Leanna Mae: Maternal-Infant Wellness Education + Birth & Lactation Care

Leanna Mae: Maternal-Infant Wellness Education + Birth & Lactation Care

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Midwifery practice question: I was tasked with looking forward to my own practice (I'm starting Phase 3 NARM in another couple of births). I have really only worked with one midwife/preceptor so far so my "experience" is slightly limited. I would love to see/hear what supplies others carry and deem important, or just nice to have on hand for births, prenatals, postpartums. What is in your prenatal bag for every visit? I have the bp cuff and stethoscope, thermometer, pulse ox, urine dipstick, wipes, doppler and gel, fetoscope/pinard for my low-tech families, etc... What do you carry and whay do you feel it's needed? What is in your birth equipment/supply bag? I'm going to look through some of the midwifery shared parent kits online, but what about your personal bag of needs? I have a couple of DeLees, my prenatal bag items, sterile and non-sterile gloves, etc. Do you utilize pre-packaged sterile equipment packs...or how many sets to you have on hand that you clean and sanitize yourself? What makes up the 'bones' of your midwifery go bag? What do you do about medicinal needs? I am in an unlicensed state where I am not able to order things like pitocin, or even get oxygen tanks. There are ways around that here of course, but that places you on the wrong end of things according to the current State climate for homebirth midwifery, and it also places you in the position of needing to rely on someone else to help keep you supplied. I'm curious as to what everyone feels is their "required" supplies and what you carry that you could go without but is . still nice to have. Thank you to anyone who shares :-)
Thank you for the invite The RN Doula All Season & Lifetime Officiant 💗✨🎶

I'm an author, Leanna Mae. I'm a maternal-infant wellness educator, birth doula, and certified breastfeeding specialist. I serve western Ohio.

Operating as usual

This author is expecting...
Expecting this book to be born this year!
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The second edition of "Lactation Lessons From Leanna: a guide for breastfeeding mothers" was supposed to be out last year 😬 but 2020 was, well it was 2020. My TOP goal this year is finding the time to finish this book.
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Until then, I want to hear from YOU. I've uploaded the outline and table of contents on my website at http://www.leannamae.org/lactation-lessons-from-leanna.html If there is anything you want me to add or want to make sure is in there, tell me now. Once this baby is born, I'm taking a break. That's a total lie; I have a whole list of books to write. I'm addicted. I've published ten times in the last 8 years. I squeezed out a quarantine book in April last year. Let's hope this little (big, huge, 10 pounder) creation graces the world on November 29th as planned. Now I've got some writing to do! 📚📖💜

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Maternal Infant Wellness Education

Did you know I have FREE handouts on my website? Writing is my passion and purpose. Women’s health is my jam. I love combining those two by creating handouts. There is much more to come! Check it out and let me know what topics you would like to see handouts on.

There’s no limit to how many you can download. No billing info required. Add as many free handouts as you want to your cart and get them emailed directly to you. 💕

http://www.leannamae.org/maternal-infant-wellness-education.html

leannamae.org Education on Reproductive health, fertility, family planning, conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, infant care, and family wellness Knowledge through Classes, videos, books,...

Classes, workshops, handouts, and informative images

Classes, workshops, handouts, and informative images

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Maternal Infant Wellness Education

If I'm not busy writing a book, you can find me growing the Maternal-Infant Wellness Education section of my website. This is one of my favorite projects. There's much to add, but plenty of good info to be found already. I wish I could spend all day every day writing books and website content. It makes my heart happy.

What topics would you like to see added to this resource?

http://www.leannamae.org/maternal-infant-wellness-education.html

leannamae.org Education on Reproductive health, fertility, family planning, conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, infant care, and family wellness Knowledge through Classes, videos, books,...

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This author is expecting...
Expecting this book to be born this year!
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The second edition of "Lactation Lessons From Leanna: a guide for breastfeeding mothers" was supposed to be out last year 😬 but 2020 was, well it was 2020. My TOP goal this year is finding the time to finish this book.
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Until then, I want to hear from YOU. I've uploaded the outline and table of contents on my website at http://www.leannamae.org/lactation-lessons-from-leanna.html If there is anything you want me to add or want to make sure is in there, tell me now. Once this baby is born, I'm taking a break. That's a total lie; I have a whole list of books to write. I'm addicted. I've published ten times in the last 8 years. I squeezed out a quarantine book in April last year. Let's hope this little (big, huge, 10 pounder) creation graces the world on November 29th as planned. Now I've got some writing to do! 📚📖💜

leannamae.org author Leanna Mae

Beautiful!

Hello, Gorgeous! 😍😍

THIS is exactly what birth workers mean when they refer to umbilical cords as "telephone cords"! They aren't all this perfectly spiral, but when they are, we sure admire them!

Did you get a chance to see your child's cord?

Btw, the first image was several minutes after birth, the second is after delayed clamping. It was much larger to start with! 😉

🌸 business cards 🌸
These are my educator/doula/LC cards 💜
📚 Books will always be my top thing. Writing is my passion. I also have separate business cards as an author.
👩🏻‍🏫 I love teaching. Women’s health is my favorite thing to teach on.
🤰🏻 I’m a birth doula and bereavement doula.
🤱🏻 I’m also a breastfeeding specialist.

📸 Someday I’ll add photography to this list.

🦋 Website: www.LeannaMae.org

http://www.leannamae.org/maternal-infant-wellness-education.html
Education on reproductive health, fertility, family planning, conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, infant care, and family wellness
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Nurturing families
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Empowering women
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Improving birth and lactation care
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[12/26/20]   Would you be interested in digital products on my website such as comprehensive birth plans or cheat sheets for coping with contractions to reference in labor? I'm totally old school. I've always taught in person, pen and paper, dry erase board, PowerPoint slides, etc.. And I love that style and will always offer that. However, I dream of teaching classes online and being able to have students nationwide. It dawned on me that offering digital printable handouts is one way to connect with students who are not local.
🧐 I'm hearing more and more people are buying birth plans online.
📇 What do you think? Should I go digital with some of the educational materials from my classes?

Precious

Our NICU babies got all dressed up to bring you some holiday cheer! 🎅 ❄️ 🎁 🦌 ⛄ 🎄 Special thanks to Ascension St. John NICU RNs Shandel, Stephanie and Anna for these special handmade outfits. You gave these patients and their families a truly memorable first Christmas. 🌟 #WeAreAscension

Get 20% off ANY doula package when you schedule a consultation appointment by the 30th 🎁 The appointment can be any time December through April.

2020 has been a year! How about 20% off doula services for an end of 2020 discount?! Contact between December 10th through 30th to schedule a consultation appointment anytime from December through April and receive 20% off ANY doula package. I serve the Dayton, Ohio area. Learn more at http://www.leannamae.org/doula-leanna.html Contact via email on my website, via Facebook messenger, or call/text 937.343.1786

http://www.leannamae.org/maternal-infant-wellness-education.html
Education on reproductive health, fertility, family planning, conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, infant care, and family wellness
🦋
Nurturing families
🦋
Empowering women
🦋
Improving birth and lactation care
🦋

usatoday.com

COVID baby boom? No, 2020 triggered a baby bust - and that will have lasting impacts

We all joked about the coming baby boom, but many women have decided to delay/avoid pregnancy. That's certainly understandable. Has the pandemic/quarantine impacted your plans for growing your family?
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"Top reasons for people delaying or questioning having kids altogether included feeling “unsure about my financial position,” seeing “the challenges of parenting this year” and being worried about “safely accessing prenatal care/healthcare.”"
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"According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of U.S. births in 2019 was the lowest recorded since 1985 — totaled at approximately 3.75 million, down 1% from 2018. To put the projected COVID baby bust numbers in perspective, 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births would represent about an 8-13% decrease from last year's 3.75 million births — or 8 to 13 times the drop seen between 2018 and 2019. The U.S. has seen declining numbers of births for years, most recently following the Great Recession of 2007-2009. But the COVID baby bust could contribute to an even more significant drop."
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/16/covid-19-baby-bust-coronavirus-pandemic-lead-birth-decline/6507974002/?fbclid=IwAR1kVVNuUQ7U70ITGUoXPNE-lUiUy8slYDYQtWm1dmQp3dcw141qsOtOjlc

usatoday.com Early in the pandemic, there were jokes about baby boom—but we'll actually see a bust. The U.S. could have up to half a million fewer births in 2021.

2020 has been a year! How about 20% off doula services for an end of 2020 discount?! Contact between December 10th through 30th to schedule a consultation appointment anytime from December through April and receive 20% off ANY doula package. I serve the Dayton, Ohio area. Learn more at http://www.leannamae.org/doula-leanna.html Contact via email on my website, via Facebook messenger, or call/text 937.343.1786

For those in the Dayton area, there is a garden for bereaved parents at Kettering Hospital. They've added a little Christmas tree this year.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from The Garden Of Hope & Bereavement Team.

This year we’re starting a new tradition in The Garden Of Hope....

We have placed a lit Christmas Tree near the fountain. If you visit The Garden of Hope this season, please place an ornament on the tree for your baby.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday & New Year.

* Please enter The Garden Of Hope from the parking garage near Cardiac Rehab. You do not have to enter the hospital to visit The Garden.
** Unfortunately we can’t guarantee or be held responsible the safety of the ornaments. Please use a soft or plastic ornament. No glass due to weather & wind.
*** If you would like your ornament back, we kindly ask that you pick it back up from the tree no later than January 8th, 2021.

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The monetary costs of becoming and being a doula

New blog!
The monetary costs of becoming and being a doula 💜

http://www.leannamae.org/the-scroll/the-monetary-costs-of-becoming-and-being-a-doula

If you are interested in becoming a doula, one thing you really need to know about running the small business is what your expenses will be and what you need to charge to sustain your dream career. Check out this blog for a detailed list of expenses. Check out my website's topical blog directory for an entire section of blogs for birthworkers.

And if you've ever thought about asking a doula to work for free, take a look at how much she has to spend to be available to take care of people. You might be surprised how much goes into it just to break even on costs.

leannamae.org There is a wide range of expenses here. Many things are optional, but recommended. Doulas may spend thousands getting everything started or they may invest in these things slowly after they have been...

[12/02/20]   Breast pump reviews?
Which pumps have you tried?
What do you like and dislike?

Quads with two sets of identical twins, all boys. Wowza.

A 32‐year‐old woman with an unremarkable medical history, who failed to conceive after 3 years of trying, was diagnosed with BO hemorrhagic cysts. The couple was offered ART. In the first cycle of in‐vitro fertilization (IVF), eight oocytes were collected. This first attempt was unsuccessful and embryo transfer resulted in miscarriage after 4 weeks. A new attempt at IVF was made 6 months after the first cycle. Eight oocytes were obtained and fertilized, resulting in three embryos. Two blastocysts were transferred. Transvaginal ultrasound examination at 6 weeks showed two uterine sacs, each containing two embryos. The couple was informed on the maternal and fetal risks of a quadruplet pregnancy and counseled on the possibility of fetal reduction, which was declined. During first‐trimester ultrasound examination, anatomy of all four fetuses was apparently normal. Cervical cerclage (cervix is closed) was performed at 16 weeks for the prevention of preterm delivery and vaginal progesterone was prescribed at 24 weeks. MRI was performed at 26 weeks due to difficulty in evaluating complete fetal anatomy with ultrasound, and 3D virtual and physical models were constructed using the data. Cesarean section was performed at 32 weeks due to uterine contractions and dyspnea, delivering four male babies. Apgar scores at 1 and 5 min were 9 or 10 in all neonates. Two neonates were discharged from the hospital 34 days after delivery and the other two at 36 days after delivery.

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Starlight bereavement support

Bereavement doula services for perinatal and infant loss ❤️
This isn't something I talk about on social media much. It's a deeply sensitive topic for many. It's something I've always supported in quiet spaces, a safe place, a sacred work. I am a doula. I also offer bereavement doula services before, during, and after for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. I've added to my web page here a section on community resources in the Dayton, Ohio area. If you know of any more, I'm glad to update this resource anytime. I'm also open to adding national resources or online sources of support.
http://www.leannamae.org/starlight-bereavement-support.html

leannamae.org Miscarriage (or any loss before 20 weeks), stillbirth, infant death bereavement doulas are there to help

Leanna Mae: Maternal-Infant Wellness Education + Birth & Lactation Care

For whoever needs to hear this tonight . . .

It’s National Author’s Day!!! 📖 📚 🕯📜
Visit www.LeannaMae.org to learn more about me, my books, find some freebies, get the links to buy these beautiful books made in the USA 🇺🇸, and read some blogs 💜

npr.org

Study: Plastic Baby Bottles Shed Microplastics When Heated. Should You Be Worried?

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/10/19/925525183/study-plastic-baby-bottles-shed-microplastics-when-heated-should-you-be-worried

npr.org The implications for a child's health are not yet known. The study's authors urge people not to panic — and stress the need for more research.

Leanna Mae: Maternal-Infant Wellness Education + Birth & Lactation Care

Leanna Mae: Maternal-Infant Wellness Education + Birth & Lactation Care

Serving western Ohio
Learn more at http://www.leannamae.org/birth--breastfeeding-support.html

Life's Daily Treasures

The Heart of Motherhood

To the men who truly listen to and respect their partner’s birth choices.

To the men who do the research and understand birthing options and choices.

To the men who will ask questions of staff when they feel they haven’t been given enough information.

To the men who will fiercely protect the birth space and advocate for their partner’s wishes.

To the men who are there, physically and emotionally, every step of the way through the birthing journey.

Thank you for being there. Thank you for caring and respecting our wishes. Thank you for holding us up and keeping us going when it gets overwhelmingly hard. Thank you for protecting our space. Thank you for treating us like the incredible beings we are as we go through this transformative experience.

❤️❤️❤️

Leanna Mae: Maternal-Infant Wellness Education + Birth & Lactation Care

The seasons of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are chapters filled with dreams and hopes, joys, plans, questions, and sometimes a little fog. It's normal (and good!) to have a million questions. It's normal to have fears and worries. It's normal to be unsure of which route to go with all the decisions you have to make. I know it can get overwhelming. You're not alone. Everyone (even those of us who are super introverted) need our own communities. Build your tribe, momma.
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On your journey, weave in people who can help guide you. Partner with an educator who can lead you. Partner with a doula who can support you. Partner with a lactation specialist who will be there for you. Partner with a guiding hand, a hand up when you need information, and a hand to hold when you need it.
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I serve western Ohio offering workshops and classes, birth doula services, bereavement doula services, and lactation support. Learn more here http://www.leannamae.org/birth--breastfeeding-support.html
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As the seasons pass, we find ourselves walking down new roads. You don't have to walk alone. Reach out. Seek education. Seek support. Partner with professionals who will walk with you in your journey and can guide you in achieving your goals, also guiding you through any bumps or turns along the way and helping navigate the fog when things get confusing or overwhelming. If you're looking to include education and support in your birth team, contact Leanna Mae.

The Warrior Within Birth Services

Birthday Frosting 🎂
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Vernix caseosa is the white waxy or cheesy like substance that covers and protects your baby's skin. It is mostly the result of a secretion of oil from your baby's sebaceous glands and begins forming around 20 weeks gestation. By the time your baby is full term, it begins to absorb into their skin, which is why some later term babies might not have as much. It consists of approximately 81% water, 10% lipids, and 9% proteins.
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Why is vernix so amazing?
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💞 In utero, it helps protect and keep your baby's skin moisturized
💞 During labor and delivery, it acts as a lubricant and helps the baby maneuver and pass through the birth canal more easily
💞 Has amino acid, antibacterial, antimicrobial, lipid, moisturizing, and protein properties and compounds. Of the approximately 41 proteins found on vernix, 25 can only be found in vernix
💞 Facilitates extra-uterine adaptation of skin for baby during their 1st week earth side
💞 Helps promote bonding and temperature regulation
💞 Baby's swallow vernix in utero, which helps develop their gut
💞 Usually the majority of vernix is absorbed within 24 hours but generally isn't fully absorbed until 5-6 days after birth
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📷: @sagemamadoula via @placentar_energia_vitalidade

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