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Current Service Information

In consideration for the health of our community.

Hi Mamas!

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to send me your feedback, reach out with kind words, and for understanding the changes over the past few weeks.  Currently, our Prenatal Yoga Series, Restore Your Core Series, and Spring Yoga Teacher Trainings have all been canceled.  I truly hope to be back in action by or before this summer.  However, I am still accepting doula clients and am pleased to announce that our Birth with Confidence Childbirth Course has been modified to an online conference setting and we have two format options.  My teaching partner Cory Andersen and I realize that many families may be facing the challenge of an in-person childbirth class being canceled. We recognize education as an essential part of preparing for birth and are proud to offer a digital alternative.  

For those of you wanting and looking for a safe and healthy exercise program to do at home, I recommend the One Strong Mama program for pregnant mamas ($10 Promo Code: DCNG0106), and the Restore Your Core program for postpartum mamas ($10 Promo Code: AF1052); both can be done online as well as downloaded to do offline.  I encourage each of you to pay attention to your self-care during this uncertain time, as your physical and emotional wellness are an essential part of maintaining your health!

While we are all making the best of what is available to us, I realize that virtual support just isn't the same as in-person support; making these types of adjustments to my service offerings hasn't been easy.  I always aim and will continue to strive to provide the best value and quality of support that I am capable.  The impact of business closers, support restrictions, and isolation has been significant to us all as a community and as individuals; for my small business, my family, and myself, it is intimidating.  My mission is to first and foremost support and elevate our community and I believe it is my calling to empower those transitioning into parenthood.  Bringing a baby into this world can already bring on feelings of unease, without the inclusion of COVID-19, so during this time I especially want to do my part in supporting each of you. 

There is little information on the impacts of COVID-19 on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and babies, but I have been following the news and will continue to educate myself on the impact the illness has on the pregnant and postpartum population.  I have compiled some information on this subject, posted it below, and will continue to update it as more evidence becomes available.

 

Stay calm, aware, and well my friends.  Please keep a lookout to your inbox for future communications from me.

Brightly,

Becca

COVID-19

Considerations for Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, and Infants

The following information is provided to educate families on the currently known evidence on the effects of COVID-19 on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and infants.  Please understand that there is very limited information on this subject, I will be continually monitoring the situation and  examining the best available resources. Here is what I can share with you today:

UPDATED ON MARCH 31, 2020

Links to Public Health and Related Organizations:

Managing support partners at doctors visits and for birth during the pandemic:

Around the world, care provider offices and hospital visitation policies are becoming quite restrictive. It's important to remember that doulas and partners are not visitors, rather, they are members of the health care team and their presence is critical to having safe birth outcomes. However, I know that parents are becoming anxious about the possibility of themselves and their doulas being turned away from the hospital (and doulas are worried, too!). As far as resources go...

 

If you go to any appointment (prenatal, postpartum, or pediatric) or arrive at a facility to give birth and your partner and/or doula are turned away, here are a few option to advocate for:

  • First, list your rights to have your support partner(s) with you. Find info in the above paragraph. ^^^

  • If the facility's policy simply won't accommodate your appeals to have your partner(s) present with you, request that you video or phone chat throughout your appointment. 

  • And if the facility has a policy against phone calls, as they can have an effect on medical devices, then ask if you can video record the appointment.

  • Lastly, remember that you always have to option to seek care at a different facility that will welcome your partner(s).

Managing Emotions and Mental Health:

  • CHOOSE LOVE, NOT FEAR!  While this may seem like a hard one for some there are many ways to combat the fear that is pervasive during this time. If it sucks you down the rabbit hole -- Turn-Off the News. If it’s important enough you will hear about it.  You need to remember that fear sells for news outlets and their approach to getting your attention is to create more fear. A fear response in our body creates contraction of our tissues.  Contraction restricts your system to work at its optimum level.  The opposite of fear is LOVE.  When we are in a love, peace, joy and gratitude state we are expanded and free.  Our bodies work so much better and we feel better when we are feeling more of this loving joyful and peaceful energy. Whenever you see or hear something that causes a fear reaction in you, feel into your body where you sense it and close your eyes and focus on something/someone you love and see if you can get the fear to subside.

  • STAY SOMEWHERE SAFE! I want to acknowledge that home and the people residing within the home may not be a safe environment for everyone.  If you are looking for local options in Summit County, CO please contact the Summit Advocates Group > so they may appropriately assist you in seeking a safe and healthy environment to be.

  • BE NURTURING!  Take care of yourself and do things that will keep you less likely to become infected.  Number one tip is to stop touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands.  Wash your hands frequently and get out in nature and go for a walk instead of going to the stores or other crowded spaces.

  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!  There is a term called Interoception.  This is the body’s way of talking to you to let it know what it needs.  When your body feels tired – rest, get more sleep, when you get that tickle in the back of your throat, increased sinus pressure,  the feeling of the start of something- take more vitamins and eat more healthy supportive foods and DRINK MORE WATER!!!  Also avoiding sugar during these times can help your immune system immensely.