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!

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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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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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