Stay Healthy for Your Growing Baby

Holistic Wellness Support

You are moving through the transformational journey of pregnancy. This is a momentous time of self-reflection and growth, and so it is time to take the best care of yourself and your growing baby. To support you on your journey, I highly recommend that you enroll in the Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness  program to learn ways to deeply nourish your body-mind-spirit. This beautiful online program offers weekly gems to support your holistic wellness throughout pregnancy, including 30 prenatal yoga videos, 9 audio recordings, inspirational themes and education, developmental benchmarks, nutritional recommendations and recipes, self care practices and creative projects to cultivate mindfulness.  Sign up here! 

Nutrition

Check out my article Eat Right During Pregnancy for 8 tips for optimal maternal and child health.

You should be eating around 80 - 100 g of protein every day to help your baby grow! Read about the Brewer Diet for more information on why this is so important during pregnancy. Here is a very traditional protein source chart, and here is chart that gives ideas for many more planet-based proteins. Check out this list of natural grocers in Boulder for places to buy whole, nutritious foods.

Hydration

Please remember to be drinking at least 8 glasses of filtered water every day. Your amniotic fluid is recycling every couple of hours, and needs fresh, chemical-free water to do it!

Exercise

Be sure to get enough exercise while you are pregnant - it is important for your physical and mental health. Plus, staying in shape will make your birth easier. Every day, try to do at least one of the following: stretch, do strengthening exercises, take a walk outside, do prenatal yoga at home, or try going to a prenatal yoga or Pilates class. Remember to also practice your Kegal Exercises when working at the computer, standing in line, or watching a movie! For local yoga classes check out De West Yoga or classes at Yo Mama in Boulder and Yoga Junction in Louisville.

Herbal tea

Soothing Lavender Pregnancy Tea: This Vibrant Souls tea blend is ideal for pregnant mothers who wish to provide their baby with essential vitamins and minerals by supplementing their nutritious diets with herbal tea.

Yemaya's Nursing Tea: This Vibrant Souls blend is ideal for nursing mothers. It contains herbs that stimulate the production and flow of breast milk, and is packed with vitamins and minerals to enhance the nourishment baby receives!

Body Work

Stay in alignment before and after birth with Bellies, Babies and Beyond Chiropractic. Keep your body relaxed and open with Graceful Waves prenatal and postpartum massage or Faith Davis' maternity massage, and be sure your baby is pampered with infant massage. Want to learn to give your baby a massage yourself? Check out Boulder Community Health's infant massage class or the Baby Massage and Playtime Workshop at YoMama.

Be Informed for a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth

Recommended Reading & Film

Reputable Informational Websites

Childbirth Education Classes and Groups

Baby Care

Circumcision

Be sure to make a conscious decision about whether or not you want to have your baby boy circumcised. This half hour presentation will help you get educated about the common procedure, which does have its drawbacks. Watch it here.

Delayed Cord Clamping

Take a look at the article Cord Clamping: Give Me All My Blood!,  an in-depth overview of the reasons delayed cord clamping is so critical, including the importance of immediate skin-to-skin contact, prevention of blood loss and avoidance of oxygen deprivation.

Cord Blood Banking

When a child is born, blood remains in their umbilical cord – this is called "cord blood". This blood contains valuable stem cells, which can be used as a treatment for over 80 diseases, including autoimmune disorders, blood conditions and even certain cancers. Cord blood can now be stored, or "banked", by families. When parents choose to store their baby's cord blood, they can use these cells for medical treatment. The child, their siblings, and close relatives can all benefit from stored cord blood. With dozens of FDA-approved clinical trials underway, cord blood may treat life-changing conditions like autism and heart disease in the near future. Learn more about cord blood banking.

Vitamin K Shot

Vitamin K plays an important part in making our blood clot. If blood can't clot properly, uncontrolled bleeding can happen. Babies are often born with low Vitamin K stores, and are therefore at risk of excessive bleeding or bruising. Giving your baby a Vitamin K shot has no serious negative side effects, and will ensure your baby's blood can clot, just in case! The shot provides infants with enough vitamin K to last until they get sufficient amounts through diet.

Eye Ointment

An erythromycin eye ointment is routinely applied to newborns to prevent ophthalmia neonatorum (ON), a type of pink eye that caused blindness in 3% of infants who were affected in the 1800s. However, the condition can not be contracted unless the mother has chlamydia or gonorrhea. Read this Evidence Based Birth article for a detailed overview of the history, benefits, risks and alternatives of the erythromycin eye ointment. Some hospitals will allow you to refuse the ointment, or delay it so that bonding is not impacted, however they may ask you to sign a release form.

Pediatrics

Mindful Pediatrics, based in Boulder, practices evidence-based western medicine with a holistic approach. You may also check out other pediatricians through the Vitals directory.

Sleep Support

Compassionate Sleep Solutions is a mindful approach to healthy and dependable sleep based on the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE™) philosophy of caring for the young child with respect and authenticity.

Products

Check out Happy Little Tots for top baby product picks.

Green Your Nursery!

Checklist for a greener nursery

Postpartum Support

Self Care

  • Do a yoni steam after your birth to help heal, cleanse and tone your reproductive system. This ancient treatment is a tradition used by Mayan midwives. I recommend waiting at least a week after giving birth, just to give your body some time to heal on its own before introducing the warm steam. In cases of extreme bleeding or hemorrhaging, a yoni steam would be contraindicated. I recommend you use my Devi Steam™ and Devi Steam Seat™ and download my ritual guide to learn how the practice is done. 
  • The Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder
  • The Catalyst Center: Specializing in the treatment and prevention of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Mellow Mood - Spa for Mamas and their families

Parenting Guidance

  • Weekly Parents with Infants Group: Connect with adults who also have infants, and get your questions answered by Maria and Jenevieve.
  • The Parent's Directory for Boulder and Broomfield Counties. This useful PDF resource includes information about child care, play groups, parenting classes and support, health care, counseling, financial assistance, legal assistance, and recreational activities.
  • You can find great local parenting classes through Real Parenting
  • The YWCA offers a co-parenting class

Child Safe Homes

Milk Donation

Birth centers

The Birth Center of Boulder

The birth center was created for the community. It's a space born out of great passion and inspiration. We are a free standing center that provides all aspects of maternity, labor, postpartum and well woman care to healthy ‘low risk’ women. The birth center is a comfortable space with all the necessary amenities, medications, and appropriate providers to ensure a safe birth. www.birthcenterofboulder.com

Boulder Community Health Family Birth Center

Our Family Birth Center is the most medically progressive maternity center in the Rocky Mountain region. This state-of-the-art facility is located at the Boulder Community Foothills Hospital at Arapahoe and 48th Street, just east of Foothills Parkway. 

Mountain Midwifery Center

Mountain Midwifery Center provides a full range of midwifery services for clients in the Denver Metro Area, the front range, across Colorado and even further locales.

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting Retailers

Becoming Mothers

Becoming Mothers’ mission is to participate in the lives of women, from the early stages of pregnancy through the time that the baby becomes a toddler. We want to embrace and celebrate the changes women go through becoming a mother. We want you, a mother of a young child, to look and feel becoming throughout this time in your life. www.becomingmothers.com  

Bosom Buddies

At Bosom Buddies carries a wide variety of products that offer you convenience and peace of mind while breastfeeding. The company's goal is to provide you with answers to your questions through our website and two Denver-Metro locations. Plus, they carry bras for your life beyond breastfeeding! www.bosombuddies.com

For Fun and Memories

Photography

Check out photography by Brook Lorimer Photography.

Play Groups and Centers

Aquatics

Infant Aquatics at Swim*Float*Swim

Additional Resources for Women & Families

Emergency Care

Financial Assistance

Support for Single Parents

Special Needs

Having a baby who has special needs entitles a family to certain supports, services and rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Consumer Information

ConsumerDangers.com is dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. The website is continually updated with breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned citizens about Recalls & Safety affecting consumers. The team at consumerdangers.com strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm. If you would like to get in touch with them, reach out to info@consumerdangers.com

Abused women shelters and support groups

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against women, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. Our vision is a just and equitable world for women and their families. www.safehousealliance.org

Alternatives To Family Violence (ATFV)

ATFV is a Colorado non-profit organization founded in 1978 to eliminate domestic violence by providing safety and empowerment to those affected. www.atfv-adamsco.org

Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)

MESA is a program of Mental Health Partners serving the Colorado counties of Boulder and Broomfield. MESA’s mission is to end the suffering in our community caused by sexual assault. www.movingtoendsexualassault.org

Family Tree Women in Crisis

The purpose of Family Tree Women In Crisis (WIC) is to keep victims safe from domestic violence by providing a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, safety planning, advocacy, community resources, health care and other supportive services. www.thefamilytree.org

Mother’s centers/parent and child centers

Mother House

Mother House provides a safe haven for pregnant women who are at risk. We are committed to protecting their unborn children, providing a nurturing and loving home, and encouraging them to build the confidence and the skills necessary for a successful future. www.mother-house.org

Sacred Heart House

The needs of homeless women and children change as their situations and the economic conditions in Denver change: It is the goal of Sacred Heart House of Denver to respond appropriately and effectively to meet these families. www.sacredhearthouse.org

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. www.tgpdenver.org

Real Choices Pregnancy Care Center

Provides free, confidential services including: pregnancy tests, medical and legal referrals, adoption support, support groups for pregnant, single moms, support groups for moms and their babies, one-on-one mentoring, maternity and baby items, post-abortion support for women and men, abstinence education. www.realchoicespcc.org

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Support

ICAN Colorado

Highlands United Methodist Church
First Tues of each month at 7:00pm
3131 Osceola St., Denver 80212

VBAC Community
 

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Vermont

Looking for a doula in vermont? Check out Alison Fischman of Vital Mama