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Summer Meetup #2 Recap

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Ahhhh, the lazy, hazy days of summer…I love this time of year!

A few of us met again at the Life Alive Cafe in Salem this past Sunday for the second of three Summer Meetup gatherings. Megan and Jenne joined me and we talked about a number of topics. Megan shared some details about the recent DONA doula training she completed. Now that she has that under her belt, she is set to sign on to be one of the doulas who assist as part of Beverly Hospital’s Connecting Young Moms doula program.

We shared info on a number of upcoming continuing education opportunities in the area that are coming up including a July 26th rebozo workshop with Gena Kirby, the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition 2013 Conference  the end of September and a Boston Association of Childbirth Educators (BACE) workshop featuring Gale Tully who will talking about Spinning Babies techniques.

Jenne brought some Hypnobabies information since we talked about this type of childbirth preparation method last time around. She also shared a great doula trick that she says gets great feedback. She puts some lavender essential oil on a manilla folder and packs it in her doula bag. When the laboring mama seems to need some cool air to keep her comfortable, Jenne uses the folder as a fan and send not only cool air but calming scent into the room. Great idea. Thanks Jenne!

Here is a list of other topics we touched on, some of which I may try to work into an upcoming Meetup as the topic/focus:

~Acupuncture for pregnancy and labor

~Counseling services for pregnancy and postpartum

~essential oils for pregnancy, labor and postpartum

~blessingway ideas

~fun ways to honor a mother’s lovely pregnant shape such as belly casting or henna

~herbs

All in all, we covered quite a bit and, again, enjoyed the food, drink and atmosphere over at Life Alive. Be sure to get in touch or leave a comment here on the blog if you have other topic idea suggestions or requests for an upcoming gathering.

Hope to see a few more of you at the last date of the Summer Meetup Series, which will be Sunday, July 28th from 4-6pm.

Stay cool now…

Maureen

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