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Safer bedsharing, with Teresa Pitman

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #2

In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, we are going to be focusing on safer bed-sharing. New parents are constantly being told that putting their babies to sleep in bed with them is risky behavior that should be avoided. Despite this, bed-sharing has doubled in the past two decades. To guide us through this conundrum, I’ll be talking with the very knowledgeable Teresa Pitman.

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

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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!

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

Why a Doula is Worth Every Penny

I am a doula, so you may think this post is biased. I assure you, it is not. Matter of fact, the reason I became a doula is because I myself didn’t have one for the birth of my daughter. It’s a decision that both my husband and I regret. My birth was as close as can be to what I’d laid out on my birthplan. Hire a midwife – check. No induction – check. No pain meds – check. Move all I want, no artificial rupture of membranes, labor in the tub, vaginal birth, wait for cord clamping, immediate skin to skin, delay baby procedures… check, check, check!

But it was still hard, lonely, painful and miserable. We had taken independent childbirth classes, read all the books, and thought we were prepared. We weren’t.

A doula would have come over to our house and help me realize that I was having incredible back pain, instead of thinking it was just part of labor. She wouldn’t have let me sit at the top of the stairs for hours, but would have encouraged and helped me to move around and get into positions that would help get my baby’s head off my back. Read more