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12 Days of Birth: my wishes for your fabulous labor

By Adriana Lozada
I know, I know: birth does it’s own thing.

Books, childbirth classes, labor support, a rocking care-provider: they help immensely in setting the stage for a good outcome. Ultimately though, if your baby happens to be breech and tangled in the umbilical cord, that will be the biggest determinant of the course of your labor (or lack-there-of).

But, in the spirit of the season, I’ve compiled a list of things that I believe can set any mom up for a better birth. I’m calling it: Read more

What did you eat during labor?

by Adriana Lozada

During a recent birth, the birthing mom was feeling peckish. This is a common state for her, as she usually goes about her day nibbling here and tasting there.

As we walked up and down labor floor corridors, she nibbled on power bars. After getting out of the tub, she gobbled up a cup of chocolate ice cream. But the best part was when – after finding out that the hospital cafe was having a special cheese tasting event (cheese tasting!), she sent her husband down to get some for her, and some for himself as well. She nibbled on aged gouda, and remarked that the chèvre was delish as she approached transition. She didn’t want any coconut water, but preferred ginger ale and a cranberry-grape juice combo while she pushed. Read more

Mothers’ Support Group: new date/time – same place!

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 5 months since we started this group! What a lovely group of new moms and moms-to-be have shared with us, and each other the ins and outs of life with a newborn!

We are happy to announce that Birthful and Beautiful Birth Choices will continue to offer this FREE weekly Mothers’ Support Group!  We’ll still meet at the Lutheran Church of Concord in Greece, but the new day and time is Tuesdays, from 10:30 pm to noon. Moms with babes in arms (up to 6 months or so) or even still pregnant are welcome to join us as we discuss topics that will support your journey through those first months.

Support is one of the key pillars to a healthy pregnancy and postpartum! Come and join us, and share this with the expectant and/or new moms in your life!

Birthful & BBC Mothers’ Support Group

Every Tuesday, from 10:30 – noon
at the Lutheran Church of Concord (485 Holmes Road Rochester, NY 14626)

(The church is located directly behind Greece Ridge Mall, just off of Long Pond Rd.)

Call 454.99898 or contact me for any questions!

It’s World Doula Week!

March 22 – 28 is World Doula Week. What does that mean?

According to it’s organizers at WorldDoulaWeek.com, the purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period.

So if you’re glad you had a doula, tell it to the world! Only about 3% of current births in the US are assisted by a doula(1). Don’t you agree there should be more?

doula-don't give birth without one

(1) Listening to Mothers II: Report of the Second National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences. Conducted for Childbirth Connection by Harris Interactive® in partnership with Lamaze International October 2006

NEW: Mothers’ Support Group!

Birthful and Beautiful Birth Choices are excited to announce that we will be starting a FREE weekly Mothers’ Support Group!  Moms with babes in arms (up to 6 months or so) or even still pregnant are welcome to join us as we discuss topics that will support your journey through those first months.

Support is one of the key pillars to a healthy pregnancy and postpartum! Come and join us, and share this with the expectant and/or new moms in your life!

Birthful & BBC Mothers’ Support Group

Every Monday, starting Monday, January 7th 9:30 – 11:30 am
at the Lutheran Church of Concord (485 Holmes Road Rochester, NY 14626)

(The church is located directly behind Greece Ridge Mall, just off of Long Pond Rd.)

Call 454.99898 or contact me for any questions!

Breastfeeding Reasons:

Day 31: It’s what breast are for!

Day 30: Breast milk lowers risk of baby developing asthma and protects against respiratory infections

 Day 29: Formula feeding increases chances of your baby developing allergies and ear infections

Day 28: Your child’s palate will expand

Formula always tastes the same. Breastmilk’s flavor changes depending on what you eat, and will make your  baby more apt to try and like different flavors as he or she grows Read more