Friday, March 5, 2010

Quick Hits

  •  I LOVE FREE STUFF! Found out on the AllDoula's forum that doula's may request free product samples and informational pamphlets from pregnancy and mother related companies to hand out to clients! So far I've received lanolin ointment samples and breastfeeding information from Lansinoh/La Leche League. I've been confirmed to receive a Sleepywrap baby carrier, Mother's Milk tea from Traditional Medicinals, Preggie Pops from Three Lollies, and Buttpaste diaper cream! weee :)
  •  Lately I have been having a desire to add something more to my doula services down the line - something creative. A lot of doulas/CBE's offer photography services, either maternity photos, birth photos or photos with the baby afterwards. I'd love to get a really nice digital SLR camera and take some classes, but I have to decide if it would be worth the money for me. I also wish I was creative enough to do belly henna. Making the paste itself isn't hard and I've had henna done to me so I understand it, but I'm not artsy enough to do cool patterns on other people. Maybe one day...
  • I'm going to my first postnatal visit today! For the mom whose birth I attended weeks ago. Looking forward to it :)
  • Meeting with a home birth mom/potential client next week! Keeping fingers crossed!!
  •  ABC News article about Rising Maternal Mortality in the US, namely in California. The buzz about the California deaths rising severely has been concerned mainly with the increase in scheduled C-sections: "The latest data from the CDC shows that 31 percent of the mothers now choose to have C-sections, up 50 percent since 1996. Studies have repeatedly shown a higher rate of mortality in mothers who have a C-section delivery, especially those who have multiple C-sections."

    According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranks behind more than 40 other countries when it comes to maternal death rates, with 11 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies when measured in 2005. More women die in the U.S. after giving birth than die in countries including Poland, Croatia, Italy and Canada, to name a few.

    Did anyone watch The Office Baby episode? I don't watch the series but I watched the baby episode last night. Too cute! They had a lot of good info on there about birth, but the postpartum nurse was AWFUL and completely unhelpful with breastfeeding help. At least she sent the Lactation Consultant in (a male LC? interesting!)


  1. Where do you go for the free stuff?! That is so cool!!

  2. You can go to the company websites (that I mentioned above) and make a request for samples. Tell them you're a doula and you work with moms! :)

  3. hahahahah the bumpit list is hilarious!!!! my favorites from the comments: "My belly button feels like a button on a coat that's too tight like everytime i laugh or cough it is going to pop off and put someones eye out!!!!" "My nipples turned dark, dark brown!! Who knew that was going to happen???" "It didn't matter how many times I shaved, my underarms were always dark- not hairy, just dark. Too weird." "Swollen Eyeballs. My OB and eye doctors informed me that my eyes have swollen and become so dry that my prescription has actually changed." "I never expected to grow hair around my anus." "extra skin pieces!! I get them all over my chest/neck (where people can see them, no less) with each pregnancy!" "itchy nips! I wanted to rip them off and no amount of lotion would help." "my areola are growing, not something I was looking forward to. I'm wondering...will they shrink back? LOL" "Apparently your nipples have more than one hole. Meaning when you breast feed milk may come out in many different directions." "has anyone noticed that after you do have a good bowl movement that baby is super active, he's like, wow, i've got room to move around again, HA!" "I'm well aware of the vag swelling - it hasn't got to the point where I can't position my legs around it and my partner actually likes it." "The 4-6 week-long period after the birth." "Popping ribs!! Really painful" "Nose bleeds. Gross."


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