Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring childbirth classes are starting!

The next group class series starts on Thursday, March 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 (per couple) for an 8 week course and includes multi-dimensional instruction, a ten chapter student notebook, a postpartum breastfeeding visit, 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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

6th Annual Healthy Pregnancy Fair

BirthNetwork will be hosting their 6th Annual Healthy Pregnancy Fair on Saturday, March 5th from 11:00 am—2:00 pm. The fair will take place at Baby Depot in Burlington Coat Factory Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, CO. There will be a variety of resources for expectant parents, including information on babies, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and MORE!! Come pick up your Free Resource Guide: Birth & Beyond 2011, provided by Colorado Springs BirthNetwork. Participants will also have a chance to enter and win a variety of door prizes from our 25+ different vendors. We estimate that we had over 200 people visit the fair last year and believe it will be bigger this year!

If you are a BirthNetwork Member than you may participate in the fair at no cost. If you are not a BirthNetwork member, the cost to participate is $30. If you are a member, all you need to do to register is email and tell us you would like to participate. If you are not a member, please call Laura 219-0732 to register.

Colorado Springs BirthNetwork is a non-profit organization that meets monthly on the 3rd Wed of every month from 6:30-8pm at Whole Foods (S. Carefree/Powers) to offer support and information for safe and satisfying pregnancies and childbirth. Families are welcome!

Monday, February 7, 2011

BirthNetwork monthly meeting - Active Birth

WHEN: Wednesday, February 16th, 6:30pm-8pm

WHERE: Whole Foods cafe, First and Main Shopping Center, on Powers between North Carefree and South Carefree, 3180 New Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80922

WHAT: This month Tiffany Miller of Birth In Joy will be talking about "Active Birth: how changing positions can make labor go faster." BirthNetwork is a non-profit organization that meets monthly to offer support and information for a safe and satisfying pregnancy and childbirth. Meetings are free, families welcome! For more, info contact or visit

SAVE THE DATE: Our 6th annual Healthy Pregnancy Fair will be held on Saturday, March 5th 11:00-2:00 at the Baby Depot in the Burlington Coat Factory Citadel Mall. You don't want to miss this exciting event!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

One of the secrets to less pain and a faster childbirth is Optimal Fetal Positioning

We have all heard how breech deliveries are more complicated and usually guarantee a surgical birth these days. I am here to tell you that there is more to baby’s position than just head down (vertex). We also want to keep the baby's back in the anterior arc of the mother's abdomen to help make childbirth easier for all those involved. You will often hear me tell my childbirth students, "Keep your baby in the hammock!"

A baby in an optimal position will reduce the need for a medicalized childbirth, by shortening labors and creating less pain in labors. A baby in optimal position will have less trauma and a baby in optimal position will increase job satisfaction among birth professionals. I highly recommend that pregnant women be proactive, instead of waiting for labor to begin, by having an awareness of their baby's position by 37 weeks gestation.

It is common for a woman to blame herself for a labor that has gone off course, when in fact it was most likely the baby’s position that was responsible. But through the knowledge of Optimal Fetal Positioning, when a woman knows that she has tried everything to rotate her baby and it does not happen, then she will be more prepared for plan “C.” But keep in mind that a posterior position is not the end of the world because sometimes babies come out in the posterior position anyway, thanks to a roomy pelvis, a happy baby and a patient provider.

Pikes Peak Regional Doula Association (PPRDA) Bi-Monthly Meeting for Birth Professionals - Optimal Fetal Positioning

WHEN: Sunday, February 13th 7pm-8pm

WHERE: The Dwelling Place, 508 North Tejon Street, in between St. Vrain and Willamette, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

WHAT: Come hear Candace McCollett talk about Optimal Fetal Positioning for an easier labor and how to keep your clients moving with an epidural. PPRDA provides services and resources for birthing and postpartum families. Come find out how doulas can enhance the birth and postpartum experience. If you support safe and satisfying births, you cannot miss this informative event!

If you are a doula looking to become a member of PPRDA, please join us for our business meeting 6pm-7pm, which is before the public presentation. After you have been to two business meetings, bring at least three references from your past clients AND an application for membership. For more info, please contact