Monday, November 29, 2010

Austin American Statesman Publishes Story Featuring GetBabied! Doula Collective

I got a mention in the Austin American Statesman today! My name is included in the caption of the photo accompanying an article about mothers who are taking their placentas home from the hospital and how GetBabied (via specialist Lindsey Roberts) is making information available to mothers who want to go through the time-consuming process... which includes securing necessary legal paperwork, signing an Unopposed Motion, taking notarized documents and fee to the county courthouse, filing documents, appearing before the judge, and keeping a copy of the Agreed Order to deliver to the hospital staff. Whew!

Celebrate the Opening of South Austin-Area Birthing Center

Austin Area Birthing Center:

This kid-friendly open house will include Joe McDermott and his Smart Little Creatures Band (performing from 2-3pm), the George Carver Quintet, and Santa and his balloon-twisting, face-painting elves. The kiddie train will take families on a tour of the parking lot. Food and frolic provided. Visit with all the AABC midwives and help them celebrate their new baby, AustinABC South.

For more information and to RSVP, visit

Monday, November 15, 2010

Breastfeeding moms don't get less sleep

This Reuters story summarizes a recent university study that found breastfeeding mothers to be as well rested as formula-feeding mothers. I wasn't aware that it is commonly believed that breastfeeding mothers get less sleep - I tend to believe the opposite! - but I am glad that research is debunking that myth so that mothers will have one less bad reason to consider giving their babies formula instead of milk!

Contradicting the suspicion that breastfeeding moms get less sleep, the results represent "good information to be able to tell women, (that) 'not breastfeeding is not going to help you get better sleep,'" study author Dr. Hawley Montgomery-Downs of West Virginia University told Reuters Health. "And the benefits (of breastfeeding) for both mom and baby are tremendous."

Read the entire story here:
More commentary from TIME magazine: