Well, of course, I have been blogging for years: writing short essays for my website on topics that I hoped would be useful to my clients and my colleagues. But now Mothering Touch has an actual Official Blog. This is a little intimidating. And yet, so much happens here every day of the week, I should never have trouble finding something to write about.
Right now, in the big activity room, Do Stier, a Doula Trainer for Vancouver, is running our annual DONA-International Post-Partum Doula Training. Fifteen enthusiastic and caring women are learning how to help mothers and families in the Post-partum period (the first six weeks after birth). Last week I ran a DONA-International Birth Doula Training and twelve new birth doulas have now joined our birthing community. One of my trainees, came from as far away as Edmonton!
A couple of moms with their babies, on a stroll downtown, have popped in to nurse on the comfy brown couches in our smaller back room. That back room – officially called the
Resource Room (now "The Nest"!) – is one of my favourite things about this place. We planned it as a room for breastfeeding consultations and private prenatal classes. It houses our lending library which contains books and DVD’s on pregnancy, breastfeeding and early parenting. The room also gets used for meetings of local community organization, like the Doulas of Victoria or Breastfeeding Matters. And on most days, a few mothers and fathers and babies find their way there for a quiet time and a peaceful breastfeeding moment.
Tonight, when we’ve tidied up from the four-day doula training, there will be a prenatal yoga class in the Activity Room. Elke will lead the lovely round-bellied moms through invigorating and then relaxing poses. After that, I will teach the fourth class of six-week Childbirth Preparation Class for Doctors’ Patients. Having spent the last three weeks learning about childbirth and natural self-help and coping measures for labour, tonight we will examine pain medications and other medical interventions. I look forward to seeing this group of excited parents-to-be, whose questions and curiosity always make the evening lively.
I hope this this blog can become an extension of our store – a place where new and expectant parents can be sure of a friendly welcome and balanced information. We hope you’ll visit us often.