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!

*****

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



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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