Site of the Week!!

I’m proud to announce that this website has earned Denver Color’s “Site of the Week” for the first week in January!  I didn’t even know it until I googled myself (which is quite entertaining!).  It’s just nice that they wrote up a fabulous little blurb about doulas.

Check it out…

SITE OF THE WEEK – FOR 2009-01-01

Birthing Body – Gentle Birth Services

To bring in the New Year, I thought I would declare a doula web site as the Site of the Week for New Year’s day 2009.

A doula is a person trained in the birthing process who works closely with a mother and her healthcare provider to help assure a happy, healthy birth. The doula works for the mother and serves as the mother’s advocate. The ideal held by the doula community is that the mother, in consultation with a primary care provider, makes all of the important decisions. Any doula worth her salt will support the choice of birth location: hospital, birthing centers or home.

Likewise, doulas are trained to be supportive of the OB-GYNs when a c-section is necessary. The point of a supporting role is to help people make the best decision. The data seems to show that the involvement of a doula dramatically decreases the number of c-sections without increasing the risk to mother or child. The goal of the doula is to empower the mother with information and support in making the best decision.

Quite frankly, I believe that this model being worked out in the doula community would be a good model for the health care industry at large. I have a great deal of respect for the highly trained doctors and nurses in the health care system. Unfortunately, the industrial nature of modern health care seems to have blunted its humanity. I think it would be wonderful if we all had doula-like advocates to help us interface with the health care system.

Soap box aside, the site of the week is Birthing Body by Amy Swagman who offers doula services in the Denver area. The site has a quick run down of Amy’s qualifications and services.


A quick word of warning. If you use Amy’s doula services, she is likely to paint a henna picture on your belly.

Babywearing – Sleepy Baby Wrap

Sleepy Wrap

Sleepy Wrap

…go to Sleep Wrap Website

Here’s a great wrap made of really cute fabric!

Why it’s great:

  • One size fits all (babies and mom and dad)
  • Super comfortable, rests on both shoulders
  • Fabric is comfy, like a t-shirt with the perfect amount of stretch
  • Easy to clean (ALWAYS important!!)
  • Will carry newborn through toddler (and yes, toddlers like slings too!)
  • Cute colors

Instruction Videos:

How to tie, Front Carry (Toddler)

Forward-Facing Hold

Rucksack Back Carry

Where to buy in Denver:

Living Earth Babies in Boulder

Diaper Dash Inc. in Broomfield

Kanga Kare in Littleton

Babywearing – Nojo Original Baby Sling

Nojo Original Baby Sling

Nojo Original Baby Sling

…go to Nojo Website

Here is your standard padded ring sling, endorsed by the renowned Dr. Sears, founder of Attachment Parenting.

Why it’s great:

  • Easy to put on
  • Easy to breastfeed in
  • Padded rails make baby comfortable
  • Can do cradle carry, side carry, facing out carry, or facing in carry
  • Since it’s easy to get baby in they don’t fuss when you put them in

What it lacks:

  • Being padded, it’s hot in the summer
  • Limited positions for baby to be in
  • Limited colors (just the blue plaid as shown and a gray color)
  • Tough on your back when your baby is big since it only rests on one shoulder
  • Rails make the shoulder kind of bulky

Instruction Videos:

Ring Sling Demo

Babywearing – Gypsy Mama Wrap

REAL MEN WEAR SLINGS!

Gypsy Mama Wrap

…go to Gypsy Mama Wrap Website

This wrap-style carrier can be tied in many different ways to create a comfortable way to carry your baby (or babies!).

Why it’s great:

  • Super comfortable since it’s over both shoulders
  • Can carry toddlers
  • Multiple positions to carry (sling-style for newborn, front facing in, front facing out, back carry)
  • Instructions come with several ways to tie it instead of just one traditional way
  • Comes in BEAUTIFUL and varied colors and styles (by far one of the most stylish wraps I’ve seen)
  • Pretty easy to breastfeed in
  • Also comes in water material for those days on the beach (or pool in Colorado!)

Where to buy in Colorado:

Baby Cotton Bottoms in Colorado Springs

Babywearing – Baby K’tan

Baby Ktan - Twins
Baby Ktan – Twins

…go to Baby K’tan Website

I am also a K’tan Retailer!

Please Contact Me if you’d like to purchase the K’tan (PayPal option coming soon)

Here is one of my favorite slings.  Baby Ktan took the best of both worlds.  They combined the simplicity of a sling with the comfort of a wrap and created a great sling/wrap hybrid that anyone can use!

Why it’s great:

  • So easy to use!
  • MANY different carrying positions (newborn, twin, front carry facing in, front carry facing out, side carry, back carry, hip carry).  Every kind of carry position besides on your head!
  • Comes in gender-neutral colors so Dad will wear it
  • So comfortable because it rests on both shoulders
  • EXTREMELY easy to breastfeed in (as long as they’re not facing out or on your back of course)
  • Material can be pulled over baby’s eyes if it’s a sunny/rainy/windy day
  • Great material (stretchy, like a t-shirt)
  • Comes with a matching hat for baby

Instruction Videos:

Getting Started

Safety Instructions

Cradle Position

Hug Position

Explore Position

Adventure Position

Two Hip Position

Hip Position

Back Position

Where to buy in Denver:

From me!

Sweet Beginnings in Littleton

Target of Silverthorne, Summit County

Becoming Mothers in Boulder

Modern Mommy Wear in Lakewood

Green Monkey Baby in Wash Park, Denver

Baby’s Home, Now What?

410 Jerry Street, Castle Rock
720-335-0116
http://www.newbodyinc.org

Baby’s Home, Now What?:

Held the 2nd Saturday of the month.

To register, please contact our Breastfeeding Educator, Tara Nazario at 720-216-7712

Spaces are limited $60.00 per couple

2009 Schedule:

January 10th

July 11th

February 14th

August 8th

March 14th

September 12th

April 11th

October 10th

May 9th

November 14th

June 13th

December 12th

ABC’s of Breastfeeding Class

410 Jerry Street, Castle Rock
720-335-0116
http://www.newbodyinc.org

The ABC’s of Breastfeeding:

Held the 4th Saturday of the month.

2009 Schedule:

January 24th

July 25th

February 28th

August 22nd

March 28th

September 26th

April 25th

October 24th

May 23rd

November 28th

June 27th

December 19th

To register, please contact our Breastfeeding Educator, Tara Nazario at 720-216-7712

Spaces are limited $60.00 per couple

Mar 19 – Ivory Tent, A Celebration of Motherhood

birth“Sharing birth stories with other women is an excellent way to honor our transitions into motherhood.”

March 19th at 7pm, $15

Please register at Belly Bliss
www.bellybliss.org ♦ 303-399-1191
300 Josephine St, Denver CO

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For more info
phone: 720.219.8482
email: info@houseofdoula.com
Please join us for a night of laughter, tears, inspiration, good company and good food as we share birth stories and honor the transition into motherhood.  Mothers, as well as those who are almost mothers, are welcome under the Ivory Tent. Babes in arms only, please.

I will be doing henna for this event!