Beyond Birth: The New Normal

Veronica’s note: To help parents understand why the new class that Margaret and Leann are offering at our space is so important, I asked Leann to write a post about the importance of planning for the postpartum period. It’s great food for thought.  Enjoy!

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I clearly recall the day my husband and I brought home our first son, Nathan, from the hospital. We walked through the door, set his car seat down in the kitchen, looked at each other and said, “Now what do we do with him?” It was such an eye-opening moment for us. I had read at least 10 baby and breastfeeding books, had the nursery ready, and all of the shower gifts organized and put in their place. I completely thought I was prepared for this little guy to join our family.

Low and behold two weeks later I’m exhausted from lack of sleep, my husband was returning to work and leaving on a three-day business trip, and my mother was ready and waiting to come “help me” with the baby.

I was a mess! Full of panic, questions, and uncertainty.

Either I ignored all of the warnings from my friends or no one ever told me how hard these first weeks with a baby would be. No one warned me that I wouldn’t be able to set my own schedule with my baby. No one warned me that I would not be able to anticipate the next time I would get a good chunk of sleep. And no one warned me how much worry comes with being a new parent.

This is why I am so passionate about my profession as a postpartum doula. I love babies (who doesn’t?), but what I love even more is being at the side of a new mom and her partner as they navigate their way into parenthood. I live for the moments when I help a new mom through a challenging breastfeeding moment, or answer her list of 20 questions about what is going on with her baby. This transitional period from competent adult to competent parent is so important and so often overlooked. Hence the creation of my business, Tender Transitions.

So, how can you better prepare yourself for when your  baby arrives? Join us at BabyLove for a new class called, Beyond Birth: The New Normal where you will learn the truly important information needed for those first weeks at home with your baby. Taught by me and another incredible postpartum doula, Margaret McKinley Owens of Mothering By Mom, you’ll learn all about what to expect in the postpartum period otherwise known as the Fourth Trimester. Wondering how to ensure successful breastfeeding? Or how about how to make a good swaddle for your baby? And even how to soothe a fussy baby? Yep, it’s all included in this class. Don’t hesitate – sign up now!

In Tender Care,

Leann Latus

CLC, PCD(DONA), Sleep Consultant

http://www.tendertransitionsmn.com

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Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
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.

BabyLove’s Recipe Exchange

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Mama Cafe is funny.  Some days, we end up helping moms with lots and lots of breastfeeding issues.  And then some days, like last week, we end up talking about other stuff. Last week, we did some recipe swapping.  Here’s a small handful of what we are feeding our families and LOVING.

1) Roasted Chickpeas

This is a huge favorite at Brittany’s house.  And the recipe is awesome, because it’s so adaptable. You can switch out the seasoning to suit your own taste.  And add some quinoa or couscous and a salad and you have a very healthy, very inexpensive dinner!

2) Zuppa Toscana 

When our CSA share was rockin’ and rollin’, this soup was a lifesaver AND a favorite at both of our houses.  We omit the cream, making it far healthier.  Kale certainly is a superfood, but swiss chard works well.  Other substitutions we’ve made is to use normal (not Italian) pork sausage and using Broccoli leaves instead of the kale. Mmm….soup.

3) Roasted quinoa and potatoes

So simple. So flexible.  So yummy.  If you’re trying to add more veggies to your diet, a Mark Bittman cookbook is a must. This recipe is amazing.   Neither one of us have ever made it the same way twice.  We’ve added broccoli, asparagus, turnips, mushrooms– whatever we have on hand– in addition to or instead of the peppers.  For cheese, chevre makes another amazing option. And since it’s full of protein and veggies, it’s a complete meal.

4) Consumer Report‘s hummus

If you are doing baby-led solids (which we do recommend), hummus can be a great way to add interest and nutrition to your little eater’s diet. And truthfully, this recipe is far yummier than almost anything you can buy…and cheaper.

Hopefully you like these! If you have any recipes to add, please share in the comments below!

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
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.

Ask the Educators: October 18th

Yes, another week, and we have a new vlog entry!  We answer questions about what makes a class a Lamaze class, and we talk about what mom needs to eat when she is breastfeeding.  As always, if you have questions that we can answer for you, email us at info@babylovemn.com!

Thanks, and see you next week!

Warmly,

Veronica and Brittany

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
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.

BabyLove’s “Ask the Educator” for 10/11/12

We managed to do another one this week!  Preparation for the Birth and Baby Expo is keeping us Cah-RAZY busy, so we had to shoot this week’s video in Veronica’s kitchen.  Eli makes another cameo today too.  Today we answer questions on attending class even when one partner has a child from a previous relationship and give you the lowdown on sushi and coffee while breastfeeding.  As always, email us with any questions you want us to answer!

Oh, And we REALLY want to see you on Sunday from 2-4pm at our 1+1 Birthday Party!

Enjoy!

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
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.

BabyLove’s “Ask the Educator” for 10/3/12

We are trying something new at BabyLove! We’re going to answer your questions every week here at “Ask the Educators”.  This week we talk about why we don’t have different classes based on place of birth and why a stuffy nose during pregnancy is normal and things you can do to help. Check it out!

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
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.