of care provider and location of birth is respected.



ICAN Vision Statement:

A healthy reduction of the cesarean rate driven by women making evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.
 
 
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Bamboo Birth Services
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
specializing in VBAC
http://www.bamboobirth.com/

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Meet the Doulas during the International Month of the Doula, May 2011

May is the International Month of the Doula
Wednesday, May 11, 7-9 PM


ICDoulas Meet the Doulas Speed Dating Style

Panera's Bread House, back lounge area, in the Sycamore Mall, Iowa City. Free and open to the public.

Opening greeting and talk followed by rotation through doulas, childbirth educators, and educational stations.



for more information call: Jun-Nicole Matsushita 319 430 6736 or Katherine Bryden 319-466-9445

www.icdoulas.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Newsletter: Worshops, Shaklee and More

Bamboo Birth: March News, 2011


Dear Bamboo Birth Friends and Birth Community,

One of my goals for Bamboo Birth has been to teach classes, hence the name Bamboo Birth Services and not Bamboo Birth Doula. With my focus on movement and education of how to use low tech birth tools such as the birth sling, squat bar, and birth ball in the hospital setting I am thrilled to present two workshops in March. Once of my past concerns in putting together a class was that there were already such strong classes in Iowa City. With the Birth Plan Workshop and the Birth Movement Workshop students who are already signed up for and attending comprehensive childbirth classes will be able to enhance their skills. Students will leave the first with a completed Birth Plan and understanding of how to use the document as a communication tool, hospital procedures and protocols, a reviewed and revised document. Attendees of the Birth Movement Workshop will receive an Ebook of the 2011 informational book, and an understanding of how to use movement and positions for both unmedicated and medicated birth.

Mindful Birthing, Bradley Students, Bamboo Birth and ICDoulas clientele will receive a 50% discount. Full Service Bamboo Birth clients may attend as a part of their full service package.

Events and Announcements:

Birth Plan Workshop

Taught by Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth Services, Certified Birth Doula
March 5, 2011, 11-1 PM
Location: Heartland Yoga, 221 E. College St, 1st Level; Iowa City

Attendees of the Birth Plan Workshop will learn about:

The structure of a birth plan

How to write an efficient and effective document

How to use the birth plan as a communication tool:

a) Writing the document

b) With your care provider

c) With your hospital birth team

An overview of hospital birth interventions, procedures and options

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to submit their birth plan drafts for review.

The workshop is intended to complement and not replace comprehensive childbirth education courses.

$50 fee per couple. Discount for students of Iowa City Doulas childbirth educators: Mindful Birthing and Bradley Childbirth with Kara and Marcus Seaton, and clients of Iowa City Doulas

To register please contact: junnicole88@gmail.com or call 319 430 6736

Birth Movement Workshop

Taught by author and certified birth doula, Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth Services
March 12, 2011, 11-1 PM
Location: Heartland Yoga, 221 E. College St, 1st Level; Iowa City

Attendees of the Birth Movement Workshop will:

Receive the Ebook of the 2011 instructional book, Birth Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth

Learn about the benefits of movement and mobility during birth

How to use movement, the birth sling, squat bar and birth ball

How to adjust positions through the stages of labor

Accommodations and appropriate positions for both unmedicated and medicated birth (epidural and narcotics)

The Birth Movement workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and their birth partners, for doulas, nurses, midwives, obstetricians and others who are interested in learning how to use movement and low-tech methods to promote and support no-to-low intervention hospital births.

The workshop is intended to complement and not replace comprehensive childbirth education courses.

$50 fee per couple. Discount for students of Iowa City Doulas childbirth educators: Mindful Birthing and Bradley Childbirth with Kara and Marcus Seaton, and clients of Iowa City Doulas

To register please contact: junnicole88@gmail.com or call 319 430 6736


Bradley Method Class Session Starting April

Bradley Method Class Starting April 4, 2011

running Mondays from 7-9pm in Iowa City, for due dates starting in mid-June

Contact kara@YourNaturalBirth.com

http://www.yournaturalbirth.com/


Birth Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth, 2011, by Jun-Nicole Matsushita


Review by Ron Robinson, D.C.

As a Chiropractor focused on natural birthing options to insure a safe and effective birth;I find the Birth Movement book a must have! When an expecting mother can utilize these postions and techniques, not only will she have a more effective labor, but she will also minimize external interventions, which ultimately lead to less spinal stress on the baby. This easy to follow guide will be recommended to all of my pregnant patients!

Discovery Toys: Learning toys, books, music, and games

• NEW SPRING 2011 Online catalog: Discovery Toys with Jun Bug Fun

• Working on arranging local fundraising opportunities. Are you walking in the March of Dimes? Work with a non-profit organization? Helping a family in crisis? I can help you raise money and/or toy products through Discovery Toy Fundraisers

Bamboo Mamas Playtime

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

Guest Article: BY Janet Coester with Mr Valley Associates, L.C.

Bamboo Mama, Amy, won a Shaklee H2 Set at the Bamboo Anniversary event. Here is her review: “Yes. YEs. I loved the Shaklee stuff…. So.... I hate cleaning, really do, always have. One of the things I hate most about it is the chemicals. Do you want a clean house or do you want to fumigate yourself? Tough choice. In the past I have tried a lot of "homemade" cleaners mostly vinegar or baking soda based with little success. Because I hate to clean usually by the time I get around to cleaning there is a huge mess that is dried on, yuck. Well. I didn't really think the homemade cleaners worked at all or if they did I had to put a lot of elbow grease into them which I'm really not into. I've also tried 7th generation stuff which works ok on some things, but is incredibly expensive. So I find myself using bleach a lot, yuck! But it works, but yuck! So then I got the Shacklee stuff and both Ty and I were super leary of it. But we tried it, and it works! No elbow grease, nothing! We love it! No smell which I personally think is a double plus. I have put in a few drops of lavender for the cleaner we use in the bathroom just because I like that. Good stuff! Double thumbs up!

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Do you have to hold your nose while you clean the bathroom? Does your heart race or do you feel light headed when you walk through the cleaning isle at the store? That is an isle I avoid.

I, Janet Coester with Mir Valley Associates, L.C., have been asked to share a few statistics.

“The average home generates over 25 lbs of toxic waste each year much of it from household cleaning products.h* gThe EPA reports that only a fraction of the more than 81,000 registered chemicals have been tested for human health concernsh* gMore than 9 out of every 10 suspected poison exposures occur at home, many caused by household cleaning products.h

Organic pollutants found in many common household products including cleaners and even air fresheners are found at levels 2 – 5 times higher inside your home than out.h* gAccording to a 15 year study (Toronto Indoor Air Conference): Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work outside the home. A direct result to increased exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of which are found in common household products.h**

For those of you interested in more information, I have a 12 page document on typical house hold cleaners. We also have a game called toxic poker that we share at our Healthy You, Healthy Home, Healthy Planet parties. A great way to learn about where you might find chemicals and their effects on your wellness.

gWHAT CAN YOU DO? GET EDUCATED

Visit http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm

• Step One: Go to the National Institutes of Health Household Products Database and find out what you have in your home

• Step Two: Enter names of chemicals and see which brands contain them

• Step Three: Look up Toxicity Information or Health Information for the chemical

TAKE ACTION

• Properly dispose of harmful products

• Find safer choices”****



When I realized that “normal” household products gave me headaches I purchased “Clean & Green” by Annie Berthold-Bond has “485 ways to Clean, polish, disinfect, deodorize, launder, remove stains – even wax your car without harming yourself or the environment.”

While cleaning out my mother's house in 2003 I rediscovered Shaklee. The Get Clean Starter Kit*** includes products for cleaning, kitchen, and laundry. They are safe, affordable, and really do work. gOne 16 oz. bottle of Basic H2 diluted per label directions makes 214 bottles (28 oz.) of ready-to-use all-purpose cleaner,h Or over 5,800 bottles of Window cleaner.

The purchase of the Get Clean Starter Kit http://ecomir.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=50457 or A Year of Get Clean Water http://ecomir.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=89113 as a new member in March you receive an extra 100 of meal shake, snack bars, and tea.

*(2011 Healthy Home Shaklee Video avaiable at www.ecomir.myshaklee.com Shaklee TV)

**(Healthy Home Shaklee Video, downloaded 3/21/10)

****(Get Clean Presentation)


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

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 Matsushita

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

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Birth Plan Workshop and Birth Movement Workshop: March

Birth Plan Workshop


Taught by Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth Services, Certified Birth Doula

March 5, 2011, 11-1 PM

Location: Heartland Yoga, 221 E. College St, 1st Level; Iowa City



Attendees of the Birth Plan Workshop will learn about:

The structure of a birth plan

How to write an efficient and effective document

How to use the birth plan as a communication tool:

a) Writing the document

b) With your care provider

c) With your hospital birth team

An overview of hospital birth interventions, procedures and options



At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to submit their birth plan drafts for review.



The workshop is intended to complement and not replace comprehensive childbirth education courses.

$50 fee per couple

Discount for students of Iowa City Doulas childbirth educators: Mindful Birthing and Bradley Childbirth with Kara and Marcus Seaton, and clients of Iowa City Doulas

To register please contact: junnicole88@gmail.com or call 319 430 6736



Birth Movement Workshop

Taught by author and certified birth doula, Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth Services

March 12, 2011, 11-1 PM

Location: Heartland Yoga, 221 E. College St, 1st Level; Iowa City



Attendees of the Birth Movement Workshop will:

Receive the Ebook of the 2011 instructional book, Birth Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth

Learn about the benefits of movement and mobility during birth

How to use movement, the birth sling, squat bar and birth ball

How to adjust positions through the stages of labor

Accommodations and appropriate positions for both unmedicated and medicated birth (epidural and narcotics)



The Birth Movement workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and their birth partners, for doulas, nurses, midwives, obstetricians and others who are interested in learning how to use movement and low-tech methods to promote and support no-to-low intervention hospital births.



The workshop is intended to complement and not replace comprehensive childbirth education courses.

$50 fee per couple

Discount for students of Iowa City Doulas childbirth educators: Mindful Birthing and Bradley Childbirth with Kara and Marcus Seaton, and clients of Iowa City Doulas

To register please contact: junnicole88@gmail.com or call 319 430 6736
 
 
Bamboo Birth Services
http://www.bamboobirth.com/
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bamboo Birth: February News

Bamboo Birth: February News, 2011


Dear Bamboo Birth Families and supporters,

The year is off to a bustling start. There have been and are a number of fantastic educational events just around the corner. One of the givens of birth is the unpredictable nature of every birth; however, with that said birth does tend to follow a flow, an unfolding. I have found that families who prepare for the process in a number of ways can ease into the birth and parenting journey with flexibility and confidence. How to prepare and establish a positive birth attitude or energy? Reading, childbirth classes, support and encouragement, and guarding yourselves from birth horror stories and doubters. If you are pregnant stay within your positive birth bubble. If you are a parent or care provider let’s be aware of how vulnerable and suggestive a pregnant woman can be. Share your positive experiences with her. Step in if negativity starts to permeate the birth conversation.

In an effort to send this newsletter out prior to a number of upcoming events I will keep this brief. Please remember that you can find Bamboo Birth on Facebook and Twitter and the Bamboo Blog. I also welcome you to connect on the new message board located on the Bamboo Birth website.

Sending smiles,

Jun-Nicole


Events and Announcements:

• Meet the Doulas: Speed Dating Style, Thursday, February 10, 7-9 PM. Panera Bread, Sycamore Mall, back lounge area. Opening greeting and talk followed by rotation through doulas, childbirth educators, and educational stations. Free and open to the public.

• International Cesarean Awareness Network, Wednesday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, Robinson Family Wellness, 2140 Norcor Ave., Coralville, IA

Topic: Childbirth Choices: EMPOWER Informed Consent, Guest Speaker: Jun-Nicole Matsushita, CD(CBI) of Bamboo Birth Services. Support group will begin at 7:30 p.m.

All women, their partners, and their children are welcome!

• Mindful Birthing Childbirth Class starts February 6

• Kinderfarm preschool Open Registration for summer and fall sessions begins February 15, 2011.


5th Annual Conscious Birth Summit, January 15, 2011
What an amazing event, Thank you to all those who participated and a big thank you to the mastermind behind the scenes, Kristin Bergman. It is wonderful to see the birth community unite in an effort to educate, connect and ultimately come together to support families in their journeys through pregnancy and parenthood.

I was honored to join the panels about Doulas and Childbirth Educators and later Doulas and Hospital Careproviders. I was also thrilled to see a number of you throughout the day and specifically in the audience of the Birth Movement workshop. Unfortunately we had technical difficulties and the projector crashed. Since the goal was to view the photographs and share how to use birth positions and birth tools for a no-to-low intervention hospital birth, I offered to share the Ebook with each participant.

The Conscious Birth summit promotes and supports the work of Friends of Iowa Midwives

Any Questions should be directed to Kristin Bergman, 319-621-0335

Sponsors: Robinson Family Wellness, Heartland Yoga, The Red Avocado, Iowa Midwives Association, Iowa City Doulas

Press Coverage: http://easterniowahealth.com/2011/01/10/birthing-summit-highlights-maternal-health-options/

Website: www.friendsofiowamidwives.com

Birth Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth, 2011, by Jun-Nicole Matsushita

Review by Bamboo Mama, Nicole Forsythe: “I just recently gave birth to my first child and wanted a no- or low-intervention birth because I know that outcomes for moms and babies tend to be less favorable as interventions stack up. I aimed to be healthy and active through pregnancy and likewise wanted a healthy and active birth experience. Birth Movement helped me to prepare intellectually and physically for birth by showing me the many ways I could labor and push - I knew I would likely not want to be flat on my back but didn't really know before the book exactly HOW I could position myself. I even assumed the squat bar was unusable until I saw the setup in the book! I was fortunate enough to work with Jun-Nicole (the author) during my labor and found that I needed several different positions at different times, and that my body really had to guide me in the moment. The book helped me to be prepared and confident in knowing that there were many options I could choose from depending on what I was feeling at any given time. I personally used sifting on the back, belly lifts, side-lying, upright resting, and the squat bar with sling, among others - when pushing was at its most intense I was very thankful for the knowledge in this book and how it helped me feel prepared! I strongly recommend this book to any pregnant woman desiring an active birth where she is empowered and able to find her best position for her body. I'd also recommend any mom-to-be to encourage her support team to get and study the book - this would include her partner, doctor or midwife, doula, attending family member, hospital nurses, or even people who surround and support her care, such as a chiropractor. I believe this book will help empower women during one of the most powerful experiences of her life!”

Discovery Toys: Learning toys, books, music, and games

• 20 Products, 20% sale, for 20 days

Fantastic February 20/20/20 Sale. 20 Products / 20% / 20 Days

• Interested in joining the DT Team? New educational consultant kit, $99

http://ectools.discoverytoys.com/files/uploads/pdf/tpi_ec_deluxekit_feb_us.pdf

• Online catalog: www.DiscoveryToysLink.com/JunBugFun 

• MEASURE UP!® SHOVEL, $8, free shipping. Scoop up learning fun with this large-size sturdy shovel specially designed to turn snow, sand, or water play into an instant math activity. Shovel handle features measuring marks showing 12 inches along one side and 30 centimeters along the other. 22" (56 cm) long. Khai and Khoi love digging in the snow banks and later in the sand and garden beds. We are getting these mega shovels for the boys and as a gift for their Kindergarden and preschool. Learning through fun Motor skills, measurement, and outdoor exploration.

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

Guest Article: BY Shuva Rahim of Accent Photographics

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

On-location lifestyle photography is a unique experience. And choosing to document your love story – be it in the form of a maternity, newborn, family or child session – in a place you're most comfortable (usually in your home) and in natural light is the best way to capture you and your loved ones for who they are.

My sessions revolve greatly around getting to know you, instead of simply just putting you in front the camera and telling you to smile.

With that in mind, I schedule 3 separate appointments with that revolves around each photo shoot:

Pre-session Consultation: We go over the kinds of photos you like, clothing guidelines, products, pricing and location. All my products are a la carte, and include Digital Files, Prints and Specialty Albums. Maternity clients receive special rates on Birth and Newborn lifestyle shoots. Prices start at $20 for 5x7 prints and $40 per digital file.

Session: The actual photo shoot happens on-location (either at your home or at a site where you're most comfortable). Most of my sessions take roughly 1 hour to 90 minutes.

View and Choose: Prior to this final appointment you receive an online gallery so you can preview the images before finalizing your order. During the ordering, I am happy to answer questions and give you a closer preview of images. The end result is a final experience and product I hope you will cherish for years.

Check out recent sessions and other tidbits on the blog at www.shuvarahim.com and/or view galleries on the Website - www.accentphotographics.com

Best wishes,
Shuva


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

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 Matsushita

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

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mindful Birthing Childbirth Class starts February 6

Mindful Birthing Childbirth Class begins February 6


Mindful Birthing: A Course for Expectant Mothers & Couples

http://www.icheartlandyoga.com/Workshops/MindfulBirthing/tabid/116/Default.aspx



"The next course will start February 6, 2011. The class runs on Sundays from 2:00-5:00. Cost is $250 (this includes your partner) 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.



In 2011, our courses will start February 6, June 5, and October 2.



Class teachers are Janelle Railey, MA, Betsy Rippentrop, PhD, Monica Brasile, and Jennifer DeSlippe Harmon.



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@icheartlandyoga.com, or call us at 319-354-4062."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

February events

We have an exciting line up of activities for February

* Monday, February 7, 7PM
Iowa City Doulas Workshop: Elizabeth Cook, CNM at the UIHC will be our guest speaker. Elizabeth has trained other doula groups and specifically can speak about how doulas can effectively work in the hospital setting: communicating with the hospital staff, communicating medical procedures to the family, other topics of interest let me know

She would like to have an interactive approach and conversation, so bring along questions and topics on your mind.

Doulas please RSVP to junnicole88@gmail.com for address


* Thursday, February 10, 7-9 PM
ICDoulas Meet the Doulas Speed Dating Style

Panera's Bread House, back lounge area, in the Sycamore Mall, Iowa City. Free and open to the public.

Opening greeting and talk followed by rotation through doulas, childbirth educators, and educational stations.


For more information call: Jun-Nicole Matsushita 319 430 6736 or Katherine Bryden 319-466-9445

http://www.icdoulas.com/

* Wednesday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, International Cesarean Awareness Network of Iowa City

Robinson Family Wellness

2140 Norcor Ave.

Coralville, IA


Topic: EMPOWER: Informed Consent for Childbirth Choices

Guest Speaker: Jun-Nicole Matsushita, CD(CBI) of Bamboo Birth Services

Support group will begin at 7:30 p.m.

All women, their partners, and their children are welcome!

Visit International Cesarean Awarenss Network (ICAN) of Iowa City on Facebook to RSVP
http://www.icanofiowacity.com/



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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bamboo Birth: January 2011 News

Bamboo Birth: January News, 2011


Dear Bamboo Birth Colleagues, Friends and Supporters,

Happy New Year! This is the year of the lucky rabbit. "Shogatsu, Japanese New Years Day is a time for new beginnings and renewed hope; a time for tradition, festivities and feasting." Reflecting on an amazing year of growth for my family, self and business, I am looking forwards to what the new year holds. May 2011 unfold with mystery, grace and giggles for you and your loved ones!

There are a number of projects, events, and announcements in this first newsletter of the year. Enjoy!

I have to share my appreciation for the UIHC nursing staff. In interviews I am often asked about the working relationship between doulas and nurses. I have to say that during my certification training I was inundated with so many negative stories and prepared for how to work within a hostile system. I have experienced nothing of the sort at the UIHC. The nurses greet me, and it so wonderful to hear, “it is so nice to see you.” I am so grateful for the collaborative approach that we enjoy. There was an experience that really brought this to life that I would like to share. After a birth I was tending to the family when the phone rang and the nurse said that the call was for me. Me? I tentatively answered the phone and was greeted by Nurse Sue. Sue had left for her shift change and took the time to call and thank me. What a wonderful gesture. Studies have indicated that if the birthing woman perceives the nurse and doula to be on good working terms, she reports a more positive birth experience and birth satisfaction. Isn’t that key? So thank you to the UIHC nursing staff for welcoming and collaborating with me as we work as a team to support the Bamboo Birth families.


Events and Announcements:

5th Annual Conscious Birth Summit, January 15, 2011, Iowa City Public Library, FREE

10:30 “Embodying Pregnancy,” Janelle Railey, MA, LMHC of Mindful Birthing

11AM “Pregnancy Loss,” roundtable intended for parents and health care providers, Lisa Heineman

11:15 Discussion with Dr. Ron Robinson, D.C. of Robinson Family Wellness

12:30 “Birth Movement: How to use positions, the birth ball, squat bar, & birth sling for your positive hospital birth,” Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth Services

12:30 “Transitioning into Parenting,” support and ideas for the birth partner, David Burt

1:15 Meet the Doulas and Childbirth Educators

2:00 Film Screening. Laboring Under and Illusion: Birth in the Media vs. Reality

2:00 “Adoption,” Lisa Heineman

3:30 “Hospital Practitioners and Doulas,” with Ob and CNMs

5:00 Film Screening. Guerilla Midwife

6:30 Q & A Panel with Homebirth Midwives, sponsored by Iowa Midwives Association
Sweet Feet Yoga in Library Children’s Room: 12PM Babies and Tots; 1PM Tykes and Families

Heartland Yoga:
10:45 Prenatal Yoga with Fannie Hungerford; 1:45 Bellydance for Birth with Melanie Moore

This event promotes and supports the work of Friends of Iowa Midwives

Any Questions should be directed to Kristin Bergman, 319-621-0335

Sponsors: Robinson Family Wellness, Heartland Yoga, The Red Avocado, Iowa Midwives Association, Iowa City Doulas

Press Coverage: http://easterniowahealth.com/2011/01/10/birthing-summit-highlights-maternal-health-options/

Website: www.friendsofiowamidwives.com

Birth Movement: I am Published!!!

I am super excited to announce that I have published the book, "Birth Movement: How to Use the Birth Sling, Squat Bar, Birth Ball and Positions for Your No-to-low Intervention Hospital Birth," 2011.

Available through Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/product/lulustudio-photo-book/birth-movement-how-to-use-the-birth-sling-squat-bar-birth-ball-and-positions-for-your-no-to-low-intervention-hospital-birth/14448550

Information: www.BirthMovement.com The book is written as an instructional photo book. Each page features a position with color photograph(s) taken in a hospital labor and delivery room; a code for appropriate use: laboring, pushing, epidural, narcotic; and a description and instructions for the execution of the position.

I am looking for reviewers, especially birth workers who use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and positions during their birth; who have seen the methods being used, or are interested in learning about Birth Movement. If you are interested in viewing the Ebook and providing your feedback and review please send an e-mail with the subject line [Bamboo Birth Ebook review] to junnicole88@gmail.com and I will follow up with you. I am also requesting your assistance in launching the book. Here is how you can help:

* Share on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media * Include a review on Lulu publisher * Mention your experience/review in birth/parenting/other forum thread * Mention your experience/review in the comments section of an online article *Review in blog or article* Send a message introducing the book and how you used the birth movement positions with your local birth care providers*Send a message introducing the book and how you used the birth movement positions with your local doulas and childbirth educators

Website Updates

· Price changes to reflect my service. Please note that I would like to honor the original price fee that we worked with for repeat Bamboo Birth families. I would be honored to be called upon to support your family again.

· Gift Registry: http://www.bamboobirth.com/Gift%20Registry.htm Baby Shower, Events or Holidays and Birthdays? Help those who wish to celebrate your joy with you by preselecting Bamboo Birth services and quality learning toys with Discovery Toys. How does this work?

1. Send me an e-mail to set up your gift registry 2. Go shopping. 2a)Select services to support your positive birth experience and 2b) View the Discovery Toys catalog for infant and baby, toddler, preschool, school aged and family toys, games, books, and music.

3. Invite your friends to view your gift registry

4. Any questions? Contact Me!



· Visit www.BambooBirth.com to check out new features:

A Guest Book on the Contact Me Page

Te!! A Friend buttons

Where have I been and what’s new?

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Mindful Birthing class about babycarrier selection, safety, and resources; cloth diapers and breastfeeding with instructor Monica Brasile.

Iowa City Babywearers: I have resigned as co-leader and am thrilled to introduce the new co-leader, Amy Christensen. Amy, a Bamboo Birth Mama is skilled in wraps, specifically the selendang, and using carriers when accommodating for injuries. Despite stepping down, I am available and eager to speak about baby carrier selection and safety and provide babywearing consultations.

Discovery Toys: Learning toys, books, music, and games

JANUARY FLYERS:

http://ectools.discoverytoys.com/files/uploads/pdf/wintersale_us_final.pdf

Online catalog: www.DiscoveryToysLink.com/JunBugFun

January Agenda: 2011 planning for birthday parties, gifts and more with the Winter Sale up to 50% off

Discovery Toys product line includes infant, toddler, preschool, and school aged toys, games, music, and books. The toys are carefully designed to foster age-appropriate layers of learning. Each Discovery Toy is identified by learning pathway category: motor skills, math, exploration, reading & language, thinking, expression; and by Learning style: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. Each toy includes an activity guide, skill card, and the box is identified with the learning pathway.

Bamboo Mamas Playtime

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


Guest Article: Iowa Diaper Depot

Our number one goal is to make using cloth diapers as easy as possible so

more people will do what's best for their little youngster and the earth.

It's not hard, icky or smelly!



If you can take out the trash, you can use a diaper service! It is that

easy! They're very similar with the only difference being instead of a

stinky trash can, we leave behind clean fresh smelling diapers in a diaper

pail liner.



On your pickup day, you leave your dirty diapers in a bag outside your

door. You'll mark on a tag how many clean diapers you have left. We then

will pick them up and leave you a bag of fresh clean diapers — you don't

even have to be home. There is no rinsing, dunking, or soaking involved we

handle the mess you just worry about handling the baby!



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 in home

consultation so you can see cloth in action!



Open house on January 29th at 9:30-10:30 at the

North Liberty Recreation Center

www.IowaDiaperDepot.com

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.comGreetings from my family to yours.

Jun-Nicole Matsushita





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.com319 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








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Jun-Nicole Matsushita

Bamboo Birth Services, Doula

"experience an empowering no-to-low intervention hospital birth"

Website: www.BambooBirth.com Telephone: 319-430-6736

Connect online: Bamboo Blog Facebook Twitter LinkedIn



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