Expert: Courtney Blake, Owner of Mother’s Own
Mother’s Own was started by Courtney Blake in July 2012 when she was searching for placenta encapsulation services during her own pregnancy and had a hard time finding any in the area. Placenta encapsulation helped Courtney avoid postpartum depression and increased her milk supply after her daughter’s birth, and she decided to share this method of achieving postpartum wellness with other moms in the Ann Arbor area.
For more information on placenta encapsulation and the services Courtney offers, check out her website at www.mothersown.org
Expert: Beth Barbeau, Owner
Indigo Forest is a unique, seven-year-old class studio and boutique that aims to “support moms and families in feeling more empowered, to trust their common sense, and to give some support for really engaged parenting,” shares owner Beth Barbeau.
For more information on products and services offered at Indigo Forest, or to set up a one-on-one consultation with Beth or another one of their experts, visit theindigoforest.com.
What is your best advice for new moms and dads? What is the one thing you wish you knew if you were doing it over again?
Baby wearing! So many benefits
for momma, baby and dads too.
So many great options at local baby stores. You just gotta try it!
Heather Somers-Strozesk, Saline
Everything is temporary
Trust your instincts!
Ann Arbor Doulas
Expert: Deb Rhizal, Doula & Owner of Pregnancy Arts
For emotional support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, look no further than Deb Rhizal, a doula since 2004 and founder of Pregnancy Arts, the home of childbirth classes, doula services and pregnancy consultations. “I love being there to support the transition that is happening in the life of the family, not having a clinical focus on mom and baby, but having a social focus on strong family foundations and women’s experiences during birth, and babies’ and partners’ experiences during birth, and how they can be drawn together and gain confidence during the birth experience,” Rhizal shares.
For more information on doula support, visit pregnancyarts.com.
The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor
Expert: Barbara Robertson, Owner
Though the bottle versus breast debate may be daunting, there are many benefits to breastfeeding, “for baby, mom and our society,” according to Barbara Robertson, a board certified lactation consultant. Breastfeeding has been found to help prevent gastrointestinal issues for baby, among other illnesses, and has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other diseases for mom as well. It also can strengthen parent-child attachment, and saves a pretty penny for families bogged down with the cost of a new baby – formula costs parents about $2,000 for one year!
Visit bfcaa.com for more information of the benefits of breastfeeding, and services offered by Barbara and the team at the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor.
Expert: Marlene McGrath, Prenatal Yoga Instructor
Exercise can be anxiety-ridden for some women during pregnancy, due to discomfort or uncertainty as to what is safe for mom and baby. Prenatal Yoga is the perfect option for women looking to stay active in a way that is safe and conscious of the changes going on in the body during pregnancy. Prenatal Yoga can help alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy, using gentle stretching and postures to ease lower back pain, swelling in the hands and feet, and discomfort in the hips.
To join a class with Marlene, visit marlenemcgrathyoga.com.
University of Michigan Health System
Expert: Katherine Gold, M.D. Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine & Obstetrics and Gynecology
Postpartum depression is something many women face after giving birth, however the line between the commonly experienced “baby blues” and clinical depression is not always clear. “Baby blues are the milder ups and downs that many moms have after they deliver a baby,” explains Katherine Gold, assistant professor of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. With depression, however, moms “have more severe symptoms. They might feel more sad than happy, they may become extremely fatigued, they may lose their appetite, they may stop enjoying things, stop enjoying their baby or being a mom,” Katherine goes on to say. “Unlike baby blues when someone might feel tearful one day and joyful the next day, often people who get postpartum depression find that this feeling that they are not adequate comes in and just doesn’t go away.” Though there are many factors that contribute to postpartum depression, including a history of depression or a lack of support, sleep deprivation is a big factor that can be overlooked. Getting support from family and friends to give the new mom a break to catch up on her sleep can work wonders to improve her mood and sense of well-being. However, if you or a loved one may be suffering from postpartum depression, go see your primary care physician, family doctor, obstetrician or midwife as soon as possible for treatment and support.