The final push for a new home in Eagan for Lamaze Childbirth Classes!

It’s been a long few weeks. I ended up with my right arm in a cast, things started going wrong with the buildout, so I’ve been learning the value of patience and persistence.

My 8 year old helped me shoot an update on Suite 102. I think we need to work on her camera skills. She got a little too into it.

 

Please join me on May 4th for the Grand Re-opening of BabyLove. You can find more info here.

And do you want to see what it looked like before any work was done? Check out the first tour!

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.

Which Twin Cities Hospitals Have Donor Milk?

Necrotizing Enterocolitis is serious stuff. Very serious. For preemies and medically fragile infants, access to either moms’ or donated breastmilk literally can be a matter of life and death. As a doula, I was already aware of some places that had donor milk for babies who needed it, but I decided to call around and find out exactly who has what for whom.

I was able to talk to some very sweet and compassionate IBCLCs, some of whom had fought successfully to get donor milk to ALL babies who might need it. There were some really disappointing answers, too. There was one resource I will be following up with next week; maybe two depending on what happens with the first conversation. Stay tuned.

So, listed by system, are the answers that I got for the availability of donor milk for inpatient families.

Allina

  • Abbott Northwestern- not available for healthy newborns, available in the NICU
  • Regina Medical Center- not available
  • Mercy Hospital- not available
  • St. Francis- not available
  • United Hospital- not available for healthy newborns, available in the NICU
  • Unity Hospital- Available to ALL breastfed babies

Fairview

  • Fairview Ridges- sometimes available
  • Fairview Southdale- not available for healthy newborns, available in the NICU
  • University of MN Medical Center- is SUPPOSED to be available, limited mainly to NICU
  • Maple Grove Hospital- only available in Special Care Nursery

Healtheast

  • St. John’s- Available to all babies
  • St. Joseph’s- Periodically available to all babies
  • Woodwinds- Available to all babies

Healthpartners

  • Regions Hospital- no donor milk available for any babies

Hennepin County Medical Center

  • HCMC- Only available to babies in the NICU

Northfield

  • Northfield Hospital- no donor milk available for any babies

North Memorial

  • North Memorial Medical Center- donor milk available to all babies

Park Nicollet

  • Methodist Hospital- donor milk available to all babies

I’m going to be following up on a few things next week; my right hand is still in a cast, so long blog posts are impossible to write. Questions? Comments? You know where to leave ‘em!

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.

Pregnant again? Consider birth classes!

Refresher Classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a mom of two kids, I can tell you that in a lot of ways, baby number two was a lot less stressful than baby number one. What was harder, though, was that I knew that there were things I wanted to do differently with baby number two than I had done with baby number one. Now, because I had become a doula and childbirth educator after the birth of my daughter, there were a lot of things that I learned and discovered that most parents wouldn’t have been aware of. I knew I wanted a different birth (word to the wise: when 4 OB residents come in while you are laboring and they all want to take turns to check for dilation…tell them no.), and I knew how to have a healthier pregnancy. I’m happy to say things did go better for the most part, and I know it helped that I had been teaching childbirth classes for a couple of years before my son was born.

For families who had a previous birth that didn’t go as planned, I do think it’s a good idea to take some kind of childbirth class, and I think it’s really important that the classes be evidence-based rather than a method. Often, births don’t go as planned when something unexpected arises and the family wasn’t given enough information to make a choice, and then there was a negative result from that choice. I find that when repeat families come through classes, they end up processing their previous births during class, which is fine. To me, it’s a sign that I’ve created a space that’s welcoming enough that they can feel comfortable talking about the things that bother them and to ask questions.

BabyLove used to offer a refresher childbirth class, but the attendance was really low (as has been the case with every refresher I have ever taught, even in the hospitals). Now, I have a couple of really good options for families looking for a refresher. The Ready For Birth™ classes are both shorter formats than the Lamaze classes, and they don’t cover newborn care or breastfeeding, which is usually not as much as a focus after baby number one. Although, I will say, for moms who didn’t make their breastfeeding goals with previous babies, taking the full-on Better Breastfeeding! course can be hugely helpful. The Ready for Birth™: Express Childbirth Prep is one Saturday, and is 7 hours long with a one hour lunch break. The Ready For Birth™: 3 Week Series meets for three consecutive weeknights. Both cover everything from pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum care. Now, with repeat moms, they usually know what to expect for postpartum, but we do talk about how to juggle a new baby along with the needs of the older children.

If you’re pregnant again, and you want to have a different birth this time, I encourage you to think about taking a few weeks or a weekend to focus on your baby and to prepare your mind and your body for what’s going to happen. If you’re not sure what class would be the best option for you, call or email me, and I’ll be happy to talk to you!

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.