Lucky’s Birth – Live!, with My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear

This special occasion made possible by the generous support of My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear.

 

Ever since we live streamed Sugarbaby’s birth 5 years ago, we have received message after message from people thanking us for showing how calm and beautiful birth can be. And ever since we announced this pregnancy, we have received message after message from people asking us if we are going to live stream Lucky’s birth too. Yes, it’s a private event for our family, but we also consider this a wonderful opportunity for us to do our part in re-normalizing birth as a biological event first, that is medicalized only if absolutely necessary. We consider it an educational opportunity for the masses!

We will start the live stream (below the Live Chat window) once labor officially kicks in. Labor could last just a few hours (or less!) and go for 24 hours or more. There’s no predicting just how long it’ll take. We have recruited some special help to keep things interesting. First we will have someone from our team interacting in the Live Chat window below, posting tidbits of information regarding the birth, and actively answering your questions.

Second, Lavinia is excited to act the part of interviewer for a number of short FB Live Streams were calling Featurettes. She’ll be discussing several topics with our birth team and family, from what the midwives need to do to get set up, to what our kids are doing to help celebrate their little sister’s birth (spoiler alert: there may be cake). These featurettes will be separate from the static live feed below.

Feel free to share this exciting event with your friends, family, and strangers online!

Below the Live Chat window and the Live feed, we are featuring a number of brands that believe in the importance of education relating to motherhood, family, and health – their featured products represent their commitment to supporting mothers and their families.

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A huge thank you to our Title Sponsor: My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear.

To help celebrate Lucky’s arrival, My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is offering 7 Rainbow Keepsake Kits, one for each of 7 Lucky winners!

The Rainbow Keepsake Kit is a beautiful way to celebrate or honor a life. Accessorize your Heartbeat Animal with a rainbow tutu, rainbow bowtie, or both. Comes with a 13-15″ stuffed animal of your choice and heart-shaped recorder. A $39.99 value. 

To enter this giveaway, please use the widget at the end of this post. 

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A big thank you to Earth Mama Organics and Andaluz Waterbirth Center for co-sponsoring Lucky’s big day!

Be sure to check on The Leaky Boob Facebook page for fun featurettes full of home birthing facts, thanks to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, Earth Mama Organics, and Andaluz.

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From the positive test to the big push, from the first latch to the thousandth diaper, Earth Mama effectively supports the miraculous wonders and common indignities of motherhood with effective, natural herbal care. They know the fierce love, gut-wrenching fear, and boundless joy, that are simultaneously present and part of the process, because they’ve been there. And they’re here to tell you:

You’ve got this
You’re not alone
And by the way: 
You’re amazing 

Hemorrhoids and all. 

Earth Mama wants you to know about the importance of Lying-in after birth. As defined on their website, “‘Lying-in’ is the period of time for a postpartum mama to heal and bond with her newborn. It’s a time to take care of the mama that made the miracle, and heal her body and soul while she gets to know every crease, dimple, and the sweet scent of her brand new baby.”

Read all about this important time on their blog.

Earth Mama has developed a range of products focused on healing and soothing postpartum mamas, including their Organic Monthly Comfort Tea and Postpartum Bath Herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are thrilled to be on this baby journey with the amazing midwifery team at Andaluz Waterbirth Center here in Portland, Oregon. Their beautiful birth center, with its big birthing tubs and homey feel, would have easily swayed us into having our Lucky there if our hearts weren’t hard set on continuing our home birthing tradition! Anyone in the greater Portland area interested in having a midwife-assisted birth should definitely take the tour. Andaluz Waterbirth Center is just about as charming as its midwives, who embody the simplicity, beauty, and spirituality inherent in bringing new life into the world. There is an art between applying knowledge and letting nature take its course, and these competent midwives know just how to manage that balance.

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Exploring The Potential Emotional Impact Of The Prenatal Ultrasound

This post made possible by the generous support of My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear
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This article originally published on mybabysheartbeatbear.com on January 2, 2016.

 

The day has come to say hello, to see the one who’s still so small.

A heartbeat will bring many tears, but still will come all the fears.

Will she grow strong and tall? Will we lose him… and my heart will fall?

Are there two or three? Will my birth choice be mine to make free?

My arms ache to hold you. My heart aches to know you.

Above all else though, I know you are mine.

I will love you in every way, no matter what the doctor will say.

Today is the day that I will see your face, tiny and real, you will move to a place

A place in my heart I had never found…

Until today’s ultrasound.

-E.MacDonald

Ultrasound

Ultrasound Day:

Seeing a heartbeat.

Seeing multiple heartbeats.

Not seeing a heartbeat at all.

Revealing a gender.

Fighting the urge to discover the gender.

Learning devastating news.

Counting ten fingers and toes.

There is no denying that a pregnancy ultrasound will change your life.  While most women may check it off as just another day of pregnancy, even seeing a healthy little baby swim around should spark a light of life-changing emotions. The miracle of life is one our society tends to shrug off and sometimes the effects can cause us to become unaware of how we truly feel towards seeing this tiny human being on a screen.

Technology is a wonderful (and scary) tool.  We learn so much in a matter of moments, whether it is a healthy or unhealthy pregnancy, if baby is growing well, whether vaginal labor will be a safe option, if the gender we dreamt of is what exists, and if everything is okay with the mother.  Primarily a diagnostic tool, the necessity of prenatal ultrasounds may be heavily debated but there is no doubt that as routine as they have become, the prenatal ultrasound is a significant moment in the lives of parents-to-be while providing information to care-givers to help the parents make informed decisions.  Along with this education comes the anxiety and fears before the truth is learned.  And what’s worse is that after this brief moment of time, the heart and mind will create a new laundry list of emotions based off of what was discovered during the ultrasound.

Let me state this: There is no right or wrong emotion to feel – Sadness to be pregnant, panic to be pregnant with multiples, triumph to have a healthy baby past a certain date, pride that you created this being, even confusion on whether to keep or adopt.  Emotions are a very personal thing, and you have a right to not feel guilty about any of them.

It is ok to let the tears fall.

A Healthy Pregnancy:  A healthy “typical” ultrasound will have you crying tears of joy; especially if you were terrified going into it.  It can also leave a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in agony, as she will be filled with choices, fears, and guilt.

Multiples: Multiple heartbeats found on the screen may lead to disbelief, panic, excitement, and many many questions. Fear of placenta(s) and sac(s) and nutrients may dance through your mind endlessly.

An Unhealthy or High Risk Pregnancy:  Knowing you will be closely monitored may either be reassuring or cause further anxiety.  When the baby or mother is at risk, the emotional rollercoaster typically picks up quite a few more passengers. Bearing the weight of your own emotions, along with your family and friends will become all encompassing. Reaching out for support and having a safe sounding board to cry to will allow you the ability to have the healthiest version of this pregnancy possible.

A Miscarriage: Expecting to see a flicker of blinking light on the screen where there is none can be devastating.  It doesn’t matter if you are 9 weeks or 15 weeks when you see that the life you thought was growing has stopped. You are no less of a mother. It does not matter that others say, “The next one will stick” or “At least it ended this way instead of a sick baby.”  There was life within you.  Mourn in the ways you need to.

A Pending Loss:  To learn that your child will not survive the pregnancy will bring forth unexpected emotions – Joy that you will still have time to grow and love this baby, but so much heartache that you will never know him earth side.  There will be anger and fear, but hope that things will change. There will be days of normalcy, but so many of confusion and pain.

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A Genetic Marker or Cause for Concern:  Sheer panic may occur; heart-racing fears and a lifetime of scary images may cross your mind.  Stress will be unavoidable, but handling it well will be needed.  Further testing will be done, causing more emotions, more tears, and more prayers.

Gender Disappointment:  Gender disappointment is real. (Ask me how I know.) No one should make you feel guilty for your feelings of desire toward a certain gender. You know that you will love the baby that is growing, and that he was meant to be.  However, the heart will mourn the fact that you will not have ribbons and bows and tutus.  Taking the time to let go of those feelings will help you welcome the baby you are growing without resentment or sadness.

Placenta Complications:  A healthy baby.  A healthy mother. But a placenta that is covering the cervix or attached to the uterine wall improperly. This is a recipe for a mess of emotions.  Knowing everyone is absolutely healthy is reason enough to yell from the roof tops, but knowing there is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent a cesarean section from occurring will bring about lots of birth emotions and fears.

Fetal Positioning:  While at a normal 20 week ultrasound, there is no need for baby to be in birth position, if your midwife or doctor suspects an awkward position later in pregnancy, an ultrasound will be done to verify.  If you are planning a natural birth, this ultrasound may send you into panic mode.  There is always time, even during labor, for baby to turn correctly, but the fears will be real.  Letting go of stress will help the body relax, chiropractic care, specific exercises, and manual manipulation are all available to help.

No matter what you learn during your ultrasound, your pregnancy journey will be changed.  Sorting the emotions will be an ongoing (and hormonal) battle that can potentially affect your labor and delivery. Taking the time to accept your feelings and live through them will benefit your mind body and soul.  Try to handle your emotions by talking through them, living a healthy lifestyle, practicing a mind-centering exercise such as yoga, seeking acupuncture or chiropractic care, and finding support.  Your pregnancy and baby will be all the stronger if you can do this.

May your ultrasound be filled with many happy emotions, but be real with yourself.  Do not hide or feel ashamed with any emotion that comes rolling out.  Find support if you feel alone in your emotions.  Share your fears and sadness right alongside of the joy and excitement.  Let sorrows be known and heartache be felt for you will not truly experience the highest level of happiness until you have worked through all of your other emotions.

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Elizabeth is mom to four breathtakingly-beautiful children, and wife to one lucky man. She is a research writer, blogger, and a ghost writer of books.  As a natural-minded woman, Elizabeth takes pride in spreading factual information that may benefit other mothers and future generations.  She has spent the last seven years (and counting) growing babies in the womb and/or with breastmilk.  When she is not writing, she enjoys drinking wine, running, cooking, reading, homeschooling, and loving her family and friends.
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My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear “Save the Midwives” Giveaway

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is there for all parents who want a special way to preserve that precious baby heartbeat captured before birth.  Those cute and cuddly keepsakes now have a new friend: the “I <3 My Midwife” bear, inspired by their creator’s own birthing experience last year.  In honor of midwives and to support them in her creative way, Purusha has added a “Save the Midwives” BabyHawk Mei Tai carrier and the “I <3 My Midwife” heartbeat bear to her online store.  Check out what she has to say about these new products and enter for your chance to win them in the giveaway below.

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TLB:  Followers of The Leaky Boob know My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear as a sponsor that cares about moms, and the beautiful bond that they have with their babies.  Could you remind our Leakies about the furry products you carry? 

Purusha: Yes! We carry Heartbeat Animal kits for expectant mothers to record their baby’s heartbeat and create a unique pregnancy keepsake. Each kit comes with an adorable stuffed animal and heart shaped recorder.

TLB:  You now carry a couple of new items in your store in support of midwives.  Could you tell us about those? 

Purusha:  We just added our exclusive “SAVE the Midwives” Babyhawk Mei Tai and “I <3 My Midwife” Heartbeat Bear kit!

TLB:  What inspired you to start carrying the “Save the Midwives” Mei Tai and T-shirt wearing bear? 

Purusha:  Last year I had a homebirth. Except it wasn’t in my own home. Where I live midwives are not legally allowed to accompany a woman giving birth in her home. So I was forced to find a place out of state to have my baby.  In fact, this is happening all over the country. I was lucky enough to have an amazing Midwife that offered her home to me and she is the reason I created these products.

TLB:  What was your experience like working with a midwife? 

Purusha:  It was a wonderful experience. She gave me the emotional, physical, and spiritual support I needed during my pregnancy and the birth of my 10 lb. baby boy!

TLB:  Is there anything else that you would like our Leakies to know about My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear or your “Save the Midwives” products? 

Purusha:  A portion of every sale is donated to the Save the Midwife legal fund. We all deserve the right to choose how and where we give birth. It’s time we help SAVE the Midwives.

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Purusha is giving away a Save the Midwives Mei Tai, and an “I <3 My Midwife” Heartbeat Bear to 1 lucky Leaky.

  1. Raise awareness and benefit from the convenience of babywearing with this swanky Babyhawk Mei Tai.  Retail Value: $115.00

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  1. The I Love My Midwife Bear kit comes with an adorable 15″ stuffed tan bear dressed in our “I <3 My Midwife” t-shirt, and red heart recordable sound module to record your baby’s heartbeat. Retail Value: $35.00

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Currently Leakies can find these and other cute and furry items at mybabysheartbeatbear.com.  

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from October 14, 2014 through October 21, 2014.  A big thanks to Purusha and My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.  You can also find My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube!

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.

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My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear giveaway and breastfeeding in special situations live chat archive

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is giving away a frog kits to 5 lucky Leakies!  One of those very special moments for expecting families is when you get to hear your growing baby’s heartbeat for the first time.  And the second time.  And every time after that.  There is something beautiful and moving about hearing the steady rhythm of your developing baby’s heart, indicating life, strength and health.  As an ultrasound tech, Purusha has enjoyed this experience over and over and over again, and it created in her a desire to provide a way for all these families to be able to take that life-sound home in a quality, cuddly, snuggly way, and keep it forever.  This is how My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was born.  As a breastfeeding mother herself, Purusha has experienced not only this joy herself personally but also became aquatinted with breastfeeding in the face of special challenges when she had twins.  My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear sponsored a chat on TLB with Star Rodriguez, IBCLC, on the variety of unique challenges from multiples to NICU to health issues for mom and baby.  I’m so grateful for the support of My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for TLB and all Leakies and hope you enjoy the interview and giveaway.

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Breastfeeding multiples and other special situations live chat with My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear and Star Rodriguez, IBCLC archive.

Introductions and personal experience

Breastfeeding multiples, challenges, tips, and tandem feeding

NICU babies and pumping in special circumstances

Dealing with the reality, finding out about special circumstances such as multiples or special needs, etc.

Health issues for mom and breastfeeding

Support, finding receiving, and advice for the mom facing a special situation

General questions included conversation about surgery for mom, baby with spina bifida, and cleft lip.

 

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is giving away 5 frog kits as part of the live chat.  Use the widget below to enter.  Please go to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear’s Facebook page and thank Purusha for her support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

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My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Give-away

One of those very special moments for expecting families is when you get to hear your growing baby’s heartbeat for the first time.  And the second time.  And every time after that.  There is something beautiful and moving about hearing the steady rhythm of your developing baby’s heart, indicating life, strength and health.  As an ultrasound tech, Purusha has enjoyed this experience over and over and over again, and created in her a desire to provide a way for all these families to be able to take that life-sound home in a quality, cuddly, snuggly way, and keep it forever.  This is how My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was born.  As a new sponsor on TLB, Purusha is offering our Leakies a look into who she is, what her hopes are for My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, and a chance for 3 Leakies to win one of her cute, recordable animals.  These darlings are a great baby gift idea as well!   I’m so grateful for the support of My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for TLB and all Leakies and hope you enjoy the interview and giveaway.

TLB:  What would you like readers to know about your company?

Purusha:  My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear offers expectant mothers a way to capture the sound of their baby’s heartbeat in an adorable stuffed animal to create a unique pregnancy keepsake. We have a large variety of animals to choose from including a monkey, elephant, giraffe, owls, bears, and many more. We recently added an Angel Bear that was created for a mother carrying a baby unable to survive outside the womb, and our Soothing Sounds bear for children with sensory issues that are comforted by certain sounds (mothers voice, rain, white noise.)

TLB:  How did My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear come about?

Purusha:  Working as an Ultrasound Tech in a busy OB office I am in contact with many expectant mothers. I had a patient tell me about a friend that had her baby’s heartbeat recorded in a stuffed bear. I was determined to find these bears and make them available to my patients! I did a lot of research and found stuffed animals that really did not meet my standards of quality for such a special keepsake. I decided I had to create my own line of heartbeat animal kits and make them available to every expectant mother out there. It has been a lot of fun creating keepsakes that bring so many smiles!

TLB:  How do you balance being a mom and running your own company?

Purusha:  Ugh! This is tough! I am a single mother of 9 year old boy/girl twins and struggle with finding balance often. I try to work as hard as I can when my kids are with their dad so I can concentrate on them when they are with me. There have been many nights I’ve laid in bed wondering if I made the right decision taking on the challenge of running my own business. I have come to realize my children love seeing me happy and are just as proud of me as I am of them. Although at times it may be stressful, overall it is still a lot of fun and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

TLB:  What are your favorite breastfeeding memories as a mom?

Purusha:  I nursed my twins for over 10 months and really loved it. I remember their little hands reaching for my face as we stared in each others eyes and the comfort it brought to them when nothing else would calm them. At 4 months my babies were too big to tandem nurse and I had to start nursing them separately. This was guaranteed one on one time with me and each baby. I am so grateful I have those memories and preach to ALL my patients that breastfeeding can really be a wonderful experience, even with multiples!

TLB:  What is one tip that helped you in your breastfeeding journey that you’d like to pass on to other moms?

Purusha:  Your body was made to feed your baby! It isn’t always easy, and may require a lot of work, but with time this will get easier and you will eventually look back on these days and be proud of the work you put into this.


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Purusha is giving away 3 fuzzy and cuddly prizes:

1. The Soothing Sounds Bear includes a 16″ white or honey bear dressed in a My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear puzzle piece jumper, red heart recording module, and protective vinyl storage bag. Choose to have your bear come with the soothing sound of a heartbeat or no recording and record your own soothing sounds later.  Retail value: $39.95

2. The Monkey Kit includes an adorable brown monkey, a special heartshaped recorder to capture the sound of your baby’s heartbeat in the womb, and a protective vinyl storage bag. The monkey is a very soft fleece-like material with poly fiber stuffing, and a velcro closure opening in the back where you can place the recorded heartbeat. “Monk” is approximately 16 inches tall. Retail value: $35.00 

3. The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Giraffe kit includes a 16″ stuffed giraffe, a special red heart recordable sound module, and protective vinyl storage bag. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kits make the perfect baby shower gift and pregnancy keepsake. Also available at many 3D Ultrasound Studios! Retail Value: $35.00


Currently Leakies can find these and other great products on the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear website.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered and have fun browsing www.mybabysheartbeatbear.com.  The giveaway is open from August 7, 2012 to July 15, 2012.  My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is still a new sponsor and this is their very first give-away with TLB!  A big thanks to Purusha for her ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women, please be sure to visit their Facebook page and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is open to international entries.

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