Empowering Birth Choices

Empowering Birth Choices Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, HypnoBirthing Educator, Doula Services Empowering Birth Choices is a small woman owned business.

I enjoy supporting and educating families during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Maternal and child health is my passion. Seeing my clients advocate for themselves and experience the rewards of an empowered birth is one of my favorite parts of this job. I believe that pregnancy, motherhood and breastfeeding can be beautiful and transformative experiences and I enjoy accompanying women and thei

I enjoy supporting and educating families during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Maternal and child health is my passion. Seeing my clients advocate for themselves and experience the rewards of an empowered birth is one of my favorite parts of this job. I believe that pregnancy, motherhood and breastfeeding can be beautiful and transformative experiences and I enjoy accompanying women and thei

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06/30/2018

Love this!

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This news just in - when you visit breastfed baby, you are likely to see a little bit of breast. 😱

Tips for how to react when confronted with a tiny bit of breast (which you can see because the breast is where the milk is and the milk is what the baby drinks.)🤔

1 - Keep talking to mum as before.

2 - Do not leave the room unless asked, do not ask mum to leave the room.

3 - Tell mum she is doing brilliantly and you are proud of her.

4 - If mum is struggling, get her good face to face support. A bottle is not face to face breastfeeding support.

5 - Bring food. Bring drinks. Make the food. Pour the drinks.💕

6 - If the baby cries, give the baby to mum. Do not attempt to walk around shushing, patting saying it worked for your baby. This baby wants mum.

*Remember - visiting a breastfed baby may result in exposure to breasts, oxytocin, melatonin and all round feel good hormones*

04/25/2018
This is the secret behind Kate Middleton's 'effortless' births

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/hypnobirthing-kate-middleton-royal-baby-what-is-it-techniques-classes-mindfulness-reviews-a8319331.html

The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to her third child on St George’s Day. After being admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, Kate Middleton reportedly endured a five-hour labour, without pain relief, before delivering her baby boy, weighing 8lb 7oz at one minute p...

Black Maternal Health Week
04/10/2018
Black Maternal Health Week

Black Maternal Health Week

I just supported Black Maternal Health Week on @ThunderclapIt // @BlkMamasMatter

For those of you interested in the breastfeeding literature, enjoy!https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=101...
08/03/2016

For those of you interested in the breastfeeding literature, enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10154219318625325&id=323867490324&substory_index=0

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week 2016 #WBW2016, our peer-reviewed journal, Breastfeeding Medicine, will be available free of charge for our high impact articles through the end of August! Take a look at:

Higher Fat Content in Breastmilk Expressed Manually: A Randomized Trial
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2015.0058

The Challenge of Breastfeeding the Late Preterm and the Early-Term Infant
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2016.29007.aie

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Breastfeeding
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2014.0152

Speaking Out on Safe Sleep: Evidence-Based Infant Sleep Recommendations
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2014.0113

Lingual Frenotomy for Breastfeeding Difficulties: A Prospective Follow-Up Study
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2014.0010

Sharing from the HypnoBirthing Page
06/01/2016

Sharing from the HypnoBirthing Page

05/16/2016

HypnoBirthing class to start in May! Send me a message for more details.

Interesting, though not surprising.  Regardless of whether breastfed or formula-fed, babies woke the same amount of time...
01/26/2016
New research finds babies should wake at night

Interesting, though not surprising. Regardless of whether breastfed or formula-fed, babies woke the same amount of times. It is a myth that giving nighttime formula will make a baby sleep more.

Were you ever told to give your baby formula at night in order to make her sleep more?

https://www.facebook.com/kellymomdotcom/posts/10154280067735139

New research from Swansea University challenges the idea that babies should be sleeping through the night.

https://www.facebook.com/sakurabloom/photos/a.56036452543.69616.29440947543/10153353545827544/?type=3
01/20/2016

https://www.facebook.com/sakurabloom/photos/a.56036452543.69616.29440947543/10153353545827544/?type=3

"This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow. My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday's travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. I feel like I'm on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief. 23 hours ago I held life within and 24 hours ago I surged and transformed allowing life to flow through me, into my waiting hands. The emptiness in my womb brings a heavy feeling crashing into reality but then this new little life whimpers, searching for the breast with soft rooting, and I feel whole again. I am still processing the beautiful transition my whole family has traveled through and I am in complete awe of our strength as humans, women, and mothers. This time is simply unlike any other." -- @laughing.moon
Beautiful! @laughing.moon we couldn't love this any more 🙌🏼❤️ Congratulations, Mama! ✨

Straight forward guidelines to make sure baby is getting what they need:
12/01/2015
KellyMom.com : Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Straight forward guidelines to make sure baby is getting what they need:

Home ▸ Ages & Stages ▸ Newborn ▸ Breastfeeding Basics ▸ Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?Is Baby Getting Enough Milk? FacebookPinterestTwitterBy Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC IS BABY GETTING ENOUGH? — QUICK REFERENCE CARD ~~~ BIRTH to 6 WEEKS ~~~ WEIGHT GAIN: If baby is gaining well on mom’s milk alon…

Study on impacts of pitocin on babies:http://m.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2013/Study-Finds-Adverse-Effe...
10/21/2015
Study Finds Adverse Effects of Pitocin in Newborns - ACOG

Study on impacts of pitocin on babies:

http://m.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2013/Study-Finds-Adverse-Effects-of-Pitocin-in-Newborns?IsMobileSet=true

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Another great tool from KellyMom.com
09/25/2015
KellyMom.com : Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies

Another great tool from KellyMom.com

Home ▸ Health ▸ Growth & Development ▸ Average Weight Gain for Breastfed BabiesAverage Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies FacebookPinterestTwitter© Miroslav Beneda - Fotolia.com Average weight gain Average length & head circumference gain A few things to keep in mind when evaluating weight gain…

KellyMom.com : Do babies under 12 months self-wean?
08/31/2015
KellyMom.com : Do babies under 12 months self-wean?

KellyMom.com : Do babies under 12 months self-wean?

When a mother says that her baby self-weaned before a year, there is a chance that she interpreted a normal developmental stage (perhaps combined with her own wishes) as baby’s wish to wean. Low milk supply can also play a part.

08/07/2015

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week I am giving away 1 free lactation consult! Contact me for details :)

Two lies and a truth: Formula Feeding campaign is off base
06/16/2015
Two lies and a truth: Formula Feeding campaign is off base

Two lies and a truth: Formula Feeding campaign is off base

When we as providers discuss the benefits of breastfeeding (and increasingly refer to the risks of formula feeding), how can we expect women to not feel guilty when their breastfeeding efforts fail...

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