Breastfeeding, Birth, and Babywearing Art

Last week, my husband and I came home from a week-long visit to New York City.  It was fantastic.  We walked for miles every day.  We saw the Counting Crows. We rode on a boat and got to see Ellis Island, where quite of few of my ancestors stopped when they first immigrated to this country.  We also went to the requisite museums.  One day that was supposed to be rainy, we visited the American Museum of Natural History.  If you have ever seen this movie, you’re familiar.  I, for one, found the dead, stuffed animals to be quite boring and immensely creepy.  But as we started to walk through some of the cultural exhibits, I stumbled upon this:amnh-baby-stuff-001.jpg

It was amazing!  And just like that, our day at the museum turned into a hunt for anything birth, breastfeeding, or baby related.  So I found quite a few items, some from Africa, some from South America, some from Native Americans.  Now, please realize that a) I’m not a photographer, b) everything is behind glass and c) lighting in the entire museum is kept really low to preserve all of their items. Some of my pictures are just not perfect.  But here’s what I found (click for larger image):

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Later in the visit, we visited the famous 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  After out NBC Studio Tour, we were headed out of the building through the magnificent lobby, when I spied this:

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There, in the middle this building, was a mom clearly breastfeeding her child.  It’s amazing nobody has made her cover up after all of these years.

What do you think?  Cool?  Weird?  Awesome?  Share your thoughts below!

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

June Newsletter

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Dancing For Birth(TM) Classes

  • We at BabyLove are excited to announce that, on Monday June 4th, we will begin to regularly offer Dancing For Birth ™ prenatal and postpartum fitness classes! These classes are an excellent way to get in shape before or after your baby, and they incorporate dance movements from around the world that are specifically designed for pregnant women or moms wearing their babies in a sling or wrap.

    The majority of the time during these 90 minute classes is spent dancing, but unlike other fitness classes, there is a good amount of time spent getting to know one another and building a community of women, as well as practicing different stretches and relaxations for your daily life.

    Through the movements in Dancing For Birth ™ classes, you will become more comfortable with your amazing pregnant and postpartum body and learn ways to alleviate your discomforts while boosting self-confidence.

    Many women find that when they are upright and active during their birth, their births are more enjoyable, and these classes will give you just what you need to make the most of being active. Dancing For Birth ™  classes provide a gentle, but extremely effective and fun, workout. No experience is needed to participate! Please go here for information on pricing and registration. 

Fall/ Winter Schedule is Up!

  • As we start another Minnesota summer, we found ourselves thinking ahead into the fall and winter. We know many families are beginning to share the news of new little ones due around that time, and we thought it would be important to have our class schedule up through the end of the year so when parents begin their search for prenatal classes, they can easily find an excellent class series appropriate for their due month.
    All of our classes are schedule through the end of the year, so if you’re interested in any of our excellent classes, be sure to visit our website for upcoming dates!

BabyLove in the News

  •  On May 22nd we were excited to have an excellent piece about BabyLove air on WCCO. Reporter Natalie Kane came to one of our Baby Cafes and interviewed Veronica to get a better feel about the services we offer at BabyLove. They also interviewed a mom who took classes at BabyLove, and she shared some insight on how they helped her transition to parenthood.

    There were some lovely shots of our studio, and lots of mamas and babies got to be on TV! If you’d like to watch this 3 minute piece please visit WCCO’s website.

    In the June 10th edition of the Pioneer Press BabyLove will have a profile written up on the back page of the business section. This piece will include information about how BabyLove started, our vision and offerings, and even a couple of pictures! Be sure to keep an eye out on June 10th for the article, and let us know what you think!

St. Francis Baby Fair

  • On Saturday June 16th, from 9am-1pm, the St. Francis Women’s Health Center is presenting a free baby fair! There are numerous activities and vendors, care providers presenting, and even free lunch!

    BabyLove is excited to be a part of this amazing resource for parents all over the Metro. Veronica and Brittany will be at the fair all day to answer any questions, and talk with you more. We will have some fun activities and giveaways, so be sure to stop by our table!

    Some other fun activities to be aware of are the Minnesota Zoomobile presentation, free massage or healing touch, live music, door prizes, and face painting. It’s a fun way to spend the day with your family, and to get the chance to meet some excellent care providers in our area.

    The fair will be held at the Shakopee High School, 100 17th Avenue West Shakopee, MN 55379.  For more information visit www.stfrancis-shakopee.com, or email Sarah.Hallman@allina.com.

What Parents are Saying About Our Classes

  • So, what do people really think about classes at BabyLove?  Well…

    “I liked the openness of the instructors to talk about all aspects of birth and delivery”

    “It was great to have tome to discuss fears/ questions”

    “All topics were touched on and very informative.  The information was presented in an easy, uncomplicated manner, making me feel empowered and not belittled.”

    “This was a great review for me—much more useful than I expected.  Great to review the basics which I didn’t realize I had forgotten, i.e. stages of labor. Great to spend so much time on postpartum, baby care, baby appearance—I feel like nobody talks about these things and they come as a big surprise.”

    “I liked the instructor.”

Baby Cafe Changes Names, Now Mama Cafe

  • When we first were in the planning stages of BabyLove, we picked Baby Café as the name of our nursing mothers’ support group.  It was short, to the point, and had a nice sound to it.  It turns out that the Baby Café name is has been trademarked in the UK and is controlled by The Baby Café Charitable Trust, headquarted in London.   In the spirit of staying independent, we have chosen to rename out support group to Mama Café.   What we do is helping mothers, not just with breastfeeding questions, but with the myriad of issues that come up as new mothers.  While the licensed and trademarked Baby Café model absolutely is a good one, we prefer to keep our model for the time being.  The name will be changed online immediately, and our printed material will gradually be changed over as new items are printed.  If you have any questions about this decision, please let us know!

New Lamaze Website, Campaign Launched

  • On May 22nd, Lamaze International launched a new website for parents, www.Lamaze.org.  They now have a separate website for childbirth educators and members, www.LamazeInternational.org. The new website coincides with the launch of a new campaign, called “Push for your Baby”.   From the Lamaze website: “The goal of this campaign is to encourage women to advocate for better care for their babies and themselves.  With the right education and information, they have the opportunity to be active in their care. “  There are videos and handouts for parents on the website that support this campaign.  As educators, we’ve always had this as our goal for the families we work with, and the campaign will hopefully help promote the idea that all parents should take classes, with the goal of having the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. 

Great Cloth Diaper Change Update

  • It’s official!  The Great Cloth Diaper Change, held this year on April 21st, has been certified by the Guiness Book of World records for the most cloth diapers changed at one time.  The total number of certified changes ended up being 8,251.  This was 3,225 more changes than last year!  In total, 189 sites qualified. 

    We had fun meeting families, seeing the babies, and talking with the other sponsors.  What amazed us the most was how well all the babies did during the actual diaper change.  Though we would have expected lots of crying, the babies all did really well!  We truly enjoyed being a part of the event at Peapods this year, and look forward to helping break records at Great Cloth Diaper Changes in the future!

     

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.