Mother Interview: Really Drawn Out Change of Plans

We’re going to start doing small interviews with our past clients, not necessarily about birth, but about some of the little things surrounding birth.  What was hard, what was the best advice you received, etc…  We hope that in sharing these candid little parts of pregnancy and new motherhood, we can normalize this experience for everyone.  We so often only see the most beautiful parts, or the hardest struggles, of  this major life change.  There is so much more!  All titles for the interviews are chosen by the mothers themselves.
This is MY interview!  Nothing profound, just a casual chat.  If you would like to be interviewed, please let us know, we would LOVE to hear from you.  We hope to have a new interview every month or so. Love, Katy

Katy and Ross get to know baby ZOG
Love at First Sight

Name (Age): KG (31)
City: Ypsilanti
Birth Location(s): Home Birth Transfer to University of Michigan Hospital

SRS: When did you decide to hire a doula? Was it always in your plan, or was there a moment when you decided?
KG: I actually didn’t call on a doula for support until about 36 weeks. I had people who were attending who would be great doulas, so it wasn’t until about 36 weeks that I realized I needed one of them to “take the lead” in managing all the little things that doulas do.
SRS: Who did you have on your birth team?laboring, support, labor
KG: My partner, Ross, my midwife, Beth, my mom (who has worked as a Birth Assistant), and Grace, my best friend (also a trained Doula).
SRS: What do you wish no one would have said to you while you were pregnant?
KG: Are you sure there aren’t twins in there? And all the horror birth stories. All I could think was: Why didn’t you have a doula!
SRS: What 2 things do you wish you would have been told before you were pregnant?
KG: Oh geez… 1. This is probably TMI, but, vaginal discharge! I know a woman’s body goes through all sorts of changes, but man. It wasn’t gross or anything, just like glue! Ugh. 2. I didn’t realize that pregnancy would affect my appetite so much. I didn’t have any interest in food for most of my pregnancy. I didn’t have terrible “morning sickness” but did have mild nausea the entire pregnancy.
SRS: What kept you up at night during your pregnancy?
KG: Insomnia. Which I learned was normal during my late night researching because I couldn’t sleep.
SRS: What were you not able to do while pregnant that you couldn’t wait to do again?
KG: Drink a nice strong beer!
SRS: What is the most indispensable thing that you have needed as a new mom?
KG: Baby carriers. The Moby wrap early on, and my woven wrap into toddler-hood. These are indispensable when trying to get around or get anything done with an infant. At 2 years old, Z also still loves to fall asleep being all wrapped up.
SRS: What was the hardest part about your postpartum time?
KG: Depression.  This was also great, because while depression is hard, I had never been told I was depressed.  Postpartum exacerbated my symptoms, but also helped me see I have been suffering years.
SRS: What was the biggest surprise with the immediate postpartum time?
KG: How much I actually knew about what was best for my baby. Trusting my instincts hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

I get to teach! Birth and the First Three Months

Update!  I am no longer teaching for Pregnancy Arts as Deb has retired from CBE and commenced her career as a Certified Nurse Midwife!  It’s very exciting for her, and our area is very lucky to have her in that roll.  Therefore, I will continue teaching at Ypsi-Arbor Childbirth Education, Ariana and my joint venture.  Check us out!

It’s happening!

I get to teach childbirth education! This has been a dream for awhile, and while I have taught a few private classes here and there, I haven’t found a class model that I really wanted to teach in a group setting. Well, that’s not quite true, but the style of class I wanted to teach was already being taught, and by a Man_150x390fabulous, inspirational teacher.
Deb Rhizal, of Pregnancy Arts and Mara’s World, a doula, mother, and wellness coach, has the most fantastic, evidence-based, and feel good class I have attended. So much of her class has gone directly to my clients, as I try to emulate the feelings I left her class with, and share them with new families as they ask me questions about what to expect, and how to manage labor, birth, and the postpartum time.
Recently, Deb has been super busy with all sorts of new life adventures and letting go of the 6 week course was a necessary change to her schedule. I jumped on the opportunity! I believe this class, Birth and the First Three Months is important to have in our local Childbirth Education resource list. I think that it is essential to have available to help families really prepare, to be empowered to make the right choices for them and their birth.  So, I asked if there was a way I could be entrusted with her curriculum, and continue to share it with the community.  And she said YES! 40-weeks-pregnant-term-internal-large
The reason this class is so great is that it does an amazing job of speaking to all people.  We all come to pregnancy and birth from a different place, with different stories, and different belief structures.  This class can speak to everyone, from those planning a home birth, to those who feel most comfortable in the care of an OB.  It covers labor and birth, but also the postpartum time, as families really do the hard work of adjusting to the major changes that come when you add another (tiny) person into the fold.  This class is truly about encouraging women to do their research, both by reading, and asking questions, but also by looking inside and seeing what feels best.
babyandsacinfoSo, here we are, just a month away from the start of class, and I am so excited!  I am working on perfecting my presentations, and getting some feedback as I go along.  It is going to happen, and I am so honored to get to work for Pregnancy Arts in this way.  Check out all the great information Deb has on her website about the class, and please let your friends know that there is a really great class starting up again this fall!   Registration is on the Pregnancy Arts website.  I will be teaching at Indigo Forest in Ann Arbor.
Deb also teaches this class in a condensed version, as well as a breastfeeding class.  Check those out too!

Lactation Peanut Butter Balls

When I was newly postpartum, a lovely friend brought me these amazing lactation friendly peanut butter balls that were so nice to have around and just grab when I needed a snack.  I scoured the web looking for the recipe that matched.  I found this one at TheBabyGoat.com and it is amazing!

lactation oatmeal peanut butter balls
The tiny ones are for the toddler 🙂
I have changed it A LOT though over the past year a a half, and have added even more nutritional yumminess!  I have also doubled the recipe (sorta).
edited version:
In stand mixer mix: 

  • 2 cups dry rolled oats + 2 cups finely ground dry rolled oats
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed and chia seed (in whatever ratio you like)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, and/or hemp hearts
  • 4-8 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (optional – though a GREAT source of nutrients and protein)
  • 1-2 tbsp turmeric and/or cacao powder. (optional)
Add, while mixer is running: 

  • 1-2 tbsp vanilla or almond (or both) extract
  • 2/3 cup honey – mix well

mix in:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup room temp butter (depending on how okay you are with eating lots of butter 😉

At this point add peanut butter until it holds together to be able to form balls.
I then add:

  • 1/2-1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped nuts

Roll into balls, put into bowl, eat all the time! (or as I all too often do, don’t make into balls, eat with spoon out of mixing bowl every time you walk by the kitchen…)
These are so yummy and addictive.  They are chock-full of healthy ingredients, so you can snack guilt free.  Enjoy!

Cool Creamy Oats and Quinoa

Quinoa and Oats are good for you

This post was written by Courtney Blake, a local Placenta Encapsulator, mother, student, and friend.  Thank you so much for contributing to the Sacred Roots Community!

My older Sister is a personal chef and birth enthusiast. Her name is Mandy Unruh and her blog Mama Mandy is an amazing resource for current and future Mamas and Papas.
I am truly excited to share this recipe for Cool Creamy Oats and Quinoa with the Sacred Roots Services LLC family. The ingredients in this recipe are known to be excellent in helping mamas milk supply. That being said, you don’t have to be a Mama to indulge in this amazing hot or cold treat.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
Makes 8 servings
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup quinoa (rinsed in a strainer for one minute and drained)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 droppers full liquid vanilla stevia (I prefer Whole Foods 365 brand)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup roasted mixed nuts, chopped
1 cup blueberries
In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of oil, then add the oats and quinoa and cook until grains smell toasty. Add almond milk and water. Add salt and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Liquid should be absorbed. Take off heat, let rest for five minutes, then uncover and fluff with a fork. Turn mixture out onto a baking sheet and let cool for 30 minutes.
Whisk together the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil, maple syrup, stevia, and yogurt. Mix in chopped nuts.
Combine grains and yogurt mixture. Gently fold in blueberries. Serve room temperature or cold. Tastes even better the next day

http://mamamandy.com/2012/06/09/cool-creamy-oats-quinoa/

Let's Dance!

I have danced my whole life.

I’m sure my mother felt something while I was in the womb that told her I was going to be the first person on the dance floor at a wedding. Its in my blood and something I have to do. I know there are many others like me out there because I see you on the dance floor next to me or standing around tapping your feet waiting for the right time to bust a move.
When I became pregnant late last year, I was concerned about what physical limitations may be put on me and how it would effect my ability to shake a tail feather. Through education, research and advice from fellow doulas and friends in the community, I worked to develop my own dance class for pregnant and postpartum women based off of Dancing for Birth.

Dance For Birth Class

Through my Dance for Birth class I was able to remain active, become stronger, more agile, more at ease with my body, and both mentally and physically ready to embrace my unique birth experience. I combined birth dancing movements inspired by ancient dance forms such as Belly dance, African dance, Latin dance, and Caribbean dance. It’s a workout that challenges yet relaxes and uplifts you.
Since the birth of my son, I have continued to use the Dance for Birth movements to calm and soothe him. Its amazing how quickly he settles once I begin the movements he felt for months in the womb. He also participates with me in a wrap/sling while I teach class. Its a wonderful bond we have through dance. I will still be the first one on the dance floor pregnant or postpartum with my son…watch out!
For more information on Khaylen’s Dance for Birth class or to sign up, please visit hygeiacenter.org
Winter Session starts November 14th. Classes meet every Wednesday from 6-7:30pm