Upcoming Childbirth Education Classes

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Autumn is a time of fruitful abundance! The Nurturing Root is excited to host several childbirth education classes this October and November. Please join us!

It is no secret that we LOVE to support and educate expectant and new Cleveland families! We offer an amazing array of Birth Boot Camp childbirth education classes, newborn care workshops, and community-based events to help couples plan their ideal birth and parenting experience. We invite you to learn more about our upcoming childbirth education classes.

FREE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm at She COLLECTIVE in Lakewood

Pregnancy is a transformative time in a person’s life. But this abundant experience is often filled with many questions. Please join us for an engaging, community-based childbirth education workshop, designed to help you understand your options during pregnancy and birth. We will discuss important steps you should take to prepare for your birth, including finding a provider and birth place, caring for your body and mind, your choices in childbirth, educating yourself and your partner, and finding a support network. You will also gain insight on how to evaluate, prevent, and heal Diastasis Recti, and learn several functional exercises to help keep your body healthy and strong throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum recovery period. You will leave this mini workshop with tangible information, resources, and tips to help you confidently navigate pregnancy and birth. Making time to tend to the mind, body, and spirit, as you prepare to welcome your baby, is so important! Please join us for this fun childbirth education workshop. Tickets are free, but we ask that you pre-register for this program. If you are expecting a baby, planning a pregnancy, or are a holistic wellness professional looking to connect, we would love to see you at this awesome event! This workshop is co-facilitated by The Nurturing Root and BIRTHFIT Cleveland.

We are thrilled to present this program at She COLLECTIVE’s lovely new space in Lakewood! She Collective is a meeting place for women and girls to learn about themselves in new ways, so they become the presiding geniuses of their own bodies! She COLLECTIVE was founded by Samantha Walters, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, doula, and sexual health educator. Learn more about She COLLECTIVE!

NATURAL PAIN RELIEF STRATEGIES FOR LABOR WORKSHOP 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm at Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center in Beachwood. ($50 per couple)

This workshop is designed for couples that want to know more about how natural pain relief options and labor comfort measures can help them confidently navigate birth! Maybe you are looking to have a natural birth experience? Or perhaps, you plan on getting that epidural as soon as you get to the hospital! No matter what your ideal birth looks like, the majority of families will benefit from learning about natural pain relief options!

During this hands-on class, we explore valuable tools and techniques that can help mom AND her birth partner stay relaxed, comfortable, and positive during labor. We will also address a variety of labor positions and their benefits. Birth partners will leave this class with a deep understanding about how touch and intimacy can impact a person in labor. We will conclude this class with a discussion on the importance of relaxation in labor, and a guided visualization exercise. Partners will approach their baby’s due date with confidence, knowing how to support mom throughout labor and birth. We highly encourage expectant persons to attend with their partner, husband, wife, or other birth support person, but individuals will also benefit from this workshop.

We are thrilled to facilitate this workshop at Partners To Empowerment Wellness Center, in Beachwood. The Partners To Empowerment studio features a wonderfully serene and nurturing space and offers a variety of holistic services for the mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about Partners To Empowerment Wellness Center.

HOLISTIC NEWBORN CARE WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lyndhurst. ($75 per couple)

The Holistic Newborn Care Workshop will help you welcome your baby home, with confidence! We are thrilled to offer Cleveland families the very best childbirth education and parenting classes. BIRTH BOOT CAMP is thoughtfully designed for couples planning an empowering pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience! This holistic newborn care workshop, aptly named ‘Homecoming’, is your amazing manual to parenthood! This workshop includes a thoughtfully designed, comprehensive workbook, nearly 4 hours of in-person instruction, a 3.5 hour breastfeeding masterclass download, taught by an esteemed IBCLC, and healthy, light refreshments. Parents leave this training excited, confident, and prepared to meet and care for their sweet newborn.

You will LOVE this Birth Boot Camp class + leave confidently knowing:

  • All about common newborn tests + procedures
  • Normal newborn behaviors + infant characteristics
  • How to comfort + soothe baby
  • Infant sleep habits + safe sleep practices
  • Baby-wearing options and techniques
  • Postpartum planning and recovery strategies
  • How chiropractic care supports mother + baby
  • Essential breastfeeding information + resources

We are thrilled to facilitate this workshop at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lyndhurst. Drs. Valerie and LaMar Hunter have a wonderful, family-centered chiropractic practice, and are thrilled to serve men, women, and children. They have a wealth of experience, are Webster Technique certified, and are exceptionally passionate about caring for the whole person. Learn more about Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

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 person, 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 so very excited to facilitate these awesome events this Autumn! Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

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.

A New Podcast Is Delivering Strength To The Cleveland Birth Community

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Expectant and young families in Cleveland now have access to a fresh new resource for pregnancy and birth! Delivering Strength is a Cleveland-based podcast that addresses a variety of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum health topics. Delivering Strength is co-created by Dr. Candace Gesicki, a chiropractor practicing in Independence, Ohio, and Anna Marie Murphy, a marketing professional, new mother, and holistic health aficionado, living in University Heights, Ohio. Dr. Candace and Anna Marie are thrilled about the opportunity to give mothers and families resources and support, so they can have an informed and empowered pregnancy, birth, and parenting experience. Delivering Strength’s mission is to educate and empower women to become their own biggest health advocates! The podcast format includes interviews with a variety of local birth and wellness professionals and experts, and explores topics and resources important to the overall health of Northeast Ohio women and families.

The release of the Delivering Strength podcast comes at a very special time for both Dr. Candace and Anna Marie. In addition to being a chiropractor, certified in the Webster Technique, specializing in prenatal and postpartum health, Dr. Candace, is a regional director with BirthFit, a fitness-based wellness and education program for expectant and new mothers, and is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, offering acupuncture services. She is also expecting her first child in late 2017! Anna Marie’s desire to support the birth community with this podcast, was bore from her somewhat challenging journey to motherhood. Frustrated with the lack of support, concern, and resources from her obstetrician and family doctor, Anna Marie researched more integrative approaches to assist her with fertility challenges. Anna Marie intimately understands the difficulties families endure looking for support outside the scope of mainstream medicine. Thankfully, her intuition, research, and resolve paid off, big time. Anna Marie welcomed her first child earlier this year. Anna Marie and Dr. Candace’s dedication to achieving optimal wellness and supporting the birth community brought them together to create Delivering Strength.  We are so grateful to them both, for this amazing new resource!

The Delivering Strength podcast has released four episodes, as of August 2017. Listeners have the opportunity to learn more about Delivering Strength’s mission and its co-creator’s wellness journeys, hear a great pregnancy and birth story about an unmedicated hospital birth overseen by the Midwives at Lake West Hospital, and learn about postpartum thyroid concerns with Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich, an Akron-based Naturopathic Doctor. Additionally, hear all about building the most supportive and encouraging birth team. The episode we recorded with Delivering Strength, is dedicated to providing resources, facts, and information about how crucial it is to surround yourself with the best birth team. Listen to the episode featuring Alayna Spratley, Ohio Director of The Nurturing Root, here! The Delivering Strength podcast is a wonderful resource for expectant and new parents looking for a community of birth support in greater Cleveland. You can listen to all of the episodes from the Delivering Strength podcast, here.

The Nurturing Root is delivering strength to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio families with a thoughtful array of holistic pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support services. We help couples on their journey to parenthood with natural childbirth education and parenting classes, in-home placenta encapsulation services, and postpartum doula and infant care. The Nurturing Root is honored to support and educate the Cleveland birth community. Please contact us for more information!

How We Are Improving Birth For Cleveland Families

The Nurturing Root Rally to Support Improving Birth Chardon Ohio

Improving Birth is a non-profit coalition of organizations that advocates for evidence-based care, and the right for women to make informed decisions in childbirth! We are proud to share Improving Birth’s mission, which is to inform, support, engage, and empower families and community members, with strategic tools, to improve our cultural and institutional birth climate. Here are three ways, The Nurturing Root is Improving Birth for Cleveland families.

We are Improving Birth by giving families access to evidenced-based childbirth education!
It is an honor to serve Cleveland families with our extensive offering of childbirth education workshops. We teach a variety of Birth Boot Camp childbirth education courses. This curriculum is largely based on the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, which was written by Improving Birth, as part of, The Consensus Initiative From The Coalition For Improving Maternity Services. Our childbirth classes are intended to educate and empower families with facts, resources, and support, so they can truly make informed decisions for their pregnancy and birth. We offer classes to help couples have an amazing hospital birth, training to prepare families for their empowering home birth experience, and comfort measures workshops, to give pregnant couples tools and techniques, so they can stay positive and enjoy their labor.

We are Improving Birth by advocating for expectant families!
We absolutely love serving pregnant and new Cleveland families by providing doula support. We are an advocate for you and your birthing wishes! We provide encouragement, support, practical assistance, and information during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Our purpose is to support your desires and expectations in childbirth.

We are Improving Birth by providing access to trusted community resources!
There are several organizations and services supporting pregnant and new families in Northeast Ohio. As active and engaged members in various Cleveland area pregnancy, birth, and parenting communities, we are happy to offer referrals and recommendations to providers that are also Improving Birth for Cleveland families.

Please join The Nurturing Root, on Labor Day, at the Improving Birth Rally in Chardon, Ohio. We are tremendously thankful for Shauna Rich and Danielle Breach, co-owners of Mother Rising Women’s Studio, for organizing the Improving Birth Rally. It is with great excitement, that we support and participate in this empowering event.

If you would like more information about how The Nurturing Root can help your family throughout the childbearing year, with childbirth education classes, doula care, and placenta encapsulation services, please contact us here!

New Mothers Are Choosing Placenta Encapsulation To Help Them Breastfeed

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A growing number of mothers are choosing to consume their placenta, in order to have greater breastfeeding success.

August is National Breastfeeding Month, a time that highlights the importance of increasing a collaborative effort to support a breastfeeding-friendly landscape. A growing community of mothers are turning to alternative practices like placenta encapsulation, to help them establish and meet their breastfeeding goals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control Breastfeeding Report Card, 70% of mothers make the attempt to breastfeed their newborns, but at six months of age, only about 15% of babies are being exclusively breastfeed. This number is in stark contrast to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that all babies be exclusively breastfed until six months of life.

There are several medical, physical, emotional, and social hurdles that can affect breastfeeding success rates. Changes to policies, practices, and the ability for new mothers to access breastfeeding support is slowly helping to increase these numbers. Some resourceful mothers are choosing a more controversial route to ensure they have the best breastfeeding experience.

The placenta, the temporary organ, that grows along with the baby and serves as its lifeline until birth, is most often treated as medical waste. But it may be a continued source of support to the Mother, after she gives birth. Through placenta encapsulation, the baby’s placenta is steamed, dehydrated, and pulverized. Then it is made into pills. A new mother can take her capsules as a postpartum wellness supplement. In addition to supporting lactation and increasing milk supply, many mothers report a boost in energy, feeling emotionally well and strong, lessened severity of mood swings, and decreased postpartum bleeding. Here are some of the great experience mothers are reporting:

“I am certain that taking my placenta pills allowed me to recover from my c-section at a much quicker rate, and with no baby blues at all! My milk came in immediately, my energy level was great even after long nights establishing a nursing a schedule. I felt stable and clear headed.” Kristen Sharp

“With my first child, I didn’t produce much milk – had to supplement from day 1 and was only able to produce the little I did for 4 months. I am currently 2 weeks postpartum with my 2nd [child] and feel fantastic using my placenta pills! My milk came in 3 days postpartum and my supply is really good.” – Amanda Lynn

“Not only did this help me immediately postpartum, I took my capsules again 3.5 months postpartum when I was stressed about leaving my daughter for the first time for a work trip. It not only brought a lightness back into my mood, but increased my pumping output so I could add enough to my stash to leave her. I would recommend The Nurturing Root’s services to everyone.” – Michelle Woolschlager

The Nurturing Root has been providing professional placenta encapsulation services, since 2011, helping over 650 mothers have their best postpartum recovery experience. Additionally, The Nurturing Root supports expectant couples with Birth Boot Camp childbirth education classes and family-centered postpartum doula care. If you are interested in learning more about how placenta encapsulation can enhance you postpartum recovery experience, contact The Nurturing Root here!

Three Reasons Families Love In-Home Placenta Encapsulation

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The Nurturing Root has been providing professional placenta encapsulation services to families since 2011, helping over 650 mothers have their best postpartum recovery experience. Placenta encapsulation can improve a mother’s overall postpartum wellness experience, and may help: balance hormones, support lactation and enhance milk supply, replenish essential nutrients, mitigate postpartum bleeding, provide natural pain relief, ease ‘baby blues’, decrease occurence of postpartum mood disorders, and boost energy. To learn more about what hormones, minerals, and vitamins are in the placenta, and why they can help facilitate postpartum healing, take a look here.

So many families choose The Nurturing Root for placenta encapsulation because of our fantastic reputation. We have rigorous standards and practice strict safety and sanitation protocols. One policy that sets us apart, is that we always complete the entire encapsulation process in our clients’ home. Here are three reasons clients want their placenta encapsulated in their own kitchen:

Personalized Postpartum Support
Our families really value the connection we make while completing the encapsulation process in their homes. If interested, we encourage clients and family to observe the process, and welcome any discussion about the preparation method or questions regarding the placenta, birth experience, or the postpartum healing process. Additionally, our placenta encapsulation specialists are also trained postpartum doulas. We truly offer un-matched support to our families during their transition to parenthood. Our clients love that we hold a wealth of experience regarding the postpartum adjustment period. They can ask questions about normal newborn behavior, infant sleep, postnatal recovery, and breastfeeding. The Nurturing Root is happy to offer referrals and recommendations to other providers and community resources, including, chiropractors, massage therapists, support groups, pediatricians, and more. This family-centered support is a key reason our clients enjoy in-home placenta encapsulation.

Our Comprehensive Education and Safety Standards
The Nurturing Root is proud to have trained with both Placenta Benefits and the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts. We have extensive education and credentialing in placenta preparation. We also hold a current food safety certification. This ensures we have working knowledge in food hazards, proper hygiene practices, cleaning and sanitizing processes, and time and temperature controls. Most importantly, we have completed an OSHA compliant bloodborne pathogens training. This training ensures we fully understand the precautionary guidelines and decontamination practices for handling potentially infectious and biologically hazardous materials.

A family’s house holds a special energy and unique microbiome, and we strongly believe that a client’s placenta belongs in her residence. Transporting and processing the placenta outside a client’s home may introduce unfamiliar bacteria or contaminants to the placenta. Since it will be consumed as food, the placenta needs to be handled with discretion, as it is a perishable item. Proper storage at a safe temperature is paramount. It is also critical that all tools and surfaces be properly sanitized before and after the placenta encapsulation process. When we complete the encapsulation process in our client’s home, they can witness our rigorous safety and sanitation protocols for themselves.

The Nurturing Root Complies With Regulations
Currently, placenta encapsulation services are not explicitly regulated in Ohio. Though placenta encapsulation may operate in a bit of a legal ‘gray area’, there are very clear regulations and legislation pertaining to the production and distribution of potentially hazardous foods, and the transportation of human tissues. In Ohio, it is unlawful to prepare meat in an un-inspected, non-commercial kitchen and then sell that product. This is one of the main reasons we complete the entire placenta encapsulation process in our clients’ homes. It is also important to consider that the transportation of potentially infectious biological materials is highly regulated. If a business is transporting human tissue, like a placenta, both the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Transportation require that the company hold a packing and shipping certification and use specific, standardized packing materials and labels for regulated items. This is the main reason why we have our clients transport their own placenta home. It is very clearly out of scope for The Nurturing Root to pick-up a client’s placenta, process it in an unregulated, non-commercial kitchen, and return the placenta capsules to our client. The Nurturing Root is operating with respect to, and in accordance with all applicable laws, and our clients really appreciate this!

The Nurturing Root steadfastly believes that a placenta should only be transported by the family and processed in their home. We implore those interested in hiring a placenta professional, to be quite diligent when researching encapsulation services. It is crucial that families are able to witness the sanitation protocols implemented by their specialist, and know for certain, that the placenta being encapsulated belongs to them, was processed safely, and was not contaminated by another source. We strongly encourage families to read this post, which lists six tips to consider before hiring a placenta encapsulation specialist. The Nurturing Root has encapsulated over 650 placentas, to date, with a 100% safety record and we have received only overwhelmingly positive reviews from our families. We believe in absolute transparency in the encapsulation process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about our philosophy, standards, and protocols.

We want you to have a healthy pregnancy, empowering birth experience, and gentle postpartum recovery. If you want to learn more about placenta encapsulation services and reside in Cleveland or greater Northeast Ohio please contact The Nurturing Root here!