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!

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Whats new at Birth & Soul!

 

We have finished our remodel and are slowly but surely making our new space feel like home! We have loved welcoming you in to our space for classes, prenatals, coffee, and interviews. We are excited to announce our monthly community events and new parents groups that we are starting this month. To keep up with whats going on, and our latest events subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on facebook!

Not only have we been teaching classes, planning events, and trying to stay warm, but we have also been busy accompanying 6 new families on their journey into parenthood. Thank you all forletting us be apart of your birth experience, it was truly an honor! 

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                                                                Placenta Encapsulation 101

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Join us March 4th from 2-4pm for an informational session on placenta encapsulation. We will talk about the benefits, methods of encapsulation, and other things you can do with your placenta. Come get all your placenta questions answered!

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One Day Express Childbirth Education & Series Childbirth Education

Birth and Soul offers inclusive, non- judgmental, evidence based, Childbirth Education. Whether you are birthing in a hospital, free standing birth center, homebirth, planning a medicated birth, unmediated birth, or have no idea all these options existed this class is designed for you.

 In our classes we discuss: Preparing your whole self for birth, the physiological aspects of labor, choices and planning, medications and interventions, birth plans,coping skills for labor, labor support/ team  and postpartum planning.

SEE THE WEBSITE FOR DATES

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Free monthly Community Events, New Parent Groups, Classes & more!

  • February 27th we will start back with our bi-weekly parenting groups. Join us for coffee, donuts, and adult conversation. New Parent groups are a wonderful way to meet new families in the area! 
  • The Business of Birthwork March 11th 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. 
  • Breastfeeding 101 Saturday March 25th Join us for a laid back, informative class that will get you prepared for your breastfeeding journey! We will go over the perfect latch, positioning, and trouble-shooting the most common breastfeeding problems.
  • Breaking the Stigma: Postpartum Mood Disorders Join us April 30th for a free informational session with Tim Neumann, M.A., as  we discuss the different types of postpartum mood disorders, and warning signs. You will leave equipped with tools, and resources for either yourself, or to help those around you!

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Delayed Cord Clamping? Here is the latest.

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A new American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG)  committee opinion came out this month on delayed umbilical cord clamping after birth. There hasn’t been a significant standard change to the policy of clamping at 15 seconds for DECADES! (seriously, it changed in the 1950s!)

Despite many mother-baby friendly hospital’s best practice of delayed cord clamping, ACOG has been slow to make an official recommendation, citing lack of research. In Committee Opinion Number 684, published January 2017 they finally updated their opinion to delay umbilical cord clamping for full and pre-term infants for AT LEAST 30-60 minutes after birth. You can see the opinion paper here.

This is still is a different standard then we see from other professional  organizations. For example, The American College of Nurse-Midwives still maintains a recommendation of  clamping 2-5 minutes after birth, and our friends over the pond, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, set their recommendation at 2 minutes.

So what does that mean for you and your baby?

Hopefully, this standard will change the need to request delayed cord clamping at your birth. However, policy changes can take time to implement, and its still worth having the conversation with your care provider. If you have a provider that has in the past been less than excited to adopt new standards of care, the ACOG release and opinion helps provide the evidence based information we all like to have to use best practices!

As doulas, we love providing you with the most current, up to date, evidence based information from across the world, for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. If you are looking for someone to join your birth team, you can find us at Birth & Soul.

 

New Beginnings, New Year

We began this year in a whirlwind. Our space that suffered delay after delay FINALLY was ready for us to move in and welcome families. We have so enjoyed hosting consults and meetings with you, our beloved clients. We love sharing a cup of tea with you and listening to your hopes and dreams as you welcome new life.

The beginning of the year also brought a buzz of new babies! Back to back sometimes, welcomed into the arms of such amazing STRONG, loving parents. We loved bearing witness to your families growing and cherish being welcomed into your birth spaces.

We are getting into the groove of practicing from our space. It’s odd. After running individual practices out of our homes, coffee shops, and plans over kitchen tables, seeing our business birth into a new space was scary, overwhelming and thrilling. We are so happy to see it grow, and each person that visits breathes new life and joy into the walls.

It’s good to be born.

We are starting out the year with some events that we would love to share with you!

We have our New Baby, New Year parent group. It’s casual, come as you are. If you are expecting or have a new baby, we would love to see you. The next one is Monday, January 30th from 10:30-noon. Stop by during that time to visit, ask questions, and relate with other parents. Or just have a warm drink, a donut and some encouragement. We would be so happy to have you.

Birth & Soul also just started offering small group Childbirth Education classes. Our classes are non-judgmental, evidence based and inclusive.  Because of small group sizes, we tailor them to your unique families and want all to feel welcome and included. We want you to feel safe, empowered and informed as you look forward to your birthing time!

We post classes and workshops on our site, and many of the free events on our Facebook page. We would love to see you.

 

 

 

 

Birth & Soul- We are now in Uptown!

img_1509As educators at heart, we have loved being invited into your homes to provide education for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

Today we bought our own furniture to welcome you and your families into our new physical space.

We have been nurturing our small business and have come to a place where the best way to serve families is welcoming you into our new home.

On December 1st, Our new uptown location will be opening to serve our clients. We will be offering Childbirth Education with small group classes, providing an intimate and inclusive classroom experience for families. In addition to our childbirth education classes, we will be offering customized classes that we feel best prepare you for birth, baby and beyond. For a list of our current offerings please visit us here.

We can’t wait for you to join us.

Birth & Soul is located at 3515 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 55407.  Our location is just 4 blocks off the beautiful Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) with both on and off street parking.