Cesarean rates in US

The CDC has crunched the numbers, and the preliminary data for Cesarean rates in 2014 were published last week. There was a good amount of good news; as ACOG put forth their recommendations for the safe prevention of primary cesarean in March 2014, cesarean rates did, in fact, go down. Many thanks as always to Jill from cesareanrates.com for this info. (And if, like me, you’re forever grateful to all the work she’s done in the arena of maternity care advocacy, you can thank her with a monetary contribution. Ahem.)

In 2013, Cesarean rates for the US were 32.7% for total cesareans, and 26.8% for low-risk pregnancies; in 2014, the US preliminary total cesarean rate was 32.2% and 26% for low-risk births. Minnesota does better than the US average. in 2013, Minnesota’s total cesarean rate was 26.9% and 21.3% for the low-risk cesarean rate. Those numbers were 26.5% and 21.1% in 2014. So, yes, progress! YAY!

I’d like to think that increased transparency is helping move these numbers in the right direction. In fact, a study done at the University of Minnesota that was published this month showed that public reporting improves outcomes. And while I love, love, love the push from organizations and nonprofits to pull together information on outcomes and costs, it’s critical for providers to get asked about outcomes by the parents who are coming to them for care, and then parents need to be able to make a thoughtful, deliberate decision based off of that information that’s in the best interest of both mom and baby.

If you’re curious about who has the highest and lowest cesarean rates….well, check it out:

Highest 2014 total cesarean rates

1) Louisiana – 38.4%

2) Mississippi- 37.7%

3) New Jersey- 37.4%

4) Florida- 37.2%

5) Alabama- 35.4%

Lowest 2014 total cesarean rates

1) Utah- 22.3%

2 ) Alaska- 23.7%

3) New Mexico- 23.8%

4) Idaho- 24.2%

5) Hawaii- 24.6%

I’d love to add some information to this about costs, etc. I’ll see how the week goes; maybe I can pull some more into this information.

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.

Summer Baby Safety

Summer Baby Safety

Today is our very first 90 degree day of the year, so it’s time to get everyone up to date on the things you need to know to keep your baby safe.

No water for newborns 

Your baby should ONLY be given breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months. Nothing else. Water can actually be dangerous; their kidneys aren’t able to get rid of the excess water and it can make babies very ill. And really, we take access to safe water for granted (BIG TIME). Even some things in the water supply that an adult body can handle, a newborn’s body can’t.

Nurse that baby!

When the weather gets warmer, don’t be surprised if your little one has more frequent feedings. We get thirsty more often, and your baby does too. So watch your baby for cues and listen to what he’s trying to tell you: It’s hot and he’s thirsty. It’s OK. It won’t spoil your baby.

Stay in the shade

The AAP cautions against using sunscreen on babies under the age of 6 months. Their skin isn’t mature enough to handle it. Get a hat that allows for decent ventilation with an SPF and use an umbrella or anything else to make sure you avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Cover that car seat

If you’ve been through at least one summer with kids, you’ll know this, but it’s still important to repeat: Car seats get very hot in the sun. Kids and babies alike try to avoid getting burned (smart kids!). While your car is sitting out in the sun, cover the car seat with a thick blanket to keep it from getting too hot.

Rethink the beach

Here in Minnesota, in the land of lots of lakes, going to the beach in the summer seems like a birthright. Yeah, not so fast. While nobody is claiming that lakes should be squeaky-clean, the reality is that our lakes aren’t very clean. The Minnesota Department of Health has a wonderful set of resources to help you figure out if your favorite spot is safe, but again– what we can tolerate as adults can easily make babies and toddlers sick. Stick to the pool instead.

Nobody wants to miss out on our precious summer days because of injury or illness. Any other summer safety concerns? Let me know!

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.

Real Mom Confessions: June 3rd

Real Mom Confessions

Hey. Hi! Welcome to June. While I got a chance to snuggle with lots of itsy bitsy babies this week, they didn’t distract me from the insanity that’s been my life as a mom of 2 school age munchkins. One thing I can’t emphasize enough? As parents, you will always have to make tough decisions about your kids. Birth is just the beginning, you guys.

I have a preteen who hates me in one breath, and can’t get enough love from me in the next. I can be doing her hair in the morning while she cries about both putting up her hair and leaving it down; she will hate both options and her inability to choose leads to a crisis of epic proportions.

So, dear moms, here’s what I need to confess this week:

  • My biggest weakness as a mom is that my kids haven’t ever taken proper swimming lessons. It’s literally the only thing I feel guilty about. This summer isn’t very likely to change that; not because I don’t want to figure out how to make them work, but my kids are, for some reason, throwing huge fits about taking swimming lessons.
  • Yesterday I was at my breaking point with figuring out summer, trying to make sure the kids have good educational opportunities for next year, and advocating for some things on the state level. It got so bad that I had to tell the kids that I needed to be left alone before I had a complete breakdown. I was ready to snap; thankfully, I didn’t snap.
  • We are a full load of dishes behind this week. I’ve gotten very good at washing my hands in the perfect place so that water cascades down the piles of dirty dishes and stays in the sink rather than spilling all over the counter.
  • I was so thankful that it was rainy today. We have a rule in my house: movies are for rainy days and sick days. Thank goodness today was a rainy day; the kids stayed entertained with Despicable Me 2 while I fielded half a dozen phone calls.
  • I fed the family spinach patties for dinner.
  • I have been so busy that I ran out of Sertraline refills and have yet to find time to fix the situation. Big huge FAIL in the mental health and self-care category, but at least I’m doing miles better than I was last year and actually seeing a therapist weekly. I’ll get the refill soon, though.

There ya go. See? I’m not the perfect mom or the perfect person. I’m breathlessly waiting for the weekend, for the full moon to pass, and for everything to fall into place. If you need even more reassurance, head on over to check out Anna’s, the creator of #RealMomConfessions, confessions.

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.

Summer Workshops: VBACs, Sibling Prep, and Pregnancy After Loss

We’re kicking off this summer with a set of workshops presented by the various providers here at BabyLove. We’ve chosen some common topics, like sibling preparation, and some not so common ones, like Pregnancy after Loss. All of them have low registration fees, and we’d love to have you join us. Tell your friends and family, too! Workshops currently listed include:

  • Your Growing Family: Preparing parents and siblings for the birth of a new baby, Wednesday, June 24th 6pm-7pm; $10/ family
  • Make & Take “Coping Box” Activity, Thursday, June 25 10am-12pm; $3.50/ child
  • Make & Take workshop: Summery essential oils products, Wednesday, July 8at 7:00pm – 8:00pm; $7-$10
  • After a Cesarean (or two): VBAC versus a repeat cesarean, Wednesday, July 22nd 6pm-7:30pm; $10/ family
  • Another Beginning: Pregnancy after loss, Wednesday, August 12th 6pm-7:30pm; $10/family
  • Self Care for Moms, Wednesday, September 16th 6pm-7:30pm; $10

For more information and links to register, visit the workshop page.

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.

Business Basics Part One: Smart Starts

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I’ve written before about the realities of owning a business that not everyone knows about. I also spend a lot of time reading articles on running a business, talking with others about running a business, and loads and loads of time actually running the business. One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting something new from scratch is that they only hear a dead baseball player’s voice in their heads telling them, “If you build it, they will come.”

Gosh I hope people get that reference. Anyway.

You can be talented, passionate, skilled, etc….but there are things you need to do to get the little tiny sparks of inspiration and courage that got you excited to start your business to catch fire. I’m going to try to write a number of posts to help explain a little bit of what’s in my head and what I’ve learned (usually the hard way) to hopefully help others. Consider it a dose of reality wrapped in a candy coating of love. First up? Smart beginnings.

  • Have a office– either a real physical space or a space at home that’s only for work. If you went from being employed by another business to being self-employed, you may not have the discipline to stay accountable to yourself. Going to an office helps your brain switch from “hanging out” mode to working mode so you can actually focus on the tasks at hand. Having an actual office helps you seem more legitimate to others, too. Just don’t make the mistake of getting a luxury space before you have the income to justify it.
  • Don’t spend your precious time doing easy stuff like trying to build Facebook. The reality? Social media isn’t the amazing free marketing tool that it was 5 years ago. Sure, having a presence there builds engagement, but you have more important things to do, and it’s too easy to get sucked in to reading through your own Facebook or Twitter feed.
  • Spend time figuring out not just what you’re trying to sell, be it a service or a product, but what you’re going to tell people when they ask why they need whatever you’re trying to do or sell. Also helpful? Figure out how to set yourself apart, or, if you want a tongue-in-cheek, singable way to put it: You’ve gotta get a gimmick if you want to get ahead. (The video is mostly safe for work until the 3:00 mark.) I’ve never seen a single episode of Mad Men, but I have to imagine that’s Marketing 101.
  • Don’t know what to do? Learn! Get yourself a good mentor. Check in with some of the amazing resources out there from places like Entrepreneur or Inc. magazine. When I’m feeling a tiny bit stuck, those places can be awesome sources of insight and inspiration.  (Which reminds me: I need to schedule time with my mentor.)
  • Get yourself a good banker. I’ve been lucky to have come across a really good one. The smaller banks who focus on small (like, small, not just “capital less than $5 million” small) businesses can again help you learn how to be smart with money and give you access to capital tools to help you get of the ground. Meet with your banker quarterly.

My main point? If you’re going to be successful, you have to do the work. You. Don’t expect someone else to come along and do all of the heavy lifting for you. Be disciplined, be creative, and be deliberate. And find someone to be accountable to, be it a mentor, another business pal that you can trust, or a banker. I hope this was helpful. I’ll write more later this week, but if there are things you’d like me to touch on, comment 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.

Meet our new doulas!

As you may remember, I announced the launch of Metro Doula Agency, LLC just over a year ago. Since then, my doula partner Liz and I have been taking clients as a team, and it’s been wonderful. We know our team model improves the quality of support that families receive and it makes life easier on us and our families.

The word “agency” implies there will be other doulas…and I’m excited to announce that we’ve brought on two wonderful women. They will be working as a team as well. I’ve had a chance to spend time with them and I could not be more thrilled with their gentle hearts and bright spirits. Below you’ll find pictures and introductions from Liz R. and Katelyn. They are both trained and have experience, but are working on their certifications.

We know that the agency model is something new to the area, but I’m confident families and providers will come to know that our doulas are the most professional doulas around, that they are highly knowledgeable, and that families will never be without support for their birth, no matter what. Metro Doula Agency stands behind our promise to support families, even through long labors, epidurals, or cesarean births.

With the addition of these two fine ladies, we are able to offer doula services on a sliding fee. So if you’ve been wanting to hire a doula, but have been trying to scrape together pennies to pay for one, we may be a wonderful solution to give you continuous labor and birth support. Contact us at info@metrodoulaagency.com metrodoulaagency@gmail.com and we’ll get you the excellent doula care you deserve.

Warmly,

Veronica

Minneapolis birth doula

Hi!
My name is Liz Ripka. I am 30 years old and have been a birth doula for the past year. I have always been fascinated with pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.  After many of my friends, and family told me how wonderful I would be as a birth doula I thought I would look into it. A few weeks later I found a workshop and began my training. I have never felt so passionate about my job! I love being able to help and support women and their partners.  I focus on offering a nurturing presence, educating, supporting a woman’s choice, and making the birth of their child as special as possible to each family. I believe that laughter and love are important in the birth process. In addition to working with BabyLove as a birth doula, I am a nanny for two adorable little boys. I love serving each and every family and I feel so honored to be welcomed into their life story. I look forward to this journey!

St. Paul Birth Doula

Hello!

My name is Katelyn Hinrichs. I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently reside in the suburbs of Minneapolis with my family of four. My interest for birth came about when I gave life to my firstborn. I found myself reading anything I could get my hands on, and it was then that I realized this was my calling and there was no looking back! When I’m not spending time with my family, I love to grab some coffee and go shopping, snowboarding, and getting cozy with a book! I love to collect glass containers in hopes to give them another use down the road. My favorite subject in school was my fine arts acting classes. Being a doula means supporting my fellow sisters through this transformative time; giving them the support and means to feel empowered throughout their pregnancy, birthing experience, and beyond.

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.

Am I biased? You bet.

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Recently, although I’ve heard it before, the charge was leveled at me that I am biased in my classes. I was called, “Pro-breastfeeding, anti-drugs.” I spoke with a few other Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators, and it seems that this charge is something that we’ve all heard. So, I think it’s time that I out myself for all of my biases.

First of all, I teach what’s best practice, what’s evidence-based, and what’s biologically normal. Now, keep in mind that it takes, on average, 17 years from the time something is deemed best practice (ie. safest) in maternity care before it used on a regular basis. 17 years. When new practice bulletins come out from ACOG, when the American College of Nurse Midwives issue statements, when the AAP put out new guidelines, guess what? That’s what I’m teaching. If I only taught what was being done by doctors and midwives– well, I have major ethical concerns with that. In an environment of “shared responsibility,” there’s a moral imperative to give families the information that they need to know if they are getting safe and competent care.

As for the “pro-breastfeeding” charge; I’m always interested to know why someone’s motivated to make that charge. Yes, I am a Certified Lactation Counselor. So? In classes, I teach the American Academy of Pediatric’s guidelines on infant feeding and mention what the World Health Organization’s stance is on the issue. Maybe the issue is that my classes meet the standards as set forth in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Again…so? We have 6 hospitals in the Twin Cities that are certified as meeting the Baby-Friendly requirements, all of the Healtheast system, one HealthPartners hospital, HCMC, and the U of M hospital, I hardly think I hold a renegade position. If those hospitals want to maintain Baby-Friendly status, they need to make sure their childbirth education classes have the same content as mine do. With almost 90% of moms initiating breastfeeding, I’ll stand with and support them. This is not about condemning one feeding choice, it’s about helping moms reach the goals they have for themselves.

What else?

I believe that it’s important to teach an understanding of the processes that are the biological norm.

I believe in maternity care transparency.

I believe that moms need to be responsible for finding competent care. They need to learn what that looks like and how to find it.

I believe that infant car seats are usually a waste of money and, since they are more often recalled and used incorrectly, can quickly become not as safe as convertible car seats. I also hate that parents aren’t taking their babies out and more than half of kids now have flat heads by age 1.

I believe in teaching about healthy choices and safe choices.

I believe in judging a hospital and birth center by their outcomes, not their wallpaper.

Are these things really that bad? Is it wrong to make sure parents aren’t being lied to? Is it wrong to be critical of those “educators” who are giving parents unsafe information because it’s the cultural norm? Is it wrong to help parents seek out safe care? Is it bad that I advocate for the right of a mother to be listened to? I hope not.

Every day, I hear birth stories and breastfeeding stories from moms who didn’t get the education or support that they needed and either they ended up with poor outcomes or their babies did. And you know what? I’m going to stay the course, because moms, babies, and families deserve it.

-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.

Screw the So-Called “Mommy Wars”

Mommy Wars Suck

A couple of weeks ago, a woman was in my office, and she asked me if there is one word to describe what is at the heart of everything I do at BabyLove, what would that be? After thinking for a moment I knew what my answer would be: love. Love and compassion. You see, I didn’t start my career only teaching classes to families on an independent basis. I started my career as a doula and a childbirth educator by working with moms of all ages, careers, backgrounds, socio-economic classes, and from so many countries I eventually lost count.

I think what is missing from a lot of childbirth educators’ experiences is the background of teaching such a diverse range of moms, dads, and other family members. You see, while it’s assumed that these families have so much that is different in their day to day lives,  they actually have more in common than you would expect. I think every family has it’s share of fears. Every mother is secretly worried about some parts of labor and birth. Parenting seems overwhelming to all of us.

We forget that we are best served by respecting and honoring this transformative journey of pregnancy and childbirth by approaching each mother each, each person with love and compassion. It long ago struck me that I have the power to be the positive voice in a pregnancy. Sometimes all moms hear are negative things: about how birth will be terrible, that parenting is a chore, and tales of bad behavior by preschoolers and teenagers.

The truth? The truth is, we all have days when we struggle. We all have days when we feel like we are not going to even be able to make it to bedtime. There are days we all feel so isolated, so alone, so out of touch from our friends, our family, and our community that it can be absolutely terrifying. But, in the end, if we all approach each other with love and compassion as we navigate then joys and challenges of parenthood, then I promise we will get through this together.

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 Welcomes: Maima Fant, MA, LICSW

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Note from Veronica: I am excited to announce 4 new practitioners who will be joining us at BabyLove. They will be practicing in the gorgeous new offices that were put into BabyLove’s original home in Suite 200. I am thrilled to say that all of these women have a passion for working with other disciplines and to help and support women and families. Here’s another inspiring provider!

Maima has vast experience working as a clinical social worker and mental health therapist with families in both community and private outpatient clinic settings. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults in addressing various mental health issues such as: anxiety, depression, trauma and grief/loss. She also has done work with individuals, families and groups to address presenting concerns using treatment modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), motivational interviewing, and Play Therapy. During her career, Maima’s has also earned a certificate of course completion in Maternal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International (PSI) and the 2020Mom Project. Maima is a wife and mother to her daughter age 3. Maima enjoys spending time with family and close friends, biking, and yoga.

Hatch Life offers mental health and wellness services during the Perinatal Period; the time from conception through the first postpartum year and beyond!

We provide three core programs:

• Mental Health Individual Therapy, Family Play Therapy, Wellness Coaching
• The Nest Mental Health Services for Young Mothers age 25 and Under
• Groups & Classes Support Groups and Classes for Women and Families

Learn more about Maima and schedule an appointment with her!

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 Welcomes: Crystal Pollard, Reiki Master

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Note from Veronica: I am excited to announce 4 new practitioners who will be joining us at BabyLove. They will be practicing in the gorgeous new offices that were put into BabyLove’s original home in Suite 200. I am thrilled to say that all of these women have a passion for working with other disciplines and to help and support women and families. I got to know Crystal when she was running Bellies to Babies in Richfield, and I am so thrilled that she’ll be working with BabyLove families!

Crystal has always been interested in alternative health therapies. In 2011 her mom was in the hospital with a very bad case of pneumonia. Some people from her Moms’ church came out and started doing Reiki and other energy healing on her to help. Watching them, Crystal realized that she wanted to be able to help people and animals this way. She found out where the people had learned Reiki and signed up for her first class shortly after.

Since taking her first class on Reiki, Crystal continued learning and has been helping people, horses, dogs and cats. She is master certified and able to do distance Reiki as well.

Crystal has been in the birthing community for the last 6 years, just recently selling her maternity store Bellies to Babies in the Fall of 2014, so she is well versed in helping out mamas to be and mamas that are and their little ones. When she’s not spending time with her family, you can find her in the barns and fields, riding and training horses.

Learn more about Crystal and schedule an appointment with her!

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.