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Why Business Of Birth?

by Amanda

I remember it clearly.  We sat in our hotel room, excited from our first day of doula training with the homework to write down how much our doula rate should be and report back the following day. How much we should charge each client for our doula package and it was a bit overwhelming but we had stars in our eyes! This would be amazing for our family, we could cover the mortgage or groceries for the month for our family. Perhaps it could be extra to pay for a much needed vacation or simply give us breathing room in your home budgets.

We couldn’t believe that our passion could be combined with actually making a sustainable living for our family!  We finished our weekend training and headed home gushing over learning the hip squeeze and stages of labour, learning how to serve our clients in the most beautiful way during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  I loved our doula training, but I soon realized we needed more education.  Starting a business is no joke and there are a lot of hoops to jump through.  From registering our business, finding insurance, creating websites and learning how to market ourselves in the community and online.  Whoa! It was a lot. After a year of pushing through we decided it was time to step it up a notch.

Business training.  Professional education to create the vision we had for our passion turned career.  We took the plunge and it was the single best thing we could have done. The next step was the bring on an experienced business trained operations manager, Kara. She had run successful incorporated companies in the past and was excited to come alongside what we were doing.

This is where you come in. I see you business owner, unsure how to bring in more clients.  Struggling with figuring out your operations and where to begin/continue with growing your business.  Perhaps you are tired, worn out and need guidance in this birth work profession.  Trust me, in a service profession mostly focused on women, financials are never the first thing we want to deal with. BUT…  I want you to live your passion, support your family and grow a thriving business.

For years now we have had doula after doula emailing/calling/messaging to ask for advice on what the next step is or where to begin.  We’ve enjoyed watching doulas flourish with the knowledge we have shared with them. It’s a passion of ours to elevate birth professions and see changes happen! We want you to succeed and created the life you imagine supporting women, their families and the entire birth community.

Join us this fall/winter with live Business of Birth: Intensive Training Conferences around British Columbia to take your OWN business to the next level! It’s time.

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Amanda, Owner/Doula & Business Trainer, Yellow Bird Birth Inc.

Professional Doula Services | Placenta Encapsulation | Surrogacy Support | Prenatal Classes | Business Support

Birth For Parents

by Amanda

Labor and birth can be an uncomfortable and oftentimes unpredictable experience. Becoming educated on the options available to you can make the process seem less scary. The support of a labor doula can bring you reassurance, comfort, and an endless source of information when you need it most.

Doulas focus on providing relevant information, hands on comfort and non-judgmental support throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth.

Hiring the supportive services of a doula will allow you to feel supported and confident, every step of the way. 

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Supportive Companions

by Amanda

Research has shown that the support of a doula during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period can help growing families feel more confident and lead to a more satisfying birth experience and enhanced parent and infant bonding. During pregnancy and birth, labor doulas provide education, reassurance, and non-judgmental support. After birth, postpartum doulas provide ongoing education, emotional support and expert advice on all things baby!

The physical comfort measures that a labor doula can provide can help reduce pain and increase comfort during birth.

You don’t need to navigate the uncertainty of labor, birth and parenting a new baby alone. Your doula can be there with you, every step of the way.

 

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Fraser Valley’s Premier Doula Group providing everything you need for your BEST birth and postpartum!

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Why I’m Hiring A Birth Photographer, Finally..

by Amanda

Why I’m hiring a Birth Photographer, Finally…

So this is my 3rd pregnancy/birth.  It’s coming up fast next month and we’re planning a home birth this time around.  Midwives, doula, family, the whole works will be there in our home.  Now why can’t one of these people simply grab a camera and take some photos during my labour? Sounds like it would be easy enough, especially with technology these days even on our cell phones!

I want to capture those very special once in a lifetime moments of my baby entering the world as I’m sure you do as well. But after my other two births I realized that I shouldn’t leave it up to an amateur. While my family and friends tried their best and grabbed my camera out of my labour bag to snap some pics, they mostly turned out blurry and grainy.  Strange angles and poor lighting.  I loved that they also wanted to save these memories for me but I shouldn’t have to put that responsibility on their shoulders.

So this time I’m hiring a… BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER!

I want a professional, practiced and trained in low lighting (because let’s get real, most babies come at night) with high quality equipment.  It makes a difference! If you’ve ever been to a birth with a photographer you will be amazing by how sneaky and quiet they are,  they creep around the room finding the best angles and making sure to capture all the special moments of your strength bringing your baby into the world. It takes skills to do this! Trust me… you want someone who knows birth and understands the phases of labour so they can be one step ahead at all times.

I wish I had realized all this the first two times around but for my 3rd birth I am ecstatic that I can look back in years to come and see my strength, struggles and how my birth team surrounded me to bring my baby earth side.

I want photos of my mom holding my hand.

My husband whispering loving words to me while I lean on him.

My sisters boiling water in the kitchen to make tea.

How our living room looked with a birth pool set up and twinkle lights surrounding us.

My midwife calmly watching with assurance of my ability to birth.

These are important to me, I want to remember these things and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Also, my very favorite local birth photographer is Dori Marie Photography.  She was kind enough to share her work with us and I highly recommend this sweet woman! I know you will LOVE her.

www.dorimariephotography.com

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Placenta Encapsulation in the Fraser Valley

by Amanda

Would you do it? Eat your placenta after giving birth?

This practice of encapsulating your placenta after birth is becoming very mainstream and we LOVE that so many of our clients come back to us with incredible stories about feeling refreshed, energized, higher milk supply and an overall balanced feeling!

We offer Placenta Encapsulation in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley and Mission with pick-up/drop off included. Your placenta is processed in our private dedicated kitchen (not in our homes) and we ensure the best care and highest standards for each of our clients.

What are the benefits to placenta encapsulation?

Many postpartum conditions, particularly depression, are thought to be caused by the precipitous drop in estrogens (estradiol and estriol) and progestogens (pro-gesterone and its neuroactive metabolite, allopregnanolone) that occur at birth. Placentophagy advocates claim that hormones retained in the placenta, such as estrogens and progesterone, likely provide a key source of the beneficial postpartum effects attributed to placentophagy, such as the relief of depressive symptoms and improved milk production. This has shown to be true throughout our years of practice in the Fraser Valley.

If you are looking for encapsulation, book in this month (September) for a free tincture! A $40 value.

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Exciting Surrogacy News!

by Amanda

 

Exciting News!!

Hopefully you have been following along on Kara’s (YBB Part Owner/Manager) surrogacy journey on our Facebook/Instagram over the last few weeks.  After months of preparing with hormone injections, medications, blood work and ultrasounds it was finally time for the embryo transfer to happen! Amanda & Kara traveled down to Las Vegas to one of the best fertility clinics for the week.

We began with a very early morning of more blood work and then the actual transfer happening at noon! We posted a few videos of the procedure on our Facebook Page so everyone would understand all that goes into this process.  Honestly, it was quite quick AND the clinic Skyped in the Intended Father so he could be there to watch his little embryo start it’s journey.  It was a beautiful moment and we could actually see a flash on the ultrasound screen as the doctor made the transfer take place.  Truly magical!

A tradition following an embryo transfer for surrogates is to grab an order of McDonald’s fries on the way home! It’s said that it helps the embryo stick.  Who knows though?  Except….

IT WORKED!!  After spending 48 hours on bedrest following the procedure, we flew home and waiting for the day to find out the news.

More blood tests occurred and the news came in, Kara is officially pregnant with her first surrogate baby!!!!!! We are beyond excited for the family and that we are encouraged to share her story along the way with all of you who may be going through surrogacy or IVF journeys of your own.

Check out our Facebook Page for a video from Kara coming soon!

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Birth Out Loud: In the Philippians Pt.2

by Amanda

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“The hardest part for my husband I think was not having me around. Being a full time dad. He is a provider so not earning any money brought feeling like he wasn’t providing for his family was hard for sure. He had to sacrifice that a lot those years.
I spend a lot more time alone in Canada than I did in the Philippines. We just live with the 4 of us in the house as opposed to the 20 people rotating in and out so there’s a lot more isolation here. There is also a lot less fear involved in the first year here. I’m finding I have a lot less to worry about with her. In the Philippines death is so common in the first year, it’s so common. That’s why you never celebrate the birth, only the first birthday. So for my son being born in the Philippines, we came from a culture where of course we would celebrate the birth but they didn’t. It just is known that a lot of babies die. So in Canada now there’s this excitement around her that wasn’t there with my son. Because here people expect them to live, and usually they do. It the rural areas, maybe 30-40% don’t make it to their first birthday. Probably most of those are before 6 months.”

 

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Birth Out Loud: In The Philippines Pt. 1

by Amanda

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Two births (First in Philippines, second in Canada) and midwifery clinic in a rural village.

“I went back to work when he was 4 weeks old and started attending births, mostly doing prenatals in our midwifery clinic in the rural Philippines.  I watched one birth with him on my back and quickly asked if I could take a couple more months off because it was still too fresh. But he was on my back constantly while I did prenatals and did postpartum and then I started attending births when he was 4 months old, catching again. It was a whole different experience and it was still very fresh even though it had been a couple months.  I found my empathy for these women was through the roof and it definitely changed how I practiced midwifery. Once you have been through birth you’re like.. oh yes, I get it, I understand what you are feeling.

One month we had 39 births at the clinic where I attended at least half of those. Sometimes as an assistor, sometimes a charter or primary. It would get intense.  It’s different when you have a kid as he was still nursing. My husband would bring him in and I would quickly nurse him between contractions if I was the primary in the birth room. Sometimes it would be 20 hours of birth before I would get to see my 4 month old again so there was definitely an aspect of sacrificing time with my son in order to do it but my husband was awesome.  He filled in, took up all the slack that I was giving in the mothering aspect.

Having my newborn around the clinic was awesome.  It was a big family, all the midwives there were family so there was always someone there to play with him. Someone to hold him, even at 2am because he was a night owl. Especially if I was in a birth then I could always hear him in the hallway which was the hardest part for me.  Being in an intense birth and it’s so emotional, then hearing him cry and knowing I couldn’t go to him because I had a responsibility in the birth and I had to be a midwife first before I could be a mother.  That was hard and something I didn’t expect.”

 

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Birth Out Loud: Premature Labour

by Amanda

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I was 29 weeks along when the cramping started and wouldn’t stop. It really scared me and my husband and we went into the hospital to get checked out. The contractions were coming pretty regularly and I remember laying in triage waiting to see what would happen as they put the monitor straps on my belly. They kept offering me drugs but I refused. I wanted to feel exactly what my body was doing, trying to understand why it wanted my baby to be born so early. The nurse came in and gave me steroids to help develop baby’s lungs in case they weren’t able to stop labour.

My husband sat beside me on the bed while the doctor told us all beds were full in the hospitals in surrounding cities for preemie babies and they were looking into transferring us to Edmonton or Seattle. I cried thinking about if my baby would survive being born this early and I didn’t know anyone who had been through this. The staff was amazing and very loving to us. I remember it exactly as the sweetest older nurse came in to chat with me. She sat down and told me about her own baby born at 28 weeks and how hard and emotional it was but that he survived and was thriving as an adult. Her words were what I needed to hear, to be reassured and loved on. I think that’s what makes a good nurse, knowing what your patients need even if it’s just saying the right words and being someone to cry with. She probably will never know what a gift she was for us.”

 

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New Series: Birth Out Loud

by Amanda

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Come along side us as we bring stories of birth around your community.  Wonderful experiences, trauma and everything in between from parents, care providers and professionals in pregnancy & postpartum.