Friday, April 30, 2010

8th Annual Herb Fest 2010

I will be wo-manning a table for BirthNetwork at the 8th Annual Herb Fest on Saturday, May 1st 9am-4pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3685 Jeannine Drive, 80917. Come find out what herbs are used for pregnancy, birth and postpartum! This is a FREE event when you bring a bag of canned goods to be donated to Silver Key Senior Pantry. Free Chai Tea on tap, all day!

In a fun setting, enjoy the opportunity of meeting great owners of Colorado businesses and some of our local health professionals: Bodyworkers, Aromatherapists, Herbalists, Alternative & Chinese Medicine Practitioners, and a chance to talk with home-based business owners about employment opportunities.

Attend free, hourly educational presentations with lots of great information; i.e. Feng Shui for Color & Fragrance in Herb Garden, and Hormones Gone Wild! Are Your Hormones in Balance? and Better Alternatives to Synthetic HRT, by Herbalist & Pharm.D, Tiffani Schilling, etc.

Bid at the Silent Auction with over 50+ useful healing gift certificates, gift items and many services. This is such an energetic event, you won't want to miss it!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Are We Running?

This is a test to see if Blogger has Westside Birth Connection up and running.

WSBC Summer Childbirth Classes are starting!

The next group class series starts on Thursday, June 3rd, 6:30pm-9pm, at Colorado Springs OB/GYN (the offices of Dr. John Baer and Sharon Ruyak, CNM) on the corner of Dublin and Rangewood.

I teach childbirth education classes that pull from many great resources such as Dr. Robert Bradley, the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, author Sheila Kitzinger and midwife Ina May Gaskin. We focus on breathing techniques and many different comfort techniques that I have learned from my experience attending births as a doula and a midwife assistant, both in the hospital setting and the home setting.

Classes are $250 for an 8 week course and includes multi-dimensional instruction, a ten chapter student notebook, and unlimited phone / email support.

If you have given birth before, please feel free to pick and choose the classes you would like to be "refreshed" on, only $30 per class! Also ask about the discounts that are available for my current doula clients, active military and low income families.

Class One: Getting to Know You (JUNE 3rd)
· Introductions & registration
· Ten myths
· Your choices for providers
· Prenatal exercises & relaxation techniques

Class Two: Nutrition & Anatomy (JUNE 10th)
· Nutrition with the Brewer diet
· Things to avoid
· Fetal development & prenatal testing
· Changes in the pregnant body
· Prematurity prevention
· Breathing & massage techniques

Class Three: First Stage Labor (JUNE 17th)
· The 3 stages of labor
· Internal exams
· Timing contractions
· Labor coping techniques & positions
· Inductions

Class Four: Second & Third Stage Labor (JUNE 24th)
· Definitions (including transition)
· Breathing & pushing techniques
· Perineal care
· Prolonged pushing prevention

Class Five: Writing a Birth Plan (JULY 1st)
· How to organize for hospital or home delivery
· Baby movement & kick count exercise
· The role of your partner
· Interventions
· Informed consent & Bill of Rights

Class Six: Unexpected Events (JULY 8th)
· Cesarean birth
· Emergencies & complications
· Labor scenarios/stations
· Visual relaxation exercise

Class Seven: Newborn Care (JULY 15th)
· Jaundice
· Immediate newborn procedures
· How to calm baby
· How to diaper & swaddle your baby

Class Eight: Postpartum & Breastfeeding (JULY 22nd)
· What to expect immediately after birth
· Breast feeding discussion
· Care for mom & baby
· Postpartum depression

For more information, please contact:
Candace McCollett, CBE, CLD
Owner, The Westside Birth Connection