PBC’s Giveaway #8, Promoting Health in Pregnancy & Delivery! Happy October!

Positive Birth Community is highlighting another amazing business that we work with to promote pregnancy health.  Goodwin Chiropractic & Acupuncture is giving away an acupuncture session valued at $50! Check out their page, and what goodness they have to offer! Dr. Allie Goodwin even does in hospital/home visits while a woman is in labor.

To win:

  1. Like” our page, and Goodwin Chiropractic & Acupuncture‘s page,
  2. Share” the contest on your page
  3. Comment, on our Facebook post, that you shared for an entry;
  4. For EXTRA entries, tag a friend (or a few). One tag per line, please!  (on our Facebook page)

The winner will be randomly chosen Sunday, October 5th, 2014.

Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese system of natural healing (no drugs or surgery), which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands, and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies.  The Chinese definition of Health is “All parts of the body functioning normally,” all 500 trillion parts.  If there is an interruption in the bodies transmission of energy flow (chi in Chinese), then organ begins to malfunction – disease, pain and premature aging are the result.

Drs. Dave and Allie Goodwin have over 10 years of combined experience with chiropractic and acupuncture. We provide expert care to pregnant women, newborns, infants, children, and adults of all ages, from all walks of life, and with a variety of health conditions. The doctors at Goodwin Chiropractic & Acupuncture promise to respect your time, answer your questions, honor your goals, and offer you clinical excellence.

Goodwin Chiropractic & Acupuncture

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Other Important Details:

1. Winners are capable of winning multiple contests.
2. Some items are only applicable to local (North Austin, TX & surrounding cities areas). Shipping or delivery out of area is the responsibility of the winner.
3. Team members of PBC are not eligible to win. However, donators may win prizes from anyone other than themselves!
4. “Winners will be chosen after the selected date and time by a Random Number Generator.

Enjoy the giveaways! We hope you WIN!

Thank you for helping us share our PASSION, our Positive Birth Community!

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Upcoming Classes: “Comfort Measures in Pregnancy & Labor”, “Writing Your Birth Plan” @BabyEarth

Comfort Measures in Pregnancy & Labor (click this title to see where to sign up!)

• Watch & practice 12 positions to help you get more comfortable during pregnancy and labor, and allow baby to descend into the pelvis more readily.
• Come learn some of our doula’s best skills to help a mother during pregnancy and in labor.
• Our wish is to empower the mothers, and their partners with techniques that can enrich the birth experience, and make it more productive.

This class is held twice a month;
– Every 1st Monday, 9:30-11:30am
– Every 4th Monday, 6-8pm

Limit 12 people
$25/couple
$15/individual

• Bring:
o a pillow for each person,
o a birth ball (if you have one)
o comfy clothes that you can move in,
o something to write with.
o your own beverage & snacks.
o a towel, blanket, or yoga mat

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Writing Your Birth Plan (click this title to see where to sign up!)

• What kind of labor and delivery are you planning?
• If you could have birth your way, what would that look like?
• Will you circumcise? Vaccinate? Delay cord clamping? Bank Cord Blood? Have a medicated or unmedicated birth? Use a code word? Episiotomy? These questions and many more will be discussed.
• Our doulas will get you thinking as you communicate with your partner and us about what your ideal birth looks like, how to plan for it, and your decisions for the baby after their birth.

*** Please bring something to write with, and your own beverage & snacks.

Every 2nd Monday, 6-8pm
Every 3rd Monday, 9:30-11:30am
Limit 12 people
$25/couple
$15/individual

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*** Instructor Bio:
Kate LeClair, and Jerrika Joubert
As Doulas and Educators within this Positive Birth Community Collective, we value ourselves as women, partners, and mothers.
We are passionate women with visions and goals of providing a place where birth is normal. Believing that birth is a right of passage and that each woman deserves the opportunity to enter into motherhood in power and dignity, we empower each woman to participate actively on her journey through pregnancy and childbirth. We will support you through this process with education, encouragement, and support.
We hope to encourage and inspire you to explore creative ways to nurture both your families and your own contributions to the world through your gifts.
As mothers and women, we believe that we all have something to give, and a woman should not have to choose between motherhood and fulfilling herself outside of the home.
Congratulations! We are blessed to be on this journey with you. Welcome to our Positive Birth Community.

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Comfort Measures in Pregnancy and Delivery, Classes @BabyEarth, 10/6/2014

October 6th, 9:30-11:30am @BabyEarth

• Watch & practice 12 positions to help you get more comfortable during pregnancy and labor, and allow baby to descend into the pelvis more readily.
• Come learn some of our doula’s best skills to help a mother during pregnancy and in labor.
• Our wish is to empower the mothers, and their partners with techniques that can enrich the birth experience, and make it more productive.

Read more and register here.

This class is held twice a month;
– Every 1st Monday, 9:30-11:30am
– Every 4th Monday, 6-8pm

Limit 12 people
$25/couple
$15/individual

• Bring:
o   a pillow for each person,
o   a birth ball (if you have one)
o   comfy clothes that you can move in,
o   something to write with.
o   your own beverage & snacks.
o   a towel, blanket, or yoga mat

****** Instructor Bio:
Kate LeClair, and Jerrika Joubert
As Doulas and Educators within this Positive Birth Community Collective, we value ourselves as women, partners, and mothers.
We are passionate women with visions and goals of providing a place where birth is normal. Believing that birth is a right of passage and that each woman deserves the opportunity to enter into motherhood in power and dignity, we empower each woman to participate actively on her journey through pregnancy and childbirth. We will support you through this process with education, encouragement, and support.
We hope to encourage and inspire you to explore creative ways to nurture both your families and your own contributions to the world through your gifts.
As mothers and women, we believe that we all have something to give, and a woman should not have to choose between motherhood and fulfilling herself outside of the home.
Congratulations! We are blessed to be on this journey with you. Welcome to our Positive Birth Community.

BabyEarth
106 East Old Settlers Boulevard
Round Rock,TX 78664
USA

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Woman Servant in the Waiting Room

This just happened after fasting for over 12 hours (for a routine blood draw), and then Starbucks immediately after. So, in short: Fasting + caffeine= This thought pattern of gratefulness 🙂 Read on…

I’m always blessed to meet Mommas & hear parts of their journeys, even in the most peculiar places, today being the Quest lab waiting room.

When you find your passion, I believe the universe brings together other souls with like-minded visions to sprinkle encouragement when you need it.

After hearing our chat, an older gentleman had to share his story as well, including, “We did Lamaze back then, and wow, did it make a difference for me & my wife! Do you all still do that? I’m so glad you are supporting women in childbirth. God bless you & your endeavors.”

Wow.

I’ll take it–the blessings, the stories, the questions, hearing the desires of an expectant mother, & the desire of women to further their calling by helping other women in this vital journey of motherhood & womanhood.

I am a doula, a “woman servant”.

If home is where your heart is, I am home. ~Kate LeClair

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Giveaway # 7! Ever Want to Be a Doula? Enter to WIN: Online OR Classroom Birth Doula Training! Worldwide Giveaway!

Positive Birth Community‘s Giveaway #7, worth $460, comes from:

www.austindoulatraining.com & www.tldoulatraining.com 

Ever want to become a birth doula? This Giveaway #7 is for: 1 Scholarship to either online or classroom birth doula training!

***To win, tag a friend (or a few). One tag per line, please! You get an EXTRA entry for sharing on your page and commenting here (on our Facebook page) that you shared.***
The winner will be randomly chosen Friday, September 12th, 2014.

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Other Important Details:

1. Winners are capable of winning multiple contests.
2. Some items are only applicable to local (North Austin, TX & surrounding cities areas). Shipping or delivery out of area is the responsibility of the winner.
3. Team members of PBC are not eligible to win. However, donators may win prizes from anyone other than themselves!
4. “Winners will be chosen after the selected date and time by a Random Number Generator.

Enjoy the giveaways! We hope you WIN!

Thank you for helping us share our PASSION, our Positive Birth Community!

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/positivebirthcommunity

www.PositiveBirthCommunity.com

Cover Up Options for Breastfeeding That We Recommend at PBC

There’s so much news lately about women breastfeeding in public and people being shocked and offended by it. I really feel the need to perform sort of a public service to let people know that there are several breastfeeding cover-ups out there that will make everyone around you more comfortable.

Read more: http://www.mommyish.com/2014/08/21/breastfeeding-covers/#ixzz3Bn0bMit2

COVER UP! 😉

~Positive Birth Community

Is a Doula Really ALL That? Do I Really Need One? Is a Doula Worth the ‘Moola’?

First, (listed below the picture) are some statistical reasons (for those of you like me who like to see proof in the ‘pudding’) to hire a doula for the birth that you desire; and afterwards, the link to a loooooooong article with all the juicy ‘for-real’ stats.

Secondly, we have actual comments from some of our most recent clients this year about what they think about having a doula. Don’t take our word for it, read their words.

These comments are NOT exclusive to us at Positive Birth Community.  Women all around the world benefit from having doulas. Doulas are everywhere!

The ones that I am privileged to work with, others I have trained with, and others I have met…we all kinda’ rock. Every single time I meet a new birth professional, I learn something from them because we all have different positives (kinda like all the flavors of ice cream), and can complement each other well; therefore, I soak up all I can to be a better doula (bring on the doula sundae!).

We are ‘women servants’ for you –before, during labor & birth, and postpartum. Now, who wouldn’t like THAT!? 🙂  Our job is to make your birth as positive as possible–by empowering, educating, and supporting YOU.

As a doula, not only is it my job, but I WANT to be there. It’s my passion. I have my bags packed, I am showered and ready, I have arrangements for my children, food in my freezer for my family, gas in my car, directions to your birthplace, and I place my phone beside me closely at night to wait for that call or text saying, “It’s time!” or “Oh, crap, what’s this?”, or many combinations of sounds and responses (some I cannot post here).

We, doulas, love our jobs.

I love my job.

What a joy and a blessing everyday to have my career and my passion collide and enable me to share in such a sacred place, the birth of a new life. (Yes, that was my sappy, heartfelt sentence. *Enter oxytocin/seratonin rush.)

So, I will leave you with the benefits of hiring a doula, and then some of our latest comments from our amazing clients.

I’m off to continue building my doula sundae. There’s always room to learn more. 🙂

~Kate LeClair

The Benefits of hiring a Doula:

  • You are more likely to have a vaginal birth

  • Labors tend to be shorter with fewer complications

  • Birth Partners feel confident about their role

  • Increases positive feelings about your childbirth

  • Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug)

  • Less likely to need forceps, vacuum extraction & cesarean sections

  • Reduces the mom’s request for all types of pain medication

  • Increases confidence and sense of security

  • Greater success with breastfeeding

  • Decreased likelihood of developing postpartum depression

For more very specific statistics, see The Evidence For Doulas.

 

What our clients say about us… (We LOVE our clients!)

“I never knew having a doula would be so FUN! I was surprised at the amount of laughing we did, all the while “gettin’ it done”. Between the laughs, the pressure-point massages, and even the hard parts (transition & labor during my unmedicated birth), I was so glad to have my friend and doula by my side. My husband was impressed, too, and that says a lot! This was my 2nd unmedicated birth, and unlike my 1st one, I never felt like I couldn’t do it – it was never an option in my mind. I attribute that to my support system, and my frame of mind which had been cultivated for the many months preceding the actual “big day”.”

– Christi, 2014

“Our doula was absolutely essential to the success of our birth.  Seriously, I don’t know if I’d been able to deliver vaginally without her.”

-Katie, 2014

“I had never met Kate in person but she was on call with Jerrika since Jamie was out of town and I am so blessed to have had Kate and Jerrika come to my “dry run” as we are calling it when I went into “false” labor. It was a very hard and emotional day and they both brought so much love to the room and offered comfort that could have come from the most amazing, loving people ever. Kate was my super hero that day and Jerrika her amazing side kick, Batman and Robin all the way. 

When I went into labor 5 days later Jerrika was on it but I went so fast I hardly made it the hospital. Jerrika was there to offer me support right after birth and I am so thankful she was there to help me since we also had my kids with us and my husband had his hands full. She was by my side and every need I had was met before I even had to ask. Jerrika has a beautiful calm way about her, she just blends into room with you, it is a gentle calm of reassurance and help.

You never feel alone and you feel like the most important person and not just “another” pregnant person, when you have a doula.

-Morgan, 2014

So wonderful to have people check in and ask the important questions and be there with so much helpful information and support. You never feel alone, and you feel like the most important person and not just “another” pregnant person.

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It (the class) was very professional, and fun as well. The information was well put together and I liked how the clients were involved. Any and all questions I have I can ask and not feel subconscious, I also love how educated Jerrika is, she helps me make decisions with her knowledge and personal experience.

-Czevn, 2014

(Thankful for…) A back up for my overwhelmed and exhausted husband! I don’t think I would have been able to have a vaginal delivery with out Kate’s help. My water broke unexpectedly early and we had to do what basically amounts to an induction. Almost 40 hours later I still hadn’t dilated, and if Kate hadn’t stepped in and used all her doula tricks, I think I’d have had a C-section. Instead we had a beautiful little girl who I was able to deliver vaginally. In a labour that was completely different from what I had wanted or expected, Kate let us do that which was the most important thing for me– a non surgical birth.

-Katie and Adam, 2014

They were really helpful with techniques to help the patient begin contracting regularly, and made the patient feel comfortable  with her decision to VBAC.

-L&D Nurse, 2014

(We LOVE our clients, & we love that we are able to help them!) Did I mention that I LOVE my job? 🙂

Positive Births to ALL around the world,

~Kate LeClair

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Potential Danger Lurking in Your Home

We’ve always been told to wash our hands rigorously, for 20 seconds at a time, while silently singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” It sounds easy enough, but now it turns out that pregnant women should add another layer of protection when they’re scrubbing their hands.

Read the rest of the Article Here from The Stir.

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