You know those events or conversations that become a defining moment and you can look back on them and pinpoint the exact instant a decision was made, your life changed and you absolutely KNEW what you needed to do next? I've had a couple of those and I want to tell you some sweet stories about them.
Where do I start? How do I even say everything I want to say? This year has been amazing, to say the least. We topped well over 1,000 in-home postpartum hours and are still going, more birth clients than ever, so many lactation clients that are still going strong breastfeeding after their consults, happy placenta clients, belly bindings and so many classes. My goals for the agency were met this year and I couldn't have done it without the amazing women in the agency and all of our beautiful clients!
We are pleased to see the babies of our clients grow, and the confidence in their mamas blossom. Every client we serve reminds us of and reinforces our mission:
"To increase confidence in birth and in parenting for every client we serve."
So to celebrate, we want to lavish some gifts on YOU! Our business BOOMED this year because of referrals from our clients and care providers. So, it would only make sense to let those that refer receive some love.
Each of the following specials runs now through December 15, 2017. So figure out how many you can sign up for and best wishes on your beautiful gifts!
What a great week! There were 9 of us at the first ever YB Doula Training Retreat and y'all, it was more than amazing. I've done a whole heck of a lot of trainings for doulas and this has been my favorite one thus far and it gave us more to give to you, our wonderful Tulsa Community!
This training was coordinated by Missy Boudiette, owner and found of the incredibly successful Your Birth Experience curriculum.
Angie Nauman with Glisten Dental provides laser frenectomy procedures to help increase breastfeeding comfort and success for mothers and babies struggling through lip-tie and tongue-tie.
The longer I'm in birth and postpartum work, the more I see the need to make sure that those providing much needed services are hailed in our community. One of those services is tongue-tie revision. A quick google image search of tongue-tie brings a whole host of pictures of babies, children and even adults with their red mouths gaping, lips splayed and their tongues lifted to see the sometimes very noticeable frenulums holding tightly to tissue where there should be freedom.
Most local families have been referred to Oklahoma City or Wichita to receive laser revisions for tongue-ties or lip-ties for their babies, but sometimes the thought of traveling even 90 minutes with a newborn can be daunting. But these families will, many times, do whatever is necessary to save themselves pain or risk having their nursing relationship cease because of a physical abnormality.
Listen up, northeast Oklahoma, you have an option here!
There are some common sayings many of us are told by well-meaning friends, family, and even strangers. And for those planning on breastfeeding it can be confusing.
“Your nipples are going to be so sore! Be sure to use Lanolin weeks before the baby arrives.”
“Ouch, your nipples are looking pink. Slather some nipple butter on them.”
“After every feed use *this* for your nipples, it prevents the soreness.”
Should I use Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Earth Mama Nipple Butter, Medela Tender Care Lanolin? As you search you find more and more options from lanolin, lanolin-free, organic to non-GMO. Some people are even told to utilize non-evidence based method like wet tea bags or creams. So where can you find the best lubricant for your nipples?
I love breastfeeding. I have now breastfed all three of my babies for collectively over 3 years (and still going strong with my 4 month old!) It can be beautiful, nutritious, and connective to you and your baby.
However, the bed of roses can have some thorns.
In honor of those needing some breastfeeding encouragement, I would like to share some of the hurdles and my own insecurities that I have personally had with breastfeeding!
I have a small "farm" in Northeast Oklahoma where we raise rabbits, chickens, pigs, and sometimes a garden. Since I have started raising rabbits, I have noticed something very interesting. First time mama rabbits have about a 50-50 chance of losing their entire first litter when they are put in cages separately. Some mamas simply don't build their nest in time, some mamas build a nest but don't feed their babies, some mamas will step on the babies accidentally crushing them. But I have been reading a lot about a different method of rabbitry; colony style.