Cloth Diaper Drive Update

Hey! I just wanted to have an update on the cloth diaper drive. Check it out. It’s short and I’m talking really fast.

Like I say in the video: WE NEED MORE DONATIONS! If you’re out and about, here again are the donation locations:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every donation!

Warmly,

Veronica

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.

New Class Spotlight | Ready For Birth: Self-Study and Classroom Combo

Joining the two other Ready for Birth class formats is a brand new option: the Ready for Birth: Self-study and Classroom Combo.  This class utilizes the “flipped classroom” approach, so families who register will get a specially designed, exclusive-to-BabyLove series of lessons (including online resources and videos) to work through on their own at home, and then will attend a 3 hour in-class portion to answer questions and practice hands-on skills.

I first learned about this option at the Lamaze International Conference in New Orleans.  I’ve always been a little hesitant when it comes to online options, because one of the things I think parents who choose to forego traditional childbirth classes lose along the way is the ability to ask questions outside of the prenatal visits.  Let’s face it– it’s hard to remember to ask those questions when you’re sitting there, and even harder if your doctor or midwife only spends 5 minutes with you. But I do get that there are very motivated parents who do want to learn more on their own time and spend less time sitting through a lecture in a classroom.

The “Flipped Classroom” allows for families to learn the information at home, on their own time, and then to spend the classroom time asking questions and working on hands-on activities. I’m excited to give families the chance to learn on their own time BUT still get a chance to talk about concerns, do hands-on activities, and bring them together with other families to know that they all face similar concerns.  Parents who sign up will be sent lessons, a workbook, and get access to online content. During the online registration,  they will pick a Saturday afternoon session to attend for the classroom portion of the class.

A few caveats:  This is not for families who won’t commit to doing the work on their own. It’s super important to make sure all of the lessons are fully completed before coming to class so that that the class time isn’t spent going over material that was to be covered at home.  Also, as a “Ready For Birth” class, it does not cover baby care or breastfeeding, and families are STRONGLY encouraged to take these classes as well.

I’m looking forward to offering this class!  Have any questions? Comments?  Leave them below!

Warmly,

Veronica

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 Holiday Cloth Diaper Drive!

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BabyLove’s Holiday Cloth Diaper Drive

This year’s holiday collection drive will focus on collecting cloth diapers.  You might have heard recently on the news about a study that found that, as a result of poverty, some families end up resorting to desperate measures, such as reusing dirty disposable diapers.  This year, I want to only focus on collecting gently-love cloth diapers, with all donations going to the local host site of the Cotton Babies Share the Love program.  BabyLove has been a drop off site year-round for this program, and hopefully this year, with your help, even more families can benefit from your generosity of cloth diapers.

As in years past, BabyLove will not be directly distributing collected items to families.  Instead, the local Share the Love coordinators will handle the applications.

Check back here as donation locations get added, and feel free to email at info@babylovemn.com for questions. All donations will be collected from the drop-off sites by December 22nd, 2013.

Drop off locations:

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.

Class Spotlight| Ready For Birth: Express Childbirth Class

One of the realizations I came to while in New Orleans is that parents really do need a one day option for prenatal education.  The Weekend Lamaze Series has been the compromise between time and content, but the reality is that it won’t work for everyone.  The (now defunct) Condensed Childbirth Prep was another compromise, but the feedback was that the Friday evening/ Saturday day combo just didn’t work for most families.  Thus, the Ready For Birth: Express Childbirth Class was born.

I’ve taught an express class when I taught in the hospitals.  There’s a weird thrill to get through all of the information in one day, and it requires more creativity to keep families from nodding off somewhere around 2pm.  While the pace does create challenges for retention of information, it’s still better than not attending classes at all.

What you WILL notice, though, is that the class will have at it’s heart a positive, interactive tone with the focus on helping each family calm fears and answer questions with the most up to date information available.

The Ready for Birth: Express Childbirth Class will be held on a Saturday, every other month, run from 9am-5pm with a one hour lunch break.  During class, we will cover:

  • Healthy pregnancy
  • The start and process of labor and birth
  • Informed choice
  • Labor interventions, including induction, pain medications, and cesareans
  • Hands on practice of comfort measures and relaxation techniques
  • Postpartum
  • Breastfeeding Basics

It’s the ideal class for families who don’t know where to start about all of the choices they’ll need to make about birth, and it’s also a great refresher class.  Because baby care and breastfeeding will not be covered in the Ready for Birth classes, it’s best to also take the Ready for Baby: Newborn Basics (coming to the schedule soon!) and Better Breastfeeding classes, too.  Finally, if you want even more practice for a med-free birth, then you can also attend the Labor Skills Intensive Workshop.

The very first class is coming up December 7th, so if you JUST realized you need to take a class– sign up now!!! There’s still time to get ready for your baby.

Warmly,

Veronica

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.

New Class Spotlight: Planned Cesarean Preparation

If you missed last week’s newsletter, you might not have known that 7 new classes at BabyLove were announced, with two more to come in the next few weeks.  I want to take the time to highlight one new class that I’m really excited about:  The new Planned Cesarean Preparation class.

Last month while I was in New Orleans at the Lamaze conference, one of the sessions I attended was by Sharon Muza on a class for Cesareans.  Mothers who are having a planned cesarean are often ignored by educators, because the common misconception is that there’s nothing to learn.  One of the things that was pointed out at the conference is that there’s still quite a few things that would be helpful for moms having planned cesareans for medical reasons should know– how to have a safe pregnancy, what the process of having a cesarean section looks like, some options to talk to their doctors about, planning for postpartum, and breastfeeding basics, among other things.  While some of the possible activities were being demonstrated at the conference, I ended up getting chills at one point.

Moms having cesareans still deserve education, support, and a safe space to process the journey they are about to go on.

Thus, the Planned Cesarean Preparation class at BabyLove was born (pun intended).  Just like every other class I teach, this class will be focused on telling families what their options ARE, not telling them what to DO.  It’ll be filled with interactive activities, lots of time for questions and discussions, and hopefully help families plan for a better beginning.  To give enough time to cover these other aspects of pregnancy and birth, the class will be two nights from 6:30-9pm.

I will continue to offer the Birth Choices After Cesarean class as a private class, and welcome VBAC mamas in all of my birth classes at BabyLove.  All moms deserve good education support.  All of them.

Check out the schedule for the Planned Cesarean Preparation class and register for the first class that starts Thursday, December 5th.  The total cost is $65 per family.

I’m looking forward to teaching this class!

Warmly,

Veronica

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.

A Sad Announcement

It is with a very heavy heart that I must post the following:

It has been my honor and joy to connect with so many families in the past two years through my work at BabyLove. Due to personal and family reasons, I have decided to step out of my position as co-owner and educator at BabyLove. I will greatly miss the many families I have been blessed to know and support through BabyLove, but I know that Veronica will continue to provide the utmost care in education and support for families during their childbearing year. I hope that BabyLove will continue to be a source of trusted support and advice for many years to come, and enjoy knowing that I have played a part in creating such a space.
With much love and gratitude,
Brittany

I am thankful for having worked alongside Brittany for almost 3 years.  I am saddened by the loss of her enthusiasm and expertise, but I respect her decision to move on. Her departure will affect some of the operations at BabyLove, but classes and services will largely continue, as noted in yesterday’s newsletter.  There will be no more Dancing For Birth classes at BabyLove, and next week’s Early Potty Training class will be the final class at BabyLove.  Also, the Baby Care: The First Year class is being replaced by a completely new class.  However, all of the classes will be covered and will continue to support the mission of promoting healthy outcomes for families.

Please know that I will still be here, and please be assured that new things are in the works to continue to provide great classes and support to families in the community.  Should you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at veronica@babylovemn.com.

Thank you for all of your support of BabyLove over the last two years, and I am hopeful about the next stage.

Warmly,

Veronica

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.

The Best Trick to Heal Sore Nipples…Ever

 

No...the answer isn't to fill these with vodka and drink.
No…the answer isn’t to fill these with vodka and drink.

For years, I’ve been telling parents that evidence shows that warm water soaks are the most effective way to treat sore, cracked, and bleeding nipples. The water promotes healing and healthy tissue. I had been telling parents to use bowls of water or a deep tub to accomplish these soaks.

Two new parents revealed the BRILLIANT trick they stumbled across while talking to me this morning after Mama Cafe.  They had been tipped off by a friend.  So, it’s not MY idea, but you need to know about it.The secret to easier nipple soaking?  Shot glasses.

Fill the shot glasses with warm water.  Then lean forward, positioning your nipples so they rest inside the shot glasses. Firmly (but not too firmly) hold the glasses against your breasts, and sit up. The gentle pressure should keep the water from leaking out while you hold them.  You will still have to hold the glasses, but at least the water is right where it needs to be. Soak for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day.

You’re welcome. And thanks again, Maggie and Chris.

Learning about breastfeeding before your baby is born can truly be one of the best ways to prevent so many breastfeeding problems. BabyLove offers an updated, evidence- based class that makes breastfeeding makes sense.  Find out more about the Better Breastfeeding class and register.

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.

The Thursday Round Up

I’m trying something new this week. I’ve been keeping my out for the most interesting blog posts, articles, and studies that came across my news feed this past week. I’m going to try to do this every week.  We will see how it goes.

First, if you didn’t hear about it yet, ACOG has now changed the definition of “full term” to 39 weeks. Here is the MPR story on the change.  Of course, some of us are highly skeptical of the change. Over on Time.com, economist Emily Oster wonders what kind of unforeseen consequences we will have from these new definitions.

And did you hear about the “study” (Yes, editorial right to place study in quotes. Imagine me doing air quotes for full effect.) that found that shared breastmilk was tainted? No?  Read about it first in the write up on it in the New York Times. Once you get over the shock and the horror, read the educated and informed editorial on it from the blog for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

I caught this blurb about bottle feeding and stomach obstruction. It makes sense.

And don’t read the Slate article on car seats.  I’m not going to even link to it. It’s not accurate, and I don’t care what the author says about anything. Nothing is worth putting your child’s life a risk.

That’s what I have today. If you found anything good from the last 7 days that I missed, share in the comment section below!

Warmly,

Veronica

 

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.

Lamaze International Conference Part 1

The weekend of October 11th, I missed the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo and spent my weekend instead in New Orleans.  The 2013 Lamaze International conference was being held in the Big Easy, and I was slated to present one of the concurrent sessions on Saturday.  I’ll admit, it was a little nerve-wracking to put the presentation together, as I had spent all summer working on the paperwork to get nursing CEUs approved for the course, and they wanted a PowerPoint presentation and I NEVER use PowerPoints in class, with the exception of the Cloth Diaper class. The flight there was also a little stressful; it turned out that I had waited too long and my only option got me to NOLA just over an hour before the opening speaker. Oh, and I had a ridiculously short layover in Atlanta.

The good news was that my 4am cab showed up right on time, and my cab driver was fun to talk to.  I guess that’s what happens when you find your cab driver via twitter and she’s as geeky about social media as you are. But it was 4am and now I forget some of her good tips I should use.  I had plenty of time to get to my gate, which was good because I was NERVOUS about the flight. But I was able to get a good nap on the plane, polished up my presentation, and even managed to catch up on my podcasts.  I made my connecting flight in time, got into New Orleans just 10 minutes behind schedule, found the shuttle bus and snagged the last seat. It turned out the woman next to me was also going to the conference, so we chatted about what we were seeing with our classes in our communities, which ended up being what I did a large part of the weekend.

Dr. Waldman talks about his work with midwives in New York
Dr. Waldman talks about his work with midwives in New York

I got to the hotel 10 minutes before it was set to start. PHEW!  I grabbed a seat, and settled in.  The first speaker was the former president of ACOG, and he was talking about professional collaboration.  Or something. I don’t know if he just didn’t have a good point or if I was too tired, but I was let down. After he finished, I took the brief break time to check into the hotel, find and meet my kind roommate, and figure out where I was going next.

The first concurrent session I attended was on using social media to reach parents, and it turned out I knew most of what she had to say. I did learn a couple of new tricks, such as how to create memes, and my notes do have some good ideas, so that was helpful.

My first meme. Not too shabby!
My first meme. Not too shabby!

After that session, we had a networking social hour, where we had a couple of drinks and yummy local hors d’oeuvres.  My favorite was the duck, because I never get to eat duck.  After talking to a few women in the lobby, I found a table and met some women who had been teaching for over 30 years. I ended up spending the rest of the evening talking with them, sharing ideas, battle stories, and laughing about everything. After the networking event, I had signed up to go eat dinner at a highly-rated seafood restaurant. Dinner conversation mostly centered on what we were each seeing happen to classes and class enrollment where we live. Most of us are facing the same issues: parents just don’t think classes are important, and we end up seeing the negative effects of what happens when parents go into birth an parenthood without knowing the basics, or knowing fully what to expect.  It would be a common theme over the weekend.

I got back to the hotel at a normal time: 10pm. My roommate got back shortly after I did.  We talked for awhile, but I finally had to hit the hay by the time I had been up for 21 hours. Besides, I had to present the next day, and my 6:15 alarm would come early.

Coming up in the next post: Find out how my presentation went. Did I puke? Did I forget what to say? And find out how I celebrated being done.

 

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.

Staying sane past 40 weeks

Due dates aren’t set in stone.  Hopefully you know that.  They are guesses that fall in the middle of a range of dates during which your baby will most likely arrive.  However, once you go past that “guess date”, things can get tough emotionally, physically, even socially. Maybe you’re tired, you have’t been sleeping, your want your body back, and friends, family, and other people might just be rude about the whole deal.  Here are some tips for staying sane until the baby comes:

  • Change your voicemail and screen your phone calls. Make sure the voicemail message says that you have not had the baby yet, but to leave a message if they would like to talk about something that is not baby-related.
  • Ban all bad birth stories.  The very second anyone tries to tell you anything about their experiences, or the experience of someone they know, stop them and ask, ‘Is this is a good story or a negative one?” If they say it’s a good one, let them continue.  If it’s not a positive story, politely say you’re trying to avoid negativity and you’d love to hear the story after your own baby is born.
  • Pamper yourself. Go for a massage.  Take that nap. Go to the library and check out the trashiest books you can find.  The point is to stay as happy and distracted as you can until baby shows up.
  • Go out on a date with your partner.  You might not have time to go on a date sans baby for a very long time, so do it now.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, but since you have the time, take the time.  Enjoy each other’s company.
  • Spend some special time with your kids.  If you already have a child or two, maybe spend some special one on one time with each child. Again, since you have the time, take the time to connect with your kids before the new baby arrives.
  • Get your car seat inspected.
  • Go to a breastfeeding support group.  You’ll find a room full of sympathetic ears, plus you might get some good breastfeeding info to boot!

Those are my tips.  If you have any to share, plug them in the comment section below!

Warmly,

Veronica

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.