Meet Birthmarks: 2015 Natural Birth and Baby Sponsor

Meet Birthmarks: 2015 Natural Birth and Baby Sponsor

Birthmarks wants to help you find your tribe!  They have a passion for bringing like-minded individuals together to receive multiple services relating to a holistic approach to health, life, pregnancy and birth in their beautiful facility.  More than anything, their goal is to create a sense of community and support for the families they serve.

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Community Partner: Barefoot Birth

Community Partner: Barefoot Birth

Barefoot Birth is a birth service company specializing in concierge home birth services, personalized prenatal care, doula support, childbirth education, massage therapy, postpartum support,  professional birth photography, and acts as a resource for expecting families. The Barefoot Family includes Charlie Rae Young LM, CPM, CLC , Jenn Stone LPN, CLC, Wesley Bozeman LMT, and Patricia Cannon CLC.

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Polk County Birth Network

Polk County Birth Network

This new endeavor has been in the works for several weeks, due to an ever growing need for birth advocacy in our community and it is finally ready to roll out. We are very excited to share and announce the launch of the new Polk Count BirthNetwork headed up by Chapter Leader, Sarah Wingrove!  

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Birth Story Healing, A Different Way to Revisit Your Birth Story

Birth Story Healing, A Different Way to Revisit Your Birth Story

A woman’s experience of giving birth and becoming a mother is a powerful transformational journey. Birth is a life event that tests a woman’s physical and inner resources. In some instances, childbirth goes beyond the expected intensity, and a mother is left with unanswered questions and feelings of disappointment, deep sadness, regret, anger, blame or guilt about the events surrounding the birth of her baby.

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The Peaceful Birth Project, Peaceful Birth & Peaceful Parenting

The Peaceful Birth Project, Peaceful Birth & Peaceful Parenting

Pregnancy, birth and motherhood can be some of the most exciting, challenging and confusing times in a woman's life. Sometimes we feel disappointed, hurt or alone. We have all heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child" but our modern style of life does not often provide the woman-to-woman support that we may have had in simpler times. 

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Empowered Birth: Do You Know Your Options?

Empowered Birth: Do You Know Your Options?

As part of its ongoing mission to serve the greater Tampa Bay community, TBBN is pleased to offer free, public seminars on understanding care and delivery options in childbirth.  "We believe that knowledgeable women are empowered women," said Tampa Bay Birth Network president, Christie Collbran. "When parents-to-be are presented with facts in a low-pressure environment, they're able to imagine their child's birth and make the best choices for themselves."

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After a Newborn Arrives, Why Is a Postpartum Doula Needed?

After a Newborn Arrives, Why Is a Postpartum Doula Needed?

Yes, a postpartum doula’s education, quiet support and guidance are a manifestation of the traditional postpartum support that our society is missing. Postpartum doulas offer evidence- based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and can make appropriate referrals when necessary. 

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Acupuncture and Pregnancy

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Acupuncture is a safe, comfortable and cost effective treatment to help women have healthy pregnancies and dispense with many of the problems that commonly develop.  Each trimester brings its own joys and discomforts, from fatigue and morning sickness to breastfeeding challenges and baby blues. Acupuncture offers a whole new approach for many women. Here are some of the most common questions I’m asked about acupuncture and pregnancy.

Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

Yes. Florida’s licensed acupuncture physicians are trained to know which acupuncture points are helpful during pregnancy and which points should be avoided. There are certain points on the hands and shoulders and around the lower leg, ankle and lower back that are contraindicated during most of pregnancy. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine evolved over thousands of years and through their methods provided care to many pregnant women. In fact, many of us specialize in caring for women through pregnancy and women's health generally. Acupuncture is the most well known technique used in the practice of Chinese medicine; other methods include herbal medicine, massage, food therapy and even meditation.

What conditions can acupuncture help with during pregnancy?

For many women acupuncture helps them connect with the joys of pregnancy and eases the discomforts. Difficulties helped managed with acupuncture and Chinese medicine include morning sickness, back pain, ligament pain, premature cervical ripening, preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension), fatigue, heartburn, constipation and gestational diabetes.  Don’t wait! If you want to get pregnant and experienced these problems in earlier pregnancies, you may be able to avoid repeating them by beginning with acupuncture and Chinese medicine care before you get pregnant. Some of the conditions I’ve helped mamas manage and recover from include:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress, anxiety and emotional issues
  • Morning sickness
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Headaches
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Edema
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rhinitis and sinus congestion
  • Breech and malpresentation
  • Labor prep and cervical ripening
  • Labor
  • Postpartum vaginal discharge
  • Baby blues and postpartum depression
  • Mastitis
  • Insufficient or excessive lactation
  • Post-operative healing  


When should I start and how often should I go?

If you are already pregnant, it’s a good idea to see an acupuncturist as soon as possible to help temper morning sickness and other common first-trimester symptoms. In a healthy pregnancy with minimal complaints, you may only need acupuncture every other week or once a month as a tune up, to ensure that things are balanced and flowing smoothly.  In addition, pre-birth treatments are an ideal time to safely treat many other pregnancy complaints such as heartburn and hip pain. It is also the perfect time to ensure baby is in the best possible position for an easy journey.

If you experienced pregnancy loss in the past, more frequent treatments may be recommended, especially during the first trimester. This is so that you get the sustained support required to keep your body healthy and strong over the course of your pregnancy. Toward the end of any pregnancy, at about week 37, your acupuncturist may suggest coming in more often to help prepare you for labor.

Can acupuncture help induce labor?

Acupuncturists don’t do labor induction—that’s a biomedical treatment. Though we CAN help you build endurance, rest and prepare for labor. Stress is one of the biggest factors that women battle during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Acupuncture can help significantly with reducing stress and anxiety in these moments.  Acupuncturists who specialize in women’s health can  provide treatment to prompt cervical ripening by helping to regulate hormones, calm the sympathetic nervous system and improve blood flow to the uterus and supporting ligaments.  Acupuncture helps you keep the oxytocin - adrenaline balance in check, remain calm and steady and ready for a smooth labor and birth. It is much easier to prepare your body for labor when you’re not working against the ticking clock of your medical-induction appointment. 

Should I keep getting acupuncture after I deliver?

Acupuncture as after-care for new moms is really important. Fatigue and depression are common symptoms after delivery. Regular acupuncture and moxibustion are great for helping moms recover and regain their strength after giving birth. Acupuncture can also help moms who’ve delivered babies by cesarean manage their pain, recover more easily and promote bonding and breastfeeding with their little one. 

Where do I find an acupuncturist?

  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the registry of practitioners who maintain their national credentials and board certification: select for more info or visit nccaom.org
  • Florida's Department of Health Professional Licensing: follow this link or go to floridahealth.gov
  • Community Acupuncture clinics offering affordable, sliding scale fees: click here or check out pocacoop.com
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Gururas Khalsa, AP, DOM is a community acupuncturist and herbalist.  She’s the founder of Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture in Tampa. Gururas is a Kundalini yoga instructor and teaches at Sweetwater Organic Farm. For the last five years Gururas has trained to be a midwife supporting moms and midwives in birth center, hospital and home settings in Utah and Massachusetts. She’s a toLabor trained doula and is working on credentials to become a Lamaze childbirth educator. Gururas is a native Floridian and has returned to Tampa Bay after living in New England for the last 29 years. She’s a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest graduate school for Chinese Medicine in the US, and a USF graduate.

BREASTMILK ~ THE MOVIE

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We are proud to be one of the partners with Barefoot Birth presenting a local screening of Breastmilk - The Movie from the people who brought you the film The Business of Being Born. 

"With unexpected humor, with an unflinching camera, with some guilt and some pain, this film takes the unusual risk of examining what breast milk truly means.

We are often told that breast milk is better. Better for babies, better for mothers, better for nutrition, health, well-being, and society. Many accept this and yet there are still very few women who succeed in breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months and beyond. What would it take to change?"

Watch the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/68418128

When: November 17th. The doors open at 4:30 and the film begins promptly at 5pm. There will be an interactive panel discussion to follow. 

Location: USF Marshall Center's Oval Theater 

Cost: $10 suggested donation which will go towards funding CLC training for women of color in the Tampa area.
 
Go to our Facebook event page to confirm yourself and invite others. Share this post with your friends, family and people you know. Our society at large (not just mothers) needs to be better educated on this topic. Nursing mothers are more likely to succeed when they are surrounded by support, encouragement and the feeling of security. Lets educate our community and help create that safe space for our mothers and babies to thrive. 
 

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Chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Langmaid

Get to know the members of the Tampa  Bay Birth Network!  

 


What is your mission and purpose? 

I believe in creating an empowered and healthy community.   My passion is supporting a natural, active, and pain-free lifestyle.  Everything I do is driven by these principles.  In regards to expecting mothers, I believe you should have the best pregnancy possible, plain and simple. 

How did you get into this line of work?

My great-grandfather was one of the first few hundred chiropractors at the turn of the century when the profession began, so it is in my family heritage. 

Tell us about your practice? 

I practice with Florida Orthopaedic Institute, one of the largest orthopedic groups in the area.  This creates many benefits in terms of insurance acceptance, scheduling, etc. However, I primarily practice out of a more intimate satellite clinic in Brandon, FL.  I believe this offers my patients the best of both worlds; the advantages of a large practice, yet the personality of a smaller independent practice. 

What benefits or services do you offer for adults, children and families? 

Great question; as a chiropractor I am in the fortunate position to be able to care for entire families.  So whether you are an expecting mother looking for the Webster Technique or sciatic relief, a child, or a dad with back pain; I can help.  I have treated infants who are less than 1 day old up to patients nearing 95 years old.  If you are seeking pain relief, looking to stay active, or interested in wellness care, then my office may be the right choice for you.

Tell us about the benefits of chiropractic care. Why is it important, what does it prevent?

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is an important reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy.  It can provide many benefits including: the reduction of backneck, or joint pain, while allowing great mobility in the pelvis.

The American Pregnancy Association explains the potential benefits as: 

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

A detailed explanation regarding my care of pregnant patients can be found here.

You mentioned the Websters Technique for expecting mothers. Can you tell us more about that? 

Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique for the pelvis.  The technique is used to balance the pelvis and reduce stress on the musculoskeletal system.  While chiropractors do not "turn babies", the Webster Technique has been shown to allow the baby to get into the most comfortable position possible.  For many babies which are malpositioned, or considered breech, the Webster Technique has been a beneficial component to allowing these babies to regain optimal birth position.  Pelvic balance and fluid pelvic motion is an essential part of a having the best, and most comfortable pregnancy possible.  Also, there are a variety of chiropractic techniques that address pregnancy related low back pain and sciatica.  This can be extremely important for expecting mothers who are "on the go" and desire the ability to stay active throughout their pregnancy.  

What locations do you service?

My primary practice location is in Brandon, FL at 1586 Bloomingdale Avenue.  However, on occasion I hold clinic hours at our South Tampa office. 


Are there any interesting statistics you want to share about your services that parents might want to know?

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I was a founding member of the Rhode Island Birth Network and I am a current member of and board advisor for the Tampa Bay Birth Network.  While I work with many local doulas, mid-wives, and OB/GYN groups, there are still many women who have practitioners who still may not be familiar with chiropractic care.  The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health has noted an average of 4.5 days to clinically significant pain relief for pregnant patients undergoing chiropractic care.  The Chiropractic Journal of Australia concluded that “pregnant patients present for chiropractic care for musculoskeletal complaints in addition to wellness care with high-perceived effectiveness”.  Additionally they state “the effectiveness of chiropractic…and its overall popularity….make chiropractic an attractive option for the pregnant woman.”

Anything else you want to share with the community? 

I invite everyone to join our free online health community at www.Facebook.com/DrJeffLangmaid where we post daily inspirational and motivational health tips.  Additionally, you can keep up with my blog at www.DrJeffLangmaid.com or at many of the local PATCH sites which syndicate it! 

Whether helping a patient through pain and discomfort, facilitating greater health in children, or the satisfaction of treating an expecting mother with a breech baby that turns; I always appreciate the trust that my patients place with me. 
 
To connect with Dr. Langmaid you can check out his website here or call his office at (813) 978-9797 to make an appointment. 

 

Dee Pullen, betterbirthing.net

Get to know the members of the Tampa Bay Birth Network! 

We are happy to give you our next post in this series, an interview with Dee Pullen, who has been a birth professional for eighteen years.  

Tell us what you do? 

I am a doula, HypnoBirthing® practitioner, lactation counselor, birth videographer and I also rent a water birth tub to moms having home births. 

What is your mission?
 
To educate and empower moms so that they have births that make them thrilled to tell their birth stories. 
 
What do your credentials stand for?
 
CHBP: Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner (a teacher of the program)

CHBPLC: Certified HypnoBirthing Labor Companion (advanced training in how to use HypnoBirthing techniques in labor.)

I will be getting my HypnoBirthing Professional Doula certification in October.
 
I am the only professional HypnoBirthing Labor Companion in the state of Florida. 
 
Some people don't know what HynpoBirthing® is. Can you tell us? 
 
Sure! HypnoBirthing is both a method and philosophy of natural childbirth education enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques that allows women to release fear and have an easy comfortable birthing experience as nature intended. Moms learn deep relaxation and breathing techniques as well as deepening techniques to take her deeper in hypnosis. 
 
How do you teach it? What does it include? 
 
I teach both privately and in groups. We use in-class discussion, videos and practice sessions. The course includes a book, 2 CDs and many handouts. Mom listens to the Rainbow Relaxation every night as well as doing a practice session with her partner or birthing companion. There are scripts given out in class and included in the book, HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method. 

My next group HypnoBirthing class is starting on September 8th. 

How is hypnosis actually used? 
 
Before labor we do in-class sessions and mom practices self-hypnosis with the Rainbow CD and her partner. During her birthing time she uses self-hypnosis to take herself into relaxation and achieve a 'Lucy limp' (aka totally relaxed) state so that her body can do the work of birthing. 
 
What differences have you see it make for laboring mothers? 
 
I've seen moms who came to me scared and traumatized by previous birth experiences lose their fear and go on to have comfortable, joyous births. This happens frequently. 

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Describe the other services that you offer? 
 
As a doula I support women in labor to have easy, comfortable births. I answer questions for moms and help them figure out what is best for them and their babies. I help dads (and other family members) help mom too. I explain what is going on so that the family can make good decisions about their care and that of their baby. 

As a CLC, I offer breastfeeding support to help moms and babies get off to a great start in life. 

I offer sibling classes. These are private classes I hold for children already in the pregnant household. I talk with the moms prior and we discuss whether she wants me to show a birth video. If a birth video is okay, is the direct shot of the birth okay? The material I choose is based on the age(s) of the child(ren) in the class. We talk about what babies can and can't do, how they eat (breastfeeding), how the older child feels about several things surrounding pregnancy, how they can be helpful during birth if present, and how they can be helpful when the new baby comes. I also read several children's birth related story books. 

I offer classes in "how to be a family doula" where I teach family members how to function as a doula at a birth so they can better support the laboring mom in their family. 

I also offer water birth tub rentals so that home birthing moms can increase their comfort during labor. 

 Tell us more about you and how you got into this line of work? 

I am a homebirth mom of two. I homeschooled both my children all the way through their educational career up to post-secondary. I was a librarian for 19 years before I retired to become a full time birth worker and homeschooling mom. The short version of how I got into this line of work is that I went to work for the midwife who received both my babies.

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I have been a doula and childbirth educator since 1995.  I am an active advocate of birthing women. I keep firmly in mind that your birth builds your memories. It's important that your memories be ones that make you feel proud. 
 
We know that you've been one of the founding members of our active birthing community. So tell us about some of the other activities that you've been up to? 
 
I was on the board of directors for a birth center and midwifery school (The Delphi Center for Conscious Birth and The Delphi Center for Midwifery Studies.)

I have been running breastfeeding support groups for years. These are free and open to the public. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at Totally Chiropractic in North Tampa. 

I have helped put together several birth related conferences and expos. I have attended 343 births, 348 babies! 

 

Are there any other statistics you want to share?
 
My c-section rate is about 14% out of almost 350 births. 
 
That is within the recommended rate set by the World Health Organization, and you're not even the primary care-provider for those women. Nice work, Dee! 
 
What locations do you service? 
 
Spring Hill to Sarasota, Gulf Coast to Lakeland. If a mom is within this geographical area, I will help her with her birth and breastfeeding.

And in closing...

My philosophy is that women are perfectly designed to give birth when empowered.  It’s my job to teach you to do that for yourself. I know that birth can be an amazing, life-changing event! 

If you'd like to reach Dee to inquire about her services visit her website here or give her a call at       (813) 933-2301. 

 For more information about HypnoBirthing check out  www.hypnobirthing.com. 

The Fourth Trimester

Get to know the members of the Tampa Bay Birth Network!

We are fortunate to have The Fourth Trimester, a Lactation Counseling & Breastfeeding Advocacy team in our community. We interviewed them and here is what they are all about!

 Emily Seelig-Rohrhuber & Gladis Rubio of The Fourth Trimester

Emily Seelig-Rohrhuber & Gladis Rubio of The Fourth Trimester

What is the mission of your business? 

 Our mission is to be a supportive, knowledgeable, trustworthy safety net that helps women to meet their own breastfeeding goals. We also participate with organizations (such as The Tampa Bay Birth Network) and work on advocacy projects like "Breastfeeding Welcome Here Initiative" that have focus on promoting and normalizing breastfeeding within our community. 
 
What services do you offer for mothers and babies? 
 
We have three service offerings; prenatal breastfeeding education, in home postpartum breastfeeding assistance, and back to work counseling for nursing mothers. We're also available to our clients by phone, text, and email to answer any additional questions that might come up after an in-person counseling session. 

 Gladis Rubio & daughter Penelope

Gladis Rubio & daughter Penelope

Who are the main staff that deliver your services? 

Gladis: There are two of us on our team, Emily and I. It's great working with Emily because we are able to benefit from eachother's strengths. We have a wide range of experience between the two of us, so we can accomplish more than if we were two Lactation Counselors working separately. 
 
How did you get into this line of work? 

Gladis: I was first interested in helping women with breastfeeding when my eight year old daughter was a baby. Nursing my first baby had been a struggle and I'd learned a lot of navigating through those issues, so it motivated me to help others. I thought, back then, how great it would be to create a regular place where women could go for breastfeeding support and education. I was initially envisioning starting a drop-in type resource center or support group. A few years later, I got to put those wishes into action when I started doing lactation counseling for WIC. Our incredible team was able to help moms with breastfeeding concerns over the phone and in the office during business hours, but often times the moms needing help the most were unable to come in to our office at the health department. It got me thinking about how great it would be to bring breastfeeding support directly to them! 

Emily: I felt called to serve women with lactation support after the birth of my second child nine months ago. He was born with unexpected metabolic, genetic and gastrointestinal health concerns that require us to see and follow up with many specialists. I knew in my heart that I was committed to breastfeeding my baby. The level of support from the many professionals we were seeing on an ongoing basis was not consistent during his most critical weeks and months. It became clear to me along the way in his journey, that when a mother says she wants to breastfeed her baby but is faced with challenges, compassionate and evidence-based support is what is most needed to help her overcome obstacles. I knew that my decision to breastfeed my baby was more than just a biological necessity; breast milk was also healing to his fragile little body. And it was my refusal to accept the notion that nursing my baby was merely a "lifestyle choice"; my baby needed my milk. I truly feel that all babies deserve what is not only "best" for them, but what is made just for them.

 

 Emily Seelig-Rohrhuber and son Marlin

Emily Seelig-Rohrhuber and son Marlin

Tell us about us how families will benefit from your services?
 
 We offer evidence-based information, but are also mothers with our own nurslings so we have a "real world" perspective and experience as well. Our prenatal breastfeeding education is designed to empower, enlighten, and inform soon-to-be parents about everything they need to know to get breastfeeding off to the best possible start. But sometimes, no matter how much you think you may be prepared for the arrival of your baby, concerns or difficulties can come up, and establishing breastfeeding may be more of a struggle than anticipated. In addition to caring for herself and her baby, a mom who's struggling is also expected to make appointments during business hours for this much needed help, get her baby ready to leave the house (sometimes with other children in tow), and deal with troubling feeding concerns at the same time. Maybe she has sore nipples and wearing a bra hurts, or maybe she's tethered to a pump because baby isn't currently latching. Our in-home service prevents them from having to run around to yet another appointment. We want to help our moms eliminate as many of the unnecessary stumbling blocks as we can. And the feedback we've gotten has been a resounding "Yes!" The new moms and dads we've worked with have been enthusiastic about wanting in-home support and education on how breastfeeding works. Preventing potential problems is absolutely the best way to make nursing a success. Education and support can help to prevent so many bigger problems. Everything from plugged ducts and mastitis (a breast infection) to low milk supply can be prevented or managed by getting adequate support and appropriate guidance.  

 What locations do you service? 
 
We serve much of Pinellas, Pasco, and parts of Hillsborough. You can visit our website for more information on our coverage area. 
 
Are there any statistics you want to share with us that parents might want to know? 
 
Yes! Studies show that prenatal breastfeeding education does matter! In one study, it was found that moms who had at least one exposure to breastfeeding education during pregnancy, on average, nursed their babies twice as long as those who didn't (Reifsnider and Eckhert, 1997). Another study showed that women who received personalized prenatal education were twice as likely to still be breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum as women who did not receive prenatal education (Kisten et al., 1990). And families that exclusively breastfeed for one year can save up to $1200 - $1500 by never having to buy formula. There are also significant savings for breastfeeding families in their healthcare spending and medical costs. In 2011, the Surgeon General published data relating to health risks faced by babies who are not breastfed. Ear infections, gastrointestinal infections, respiratory infections, and necrotizing enterocolitis are all more than 100% more common in babies who are not breastfed (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/breastfeeding/factsheet.html).
 
Anything else you want to share about your business? 

We are very excited about bringing the Breastfeeding Welcome Here project to the Tampa Bay Area, so stay tuned for more information about that in the near future!  
 
To connect with The Fourth Trimester visit their website here!

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Laura Irmis - Artist, Educator, Doula

Get to know the members of the Tampa Bay Birth Network!

Let us introduce you to Laura Irmis.

 Laura Irmis, Artist, Educator, Doula

Laura Irmis, Artist, Educator, Doula

Tell us about you? 
 
I am a childbirth educator, henna artist and postpartum doula working to normalize and revalue all aspects of motherhood in our society via education, outreach, support, community events and activism. I am passionate about educating and empowering expectant mothers and couples about their options and choices for a beautiful birth journey. 
 
How did you get into this line of work? 
 
Birth changed me. During my first pregnancy my husband and I took Bradley Method classes and the passion of empowerment overtook me. I consumed myself in understanding birth and American birth practices. I wanted to make my own decisions about my body and my birth. As I continued to transform as a mother I realized how impactful birth could be for the rest of our lives. I felt the need to share this with other mothers in hopes they could feel the same joy and empowerment in their birth(s) and lives. 
 
What services do you offer? 

I am a Certified Childbirth Educator in the Bradley Method, however I offer both private and group classes. The childbirth classes I teach prepare the couple together on their journey. My classes stress the importance of Healthy Baby, Healthy Mother and Healthy Families. I attract families who are willing to take the responsibility needed for preparation and birth. I share a wide variety of information making each course specific to the students needs; it's a very custom and comprehensive course. Think of it as an all-in-one childbirth class. 

With my henna art, I create designs or freehand style to make the pregnant mother feel even more magical! Henna body art is an ancient way to honor the pregnant woman's inner strength as she prepares for birth. I combine essential oils in henna paste, a natural stain found in crushed henna leaves, for a beautiful expressive experience. 

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As a postpartum doula I offer support during the postpartum phase and "mother the mother." Things I can help with are: 
  • Routine newborn care and education in bathing, cord care, diapering, calming techniques, and newborn nutrition and development.  
  • Assistance in unexpected outcomes in providing support, guidance, and information
  • Help taking care of you and your baby so you can rest
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Pumping assistance
  • Phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and early postpartum period
  • Access to my lending library of childbirth materials to support your learning in preparing for birth, breastfeeding and newborn care.  
  • Newborn care in general.  
  • Helping care for siblings.  

What locations do you service? 

St. Petersburg and surrounding Tampa Bay areas. 

Could you share a success story from a family that received your services?

I have several testimonials that my students have given me; here is one of my favorites:
 "My birth was the most exhausting, yet the most exhilarating day of my entire life. I just want to say thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart for teaching me, encouraging me, etc. I couldn't have done it without you and trust me when I say you are going to make such an impact on so many people's lives if you continue on the path you are on. I have never felt so strong in all my life and I have such an amazing sense of pride that I didn't even know was possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you... A million times thank you!" - The Millers 

 
Are there any events coming up that people should know about? 
 
My next Bradley Method class begins September 11, 2013 at the Growing Up store in St. Pete. Seats fill quickly, sign up now! 
 
The Improving Birth rally will be happening on Labor Day, Monday September 2nd, 10:00 am - noon. We are working on finalizing the details and will announce the final location and specifics very soon. You can visit Improvingbirth.org or find us on facebook here: 
ImprovingBirthorg-Tampa-Bay-Florida 

Anything else to share? 
 
As a ceramic artist, I have been super busy creating birth focused work. I am getting my hands dirty creating a new series including meditation labyrinths, "Fruitful Sculptures", inspirational hearts, essential oil burners and functional pottery. Visit here to see my work. 
 
To connect up with Laura check out her site at: www.laurairmis.com or give her a call at: 727-560-0340.

 

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