Mental Health Support now at Birth & Soul!

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”

— Neil Gaiman

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After a year of thinking/hesitating/strategizing and doing other things, I’m happy to announce the beginning of my counseling, support and education practice for parents.  I couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Ellee Owen & Jolynda Anderson at Birth & Soul. Starting in April I will be offering individual & relational counseling as well as monthly support groups! I am so fortunate to be working with those who share my passion for childbirth & parent education, coffee, and out-of-the-box thinking. 

My earliest thoughts of starting this began at Familywise while finishing my undergraduate at the University of Minnesota in 2011.  I worked with parents, infants and children on optimal emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development.  I carried over this interest and experience into Marriage & Family Therapy program at the Adler Graduate School.  The Adlerian principles of individuality, social connectedness, and social equality only sharpened my focus and desire to help families.  In 2015, I started at the University of Minnesota Health’s Recovery Services and spent a year helping families & couples.  During that time, I provided education and counseling to families and couples on stress, anxiety, healthy relationships, and communication. 

Throughout all of this I became a father…twice.

Becoming a father at a young age is what made this work even more personal for me.  I have felt that same feeling of being overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated during this life transition.  As a father, I have felt my feelings and experiences were ignored.  I have dealt with the sometimes contradicting and confusing expectations from society and loved ones.  I have had to learn to better maintain my mental well-being and relationships with the daily and ever-changing demands of my kids.

However, while preparing for my second child, I was fortunate to not only be more experienced but more supported emotionally, physically, and socially.  We had consciously decided on a doula & midwife and actively engaged and were supported by them throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  We slowly began to unlearn the belief that asking for help shows “weakness” or “inadequate parenting,” and actively sought out our caring, reliable community of friends & family. These sort of experiences dramatically changed my outlook on becoming a father and mental heath professional.  This also pushed me to explore and understand other important topics that impact fatherhood including brain changes, social problems, mental health, relationship health, and paternity leave.   Eventually, I cumulatively wrote on these topics and more in my thesis on “The Impact of Paternal Perinatal Supportive Services: An Integrative Model Proposal.” Processed with VSCO with acg preset

While finishing graduate school in 2015, I had the opportunity to talk about my thesis and experience as a father at the Minnesota Fathers and Family Conference in St. Cloud.  I was able to share and discuss with other professionals my research on a biological basis for fatherhood and the need for a more integrative model of maternal care for families.

While this was just one discussion and presentation, the interest and excitement from both father and birth professionals in the room validated the need for this kind of support.  I am thrilled for this next phase of my journey in helping families and parents.  I look forward to giving the encouragement and support all parents and families deserve.

-Tim Neumann, M.A; of Minneapolis Postpartum Support & Fatherhood Science


Father Support Groups

1st Sunday of Every Month from 11am – 12 pm at Birth & Soul

17390-10200999247205056-726915161-n-1Tim Neumann M.A. of Minneapolis Postpartum Support & Fatherhood Science is hosting a donation based support group where fathers will have the opportunity to learn more about and discuss issues related to fatherhood including fears about their birth participation, couple conflict, stress management, child development, and their experiences
during the birth. The purpose of this group is two-fold – to receive support for yourself and support other fathers.

Male gender norms have held that if there is an issue for a man, they need to fix the problem, not deal with the emotional effect.  The accumulation of unexamined emotional disturbances begin to negatively impact their emotional well-being. In this support group, fathers can express these feeling and challenges of becoming a father in today’s world. This group is open to all fathers whether you’re expecting your first you’re already a father.


Birth Worker Support Group

1st Sunday of Every Month from 9:30 am- 11am at Birth & Soul

Birth professionals provide some of the most crucial support to expecting and new families. While it can be a miraculous and joyous experience, it can often be a very emotional and traumatic experience as well. This support group is a safe, non-judgmental space for birth professionals to both express and listen to others feelings and experiences.


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Let’s spring into the Daisy Dash!

 

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We are HUGE fans of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN. Their helpline and resource list help so many families in the area or perinatal mental health resources.

The hospitals, care providers, birth workers and families in MN rely heavily on them and they are often the first help that gives hope.

We are so excited to have our OWN team to join this spring for the 4th annual Daisy Dash!

It is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Rosland Park in Edina. There is a 5k walk and 5k run, a kids fun run, and a great time while showing support to families across MN impacted by mental health.

We want to stop the stigma and show the love! Won’t you join us? We want YOU! Please join our Birth & Soul Team (password: doula) and walk or run with us! Bring those beautiful babies in a stroller or carrier! We are working on fun giveaways exclusive to our team and would LOVE to see you!

Not able to make it, but want to show the love? Please donate on our fundraising page here. ALL funds go to Pregnancy and Postpartum support MN.

Please sign up and let us know you are coming! We can’t wait to be with you supporting this amazing cause. More chatter as it approaches on our FB event page can be found here!

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THANK YOU!

We have wrapped up our first class, hosted our first community events,  hung our first photo, and started our New Parent Group. This is really beginning to feel like home! All I can say is “Thank God for coffee!” & a huge THANK YOU to all our family and friends that have helped get Birth & Soul Doula Services up and running! Everything from sanding and painting, to stuffing class folders and bringing us coffee when we were too tired drive. We couldn’t have done it with out you!


Childbirth Education Classes

img_7386Here at Birth & Soul we want everyone to feel welcome and at home no matter your age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, or marital status. While looking for a Childbirth Education curriculum that we felt fit our mission we continued to be disappointed in what was out there, or felt the curriculums were not inclusive enough or not applicable to birthing in the Twin Cities.

Enter the Birth & Soul Childbirth Education series! We have created a unique evidence based, inclusive, curriculum that pulls from our training in Hypnobirthing, Lamaze, and years of birth doula work! It is an interactive, laid back birth class full of information for you and your birth support tailored to birthing in the Twin Cities!

We have opening’s in both our March Express Class, as well as our April Series & Express Classes’, these classes are great for people birthing in May, June & July!

Whether you are planning a medicated, unmedicated birth, or have no idea what your options are this class is for you! We have both 4 week series, One Day Express Classes, and offer personalized childbirth education classes. Check out our website for dates!


                                                                      Breastfeeding 101

img_7387Come learn the basics of breastfeeding in our Breastfeeding 101 class! We will go over the perfect latch, supply and demand, and troubleshoot the most common breastfeeding problems!

You will leave with the confidence and knowledge to achieve your nursing goals. And if bumps in the road should arise you, will have already have started a relationship with a lactation specialist who can then come into your home after your babe arrives!

Our class is taught by Ellee, our resident lactation expert. Ellee was trained as a Breastfeeding Counselor by Childbirth International, and is currently pursing becoming an IBCLC.

This is a 2 hour class for only $50, and includes both you and a support person.


The Business of Birthwork March 11

Are you an awesome Minnesota birth worker, who is not sure how to navigate the business side of birth work? Has the $200+/ hr price tag of a small business attorney made you feel like you can’t possibly set up your practice the best way? Do you know where to begin so that you, your clients and your business are protected? Did you file an LLC, and not know what it means, or what to do next?16113460_1650654018561863_3684124505192851796_o-1

Join us for this amazing opportunity, as Jordan Anderson leads “The Business of Birth Work. In this 2 hour session, Mr. Anderson will discuss the benefits of a legal organization to your company, how to choose the correct legal structure, the process to set up and manage your business properly, and identifying small, common mistakes that can cause huge problems. Included in the discussion is a 30 minute group Q & A.

This information will benefit you wether you have been practicing for years, or are just starting out.

Jordan Anderson is an attorney, licensed in the state of Minnesota. Married to a Doula, he understands the unique complexities of birth work. He practices in the area of small business structure, corporate litigation and contracts, and family law.

$85, please register in advance as space is limited and will be capped. We have scholarships available for POC or other marginalized, under represented birth workers. Please contact info@birthandsoul.com


We still have openings for Spring & Summer births!

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Our Birth Client Exclusive Workshops are now listed for our birth clients, please register beforehand!

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation is the process of steaming and dehydrating your placenta, then grinding it and placing it into capsules. If you can get past the initial “ick” factor, many people claim to have wonderful effects from ingesting their placenta!

Your placenta is an entire organ your body creates to sustain your growing baby throughout your pregnancy, and is what transports the nutrients to baby. While encapsulation might sound taboo and gross, humans are one of the few mammals who do not routinely ingest their placenta post delivery. The idea behind encapsulation is that it helps even out our hormones after pregnancy, labor and birth. One of the main hormones contained in your placenta is corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which is linked to stress reduction. Your placenta creates large amounts of CRH in pregnancy, which peaks at delivery, then stays in your placenta after delivery. Many people say that by ingesting your placenta it can help bring those CRH levels back to a healthy range in your postpartum time.

By ingesting their placenta, many people report having:

  • Higher energy levels
  • Reduced levels of anxiety
  • Increase in energy
  • Higher iron levels
  • More milk/ easier breastfeeding experience
  • More balanced postpartum mood

Not only are there different methods for encapsulating your placenta, but there are other/ additional things you can do with your placenta such as smoothies, tinctures, salves, and placenta art. Join us on Saturday as we go more in depth on the different options, and talk more about this amazing organ your body has created!

Want to learn more about Placenta Encapsulation and get your questions answered? Come to our FREE event this Saturday, March 4th from 2-3:30 pm to learn more and get all your questions answered!

Please RSVP as space is limited


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