Author: Heather

Welcome Rachel and Kelly

AVBRN’s Newest Members The Antelope Valley Birth Resource Network continues to grow with two new members!  Please help me welcome Kelly Wilson and Rachel Jones. Rachel Jones, AAHCC Rachel is a childbirth educator affiliated with The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth™. She has been teaching couples the Bradley™ way to have a healthy pregnancy and birth since 2013. She has safely birthed four healthy babies into the waiting hands of her loving and supportive husband/coach. She did so in water births at home under the watchful care of her midwives. She has been breastfeeding her babies since 2010 at...

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Welcome Two New Doulas to AVBRN

Join me in welcoming Erin and Lucy to AVBRN! Erin McMahan is a trained birth doula currently working towards certification with DONA.  She is also earning accreditation as a childbirth and hypno-babies educator.  Find her on Facebook or visit her AVBRN page. Lucy McEwen is a postpartum doula currently seeking certification with CAPPA.  She started a local postpartum support group and is Mental Health First Aid certified.  You can find her on AVBRN or visit Journey to Joy to learn more about her...

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Comfort Measures for Birth Doulas Workshop

Learn and review the basics in positioning and exercises designed to help the laboring woman in this course for birth doulas and labor support professionals.  Up to date techniques for using the rebozo & birth ball.  Use of innovative tools such as the peanut ball and tens unit are included in this three hour course.  We’ll also discuss proper posture and positioning for the doula while providing labor support and finish up with how to wrap a Bengkung Belly Bind for use by birth doulas as a recovery tool.   Thursday, February 16th at 2:00 pm in Ridgecrest.  Exact...

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Rebozos – Using Tools of the Past for the Modern Birth

The rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl that women have used for hundreds of years to aid in early and active labor. Check out this great article on Fox News.  They interviewed Gail Tully, a nurse-midwife who created a entire birth education series based on using the rebozo for pregnant women and their partners. I’ve been to Gail’s training several times and attended the Spinning Babies© conference last year!  I teach rebozo techniques in my Childbirth classes.   Click here for a schedule of upcoming dates and book your spot. The traditional rebozos are gorgeous and can cost hundreds, even thousands,...

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New Guidance Encourages Doctors to Limit Interventions

We’ve known for some time now that the cascade of interventions can contribute to an abnormally high rate of cesarean section deliveries.  Not that the life saving technique doesn’t have it’s place, but with their recent committee opinion, ACOG seems to be acknowledging that just because interventions are available doesn’t mean they may be the best option.             In its abstract, ACOG encourages OB-GYNs to collaborate with midwives, nurses, the patients themselves and their support team (doula) to promote the use of labor techniques that “are associated with minimal interventions and high rates of...

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