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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