Just in time for some dinner-prep or nighttime reading, here are the articles that caught my eye over the last few days. Thoughts and prayers being sent to the families in the Philippines. It is amazing to see how the miracle of life continues on in the face of destruction and devastation.
As we approach Premature Awareness Day on November 17, I am guessing there will be more articles about preemies and NICU care - if they don't make it on here, make sure to check our Pinterest Boards for the articles we find and want to save for future reference.
This month's featured doula is Jennifer Valencia. She is a doula that serves Central and Northern Arizona. She believes that birth is a sacred time and every mother should be nurtured and respected as she brings her baby earth side.
When was the first time you
heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word doula was
probably in 2006, some time before my first baby’s birth. I didn’t really
understand the full scope of benefits of a doula until the birth of my second
child when I experienced a DONA certified doula.
Looking for something to do with your family this week? Cassandra and I
are posting events and classes in our respective geographic areas…look for
us…maybe we will see you there!!
Do you have an event that you would like to add to our upcoming events calendar?
Scroll down to the end of this post for more information.
Disclaimer: A listing here does not
imply nor signify endorsement by Sweet Pea Births, or our families.
These are events for expecting families, and families with newborns to 6 months old.
The final open meeting of the Midwifery Scope of Practice committee was held yesterday, June 3, 2013. The whole time I have been attending or watching the livestream recordings, there has been a nagging thought that was tugging on my brain.
The Director of Health Services wroteTHIS
blog post that really helped me clarify
the thought that had been rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t quite pin it
down until I read his post:
“In the draft rules, there are a handful of tests that women need to take if
she wants to have Licensed Midwifery services.
Our featured doula this month is Laura Correia, CD(DONA). Laura and I met through the Rights for Homebirth movement. It is a pleasure to bring you her interview - this is a woman who knows her calling. I found that her passion about birth and supporting families speaks through the page and to my heart. Enjoy getting to know Laura!
About Laura: I am a DONA certified birth
doula in the greater north and west Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale,
Paradise Valley, Anthem, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale, Litchfield Park,
Tolleson, and Goodyear.
I am pleased to introduce you to Blue Russ today. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach,
trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100
dietary theories and a wide range of coaching techniques. She is your calm,
gentle guide, supporting you to achieve your goals with confidence and grace.
No counting calories or grams of nutrients. No judgment. No food is off limits.
No deprivation. She believes that we have all the wisdom and healing power we
need. The best healers are the ones that enable us to reawaken it.
article this morning about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and
promote peace. No surprise that this is
the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress
reliever and a promoter of peace for couples. A lovely consequence: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!
In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great
quantity when a woman is in labor. The
hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample
This month I would like to introduce you to one of my Bradley Method® colleagues, Zabrina Pell. She is a wonderful instructor, and as you will read, a doula and a lactation educator. I hope you will enjoy getting to know her through her interview.
About Zabrina: My husband and I are
blessed to have had five beautiful children. My first child was born in
2001 having had no childbirth classes or training at all. Although
it was an uncomplicated natural birth for the most part, it felt very
A "Family-Centered" cesarean? Woman-centered? What? Did you just read that correctly?
, Birth plans
, Midwifery Care
, Cesarean Birth
, Cesarean Surgery
, Information Center
, Hospital Birth
, Informed Consent
, Obstetrical Care
, Cesarean Support Group
, Labor Support
so pleased to introduce our students and readers to Kimberly Flake in this
month’sMeet The Doulafeature. Kimberly
has been a doula for a few of our students, all of whom have had great
experiences with her. I wanted to
feature her in April, Cesarean Awareness Month, since she, herself, is a VBAC
mama, and she specializes in VBAC support.
When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word doula was when I
read about it just weeks before I sat in a class to become one.