|Posted on September 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM|
|Posted on September 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM|
I was invited to attend the knot and the bump’s “Connections & Cocktails” event last night. Thank you to Lauren Reidy for the opportunity and for being part of the team that put together a great event!! I always enjoy making new connections; the cocktails not so much, this time around!!
As your dedicated Bradley Method® instructor and roving reporter, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and share the connections I made with you. I was happy to see some familiar faces since I went by myself, and it was also nice to meet some new folks with amazing products and services that are a great fit for our students past and present.
I hope you enjoy reading about these dedicated professionals and find their services and products helpful. Enjoy!!
Friends in attendance:
“The day she gives birth is one of the most transformative days in a woman's life. I always count it as such a sacred honor to bear witness to and stand by a mother on this singular day. I am a wife and the mother to six amazing children and know first hand what a wonderful (and sometimes hard) experience having a baby and parenthood can be. I have had a variety of birth experiences including a hospital birth, a birth center birth, and four homebirths, with the last one being a waterbirth. As a doula I have experience with births in hospitals and at home, with unmedicated as well as medicated births, with cesareans and VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), waterbirths and teen moms as well.”
Nikki Ausdemore, Doula (left):
“It has been my lifelong dream to help couples bring their babies into the world. It is my honor to support you emotionally and physically during your birth. Having not had the ideal birth experiences, it is my goal to help you have your ideal birth.
I offer hospital births, homebirths, cesarean birth support, and personal attention throughout your pregnancy. Your ideal birth is my wish for you! I am certified as a doula by DONA.”
Brenda is the owner and talented photographer at A Bunch of Smiles Photography. She runs a customer service oriented boutique studio that specializes in Living Art Maternity and Celebrating Life Baby sessions.
Brenda strives to provide a service that captures the essence of you and your family. The typical studio experience consists of waiting in a lobby for upwards to half-an-hour and then squeezing into a tiny, hot studio room; and by then, nobody is in the mood for pictures! When you go to Brenda’s studio (or have her visit your home), you are in for a very pleasant and personalized experience. She limits the number of sessions per day to 2 or 3 so there is no waiting, and she has enough energy and creativity to give you better portraits than you would ever imagine.
The extra time and energy she puts into your portraiture may cost more than the “mass-market” photographers, however, as a customer for going on seven years now, I can assure you that the results are amazing and they will be cherished by you and your family for years to come.
I had the great fortune of meeting Katie Hess, Organic Alchemist at Lotus Wei Flower Essences. As I sit and write tonight’s post, I am enjoying the scent of her “Infinite Love” blend that she said is best for pregnancy. I am looking forward to using her essences as I meditate to prepare for our homebirth to process my “first homebirth” concerns – everything is unknown again!! She also recommended that we use her “Inner Peace” blend while we are in labor. If these peaceful vibes I am getting from the Infinite Love mist are any indicator, we are going to have a great labor and delivery!
As a natural childbirth educator and a mom of a child who is very sensitive to chemicals, I was so happy to find that her products are free of artificial fragrances, phthalates and petrochemicals. Her products are the kind that I can use in our home and feel safe recommending to our expecting and alumni students.
From her website:
I spent over 10 years doing one-on-one consultations--client came regularly for custom formulas of flower essences. I worked with each individual for six months to several years. During that time I witnessed countless transformations in people, and was continually surprised at how quickly it would happen. I watched my client’s faces, emotions, attitudes, and life situations change radically within only one month of taking flower essences, only to further evolve as they continued taking the essences over time.
I realized that I would not be able to make the kind of impact that I wanted to, if I was limited to the number of people that I could individually and personally see myself. So I decided to create a line of elixirs that would be easy to understand and that consist of combinations of several flower essences that I feel people most needed today.
Each of the six formulas contain balanced formulas of flower essences collected by us from diverse environments including forests, deserts, wetlands, and tropical flowers. Our essential oils come from all over the world, sourced from organic, wild-crafted and ethically-harvested sources. Whenever possible we use certified organic essential oils.
I also got to visit with Lisa Reinhardt, from Wei of Chocolate, a sister company to Lotus Wei. Guess what, pregnant mommas? She is going to email me some studies that show that eating a piece of chocolate five days a week will lower your incidence of pre-eclampsia! What better way to enjoy your last trimester than with a chocolate a day??
I can’t wait to read the studies for myself and share what I learn. In the meantime, I will tell you that I have not ever liked dark chocolate. The taste she shared with me was heavenly!! Her chocolates are high quality, vegan, organic dark chocolate that are blended with ingredients designed to elevate your experience - and bring balance to mind and life. They are also gluten-free, soy-free, fair trade and infused with flower essences. I am definitely going to get some for a daily dose until baby arrives. I think they will help get me in the right frame of mind for our homebirth!!
I wish I had known about Jennifer Thomas (right) and Lindsay Treinen (left) when we were looking for a nanny. It may have saved us a lot of hassle and a couple of years of trying to find the nanny that was the right fit for our demanding family!!
Their company offers a free in-home consultation to assess your needs and make a recommendation as to the profile you may want to consider for a nanny. Should you decide to register for their service, they help you find a nanny. Both of these ladies worked as long-term nannies and understand the benefits of consistency and trust with their employer. Their goal is to help you find a nanny that you will have long-term relationship with and make the whole experience as rewarding as possible.
All their nannies have a minimum of 2 years of experience. They can run a certified background check; they investigate driving records, and require all nanny candidates to provide a minimum of 6 references. They also allow registered families to see the application and references – as Jennifer said, “It’s all open-book.” They also offer competitive pricing for their placement services. They make sure their fees are below other services in the Valley, and they also assured me that if another service offers a lower fee, they will meet or beat that fee.
It’s always fun to meet another pregnant mom at these events! Camea Kramer was there with her husband, Steve – they are expecting baby #2 about a week after we are due - congratulations! Camea and Steve are the owners and franchisors of Baby Sensory, a company that offers classes that are designed to encourage learning and development between moms and babies. Their goal is to build a mom’s confidence and bonding between mother and child as they interact with each other and take the ideas from the lessons and apply them at home.
From their website:
Baby Sensory provides hundreds of sensory development activities that are great fun for parents and babies to share in the vital first year. Our classes include educational learning for moms/dads, ALL baby sensory development, baby motor skills, baby social and emotional development, baby speech development, baby sign language, baby & parent bonding techniques, visual tracking, eye/body co-ordination skills, muscle strengthening and baby massage to help with babies growth spurts, whilst having fun with fiber optic light shows, bubbles, bells, musical fun, puppet shows, amazing light balls and so much more.
The Baby Sensory program consists of over 40 themed lesson plans and 20 special theme lesson plans. Every week you will share new sensory experiences with your baby. Classes are specifically designed for babies from Birth-13 months. Our classes are run weekly in terms of 10 weeks. You can join anytime.
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
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