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Austin, Texas
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512-222-5655

AustinBorn is a modern parenting center in Austin, TX offering classes and services in an inclusive atmosphere. We offer birth + postpartum doula care, group prenatal classes, childbirth education, loss support, postpartum support groups, 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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AustinBorn + Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin Born

Big News:

We'll see you at ACL Music Fest this year!


So here's the deal: We wholeheartedly believe that becoming parents doesn't mean that we can't do things like go to awesome events in the Live Music Capital of the World. Which is why we're teaming up with ACL Music Festival this year to ensure that families are welcomed and taken care of while rocking out to Childish Gambino, Guns & Roses, Lizzo, and Mumford & Sons, Cardi B...just to name a few.

AustinBorn Doula Austin City Limits Parenting Childbirth Education

AustinBorn will be managing the Family Services Tent in Austin Kiddie Limits and here are a few things we'll have to make your family a little more comfortable:

  • Changing tables (extra wipes + diapers, 'cause shit happens)

  • Quiet place to breastfeed, pump, or bottle feed

  • Clean + comfy floor space for babies to play

  • Some good smellin' spray to mist yourself back to neutral

  • FANS!

  • Games + crafts to keep little minds entertained

  • Hula hoops...for you and your babes

  • Bubbles!

  • Plenty of comfy seats for you to park your hard workin' bum and take a load off

AustinBorn Doula Austin City Limits Childbirth Education Breastfeeding Parenting

Don't forget that kids under 10 years of age get in free with a parent and you can use the Family Entrance to skip the lines!

ACL also offers the Tag-a-Kid program and your little one(s) can get wristbands for identification during your time at the festival.

We'll see you there in a few weeks!

#ihadamiscarriage

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miscarriage doula parenting loss grief #1in4

When you’re cleaning out your nightstand and you find the list of baby names you made the night before you lost the baby.


It was just over a year ago and we decided to tell our son that I was pregnant. We were so overwhelmed that it was finally happening — we couldn’t contain our excitement. The three of us sat down and had such a fun time exploring our favorite names. Some were jokes and some were serious. I remember putting the list on my nightstand and feeling weird about things. I started bleeding the next day.


Painfully and slowly, it lasted days. I must of tucked this list away in my nightstand in hopes of maybe using it later.


I didn’t know how to feel when I found it today. So I tucked it back in its place. Maybe I’ll find it again at another time when things are different. #ihadamiscarriage

Rad Dads: Talking Periods

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Dads Fatherhood Parenting

Find you a man who isn’t afraid to talk to his son about periods.

They were in the car together the other day and our son asked what I had been frantically looking for and why (tampons). So Daddy launched into a discussion about periods — the how, the why, the stuff. Ya’ll, without hesitating he lead this conversation. 👯‍♂️ Two dudes in the car chatting about periods.

We live in a culture where woman are too often shamed because we bleed (and for a million other things). This act of stepping up, pushing through any awkwardness, and NORMALIZING a vital process of the female body will help our son become a man who respects and honors women in ALL of their amazingness.

We have an open dialogue policy in our house. Questions are never “stupid”, gross, or weird. They are the gateway to expanding our minds, to learning about the tough stuff, and for growing into empathetic, understanding, and compassionate humans.

What conversations are you having with your kids at home?

You Are More Than A Vessel

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We're so excited to be partnering with the team behind “More Than A Vessel”!

“More Than A Vessel” is a documentary exposing the silent truth on how pregnancy and postpartum medical practices in the United States are failing women. Women are coming away from their birth and postpartum experience traumatized, injured and overwhelmed. In the U.S. we put so much emphasis on the baby we forget about the mom, but she is more than a baby vessel.

To be considered for the documentary, email Kate at kateaososa@gmail.com.

https://www.morethanavessel.com/

“There is a general attitude of ‘Your experience doesn’t matter, all that matters is a healthy baby.”
— REBECCA SCHILLER

Take Care: 2 Self-Care Things to do NOW

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via Annie Spratt

via Annie Spratt

Self-care.

Yes, you’re probably sick of seeing the term, but we’re going to talk about it again. If this topic wasn’t such a big deal then we wouldn’t be hearing it from every end of the earth right now. But it is a big deal — an important conversation because we (parents, specifically mothers) are exhausted, overworked, overstressed, and the last ones on the official “List of Shit To Do” to get any attention. So yeah, we’re going to chat about it today.

We know this topic runs much deeper than simply breathing deep and taking a hot bath. #truthbomb: we’re not set up to succeed as healthy-functioning new parents, which means that we carry the trauma and stress of procreating well beyond the fourth trimester. Parental leave in the first year postpartum is insufficient on a global level and the U.S. STILL falls embarrassingly low on the charts of industrialized countries who have paid leave policies in place. (“The US is the only high-income country in the world that doesn’t offer even a single day of maternity leave.” — Anna Gromada, UNICEF Office of Research)

So, yeah, there’s work to be done on that front, which will take time to implement. In the meantime, what can we do to lessen the blow, improve our health (and probably our lifespan), and help to ensure that we’re passing on some good old happy genes to future generations? Let’s have a look.

  1. Get off social media. (Going to sit here quietly while that sets in.) Look, it’s time consuming, toxic, and breeds insecurity. We spend too much time staring and scrolling and judging. It’s hard to ignore research that shows a correlation between social media use and increases in mental health conditions. At the very least, set boundaries and time limits. Unfollow accounts and pages that don’t enhance your life in some awesome ways. You won’t miss them!

  2. Talk to your people IRL. It would seem like we’re more connected to other humans right now (see #1 re: social media), but many of us are living in isolated bubbles trying to do this whole life and parenting thing on our own. Call your tribe, schedule face-to-face time, have a playdate where ya sit around and talk about the figurative mess of life while the babies and kiddos make happy literal messes. You need your people just as much as they need you. Don’t forget that.

*Bonus! We’re throwing in a few more things in case your self-care is in need of the quiet, reflective, zone out type of vibe. Here’s what we recommend:

this journal, because not giving a shit might be what you need

Honey Talks podcast

rose water spray: mist. breathe. repeat.

the calm app for meditation and sleep (good for kiddos, too!)

We’re off to take some of our own advice here. What are you favorite quick and easy self-care tips?


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How to Travel with Kids + Keep Your Sanity

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Vidar Northli-Mathisen

Vidar Northli-Mathisen

Summer is here and we know many parents are gearing up (literally) to travel. Adventuring with babies and kids seems daunting -- especially if it's your first go at this -- but we have a few tips and tricks to help make your journey as smooth as possible.

It might sound ridiculous, but when traveling with little ones less is actually more. We prefer to take the minimalist approach when planning and packing for a family trip and here's why: Despite what society tells us about stuff, we typically don't need as much as we think even with a baby in tow. Are there essentials that we should plan to have more of in the event of an emergency (e.g. major diaper blowout.)? Absolutely. Does that mean we need 16 onesies in the diaper bag just in case. Nope.

10 Things to Plan For and Bring During Family Travels:

  1. Always inquire about family discounts when traveling. Does the airline offer a discount for a child’s fare? Does the hotel waive fees or offer any free amenities for families? You often have to call to get information on these, but it’s SO worth it.

  2. Check to see if your destination has companies who rent gear for traveling families.* This was amazing when we traveled to Hawaii with our 9-month-old. We were able to rent a jog stroller, beach toys, and a pack’n play for our stay and we didn’t have to haul anything. They dropped it off to our hotel and picked it up the day we were leaving.

  3. Phone a friend. If you’re traveling somewhere to visit friends and family, you best reach out to them ahead of time to see who has items you can borrow. Call on your people to lend a hand with things that can make your stay more comfortable and satisfying.

  4. Need childcare during your stay? There are amazing companies who now provide babysitting and nanny services when you travel!** If you’re traveling domestically in the US, our favorite is College Nannies + Sitters. (We had a work event planned in another part of the state and a professional and qualified sitter was able to come to our AirBnb to watch our son.)

  5. Sanitizing is KEY! Keep wipes handy so you can do a quick wipe down before the kids lick everything. Do not be afraid to be that person on the airplane cleaning every inch of your family’s seat area. (It could actually mean the difference between you being stuck with a sick kid in the hotel room or out enjoying a margarita with dinner. Think about it.)

  6. Diaper stash essentials: extra diapers, 1 pack of wipes, hand sanitizer, diaper creams as needed. This changing pad is a life-saver when traveling because it keeps baby hands away from all the nasties. Don’t overpack these things. You’ll most likely be able to stock up on when you arrive at your destination.

  7. Extra clothes for you and baby and a wet/dry bag to hold any messes. When flying, we always take 1 extra shirt for ourselves (and, TBH, a pair of undies just in case) and 4 extra pieces for baby. We find footed pjs to be the best option here. Babe stays warm and is less exposed. Pro tip: If you roll the clothes, they don't take up as much space in your bag.

  8. A soft structured carrier. Our favorite is the Ergo 360. It works with children of different ages and sizes so it goes and grows with you. Take a carrier regardless of how short or long your travel may be. If you’ll be in and out of multiples airlines for a long period of time, then we recommend a lightweight stroller as well. Your back will thank you.

  9. Distractions. There’s really no gentle way to say this. Whether you’re traveling with an infant or an 8-year-old, you’re going to need distractions. We recommend a mix of things your babe is used to and some new surprises that you’ll introduce along the way. Think small, light, and multi-function. (Take a look at our list linked below for some ideas.)

  10. Self-care items for you. Rescue Remedy, rose water facial mist, and The Calm App. Calm has guided meditations, sleep stories for adults and kids, and soothing sounds. It’s great for those stressful travel hours and can help if you or your little one are having a hard time sleeping in an unfamiliar place.

We’ve compiled a list of products that can make family travel a little bit smoother. Click below to browse!

*Always check for recalls on products before renting.

**We recommend ensuring that any company you work with does thorough background checks and trainings for all of the care providers.


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