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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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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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5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Season

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We're in the midst of one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade. #thanks2017 And even as the temps are slowly increasing in TX, we are not out of the woods yet.  February is the peak month for flu activity.

There is increased risk of getting the flu while pregnant because the immune system is not as effective at fighting off infections. So if you're not willing to lock yourself inside for the next two months, what are your options for boosting immunity and staying safe? (Hint: It's not rocket science.)

1. WASH YOUR HANDS. We're going to put that one in CAPS because it deserves some extra oomph. Just in case you need a reminder of the process, here is Jimmy Kimmel getting a tutorial on proper hand washing:

2. Stay Hydrated. We know you're already being extra vigilant about your water intake during pregnancy, so keep it up during this flu season. It's helpful to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, filling it up as it reaches the bottom. Don't let it sit empty! If you have trouble remembering to drink water, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to have a glass of water every hour throughout the day. 

3. Rest Up. You need more sleep when your body is growing a baby, so don't let a lack of it put you at risk for getting sick. If your day doesn't allow for a quick nap, then make it a priority to get to bed early every night. Put down the phone, take a bath, and crawl into the sheets with plenty of time to score a solid 8-hours of dreamy sleep for you and baby.

4. Take Your Vitamins. There's a reason your care provider asks about your vitamin intake at every appointment. They're vital in boosting your immunity during pregnancy! Take those prenatal vitamins and also consider adding in Vitamins C & D*, as well as a probiotic for good gut health.

5. Get Those Nutrients. Yes, you are what you eat. A diet filled with fresh nutrient-dense foods will help to ensure optimal health for you and your growing baby. Did you see our post about a delicious soup recipe for this season? (It's even better and healthier with homemade bone broth!)

What other tips do you have to share for flu prevention in pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below!


*Always refer to your care provider for appropriate dosage of all supplements and medications. 

 

Your Go-To Snack List for Breastfeeding

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Today's guest post comes from Misti Buie, a local Austin mama and certifying nutritionist who is passionate about helping other women improve their relationship with their bodies and live a life of wellness and health. You can catch her around AustinBorn teaching DIY Baby Foods for our AustinBaby workshop series! 

Even after delivering your precious bundle of joy, you will more than likely still be physically attached.  Hopefully, you will have one free hand to help feed your hunger.  There are many quick, go-to snacks to keep within arm’s reach.  Choosing foods that are nutrient-dense and high in protein will keep you satisfied and energized.  

Some examples of snacks to have around are:

  • hard cheeses
  • crackers
  • bananas 
  • apples  
  • nut butter
  • avocados 
  • cottage cheese
  • yogurt 
  • smoothies 
  • hard boiled eggs 
  • hummus 
  • veggie sticks 
  • roasted turkey or chicken

You know that coconut oil you're slathering all over your little one?  Go ahead and have a spoonful.  No, really! Coconut oil is known for its numerous health benefits that include digestive and immune support, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and enhanced fat metabolism.   

But what about those times you’re stuck in bed, on the couch or in a nursing chair?  Fortunately, there are many healthy packaged snacks on the market.  Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, nitrate/nitrite-fee dried meat sticks/jerky, and bars do not require refrigeration, so you can stash them anywhere.  

The following bars are a great choice because they contain few and recognizable ingredients and are lower in sugar than most conventional bars:

It may be tempting to grab processed sugary and salty snacks for a quick fix, but such snacks have the potential to make you feel tired and unsatiated. And when you're getting settled into life with baby, who has time for that?! Be sure to stock up on healthful prepared snacks before having your baby.  Stock the area where you’ll be situated during the first few weeks after your baby is born with packaged snacks and bottled water.  It may seem silly to need a reminder to eat but that, along with staying hydrated, is extremely important in the first few weeks after birth. Don't forget, you're burning an extra 500-600 calories everyday while breastfeeding so replenishing is a must!

These early days can be intense: you're caring for a new little one and getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Taking care of yourself by fueling your body with satisfying, awesomely healthy (and tasty!) snacks throughout the day will help you recover faster and feel more energized.

xoxo

-Misti B.