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.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Baby Signs

Last year I bought the book Baby Signs in hopes of teaching our new baby sign language. Now that he is 8 mos old we (siblings too) are beginning to try it out. He already recognizes the word "cookie" and we are using the sign that goes with it. I am also receiving a weekly email from Baby Signs which give a link to see the "sign" of the week. It is so helpful to see someone else performing the sign. Check it out at their website www.babysigns.com. Once Carsten is doing the signs himself I'll try and get some pictures of him to post!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Welcome Carsten - our 7th Baby

This is Carsten! And it was a great birth. Dr. Batu let me labor in a position comfortable to me and also waited and asked my permission before cutting the cord - I was amazed! I loved holding him right way feeling his warm and wet little body.

My wonderful friends supported and encouraged me and made sure I was hydrated. They also took pictures and supported my right leg as I pushed baby out laying on my left side.

The very proud and happy Daddy! Can you believe we have another beautiful baby, hun?

Oh the happy happy siblings couldn't wait to meet him. They came and visited us twice while we were at the hospital.

Too Long Since...

Oh my, has it really been 8 months since I've written on this blog. I guess that is what happens when a new little one is added to our family. Carsten Michael was born August 26! I'll add pictures here soon!

I'm going to be facilitating a class for 2nd time mommies tomorrow and so have been preparing for our time and back into reading about birth and looking at websites.

Here are some good websites I found that explain Optimal Fetal Positioning! Check them out! Which ones do you like best?