Childbirth

A Weekend of Birth

So last weekend was the training for my CAPPA childbirth educator’s certification.  I learned so much and met some great women.  The training was held Friday and Saturday at the Alliance Breastfeeding Center in Colorado Springs.  Our instructor, Desirre Andrews, was amazing and a wealth of information.  She was so supportive, honest and helpful.  And she has an amazing amount of experience, both professionally (she’s the president of ICAN) and personally as a teacher, doula and a 2VBA2C  (two vaginal births after two cesareans).

Friday was full of so much information.  The students in our class (me and five others) bonded quickly, and it helped the leaning process immensely to be comfortable with the other women.  One woman was a L&D nurse from Sidney, NB; another woman from Fort Collins who worked in an OB office; two women from the Springs area (one already a doula), and myself and another mother (and doula) from the Denver area.  We had a great pool of information and experience, and had some great moments during the workshop.  More than one person cried over the two days (and about 21 hours of training), including myself.  So cool. 

I went to the workshop Friday feeling confident in my knowledge about birth, and left the ten-hour training feeling a bit overwhelmed and like I still had a lot to learn.  My brain felt completely full and I got home feeling exhausted.  I did my homework for the night, hit the sack, and hit the road again first thing in the morning, excited for day two. 

The second day was just as jam-packed full of information, but I realized that I do know my stuff, and while I still have learning to do, I’m part of an organization that really supports its educators, and that we educators would leave supporting each other as well.  The training was so helpful, and I feel fully prepared to write my curriculum, take my test and start teaching. 

Then, as I sat in my pjs in my living room processing first thing Sunday morning, I got a call to come to a birth.  This was a second time VBAC, at home.  The mom did amazing, and it was so cool to witness her strength as she had a beautiful HBAC (that’s home birth after cesarean) with her midwives supporting her all the way.  I was able to help the midwives a little bit, and mainly took pictures for the family.  Beautiful.

I feel so blessed to be able to have women who  have let me be a part of their births and who have helped me earn my certification my observing classes, births, and giving me referrals.  :) 

So I am very close now.  I still need to observe a new parent class, and do two hours of teaching under observation.  Then I submit my test (it’s a big test) and forms and curriculum, and I will be certified and able to teach.  Yay!

I’ve been trying not to jump the gun too much.  I am working on a business name so I can buy a URL and business cards (they really help with networking and marketing), and then, after I’m certified, I will launch my website, birth blog, and start scheduling classes.  I can’t wait! 

I’ll keep you up to date.  Be on the lookout for a new business website announcement by the first of the year.  :)

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Green Chile & Zucchini Quiche

I had to share this recipe for the best quiche ever!  My good friend, Genny, made two for our family for E’s birth, and she got the recipe from someone who made the quiche for her home birth a few months before that.

It was perfect to eat during or after a birth, since it’s high in protein and easily made from frozen (just reheat in the oven)!  And I thought it was perfect for summer too, since it is a creative and tasty use of summer’s most over abundant food: zucchini!

We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to use vegetables from the farm, or grown in our garden… the squash, onions, garlic, chiles AND eggs!  Rick and I both loved the quiches Genny brought us, and the ones I’ve made since Emmett’s birth as well!  We can’t wait to share it with our friends!

The original recipe calls for a crust made with crackers, but Genny used a premade whole wheat crust, and I loved it, so that’s what I used too.  Here’s the recipe:

Green Chile & Zucchini Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 6 ounces)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound freshly grated Monterey jack cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup whole-milk cottage cheese
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained (I substituted chiles from our freezer)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.   Grate the zucchini, preferably using the grating attachment of a food processor. Toss the zucchini with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let drain in a colander for 10 minutes. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over high heat until hot. Reduce the heat to medium; add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Squeeze the zucchini well with your hands to remove excess moisture. Add the zucchini to the onion and cook over high heat for 3 minutes.

Stir together the flour, the baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until combined. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the eggs until thick and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the Monterey jack and cottage cheeses, the flour mixture, and remaining melted butter to the eggs and beat well. Stir in the zucchini mixture and chiles and pour the mixture into the crust. Bake the quiche in the center of the oven until the top is puffed and golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Set aside at room temperature 5 minutes, cut into wedges, and serve. 

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It Really IS a Small World After All

moby-wrapOver the last few weeks, I’ve realized just how small the world really is.  Two weeks ago, while having coffee with a dear friend, we got to talking about home birth (well, I talk a lot about this lately).  She was asking me questions and we were talking about squatting for the birth and all kinds of stuff, when the couple in the booth next to us got up to pay their check.

Before they left the man said, “excuse me, we don’t mean to eavesdrop, but are you talking about home birth?”  Why yes.  “That’s so funny,” he said.  “My wife’s in labor right now.  We’re having the baby at  The Birth Center.”  Really, cool!  I had H at the birth center, two years ago.

My friend asked the wife a few more questions and while she was answering, she had a contraction and had to stop and sit down.  It was cool to see such a calm, collected mother just breathe through her contraction, and then when it was over, continue on with the conversation.  We wished them luck with their birth, and they left to walk the few blocks back to the center, I’m sure.

hot-moms-tshirtThen last week I was shopping Craigslist for a Moby Wrap for the new baby.  There was one on there for only $25, and I jumped on it.  I arranged to meet the lady to pick it up.  When I got to her house, she saw me get out of the car and asked “Hey, did you used to work for Tracy?”  Yes, at the birth center?  “Yes, remember me, I had my son there back when you were the receptionist!”  Too weird.

So, I guess it really is a small world, after all.  What are the odds?

I did buy the wrap, and I really like it so far.  Rick gave H a ride around the house in it on his back, and then H had to try it on himself.  It’s super long, so it’s wrapped around him umpteen times.  I might have to make him one of his own to carry his frog around in, while I carry the baby in mine.  :)

There is a picture of Rick, H & I on the birth center’s website.  It was at the six week visit after H was born.  All the pictures on the site have captions with the parents’ and babies’ names on them, except ours… Ours just says :  “Hot Moms T-Shirt.”

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Home Birth in a Commercial

I first saw this video on the Mindful Mama  forums.  I really like it, so I thought I’d share.  It’s a Spanish commercial for a mattress company.  Can you imagine this airing in the U.S.???  Oh how I wish it would.  It would really help people understand that birth can be a natural, loving, peaceful event! 

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