Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula". This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders. I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch. She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley!
Oh how I love going to La Leche League meetings. It is a wealth of information from the brain trust of trained leaders and experienced mothers. As my own days as a breastfeeding mother are winding down, I am glad I still get to go to meetings in support of our students.
In the course of conversation, I realized that I wanted to write about postpartum again today. I feel like "postpartum" needs a new name.
"Postpartum" alone describes the physical fact of a woman who is no longer pregnant.
Puma and I got to see the Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™
vendor table when we visited a Club MomMe event in California last year. At the time, we didn’t get to connect with
the rep since the table was unattended the couple of times we stopped by. We get this, though!! I have been a solo rep
at events before and I know how hard it is to be at your booth 100% of the
Imagine my delight when we got to meet the founder of
Amorini at our localArizona La Leche League conference
Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.
All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.
The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.
This month's featured doula is Kelly Sunshine, of Sunshine Doula Services. We have had the pleasure of being vendors together at several different local birth events. It is our pleasure to introduce you to her this month in our Meet The Doula feature.
When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I don’t remember the first time I actually heard the word,
however, as my sister-in-laws and friends were having kids I would always go be
with them while they were in labor and help them.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Babymoon Inn, one
of the Phoenix area local birth centers. We have enjoyed getting to know the
director, Julia Hall, through her support of The Bradley Method® events, as
well as other local events where we have been vendors together. We have had students from our classes birth
there, as well as receive postpartum support through Babymoon’s various
breastfeeding and family support meetings offered throughout the week. The
support meetings are open to all families in the community, regardless of
whether or not they birthed at Babymoon Inn.
I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum
was. Now, I know we talk about this in
the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea.
Quite frankly, I
don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you
after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this). I wonder if you, like me, just think that
postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are
holding your baby.
We said best wishes to another class...it's always hard to believe our group has been together for 12 weeks, and that the gatherings are over until reunion time.
Here is a sneak peek into a part of our last class. We share a visual of items our couples can consider keeping handy in the first few days after baby arrives:
: We suggest that coaches bring mom a tall glass of water or a full water bottle every time she settles down to nurse. One of the best ways for mamas to make milk is to stay hydrated.
I had the pleasure of meeting Meredith Carder at the Baby Bonanza + Child Expo in May (photojournalHERE). She took the time to answer our SPB interview questions so we could share her amazing program with you.
Photos by Kristen Carter Photography
SPB: What motivated you to get involved with Baby Boot Camp?
MC:As a mom of three I know how hard it is to make time for exercise when caring for a baby. Many gym daycares won’t take young babies. Those babies that are old enough sometimes don’t do well in that setting and mom is spending her entire workout worrying about her child.
So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet. Welcome to motherhood!!
I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".