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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

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

Carrer Sepúlveda 65, bajos 4º Metro Rocafort (L1) or 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.

It’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: “It’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

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Pregnant in Barcelona

Well, if you are pregnant first at all: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are already living a wonderful experience and soon you will be living one of the most important experiences ever: you will haver your baby with you. Pregnancy can be really amazing, specially if you are for the first time.

Specially when if your are living this experience far from our home, family and country or ever you don’t understand properly the language:.. You can be feel lost in the new system: healthcare, regular checks, or even options for birth can be a little bit tricky. That’s why this post is for you.

What do I need to know if I’m pregnant in Barcelona

Medical Care

Bacelonas maternity facilities range from large hospitals to smaller clinics and in medical terms, are regarded as being of a high standard. The bigger hospitals tend to operate under the social security system and the clinics under private insurance. Birthing options, however, are limited although this is beginning to change as more women are opting for a natural birth.

Antenatal Classes

Usually you can find antenatal classes at CAP (medical center from “seguridad social”). This classes are given by the midwifes of the centres. You should enquire at your local centre for details and normally the courses are in catalán or Spanish. Also you can come to my antenatal classes in English or French! Contact me: 34 687 98 69 13
info@doulabarcelona.com

Birth Options

The health public system is quite good in Barcelona, so it is a really good option, Maternitat Hospital o Sant Joan de Deu they have protocols of natural birth if the mother want it. Also they also have really good newborns UCI just in case you have any problem. Also you can find a lot of really good private hospitals and clinics where probably you will find a little bit better comfort for the after-birth because the installations are more modern and private.

Also you can find a lot of midwifes that will offer home birth.

Breastfeeding

In Barcelona you can find Alba Lactancia, founded in 1992 is a group that aims to help breastfeeding women with support and advice. Barcelona is full of groups that you can find here. Also you can come to Co-Baby where every two Fridays we organize a maternity coffee as a support group for mums and breastfeeding support groups.

And if you have any other doubt, you are looking for an antenatal course or a doula in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to contact me at 687 98 69 13 or drop me a line info@doulabarcelona.com.

 

 

 

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Why you should go to Antenatal classes

When you are preparing for the birth of your baby, it can seem as if there are a hundred and one things to sort out. However, the one item on your ‘to do’ list that you should not ignore is attending an antenatal class. It is here that you can address your concerns about the birth, learn what to expect and pick up tips on how to care for a newborn.

In my opinion antenatal classes can offer all families access to up to date information, which may sound condescending to those who already have children but research continually changes what is recommended when it come to baby care. It amazes me how quickly the information we have changes and antenatal classes are a great way of delivering this ever changing information. They also provide an avenue for health promotion. The provision of this information in the antenatal period can positively affect health and life style choices for the pregnant woman and her family.

Why you should go to Antenatal classes

Information is power

Giving women information on their birth choices and labour is essential. Antenatal classes are made to prepare you for birth: make you think all of that you will want for your baby birth and how you want to live it. In fact it has been proven that women, who attend antenatal classes, often report back that the labor wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be. With proper use of the taught breathing techniques, and massages, moms and dads to be become better at how to “manage” their labor.

Postpartum

The better prepared, less surprised you are during labor and birth, the more positive of an experience it would be. It has been recorded that many parents were satisfied with their birth experience and transition to parenthood, and found that the information they learned during antenatal classes contributed to this enhancement. This applies to parents whose birthing experience did not go as planned, but because antenatal classes taught them about plan B.

Antenatal classes can provide information to offer reassurance during the postnatal period, those initial days at home with a new baby can be daunting but antenatal classes give parents information on physical, emotional and lifestyle changes you might experience after your baby is born that may make those first moments less stressful and more memorable.

And an extra only for dads

You will understand your pregnant wife’s needs
While your parents might stay over to help the two of you during the crucial months, it’s important that you also know what your wife is going through, both physically and emotionally. Antenatal clases help men get a fair idea about the stress that women go through when they are carrying. Eating healthy and on time, exercising and stretching must be a part of their everyday routine. Even if a gynaecologist tells you the same, men can learn about them in depth at these classes.

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¿Ir al pediatra la mitad de veces? ¡Acude a un grupo de lactancia!

¡Parece increíble pero es cierto! En los primeros meses del bebé se puede reducir A LA MITAD las visitas al pediatra. ¡Es una gran noticia!

Por ello siempre recomiendo a las mamás to-be (embarazadas) y a las que tienen un bebé que, aunque no tengan problemas de lactancia, es ir a un grupo de lactancia, ya sea uno creado por madres que amamantan o han amamantado, que normalmente son asesoras de lactancia tituladas, ya sea uno creado por los profesionales de un centro sanitario.

Y lo recomiendo desde una premisa: LA INFORMACIÓN ES PODER y lo que una mujer puede recibir en estos talleres es básicamente eso: información y por tanto herramientas para actuar cuando existe algún problema o buscar ayuda o… ¡Cualquier eventualidad que pueda suceder! Y una prueba de que lo que digo tiene sentido es que los estudios más recientes demuestran que acudir a estos grupos de lactancia puede reducir a la mitad las visitas por enfermedades en las consultas de pediatría.

El estudio lo han llevado a cabo responsables del taller de lactancia materna del centro de salud Fuente de San Luis de Valencia, que adem·s han constatado que con la información que reciben se asegura la continuidad de la lactancia y se evitan abandonos no deseados por la madre.
Para hacer el estudio decidieron comparar la frecuencia de visitas por enfermedad en las consultas de pediatria de los lactantes cuyas madres habían acudido al taller de lactancia con la de una muestra aleatoria de niños de la misma edad cuyas madres no habían ido nunca.
Y esto es lo que dicen los autores del estudio:

“Lo más llamativo del estudio fue que los niños que habían venido al taller de lactancia materna acudieron una media de 6,9 veces en un año a la consulta de su pediatra por algún problema de salud, mientras que en los que nunca pasaron por el taller esta media alcanzó hasta 12,06 veces al año, casi el doble.”

La razón de ello proviene de dos grandes beneficios, uno que los bebé de esas madres son amamantados durante más tiempo que los bebés de madres que no reciben ese apoyo (y ya se sabe que los bebés que maman menos tiempo tienen más riesgo de padecer infecciones) y otro, quizás más importante en este asunto, desde mi punto de vista, que las madres que acuden a estos grupos tienen mayor seguridad en lo que hacen y en sus capacidades a la hora de cuidar a sus hijos.
Maite Hernández, pediatra del centro en el que se realizó el estudio, y directora del taller de lactancia nos dicen:

“El amamantamiento es el patrón de oro de la alimentación del lactante y el niño pequeño. Pero en una sociedad como la nuestra en la que hemos perdido la cultura de la lactancia, las madres que amamantan a menudo no reciben el apoyo necesario y, cuando surge algún problema, no tienen a quién consultar. La pérdida de lactancias es un problema de Salud Pública que iniciativas como esta pueden paliar”
Así que ya sabéis, si queréis recibir información, si queréis tener poder de decisión, si queréis saber cuáles son algunos de los problemas que podéis tener cuando seáis madres o si queréis solventar algunos que se están presentando ahora que ya lo sois, no dudéis en buscar un grupo de lactancia, sobre todo porque no es una charla, no es un lugar donde escuchar algo medio aburrido y quedarte con cuatro cosas, sino porque es un lugar al que acudir cada semana y donde el mayor apoyo proviene muchas veces de otras madres que han vivido lo mismo, y la experiencia puede ser a veces más valiosa que la teoría.

 

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Early Skin-To-Skin after birth: benefits

Skin on skin contact is when mother and babies are put together with their skin touching, without clothes or blankets between them. This physical touch it is specially important after birth: contact between the mother and baby since the first second after birth. This early “skin on skin”contact should encourage, even after a c- section, unless medical recommendation.

And it is not only for your baby: feeling for the first time your daughter or son can be one of the most amazing experiences in your life. You may feel overwhelming feelings of love and protectiveness flooding your whole body.

Of course, not all mums feel this straight away. You may be exhausted from a long labour. If that’s the case, holding your baby skin-to-skin will help to nourish loving feelings. Touching and stroking your baby stimulates the release of your body’s natural feel-good chemical, oxytocin.

Skin-to-skin contact takes your baby through a natural pattern of behaviour that midwives and doctors look for in the first hour of life. It starts with that well-known sound of a baby’s first cry. When placed skin-to-skin on her mum’s chest, a newborn baby will then typically follow these stages:

  • relaxing and going still while listening to your heartbeat
  • opening her eyes and looking at you for the first time
  • moving her hands and mouth
  • crawling towards your breast
  • exploring your breast
  • suckling for the first time

Keep cuddling skin-to-skin after you leave the hospital. Your baby will stay warm and comfortable on your chest, and the benefits for bonding, soothing, and breastfeeding will likely continue. If your baby is sleepy, skin-to-skin can help keep your baby interested in nursing. Babies are comforted by skin to skin during procedures. Skin-to-skin may enhance brain development. Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin to skin are thought to have increased confidence and are more relaxed.

 

What about skin to skin and dads?

This practice is highly recommended for dads. “Paternal skin-to-skin contact has been shown to be safe and effective for temperature regulation and for cardiorespiratory stabilization.” Babies can also benefit from skin-to-skin with adoptive parents, grandparents, siblings and even doctors when necessary.

Skin-to-skin may help if you and your baby are having trouble with breastfeeding, and make it easier for you both. Your baby will instinctively seek out your breasts, and it’s all the easier if she has ready access. She may need to practise as much as you do to get used to breastfeeding.

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How to store breast milk safely

Breastfeeding can be really convenient: milk is always ready and warm for your baby. But probably you will want to pump and store milk for when you are away from your baby or to donate it. You can do it but… Do you know how to dot it safely?

What kind of containers should I use to store breast milk?

A range of clean breast milk storage bottles works well for storing breast milk. I recommend:

  • Glass with leak proof lid
  • Hard, BPA-free plastic
  • Breast milk freezer bags

Don’t use thin disposable feeding bottle liners or plastic sandwich bags for storing milk in the freezer because they can split when frozen.

How long can I store breast milk?

That depends on where you store it. For healthy babies who are at home, check the breast milk storage guidelines table. If your baby is in the hospital (preterm or sick), check with your baby’s health care provider for advice about milk storage.

While it’s true that the longer your milk is stored, the more vitamins and antioxidants it loses, it’s also true that stored breast milk still has more health benefits than formula, so it’s worth it to continue to pump and store milk for your baby.

  • If you plan to use your milk within 8 days, you can store it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, store it in the coldest part of the freezer, where it can remain for up to four months.
  • Never store your breast milk in the door compartment of the refrigerator or freezer. It is more likely to defrost or become too warm there.
  • Freshly pumped milk can be stored in a cooler with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours.
  • If you follow the timeframes in the breast milk storage guidelines, you can keep your milk at room temperature, then refrigerate it, and then freeze it.

Breast milk storage guidelines

Place Temperature Time
Room Temperature 19-26º 4-8 h
Thermal bag 15º 24 h
Refrigerator 3-5 days
Freezer (inside refrigerator) -15º 2 weeks
Freezer (separated door) -18º 3-6 months

Do I need to warm up my baby’s milk?

If you have a newborn baby who needs milk given in a bottle, warm the milk up by placing in a cup of warm water. Test it to make sure it is not too hot before giving it to your baby. If your baby is a few months old, you can give chilled milk right out of the refrigerator. Some older babies still prefer warm milk, so if your baby does, warm the milk up by placing in a cup of warm water and then test it to make sure it is not too hot before giving it to your baby.

 

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Baby sleep: what is normal?

All the parenting books say the first year with a baby is spent in a haze of sleep deprivation caused by night feedings, teething, ear infections, etc. All the moms you know look also exhausted or not tired at all and sometimes you feel you are doing something wrong… But, what is normal for baby sleep?

It is important to say that every baby is TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Don’t be scare if your baby sleeps more that that or even less…

Some important rules for baby sleep.

IT IS SUPER OK TO CHECK YOUR BABY WHEN HE / SHE IS CRYING. It is not only ok but healthy for your baby (and possibly for you). As you will see in this post an adult sleeping cycle is completely different of a baby sleeping cycle. They will learn how to sleep, but letting a baby cry could be dangerous for the future self-esteem, mental health and even to have a good sleep.

New Born – 2 months: sleeping?

  • Newborns have a totally different sleep cycle than adults. Basically they don’t know how to soothe themselves to sleep, they need help, that’s why you can use breastfeeding, rocking, swaddling, cuddling or using a pacifier to help them.
  • They sleep in 2- to 4-hour intervals during day and night, waking up to eat.
  • Babies this age tend to stir and look restless during sleep. Because of reflexes they can’t control, it’s common to see them twitch their arms and legs, smile and make sucking noises.

2-6 Month Sleep Tips: stretches at night? Not yet!

  • Babies at this age they begin to feel different between day and night, and to help them to have a good sleep routine make sure during the day they are expose to sunlight and change the mood at night with much less light and soft games and avoiding over-stimulatin.
  • Babies this age may sleep for six-hour stretches at night, and settle into more of a set nap schedule now
  • It is a good moment to start a sleep routine, but don’t feel frustrated if you baby doesn’t seem to understand it!

4-6 Month Sleep Tips: not yet!

  • The sleep cycle is still really different than an adult sleep cycle. They can start sleeping through the night, but it doesn’t mean 12 hours, but anywhere from 6 to 12 hours stretches.
  • Usually all babies wake up during the night, some of them have learn to sleep again getting closer to an adult sleep.
  • Some babies stop sleeping through the night now because of separation anxiety. Your baby knows you’re around even when she/she can’t see you, that’s why co-sleeping can be a good idea.
  • It’s OK to go in and check on your crying baby, but keep visits short and try (as hard as it is) not to pick her up or feed her. Try rubbing her back, singing a soothing lullaby and ducking out after a few minutes.

1-2 Year Sleep Tips

  • Active toddlers can have trouble relaxing and winding down at night — causing bedtime battles. Try to keep things as calm as possible in the evenings, sticking to soothing activities like bath and story time.
  • Probably you won’t have stretches nights everyday, but it will start soon!