Last week our postpartum team got together for a day of cooking with Registered Holistic Nutritionist Yvette. It was a great opportunity for us to catch up with one another but more importantly to learn new skills in the kitchen so that we can better serve our clients.
Yvette had prepared a handout which include the following topics:
Our menu included sesame ginger chicken, oven roasted spaghetti squash with parmesan and oregano, crunchy kale salad and lemon bliss balls for dessert. Upon completion, we sat together and dined. It was delicious!
At Bunky Bambino we believe in investing in our team because we know that it results in a happy staff as well 5 Star Reviews from our clients. By offering a holistic care approach throughout the postpartum period that families will not only survive but actually enjoy and cherish the transition in to parenthood. Our postpartum services can include breastfeeding support, bottle feeding preparation and sterilization, intro to baby wearing, bathing, light housekeeping, giving time for mom to rest, run errands or get to yoga class, nutritious meal preparation and sibling support.
Having a baby is a time of great excitement and anticipation, but it can also be an overwhelming and exhausting period in one's life and new parents tend to forget about their own needs. We know that giving birth is about so much more than just the birthing experience – it is a journey, and your team at Bunky Bambino will be there to walk alongside you through the postpartum period.
We offer our services to mothers and their partners throughout the Greater Vancouver area. By offering practical assistance, informational, emotional and physical support, our team can help you to feel more confident in meeting the challenges a new baby brings. We will be there to answer questions and to provide assurance in a gentle, non-judgmental way.
Whatever your postpartum needs are, we are committed to surpassing your expectations and it is of utmost importance to us that we bring you the most well-rounded, professional and compassionate care available. All of our services can be personalized into a package that meets your individual needs so that you and your family feel pampered and supported, and that this major life transition happens with the greatest of ease.
Cultivating calm and confidence in early parenthood - that's what we do best!
Late last year the world lost a beautiful soul to postpartum depression. Although I didn't know Florence Leung personally, her story has touched me very deeply and I tear up almost daily at the thought of the agony that she endured in her final days.
As a Birth and Postpartum Doula I have seen firsthand the devastating effects that postpartum depression can have on moms, their newborn babes and their partners.
Just a few days ago, Florence Leung's husband posted a statement on their public Facebook page stating that he feels the pressure to breastfeed was just too much for his wife.
When asked to do an interview with Global News on the subject, I began to question if we are putting too much pressure on new moms to breastfeed. Here's what I've come up with.
As educated birth professionals it is our job to provide evidence based information and care to our clients. Research does show that breast is best with benefits ranging from better immunity against infections, protecting baby from developing allergies and lowering the risk of SIDS. And it's not just better for baby but for mom too, i.e. shortening her postpartum healing time and lowering her risk of certain types of cancer. These are all wonderful benefits and what mom wouldn't want to breastfeed knowing this.
When meeting with our clients prenatally we often discuss the most ideal scenarios for the childbearing year. We provide tidbits of information in the event that the ideal doesn't pan out and then of course we deal with things when the ideal just doesn't happen. Although we hope for every mom that breastfeeding comes naturally it's not often the reality. In fact nearly 70% of our clients face one or more issues with breastfeeding, ranging from cracked nipples, slow infant weight gain, low milk supply, poor latch or tongue and lip tie. It's enough to make a mother cry....and they do!
A Few Tips for Setting Yourself Up For Success:
Hire a Doula! Studies show that women supported by doulas experience a 28% decrease in the risk of c-secion, 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin and a 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with their birth experience - all of which can have a direct impact on how you feel both emotionally and physically after your birth. Support from Postpartum Doulas can increase your success rate in breastfeeding and can lower your risk of postpartum depression.
Choose a breastfeeding friendly care provider that provides home visits after your baby is born. It's enough to get yourself dressed and showered in those first few days, so why should we expect new moms to get dressed, pack up baby and leave their home to make an appointment. Have them come to you! Midwives are a great option for this type of care.
Build Your Village! Don't wait until babe is born to start mingling. There are many groups throughout Vancouver and North Shore that support expectant and new moms - La Leche League, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Group and various Postnatal Programs. Don't let cost be a barrier as most of these programs are free!
Hire a Lactation Consultant! Ask your friends, doula or midwife for a referral to a trusted Lactation Consultant that provides non judgemental support, someone who will listen and lift you up. My personal fave is Shahrzad Tayebi! She is down to earth, laid-back, teaches instinctual breastfeeding and has plenty of experience under her belt.
When Is Enough Enough?
In my many years as Birth and Postpartum Doula, I have had clients use formula because it was the right choice for them in that moment. In most cases it is used as a bridge to get through a particularly rough time. When I see a mom that is really struggling, her confidence is shot and her sleep and mental health are starting to suffer, I completely support her in her decision to use formula. Perhaps she will supplement to help with a slow weight gain and when babes weight is up and mom has peace of mind then she can slowly wean baby off of formula. Some moms have to work at building up their milk supply and until they are feeling that they have enough for their little one, "top ups" can be the answer for them in the meantime. And in more severe cases, when mom can not overcome the struggles after exhausting all options she may need to bottle feed her babe formula full time. And for this mom, she needs to know that she is making the best decision for her and her baby.
Bottle feeding or breastfeeding; it's not my decision to make. All of my moms are heroes in my eyes and I'll support them in whatever decisions they make! They are strong, resilient, dedicated and loving. Their only flaw is that they're too hard on themselves!
Are You Suffering From Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Psychosis?
You are not alone! Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth. Up to 1 in 7 women experience PPD. For half of women diagnosed with PPD, this is their first episode of depression. Only 15% of women with postpartum depression ever receive professional treatment. Postpartum psychosis affects 0.1 to 0.2% of new moms and often requires immediate treatment.
If you are concerned about your mental health and wellbeing and the physical safety of you and your baby, please read through these signs and symptoms to see if you identify with them. If so, reach out to family, friends, your neighbour, your care provider, your doula or your lactation consultant. Perinatal mood disorders are TEMPORARY and TREATABLE with professional help.
For support in the Greater Vancouver Area contact the Pacific Postpartum Society - toll free 1.855.255.7999.
Pregnancy, birth and parenthood is an exciting time in one's life but it can also be a challenging time for many of us. Finding and creating your “village” has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a fast-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world and navigating pregnancy and parenthood can be a daunting undertaking. So what is the answer to building the necessary networks and receiving the proper support in todays world?
The Village for New Families is a new and fresh take on the modern day village. It strives to be a hub for programs and resources for the childbearing year. It is a collaboration of professionals and practitioners offering classes, workshops and holistic support for fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver.
Learn more about upcoming classes, workshops, events and The Village team here.
A mothers health and wellbeing is of utmost importance both during and after pregnancy and ensuring she's well fed should always be a top priority. As a seasoned Birth and Postpartum Doula, I've accumulated quite a collection of nutritious recipes over the years and below is one of my favourites.
This recipe is full of galactagogue ingredients that aid in increasing breast milk production. I often recommend whipping up a few batches in the weeks leading up to the big day. Keep them in the freezer and have them ready to nibble on once babe has arrived.
Here's to a plentiful milk supply ladies!
All new to our offering of pregnancy and birth services....Mama's Herbal Healing Bath!
A beautiful blend of comfrey, plantain, lavender, red raspberry leaf, yarrow flower, calendula flower and shepherds purse - this herbal remedy will surely have mama's bottom healed up in no time at all.
Each package is hand blend, hand labelled and beautifully wrapped with twine. We offer two sizes:
This blend is a thoughtful gift for any mama to be! CONTACT US to place your order today!
All that planning for that big day when baby arrives makes it easy to forget about the challenging days and months after birth. Although you can never be completely prepared for the new challenges that motherhood brings, there are many things that you can arrange in advance that increase your chance of success - one of these being placenta encapsulation.
The placenta is an organ that surrounds your baby in the womb. It allows the exchange of blood, nutrients and waste with the mother. The placenta is thought to be incredibly nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones making it perfectly made for you, by you. The placenta retains hormones and by reintroducing them to your system you may ease hormonal fluctuations.
Placenta capsules may aid in postpartum recovery by:
Our Placenta Encapsulation Package includes 2 placenta prints (as shown in the photo above), a cord keepsake and approximately 80 - 150 placenta pills (each placenta varies in size).
Along side our Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula services, we feel that placenta encapsulation compliments our offering nicely. If you are interested in booking this service with us, please click here to learn more.
As a part of our Birth Doula Package, our clients are welcome to borrow books and DVDs from our ever-expanding library of pregnancy, birth and parenting resources. Below is a sampling of the titles we have available.
Pregnancy, Home Birth and Hospital Birth Resources:
All the planning for that big day when baby arrives makes it easy to forget about the challenging days and months after birth. Although you can never be completely prepared for the new challenges motherhood brings, there are several things you can arrange in advance that can increase your chance of success - one of these being placenta capsules.
Technically referred to as placentophagy, ingestion of the placenta has been used in many cultures for generations to help a woman recover from childbirth.
Hormone levels drop precipitously the minute your baby is born and your placenta is expelled, this is because the placenta was the hormone production factory in the body.
Studies show that the placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones making it perfectly made for you, by you. The placenta retains hormones and by reintroducing them to your system you may ease hormonal fluctuations.
Placenta capsules may aid in postpartum recovery by:
The placentas healing properties include;
So whether you'll be planning a home birth or a hospital birth, vaginal birth or cesarean birth, unmedicated birth or medicated birth, be sure to add placenta encapsulation to your birth plan to ensure this major life transition happens with the greatest of ease.