prenatal course barcelona

Testimonials of our Prenatal Course Parto y Movimiento

A Vicky me la recomendó mi ginecóloga. No sabía mucho sobre lo que hacen las doulas pero sí sabía que no quería hacer el curso típico de preparación al parto. Me interesaba mucho la parte emocional de lo que significa este evento. Como al final no podrás controlar como irán las cosas, necesitaba prepararme a nivel emocional y mental para poder superar lo que fuera y tener a mi bebe en brazos sano y salvo. Y esto es lo que ofrecen las clases de Vicky – a parte de mucho conocimiento sobre los partos-, apoyo de verdad.

Hoy mi pequeño cumple una semana y acabamos de volver de su primera cita con el pediatra. Cogió peso y altura lo que significa que la lactancia va muy bien. Esto se lo debo a Vicky porque el apoyo que nos ofreció con este tema ha sido enorme. A parte de que Vicky estuvo a nuestra disposición cuando la hemos necesitado en el hospital y en casa, nos enseñó de manera muy eficaz como hacerlo bien. Como dice Vicky, amamantar no duele si sabes cómo hacerlo y ¡es cierto!

Un abrazo, Vicky y muchísimas gracias por todo!

Alexa Profir mama de Robert

 

My partner and I searched for English antenatal classes here in Barcelona and found Vicky very easily online. She was extremely quick to respond to our enquiry and very helpful. As soon as we arrived we were made very welcome.

Vicky had a great way of making both the practical and theroy easy to understand, interesting and even fun. Her course is not just aimed at mothers to be and is also brilliant for fathers to be.

We have both learned so much and feel she has been a massive help for preparing us with the birth of our baby boy here in Spain. It really has exceeded both our expectations and would highly recommend Vicky’s classes to parents to be here. She has also been supportive via the telephone when we have needed some help during pregnancy.

Victoria and Adam

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Being pregnant with our first in a foreign country it was important for us to find an Antenatal course in a safe environment. We read about Vicky’s services online and after mailing forth and back with her, we agreed to give her international Antenatal class a shot. And we’re so happy that we did.

Vicky’s classes have provided us with information, exercises and confidence about giving birth in Spain. She has prepared us for our (soon) new roles as parents and given us a network of other parents-to-be.

Thank you, Vicky.

Tatiana & Emil

 

Vicky was an amazing support to me and my husband before and after the birth of my baby girl Alia. We had a prenatal session with Vicky before the birth at home which was invaluable for my birth that ended up being a very long (36hours) and tough labour. She taught us things about labour that hadn’t even come up in the prenatal course we had already done…

Zara (Alia’s mum)

PAPEL PADRE PARTO

El papel del padre en el parto y primeros días del bebé

El momento del parto es un momento perfecto para que el padre esté de forma presente y participe de la forma más activa posible, porque aunque esté dando a luz su compañera él puedo hacer mucho por ella, aunque solo sea estar a su lado y tratar de satisfacer sus necesidades.

De hecho las des cours de préparation à l'accouchement son una oportunidad ideal para que ambos aprendan sobre la fisiología del parto, los cuidados del bebé, y también compartir la experiencia con otras parejas que están en nuestra misma situación.

Durante la fase activa de parto el padre es un apoyo muy necesario para la mujer. Puede ayudarla a sobrellevar el periodo de dilatación, acompañándola, aliviando los dolores con masajes y ofreciéndole lo que pueda necesitar en cada momento, tanto en casa como en el hospital. También puede ocuparse de las cuestiones más prácticas como llevar la documentación requerida, llevar la parte administrativa y asegurarse de que se está cogiendo todo lo necesario y pactado previamente. También puede ayudar midiendo el tiempo de las contracciones, llamando a quién considere necesario…

Una vez el bebé ya está aquí lo primero que necesita es el contacto físico con su madre, por tanto no debería ser apartado de su lado, pero si la mamá ha sufrido una cesárea el papá puede ofrecerse para el piel con piel. Lo ideal es que los primeros chequeos como medirlo y pesarlo esperen si el bebé está sano, aunque normalmente se realizan en la propia sala de partos, o si se lleva al niño a una sala contigua, el padre puede acompañar al bebé.

Los primeros días después del nacimiento, padre e hijo irán conociéndose poco a poco. Sus caricias, sus brazos y sus palabras contribuirán a que se establezca entre ellos un vínculo muy especial. También, si así lo habéis decidido, puedes favorecer y apoyar a tu pareja en la lactancia, primero formándote y luego acompañándola en el proceso, facilitándole la vida con las comidas y el orden de la casa… También el nuevo papá puede ayudar a controlar y si es necesario limitar las visitas para que el bebé y la mamá puedan estar tranquilos.

 

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¿Cómo portear en invierno?

Si te has decidido a portear durante el invierno… ¡Lee este post que te ayudará y aclarará algunas dudas!

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¡Muchas os estaréis preguntado porqué hablo de bebés si podemos portear a un niño! Pues aquí van algunos consejos para vosotras, en caso de portear a un niño que ya camina es recomendable colocarle el abrigo antes de colocarlo en el portabebés y que el porteador se coloque su abrigo, es decir, que el portabebés quede por fuera el abrigo para así facilitar que el niño pueda subir y bajar sin problemas.

¡Y hasta aquí mis consejos para mamás y papás porteadores estos días de frío!

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Giving birth in Barcelona

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The degree of medical contact with pregnant women is reasonably high in Spain, with more antenatal tests, scans and intervention during childbirth than in some other countries,. The standard of care in Spain is highly regarded, both public and private, although women are generally required to have held a private insurance policy for a certain amount of time to cover maternity costs, while state healthcare does not have any time restrictions.

Choosing the specific clinic for delivery is a decision future parents should handle with care. You can give birth in Barcelona both in private and public hospitals. Everything depends on the personal preferences of the parents-to-be and whether the future mother has medical insurance. If you are a resident of an E.U.-country, in order to receive free medical service in a public clinic, it is sufficient to present the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

On the other hand, one can choose a private clinic in which payment will be charged on a daily basis or they can be covered by a private medical insurance. There is a good reason for this charge – private clinics in Barcelona very often resemble expensive hotels, boasting personal rooms, individual service, excellent food, and 24/7 presence for mother and baby.

Normally, in private or public, you can get a guided tour of a clinic before the childbirth and in public you can find some hospitals with private rooms meanwhile in private hospitals all rooms are private.

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You need to know that not in all hospitals not allow gas or air, although epidurals and pethidine are available. Birth in Spain is seen as a fairly straightforward medical process and alternative birth methods, such as water births, and birthing plans are not as common in Spain as in other countries but in Barcelona you can find at least two hospitals with the possibility of dilation in water. However, you can still write your birthing plan in Spanish and take it with you.

Home births in Barcelona, meanwhile, are not covered by the state health system.

Apart from that, one should bear in mind that during childbirth Spanish doctors widely administer epidural anesthesia (in 98% of the cases). The epidural is considered completely safe for both mother and child and allows the mother to move through the whole process in a more comfortable and less painful way. However, if this option does not suit your vision of the ideal childbirth, you can always choose to decline the epidural anesthesia.

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What are Doulas?

You might have seen the word ‘doula’ pop up in pregnancy magazines or on parenting websites, and of course in this website… Maybe you have wondered what it is they actually do or who they are. Well, a doula is is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.

What does a doula do?

Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, they develop a relationship in which the mother feels free to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and take an active role in helping to create a birth plan. Doulas are not medical professionals. They don’t deliver babies or provide medical care.

Most doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone in order to respond to her questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery.

Having a doula present can:

  • shorten first-time labour by an average of two hours,
  • decrease the chance of C-section section by 50% and
  • decrease the need for pain medication.

The role of the doula in early breastfeeding support can also help women reach their goals of a satisfying and successful transition to motherhood. And yet, many doulas may not be aware of new and important research into risk assessment for mothers and babies for whom early breastfeeding does not go smoothly.

 

What do I do as doula?

I help you to experience a childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. I give the information you need to have in every stage and also help to cope with birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfull, if you want!

If you are looking for a doula in Barcelona, please contact me

34 687 98 69 13
info@doulabarcelona.com

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4 Tips for Smoothly Transitioning Back to Work after Maternity Leave

Motherhood is a blessing. It comes with its share of pleasures and aches. Being with your baby at home all day long makes you happy. Work life seems like a blurred memory. But, as soon as you realize that your maternity leave is about to end, you start to worry!

No matter how long and hard you’ve thought about your decision to return to work, and how sure you are that it’s the right choice, you need to be prepared for mixed emotions

A Working Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding

If you’re planning to continue nursing, you’ll need to get the pumping routine down well before your return to work.

Start pumping and freezing the milk a month before you’re due back on the job.You’ll get in the habit of pumping and build up an emergency supply.

Let someone else bottle-feed your baby, use Calma bottles of Medela, they don’t interfere in breastfeeding! If you consider avoiding bottles, you have other options. Your milk could be offered to her in a sippy cup.

Find a private location. If your company doesn’t have a designated lactation room, perhaps there’s an empty office or conference room that you could use to pump. Some women get creative and hang a curtain around the outside of their cubicle when no privacy is available. Be informed about your rights! In general you have the right to return to the same job on the same terms and conditions after your maternity leave.

When?

Start back on a Wednesday or Thursday if you can. The first few days are likely to be the toughest, as you figure out pumping, milk storage and managing daycare. Having a shorter week to start means you’ll soon have the weekend to evaluate how things are going and make adjustments as needed. For Tsarfati, the biggest challenge was realizing how much longer it took to get ready in the morning than in the days when it was just her and her husband.

Breastfeed “on demand” on weekends. If you’ve noticed your milk production flagging during the week at work this is your chance to rebuild it and enjoy the convenience of a more natural nursing relationship. If you are pumping, the milk you stored on Friday will keep just fine in the fridge for baby to have on Monday.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself!

You never know for sure how you’ll feel during this motherhood transitional challenge. But don’t make any hasty decisions about your future the first week. It’s a very emotional time of transition.

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Antental Classes in English Barcelona – January

Prepare yourself for a positive birth experience! New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona!

Through the course « Parto y Movimiento » you will improveyourskills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathing will be your allies in your birth.

The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

In January 2018 we start a new group in Barcelona

Lundi at 19:15h (29th of January and 5th, 12th, 19 th, 26 th of February) inCoBaby

Carrer Sepúlveda 65, bajos 4º Metro Rocafort (L1) ou Sant Antoni (L2)

Theoretical Practical exercises 170 €

For further information contact me at info@doulabarcelona.org // 687.98.69.13

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Imperfect maternity

Social media gives us all the opportunity to present our lives in whatever way we choose. You can almost fake your life, or at the very least filter it with a bubble of happy perfection. People generally go to Instagram for stunning photography, drool-worthy images of gourmet food and the occasional picture of their friends’ vacations, even their babies!

I am not a perfect mother. It surprises me when people tell me that this is their first impression of me. Because it is so obvious to me, so deep-seated, that I am not. Nowdays pressure on women is really high: we need to be perfect mothers, specially when Social media is full of « perfect mothers »… What can we do to be perfect? Basically NOTHING because you are already the perfect mother for your baby.

So, let’s make it fun and… What can we do to be imperfect?

 

1. Question ourselves whether we are doing the right thing.

Ce’s OK to apologise to our children for making a wrong decision. To show them how to try again. To illustrate how to make choices, to assess right and wrong, to be flexible and change.

To demonstrate how we can make ourselves a better person by exploring and rethinking and starting over… again, and again, and again.

2. Mothers do cry and they are angry (sometimes!)

Because each tear teaches our children how to allow their emotions space to breathe – and how to name their feelings.

Crying isn’t a weakness, it’s an expression of emotion. It clears a path. It brings people together.

3. A messy house is a MUST

It won’t win you any followers on Pinterest or Instagram, but it doesn’t make you a failure.

A messy house might be an illustration of where your priorities lie: a reminder to your children to value family adventures and being outside in nature over time spent ironing, dusting and cleaning.

Mess demonstrates the value of comfort and play over presentation. It creates a home where we accept that being healthy and happy is enough.

4. It is OK to take time for yourself

It can sometimes feel impossible to step away from your family. Because they are everything to you.

They need you, they can’t cope without you, and it’s your duty to be there for them every moment they might need you. The guilt can be overwhelming.

And then there’s the ‘to do’ list that never ends. The worry about what other people will think if you take time out for you. If you let go of all the ‘shoulds’ and rest instead.

Yet deep down, we know that at some point, our children will need to survive without us. There’s a way we can ease them into this: taking time out for ourselves gives them a gentle space to practice.

Even more importantly, when we rest, our children learn that it is OK for them to rest, to replenish, to take time to look after themselves. A vital lesson for a well-lived life. And what more do we want for them than that?

The lessons your imperfections teach your children may be different to the seven I share above. But your lessons will be just as valuable.

We are all imperfect mothers. Imperfection is inevitable. And it is also an opportunity.

We can’t stop being imperfect. But we can control how we react to our imperfections. And how we teach our children to respond to theirs.

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¡Emprende con tu bebé con #yoEMPRENDOconmiBEBÉ y Cobaby!

Hay iniciativas que son muy buena idea, como por ejemplo esta que nos llega del espacio amigo Cobaby, en el que las mamás y papás de bebés de entre 6 meses a 3 años podrán optar a un espacio en su coworking para poder llevar a cabo de emprendimiento.

 

El programa #yoEMPRENDOconmiBEBÉ facilitará plazas a PRECIO REDUCIDO en Cobaby, un coworking combinado con un espacio de crianza especialmente pensado para mamás y papás emprendedores, para que puedas avanzar en tu proyecto sin renunciar a ver crecer a tu bebé.
#yoEMPRENDOconmiBEBÉ es un programa propuesto por Cobaby Barcelona y el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona: Cobaby pone a disposición las infraestructuras y el personal capacitado, y el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona colabora en el programa al financiar parte de esas plazas.

 

Tienes hasta el 8 de diciembre de 2017 para presentar tu solicitud aquí. ¡Bravo por una idea tan maravillosa!

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Breastfeeding: tips from a doula

Just because breastfeeding is natural doesn’t mean it’ll be second nature. Sometimes it takes time, practice and a whole lot of trial and error to get into a breastfeeding groove. Patience and persistence and maybe a little bit of help.

Usually I find mums that say something like: « Ce’s supposed to be the most beautiful time in your life, and you are tired, full of insecurities, sometimes pain and not knowing if you’re doing it right », and a lot of times my work, if they have decided to breastfeed is to empower them, let them rest a bit and give them some tips about breastfeeding.

Tips for breastfeeding from a Doula in Barcelona

 

1. Build up your breastfeeding support community

In many cultures, women grow up watching other women breastfeed. So, a new mom has this experience and an already built-in support system. If you haven’t had this experience, like most of us, attend a breastfeeding class and find a local breastfeeding support group. Barcelona is full of Alba Groups, they are free and consultants are really good and well trained. Also you can find a breastfeeding support group in your CAP (medical centre)

2. Observe and begin to learn your baby’s feeding instincts and hunger cues

  • Right after your baby is born, let her lie skin to skin on your chest until she breastfeeds for the first time.
  • Learn to identify your baby’s early hunger cues as it is best to start breastfeeding with a calm, quiet, and alert baby. Some early hunger cues include:If your baby is crying, don’t force her to breastfeed. First, soothe your baby by holding, swaying, walking, or rocking her.
    • Rooting (moving her head side to side with an open mouth when her cheek is touched);
    • Sticking her tongue out;
    • Sucking on her hands.

3. Have some pillows, towels, and maybe a supportive chair on hand for you and your baby’s comfort during feeding

  • If you are lying down to breastfeed, you may use a towel or blanket to support your baby’s back.
  • If you are sitting upright to breastfeed, you may place pillows behind your back (do not just think horizontally, vertically is also great) and under your arms to help you relax and be comfortable while you breastfeed. Have a rolled-up towel or baby blanket within your reach. Place the baby on top of the pillow at your side or in front of you (depending on which position you use) so that the baby is at breast level.
  • If you are sitting upright to breastfeed, find a seat with good back support. Also try a footstool for additional support.

4. If you feel you need it Help your breasts make milk

  • Breastfeed as much as you can. If your baby is not in the mood pump.
  • Massage and gently squeeze your breasts before and during breastfeeding or pumping.
  • If pumping, hand express afterwards for a few minutes to help drain your breasts of milk.

5. Look for a comfortable breastfeeding position

It may take some time to figure out the most comfortable, effective breastfeeding position for you and your baby. What might work for one mom and baby may not work well for another. Do what feels good for both of you and whenever you can, breastfeed skin to skin. Here are some commonly used breastfeeding positions you can try.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact me for further info: 34 687 98 69 13 // info@doulabarcelona.com