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“For far too long women have been taught that our bodies are broken.  That we aren’t good enough.  This ends now because hating your body takes way too much energy and leads to unhealthy choices.  Your body isn’t broken.  Your body is amazing!  Make the decision to love your body today.”

Love Your Body, Plus Size Birth

~PBC

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

Anyone Need a Massage? GIVEAWAY # 6, Enter Until Friday 9/5/2014 at Noon!

Positive Birth Community‘s GIVEAWAY #6, valued at $60.00:

An HOUR-long massage from Bebe Professional Massage Therapy, ideal for postpartum ladies, spouses, birth workers, or anyone who wants a massage (this is not a prenatal massage). Sounds lovely!

(You should probably watch for more giveaways & enter those, too!)

A winner will be randomly selected on 9/5/2014, after 12pm.

 

Do you want to win this package?? (This is a LOCAL prize only! Must be in the:

  • Austin
  • Pflugerville
  • Hutto
  • Round Rock
  • Taylor
  • Elgin
  • Georgetown
  • Killeen
  • Temple
  • Marble Falls
  • Leander
  • Cedar Park
  • and the surrounding areas)

If you said “Yes, I want to win!”, then:

  • LIKE our page
  • SHARE this contest on your page
  • COMMENT on why you want to win & your due date, or baby’s birthdate!

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Official Details to Win:

1. “LIKE” our ‘Positive Birth Community‘ page
2. “SHARE” the link of our contest you wish to win on your own page. 
3. Comment under the contest “LIKED and SHARED on my page” or why you want to win or due date after you have ‘liked’ our page and ‘shared’ the contest with all the details.
4. Additional entries can be made by your friends (or your business page, etc), if they do items 1, 2 & 3, and then comment, “LIKED and SHARED on my page for (your name)

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. ‘FULL Benefits doula package’ from PBC is valid until 9/1/2017 and is transferrable to one person/one time only, and only available in the area in which PBC serves.

5. “Winners will be chosen after the selected date and time by a Random Number Generator. **If the number corresponding to the person selected has not done items 1-3 correctly, the prize will be given to the following person who has successfully completed items 1-3. Entries after the selected time of giveaway will not be included in the drawing.**  

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

Doulas Could Help Lower Insurance Premiums??

“The authors argue that covering doula care as a health insurance benefit could have clear, system-wide financial benefits. C-sections cost more than vaginal births — roughly $28,000 and $18,000, respectively, for commercial payers, according to estimates cited in the study. If doula care during childbirth costs an average of $1,000, and given the estimate that a C-section costs about $10,000 more than a vaginal birth, it would be cost-neutral for private insurers to cover doulas for 10 births if the doulas helped avoid just one non-indicated C-section, the researchers reason. Kozhimannil added that similar savings could also apply under Medicaid.”

Read How Doulas Have a Huge, Positive Impact on C-section Rates

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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

www.PositiveBirthCommunity.com

Placenta Encapsulation by Hill Country Placentas! GIVEAWAY #5

Positive Birth Community‘s GIVEAWAY #5, valued at $320.00:

(You should probably enter the other contests that are still open, too!)

A winner will be randomly selected on 8/17/2014, after 8pm.

One free placenta encapsulation- Pick up included if the winner is having her baby at a St. David’s facility.

One free herbal product of the winners choice. Choices are:

First Aid Salve
Skin moisturizer
Healing skin balm in a roll-up tube

Valued at $320!!

Do you want to win this package?? (This is a LOCAL prize only! Must be in the:

  • Austin
  • Pflugerville
  • Hutto
  • Round Rock
  • Taylor
  • Georgetown
  • Killeen
  • Temple
  • Marble Falls
  • Leander
  • Cedar Park
  • and the surrounding areas)

If you said “Yes, I want to win!”, then:

  • LIKE our page
  • SHARE this contest on your page
  • COMMENT on why you want to win & your due date!

 

Hill Country Placentas is the leader for placenta services in the Central Texas area. Lisa is a professionally trained encapsulator. She did her training almost three years ago and since that time has completed over 350 encapsulations. As a former St. David’s employee Lisa understands hospital policies and with that knowledge was able to find a loophole that would allow St. David’s facilities to release placentas without a court order. In the Fall of 2013 new policies were implemented at all the St. David’s facilities and court orders are no longer needed at those hospitals. Lisa strives to make the process for placenta services as easy as possible for new mothers.

Hill Country Placentas also has an herbal line created with 100% pure organic products. All of the products can also have stem cells from a mother’s placenta added which adds even more healing properties.

Hill Country Placentas wants to accomodate any mother that may benefit from her placenta. Lisa is happy to work with low income mother’s by providing services at a reduced rate.

Hill Country Placentas also has a loss program. Encapsulations are done free of charge for any mother that has a stillborn baby. In the event that the placenta can not be used for encapsulation an umbilical cord keepsake can be made for the mother. This program was created in memory of Lisa’s daughter, Hannah who passed away before birth.

If you would like more information or would like to learn about the amazing healing properties of the placenta and how it is so beneficial during the postpartum period please come to a free class offered at Baby Earth the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm.

Lisa is always available by phone or email as well to answer any questions.
(512) 517-9017
hillcountryplacentas@gmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/hillcountryplacentas

http://www.hillcountryplacentas.com

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 Official Details to Win:

1. “LIKE” our ‘Positive Birth Community‘ page
2. “SHARE” the link of our contest you wish to win on your own page. 
3. Comment under the contest “LIKED and SHARED on my page” or why you want to win or due date after you have ‘liked’ our page and ‘shared’ the contest with all the details.
4. Additional entries can be made by your friends (or your business page, etc), if they do items 1, 2 & 3, and then comment, “LIKED and SHARED on my page for (your name)

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. ‘FULL Benefits doula package’ from PBC is valid until 9/1/2017 and is transferrable to one person/one time only, and only available in the area in which PBC serves.

5. “Winners will be chosen after the selected date and time by a Random Number Generator. **If the number corresponding to the person selected has not done items 1-3 correctly, the prize will be given to the following person who has successfully completed items 1-3. Entries after the selected time of giveaway will not be included in the drawing.**  

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

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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Mental Illness is Real

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In honor of a great, talented, amazing man, Robin Williams.

Mental illness is real, as real as the flu, a heart attack, or cancer, & should be treated as such.

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Please keep talking about mental illness and how you can be proactive about it. Talk to your kids, your friends, your family. Let them know you love them, & will be there for them. Take care of yourself. Getting help is a STRENGTH, not a weakness.

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Pregnant mommas, & postpartum mommas, depression is real and very common with hormone changes.

WE are here.

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Hugs and love,

PBC