October 2018 Newsletter: Conception to Postpartum Favorites

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A Note From the Midwife:

Conception to postpartum—it's no small task navigating such a phase in our lives. We often hear women talk about how daunting and overwhelming it is to start researching all the things they need to know, do, and find out about when preparing to have a baby. Living in the information age as we do, ironically, only makes this overwhelming feeling worse. We get it. We've been there. This month's newsletter is aimed at laying down a few stepping stones for you along that path, in the form of some of our favorite providers, resources, and local groups who are particularly wonderful in supporting families through the many phases of the childbearing year. These are just a starter list, so be quick to reach out if there's more that we can do to help you find the best matches for you in your care at such a critical and important time in your life. We're here for you!
Always,
Eve

Our top 10 products to recommend:

Earth Mama Perineal Balm
Earth Mama Nipple Butter
Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel Formula (for hemorrhoids)
Dr. Christopher's Birth Prep Six Week Formula
Crescent Womb Baby Hammock
Boppy Pillow or My Brest Friend Pillow
Bamboobies Breast Pads
New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins
The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD
Frida Baby- NoseFrida

Our top 10 providers to refer to:

Amy-Rose White
Bea Hammond
Susan McLaughlin
Dr. Erik VanSlooten
Salt Lake Prenatal Massage
Utah Doula Association
Lactation Link
Kristi VanOrman 
Sunnyside Pediatrics
The Healing Group





 The exceptional participants in our 'Conception to Postpartum" Seminar on October 6th, 10-12pm.  Come & have your questions answered by these experts in fields like, pregnancy, birth, placenta encapsulation & tincture, childbirth education, chiropractic health, pediatrics, fitness, nutrition & postpartum support.  This is a rare opportunity to see so many local providers at once, for FREE & absolutely not to be missed!!  Saturday, October 6th, 10-12pm

The exceptional participants in our 'Conception to Postpartum" Seminar on October 6th, 10-12pm.

Come & have your questions answered by these experts in fields like, pregnancy, birth, placenta encapsulation & tincture, childbirth education, chiropractic health, pediatrics, fitness, nutrition & postpartum support.

This is a rare opportunity to see so many local providers at once, for FREE & absolutely not to be missed!!

Saturday, October 6th, 10-12pm

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Join us for a wonderful new group with our very own Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker as facilitator. 

Anyone in their first 12 months of postpartum is welcome to come, tell their stories & build community with others in the group. 

We are looking forward to seeing you! 

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Top Fertility Tracking Apps

Clue Period Tracker
Kindara Fertility App
Ovia Fertility & Cycle Tracker
Natural Cycles

Best Breastfeeding Resources

La Leche League 
Kellymom 
Lactmed Database
Office on Women's Health
World Alliance for BreastfeedingAction

Best Breast Pumps

Medela Pump In Style
Spectra Baby USA S2
Spectra Baby S1
Philips AVENT 
Bellema Mango Portable

Top Pregnancy Apps

The BUMP Countdown
Sprout Pregnancy
Matriarc Postpartum App
What to Expect Tracker
WebMD Pregnancy


Best Baby Products 

Safety Products
Baby Diapering 
Healthy Baby 
Maternity Basics
Best Nursery Supplies

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Our nutrition contributor Anne Dorsey writes in her blog on 
"6 Secrets To Relieve PMS & Balance Your Hormones"

Imagine feeling like you're temporarily somebody else, trapped in the body of a stranger who is angrier, more irrational and sadder than you are. This emotional stranger hijacks your body once a month and consumes your identity. Sometimes this new secondary identity weeps uncontrollably, or even lashes out at loved ones. And to make matters worse, your stomach is bloated, your breasts might be sore and you've got mad cravings! 
Sadly, this hypothetical scenario isn't so “make-believe” for thousands of women around the world. It describes PMS; a real and often debilitating condition that affects up to 75% of Western women.

So what can we do about it? Do we need to be victim to this monthly cycle, or can we break free?

In this blog post, I'll be sharing new discoveries and key insights for managing PMS naturally.
But first, let me explain...
Read the FULL ARTICLE

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Join this local group to meet other new parents, share stories, get fresh air & exercise but most importantly build your community!


Check next month's newsletter for updates on where the Sunshine Crew will be help during the winter months! 
 



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The Birth Center would like to thank Dr. Taylor Krick for all of his wonderful work in our community! 
We wish you & your family all the best in your move & future endeavors!

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Thank you all for reading this newsletter! 
Please feel free to email me directly with your ideas for future topics, articles & seminar presenters to
danka@utahbirthcenter.com
We love all of you!

September 2018

A word from our midwife:

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As the days finally start to become cooler, we heave a sigh, relaxing into a lovely fall as we remember the fun of summer. Fall is the time of Farmer’s Markets, final harvesting, wearing sweaters and watching our beautiful mountains start to change in preparation for the winter.

We also must change to be ready for cooler weather and more time indoors. For many of us school makes our lives more predictable, but we must make time for fun and spontaneity in the fall as well.

Remember to spend time for yourself every week. What do you want to do? Take a class? Volunteer? Walk the park every day? Learn a new craft? Give yourself time to pursue interests every week – make sure your partner does as well. Meet new people and keep your life exciting.

Remember, if you have a partner, spend time every week on a “date”. Dates are for enjoying each other’s company and learning more about each other. The “rules” for dates are:

1. You may not talk about your children (including any that are upcoming).

2. You may not talk about work.

3. You may not talk about money.

This will bring us back to the reason that we fell in love in the first place. Spend time exploring your partners interests and you will find more to love about each other.

Spend time finding fall activities that you would love, like city festivals, city parks, local canyons, leaf watching, corn mazes and pumpkin hunts. Wind up a lovely summer and get ready to enjoy a colorful fall.
- Becky

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Join The Birth Center in celebrating all of our families at our Giant Birthday Bash!

At Fairmont Park
North Pavilion
1049 E Sugarmount Dr.
Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm


Refreshments, face painting. live music, henna art, a playground. photo booth & Magician Doug Roy!!

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For a tour of our beautiful facility with a midwife, please call 801.288.2229 or email us at info@utahbirthcenter.com

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Check out Doug's totally new, one of a kind, gender reveal show!! 
Genderrevealmagic.com


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'Why Your Head Is NOT The Boss"

Lyn Christian of Soul Salt
For hundreds of years it’s been believed that emotions and heart sensations as well as gut instincts are inferior to rational thinking. Good old Rene’ Descartes set that up for us in the early 1600’s. Dubbed as the “Father of Western Philosophy,” this mathematician/philosopher is famous for saying Cogito ergo sum (I think; therefore I am.).

Today, science shows the value and wisdom of connecting with the other neural systems within our bodies. Let me share samples of what some researchers are saying about these scientific breakthroughs:

“Emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking.” —Antonio R. Damasio,  Professor of Neurology and author of Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain

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5 Easy Ways To Detox Your Life Just In Time For Fall

Anne Dorsey, Nutrition & Wellness Contributor
Voted "Best Nutritionist in Utah" by City Weekly


YOUR HOME

There’s a reason that Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” is a hit—it seriously works! Cleaning up your physical space clears your mental head space, too. Research shows that messy, disorganized living spaces can increase anxiety levels and decrease productivity. Not good!

You can do a really deep clean a là Kondo—which involves going through all of your belongings, setting aside the things that give you true “joy,” and getting rid of the rest—or if you’d prefer, do a literal clean. Use this all-natural DIY cleaning solution below to give your home the organic treatment it deserves. It works on tile, laminate, and marble, and smells incredible!

¾ cup of water

¼ cup rubbing alcohol

10 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

½ teaspoon liquid castile soap

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spritz the affected area and wipe clean with recycled paper towel or microfiber cloth.

YOUR WORK

September is a wonderful time to revisit the goals you set for yourself in the beginning of the year. It might have been a while since you last checked them, and I’ll bet that you’re pleasantly surprised when you see how much you’re done already!

If you’re not any closer to the goals that you created for yourself, it’s time to get focused and decide if they’re still important to you. Here’s the thing: It’s OK if your goals have changed and evolved—that means you have, too. Just be sure to write a new set of goals out to give yourself something to work towards. 

YOUR INBOX

We get an average of 120 emails a day—but only open about 30 percent of them. That’s a lot of spam. And it’s messing with your productivity. Researchers say that every time we step away from a task to check or answer email, it takes at least 15 minutes to get back into an efficient workflow. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from those messages that you constantly find yourself deleting. You can also try different services like unroll.me or list-unsubscribe.com to help you get rid of the stuff you don’t need quickly and easily.

YOUR HABITS

Summer is coming to a close. It’s a notoriously lazy time of year—lounging, relaxing, and three-day-weekends are plentiful. All of this R&R is certainly nice, but can make even the most disciplined person throw their routine out the window.

Take stock of where you’re spending your time on a daily basis. You can write it in a spreadsheet, or an hourly calendar, to start documenting how much time you spend on everything you do in your life, including work, self-care, commuting, reading, exercising and cooking. Once you figure out how much time you’re spending on specific tasks, it’s up to you to decide if you’re using your time wisely and adjust accordingly.  

YOUR DIET

The autumn produce you’ll find at the farmers’ market is magnificent—pumpkin, squash, and herbs are so bountiful. Exploring seasonal fruits and veggies is the perfect way to reset and cleanse your diet. Try eating light, plant-based meals for a week, or even using an elimination diet to crowd out cravings. 
ClickHERE for information on an upcoming retreat to bring the focus back to yourself from all of our daily distractions.

August 2018: The 4th Trimester

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A Note From the Midwife:
Pregnancy has three trimesters; babies have four. The fourth trimester is the first 12 weeks of a baby’s life. It’s called the fourth trimester because, developmentally, the baby is still a fetus—but they’re a fetus on the outside, continuing their development in the arms of their family, rather than in the arms of the womb. 

Humans are different from many mammals in this regard. Think about horses and cows and giraffes and elephants. Those babies are born ready to get up and run on their first day. Our babies don’t even crawl for 6 months to a year, let alone walk or run. Other mammal babies are fully gestated when they are born. Our babies really aren’t. Our babies have to be born when they’re, by all accounts, still fetuses, because 1) the human brain is so much bigger than other mammals, and 2) as bipeds our pelvises are so much smaller, that babies have to be born as fetuses so they can still fit through the pelvis at birth.

A worthy compromise, we’d all agree! But a compromise that presents a unique mammalian challenge to us as human parents. It means that our babies are entirely dependent on us to even lift their heads, not to mention every single other aspect of their survival and well-being. And while this is good, but hard, medicine for the soul to have to transform into parents and become so selfless and giving for the benefit of another human life, it can also be, at times, demanding to the extreme.

But hope and answers are out there! As is the support we need as parents to survive *and* thrive during this time. For both of my babies, seeing them as a fetus that is developing now on the outside, has helped me so much to know and to learn how to soothe them and care for them with a relatively minimal amount of crying. Re-creating the environment of the womb for them when they need to be soothed has worked wonders for us. Swaddling, white noise, and swaying movements like they remember from their time when they were growing inside, each of these things typically works like a flipped light switch to soothe them into calm and sleep. These were all things I learned at group at The Birth Center from The Happiest Baby on the Block, a DVD and method produced by Dr. Harvey Karp. It literally saved me and my son’s lives when he was a very tough tiny sleeper (or non-sleeper, I should say). 

There are so many more resources, supports, and methods for moms, babies, dads, older siblings: all things to help the whole family thrive through the many challenges and changes of the fourth trimester. We hope this newsletter is helpful in connecting your family on your journey through the fourth trimester. And remember that your midwives are only ever a text or a phone call away to be part of your support. We are always here for you! So be quick to reach out.

All our love, as always,
Eve

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We've been having such a blast meeting new families & seeing past clients at the Sugarhouse Farmer's Market! Come visit us any Wednesday 5-8 until September- We would love to have you say hello, take a picture & feature it here!

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Postpartum moms, your village is here. Please join in a gathering of other newborn mothers at The Birth Center. This free group is for ALL mothers that have given birth within the last 12 months. It doesn't matter how or where your baby was born. You are welcome here. If you're struggling, you are welcome here. If you're thriving, you are welcome here. Let's gather in uplifting one another. We'll have important discussions & maybe even enjoy a laugh or two. This group begins September 6 & continues to run the first & third Thursday of the month. 10-12pm.

Ten Commandments for the Postpartum Mother By Dr Williams Sears

Thou shalt not cook, clean house, do laundry or entertain.

Thous shalt be given a Doula.

Thou shalt remain clothed in thy nightgown and sit in thy rocking chair as long as thou pleaseth.

Thou shalt honor thy partner with an appropriate share of household chores.

Thou shalt not give up thy baby to unfamiliar caregivers.

Thou shalt take long walks in green pastures, eat good food, and drink enough water.

Thou shalt not have strangers and unhelpful visitors in thy home.

Thou shalt groom thy hair and adorn thy body with attractive robes.

Thou shalt not have prophets of bad baby advice in thy company.

Thou shalt sleep when the baby sleeps. 

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The Birth Center Seminar Series:
Sierra Abrams Brooks, CPD (CAPPA), CAPPA PP Doula Trainer, CLC, Gentle Sleep Consultant

August 11th, 10-12pm

Sierra has been serving women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum since 2000.  Starting out as a birth and postpartum doula until she began her own family and became a mother to her first son in 2009.  She knew her main focus was now on her own babies, so she shifted from being a birth doula (and on call) to education, breastfeeding and postpartum support.  In her last month of pregnancy with her second and last son in 2011, she was hired to be a childbirth educator for Methodist Women's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  She soon gained her Lamaze Teaching certification and enjoyed working with a team of amazing educators who provided Omaha with gentle, evidence based education.  They also created Omaha's first hospital based class geared toward couples who were consider unmedicated labor and deliveries.  Sierra had the honor of being on the team of educators who wrote curriculum for and presented this class. 
In 2014 Sierra's family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to be close to the mountains as they love the outdoors. She launched Bud to Blossom, a business dedicated to educating families from pregnancy through postpartum, classes such as childbirth prep, both traditional, postpartum and sibling preparation, provides postpartum doula support, early breastfeeding support and gentle sleep consulting (she calls it--Mother Baby Sleep Support). 
Her main priority is supporting families as a pp doula and is excited to bring the CAPPA standard to more families in Utah and the surrounding areas as a new pp Doula Trainer for CAPPA. 
In her free time, she loves nature camping, music, playing her 12 string guitar, singing, playing with her husband and kids, traveling and enjoying life!

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Amy Updike- Fitness Contributor:

That postpartum period can be SOO eye opening! Everyone said the weight would fall right off of you because you are breastfeeding, but its been 2 months and you feel like nothing has changed! This all boils down to one word.
Expectations. 
Its important to not have too many expectations in the postpartum period. Each of our bodies are so unique and our situations and experiences are just as different. We cannot predict how we will feel, how our recovery will commence, how much sleep we will be getting, etc. moving into this very special time. 
The BEST fitness advice that I can possibly give during the 4th trimester is..... Listen. To. Your. Body. Just like in pregnancy, your body is your guide. What feels right to one won't feel right to another. What felt great after baby number 1 might not feel great after baby number 2. Our circumstances are rarely the same. Having grace is always such a key factor here. My top 3 recommendations for easing back into fitness in the postpartum period are:

1) When you and your midwife have established that you are ready to resume exercise, go for it! Listen to your body to decide how much or how little you feel like you can handle.
2) If you have to choose between sleep and exercise, you might want to choose sleep. And that's OK! Our bodies simply cannot function without adequate rest. And with a newborn, it can be very unpredictable when and how much sleep we will get. There will always be time to be committed to your exercise plan when your baby is not fresh out of the oven.
3) Its OK to start slow. Chances are, you probably lost some muscle and strength during pregnancy. The hard part about this is that we feel SO weak and tired when we start exercising again and that can be very discouraging. The good news is: that strength and muscle WILL come back! Thank you muscle memory!! Ease back into your routine without having a lot of expectations of how much you should be able to do and how long your stamina should last. The important part is that you are doing something! Listen to your body for cues on when it can handle more and slowly increase weights or amount of time exercising as you feel able to. Don't give up. Fitness is SO much more than the way your body looks a few months after giving birth. Your body is strong and just did one of the most miraculous things on Earth!

You can find Amy on:
Instagram: @fitamysuzanne  YouTube: Amy Updike  
Facebook: fitamysuzanne 
www.fitamysuzanne.com

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Links to ease up your postpartum:

Mops.org

TBC videos for the 4th trimester

Find your perfect postpartum Doula

Kellymom Parenting & Breastfeeding

PSI - Postpartum Support International

As always, please ask us about the many resources we have at TBC 
be it Doulas, mood disorders, partner support, pediatricians & much, much more! 

 

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Join the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition for a week full of events, workshops & booths at the WIC Fair & Sugarhouse Farmer's Market.
#BreastfeedingCafeUT

Community Calendar
8.1 Sunshine Crew @Liberty Park 11-12pm
8.1 WIC Breastfeeding fair 1-6pm
8.1 Sugarhouse Farmer's Market 5-8pm
8.2 WIC Breastfeeding Fair 10-4pm
8.2 Prenatal Yoga @Centered City 7:30-8:45pm
8.3 WIC Breastfeeding Fair 10-4pm
8.4 Family Art Project 10-12pm Kafeneio Cafe
8.5 Breastfeeding Cafe 9-11am Wheeler Historic Farm
 8.7 Bradley Childbirth @TBC 6-8:30pm
8.8 Sunshine Crew @Liberty Park 11-12pm
8.8 Sugarhouse Farmer's Market 5-8pm
8.9 Prenatal Yoga @Centered City 7:30-8:45pm
8.11 Seminar: Postpartum Care, Sierra Abrams Brooks @TBC 10-12pm
8.14 Bradley Childbirth @TBC 6-8:30pm 
8.15 Sunshine Crew @Liberty Park 11-12pm
8.15 Sugarhouse Farmer's Market 5-8pm
8.16 Monthly Social @TBC 7pm
8.16 Prenatal Yoga @Centered City 7:30-8:45pm
8.18 Breastfeeding Class @TBC 1-3pm
8.20 Hypnobirthing @TBC 6:30-9pm
8.21 Post Cesarean Support Group @TBC 5:30-7pm
8.21 Bradley Childbirth @TBC 7:30-10pm
8.22 Sunshine Crew @Liberty Park 11-12pm
8.22 Sugarhouse Farmer's Market 5-8pm
8.23 Prenatal Yoga @Centered City 7:30-8:45pm
8.25 Hypnobabies @TBC 4-7pm
8.27 Hypnobirthing @TBC 6:30-9pm
8.28 Bradley Childbirth @TBC 6-8:30pm
8.29 Sunshine Crew @Liberty Park 11-12pm
8.29 Sugarhouse Farmer's Market 5-8pm
8.30 Prenatal Yoga @Centered City 7:30-8:45pm

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Just a few sweet photos of our latest group reunion! 
We love you all!! 
TBC Team

July 2018: The Big Summer Issue

A word from our midwives:

Happy Summer, Everyone!
It is a time to relax, reflect and enjoy. We tend to slow down in the summer and stop to enjoy the little things more. Remember to take time for yourself, smell the flowers, sit in the sun and watch the world grow. Keep a positive attitude, smile at the world and try to love each minute. We are so busy most of the time that we forget to enjoy each moment. We here at The Birth Center want you to let the world pass you by this summer and enjoy watching it ride past as you rest and enjoy.                             - Becky

July-September our team will be at the Sugarhouse Farmer's market every Wednesday 5-8pm. Stop by to cool off under our tent, nurse your babe in one of our comfy chairs or just say hi and hang out!! We are SO excited to see you!
1030 Sugarmont Dr. SLC, UT 84106
Wednesdays 5-8pm

Events About Town
 Water Circus @UT Fairgrounds, July 1
Check out full daily calendar here
 Princess & The Pirate Train 7pm,July 6
Heber Valley Railroad
Fun Things to Do With The Kiddos
 Family Art Making, July 12
UMFA
 Outdoor Science Exploration Fridays through August
Summer Jam Concert Series, Mondays through August
Venture OUT Fridays
Concerts on The Common,
Saturday Nights
City of Holladay
Sugarhouse Farmers Market,Wednesdays 5-8pm

TBC Seminar Series of Cadence Chiropractic
Dr. Marc Nelson
July 21, 2018 10-12pm


Dr. Nelson will be presenting a full overview of chiropractic care and the Webster technique and how it relates to you and your baby's health, as well as optimal positioning for labor. Your body experiences many types of stress during pregnancy including physical, mental, and hormonal stress. Dr. Nelson will cover what you need to know to make sure your birth is everything you hope it will be. Learn more about the science and safety of the chiropractic adjustment during pregnancy. 

Dr. Nelson has spent much of his life researching and learning about how the body functions and how to optimize human performance. Dr. Nelson graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude as one of the top in his class from Logan College of Chiropractic in St Louis Missouri. He has received extensive post graduate education and training on Neurology, care of pregnant mothers both before and after delivery, as well as chiropractic care for children.  

This past month we've been having so much fun taking photos of our return families with all of their quilts. How we love what we do & the gift of your coming back to us baby after baby is just incredible!  Stop by to say hello and find your baby's feet & we would love to feature you & your family in this newsletter! 


This month, Lyn Christian talks about focus & multi-tasking. 
How Agile is Your Focus?

Do you pride yourself on being an exceptional multi-tasker?

Do you juggle numerous priorities?

Maybe it’s time to take a clear-eyed view of how multi-tasking and juggling affect performance.

In recent years, an incredible amount of research has been compiled against the perceived benefits of multi-tasking, revealing that it’s really not the path to a quick, agile brain.

Unfortunately, this is something government officials at the FBI had to learn the hard way. A story from The Washington Post details how the Bureau undertook a new case-management software project in 2003, and how it became the perfect example of why multi-tasking doesn’t work. Millions of dollars were wasted on a system that was doomed to fail. One bright spot in this tragic example comes as talented scientists and engineers began examining why it was such a colossal failure. And because they are smart and humble, they evolved ideas you and I can use in our daily lives.
Continue Reading Here

As an additional offering click here for Lyn's Be Focused course. 

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Our nutrition contributor Anne Dorsey,
of Milk & Honey Wellness on Summer Sun Safety & the importance of Vitamin D!


Summer is here! And with it tons of sun! We have been told for years to cover up and avoid the sun, for fear of getting skin cancer. Even with all of the focus and effort put on using sunscreen, melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer, continues to rise. So should we really be demonizing the sun or is there another underlying reason why skin cancer has been increasing over the years? Instead, maybe we should be out in the sun making Vitamin D. 

Read the full blog here! 
Here's an added link for a wonderful summer recipe :)

 

 

 

 

June 2018 Newsletter: Stress and Self Care

A note from the midwives:
For better or worse, stress is an inevitable, and usually constant, part of our lives. There's no avoiding it or getting around it- only decreasing it. 

There's a bit of brain chemistry that I find is particularly helpful to know when I'm working to manage stress in my life. So we have happy brain hormones that get released when we have positive experiences, and depressing and stress-response hormones that get released when we have negative experiences, right? Well here's the thing: the happy hormones have a super short lifespan. They live fast and die young. The depressing hormones on the other hand, live into a very ripe old age. Hormones associated with negative feelings live at least 5, and sometimes 10 times longer than happy hormones. 

This may be depressing at first. There's plenty to shake our fists at in that fun fact about our bodies. But there's a life lesson for us in this particular part of our physiology. Here's what I take from it. Most of us try to stretch the happy feelings from positive experiences way longer than those happy hormones can actually live. It can result in discouragement or a letdown that we don't get a lift longer from happy times, but negative feelings live on and on. When we think of that in terms of our brain chemistry, we're quite literally fighting against nature to try to be happy longer. If we're working with nature and working with our bodies, then we will get much more mileage from shifting our focus to increasing the frequency of positive experiences in our lives, rather than trying to stretch them out longer than they can ever last.

We'd all like to take amazing vacations every month in order to do this, but the reality is that the secret to this tactic is in the small and simple everyday things. When I was in midwifery school (top two of the most stressful and demanding times of my life), a mentor of mine saw the rigorous demands, the oftentimes crippling stress to perform, and the relentless schedule that I was under. She taught me this piece of brain chemistry that I've just shared with you, and then invited me to make a list of 30 little, undemanding things that made me happy, to cut them out, and to put them in a jar. Every day I was supposed to take one out, and spend a few minutes of my day doing one happy thing. I looked at this with no shortage of skepticism. But I took that advice, and it was not just amazing, it was life changing. They were the littlest things: play my guitar, read a few pages of my favorite poetry, give myself permission to go buy my favorite candy, call my sister, go stand by water, take an extra 30 minutes to go do my studying in my favorite room of my favorite old library downtown, take five full minutes to look up at the stars before walking in after another late night/early morning of school and clinic: you get the idea. 

Those are some of the things that worked for me. My schedule and the demands on me were exactly the same, but I and my stress level were totally different. I had more joy and peace. I didn't feel drained and depleted all the time. I felt more optimistic and more equal to my responsibilities. Thanks to the wisdom of a friend, I had found a way to easily and manageably increase the frequency of positive experiences in my life, and I was so much better, so much less stressed, and so much more up for the challenges in my life at that time.

So here's a newsletter rife with tips, tricks, and local resources, all directed at lowering stress and increasing the simple little happy times. We wish you a wonderful summer full of many happy moments on your own and with your loved ones!

Much love,
Eve


Best Self Growth Podcasts
2018


The Daily Boost
motivationtomove.com

Happier With Gretchen Rubin
gretchenrubin.com

The Tony Robbins Podcast
tonyrobbins.com

The Minimalists Podcast
theminimalists.com

The Charged Life
brendon.com

The Melissa Ambrosini Show
melissaambrosini.com

The Well
mamamia.com

Awesound with Gregg Clunis
awesound.com


A sweet note from one of our newest mamas (above) - 

"I am new to being a mom and new to being a stay at home mom. Some days I feel like I have no idea what I am doing but when I’m around other moms I realize I am not alone in feeling this way,  some have been there and all have gotten through it and some are going through other things that we as a group have not experienced and we all support each other regardless in any way we can because inside we know individually would not be able to make it alone." 

-Thanh

Lyn Christian, Founder & CEO of SoulSalt, 
Joins the TBC newsletter as a lifestyle contributor gives us some pointers on self efficacy and how to reclaim your time for a more pleasurable life. Check out her real-life effective techniques to unleash your inner self and power through your life! 
 

Lyn Christian has been called a coach’s coach. While training hundreds of coaches, she considers her greatest contribution as those made within the hearts, minds, and lives of her actual coaching clients.

Founder of SoulSalt, Inc., Lyn has been called a Bad Ass, primarily because she is the embodiment of the principles and ideals taught at SoulSalt Inc.

Lyn is credited as a contributing author in: Renewal, Nourishing body, mind, heart, and soul, of the Portable 7 Habits™, Franklin Covey 1999; Choice, Choosing the proactive life you want to live, of the Portable 7 Habits™, Franklin Covey 1999; and Simply Brilliant, 1800 success tips and life lessons from America’s top personal and business coaches, Leonard 1999. Other writings include: Achieving Balance, Thoughts on personal renewal, Franklin Covey 1999, and Self Integrity, Identify your governing values, Franklin Covey 1999, as well as assisted with the writing for Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play, Franklin Covey 2000. She also created coach training for Franklin Covey Coaching LLC and Legacy Learning LLC in 2001 to 2004.

During the fiscal year 2000, Lyn was recognized for outstanding achievement and performance as a Senior Project Manager in Product Development & Innovation at Franklin Covey and attended President’s Club held in Los Cabos, Mexico. During the fiscal year 2001, Lyn served as the Associate Director of the Franklin Covey Project Management Innovation Center. Her commission was to infiltrate the Franklin Covey culture with a project management methodology. Working with the PMIC staff, she trained and coached hundreds of employees on project management. Through the efforts of Lyn and the PMIC staff, Franklin Covey quickly accrued 4 million dollars of value in nine months.

Lyn’s most recent adventure has been to face-off with her childhood fear of drowning by entering competitive sports after the age of 50. She now competes in Sprint Triathlons and multi-sport endurance races.

Clearly Lyn is a thought leader.  She has a taste for life that takes her to diverse populations in a variety of industries. No matter if she is working with a celebrity or small business owner, a CEO or warehouse auditor, her edgy yet balanced approach to life and coaching is stimulating.  It is this same sort of entrepreneurial spirit that drove her as a kid to organize neighborhood rodeos and earn an income doing jobs like mowing lawns and digging post holes. It is this dream-chasing spirit that drives Lyn’s work today. She is intent on her clients getting remarkable results.

With all this said, Lyn lays claim to being an expert at only one thing – hungering for and embracing wisdom and personal evolution. At the end of a week when it is time to sit and relax, Lyn loves the company of her partner, an excellent movie and a bowl of their own home-made blend of sweet and savory popcorn.


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The Birth Center Seminar Series:
June 16th 10-12pm
Be Your Own Medicine

Susan McLaughlin, PT - ALIGN 

Susan McLaughlin is a physical therapist, a pelvic health specialist, and the owner of ALIGN. People usually come to ALIGN for pain relief, but what they really walk away with is a greater understanding of their body.  Susan is passionate about facilitating clients to tune into their habitual daily activities that affect postural alignment, tissue function and movement. With awareness, clients can create new patterns to build healthier tissues for structural support and fluid movement. Ultimately, the goal of ALIGN is to help people learn self care strategies to get out of pain, improve function, and become more vital.  Because when we have the tools to heal ourselves, that is when we thrive!

Our nervous system governs everything in our body:  our metabolism, our blood vessels, our muscle system, our digestive system, our hormones, our immune system, our sleep/wake cycles and more!  By understanding our nervous system and stress physiology we can begin to heal ourselves.


Symptoms of a sick nervous system:
* immune and digestive problems
* depression, anxiety and stress
* brain fog, can’t think clearly
* fatigue
* chronic pain and illness
* difficulty forming healthy and lasting relationships
* mental roadblocks, fears, resistance

Join Susan as she dives into the biology of stress and the autonomic nervous system.  When you can learn about your biology from the inside out, you can understand your physiology and not fear it.  This awareness can open the door for change to happen.

https://www.alignforhealth.com/

To listen to Susan's podcast :
https://www.alignforhealth.com/podcast


Our Nutrition & Wellness contributor, Anne Dorsey shares 2 posts on how to lower your stress by using natural methods, nutrition & self care.
Click on the links below to read on.

The De-Stressing Food Everyone is Talking About

Why The Hustle Ain't So Fabulous- 6 Soul Nourishing Tips

May 2018 Newsletter: Sexual Wellness

A word from the midwives:

At The Birth Center there are no “off-limits” topics. We are aware that sexual health and relationships are critical to a sense of well-being. Most of the things in our life that will increase well-being will take commitment and a continuing attention to the details. We work on all aspects of our lives with intention – like losing weight or eating healthy foods. Sex, intimacy and relationships are important as parts of who we are and will improve as we open ourselves to all that they have to offer.  We suggest that you consider the following tips:

  • Consider scheduling time to have intimacy with your partner. It becomes much more difficult to spontaneously do anything when you have added a child to the family. Scheduling intimacy at a time when you know that you will be alone, or children are asleep is a good first step in improving your sexual relationships.
  • You can create or increase desire without waiting for it to occur. Start with some time to talk to each other about things that interest you, not children, work or money. Yes, a regular date night for you and your partner. It is also good to take time to touch each other, kiss and relax together. This can sometimes create desire and always improves your relationship.
  • Take care of yourself. If you have any physical problems, pain, emotional discomfort, or anything else that decreases your pleasure in intimacy, take care of it. See a doctor, therapist, etc. to get the care needed to feel good again.
  • Be aware of your need for safety, be sure that you consider what helps you to feel safe while physically intimate. Do not dismiss your needs, meeting your own needs is critical for you to enjoy your intimate relationships.
  • Communicate! Talk about what you and your partner need and what you both want. At first this is very uncomfortable and may feel vulnerable but the more you share. in kind and respectful ways, the more you will understand and be able to improve your relationship.

- Becky

The Birth Center Seminar Series: Sexual Wellness
with Celina Wigle CPD (CAPPA), Sexual Wellness Mentor. The Artemis School:  
Like many educators and mentors in the field of sexual health and studies, my journey has been a winding path of internal and external, private and public, formal and informal learning experiences. As classes and opportunities presented themselves I took them with joy, excitement, and an open sense of curiosity. I explored the more formal role of sex educator and dipped my toes into a university program to pursue a doctoral in Human Sexuality only to have life pull me out of school and point me towards other directions and potentials. Below are some highlights of my journey to becoming a Sexual Wellness Mentor. 

   Read more about Celina


RESOURCES:

Some of the services we offer here at The Birth Center.  Call 801-288-2229 to schedule:

Pre-marital well woman counseling

Birth control options including: natural & non-hormonal choices, prescriptions for hormonal options, IUD placement & removal

STD testing


Drop in with your goofballs to take a picture with the new quilt & be featured in our newsletter.
I feel incredibly privileged to be the 1st one to do this with my big 2017 guy & his ladies. -Danka

Anne Dorsey of Milk & Honey Wellness joins us as our new nutrition contributor! 

We all have a need to give and receive love. Love is food for the soul. Love nourishes body, mind and spirit. And since this is the month of LOVE, I would like to talk about another level of love.  SEX.  

 From ancient fertility deities to modern drugs, our history has proven that in every culture, we are always looking for better sex!  

 None of us would be here without sex. Sex created me. Sex created you. If we weren't meant to enjoy sex, we would just touch index fingers or lay eggs to make babies. Or, at the very least, we would not be so full of hormones, that from adolescence on, we feel continually drawn toward sexual contact. Within the most deepest primal part of our brain, we are programmed to seek pleasure.  

The idea of sex as a nourishing, pleasurable, and recreational experience, unrelated to childbirth, is relatively new. And it may seem odd that a nutrition and lifestyle coach would be talking about sex. But we can eat an awful lot of green leafy vegetables and not get anywhere near the healing effects that come from having great sex!

So I want to talk about nutrition AND sex.
When I think of sexual wellness, I am thinking about not only the specific nutrients that support sexual energy, but also the reproductive, sexual wellness products that we use on, and inside our bodies.  When it comes to sex and your sexual wellness #dowhatcomesnatural.Just like a car stops without gas, our libido needs to fuel to function. If your love life has taken a dip, the spark in your step has waned, or your drive and energy for sex and pleasure has burnt out, I have good news for you!
There are certain foods and nutrients that you can choose to enjoy thriving health, pleasure, and a supercharged sex life. Just as our body requires adequate amounts of nutrients to function properly, there are specific nutrients needed to fire all the hormones involved in a vibrant libido.

Your body simply can't enjoy great sex if the proper nutrients aren't available to make it function. And this is true for everyone. Single or coupled.
For example, B vitamins are crucial for reaction and response between lovers and for adequate blood flow to sex organs. Vitamin B3 is needed for the flush of blood to skin and organs that increase orgasm, and B1 is needed for proper nerve signaling and the production of energy. Vitamin C, apart from increasing your immune system, is used by the body to support hormone synthesis that will help improve mood and sexual desire.
Minerals like selenium, zinc, and magnesium are also crucial for sperm production in males, the production of testosterone and other sexual hormones in both men and women, and in supporting the neurotransmitters that allow you to be 'turned on'.  
When you are looking for loved up foods to boost libido and pleasure, I am looking for things that will provide the specific nutrients that support sexual energy. I am especially looking for nutrient dense foods that increase activity in what is called the mesolimbic dopamine pathway which is the governing center for libido; supporting neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, bonding and feel good hormone oxytocin, mood boosting serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine. We want to keep this pathway open and flowing!

Amy Updike- Fitness Contributor

Doing a wide stance (knees and toes both pointed slightly out) goblet squat is one of my favorite lower body exercises. It strengthens the legs, glutes, and core. Try doing 4 sets of 15 reps. Pair this with any of your other favorite lower body exercises or with any light to moderate cardio!

Exercising during pregnancy keeps my energy levels up, the aches and pains much lower than they otherwise would be, increases the blood flow to the baby and the pelvic region helping my sex life during pregnancy! 

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One of our own TBC mamas, Ashley, is a Pure Romance business owner! She holds in-home parties to educate women on the benefits of relationship enhancement products & sexual wellness. Pure romance offers the highest quality products from lotions & lingerie. For more information visit PureRomance.


Jade Yoni Egg Practice for Healthy Sexuality & Excellent Childbirths ~ Melisa Brady LMT, RYT

Many of you might wonder, “What is a Jade Yoni Egg?”, and some of you may have heard of it before. Jade, is a very hard, heavy, non-porous stone. It has long been revered as a very healing stone for kidneys and reproductive organs & as having protective qualities, because of the minerals the minerals that it contains from forming inside the Earth. Yoni is a Sanskrit word. It is translated as Sacred Temple, Womb, Uterus, Vagina, and Source. Jade Egg practices are exercises in awareness done using a piece of jade, carved into the shape of an egg, inside the vagina. There is a little hole drilled in the top of many eggs so that a you can floss it and use the sting for easy removal and also for some of the exercises. Jade Egg exercises are like refined practices of Kegel exercises. These are much more detailed and specific to the 3 different levels of the vaginal canal, all the way up to the cervix. It is great to start these practices BEFORE GETTING PREGNANT. They help to get in touch with your pelvic floor in a much more personally aware and informed way. It can help to remove traumas sustained from sexual abuse, and it brings in good circulation. Many women actually have pain or numbness in their vaginas! Working with the Jade Egg is a natural way to bring health back into our beautiful, (yes the source) sacred yonis. These practices are also excellent AFTER GIVING BIRTH. My personal story… After having three babies, if I burst into laughter, or sneezed, I would pee!!!! Jade Egg practices changed that. When I discovered that, my heart sang! I knew I had share this information with as many women as possible. POSTPARTUM (after 6 weeks) using Jade Egg Practice helps to tone the vaginal walls again, as well as harmonizing and bringing all the pelvic area back together. Our wombs and vaginas are known, by some, as the second heart of a woman. It is often times where we store emotions if they are unexpressed. This can cause numbness and pain. Using a Jade Yoni Egg helps us clear these stored experiences, releasing them, helping our bodies be more clear. How does it help with healthy sexuality? By increasing our own intimate knowledge of our vaginas. Having a clear relaxed body makes feeling pleasure and enjoying sex and intimacy more enjoyable! Opening the heart (both of them) and getting to a place WITHIN OURSELVES, where we feel safe, allows the creative energy of sex to flow through us. Using these practices has allowed many women to experience their first orgasms. It can create more powerful, longer orgasms, and even full body orgasms. So, using the beautiful energy of orgasm and spreading it throughout your body and nourishing your other organs with the flow of God’s creative energy, that is so powerful, it literally can make a new human Life!, it can also re-energize your own life and body. I personally also feel this as a powerful tool to clearing second chakra right over the womb, before getting pregnant, can make a more healthy place for a baby to live, while developing for nine months. <3 Specifically, nephrite jade, is what was used in ancient times, because of the very special qualities. So, I recommend nephrite jade for all beginners to advanced users. Yoni eggs are made out of many kinds of stones these days. Be sure to choose eggs that are certified pure through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) I teach Jade Yoni Egg workshops and sell GIA certified jade eggs as well as breast stones for massaging and releasing energy stored in the breasts. Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries!


If you, or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please reach out for help!


As Eva's Great-Grandmother would say "If you run out of love, make a little more"   ;)

April 2018 Newsletter: You and Your Partner!

A Note From the Midwives:

One of our driving philosophies at TBC is this: birth belongs to families, not to healthcare providers. To us this means that we should do everything in our power to tailor the care needed to the family's way of laboring and their needs, rather than making them change what they're doing to suit us. It also means that we are not just caring for mother and baby as the patient, but for the entire family. We work hard to take good care of partners in labor, keeping them fed and hydrated, easing worries and concerns, and most of all, we care for them by doing nothing that would separate them from their partner or make their work of labor support more difficult or stressful. We view partners as a crucial part of our birth team, and view their support and involvement in the labor and birth as equally essential as any medical care that may be needed. Partners know the birthing woman better than anyone in the world, and the two of them are bringing their baby earthside together. We are all made better people by the incredible care, strength, and tenderness that we are so fortunate to witness in the truly inspiring partners of TBC.
- Eve

The 2017 Quilt is Finished!
Come visit The Birth Center & find your little ones' feet! We will be taking photos & posting them in this newsletter each month. 

Seminar Series:  Dr. Taylor Krick, BSc DC  

April 7th, 10-12pm

Join Dr. Taylor as he delves into the ways in which your partner can be a stronger support system for you during your pregnancy
"I believe that we were designed to be healthy, I believe we are supposed to be healthy, and I believe disease is an abnormal state. I also believe that every symptom or disease has a cause and if we can correct that cause, we can find a solution. That's what we do at Align."

His journey into healthcare began with an interest in athletics and human performance, eventually leading him to Colorado State University to study at the Human Performance Laboratory, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. He then continued on to Palmer College of Chiropractic where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2012. 

Currently Dr. Taylor's passion is continuing to learn about the root causes of disease, especially 21st century epidemics like Autoimmune Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Thyroid Disease, Digestive Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer's, Allergies, etc, and how to teach patients to use Real Health solutions to help themselves heal. 

"The best doctor isn't at the hospital or at my clinic. The best doctor is inside of you."


The Birth Center team would like to congratulate Dr. Krick & his wife Jamie on welcoming the newest edition to their family.

Welcome, sweet Brighton!  Born at home with our Eve, Eva & Tricia in attendance.


just for dudes!      https://www.artofmanliness.com/podcast/      @theartofmanliness

In the case that professional counseling is what you need or are interested in exploring, The Healing Group offers Couple's Counseling.

 

A word from our fitness contributor Amy Updike:

Having the support of a partner during pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum is invaluable. As with probably many couples, my first pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience was a little bit rocky in terms of the support my partner gave me. Sure, he wanted to be supportive and show me love. But it was difficult for him to know HOW. I felt pretty hurt during the pregnancy many times because I wanted to him to show me love in ways other than how he was showing it to me. The postpartum experience was very hard for me. He didn’t understand how I felt healing from a traumatic unexpected C-section birth, milk coming in, and severe sleep deprivation. I suffered through postpartum depression that first year. 

With our second baby, the support during the pregnancy was SO much better! He showed me love in more of the ways I wanted him to show it to me. He was supportive and involved. I had a great pregnancy. I was VERY physically active during this pregnancy and my husband and I even often worked out at the gym together when we could. This helped us to have a different kind of "working relationship". He knew what it looked like for me to be physically struggling during exercise. He knew when I was tired or fatigued and needed more verbal encouragement or even some gentle hands on me to guide or "spot" me. The birth was an incredible unmedicated VBAC at The Birth Center and he was my labor support. I know for a fact that our time spent lifting weights together transcended over even to him being a supportive birth partner. He was MORE in tune with what I was needed and just being able to encourage me more than he ever had before. I truly attribute this to my husband and I developing a relationship that was so "physical". I was very happy about how the birth went. However, he had to go on a work trip within 3-4 days after the birth. I felt sad, alone, and like I was on my own in many ways during that time even despite the occasional family or friends who came to visit. To this day, I am still scared of him leaving me after I have our next baby. Those first few weeks postpartum might be a woman’s most vulnerable time when she needs support the most.

Men and women rarely show and experience love and support in the same way. Communication about what we are feeling and need from our partner is absolutely essential. I have decided with this pregnancy that if I want him to show me support in a way that he isn’t showing me, I must gently and lovingly communicate that with him. I must voice my thoughts and ideas of how he can support me through our next labor best. And we have talked in depth about what I hope for as far as support and assistance after the birth of this 3rd child. I think being prepared and planning for that need for support is one of the best things mothers can do. If a partner cannot be there to support a new mother after the birth due to work or other reasons, plan ahead for specific family members to take turns helping. A postpartum doula is another fantastic option for those who can budget that into expenses. Those first few weeks after the baby comes are a beautiful, magical, but also challenging time, especially for mothers who have a tendency for postpartum depression. The responsibility of providing that support shouldn’t fall solely on the partner. Utilizing resources and planning for the support that is absolutely essential to ensure a positive and healing postpartum experience will create a better outcome for the whole family.

You can find Amy on:
Instagram: @fitamysuzanne  YouTube: Amy Updike  Facebook: fitamysuzanne www.fitamysuzanne.com

 

Looking for something more lighthearted to read as you prepare for your bundle of joy to arrive?

Here's a few selections that are informative but also sure to put a smile on your face- read yourself or gift to someone who is awaiting the birth of their own little one.

#joeborgenicht 

@dontforgetdads@ssparents

 @thebaddadsclub


 

Here are some TBC families, partners & new friends supporting one another in parenthood!

We love all of you!

March 2018 Newsletter: Fitness and Nutrition for a Better You!

A word from our midwife:

Hello again!
Nutrition and fitness are so important, and most of us feel like we're not doing enough, or not doing as well as we should in both of those categories. This is typically true throughout our lives, but we feel it much more keenly in pregnancy when there is a sense that our babies' health and well-being is being undermined or depleted by the things we wish we were doing better. The good news is that our bodies are incredibly resilient, and this very much includes the body's ability to give the best of our nourishment and nutrient reserves to the baby. The body will always put the baby first in this regard, so that it is much more likely that the mother isn't getting all that she needs, not the baby. The babies are getting all that they need, and mother's may feel more tired and more drained because of this. All of that to say, nature has given us a lot of room to give ourselves plenty of grace when it comes to nutrition in pregnancy. So go easy on yourself!

And while going easy on ourselves, there are a few key ways that we can all work smarter, not harder, when it comes to being as healthy as we can be in a fast-paced, processed food, modern world. With the schedules that we keep, we are well acquainted with the difficulties of fitting everything into a week, and somehow eating vegetables and getting some exercise while we're at it. Here are a few of the tricks we personally use to try to eat better and exercise more, even when time is short and days are long.

1) When you crave sugar or carbs, eat protein first

Protein helps to regulate our blood sugar over time. When we eat only sugar or carbs, our blood sugar goes higher and crashes sooner, which means that more sugar gets pulled into our tissues and turned into fat for long-term energy storage, and we're hungry sooner. Protein helps the blood sugar to not shoot up as high, and to stay at a good level longer, meaning less fat production, and not needing to eat as often. It's incredibly common to crave a lot more sugar and carbs in pregnancy. I personally find it so helpful to know that when the body is craving these things, what it really needs is more protein. Sugar will almost never curb a sugar craving, but protein almost always will. By eating protein before you have a treat, you will almost always find that you don't need the sugar you were thinking of at all, or that you can eat way less of it and be more satisfied afterward. Do a quick google search of good sources of protein, and pick out all the snacks or foods that you know you like and that are easy for you to have ready. This suggestion goes a long way!

2) You don't have to go to the gym to get good exercise. A little walking will do!

The research is very clear that even a 30 minute walk 2-3 times a week significantly decreases blood sugar levels over time (meaning less fat production), and (here's the great news), significantly reduces the likelihood that  a woman will deliver a big baby at term. Less weight gain, nice-sized babies when it's time to birth: that's a win-win! And much easier to fit in than many exercise regimens. The research also shows that when you do have a meal or snack that's high in sugar or carbs, just taking a quick 10-15 minute walk immediately after significantly lowers the amount of sugar that gets turned into fat, and the amount of sugar that goes to the baby (which can make them more fat, too). Don't make it your goal to completely cut out sweets and treats; we need them too. But eating protein before, and/or a quick walk after can greatly decrease the down sides of eating sugar.

3) Look into an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cookers

I promise I'm not getting paid to say this, but an Instant Pot has revolutionized my ability to cook whole foods and veggies for myself and my family, especially when weeks are busy and time is tight. A pressure cooker cooks food thoroughly in small fraction of the time--especially really great foods that normally take a long time, like root vegetables and beans. And in other great news, it leaves much more of the nutrients intact in those foods than cooking them a long time with sauteing, boiling, or baking. So food that is more nourishing and takes way less time to cook: that's another win-win. For example, a sweet potato normally takes 40-45 minutes at high heat in the oven to cook thoroughly. It's ready in 3-6 minutes (depending on your settings) in a pressure cooker. This is just one of hundreds of examples of healthy, balanced foods being ready in minutes, rather than hours.

4) For a balanced meal, have three colors on the plate, and white doesn't count

This was a rule one of my midwives taught me for how to quickly assess if you're getting a good balanced meal, in pregnancy or otherwise. It's easy and straightforward. How many colors are in the foods on your plate? If you're missing one or two (and white doesn't count), throw in some raw carrots, a side dish of blueberries, or cut up some fresh peppers to give yourself more of the nutrients you and your baby need.

5) Can't seem to get veggies in no matter how much you try? Green smoothies are a great solution

Green smoothies are a way that you can get in the veggies equivalent to two or three salads, in a fraction of the time, with no cost to nutritional value. A bag of greens from the store inevitably turns to sludge after a few days in my fridge. I got sick of the waste of food and money, so now I keep a huge bag of greens in the freezer specifically for smoothies. They stay fresh for weeks instead of days, and they blend beautifully. And if a straight-up green smoothie is too much for your taste buds, add some frozen fruit (it's much cheaper to buy organic frozen fruit than organic fresh fruit, and the frozen is just as nourishing), especially dark-skinned berries to make it sweeter while packing great nutrients into that smoothie. And a scoop of organic protein powder is easy to add and goes a long way in keeping you full longer, and getting you and baby the great nutrition you need.

Just remember, when it comes to this stuff, work smarter, not harder! You can do this!

With much love,

Your TBC Midwives


 

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'The First Forty Days- The Essential Art of Mothering the New Mother
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Pregnancy Nutrition Books We Love: 
100 Healthiest Foods To Eat During Pregnancy
Vegan For Her
The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book
The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing The New Mother
Little Foodie

Bea Hammond at our 2nd seminar of the 2018 season: Acupuncture for Fertility. Along with a Q&A session, Bea demonstrated how acupuncture works to all of our participants. To learn more about acupuncture & Beas' practice, check out her website.

Local Provider Highlight, Nicole Bennion, FIT4MOM


Join Nicole Bennion, franchise owner and instructor at FIT4MOM Murray, to discuss the prenatal and postnatal body when it come to fitness.  Get to know what happens to you body, how to train it properly and what are the best exercise for you . You'll also get a quick demo workout provided by FIT4MOM Murray!  (Stroller Strides/Fit4Baby certifications, AFAA Personal Training & Group Fitness certification and Franchise Owner)

We are excited to introduce you to Amy Updike,
our new Fitness contributor! 
Amy is a mama of 2 & currently on her 3rd pregnancy! She had her VBAC & 2nd babe at The Birth Center & has since become a fitness personality! 
We are thrilled that she will be giving us her tips & tricks for staying healthy throughout your pregnancy no matter what your activity level or ability! 

Fitness in the First Trimester

As a mom of two, now 11 weeks pregnant with my third baby, and also a sponsored, professional athlete, there are a few things I have figured out about fitness during pregnancy. 

With my first pregnancy seven years ago, I wasn’t into fitness yet. I did the occasional prenatal yoga class or hike. But I wasn’t consistent or serious about my fitness. That all changed 11 months postpartum after my first baby. I got very into fitness and even started competing in bikini fitness competitions, was much better at it than I ever though I would be, and ended up turning “Pro” status in the International Federation of Bodybuilding nine months into competing. 

My second pregnancy came shortly after competing in my 12th fitness competition and I was determined to stay fit throughout the pregnancy! With the midwives' blessing, I continued to lift weights 4-5 days a week throughout my entire second pregnancy, even lifting the day I went into labor! I believe that my fitness and activity level contributed to my successful VBAC that I had at The Birth Center! I also noticed that I had more energy and less aches and pains related to pregnancy the more active I stayed.

I continued on to do many fitness photo and video shoots after that second pregnancy and even competed in one more Pro Bikini competition.

Here I am now, in my third pregnancy, still determined to maintain my fitness level to have a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy while making it easier for my body to get back into great shape after baby! 

Here are some of my BEST fitness and nutrition tips for the first trimester:

  1. Continue to move! In general, it is ok to continue doing the same or similar exercise you were doing before becoming pregnant. Even if you aren’t feeling up to doing as much or as intense exercise as you were doing before becoming pregnant, try to make a point to do something active most days, even if its just walking. If you feel like you can still get in your favorite type of workout, try! Even if its not your best, strongest, or most intense workout, its still SO much better than nothing at all!
  2. Listen to your body! I have noticed that if I start to feel dizzy, winded, nauseated or anything else that doesn’t feel “good”, I slow down and back off a little. Our bodies are one of our most amazing tools. If we listen to our bodies, they will tell us what is ok and what is not ok. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  3. I don’t always, but sometimes I do lower the weights that I lift during the first trimester. It depends very much on my energy level and how strong I feel that day. I have noticed that I have to give myself and my body a lot of grace. I have to remind myself that even though I feel more tired and weak than normal, that my body is doing something that is absolutely incredible.
  4. After about 9-10 weeks pregnant (or whenever my tummy starts to protrude even a little), I stop doing “Ab specific exercises”. This doesn’t mean that I stop using my core muscles, but I no longer do crunches, sit ups, or planks where the abdomen “cones” or bulges. Continuing to do these exercises while pregnant can potentially cause Diastasis Recti which results from damage of the abdominal muscles causing abnormal separation which lasts even after the pregnancy is over. This usually results in bulging of the abdomen, the appearance of still being pregnant months after delivery, and a change in the abdominal appearance postpartum. Many women struggle with this. Diastasis Recti can also be exacerbated by having an abnormally large baby or genetics. But I have found that by avoiding any straining exercises that cause bulging of the abdomen, that I have successfully been able to avoid Diastasis Recti and have been able to get that 6 pack ab look back after both of my first two pregnancies! *I will talk more in a future newsletter about the BEST way to maintain a strong core during pregnancy.
  5. Try to maintain a well rounded diet. I keep my protein fairly high during pregnancy to provide enough nutrients to maintain and recover my muscles as well as provide for the growing baby. I have also noticed that I have less swelling when I keep my protein intake adequate. I include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables during pregnancy. We all have cravings and it can be pretty easy to give into them. But if we constantly give into unhealthy cravings of too many sweets or processed foods, it can leave us feeling tired and yucky. One of my best tips for combatting the unhealthy cravings is to stock up on a wide variety of healthy food options. This way there is bound to be a healthy option that also sounds very good! I haven’t been able to eat enough big, crunchy, fresh salads and low fat string cheese this pregnancy. The better I fuel my body, the better I feel!

 

Check Amy out on:


 

Lastly, yours truly has been fortunate enough to not only be trained by the women I hold in incredibly high regard but to now also be a part of this incredible team as a Birth Assistant!
I am looking forward to learning & growing along side of them & our incredible families with each birth!- Danka

 

February 2018 Newsletter: Measures for Infertility

A Note From The Midwife: 

Infertility seems like a strange thing to address by a birthing center, however, it is incredibly relevant& the support & care we provide for those experiencing infertility is some of the most important work we do. We are keenly aware of the heartbreak & desires felt by those who cannot achieve a pregnancy. We strive to take care of women & families in all the times of their lives. In this issue, there are several resources for women that are looking for support & care. We also give care here, in our center, in many of the circumstances listed below. 

  • We offer care in instances of repeat miscarriages.      
  • We teach fertility awareness and charting for awareness of the body’s functioning.
  • We offer hormone testing to check for imbalances.
  • We offer lifestyle teaching to correct for imbalances.
  • We offer hormone replacement for those whose lifestyle changes are not enough.
  • We offer ovulation stimulating medicine prescriptions for those who have difficulty ovulating.
  • We offer continuing phone and visit contacts to assist in the changes that are inevitable.
  • We offer referrals to specialists when the difficulties are beyond our skills.
  • We offer birth control options such as Natural Family Planning, birth control pills, diaphragm fitting and placing IUD’s.
  • We offer council and referrals without judgement when having a child is not an option.

We honor and support women in all stages of their lives and in whatever decisions that they make for themselves. The Birth Center is a place of respect, acceptance, and love for women throughout their lives.
                                                                                                 - Becky & Eve

The Birth Center Seminar Series:

Acupuncture for Fertility,
with Bea Hammond, L.Ac, MTCM, Dipl.Ac.


A word from our presenter:
I am excited to be presenting this month on the effects of Chinese Medicine in promoting fertility and happy healthy pregnancies. My presentation will include a short history of this ancient medicine with an explanation on how it works. I will be covering fertility & pregnancy treatments that help with nausea and preventing miscarriages as well as labor preparation treatments. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and some hands on demonstration, so everyone who wants to experience what acupuncture feels like, you will have the opportunity to do so. If you like to read up more about me and my practice here in Salt Lake please visit my website
Looking forward to seeing you on February 10th!
                                                                     -Bea

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Girls names 2017

Boys names 2017

A look back at our 2017!  Thank you to all of our wonderful families for trusting us with your birth journeys.  We truly love all of you!  Take a few  moments to enjoy this beautiful video, so lovingly made by Eva

When traditional methods don't work for your family                                 

Different people on different roads have found themselves part of an adoption story. Each one has great joy alongside great sorrow and has a mother who has carried that baby and loves him or her. Years ago Eva and her partner Barbara were drawn to come alongside birthmothers and volunteer support where their systems were lacking.  This has meant different things to different clients through the years, from driving them to dr appointments and lawyers visits to interviewing adoptive families together, fielding many phone calls and then being their doula and advocate in labor and protecting their precious hours with their baby after birth and days that follow.  They believe that when a woman is supported through her plan and makes her final decision in as strong, educated and loved on position as possible, each person in that story is better for it. 

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More Alternative Options:


Infertility Resource Center
http://www.utahinfertilityresourcecenter.org/
University of Utah
https://healthcare.utah.edu/fertility/
Utah Fertility Center
https://www.utahfertility.com/
Share Parents of Utah
http://www.shareparentsofutah.org/

The Adoption Exchange has profiles of children in our foster care system waiting for families in the the surrounding 7 states right now.
www.adoptex.org
"The Adoption Exchange believes every child deserves a family... therefore, we are the connection between children who wait in foster care and families who adopt.  We provide expertise and support before, during and after the adoption process."

January 2018 Newsletter: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety

A note from the midwife:

"We are so excited! We are having a baby!" It is wonderful, the possibilities are endless. We think of cute baby outfits, blankets & watching our little one grow up .  .  .  . However, mothers are often not aware that depression & anxiety are common, both in pregnancy & even more so after birth, & that mothers need to think about how to take care of ourselves as well as a newborn.

Support, emotional & physical, is so important when starting a new family. It is important to be aware & reach out for help if the world is darker, scarier, or sadder in our new pregnancy or with our newborn. There is so much help available for new mothers, it is up to mothers, their partners, friends & family to see that they receive this help.
In this issue are listed some of the resources available to mothers. You are not alone! Please reach out & keep reaching out until the help that you need is received. We support & love each of the mothers who are struggling.  This information is to help you on your journey to a bright & happy motherhood that is waiting at the end of the tunnel.  - Becky


Signs & Symptoms To Look For:

Baby Blues- Signs include weepiness, irritability, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Resolves or dramatically improves the first three weeks after childbirth.
Depression & Anxiety- Symptoms include feeling anxious, agitated, sleeping too much or difficulty “sleeping when the baby sleeps”, excessive worrying, tearfulness, irritability, anger, guilt & shame.
Panic-  Signs include feeling worried, anxious or very nervous most of the time
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder- This can occur during pregnancy or following a childbirth which is perceived as traumatic & usually involves distressing memories, irritability, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, & efforts to avoid reminders of the trauma
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-
 Symptoms include intrusive and disturbing thoughts and/or images of harm coming to the baby, as well as a sense of horror about having these thoughts.

For a PPD Self Test, please visit the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborativewebsite

The Birth Center Seminar Series:  Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders on January 20th, 10-12pm

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We are very excited to open up our 2018 Seminar Season with Monica Ashton, MSW, LCSW who will be presenting on Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders....aka Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She will be discussing the various emotional & mental struggles that are associated with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders.  Monica will be covering screening tools available that can be used by any professional to help identify a mother that needs extra support.  She will also be discussing how to support mothers during pregnancy & the postpartum period, as well as their partners. Local and national resources available to support mothers struggling with depression & anxiety will also be address & resources will be given.

Monica Ashton is the Director of Maternal Mental Health at The Healing Group and has been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years. She has had specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from world renown therapists in the field of Maternal Mental and Reproductive Mental Health. She has trained with Karen Kleiman, LCSW, Alice Domar, PhD, Sharon Covington, LCSW and Linda Applegarth, PhD. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and Volunteers for Postpartum Support International. She is a regular guest on the radio show and podcast, The Mom Show, bringing awareness to the community about maternal and reproductive mental health.

As always, all of our seminars are free and open to anyone wishing to attend.

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Postpartum Support International
www.postpartum.net

Postpartum Progress
postpartumprogress.org

PPD Moms
1800ppdmoms.org
 

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Local Provider Highlight:
The Healing Group



The Healing Group has been in existence since 2009 when a need emerged for specialized treatment in the field of maternal mental health. The Healing Group prides themselves on being a clinic of expert therapists with verified therapeutic specialties in maternal, reproductive, sexual and relational health and a community leader in the treatment perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
The Healing Group knows your needs are varied and unique. That’s why they offer a wide range of services to reflect those needs and circumstances. From individual and couples counseling, coaching, art therapy, online counseling, groups, classes, teleseminars, community outreach, and professional training, we are able to truly meet your specific needs. They also have Intern Clinic where they offer significantly reduced rate counseling sessions with a graduate level student under the supervision of our clinical team.

Please visit their site for information on the team, services offered & a wonderful list of resources for anyone needing advice & help. 

thehealinggroup.com
 

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December 2017 Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from The Birth Center!

Recently we have been reflecting on how often clients comment to us—or even apologize to us—on how busy we are, or how crazy our schedules must be. It’s true that our lives and our schedules are very different from most, with cell phones ringing in the middle of the night, taking us on many adventures as we journey with families through birth. But the reality is that as much as we give to families, families always give more back to us than we gave in the first place. And we have each of you to thank for that. You give us gifts unseen. We want you to know how we treasure them, how much strength you give us, and how much each one of you means to us. You are family to us.

So as we near the end of another year, we want to thank each Birth Center family for all that they have given us, this year, and every year. We love you! And we warmly wish you and your families all the very best this holiday season and in the coming new year. We are always here for you, and we remain jolly candidates for 2018!

Much love,
Eve & Becky


We wanted to share some of our staff's holiday traditions with the families we love so much!

Becky: All of the ornaments on her tree are EDIBLE!!
Here's a photo of a 'ninjabread' cookie from a few years back!

Eva: The children made or bought gifts for one another and parents and those gifts were the ones they were most excited about seeing opened. A raucous, child-led, adult involved, costumed, acting out of the story of Jesus was on each Christmas Eve, complete with major ad libbing.

Dianne: Every night during the month of December we turn off all the lights in the house and gather around the lit Christmas tree, burn an advent candle, read a scripture passage from the Bible about Jesus's life and ministry and read a Christmas story.  I love the stories of Christmas that I have collected through the years in a large binder.  The stories themselves have become part of the Christmas spirit in our home.


As we make our way through another autumn I take note that a year has passed since I joined The Birth Center as the group care coordinator. After years of teaching and finding myself time and again playing a supportive role as families transform in birth, I knew that I would enjoy working at The Birth Center. What I didn't know was how much it would mean to me personally.

At the start of each group series, I hold much in my heart. I love meeting new clients as they join us for group prenatal care. I feel honored to be able to share space with families in transition. I feel humbled by the journeys people take to reach the point of parenthood. Participants are always teaching me new things. I desire deeply to create an environment where our clients feel welcome and safe. I'd love for them to think of The Birth Center as a second home! It brings me great joy to witness community as families connect with others and midwives connect with clients. 

Being a part of our groups has become a highlight in my life. I get to fall in love with new families and babies all the time as I witness their growth, connection with others, and bravery. Within our groups I am reminded of the strength, and beauty that is to be found in humanity. It is in that place that I feel pride too in my own journey as a mother. And then, as I leave group and return to my own family, a snuggle with one of my own tends to be all the sweeter.

- Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker, TBC Group Facilitator/Educator


Holiday Food Swaps
Need some ideas on how to navigate the holidays & still eat healthily? Check out this article & see how many of these swaps you can make. Avoid the guilt & still have a wonderful time!
Check out one of our seminar series presenters, Paige Smather's podcast, or on her IG account, for some wonderful tips and advice on the topic

Part of our staff at the Perinatal Mood Disorders Conference, a CPR training with one of our tiny mascots & one of many incredibly special gifts from one of our families:

The Birth Center Seminar Series

In 2017 we re-launched our free community seminars to create an opportunity
for locals to learn from some wonderful providers in our area.
2018 is already halfway booked so please check our website often for
updates & announcements on presenters & topics.
All seminars are held on Saturdays 10-12 & are free
for anyone who wishes to attend. We are looking forward to seeing many more new faces in the coming months!
Below are photos from Dr. Borgenicht's, Paige Smather's & Heather Tweedie's seminars from the past few months.

Our BIG Holiday Community Calendar

Here at TBC we know how difficult it can be for new parents, whether it's the first or sixth time around, to find fun, educational, inexpensive & family friendly activities-there's just no time!
We've compiled a list here of all our team's personal favorites for all of you to have at your fingertips for those winter days with the kiddos- or while you wait for your arrival!
For those of you who are interested in fitness related activities, the Sunshine Crew will be moving indoors for the colder months and Fit4Mom calendar is full of great activities!!
For inexpensive ways to get out with the family there are lots of events all around, the most well known likely being Temple Square in downtown SLC with all the gorgeous lights & fun things to do in the vicinity. This is The Place Park & Hogle Zoo are also great for lights, animals, trains & holiday music.  MidwaySt. GeorgeUtah County, all have a fantastic calendar full of family-friendly activities. Check them all out to see what will be the most interesting for your little ones.
There are also plenty of super festive ideas if you're willing to spend a little Heber Valley Railroad being one of the coolest ones with performances, hot cocoa & of course Santa himself! Ballet West is also a family favorite here in the valley!

Who wants to do the FIt4Mom 12 day challenge with us? 
A bit of extra exercise before all of those holiday meals can't hurt anyone.
Post your fitness photos to our Instagram account with the hashtags
# #to keep us all motivated!

Find Out More

November 2017 Newsletter: Nutrition

A word from the midwives:

The holiday season! What a great time to talk about nutrition! We hope you'll enjoy yourselves, and the abundance of delicious (and sweet!) food that comes with this time of year, but here are some tips for getting through the holidays a little more healthily this year: 

1) When our bodies are signaling a sugar craving, what they really need is more protein. Managing sugar intake is NOT about eliminating sugar; it's about keeping our intake in moderation. So it can be really helpful to recognize that sugar will never satisfy a sugar craving, but eating too much will definitely make us feel awful. But there's good news! Protein will satisfy a sugar craving every time. So please do eat those delicious treats! But if you eat a good serving of protein first (nuts, pea salad, cheese plate, turkey, bean dip, etc.), then you'll find it's much easier to just taste the sweets or have small portions, but not fill up on the sugar and carbs. 

2) If you have the good fortune of being pregnant over the holidays this year, then what joy for you! Especially for those of you who may have the extra luck of being in your third trimester, where your stomach is oh so much smaller and more squished than your eyes are for all that awesome food. You can still enjoy everything! But it can really help to just adjust to a new pace for your eating. Eating a big holiday meal can really bring on the heartburn and discomfort when you've got baby pushing up on so much of your stomach space. So eating smaller bits at a time through the day than you normally would can really help. 

3) Chew your food more! Food that is more chewed can be more easily, and more quickly digested through the stomach, which means less discomfort and less heartburn. 

4) Try to separate your fluids from your meals by at least 15 or 30 minutes. Our stomachs get way more full and squished when we have fluids and food in them at the same time, which really increases heartburn and discomfort. Just having mostly food with your meals and just taking small sips to drink can help you to enjoy more food at once when baby is riding high, while minimizing discomfort and heartburn.

5) If you're feeling constantly surrounded by sugar and carbs at holiday parties and family gatherings, then make a point to bring a particularly healthy and wholesome dish to share. Then you know you have something you're happy with to enjoy, and people will thank you for bringing something more healthy.

We're always here if you need us! Call us or email us if there are particular questions or concerns we can help you to address with your nutrition.

Make good memories with those you love, and be good to all around you! Happy Holidays from ours to yours!!!!


Much love,
-Eve

 

 

For a free consultation or comprehensive tour of our beautiful facility with a midwife, please call 801.288.2229 or visit www.utahbirthcenter.com

The Birth Center Seminar Series:
Paige Smathers, RDN
Nutrition for The Childbearing Years

Join Paige Smathers, RDN, as she leads a discussion on best nutritional practices before, during & after pregnancy. 
Paige Smathers provides comprehensive, client-centered nutrition therapy aimed at addressing the client as a whole person. Her approach to nutrition counseling is a unique blend of expertise in the science & art of nutrition. Together with her clients, she works in partnership to make changes with nutrition & lifestyle that are sustainable, realistic and individually tailored to their unique needs, ultimately helping clients heal their relationship with food & end the dieting game forever.

 

Paige has a bachelor's degree in Dietetics and has completed a Dietetic Internship at Utah State University. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a certified dietitian (CD) in the state of Utah.

 

Follow Paige on Instagram for great, healthy recipes & nutrition advice!
https://www.instagram.com/paigesmathersrd/
https://www.paigesmathersrd.com/  

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Local Business Highlight: Dave's Naturals

Dave's Health & Nutrition, with two locations serving Salt Lake and West Jordan, offers top-quality herbal and homeopathic remedies as well as essential oils to support your prenatal and postnatal needs. Take advantage of our many years of education, research, and experience as you make natural health choices for you and your family. Discover more on our website at www.daveshealth.com or find us on Facebook.
Salt Lake | 880 East 3900 South | 801-268-3000
West Jordan | 1817 West 9000 South | 801-446-0499

 

There are so many wonderful options these days in terms of food. Regardless of your tastes there is a multitude of ways to eat healthily during your pregnancy. Check out some links below for simple swaps, ideas and recipes. 

Pregnancy Power Foods

Pregnancy Snack Ideas

For Extra Folic Acid

October 2017 Newsletter

A note from the midwives: 

Winter has come upon us quickly! We are careful during the changing of the seasons to keep our families in good health because we know that periods of change can stress our bodies. All of us at The Birth Center try to help our clients to achieve and keep good health. Therefore, we have planned the upcoming seminar on keeping your family healthy in Cold and Flu season. There are many ways to keep your family healthy and we want to remind you of a few of them:

  •  Essential oils for cleaning the air and surfaces (we have oils available in our center) some of them are:
  • Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, Rosemary Leaf/Flower, Lemongrass and Melaleuca which is Tea Tree
  • Herbs to strengthen and assist the body. Some of them are:
  • Garlic, Onion, Ginger, Sage, Echinacea, Cinnamon and Elderberry
  • Exercise to keep the blood circulating, lungs and muscles strong.
  • Even walking which gives you fresh air with your exercise (not recommended when we are having an inversion)
  • Meditation to calm the mind and decrease stress.
  • There are so many ways to meditate; traditional meditation, Yoga and Tai Chi, listening to music, even reading can be a form of calming meditation
  • Full spectrum lighting in your home to decrease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘SAD’
  • Ask for ‘full spectrum’ bulbs at your home improvement store, consider having flowers in your home as well
  • Living plants in every room to clean the air. These also decrease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘SAD’. Some plants that clean the air well are:
  • Chrysanthemum, Spider plant, Dracaena, Mother-in-Law’s tongue or Snake plant, Peace Lily and the Boston Fern
  • Good nutrition to nourish and strengthen the body.  Our November seminar will focus entirely on nutrition- led by Paige Smathers, RDN.

Remember to enjoy the season and if you do come down with something, call us! We would love to help you.  --Becky and Eve

top 2017 utah baby names:

olivia                           oliver
emma                           liam
charlotte                   william
evelyn                        james
hazel                     benjamin
lucy                           lincoln
harper                         owen
amelia                        henry
ellie                             logan
claire                            jack

The Birth Center Seminar Series:

Join Dr. Borgenicht in a discussion on october 28 at 10am about the most common illnesses kids experience: upper respiratory infections, usual symptoms and when to be concerned that it has progressed into something more significant. He will be able to answer your questions regarding medications, and general practices for protecting your little ones and family.   

Dr. Louis Borgenicht has been a practicing pediatrician in Salt Lake City, Utah and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years. 

Dr. Louis Borgenicht has been a practicing pediatrician in Salt Lake City, Utah and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years. 

Whether you are pregnant or newly postpartum, a massage is a great way to not only treat yourself but also take care of your body.  Here are a few places our clients recommend:


A healthy diet is an essential part of your self-care routine regardless of the season. Join us on November 11th for a free seminar on nutrition for the childbearing years. Paige Smathers, RDN will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

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Salt Lake City, UT 84117

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September 2017 Newsletter

A word from our midwife:

Our society has very thoroughly normalized the idea that birth is a dangerous and complicated process that requires medical intervention in order to go well. And yet, the reality is that most pregnancy and birth is normal, low risk, and uncomplicated. Our bodies are as capable and expert at growing our babies and facilitating their births as they are at any of the other automatic and natural (not to mention complicated and precise) functions that they perform every moment of every day: beating our hearts, digesting our food, running the amazing center that is the brain…the list may actually be endless. It’s an amazing journey to come to feel as confident in our bodies’ ability to wake us up in the morning and store all of our memories and drive a car and circulate our blood as we are in our capacity to create and give birth to new life. Because pregnancy and birth is such an inherently natural and normal process, gentle and natural modalities of healthcare are a well-made match for supporting the normal, gentle, and natural work that our bodies are doing in growing and bringing our babies.
We hope you enjoy the information and resources on those alternative healthcare options that we’ve compiled here, and that you find them helpful in gaining the support that is the right fit for you.
                                                                                                                - Eve

PS Two of our mamas with their babes, born just months apart at TBC & are now great friends, coming to check out our one-of-a kind footprint quilts, made by the brilliant Eva. We love when our families visit!  

Local Practitioner Highlight, Michael Sudbury, LMT

Michael Sudbury’s clinic is the place used by people in the Salt Lake area just like you, looking for solutions to their pain from people who listen and care.  His clinic is growing quickly as the Myofascial Release Therapy Clinic for men and women wanting to keep active and who love to be healthy.

Michael is not just a trusted health expert who works with people on a daily basis.  He has been through many of his own pains and troubles (and his wife’s!) and knows what it’s like. He also reaches out to the local community, support groups, and schools to advise and educate on body awareness, exercise, and caring for your family by caring for yourself.
In addition, Michael and his wife have had all 3 kids with us at The Birth Center! 

Michael will be presenting as part of our Seminar Series on September 9th, 10-12Everyone is welcome!   For more information on Michael & his practice please visit
www.myofascialreleaseofsaltlake.com

Placenta Encapsulation & Tinctures:

Placenta Encapsulation & Tinctures:
The placenta sustains life for the better part of nine months, creating & maintaining hormones for both you & your baby. The same hormones that are so beneficial to pregnancy are also beneficial during the postpartum period. Studies are increasingly showing that tinctures can also be stored indefinitely, providing possible benefits far beyond the postpartum period & into menopause.
The following benefits have been reported

The following benefits have been reported:

  • Increase of milk supply
  • Balances hormones
  • Decreases postpartum depression
  • Increases energy levels
  • Replenishes your body’s stores of iron

The Birth Center Seminar Series:  Gentle Sleep with Heather Tweedie on September 30th, 10-12

Having a newborn is exhausting! Come join Heather Tweedie, a local pediatric occupational therapist and newborn specialist for her Sensational Sleep and Newborn Care Seminar. Heather will be discussing how to establish healthy sleep habits with your newborn. She will be covering topics such as newborn sleep patterns, recognizing sleep cues, feeding schedules, establishing an optimal sleep environment, and general tips and strategies for longer stretches of sleep. This seminar will also cover the science behind common parenting practices such as swaddling, baby wearing, and infant massage. Come learn how to optimize sleep and brain development for your newborn.

Check out Heather's fun & incredibly informative site!  www.tweedietherapy.com
Join us September 30th for her seminar- everyone is welcome, no RSVP is needed.

Have You Tried Acupuncture?  What does it treat?
 

  • Respiratory:   Common Cold, Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal:  Diarrhea, Constipation, Irritable Bowel, Gastric Ulcers
  • Musculoskeletal:   Back/Neck Pain, Sports Injuries, Joint Pain, Sciatica, Arthritis
  • Women’s Health:  Menstrual Problems, Endometriosis, PCOS, Pre- and Post-Natal Care, Menopausal Syndromes, Infertility
  • Neurological: Numbness, Headaches, Strokes
  • Mental/Emotional: Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Stress
  • Autoimmune disorders: Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, MS, Chronic Fatigue

Here are a few local practices our clients have recommended.

Bea Hammond
www.harmonyacupunctureclinic.org
801.707.7612

Dr. Robert Zeng
http://www.earthandskyacupunctureslc.com/
801.528.7524

Community Acupuncture
http://qiworkscommunityacupuncture.com/
801.364.9272


What is a doula & how can your family benefit from having one?

A doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman in non-medical ways during childbirth & who may provide support to the family after the baby is born in what is sometimes called 'The 4th Trimester.'
Birth Doulas offer physical, emotional & partner support during labor and have been proven to significantly reduce the chances of interventions occurring.
Postpartum Doulas are trained to work with the family & to provide practical, emotional & sibling support, as well as evidence-based information & resources to new families as they go through a period of adjustment to life with a new baby. 

If you are considering hiring a doula for your upcoming birth or postpartum period, we would love to answer any of your questions & share our resource list. 


August 2017 Newsletter

A word from our midwives:

Most women today are wanting to give their child a wonderful boost to their health and immune system by breastfeeding. In addition, they want to have this lovely bonding and comfort experience with their baby. The experience is smooth and easy for most women – a little soreness as their body is adapting to this new role but it is quickly over. However, it is not always smooth or easy. This is why we, at The Birth Center, have several helps for women to smoothly transition into breastfeeding.  Becky and Eve

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  • All the staff at The Birth Center are knowledgeable and trained to assist a new mother in breastfeeding her infant.
  • We offer classes for the mother before she has given birth so she can have knowledge about beginning breastfeeding.
  • The time after birth is dedicated to the recovering mother and her infant – the staff will be working with the new mother closely to establish breastfeeding.
  • We can assist women that are having difficulties breastfeeding and utilize support equipment if needed.
  • We offer a coupon toward $50 off a breastfeeding specialist home visit ($75-100). This will give the mother assistance in her home by a specialist.
  • We will also follow up with mothers and their infants to be sure that the breastfeeding relationship is working well.

At The Birth Center we realize that this relationship can be very important to mothers and families so we are dedicated to making it work for them.
 

Local Provider Highlight:
Meghan Reed, MS, RD, CD, IBCLC

This August 5th Megan will kick off our free seminar series for 2017 with a 2-part presentation on Tandem Feeding & Child-led Weaning in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. She also offers a breastfeeding basics course for new & expectant parents at TBC and we are thrilled to have such a valuable resource in our community available to answer any of your questions.

Meghan is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Registered Dietitian (RD). She received her master's degree in dietetics at the University of Utah. She has previously worked at Primary Children's Medical Center, Intermountain Medical Center, as well as the Sandy Public Health Center. She now runs her own private practice in lactation consulting in Salt Lake City and Park City. Meghan lives in Park City, Utah with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and 2 cats. She spends her free time volunteering with the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition and exploring hiking trails with her kids! 

Call 801.288.2229 to register for seminar and/or classes. 

To visit Meghan's website, click here.

Links, apps & types of breastfeeding professionals to help you navigate:

 

For a free consultation or comprehensive tour of our beautiful facility with a midwife, please call 801.288.2229 or visit
www.utahbirthcenter.com

July 2017 Newsletter

A word from the midwives:

As midwives, we are constantly working to update our education and our skill level so that we can give you the best of care. In May, Becky went to an integrative medicine seminar in Sedona. She learned about acupuncture, stress and relaxation and many other things that will help you as this new information is worked into our care.

One of the new things that we have been using in our care is the information that Eve has been teaching all of us at The Birth Center about helping babies to be in the best position for birth. As you read this newsletter you will see several ways to keep your baby in the ‘optimal’ position for labor and birth. We encourage going to the Physical Therapist and/or the Chiropractor in your third trimester, walking 10,000 steps a day, and the positions that you can find inwww.spinningbabies.com including ‘The Fantastic Four’. 

We love our jobs & feel honored to care for each of you. Thank you for trusting in us.

Becky McInnis MSN, CNM & Eve German MSN, CPM


"The Fantastic Four", a tried and true practice of proper fetal positioning. 
The 'Fantastic Four' consist of:
Rebozo Sifting - to encourage deep relaxation of the smooth muscles & mind
Forward-leaning Inversion - to give room in the lower uterine segment
Side-lying Release - to give room in the pelvis & soften or balance the pelvic floor
Standing Sacral Release - to allow sacrum & sacral ligaments room for mobility & expansion

http://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/techniques/the-fantastic-four/ 
To watch a short video of daily activities you can be doing to prevent a malpositioned baby:
http://spinningbabies.com/start/in-pregnancy/daily-activities/

New Team Member! 

We are incredibly proud to announce that Mikayl, who joined The Birth Center team in January, has completed her Birth Assistant training! 
Here's a little Q & A with her:
What prompted you to work at TBC in particular?
I had a bad experience with a miscarriage and began searching for a more complete model of care for women. Care that viewed women as a whole, mind, body & spirit. I completed a doula training which made me realize I love the medical aspect just as much as the emotional support, so I emailed TBC after seeing wonderful reviews, asking if I could be a part of the team.
Why do you enjoy birth work?
I feel like birth is one of the most important events in a woman's life and her care is a big part of it. I see a lot of gaps in care in our country and I want to make a difference!
What is some of your previous training?
I worked medical supply in the Army and was later trained as a field medic. I also work as a Medical Assistant for the U of U. 
What's the best part of this job?
Watching women transform. Watching them find their power and believe in themselves. I also love the moment when mom first meets baby...it's beautiful!.

Local Practitioner Highlight: Susan McLaughlin, PT

This quote sums up my lifetime goal and what I hope for my clients:
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are," -Carl Jung

I have been practicing physical therapy since 2001. Recently I transitioned away from the major medical healthcare system to a holistic and eclectic collection of skills, all of which fit under the title of my business name:
ALIGN Integration | Movement. 
As a practitioner I meet each client with the empathy and compassion that I, too, have sat deeply embedded in the suffering of pain and have been able to transform my body, mind and spirit to get out of it. You don't have to live in pain!

For a schedule of upcoming prenatal & postpartum work shops
http://www.alignforhealth.com/
To read more on fetal positioning & how alignment can help, or to find out more about Susan's practice, click below:
 http://www.alignforhealth.com/blog/how-alignment-can-affect-fetal-positioning

 

New Seating! 

By using these and sitting in proper alignment mamas can increase the chances of baby being in an optimal position for labor and delivery. 

 

 

How far apart are your contractions?  

Contractions are best timed from the beginning of one to the beginning of the next. This way you can tell the duration of each, as well as the down time in between them. This is how we do it here at TBC.   Ask us to show you how or to download an app we find helpful, click here:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mustansir.fullterm&hl=en

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