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, 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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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, 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.