Saturday, January 24, 2009

Birth Doula Training - Day 2

at Casa de Luz
Priscilla, Julie, Suki, Jessica, Shelley, Cassie, and Lauren

Monday, January 19, 2009

New midwife profile at Central Texas Birth Network site

Darlene MacAuley has posted another birth professional profile at the Central Texas Birth Network website.

This month's featured member is an Austin midwife named Illysa Foster:

This is a good resource for doulas (and clients, too!) and a good way to learn more about local birth professionals...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Flush, Compost, or Toss

- a washable, cotton outer pant and a flushable diaper refill -

I grew up in a home committed to cloth diapers for reasons completely un-environmentally aware. My parents were simply frugal. :) And I applaud them for it.

However, folks like my parents won't see any appeal in these diapers, which aren't as cheap as simple cloth ones. But for those who use cloth diapers in an attempt to lessen their contribution to the landfills, this may be a very welcome product.

Here's a story about gDiapers on

These things are apparently as healthy and natural and breathable as the traditional cloth diapers, but easier to manage. They look to me like a hybrid between a cloth diaper and a disposable. I've never seen them in action, so I can't offer a recommendation. But I thought I'd just spread the word. Especially since the website has lots of pictures of cute babies. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Digging Deeper...

Tonight I start attending Lanell's 6-week Birthing From Within course for expectant parents. She's allowing me to serve as her helper and to benefit from observing the class. I'm so excited!

In preparation for this first class, she had all of the class participants read these articles by Pam England:
Three Kinds of Knowing: