Help Us Support Babies Need Boxes Ohio

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Please help us honor all mothers and babies in Cleveland, by supporting our Babies Need Boxes donation drive!  Babies Need Boxes Ohio is a non-profit organization that provides expectant and new families with a high-quality maternity package, based off the Finnish Baby Box tradition.

Babies Need Boxes Ohio supplies expectant and new families with a safe sleep space (baby box), newborn and postpartum essentials, perinatal education, and community resources. Babies Need Boxes wants to equip families for parenthood with tangible resources and education, honor women during their transition to motherhood, and help all babies thrive. With the universal distribution of baby boxes in Ohio, including the perinatal education and access to community resources, Babies Need Boxes hopes to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, and help people understand racial disparities related to infant mortality.  Celina Cunanan-Kelly, Division Chief of Nurse Midwifery at University Hospitals, and Babies Need Boxes board member, says “We don’t really think that [the box] itself is going to stop infant sleep-related deaths, but it’s a way for us to give parents the education and tools to make that less likely, [and to] help them succeed!” The goal with this universal distribution approach, and scope of education that Babies Need Boxes provides, will not only help families better access a safe sleep space and essential items, but will ultimately engage the greater Cleveland community in conversations regarding racial inequity in childbirth, and help build the commitment needed to lower our infant mortality rates.  

The Nurturing Root is thrilled to team up with Nurtured Foundation Doula Services to coordinate an autumn donation drive that benefits Babies Need Boxes Ohio. Throughout September and October, we are gathering newborn essential and postpartum care items to include in the baby boxes. We are striving to collect high-quality, natural care items, that are made with sustainable, non-toxic ingredients.

We need your help to collect the following new items:

  • 100% Cotton Prefold Cloth Diapers  
  • Waterproof Cloth Diaper Covers
  • Hypoallergenic Diaper Rash Cream
  • Newborn Caps, Socks, + Mittens
  • Unscented Lip Balm
  • Organic Nipple Salve

We welcome your donations either in-person or online. If you reside on the westside of Cleveland and want to donate, please contact Lisa Falkenstein, with Nurtured Foundation. If you are interested in donating items on the eastside, please contact Alayna Spratley, with The Nurturing Root. Additionally, you can easily donate supplies directly to Babies Need Boxes Ohio via THIS Amazon Wish List. Online donations ship directly to the local chapter’s office in Shaker Heights. Babies Need Boxes also welcomes monetary donations, here. Your gifts to Babies Need Boxes are tax deductible, and their 501(C)(3) tax ID number is, 47-3926384. Please share THIS informational flier about the donation drive, with friends, family, businesses, and organizations that want to help, as well.

It is truly an honor to support Northeast Ohio families as a volunteer board member with Babies Need Boxes Ohio, and as the Ohio Director with The Nurturing Root. Please help us support the amazing work of Babies Need Boxes Ohio. Donate items here!   

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If you would like a baby box, register with Baby Box University, select the ‘Ohio Syllabus’ and complete the watchlist and quiz. The videos discuss various topics, including: the prenatal and postpartum period, safe-sleep practices, breastfeeding, child-spacing, and perinatal mental health. Once you correctly complete the quiz, you can print your certificate and pick-up a baby box at participating locations, or have it mailed to your home.

You can also receive a baby box, with essential items, by attending the Babies Need Boxes October education series, at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Lee Road location. After attending all three sessions, families are eligible for a baby box. Please see the session descriptions, below:

Session 1: Baby Care: Come learn how to read baby’s cues and how to soothe baby with movement, rituals, and songs. During baby’s active state we will share how to engage baby in playful, brain building activities. This session is facilitated by Elizabeth Dreyfuss, Executive Director of Babies Need Boxes Ohio, and early childhood educator with Hathaway Brown, and Alayna Spratley, volunteer Assistant Director of Babies Need Boxes Ohio and the Ohio Director of The Nurturing Root. Saturday October 7, 2017 at 11:00am

Session 2: Safe Sleep Come learn about the most recent research on how to keep baby safe while sleeping soundly. This session is facilitated by Celina Cunanan-Kelly, Certified Nurse Midwife and Division Chief of Nurse Midwifery for University Hospitals, and Da’Na Langford, Certified Nurse Midwife with University Hospitals. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00am

Session 3: Postpartum Health for Mom and Baby After baby is born there are two people to care for, baby and mom. Learn ways to incorporate self–care rituals into your daily routine. Also, come hear the best ways to feed baby and how to prepare nutritious snacks for busy families. This session is facilitated by Lisa Falkenstein, certified postpartum doula, breastfeeding educator, and owner of Nurtured Foundation Doula Services, and Chauntia Williams, Babies Need Boxes board member and dedicated family advocate, committed to improving the community through education and awareness.

We are truly grateful for the work that Babies Need Boxes is doing to help families throughout Cleveland, and hope you feel as compelled as we do, to support this amazing non-profit organization. Make sure to share THIS INFORMATION about the Babies Need Boxes Donation Drive with friends, family, colleagues, and organizations that would like to help, as well!

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant mother, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active and engaged facebook group and host free monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are also very excited to facilitate several events this autumn. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

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7 Tips To Prepare For A Natural Birth

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Did you know that 85% of pregnant women are able to have a safe natural childbirth experience? But, only about 2% of American women give birth without any interventions. What is the disconnect? Certainly choice plays a role. Some women aren’t necessarily interested in unmedicated childbirth. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics Report, over 60% of women use an epidural for pain relief in labor. Also our culture and institutions impact a mother’s ability to birth naturally. Since one in three women welcome their babies via surgery, desiring a natural childbirth can feel somewhat unattainable. Know that if you are considering natural childbirth, it is so crucial to properly prepare yourself. With commitment and support, you can have an awesome, unmedicated birth experience! Follow these 7 tips, and you will be on target to have the best natural birth!

Be thoughtful when selecting a birth location!
In most places throughout the United States, you have access to three different birth locations. Mothers can give birth in a hospital setting, at a freestanding birth center, or at home. There are benefits and risks to all of these locations. You also need to decide where you feel most comfortable having your baby. If you really want an unmedicated natural birth experience in a hospital setting, find out what the c-section rate is for the facility you are considering. Individual hospital c-section rates vary widely, even within the same community. If you are thinking about having your baby at a freestanding birth center, this study presents great evidence to support safe and satisfying birth outcomes for mom and baby in a center environment. The study explains that if you have a low-risk, healthy pregnancy, your chances of having a c-section (via hospital transfer) is only 6% at a birth center, versus a 25% chance of c-section if you birth at a hospital. Your risk of interventions and c-section are lowest if you are planning a home birth. In this significant study, which analyzed nearly 17,000 planned home births, nearly 96% of women delivered their babies vaginally, and only 4.5% required pitocin to start or augment their labor. Compare this to a 30% induction rate in a hospital setting for first-time, low-risk mothers. Where you decide to birth matters! Understand the risks and benefits of different birth locations, and choose wisely.

Select a midwife as your prenatal provider!
Just like birth location, the provider you choose to see during pregnancy, and to attend your birth, has huge implications in your ability to have a natural birth experience. If you are having a healthy, normal pregnancy absolutely choose a midwife over an OB/GYN. The midwifery model of care sees pregnancy as a normal life event, that almost always results in a healthy mother and child. Midwives view pregnancy and birth through a holistic lens, and support women with more individualized care and minimize technological interventions. They also will identify and refer expectant mothers to obstetrical care, when truly necessary. There are several types of midwives, including Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives, licensed midwives, and direct-entry midwives. The majority of pregnant women are able to access midwifery care in a hospital, birth center, and/or home environment. Research midwives in your area, find out if they attend births in your desired setting, and select a midwife that encourages your wishes for an unmedicated birth!

Take a comprehensive natural childbirth course!
Everyone knows that knowledge is power! Simply wishing for a natural birth will almost certainly not get you there. Educating yourself about birth will help build your knowledge, prepare you emotionally and mentally, and give you the necessary tools and techniques to navigate the modern birth landscape. Invest in a thoughtful, comprehensive childbirth education program that prepares both you and your partner for natural birth. Look for natural childbirth classes that covers staying low-risk in pregnancy, nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques, choosing a care provider and birth location, anatomy and physiology of labor, birth-partner preparations, common policies and procedures, breastfeeding, newborn care, and possible complications, interventions, and alternatives. A great childbirth education course will really build your natural birthing confidence and abilities!

Take exceptional care of your body!
Preparing your body for birth is crucial. Having a healthy, nutrient rich diet and exercising regularly and appropriately, provides a strong foundation for natural birth. Caring for your body and baby with proper nutrition and exercise will help keep you low-risk, and may alleviate common pregnancy related ailments. Also consider chiropractic care during pregnancy. Find and visit a chiropractor certified in the Webster Technique. A chiropractor can help balance your pelvis and spine, so your baby can find the best position for birth. A review of studies found that women who received regular chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy had 39% shorter labors. Achieving optimal wellness with diet, exercise, and chiropractic will pay off big time!

Practice mindfulness!
Training your mind and heart for natural birth is just as important as preparing your body. A recent study suggests engaging in a mindfulness-based practice during pregnancy can help reduce anxiety and facilitate an easier and more satisfying birth experience. Mindfulness is simply a state of awareness, that arises from paying attention to the present moment. A prenatal mindfulness practice can be applied in a variety of ways. You may choose to facilitate your own quiet meditative practice, choose visualization exercises, engage in progressive relaxation, or even use a mindfulness app, specifically created for pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Whatever you choose, mindfulness is a practice, so set aside time once or twice per day, and focus on the moment, to help you achieve an amazing natural birth.

Find your tribe!
Connect to other pregnant and new mothers that are interested in natural birth. It is so bizarre, but culturally normal, for veteran moms to share pregnancy and birth horror stories with expectant mothers. Disregard this negativity, and find your natural birth tribe. You can, of course, find a community of like-minded natural mothers everywhere online. If available, search for and attend a birth group or mama’s circle in your area. Cleveland mothers interested in natural pregnancy, birth, and parenting should join Cleveland Birth Village. Cleveland Birth Village has a FREE facebook group and hosts FREE monthly gatherings for families interested in natural birth and parenting topics.

Hire a doula!
Regardless of the type of birth you want or ultimately have, you should hire a birth doula! A doula is a trained maternal support practitioner who provides emotional, physical, and educational assistance to a laboring mother and her birth partner. Doulas help families have a safe, memorable, and empowering birth experience. Evidence overwhelmingly supports having a doula present during labor. With continuous labor support, women are more likely to have a satisfying and positive birth experience, less likely to have surgical interventions, and require less medical pain management. Birthing women with doulas also have shorter labors and fewer birth-related complications for mom and baby.

Having a natural birth is biologically normal, and most often physically and emotionally ideal, for mom and baby. It can prove to be a positive experience for the entire family, as well. With the right preparation, support, and education, you can absolutely achieve the best natural birth.

The Nurturing Root loves to support families that desire an unmedicated birth. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes to support you during this exciting time of transition. Additionally, we support Cleveland families with in-home placenta encapsulation and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant mother, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active facebook group and host monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are also very excited to facilitate several events this autumn. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

New Childbirth Education And Baby Care Classes From Birth Boot Camp

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It is no secret that we LOVE teaching Birth Boot Camp childbirth education and newborn care classes, to Cleveland families. Birth Boot Camp is the most comprehensive childbirth education curriculum. It presents modern, evidenced-based information from midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, chiropractors, nutritionists, physical therapists, and a community of perinatal experts. Birth Boot Camp courses are designed for couples planning an informed and empowering pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience. We are thrilled to announce that Birth Boot Camp has just released three new classes, so more families can experience an amazing birth and parenting journey! Here are the new programs available to Cleveland families:

Comprehensive Home Birth Series
The Birth Boot Camp Out-Of-Hospital Childbirth Education program is designed, specifically for families planning to have their baby at a freestanding birth center or at home. This 4-session course covers anatomy and physiology of labor, normal variations of labor and birth, natural pain relief strategies, comfort measure techniques, and discusses the practice of mindfulness with relaxation and visualization exercises. Couples leave this course feeling exceptionally confident, excited, and prepared for their transformative birth center or home birth experience! 4, 2-hour sessions. Preview the Out-of-Hospital curriculum.

Nutrition and Exercise Program
This Food and Fitness workshop provides a rich foundation, so expectant mothers can remain healthy and strong during the entire childbearing year. This program offers exceptional nutritional information, discusses pelvic floor health, presents beneficial prenatal and postpartum exercises, introduces chiropractic, answers several first trimester ‘FAQs’, and presents the concept of mindfulness and relaxation. You will leave this program with a greater sense of self-reliance, as you journey to achieve optimal wellness for both you and baby. 3 hours.  Preview the Food and Fitness workbook.

Holistic Newborn Care Workshop
This class, aptly named ‘Homecoming’, is an amazing manual to parenthood! This course discusses routine newborn tests and procedures, infant characteristics, normal newborn behaviors, baby comfort and soothing techniques, safe sleep practices, breastfeeding, babywearing, and infant grooming. In addition to the Homecoming manual, students also receive a 3.5 hour breastfeeding masterclass download, taught by an esteemed IBCLC. You will leave this training excited, confident, and prepared to meet and care for your sweet newborn. 4 hours. Preview the Homecoming course.

You can take Birth Boot Camp classes in a group setting, as a private class, or online! We are currently teaching Birth Boot Camp classes at Circle of Life Birth Services, in Lakewood and at Mother Rising Women’s Studio, in Chardon. We are also happy to offer families private in-home instruction. View our full class listings and schedule HERE!

We are so excited about these new classes! Please enjoy this FREE Pregnancy Nutrition ebook, courtesy of Birth Boot Camp. Additionally, we welcome you to join our FREE Facebook community, Cleveland Holistic Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting. This is a great community for families and professionals interested in a variety of natural birth and parenting topics. We are also very excited to facilitate several events, in the Cleveland area, this autumn. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

If you are a wellness professional, interested in hosting Birth Boot Camp classes at your practice, please contact us.

What Is A Postpartum Doula?

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Short answer; a postpartum doula is a cross between your mythical, awesomely helpful mother-in-law, and an expert baby whisperer! But seriously, a postpartum doula is a trained parenting, infant, and postnatal support professional. She provides education and assistance to families during the newborn period. This type of postpartum practitioner has a wealth of specialized experience and education, to help you adjust to parenthood. Think of a postpartum doula as your personalized parenting coach. Her goal is to help your family learn about normal newborn behavior, baby care techniques, infant sleep, postnatal recovery, breast and infant feeding techniques. There are really two avenues of support, a postpartum doula will provide. In the most traditional sense, a postpartum doula will help with a family-centered approach, or she can care for a growing family, by providing infant-focused care.

With a family-centered approach, a postpartum doula can guide, educate, and assist you through the parenting process. She may help you learn how to breastfeed with ease and confidence, answer questions you may have about feeding, diapering, bathing, grooming, and calming baby, and assist you with babywearing tips and techniques. Additionally, she may help you with meal planning and preparation, household organization, and give you access to trusted parenting and infant resources and referrals.  

A postpartum doula can also help your family with infant-focused care. Within this framework, your doula serves as a newborn specialist. She will be attentive to all of your baby’s needs, so you can properly rest and recover, after birth. Infant-focused care is particularly helpful to parents who are wanting assistance during the evening and overnight hours. Your postpartum doula will provide dedicated newborn care, so you can have the most restorative sleep, knowing a skilled professional is attending to all of your baby’s desires.

If you want personalized support, guidance, and resources to help you make the best decisions for your new family, consider hiring a postpartum doula! To learn more about how a postpartum doula provides practical support to families during the transition to parenthood, read this article.  Also check out The Relievery’s practitioner resource directory, or Doula Match, to find a postpartum professional in your area.

*This post was first published on THE RELIEVERY*

The Nurturing Root is honored to support and educate Northeast Ohio families. We provide Birth Boot Camp childbirth education, holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation services, and family-centered postpartum doula support. If you are looking to have a healthy pregnancy, amazing birth, and gentle postpartum recovery experience, contact us! We also welcome you to join our FREE Facebook community, Cleveland Holistic Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting. This is a great space for families and professionals interested in a variety of natural birth and parenting topics

 

 

Maryland Court Delivers A Hostile Ruling To Breastfeeding Mother

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A breastfeeding mother in Maryland is fighting a magistrate’s order allowing the father of their infant, the right to feed the exclusively breastfed baby formula, during overnight visits.

Amber Brown and Corey Lewis, residents of Charles County Maryland, welcomed a baby boy in February 2017, but separated shortly after their child’s birth. During a custody hearing in July, Monise Brown, a county magistrate facilitated a disagreement between Ms. Brown and Mr. Lewis’ beliefs regarding how to feed their baby during overnight visitations. The baby’s mother was exclusively breastfeeding her infant, and was not able to express enough breastmilk to send with the baby for overnight visits, with the father. Mr. Lewis insisted that he should be allowed overnight visits, and has the right to feed his baby formula during that time.

Magistrate Brown agreed with the father, stating “breast-feeding is not a reason to prevent [Lewis’s] visitation, and that insisting on breast-feeding would be considered deliberate alienation of [Lewis],” according to Ms. Brown’s attorney.

The mother filed a request for exception, providing a note from her son’s pediatrician stating the baby could not tolerate formula. At a follow-up hearing, in August, a second court official, Magistrate Mitsy Metzgar, agreed with the initial recommendation, forcing the Mother to comply with the overnight visitation ruling, that includes allowing the father the right to feed his exclusively breastfed infant, formula. Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization strongly recommend infants be fed only breastmilk for the first six months of life, and Maryland law protects and states a vested interest in the infant and mother nursing relationship, as a basis to promote family values and public acceptance of breastfeeding, two court magistrates support detrimental recommendations for this mother-baby dyad.

This insulting arrangement in the custody ruling, comes at a very ironic time. Throughout the month of August, several organizations and coalitions spotlight breastfeeding with National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week, and Black Breastfeeding Week. Huge efforts are made to highlight and celebrate the importance of increasing a collaborative effort to generate a breastfeeding-friendly landscape. It appears that our culture and courts have quite a bit of remedial work to do, if they want to support and honor breastfeeding mothers, babies, and families!

The Nurturing Root proudly supports breastfeeding mothers. The health of our families, communities, institutions, and societies, are inextricably linked to our commitment to honoring breastfeeding mothers and babies.