In April, we announced the launch of our educational series Ready, Set, Grow: A Prepared Childbirth Education Series for Informed Families. The feedback about our new classes has been phenomenal, as has the attendance! To meet the demand, we have tripled our class offerings and now have three sessions a month of of each of our core Ready Set classes: Baby, Birth, and Breastfeed! These classes are open to families birthing at Babymoon, at home, or in the hospital. You can read more about our core classes here.
In addition, we are thrilled to be expanding our Ready, Set, Grow™ series to offer the following new classes!
Ready, Set, Sibling™
This module is geared toward young children who are going to be welcoming a new sibling into the family. Celebrate the new BIG brother or sister in your family during this class all about them. We will share stories, make a special craft for the new baby, and explore what life will be like with a new baby. One parent is required to attend with his or her child.
Classes are held Saturday or Sunday mornings.
Cost: $20 materials fee per child
Ready, Set, Team™
A Babymoon Inn birth is unique, and deciding if and which people should attend is an important decision that can hugely impact your birth experience. This module is designed to help foster a positive outlook and relationship with the select family or friends that have been invited to be a part of a birth team at Babymoon Inn. This class will help determine if those on your birth team will be a greater asset at the birth center or in other parts of your life during your time at Babymoon. During this course, participants will role play scenarios on how they can be an asset to the birthing mother and her partner before, during, and after delivery. Team members will leave with a better understanding of what to expect at the birth center as well as their role on the birth team.
This class meets in the evening during the week.
Cost: Free for Babymoon Inn Clients
Ready, Set, Back to Work™
One of the most frequent concerns to arise in our Ready, Set, Breastfeed™ class is how to transition into becoming a working, breastfeeding mommy. This class is recommended for mommies who will be returning to work after the birth of their baby. We will cover the basics of breast pumps, the mechanics of pumping, how to build a stash of breast milk, your right to pump in the workplace, and other practical tips for returning to work as a mommy.
This class meets once a month on a Thursday morning beginning in August. Babies are welcome to attend.
Ready, Set, Blitz™
You have loads of options when it comes to childbirth education classes. Some last five weeks and some 12 weeks. Are you short on time and in need of information ASAP? Have you read every birth book already and want a quick refresher? This is the module for you. Babymoon Inn’s Blitz gives you all of the basics you need in 2.5 hours. Learn about pre-labor, stages of labor, pain management techniques and more.
This is 2.5 hours and is offered monthly in the evening.
Cost: $65 for non-Babymoon Inn clients.
Please contact our Director of Education with any questions at email@example.com.
Families who choose Babymoon Inn believe birth is a natural process that doesn’t involve the routine use of epidurals or narcotic pain relief. We agree! It’s why we offer childbirth classes to prepare you and your support person for the birth experience. It’s why we have a highly-trained staff also ready to support you physically and emotionally. It’s why we have a birth center tailor-made to facilitate your natural birth, with two bath tubs for laboring, a shower with endless hot water, birthing balls, birthing stools, squatting bars, rebozos, massage tools, essential oils, and more.
The Babymoon Inn Doulas are also present to facilitate your birth. A Babymoon doula is a registered nurse trained as a doula, giving you the benefit of a labor support person with clinical skills who also does a mean hip-squeeze and can be your cheerleader if the going gets tough.
For families who choose to have a natural birth in a hospital setting, a Babymoon Inn doula can be hired to support you and give you the birth experience you desire. For Babymoon families who may transfer to the hospital unexpectedly, your doula goes with you to the hospital to provide continued support. In either situation, our doulas are there to help provide the birth you want even if it’s in a location you didn’t expect.
For families who aren’t at the birth center, our doulas all carry a little bit of the birth center with them in the fabulous Babymoon Inn Doula bag! Each doula carries her own bag that contains the following items:
- Rebozo: A rebozo is Mexican shawl that can be used for comfort or to reposition a baby. Families who take Ready, Set, Birth™ will learn basic rebozo techniques, and our team of midwives and nurses are experts in rebozo technique.
- Fan: Mommies in labor often run hot, then cold, then hot, then cold. Your partner or doula can keep you cool with this sandalwood fan
- Honey sticks: Honey provides an instant energy boost for a mommy in labor, which can be especially advantageous if in a hospital setting where food and drink are being restricted.
- Electric candles: In their written birth plans, many of our families express a desire for dim lighting during their labor and birth. Our doulas carry a bag of electric candles with them to help provide a calm, peaceful setting regardless of where birth is taking place.
- Babymoon Inn Lavender Massage Oil: Massage is a wonderful pain-management tool to be used by either your doula or birth partner. Our massage oils are custom-made with organic fractionated coconut oil and lavender essential oil.
- Wireless speaker: Our wireless speaker can connect to any iPod or Smartphone with Bluetooth, allowing us to play your custom birth playlist or a Pandora station during your labor and birth.
- Poofy Organics lip balm: Women’s lips tend to inexplicably get very dry during labor. In the event you’ve forgotten your own lip balm, our doulas are always sure to carry USDA certified organic lip balm in their bags.
- Peppermint Essential Oil: Nausea is common in active labor, and peppermint oil is known to keep it at bay. It can be used on your temples, placed on a washcloth or cotton ball near by, or inhaled directly from the bottle.
- HotSnapz: Relaxtion during labor is key. If you find yourself holding tension in a certain area, or of you are experiencing back labor, HotSnapz can be “snapped” to provide instant heat.
- Rescue Remedy: Rescue Remedy is an all-natural tincture used to calm nerves and help with stressful or anxious situations.
- Rosewater Facial Spray: If you are feeling hot or worn out during labor, this herbal facial spray can provide a refreshing break.
Every Babymoon doula carries her own doula bag to births outside of Babymoon, and of course the birth center itself has its own bag stocked with all of these items and more. We are always looking for natural, healthy ways to support our mommies during labor!
*If you are not birthing at Babymoon Inn and are interested in hiring a Babymoon Inn Doula, please go here.
Myth #2: BREASTFEEDING RULES – how many feeds a day, how long to feed and one side or both sides per feeding.
Ahhhh, some more silly little rules that moms are told. Feel free to fill in the blanks of whatever you may have been told.
1. Babies only need (a certain amount) of feedings a day
2. Babies get all they need in (how many minutes)
3. Babies only need one side per feeding.
Herein lies the interesting part of breastfeeding advice. I call them “nuggets of truth.” There are many times that a mom is given advice and there is some truth to some of the advice. Part of the advice may be relevant to one mother and baby pair, but awful advice for the next mother and baby pair. The inherent problem with this comes from treating all mother and babies the same. The myth being that all mothers and babies are the same, and they are definitely not.
There is something called breastmilk storage capacity. Your storage capacity has nothing to do with the size of your breasts (another myth to be buried). Babies get a different amount of milk per feed and this fact is what makes the time spent at breast, how many feedings in a 24 hour period, and whether babies need one side or both, variable from baby to baby. Given this information, how can we possibly limit our babies frequency or time spent feeding? I often have new parents contemplate this thought: How would you like having to wake up the same time your partner does, only eat at the same time, the same food, in the same quantity as they do? If you are thirsty in between meals, there is no fluid or snack allowed until your next meal. This happens with every meal. If you are like most of us, you would be one very grumpy person!!!
Nancy Mohbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, author of several books on breastfeeding, has researched and written quite a bit about this subject. She has given permission to share a flyer that she designed on the subject. Please take a look at this link as it will provide more information that I am able to in this post alone. http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/2014/1/17/infographic-on-breast-storage-capacity.html
You can easily see from the visual graph, that mothers have a small, medium and large storage capacity and how this directly reflects the number of times a baby needs to breastfeed in order to gain appropriately. I use this chart a lot in my practice to help bury the myths surrounding feeding schedules. I encourage breastfeeding mothers to learn their babies feeding cues and not be so stringent about schedules. Feel free to copy this flyer and share it with your family members who may not understand why your baby does need frequent feedings. The information in this post is geared towards mothers who are experiencing normal breastfeeding. While not a complete list, basically normal breastfeeding consists of a baby that is full term, breastfeeding effectively, gaining well and the feedings are comfortable for the mother. If you are experiencing pain, milk supply issues, baby weight gain issues, or anything out of the norm, this info might not apply to you.
My posts are designed to be informative and thought-provoking. I appreciate the responses to my previous post and hope you found the thread interesting. I welcome you to join in the discussions and share your personal experiences. As always, I request that you be kind to the moms who post, be honest, tell your truth and be open to learn and think outside the box.
Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC – Lactation Consultant on Staff at Babymoon Inn
Breastfeeding Myths – Let’s bury them!
There are so many myths about breastfeeding. I will be posting some of the most common myths and my response to them. This is the first in the series of Breastfeeding Myths.
“It is normal for breastfeeding to hurt.”
Definitely not true! This includes moms who are fair skinned and moms who have red hair, both of whom are frequently told that sore nipples is common for them. Others are told that their nipples are understandably sore because their baby is nursing so frequently —– a myth that needs to be buried. Any pain you are having from breastfeeding is not normal. By the time your baby is 5 days old and you have been exclusively breastfeeding, your baby should be having appropriate output, beginning to gain about 1/2 oz a day ( 1/2 oz a day the first 2 weeks and 1 oz a day 2 weeks to 5 months) and breastfeeding should not be hurting you at all. There should be no sore, cracked or bleeding nipples, unresolved engorgement, or chronic clogged ducts. It is true that you might be a tired mommy and you might not be used to this whole breastfeeding thing, but it should not cause you any breast or nipple pain. You may be out of sorts, sleep deprived, adjusting to life as a new mother, feeling some postpartum blues, perhaps have some other aches and pains due to issues related to birth; however, you should not be suffering with any breast or nipple pain. Painful breastfeeding means that something is not quite right with breastfeeding. Perhaps it is the latch or issues with your breast or nipple anatomy. The cause may have something to do with your baby’s palate shape or how they are using their tongue. Perhaps your baby was born early and is not able to achieve a good latch that is comfortable for you. Seeking information, support and guidance from a breastfeeding specialist, an IBCLC ( International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) will be most helpful. It is our passion as well as our job to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals.
Written by Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant on Staff at Babymoon Inn
To schedule an appointment with Lori, call the office (602) 314-7755 and see our website for Breastfeeding Classes
If you have been in the front provider room at Babymoon’s office lately, chances are you will have smelled some amazing aromatherapy. If Bettie was in, you may have left with a custom blend in an amber glass bottle that she crafted just for you during your visit.
I caught Bettie crafting and blending late last night at the clinic and asked her what she was making. It smelled divine and I wanted some! “I am working on a special blend for labor” she told me, eyes sparkling. “It has a lot of good things in it. This could be used as a massage oil or dropped into the tub to scent the water.” She left a sample at the front desk, so be sure to see if you like the aroma next time you are in.
Bettie and Maria were discussing the effectiveness of essential oils. Maria explained her theory of how they work with the Limbic system, evoking deep memories and affecting emotional state read more here. Maria has used Clary Sage as a labor enhancer, and it may bring pleasant sensations to Maria as well – she gave Clary Sage to her daughter during the birth of her granddaughter.
Bettie has been getting so many requests for her essential oil blends that she is going to start walk-in hours on Wednesdays, open to all, to come in and have a quick consult and receive a special blend. Watch for menus and times starting on June 4th.
Introducing Babymoon Inn’s team of midwives!
Babymoon Inn is pleased to introduce our amazing team of midwives. These women and their varied backgrounds and experiences comprise a passionate team ready to support you during your pregnancy and birth!
Bettie Sheets LM, CPM
Midwife Bettie Sheets is a mother of seven living children between the ages of 9 and 22. After the home birth of her third child, she realized she was meant to support women during pregnancy and birth. She worked as a doula, a childbirth educator, and a La Leche League leader before attending midwifery school and ultimately opening her own home birth practice in Virginia. Bettie learned about Babymoon Inn from longtime friend and Babymoon’s clinical director Jennifer Burns. After visiting the birth center and meeting the staff in February, Bettie knew she would feel right at home at Babymoon! She moved to Arizona in March and has loved getting to know and support our families during this special time in their lives.
Midwife Ashley was born and raised in Tucson, where she met her husband while attending nursing school at the University of Arizona. After earning her nursing degree, Ashley moved to Phoenix and began working with women and families in a postpartum unit in a community hospital. It was during this time she realized her calling to be a midwife. She received her training in nurse-midwifery from Georgetown University. After working in a busy hospital-based midwifery practice, Ashley is thrilled to now be assisting families in a birth center setting here at Babymoon Inn.
Maria Sienkiewicz Lennon, MSN, CNM, IBCLC
Midwife Maria Lennon brings to Babymoon more than 30 years’ experience working with mothers and babies. After the birth of her first child, Maria felt empowered and wanted to make a different in women’s lives. She went on to become a labor and delivery nurse as well as an IBCLC who created a breastfeeding-educator training program for public health and hospital nurses and nutritionists in her home state of North Carolina. Maria still frequently speaks at breastfeeding conferences and develops educational materials on issues regarding lactation management. Most recently, Maria has been practicing midwifery with Native American families in Tuba City but is thrilled to have now found a home at Babymoon Inn.