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All Moms Support Group

Upcoming 6 week Series Dates, all late morning, 9:30 – 11:00 AM:

Fridays, May 25 – June 29 

Fridays, July 13 – August 17

Fridays, August 24 – September 28

Fridays, October 12 – November 16

Fridays, November 30 – January 18

AND FINALLY!!! BY DEMAND!

4 week WEEKEND GROUPS*! Also 9:30 – 11:00 AM:

Saturdays, June 2 – June 23

Saturdays, July 7 – July 28

at 5011 Kenwood Road!

A community resource and support group designed as a 6 week* session to create a safe space for that delicate time after pregnancy and birth. A place you can come while your baby cries the whole time. Yes, please come. A place you can come not worrying about a shower, or we can be your excuse for a shower!

The variety of emotional ranges and physical changes after giving birth can feel isolating – but there’s a woman out there thinking those same thoughts that you are! We want you to get a chance to meet her. Come meet the moms you can create friendships with, not just because you’ve had babies, but because there’s a true spark of friendship and understanding.

Each week we will seek to address one of the topics listed below.

  • Birth Processing
  • Sleep
  • PPD vs baby blues, and the range between
  • Feelings of Isolation
  • Self care
  • Self image and Body Image
  • Breast and bottle feeding, including pumping
  • Childcare Issues and Considerations
  • To Work or Not to Work? Work from home?
  • Relationship Balance, including Sex
  • Navigating Friendships – old friends, childless friends, new friends, those with different parenting philosophies
  • And any other topics that you would like to be addressed

Topics will be chosen by the class. General round table group chat.

Peer support facilitated by non-judgmental, working mommas, who happen to be peri-birth professionals, who have been where you are and will cry, laugh, and listen right alongside you. And maybe take turns holding some babies while we’re at it.

This group is limited to 12 women to facilitate real relationship building. Walk-ins cannot attend as we are creating a safe space for sharing. You are certainly welcome to attend more than one session.

*WEEKEND GROUPS!! (We’re so excited, can’t you tell?!)

Weekend groups are 4 weeks vs the Friday 6 week group, and are therefore $80 to register as a new member. As always, any an all returning members come for $60. Using the same registration form below you can register and choose to pay via Paypal, or at the first session.

Welcome to a new type of community.  

Returning Members Register Here

 

Register for All Moms Support Group (New Attendee)

This group costs $120. Payment is due upon registration. You will be directed to Paypal after clicking on "Register" below

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Breastfeeding Basics

Next Classes:

Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, at 5011 Kenwood Rd* 
*This is a Combo Class, followed by the Newborn & Family Care Class 3:30-5:30. E-mail if interested!* 
Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, at The Red Balloon Cafe + Play
Saturday, March 24*, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, at 5011 Kenwood Rd
Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, at The Red Balloon Cafe + Play
Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, at The Red Balloon Cafe + Play
Saturday, May 12*, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, at 5011 Kenwood Rd

As an experienced Lactation Specialist, doula, and mom, Gillian brings her honesty, humor, and knowledge to create a Breastfeeding Class that has been described as:

“fun, necessary, and refreshing” by Rachel F., New York, NY

“Extremely helpful, with handouts I will definitely be using.” by James B., Cincinnati, OH

This class isn’t just about teaching you how to breastfeed. First it focuses on what the first hour after birth looks like and explains in detail why that time period is so important biologically to breastfeeding. Then we discuss what normal, successful breastfeeding should look like, what might be wrong when it’s not going as planned, and the inherent rules of the breastfeeding dyad.

Partners, who are strongly encouraged to attend, leave feeling like they know how to support the best possible beginning to breastfeeding, as well as struggles that may arise.

Aside from handouts and a password-protected site for students to get even more resources and videos, families leave with a personal list of support cultivated in class together.

*These classes are class #6 in the Comprehensive Childbirth Education Series, but all are welcome to enroll when room is available!

All classes need a minimum of 3 families / couples enrolled, or they will be cancelled. So share online and spread the word!

 

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This class costs $45, due upon registration. You will be directed to Paypal after clicking on "Register" below

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Happy, Healthy Cesarean Class

Saturday, March 24th, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Saturday, May 12th, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

at 5011 Kenwood Road

Gillian uses her vast experience as an educator, as well as a birth and postpartum doula, to delve into a topic rarely covered by educators: Planned Cesarean births.

What is discussed in the Happy, Healthy Cesarean class?

In this two and a half hour class, we start with the feelings often overlooked when planning a cesarean, and how to not only cope and address them, but how to compound on them to start to looking forward to the date you’ll meet your baby! From there, we discuss what a Family Centered, or Gentle Cesarean, looks like, something you will be able to discuss further with your medical care providers.

Finally, we’ll discuss best strategies for breastfeeding, postpartum care, and healing.

*All classes need a minimum of 3 families / couples enrolled, or they will be cancelled. So share online and spread the word!

Register below or Contact Me with questions.

 

Register for Happy, Healthy Cesarean Class

The class costs $150. A $50 deposit is due upon registration. You will be directed to Paypal after clicking on "Register" below

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HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice

Modern Breastfeeding + Education’s HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law designed to protect your privacy whenever your health care providers, like the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), have to discuss your case, or send information about you to different offices. Modern Breastfeeding + Education is required to keep a file to record our consult, but the private, protected health information (PHI) in it will be kept confidential. IBCLCs within the Modern Breastfeeding + Education group can freely share all the details of your personal health information for purposes of “treatment, payment and health care operations.” That means the IBCLC can talk to you about your situation and discuss it with your other health care providers. If you are referred to other specialists, the IBCLC can send the information on to them. The IBCLC can also share information with your health insurance company if they need it. The law also requires Modern Breastfeeding + Education to share your information under other, very precise situations: for example, if a subpoena has been served on this office to turn over medical records or a federal agency is investigating a complaint that we have not been protecting your privacy. Any other time the IBCLC or Modern Breastfeeding + Education shares your personal health information must be with your specific, written authorization first. For example, you may want Modern Breastfeeding + Education to send information about your consultation to the Human Resources Dept. at your place of employ so they can pay you back under their corporate lactation support program. When you give Modern Breastfeeding + Education permission to turn over information about you, we can give out only the minimum amount of information needed to get the job done.

In the event that there are other instances where the IBCLC may wish to share your information, you will be asked to consent to each instance separately, and you may choose not to consent to any or all of this additional sharing. Under HIPAA, the IBCLC can call or write you to remind you to come back for an appointment or to tell you how you can get a product or service that might interest you and your family.

You have four rights under HIPAA:

1. Access: you can ask the IBCLC to see all of your protected health information (PHI) on file

2. Amendment: you can ask the IBCLC to change her files to amend inaccurate PHI

3. Disclosure Accounting: you can ask to whom the IBCLC has given your PHI

4. Restriction Request: you can put limits on the IBCLCʼs use and sharing of your PHI.

Modern Breastfeeding + Education’s duty under HIPAA is to give you this notice, so you understand that we have promised to keep your private health information confidential.

If this notice is amended in the future, we will make a new copy available. Gillian Foreman is the owner and Privacy Officer in this business and will answer your questions or concerns about how your privacy is protected. Her phone number is 214.208.5535.

You can complain if you think your privacy hasn’t been protected, and we have a duty to attempt to address the situation. If the Privacy Officer does not address your complaint adequately, you can go to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the federal Health and Human Services Dept., to ask that a formal investigation be made. You cannot be penalized for making a complaint. You can get all the details from them by calling (toll free) 1- 800-368-1019 or file a complaint at: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html

The consent form you sign at a Lactation Consultation appointment, or at the Lactatiojn Clinic acknowledges that you have access to this HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice and have read and understood it.

Links to those forms are provided here, or you may ask for a copy of the one you signed at any time:

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Upcoming Events

Welcome to Modern Breastfeeding + Education!

There are so many wonderful classes happening these last days of 2017!

One Day Homebirth Childbirth Intensive for those feeling supported by their caregivers, but want to learn more about the birth process, how to work with their covering OBGYN’s, your options in a possible trasnfer situation, and what to expect in postpartum recovery. Saturday, December 2nd, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Combo Class: Breastfeeding Basics and Newborn Care Class, a combination of these two classes, offered together for your convenience! Sunday, December 10th, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

All Moms Support Group, starting Friday, January 5th, 9:30 – 11:00 AM. Combining my love of supporting women, and us supporting each other as a community! So regardless of how you feed your baby, toddler in tow or as a first time mom, join us for a closed, 6 week session where we share our real lives in an actual judgement free space. (This session ends February 9th.)

MORE CLASSES BEING ADDED .. all the way through MAY 2018! Contact me if you have special requests / scheduling needs. 

Registration links available on each class page, or take a look at our Bundle Packages page if you’d prefer to easily sign up for multiple things at once!

Lactation Clinic

Another first for the Greater Cincinnati Area, from Modern Breastfeeding + Education!

Lactation Clinic, at 5011 Kenwood Road

*SUMMER HOURS*

Friday’s, come and go from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, $20 per family

This clinic combines comprehensive lactation services, while encouraging community and peer support. Bring your baby (toddlers welcome as well) anytime between the hours.

Pre-registration is required, and can be done here, on one of the Facebook events, or even the morning of Clinic with a simple phone call!

Pre- and post-feeding weight for babies will be recorded, and lactation professionals will observe breastfeeding and bottlefeeding sessions, all while you get to chat with other mothers in the area. Additional time is allotted for one-on-one questions with Gillian Foreman.

This format allows for more guidance and problem-solving than in a full group setting and provides continued follow-up in a supportive community environment for mothers experiencing more difficult scenarios.

Feel free to reach out and ask any questions directly to Gillian via the Contact Me page, or by phone.

While this not a substitute for the In-Home Lactation Consultations, it does provide more follow-up and support specifically for lactation than other settings.

 

Register for Lactation Clinic

The clinic costs $20. You will be directed to Paypal after clicking on "Register" below

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Combination Class: Breastfeeding + Baby Care

*By request!*

at 5011 Kenwood Road

Friday, February 10, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Introducing a combination offering of:

Breastfeeding Basics (1-3:30 PM) and the

Baby & Famiy Care Class: Beyond the Basics (3:30 – 5:30 PM)!

Please note: this class is by request and will continue to be offered as desired by the community. It is not a regular class, unless it becomes preferred!

A combination offering of the Breastfeeding Basics Class and the Newborn Care Class, designed to fit the busy schedules of expectant parents, this course combines the best of both courses in a single session. These classes have been described as:

“just what we needed!” – Brandy, Cincinnati

“I really appreciated it talking about my roles as well. No one had talked to me about what I needed to!” – Ben, Cincinnati

“Great handouts. I wanted this information, but didn’t know where to find it!” – Adam, New York

“I came in wondering how we were going to talk about a baby for over 2 hours. The time flew by and I got so many questions I didn’t even know I had answered on the spot. Thank you.” – Jeremy, Cincinnati

Come with your partner (or any support person on your team!) to learn about breastfeeding from the very beginning – right in the first hour after birth, all the way through to the newborn care portion, which includes diapering, the real life discussion of sleep, and communication. You’ll leave with a personalized list of support, a wide range of handouts to refer to, and a true understanding of breastfeeding, baby care, postpartum planning, and realistic expectations.

*All classes need a minimum of 3 families / couples enrolled, or they will be cancelled. So share online and spread the word!

 

Register for Combination Class: Breastfeeding + Baby Care

The class costs $70, which is due upon registration. You will be directed to Paypal after clicking on "Register" below

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Bundle Packages

*New* and by demand!

Here is the easiest way to sign up for multiple class listings all at once, while saving a few dollars for the extra takeout you’ll need after your baby arrives! Contact Me directly to sign up for any of these listed, see fine print below.

Everything Bundle: $570, includes the Comprehensive Childbirth Education Series, (which already has the Breastfeeding Class built in), Newborn Care Class, and the Breastfeeding, Pumping + Bottlefeeding Class, as well as the All Moms Support Group, and a Lactation Consultation. A $635 value. Please contact me if you’d like this bundle with the One Day Class instead. 

Expert Bundle: $325, The Most Popular Bundle! includes the Comprehensive Childbirth Education Series, (which already has the Breastfeeding Class built in), plus the Newborn Care Class, and the Breastfeeding, Pumping + Bottlefeeding Class. A $365 value.

Baby Bundle: $260, includes the One Day Childbirth Education Class, the Breastfeeding Class, Newborn Care Class, and the Breastfeeding, Pumping + Bottlefeeding Class. A $285 value.

*NEW*  Cesarean Bundle: $210, includes the Happy, Healthy Cesarean Class, the Breastfeeding Basics Class, Newborn Care Class, and the Breastfeeding, Pumping + Bottlefeeding Class. A $235 value.

Breastfeeding Bundle: $120, includes the Breastfeeding Class, Newborn Care Class, and the Breastfeeding, Pumping + Bottlefeeding Class. A $135 value.

Supporting Mom Bundle: $150, for those who have already delivered. This is a first-time sign up for the All Moms Support Group and the Breastfeeding, Pumping + Bottlefeeding Class. A $165 value.

Fine print: Must select dates for each class in your bundle when you sign up. Please know that each class is subject to change if less than 3 families enroll. All Bundles are giftable, transferrable, and do not expire until the classes are attended. However, they are non-refundable.

The Combination Class of Breastfeeding Basics and Newborn Care can also be selected for bundle purchases. This class is scheduled by demand, on weekends, for those with more difficult weekday schedules.

Contact Me to register!

Event: Bluegrass for Babies

Bluegrass for Babies!

Music. Food. Beer. What’s not to love??

This year the 2016 Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert will feature live bluegrass performances by:

  • the Hocking River String Band
  • Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
  • Plus Hickory Robot and Jennifer Ellis will provide a special kids performance!

You can grab some Dewey’s Pizza, Grateful Grahams, or streetpops, and a beverage from MadTree Brewing. Further, the community partners listed on their site will have crafts games at their booths! Keep on reading to find out what we’ll have at the Modern Breastfeeding + Education booth! 

Bluegrass for Babies

When: Saturday, September 17th, 3:00-9:00 PM (booth activities until 7:30 PM)

Where: Seasongood Pavilion, 1600 Art Museum Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets: range from family admission, to VIP / community sponsor, raffle tickets, and souvenirs. Early bird rates last for only two more days!! 

Aside from having information about prenatal Childbirth Education classes, Breastfeeding Classes, Newborn Care and Pumping Classes, the Virtually Present training coming up for all small businesses, as well as Lactation Service information, we’ll be raffling off some baby carriers and a signature Modern BF+Ed self-care goodie basket with the main Bluegrass raffle prizes!

PLUS, the kid’s craft at our tent is … drumroll please!

Branch Wall Hangings / Mobiles.

Using a variety of felt, nature objects, and paper, you’ll get to go home with a chic and modern art project from the kids, that you’ll actually want to keep!

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Here’s a few examples  of our craft!

Wall art images pinned on my Modern Kids Crafts Pinterest board

Most importantly, though, this is a fundraiser for a great cause:

The Healthy Roots Foundation, which raises funds for children’s health research and education, through a partnership with the Perinatal Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Black Breastfeeding Week 2016, Cincinnati + Surrounding Area Events

Yesterday was the start of Black Breastfeeding Week – the last week of August, which was declared National Breastfeeding Month by the United States Breastfeeding Committee in 2011.

This distinction, to me, is one that is quite poignant because it highlights and places a needed emphasis on a population that deserves more:

more support, more outreach, and more resources for all women, babies, and families of color.

This is not a political statement. This is all based on research showing disparities in care, which I discuss at length below. And now we’re raising awareness.

In fact I did not post this yesterday because the attention needed to be on sites such a Black Breastfeeding Week, along with their incredible social media campaigns on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

First, let’s address why Black Breastfeeding Week is important. Then, I’ll point out events that are happening in the Cincinnati and surrounding areas, so that you can take part in supporting this amazing cause.


Black Breastfeeding Week.org has their own list of what makes it important to them. This deserves to be read and listened to; as the topic raised by #4 would have been overlooked by a middle-class white woman such as myself.

That statement above only highlights its importance. 

As a mother, lactation expert, childbirth educator, and mother’s support facilitator, I also have research-based reasons why this is important to us as a community of mothers and professionals:

  • Disparity of care. The majority of Lactation professionals in the United States are white. Yes, I know this includes myself. This unfortunately speaks to the realities of racial privilege as means and access to available training. This disparity needs to be recognized and addressed within training organizations, as well as in how we recruit and interact with communities outside of our own personal culture.
  • Lack of people of color in professional roles.  A lack of women of color in professional roles creates an even greater divide because of relatability. Women have better outcomes with professionals they can identify with, yet this lack of representation in advocacy and role models only furthers the goal of successful breastfeeding within African American communities.
  • Access to care.  Many people of color aren’t aware of the resources available to them in the general populace.
  • Economic divisions. In many, too many, places in the US, there are economic boundaries to getting the service, care, and educational materials needed. This is seen in surprising places, such as hospitals. (See the next bullet point.)
  • Institutional support. Black women report a lack of support to breastfeed by medical institutions that serve their communities, even from nurses, pediatricians, and lactation professionals in hospital settings.
  • Health differences. The sad fact is that access to prenatal care and health care in general for African American women in the United States is dismal, and it is a problem that spirals. Birth outcomes have a major impact on breastfeeding outcomes, yet African Americans have greater rates of Gestational Diabetes and hypertension, which then translates to childhood obesity rates, SUIDS & SIDS, and asthma. Many cite the reasons behind these health issues as going back to economics: access to food, housing issues, and preventative medical care.
  • Infant mortality. This is the worse statistic of all, and it is clear: African American infants die at twice the rate of their white counterparts, with higher rates of preterm birth, higher NICU stays, and lower birth weights.

At this point I want to apologize to Black Breastfeeding Week organizers, as this is not the Joyous Post idealized in this year’s awesome #BlackBFJoy theme. I’ll make it up to you tomorrow with a simply gorgeous breastfeeding photo story.

Today’s post was instead to explain, to educate, and to confirm the necessity of this week’s outreach. I sincerely hope you readers will pass along this knowledge to your own communities.


The idea is that when confronted with all of these factors, you can start to see a bigger picture. You can start to see how one person’s role can sadly cause a chain reaction of negative damage, yet also how one point of outreach could truly help a family, and therefore a child, a baby.

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So how CAN YOU be one of those points of outreach and support?

Happily, Black Breastfeeding Week.org has also compiled a helpful list of events throughout the week.

Here’s a list that’s local to Cincinnati and the surrounding areas. Visit the text link above to see what might be in your area if you’re not in Cincy, Dayton, Hamilton, or Indiana!

IN ORDER OF DATE + TIME:

Dayton, OH – Presented by The Color of MILK

Event includes face painting, refreshments, raffles, meet & greet doulas, midwives, and lactation consultants.

Saturday, August 27th, 2:00-3:30PM

Location: Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr, Dayton, OH 45406

Contact Denise Thomas, 937.212.5847, bedrestandbeyond@gmail.com

Cincinnati – Presented by TrinityOutreach

Lift Every Baby event, with free breast pumps, nursing bras, and milk storage supplies

Saturday, August 27th, 6:00PM

Location: Blue Rock Park, 3010 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239

Contact Natashia Conner at 513.620.6455 with questions.

Indiana – Presented by Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition

Family, Food, Fun! Splash park for little ones!

Sunday, August 28th, 4:00-7:30PM

Location: TBA

Contact Ryan Karim, ryankarim@gmail.com for information

Hamilton, OH – Presented by Butler County Breastfeeding Group and OEI/BCPRIM

Event is a prenatal birthing / breastfeeding class, childcare for women attending, and mother-led breastfeeding support group, along with access to African-American CLCs and IBCLCs.

Monday, August 29th, 6:30PM

Location: YWCA in Hamilton, OH

Contact Tara Ramsey, 513.705.9040, ext. 2 for more, or via tarar@myprimaryhealthsolutions.org

Cincinnati, OH – presented by B.R.E.A.S.T. Friends (Black Breastfeeding Research, Education, Awareness & Support Taskforce) and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Wednesday, August 31st, 3:00PM

Location: UCMC Main building garden

Contact natashia.conner@uchealth.com for more

Also, check out BOOBS (Breastfeeding Outreach for Our Beautiful Sisters), a local non-profit in Cincinnati. 


Post your photos to any of my social media sites and tag @blackbreastfeedingweek #BBW16 #BlackBFJoy!

Help be a catalyst for change with every effort to better outcomes.