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Mamas on Bedrest: Raise your child and your business!

May 28th, 2014

Happy Wednesday, Mamas!!

In this video blog, I am pleased to share with you a new program being offered by my business coach, Diane Carroll, owner and founder of Maverick Center. Diane is passionate about creating work that you love and that serves you, your family, the world and brings in an abundant income. Diane is offering a coaching program to mothers who want to work from home in order to raise their children. With first hand experience in this work format-As well as with the Maverick Center-I wholeheartedly recommend this program if it speaks to you.

Stepping into the Global Prenatal Initiative on Behalf of Mamas on Bedrest!

May 16th, 2014

Global Prenatal InitiativeGreetings Mamas!!

A few weeks ago (March 21st to be exact) I introduced you to the Global Prenatal Initiative. Well, things have been heating up since that post and I want to give you an update-mainly because I have jumped in with both feet and am involved with organizing the US Prenatal Education Association!

No one is more acutely aware of the shortcomings in US prenatal care than Mamas on Bedrest. While it is safe to say the we receive prenatal care, in many instances one would be loathe to say that it is patient centered, baby friendly or offering a compassionate start to our little ones. And while many of the interventions that Mamas on Bedrest endure are necessary, how they are administered and how Mamas on Bedrest are cared for are often lacking in the compassion and nurturing department.

The foundation principle of the Global Prenatal Initiative is,

“The time spent in the womb is the foundation for long-term health, emotional security, intelligence, creativity and much more for every human being. It is vital that the link between these early stages of human development, their long-term impact and the current global challenges be known.”

~ Julie Gerland, GPI Co-Founder and Director

Dr. Gerland and other members of the United Nations have been collaborating to improve maternity outcomes and have come to the very reasonable conclusion that to make any sort of appreciable impact on our cultural deficiencies and disparities, it is imperative that we focus on human development-namely improving birth outcomes and in turn, life expectancy and quality of life. Their major focuses are:

  1. Confronting family poverty
  2. Ensuring work-family balance
  3. Advancing social integration
  4. Inter-generational solidarity

This is all well and good, but what does this mean for Mamas on Bedrest exactly???

  1. It means empowering mamas about what they can do to feel safe, secure and healthy during pregnancy.
  2. It means empowering mamas to provide safe, secure environments for their babies to develop and grow-both in utero and externally. We have to remember, whatever mama is experiencing during her pregnancy, her baby is also experiencing. As much as possible, we want those experiences to be peaceful and to have positive impacts on baby’s growth and development.
  3. It means working with both parents in the pre-conception and prenatal periods to foster healthy relationships, ones in which as much as possible both parents stay connected (not necessarily married) and involved in the lifelong growth and development of the baby.

Mamas, We already know so much of this! We know what it’s like for our families to face financial challenges because we go on bed rest and are not paid while we are not working. We know what it’s like to lose a job because we go on bed rest! We know what it is like to have to choose to nurture our children on bed rest in lieu of pursuing a career. We know what it is like to try to navigate bed rest without the support of family. We could (wo)man these panels ourselves and give birds eye views of what life is like when we don’t have the resources necessary for a peaceful pregnancies. And while all of you are welcome to step up in support of the Global Prenatal Initiative, I am stepping in and stepping up on behalf of high risk pregnant women, the Mamas on Bedrest. Stepping into this community of global prenatal health workers, it is my intention to not only represent Mamas on Bedrest but to also be your eyes, your ears and most importantly-YOUR VOICE! This is the chance for our voices to be heard, for our stories to be told and for the management of high risk pregnancies to be evaluated and changed as necessary to suit the needs of Mamas on Bedrest. I am counting on you all to speak up! I am counting on you all to tell me exactly what you needed when you were on bed rest; what would have made bed rest bearable and more successful. In return, I will relay your thoughts and request to my colleagues in the association, as well as to the pertinent United Nations sub-committees on human growth, development and overall well being.

The time has come, Mamas! We have the chance to change the course of prenatal care and birth outcomes for generations to come! Most importantly, we have the chance to make much needed changes in the care of high risk pregnancy!

 

 

Mamas on Bedrest: “How Can I Help?” (Transcript)

April 18th, 2014

TGIF Mamas!!

I received a comment from Mama on Bedrest Tracy. She had viewed the vlog “How Can I Help” and wondered why I simply hadn’t written out the tips as it would have been easier to give to friends and family. Well Tracy, prior to starting vlogging (producing video blogs) I had mamas comment that it would be nice to simply be able to sit back and have information kind of “fed” to them. So I instituted the Video Wednesdays. But you are right.

When a mama goes on bed rest, the FAMILY goes on bedrest! Everything about the entire family dynamic shifts; it’s essentially thrown up in the air and the chips land where they may. The same can be said about the birth of a baby and most assuredly in the event that baby ends up in the NICU. In order to reclaim a bit of order amidst the chaos, friends and loved ones may want to help the family in need. But what should they do? So often when they ask, “How can I help?” their questions are met with vacant stares or, “Oh, anything is a great help.” or even, “Don’t worry about it. I couldn’t even tell you!” Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hand these well meaning loved ones a short list of tasks? Well, Here it is! A Transcript (not word for word, but a good approximation) of the information in that post. Hope it helps and that your family and friends are able to meet your needs!

My kids just days after the birth of my son. Any of the "helps" listed would have been a Godsend!

My kids just days after the birth of my son. Any of the “helps” listed would have been a Godsend!

Meals. When a mama goes on bed rest or delivers a baby, she obviously isn’t able to prepare meals for her family. Bringing over a meal, casserole or other prepared food will greatly help the family stay well fed and well nourished. Please don’t bring “elements” of the meal for them to cook. The family doesn’t have the time nor the energy. Bring the dish ready to heat in the oven or Microwave. If it’s a salad, bring the salad made with condiments such as croutons, raisins and nuts in separate containers and do include salad dressing!

Grocery Shop. The above being said, it would be an enormous help if you could stock the family up on such staples as bread, milk, toilet paper, paper towels, etc…Also, throw in some snacks for good measure; fresh fruits, chips, popcorn.

House Cleaning. As I said in the video, I hate cleaning my own home, so I wouldn’t really like to go and clean someone else’s home-although I would for any of my besties. But if cleaning really isn’t your thing, why not get together with a few folks and buy maid service? Professional house cleaning is a wonderful thing and if done well, will last a family a week or two.

Laundry. Now I personally don’t mind laundry, but it is time consuming and for a family with mama out of commission or a new baby in the NICU, finding time to do the laundry can be a challenge. These days, why not scoop up all the laundry, take it to a laundrymat and have it done? It’s really easy and usually just a couple of dollars per load! Laundromats will wash, dry and fold laundry usually within one  day! It’s a great service and a great gift to a family in transition.

Pets. Family upheavel is especially hard on pets. With all of the coming and going, sometimes pets get lost in the shuffle. So if you know the family in transition has a pet, make sure the pet has adequate food and water and the pee/poop is being addressed. They have a cat? Consider changing the litter box! They have a dog? Take the dog for a walk. If the family is completely overwhelmed, consider fostering the pet until the period of transition is over, pet daycare or a short stay at a pet hotel.

Those were my suggestions. Hope they are useful to you! Share what you liked most in the comments section below as well as any tips or suggestions. As always, you can send comments to info@mamasonbedrest.com.