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Telling is Not Teaching

It was almost 4 years ago that I decided I wanted to be a Childbirth Educator. The information overload I was going through at the time as I began my Doula training, had me feeling angry about the things that had happened at my son’s birth. I felt very strongly that more than anything, my long term goal was to be able to help make the information that there ARE options in birth more available to women. I researched all the different organizations and methods out there for CBE and ultimately decided that I felt like I fit best with ALACE, who would later dissolve and become International Birth and Wellness Project. Not long after beginning my CBE program, I read more about Lamaze’s Passion for Birth Seminars and I REALLY wanted to eventually be able to attend one. I loved the idea of not being a boring educator. πŸ˜› I was almost set up to host one for Feb. 2010, when I found out that I was pregnant with Addison and being due in early March figured the timing would be bad. So I postponed my plans BUT I finally got to host one this past weekend through Georgia Birth Network and I wasn’t even remotely disappointed. It was even better than I expected. I came away with so many innovative and interactive ideas. There would be way too many to actually use in a series but now I have so many choices, it will be hard to decide which ones I like best. Just for fun… This one is a good visual to show that by accepting one intervention you inevitably end up with more. Each intervention card has a string attached to it, that attaches to mom. The postpartum robe. It is covered in objects to spark conversation about postpartum issues. This one is harder to see but it is a Pie of Pain. You add slices to the pie, things that can help reduce pain. Β  Movement, partner’s support, comfort measures, etc. At the end you leave a slice of the pie open because nothing can completely get rid of the pain, not even medication. I think it would be a good lead in to a discussion on the purpose of pain and reframing how we think about pain during childbirth. I was also very privileged to get to spend 3 days with an awesome group of women! It was so sweet that at the... read more

Story of My Life

I have really been slacking lately on the things I want to do, but I am determined to try and get my priorities straightened out and try to make my life some what manageable! I think I need to set aside designated times that I will work on my volunteer stuff & my business stuff, then the rest is focus on family time. Or even maybe a little ME time in there. That would be nice. OMG! Wouldn’t that be nice??!!! I haven’t been putting enough effort into my time with Haden, mostly just letting him run around the house and play or letting him watch TV. Now it is time to get over and start trying to get my crap together. Today we did actually manage to do some “homeschool” stuff, somewhere in the midst of, cranky baby that won’t nap and ALL the Monday cleaning, which really I’m not even done with yet. I have a very scary looking mountain of laundry in my bedroom that I am going to try and tackle after dinner. Today we took some leaves that we had put inside our flower press and made something with them. They were actually leaves that we collected at the park in Woodstock we visited a few weeks back with the homeschool group. Maddie and Grace helped too. With collecting leaves, I mean. We made a tree! And talked about the different parts of a tree, types of animals that might live in one and fruits that grow on trees. After that he lost interest. πŸ˜› It has actually been a fairly crazy couple of weeks with everything that has been going on. Last week was the Baby Steps teacher training, which now has me all pumped up. Hopefully there will be so craft nights in my near future so that I can spruce up some of my teaching aids. Addison went to the whole thing with me and was the best baby ever.Β She took some really awesome naps. I wish she would take naps like that here.Β I love my little girl. She is such a fun baby when she wants to be. πŸ˜› Then I had a busy week, teaching the last class of a private class series & a homebirth class, had a CBE meeting that felt a lot more like a GNO, plus 2 sick kids thrown into that mix. I would have also had 2 play practices for the play Birth... read more

Wiggle Worm

Last night I had a Childbirth Educators Mentorship Meeting to attend for Georgia Birth Network. It ended up being a very small gathering, that I would have enjoyed more if Addison hadn’t been with me. Usually I am totally fine with taking her places because she is such an easy baby and she is so funny to be around. Always smiling and talking. Last night though, she about killed me with the way she squirmed and wiggled. In the end I was really wishing I had brought a blanket so I could have just laid her in the floor to play. I don’t know how much the Thai restaurant would have liked that but oh freakin’ well. The service was poor anyways! Next week I have a Girl’s Night Out! Woot! We are going to the Melting Pot in Kennesaw. So yummy! Who doesn’t love fondue? If you don’t… you are weird. πŸ˜‰ But now I am semi- dreading it because of the wiggle worm. I think her teething is adding to it but she is just growing up. She doesn’t want to be held anymore. She wants to be on the move. I am thinking I am going to bring her bumbo seat with me and let her sit in the booth and give her a pile of toys on the table and hopefully she will be ok? Hopefully. Not having the world’s best day today but I am hoping to turn it around. Haden has gone to his granny’s house, which would be great if he hadn’t spent the whole morning and early afternoon laying around whining and asking when she was gonna get here to pick him up. I think I am going to have to stop telling him when she is coming and he can just be surprised. It is an issue every week. He doesn’t want to do anything with me. Just wants to stare out the window and wait for her. I am almost done with my grocery list for tonight so that we can hit the Kroger. We are so in need of some food. πŸ™ My fridge and pantry look so sad. Trying out some new stuff this week. So exciting cause I really love to eat. And me and Haden have big plans for learning about Denmark and making Smorrebrod, which are open sandwiches that are popular there. Of course, I will take pictures and blog about it! I guess... read more

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