Friday, May 10, 2013

Back to Work. Bamboo News, May 2013

Dear Bamboo Birth Friends and Colleagues,


My apologies for such a long news absence. Some of you may know that I was quite ill this spring. For quite some time my ribs were cramping at births, I thought it was from the physical labor of providing labor support. In April I had bouts of severe abdominal pain; a visit to the ER lead to surgery and a six day hospital stay. By an incredible coincidence I did not have any clients for the months of April and May. Once returning home I remained homebound in April. May 1, I resumed office and meeting duties. I am very much looking forwards to attending births once again in June. Thank you to each of you who reached out with well wishes, support, nurturing food and drinks, visits and your healing practices. I can’t tell you how much your efforts touched me and carried me back to health.


Presently, I am obeying doctor orders with an activity restriction for one more week, listening to my body, and really learning from this experience.


Did you know that May is the International Month of the Doula? Can you help me spread the doula love? Share your positive experiences of working with a doula. Send a testimonial. The ultimate compliment is to recommend doula support to your patients, work and home communities.


Sending smiles,

Your bamboula




* Happy Mother’s Day. It is an honor to witness your women on their journeys into motherhood


*Meet the Doulas: Int’l Month of the Doula, May 15, 7-9PM, Panera Bread- back area, Sycamore Mall, Iowa City


* Birth Movement Workshop: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 1-3 PM, Sweet Feet Yoga Studio at Robinson Family Wellness, 221 E. College St, Suite 213, Iowa City

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

To register please visit 

This workshop is designed for pregnant women and their birth partners, and professionals who work with pregnant and birthing women

 “From the Womb to the Playroom to the Classroom with Jun Bug Fun”

Usborne Books& More

Children’s books at Usborne Books:

We have fantastic books for new siblings to be, toddlers through school age



• My mission to my clients is to help them experience birth as a positive 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?

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


Bamboo Birth Newsletter management

  • Are you finished with books or CD’s from the Bamboo Birth library?  
  • BambooBirth is on Facebook and Twitter
  • Gifts and gift certificates are available for birth slings, Birth Movement Book, eBook, Workshop; consultations, and of course doula support. Business cards are available to include in shower invitations.  


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”



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


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Birth Movement Workshop: March 2 @ Sweet Feet Yoga

Birth Movement Workshop

Saturday, March 2, 2013

1-3 PM Sweet Feet Yoga Studio at Robinson Family Wellness
2140 Norcor Ave., Ste D, Coralville, IA52241

Taught by author and certified birth doula,

Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth Services

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
Register online:
or with Sweet Feet Yoga:
Note: Day of walk ins are welcome

Patients of Robinson Family Wellness and Sweet Feet Yoga students receive a 30% discount, $35


Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting Organized for a New Baby

Getting Organized for a New Baby
by guest author, Tracy K. Pierce, holistic professional organizer
Getting ready for a new baby is a big life transition. It helps to do a bit of planning of course for the birth itself and for the adjustment phase afterwards. Getting prepared and organized in your home environment is equally important, and this is where a professional organizer might be of help to you. These tips aren’t just for new parents. With each new addition to your family, your system may need to be shifted or adjusted to accommodate.
The two kid categories I’m most frequently hired to help with are clothes and toys. Here are some tips:

Clothes. If you’re planning to have more kids (or give to friends/family), it’s really helpful to pack away outgrown clothing by size (we all know kids’ clothes sizes aren’t exactly a science, so opt for similar-sized clothes together). You may want to separate winter and summer clothes if you rotate clothes seasonally. Label your boxes or bins on the top and two sides. I suggest something like “Winter 0-6 mo”. If you do this with each of your kids as they are outgrowing their clothes, it’ll be a whole lot easier to pull out the next round clothes your kids need as they continue to grow into hand-me-downs. 

Get pictures of your kids in their/your favorite outfits. It’s much easier to let go of the outfit if you have a picture. If you decide to keep the clothes as a keepsake, be sure you have a plan. Are you going to make a quilt out of the fabric from those outfits? Perhaps make a wall hanging or other memorable art item? Decide your limits for these types of keepsakes – they can quickly become clutter. How much are you willing to store? What do you have room for? Decide your limits and stick to them.

Toys. A lot of parents struggle with toys. Oh how generous the relatives and friends can be when a new baby arrives. The absolute most important thing when it comes to toys is setting your limits. If you decide each child gets two bins of toys in one room and then has a toy box in his/her room, then when those bins get full it’s time to get rid of something. Start following the “one in, one out” rule when the kids are young – when something new comes in, something old goes out.

Sometimes setting your limits means running the risk of offending someone, but if you don’t decide your limits, all your generous relatives and friends may try to fill every nook and cranny with every cool new toy they find. What matters more to you, not offending someone or having your home less cluttered and more comfortable to you? Don’t be afraid to return or exchange gifts, especially the ones that come with gift receipts!

Container systems are my favorite way to round up toys. Many different stores have many different organizing set ups, and custom storage solutions are always an option, but you don’t necessarily need to spend tons of money to contain the toys. You could use simple 22-gallon storage totes that are easily stored away when company comes over. I’ve seen people use containers from dollar stores. Keeping it simple is often the best way, especially with some of the wear and tear kids can put on things!

If you have multiple children, it can be helpful to have a color-coding system. Johny’s toy bins are blue, Sally’s are red. (You could also extend color-coding to your kids’ clothes storage system if you use bins or containers instead of hangers).

Overall the biggest challenge I see parents have is with setting limits to the amount of stuff that’s coming into the home. As uncomfortable as it may initially seem, learning to say “no” and setting your boundaries while being able to say “yes” to the help you really want are two of the biggest things you can do to keep clutter under control and chaos to a minimum during your time of transition.

MINI BIO: Tracy K. Pierce is a holistic professional organizer, clutter coach, and certified B.E.S.T. practitioner based in Iowa City, IA. It is her passion to help her clients reclaim space for what matters most. Tracy will consider travel to anywhere in North America for professional organizing services. She also offers Skype clutter coaching sessions to anyone in the world. For more information visit