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5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite C-127
Austin, TX

AustinBorn is the only boutique parenting center in Austin offering classes and services in a judgment-free atmosphere. We offer birth doula care, group prenatal gatherings, postpartum doula care, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, loss doula care, postpartum support group, breastfeeding support group, lactation counseling, breastfeeding education and special workshops.  Come say hello and check out our cozy space. We can't wait to meet you!

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Tuesday Tucked In

Austin Born

It's cold in TX today! Austinites, are you surviving?! What are you doing today as the city is mostly shut down?

We're tucked in at home doing a combo of self-care (Hello, homemade soup and an afternoon snooze!) and prepping for our upcoming classes. The former includes making this amazing Lentil + Sausage soup, which we also whipped up for a postpartum family. It's easy to make and is the perfect blend of protein and vitamin packed goodies for a recovering mama and an exhausted partner. 

Photo by James Ransom

Photo by James Ransom

What are some of your favorite things to make for a postpartum family? Share your recipes in the comments -- we'd love to add to our list!

Sooooo pre-delicious soup and post-nap, we'll be working on finalizing things for our upcoming classes. We're gearing up for our new Childbirth Education Class. At AustinBorn we're about high quality education and care, and we believe in working efficiently to provide that for our clients. That's why we're offering a 1-day comprehensive CBE class. You'll get all the information and tools you need, without having to spend weeks in a class. Classes are ongoing throughout the year and we have a spot waiting for you! Because you're reading this, (and we like you for that) use code CBE30 to save $30 on your registration. xo

We're delighted that our first Easing Your Birthing Time class was a huge success this month! This 2-hour workshop includes tools for coping during the stages of labor: comfort measures, communication, mind/body connection, essential oils, and more. This is a GREAT class for partners to learn how best to support the birthing person. Next class is February 3rd from 4p-6p.

Lastly, a note for parents of little ones who are starting solids soon. We have just a few spots left in our upcoming Introducing Solids workshop on January 20th. This class is taught by a pro -- an occupational therapist who will answer all of your questions, ease your fears, and help get you and your baby set up for success. Grab one of the few remaining spots now!

Well, we're off to taste test the soup and daydream about that nap on the horizon. Hope you're all safe and warm, and we look forward to seeing you at an AustinBorn class soon!

*Also coming up: Prenatal Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, The Circle, The Nest


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We Made It

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It's 2018. We made it! 

Just like so many of you, we are reflecting on what we did in 2017 and we are prepping for the big things to come in the new year. We're also proud to say there is a lot we do that doesn't need to be changed, which feels amazing as we step into the next phases of AustinBorn. 

So what happened in 2017? 

  • Our Instagram account blew up in a really important way. We've made it part of our mission to share images and videos that represent the realities of labor, birth, infant feeding, and parenting. There is a movement to normalize all of those beautiful journeys and we're committed to being a part it. Head over to our account @weareaustinborn to see what's happening! 
  • With the addition of two new birth doulas, Jacqueline and Scout, our team was exponentially elevated. They are the embodiment of the AustinBorn doula: they hold high standards of professionalism, they provide superior client care, they value collaboration (with their peers and with their greater community), and they're super fun women to be around. (Stay tuned for another birth team announcement later this month!)
  • Our group facilitators -- Yazmin, Juanita, and Kristen -- exceeded expectations in supporting and leading our meet-ups for parents and babies. We talk a lot about holding space in this work and these ladies have proven time and time again that they get it. They confidently navigate the balance of guiding parents, while also allowing them the space to find their footing. Come see for yourself if you haven't joined us yet! The Circle: For Mothers, a gathering for mothers and babies of all ages, meets every Wednesday and Friday from 10a-12p. The Nest: For Families, a gathering for parents and babies of all ages, meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10a-12p. 
  • We welcomed Amy Tucker, Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PBi), to our team. What a phenomenal addition she has been! Amy represents the gold standard of placenta services. She offers top-notch communication with our clients, provides thorough information on placenta encapsulation, guides clients in navigating the placenta process at their place of birth, and a conducts a safe and seamless process from start to finish. (Oh, and she gives THE BEST hugs.) We're offering $50 off Placenta Encapsulation through the month of January. Use code PLACENTA50 during registration

 

And what are we planning for 2018?

  • We just launched our new Childbirth Education class and it's kind of a big deal. Something we've noticed about education for expectant parents is that most classes are so time-consuming. Growing a baby is exhausting; learning the whats and hows of becoming a parent shouldn't be. That's why we're offering a one-day comprehensive Childbirth Education workshop. You'll leave feeling confident about: the physiological process of labor and birth, what tools you can use to increase comfort and manage pain, what interventions can pop up and how best to navigate them, how to handle a change in plans, and what to expect postpartum. We're currently offering a discount on this class for the new year! Use code HOLIDAY20 to save $20 on your registration. (Offer ends 1/3/2017.)
  • We're also introducing Easing Your Birthing Time, a new workshop to provide expectant parents the tools to help create a harmonious birth experience. This 2-hour workshop will cover coping techniques in labor, how partners can play a beneficial role in providing comfort, and effective communication techniques for couples during labor. We have 2 spots left in our upcoming class Saturday, January 6th. REGISTER HERE
  • Be on the look-out for more community events at AustinBorn (Hello, collaborations!), as well as casual hangs for our growing group of parents. (Family dinners, self-care gatherings, mama movies, and more!)

Thank you to all who are a part of AustinBorn. We are honored to be welcomed into your families and support you on your journeys. 

 For those we haven't met yet, please reach out to meet us! Check out our Calendar for upcoming events, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram

The Gathering: For Loss Support

Austin Born

Sometimes our work at AustinBorn includes layers of support for families who have experienced the loss of a child. It's vital for parents to know that their pain is understood; that they are not alone; and, that there are safe spaces to engage in open dialogue about their loss. We hold space for the journey, validate the intricate and unique ways that grief manifests, listen without judgement or agenda, and provide resources for support. With that in mind, we have created The Gathering: For Loss Supportour community group for parents.

The Gathering is an evening of support surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss, and is appropriate for any parent, no matter how recent or long ago the loss or whether it was spontaneous or elective. Our professional facilitator will guide parents through processing and normalizing grief, finding support, preparing for pregnancy after loss, and will open the space for families to share their journeys. This group is a space to share if you feel compelled, or to simply be in the space with others.

Come fold in to a community of people who care deeply for your experience and, in many instances, share in similar joys and struggles. 

The Circle: A Gathering for Mothers

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The weather is a little cooler (Well, not THAT much in TX, but it's not 90 degrees so we'll take it.), we made it through our annual October birth storm, the holidays are upon us, and we're preparing to wrap up an incredible year at AustinBorn. As our community continues to grow, we are welcoming some big changes to make our mission even greater for you.

We've been working hard this year to ensure AustinBorn is an inclusive community and that the language we use represents that. One shift we're making in this realm is to change the name of the Breastfeeding Cafe so that all mothers feel welcome to come for feeding support. There are many variations of infant feeding and the name of our group must represent that. 

So we're making both of our weekly support groups The Circle: A Gathering for Mothers. This group remains a same safe space to give and receive support regarding all things motherhood and our members will see the same lovely and professional facilitators each week. Our hope is that this change further opens our door to the greater ATX community. 

We have a few more big announcements to make over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

 

AustinBorn is Moving!

Austin Born

AustinBorn is going through a bit of a rebirth and we couldn't be more excited about all the good stuff happening. Our biggest news to share is that we are moving to a new space! We've been busting at the seams in our current office, so we're upgrading to accommodate our growing community.

Beginning August 1st you can find us at 5555 N Lamar Blvd., Suite L121, Austin, 78734. We're staying in the same complex -- just moving offices. The new space is a corner office located off Guadalupe, near a sweet little grassy area. (We have windows and trees and NATURAL LIGHT!)

Our office phone number will remain the same (512-555-5655), so don't hesitate to call should you have any trouble finding us!

We'll be celebrating at The Circle & The Breastfeeding Cafe next week, and will let you know when we have our official "Welcome" party in late August. 

We look forward to seeing you at our new digs!

My Bold Birth....?

Austin Born

By Juanita Sawyer

I wasn't the girl who grew up dreaming of an ornate wedding and tiny toes in satin cradles. I wasn't ever sure what I wanted in my adult life. It took many years lived as a pseudo adult, learning from mistakes and falling in to incredibly obvious traps before any sense of self or future came in to focus. I don't think my story is unique but it helps set the stage for my current life and this quickly evolving pregnancy of mine. I got here by feeling it out and making decisions based on gut checks informed by a life of very real experience. 

I came around to my role in the world as a doula through some very tough self exploration. I had waited so long for any sense of calling that I wasn't about to take this journey lightly. I realized that I'm capable of standing at the gates and crossroads in life with folks and offer some true connection in those times that can be a miasma of emotion. What a relief to know my purpose and have something to walk boldly forward in to.

When I met my current husband, while living in Eastern Asia and imagining a life of autonomy and travel, I wasn't even sure I wanted children. My ethic base and global consciousness was in over drive and I wasn't sure I deserved the luxury of having my own child. He was certain that we were to be together and make babies and I have to admit that there was something very sexy about his certitude. When he asked me to marry him, I promised to do my best and walked boldly forward.We returned to the states and started life here; he in nursing school and myself as a doula exploring birth work. We agreed that putting pressure on baby making wasn't going to offer either our marriage or our pursuit to be parents any help so we went forward in the spirit of 'not not trying' and trusted synchronicity and biology to do the rest. Starting a new life in a new inter-cultural marriage in a place completely new to both of us proved stressful enough. We finally found our way to my husbands graduation day and some traction in my work enough to move in to a home that provided a greater sense of stability and comfort. We were pregnant a month later. And so we walk boldly forward. 

You may have started wondering why I'm telling you all of this... By no means am I trying to paint the picture that big life decisions come easily for me or that 'walking boldly forward' is always been my go to in life. I'm also plagued with seemingly insurmountable fear when heading in to the unknown. Here's the thing though... this 'having a baby' business has, in many ways, thrown me for the biggest fucking loop of my life. It doesn't help that I'm a doula and can't unknow the things I've seen and learned. It also doesn't help that I'm not able to pursue a blissful, natural midwife guided home birth due to some health issues. So... here I am, walking into a medicalized birth having been trained in the natural model. And, ya know, that's all fine. I'm game to do whatever I have to do to bring a healthy baby in to this world. The problem is that I don't want this experience to be wrung of all of that beautiful, empowering juice that all momma's and babies deserve. So.. I'm on a mission. I'm gonna make this a beautiful birth. It may not be ecstatic or surrounded by candles and chanting while I moan my baby in to the world through water. There will be beeping machines and harsh lighting and perhaps scalpels and masks. There will be drugs and a hospital stay and rules. But there are things that I can do to advocate for that will draw me back in to the deep truths of the transformation that my baby and I are having together. And ya know... fuck some of the rules. Cause that's how I do.

I say all of this BUT you'll notice that I didn't invoke my catch phrase in the last paragraph. The truth is... I'm not feeling so bold yet. And I am hesitating in my steps forward. I'm on the hunt for the right OB and boy has that been an adventure so far (more on that later). In short, I've found that a practitioner that isn't the right fit can really throw a wrench in to any bold, birthing empowerment one tries to summon. Also, I'm looking for the right doula, although, that process hasn't started ardently yet. I need someone who can help me to completely honor my birth for everything that it is. So often, doulas come with a set of bias that our training can instill in us. And, though it's true that a natural birth is, as shown by a lot of evidence, the best for both mom and baby, what matters most is what remains in momma's memory and baby's bones. What was her work and how did her brave show up?   How did she invoke the deepest parts of herself to bring this life into our realm? What are her memories of those redefining moments? Was she treated like the warrior she brought? Was she given a warriors welcome? 

Sharing these thoughts with you is emboldening my outlook. Let's get this conversation started and keep it going! What do we need from our birth workers to make birth ours again even when they happen in an environment that can be alienating? How do we bridge the gap between the perceptions of a medicalized birth and a birth modeled after midwifery standards so that honor is showered upon every birth? When we give birth, we are approaching the very vale between life as we know it and the beyond. We are encountering the very essence of what makes us human and links us with the ancient and posterity. What do we need to avoid a complete irreverence of that? What tools do we need to walk blindly and boldly forward into the deep unknowing that makes life a miracle?

I know now, through experience, that life's big moves don't happen because I have calculated every thing perfectly. It happens because something larger than me moves me forward into some potential shit storms only for me to emerge a more complete version of myself. Never has that been truer than now as I bring this child into the world. And so, one bold step at a time, mommas. 

Juanita is a birth and postpartum doula, supporting families in Austin, TX. To read more of her work, visit her website Vine Doula Services.