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Why use a Doula?

In honor of International Doula Month, I am including a guest post by Marianna Terhune CD, CMA, LS, CBE of DoulaMoon.net.  Marianna is a local DONA certified birth doula who has not only helped countless families as they welcome new life into their families, she is also a part of a group of doulas who help lead educational classes at My Baby News in Santa Rosa every month.  More information on how doulas can help make birth easier can be found in a previous article by clicking HERE.  And if you’re interested in attending the next free Speaker Series (topic: Baby Signing Class) at My Baby News on May 12th, information can be found by clicking HERE.

Why Use a Doula?
by Marianna Terhune CD, CMA, LS, CBE

Nicole Kidman did it, so did Kelly Ripa, Demi Moore, Cindy Crawford and Ricki Lake. Doulas are the latest Hollywood “pregnancy essential” and moms all over Sonoma County are following their lead, getting a head start on the stork without breaking the bank. Since May is “International Doula Month” and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to highlight this growing profession. Doulas aren’t just for the rich and famous, these days most women can get the support Kidman and Ripa receive without going into debt. DONA International is the oldest and largest organization of doulas in the world with more than 7,000 members in more than 20 countries. DONA doulas offer a variety of services that allow all women to receive the care they deserve from a doula at such a special time in their lives, if they wish to have it.

Birth doulas accompany women and their partners in labor, providing emotional support and physical comfort. They facilitate communication with caregivers to help clients feel fully informed, provide reassurance, perspective and help with relaxation, positioning and other labor support techniques.

Postpartum doulas help new mothers in the early weeks with their new baby. Parents find the additional help with breastfeeding, education on newborn care, errand running, nighttime support and assistance with anything else a new family needs invaluable. The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning *a woman who serves.* Studies have shown that a doula’s presence at births results in shorter labors with less complications, fewer requests for pain medications and/or epidurals and a reduction in labor-enhancing drugs (Pitocin), forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans. Postpartum doulas reduce the stress involved in being a new mom. Doula care has also been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of postpartum depression. Doulas like to say that they “mother the mother.” I am available to discuss doulas and International Doula Month.

I and a local mom who has used a doula in Sonoma County can also talk about how doulas can give moms the “star treatment” and how they can be affordable to families during these difficult economic times. There is also a County Doula Program that provides Doulas for moms in need. Plus FREE Educational classes are done once an month at My Baby News in partnership with the local birth and postpartum Doulas to help educate expecting moms and their families about labor, birth, child care and all the options and choices that come with parenthood. Here are the last three months classes, Cloth Diapers, Infant Sleep Solutions and Baby Sign Language. We also do classes on car seats, Labor classes, infant care, breast feeding and much, much, more. Please contact me at the number or e-mail below to schedule an interview. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Marianna Terhune CD, CMA, LS, CBE

“Peace truly Begins at Birth”, because how we come into this world makes a difference!

Worth WeeCycling Consignment Event

The world is turning green with environment. My favorite part of the sudden earth conscious tendencies? Consigning! This is when people sell their perfectly usable items that they no longer have a need for to other people who are in the market for such an item. It allows families to make a little cash, and it has brought coolness back to thrift shopping. And it’s great for the environment since less things are ending up in the landfill before their usefulness is used up.  There are consignment stores popping up all over the place. Sales to the public (like the Just Between Friends sale a couple weeks ago) are becoming more popular. And now, another event is coming down the pike.

Worth WeeCycling is holding their Fall/Winter Event on September 10th – 12th at the Santa Rosa Vet’s Building (across from the fairgrounds). The children and maternity consignment event is geared towards expecting and young families. It’s a wonderful way for cash-strapped families to make some money (and I understand there is still time to consign your items!), and it’s a great way for families to meet the needs of their growing household.

Best yet? Worth WeeCycling will be helping to raise funds for a very special little boy. 4 year old Nathan Wagner has been battling brain cancer since February. After brain surgery, radiation, and more surgery, he is now in the midst of a 6 month cycle of chemo. As you can imagine, the family has been placed under a large financial strain as they battle Nathan’s cancer together, paying out of pocket for expenses not covered by insurance. Worth WeeCycling is helping the Wagner family through consignment donations.

“The family would greatly appreciate any donations and they can be dropped off at Economy Plumbing – 1058 North Dutton Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 between 7:30 and 4:00 weekdays until September 6th or at My Gym.”

For more information on this sale or how to contribute to Nathan Wagner’s needs, check out the detailed information in the forums at SantaRosaMom.com, or visit Worth WeeCycling’s website at www.worthweecycling.com.

Worth WeeCycling Fall/Winter Event:

Friday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Pre-sale only for consignors and pre-registered first time parents, foster parents, and adoptive parents

Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Public Sale

10:30—11:00 am
50% off Pre-sale for consignors
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Public – Half-price Sale

Neglecting the Baby Book

This weekend was spent moving our things from one house to another. And in that move, it became apparent that we have TOO MUCH STUFF. Seriously, we moved into this house two years ago with only our beds, a kitchen table, and a couple outfits. There was not much more than that. But apparently we thought it best to make up for lost time by collecting every single item we came across and sticking it in a random corner of the house. The result? I now have boxes and boxes of miscellaneous items in my living room that I need to go through – deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what doesn’t need to see the light of day ever again (yes, fake hairpiece that was supposed to make my ponytail look fuller but instead resembled the thing I pulled out of the drain last week – except three shades different than any color my hair has ever been, I’m talking to you). Basically, if you are missing something it is probably now in my living room. You can come by anytime and pick it up. Take a couple more things with you when you go. (Wouldn’t that be a great idea for a housewarming party? “So glad you could come, you sure you can’t stay longer? Well, here’s a goodie bag of, um, cool knick-knacks. Tag! No pass-backs!”)

At any rate, when you have a house full of things, it not only takes some effort to move everything from one house to the other, the nostalgic effect makes the process take 10 times longer. There were boxes packed with items I hadn’t seen in probably….well, three years. This is why it was a godsend when Mr. Wonderful came over and moved all the rest of my stuff over from the old house on the final day of moving, finishing the process before I could say “oh my gaw, I found the kids’ baby books! Let’s go through them page by page and marvel at what they were like when I used to think they were brilliant!” No, that discussion was saved for after the kids went to bed and I was left alone in my living room going through boxes one by one. And pausing on said baby books, I have to say

I’m an awful parent.

Full to the brim with memories...until Chapter 2 and beyond.

Apparently, my kids ceased to exist past the age of 1 ½. In their first year of life, I chronicled every single move they made. I have down when they first laughed, including when they did it by accident in their sleep and when they did it on purpose to something their hysterically funny mom did. I wrote down their first solid foods, and what they liked or disliked, and what kind of face they made when I fed it to them. I wrote down their favorite toys, their first words, the dates of their first couple of teeth, the name of their first friend – aka the same-age baby that belonged to one of my friends who was placed next to him or her and was claimed to be their new boyfriend/girlfriend/kid that will beat them up at school. I knew what they were wearing when they took their first steps, how much they weighed at 7 months and 23 days, and that my daughter’s first word was “boob”, taught to her by her daddy. The chapter on their first year of life was full of items like their first lock of hair, the bracelet they wore home from the hospital, and pictures from every single milestone they performed. Turn the page to Year Two?


The thing I don’t get, the first year of life has to be the busiest time of a parent’s life. We are catering to our baby’s every need, answering their cries as if we are being summoned with a bell by Master Baby. In the first year of life I don’t think I slept more than 4 hours at a time. I was changing poopy diapers more often than I was yawning. And I was washing countless clothes that smelled of spit-up so that they smelled slightly less sour. I had never been busier or more sleep deprived. And yet, I had time to chronicle the way my daughter spat out cereal unless it was laced with sugary jarred bananas. When they get to the age of two, they are practically raising themselves. So why didn’t I have time to write down all the cool and interesting things they were doing as toddlers? I mean, aren’t toddlers supposed to be the funniest creatures on earth? The only thing I can think of is that my kids weren’t doing anything funny or brilliant. And who wants to write about a child who sits there like a lump of coal?

In all seriousness, I do regret not having taken the time to fill out the rest of the book. There are things that I will never know about my kids because the years went by so fast, and so much happened in that time. There are tiny details to their lives that wouldn’t matter to anyone but me, and those forgotten details are the things that I miss remembering the most. Their height and weight on each of their birthdays. The funny saying they used to repeat at the age of 3. How big their feet were at age 5. What made them laugh. What made them mad. Their favorite toy…

At any rate, at least I have part of the book filled out.  I’ll have it on display at my housewarming party coming down the pike.  Look for your invite in the mail.  Oh, and bring a wagon for your, um, party gifts.

How’s your baby book looking?

Toys "R" Us Gear Trade-In

Do you have any baby items that need some serious replacing? Don’t sell it at your garage sale, trade it in to receive 20% off of a new item at the Toys “R” Us “Great Trade-In” event, happening this Friday, August 28th through Sunday August 20th.

Much like the Cash for Clunkers program, the idea behind this program is to get old and possibly recalled baby items* out of use. The items they are looking for are cribs, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, high chairs, play yards, and carseats.

There are several reasons this program is helpful for those safety conscious parents:

  • Older products may not meet the newest safety regulations.
  • The materials used to make carseats break down over time, weakening the structure and safety of the carseats in ways not visible to the naked eye.
  • Carseats that have been in accidents may look fine, but have unseen damage that renders them unsafe for use.
  • Unknown to a thrifty shopper purchasing a secondhand baby product at a garage sale or secondhand store or off of Craigslist, the baby product for sale may have been recalled or be missing crucial parts or instruction manuals.

This program will be especially profitable for daycares, who may have a lot of older cribs, high chairs, etc that have been used heavily over the years.

For more information, visit the site itself, or contact our local Toys “R” Us at (707)575-6200

(From the site) “From Friday, August 28 through Sunday, September 20, Babies”R”Us and Toys”R”Us stores nationwide are holding the “Great Trade-In” event, providing our customers the opportunity to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, playards or high chairs in exchange for a 20% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.”

*Participating brands are: Babi Italia, Baby Caché, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Natures Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st, and Sorelle.