Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Show Resources 004 - Becoming a Doula

Thanks for listening. Here are some of the resources we mentioned:


Kym Dalton - ADoulaBaby.com

CAPPA Doula/Childbirth Educator Combined Training
May 15th-17th
1440 NW Overton, Portland
For more information visit www.adoulababy.com

The next DONA Birth Doula Training in Portland is April 9th-11th with Jesse Remer Henderson.
For more information about all the upcoming DONA trainings in Oregon...Click Here.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Makings of the Show

It has been a wonderful three weeks. Each day I look over our show ideas and anticipate writing our top topics of the day. We have shows coming up surrounding water birth, dietary needs during pregnancy, and adoption, to name a few. All of these and the hot topics in the news that pertain to pregnancy and the first year of parenting should keep us busy for a few months.

Are there topics that you would like to hear about? Chime in and let your voice be heard!

Also make sure hear our show on 3/23/10, as we discussed the Mother.com baby-wearing webinar with Milagros. It was a great show!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Show Resources 003

Today we had local boutique Milagros to talk about infant carriers and how to wear your baby safely.

Here are a few carriers that we talked about:

Baby Hawk

Ergo Baby Carrier

Moby Wrap

Kangaroo Korner

Milagros is located at 5433 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211. They have these and many other carriers.
While there don't forget to look at their gently loved carriers, you might find a few to take home.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Babywearing Experts

This week's show is all about Babywearing, and we called in the professionals! We have Carrie from Milagros Boutique joining us on the show to discuss all things carriers, slings, wraps, etc. Hear about how the safe ways to wear a baby and the products to match.

Click here to listen to the show!

With superior hands-on customer service, Milagros is one of favorites. Here are some "candid" photos taken of our most recent visit to Milagros:

Click here for more photos!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Mothering Radio's Special Babywearing Broadcast

For those of you who were not able to catch the Special Edition of Mothering Radio's Babywearing Broadcast ... here is a link to listen to this historic and informative show.

Click here to download


Friday, March 19, 2010

Mothering Radio

Leave it to Mothering Magazine to provide a resource for families researching infant carriers. They have once again provided one place to find well thought out information in their special report. Check it out here.

Want to know more? Join Laura and Todd Mansfield of Parenting Unplugged as they host Mothering Radio LIVE this Monday, March 22nd at 11:30am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

Want to know more about our local resources? This Tuesday on The Pregnancy Place. Carrie with Milagros will join us as we re-cap all of the information shared and where you can find support locally. There are safe ways to carry your baby and we are here to "equip and empower parents to have more satisfying journeys in early parenting."


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Delivery - Part 2

This is the 2nd part. Pam and Jim share their experience of the first day after delivery. On yesterday's Pregnancy Place we talked about the transition that a baby brings and how a postpartum doula can help. I wonder if they will have help at home?


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guest Susan Martensen

Susan Martensen is a DONA International certified birth and postpartum doula, DONA birth and postpartum doula trainer working with childbearing families and the birthing community in North America and Internationally for almost 20 years. She is a Past president of DONA and a mentor for the DONA Postpartum Doula Program.

Susan lives in Canada, intially in Toronto and currently in Ottawa – the Nation’s capital.

She lives with her husband of 25 years, has 3 children – two sons 24 and 19 who have flown the nest – and a 16 year old daughter ready to leave the nest next year. Their Border Collie, Maggie has no intention of leaving home.
Susan has actively been involved in her passion for supporting and promoting women’s childbearing health and rights around the globe, specifically with Cesarean awareness and VBAC, informed consent, Motherbaby Friendly birth and breastfeeding environments

She has sat on many hospital and regional committees and was instrumental in bringing standardised and accessible doula care into Eastern Canada – specifically Ontario.

Susan is consulted for reviews and research globally, has organized and presented at  childbirth conferences, Universities and events and is actively involved in her community furthering the value of childbearing families.

Susan has written articles for many childbirth and parenting journals / media and conducts reviews for publications.

Susan was born in England, has lived around the world and now lives in Canada, intially in Toronto and currently in Ottawa – the Nation’s capital.

She lives with her husband of 25 years, has 3 children – two sons 24 and 19 who have flown the nest – in fact one is getting married in June – and a 16 year old daughter ready to leave the nest next year. Their Border Collie, Maggie has no intention of leaving the nest.


Portland Baby Wearing Gathering

Baby Wearing Gathering at Milagros

When: Sunday, March 21st 2010 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Milagros, 5433 NE 30th Avenue, Portland
The Portland Baby Wearing group meets at Milagros on the third Sunday of the month from 11 am – 1 pm.
These baby wearing gatherings are a casual forum for getting your questions on babywearing answered by other mamas and/or to share your own babywearing stories.
More info on the Portland Baby Wearing group may be found here:
Milagros is located at 5433 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211 – more information at http://milagrosboutique.com


Monday, March 15, 2010

Sling Safety Video

On our show today we talked about sling safety. Here is a nice video that covers safety and how to position you baby:


Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Office "The Delivery Part 1"

Pam and Jim start labor at work and discuss waiting to go to the hospital for various reasons.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Karen's Headed to Expo West

Attended by more than 53,000 industry professionals from across the globe, Natural Products Expo West is the premier trade show for the healthy products industry. Co-located with SupplyExpo, the Nutracon conference, the Healthy Baking Seminar and the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, these combined events showcase the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish, identifying the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow. Natural Products Expo West is ranked as one of the top 100 shows in the US and one of the fastest 50 growing tradeshows in the US and Canada.
Oooooo ... I wonder what goodies I'll find ... Be sure to listen to Tuesday's show and hear about the highlights of the show and new products about to hit the market that might be useful to you.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Inaugural Show Resource Links

Thank you for tuning in today... Here are a few of the resources we talked about on the show:

DONA International: Doula training and referrals

CAPPA: Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator training and referrals
A wonderful show on PDX.FM!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Welcome to The Pregnancy Place

When talking about pregnancy, childbirth, starting a family…everyone has an opinion. New parents are bombarded with messages from healthcare experts and professionals, from media and television, from doting friends and family and even from within – pulling, each in their own way, to influence the decision making process. Where can a mom and dad find a balancing voice?

The Pregnancy Place radio show that gathers all the voices in pregnancy, childbirth and the first year into one place without judgment, fear or pressure. Doulas, Karen Wells and Erica Matteson, bring everything to the table from experts in birthing, practical tips and tools, candid conversations with real moms and dads…all in an effort to equip and empower parents to have more satisfying journeys in early parenting.

Listeners can tune in to the show every Tuesdays at noon, by accessing the online archive or iTunes, they can download the show for later listening. Audience members can also connect and interact with the hosts and guests through the on line chat room, following daily Tweets, being a fan on Facebook and reading the show’s blog.


Erica Matteson

...has worked as a professional birth and postpartum doula for the past ten years, and her goal is to bring families and care providers together in dialog thereby creating better outcomes for the childbearing year. The most empowering thing a mother can feel during childbirth and in those first few weeks of motherhood is to know she has a voice. Being a mother of three boys and experiencing many birth related interventions, Erica can speak to the heart of the matter without being judgmental. She provides information in a non-biased manner allowing each family to find the tools that will support their unique style.

Email Erica


Karen Wells

...has been a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator for over 10 years. Her passion is giving new moms and dads access to the tools they need to build happy, healthy, thriving families. From an emergency c-section with her first child to a waterbirth at home with her third, Karen has experienced and has learned to appreciate the full spectrum of options in birthing. Her goal is to bring a balancing voice to offset the polarizing effects of differing opinions and encourage parents to find the paths that sooth their family’s individual needs.

Email Karen


About This Blog

This is the official blog of The Pregnancy Place Radio. In addition to being able to find all of the archived shows, whenever Erica and Karen run out of time or want to share more with you, they will house it here. So, keep checking back regularly for updates!

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