Welcome to enJOYing Birth!

As of August 2009, I have completed my coursework as a Childbirth International student. I am now a Certified Labor Doula and Childbirth Educator. I look forward to continue helping women enjoy their pregnancies, their births, and their babies.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Infant Potty Training

As I was beginning to research some cloth diapering options I ran across some information on Infant Potty Training.


I'll post more when I find more information. Until then, check out the link above.

Baby Bed - aka PackNPlay

We were very excited to find this at a Rummage sale a few weekends ago for only $25. Yeah! What we love about it is that it is also works as a bassinet and has a changing table/place. And who doesn't love Pooh Bear? AND, it matches the colors of our bedspread, so it fits well into our room for the time. PTL!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Planning Your Birth

A friend just wrote to ask if I knew of a website to help her with her birth plan.

I found one at Childbirth.org.


It asks lots of questions and gives some sample answers as well. When you are finished you can print it out with your specific plan. Let me know if it works for you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Infant CPR

I've been wanting to know how to perform Infant (less than 12 months old) CPR. So, I decided to ''google" it and here is what I found.

A video by Univ. of Washington:

And from About.Com

This comes from
and is different from the above video and written info concerning the number of chest compressions.

What to remember when giving an infant CPR:
1. Check for responsiveness by patting the infant's shoulders or chest.
2. Remember your A-B-C:
Airway: an infant's head should be tilted into the "sniffer position". Do not overextend an infant’s neck as this may close off the airway.
Breathing: cover the infant's nose and mouth with your mouth and use gentle puffs, breathing from your cheeks, not your lungs.
Circulation: check for pulse at the brachial artery, in the infant's inside upper arm. If there is none, perform five compressions - 2 fingers (approximately ½ the size of a hand), ½ inch.
3. Perform rescue efforts for 1 to 2 minutes before dialing 9-1-1.
4. Continue performing rescue efforts, checking for pulse every minute until help arrives.

Though I never hope to have to use Infant CPR, I'm glad to know a little more now!