Friday, September 10, 2010

How to Nurse Your Newborn in a Sling

This is a great video!  It demonstrates how to nurse a newborn in a sling, plus gives some good wearing tips for teeny babies. 



If you want someone to show you how to use a Maya wrap or other ring sling, pouch, or Moby Wrap, feel free to contact me.  I'd be happy to walk you through it. 

Most babies love being carried, and there are many safe baby carriers and ways to "wear" babies.  If you're curious about the benefits of babywearing, visit  Ten Reasons to Wear Your Baby.

I've written more about making your own baby carrier here. And here, including a resource page with lots of information.

Happy browsing!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine
Mamas & Muffins: New Moms Group

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Birthing From Within

One of the online newsletters I really enjoy are the thoughtful articles offered from Birthing From Within.  August's newsletter had an article called "Fantasy, Control, and the 'Heart of Birthing From Within'".

Here's a tidbit from the very end:
"Compassion for ourselves and for other mothers, flexibility in our plans, and awareness of our own motivations, beliefs, fears, and inner voices are some ways to work with our desire for control in birth. This is the heart of 'birthing from within.'”
This rings very true for me - not just in birth, but in mothering as well. 

I'm very interested in checking out Pam England's new book, Labyrinth of Birth:  Creating a Map, Meditations, and Rituals for Your Childbearing Year.  Has anyone else read it or seen any reviews?

If you're interested in creating birth art, working through motivations, beliefs and fears to prepare for your upcoming birth, definitely get in touch with me!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
 Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine
Mamas & Muffins: New Moms Group

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Diddos for Kiddos Consignment Sale - Fall 2010

Okay Diddos Fans - Here's the post with all the dates and times!  Note that the sale is several weeks later,  It's still at 136 State Street, but the building is now called Governor Hill Mansion instead of the St. Paul Center.

I've noticed that I get a LOT of traffic from folks looking for Diddos info...  I'm happy to publicize such a great sale!  But:  here's what would be awesome.  If you have a friend or relative or coworker who is pregnant, or trying to get pregnant - please consider spreading the word about Birthing Your Baby childbirth classes, or the free mom's group Mamas & Muffins.  Or, come be a fan of our new Facebook group, Birthing Mothers.  Spread the love!

Sale Dates: 
Presale (for consignors) Friday, October 29th at 6pm
Saturday, October 30th from 8am to 6pm
Half-price Sale, Sunday, October 31st from 8am to 4pm

Location: 
Govenor Hill Mansion,
136 State Street, Augusta

Here's a link to the Diddos for Kiddos brochure.

For anyone wondering what this is all about, Diddos for Kiddos is a consignment sale held twice a year (fall and spring). People who consign clothes get two tickets to attend the consignor pre-sale on Friday. The Saturday sale is open to everyone, and the Sunday sale is half-price on all items.

On a personal note, I've been consigning at this sale for years. Not to make money, because most of my kids' stuff is handed down to my sister & her children. I consign just to get to the presale! And it is so worth it. I never come home with the same ratio clothes/toys - sometimes one kid gets way more than the other. But it works out perfectly for me to get some of their fall/winter clothes and Christmas presents at the Fall sale, and to get summer/birthday clothes and toys at the spring sale.

I also make it a "girls night out" and go with a friend - each consignor gets an extra ticket to the sale - so we go to the sale and then out to dinner.

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine
Mamas & Muffins: New Moms Group

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