Gina Eiford PCD(DONA,NAPS)
360.739.5408
lovebubbbledoula@gmail.com

Bellingham, Washington USA

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 April 2019

 Third Edition 

lovebubble

 NEWSLETTER 

Year in Review:

It has been an enlightening year as I continue to "follow my feet" as a postpartum doula and parent educator. A dear friend imparted this wisdom to me many years ago when I began searching for meaningful work and did not know where to begin. I have found this phrase helpful for myself and for anyone struggling with how to go on...or how to make change...or even, how to care for a newborn. To "follow your feet" means to mindfully take in each step - with grace and without judgement, to ignore or not be negatively influenced by those around you, to listen to your heart, to trust yourself, while with each step letting go of an end goal, expectation or a desired effect. This philosophy has served me well this year! 

 

As a postpartum doula I work very hard to be worthy of my presence in families homes...what does this look like? Oh, I "do" a lot of things, for instance, I change diapers, soothe and swaddle, feed babies a bottle, make a snack for the nursing mom or the older sibling, let the dog out, load the dishwasher, put a load of laundry in the dryer, help prepare dinner...you get the idea. However, sometimes I do not "do" anything - I am "just there." There with an open heart. There as a reliable listener. There as a supportive ally, There to cheer parents on.

This year I have been truly enlightened in the value of "just being there" for families.

 

As a parent educator whether teaching massage or working with couples, I am deeply enlightened by the power of CONNECTION + LOVE and how it is precisely the one ingredient newborns, children, and parents - all people, NEED. 

 

I am humbled, and truly honored to have worked with many families this year! Thank you for sharing your precious time with me and for allowing me to be a part of your journey. 

 

With a full heart,

Gina                                                                              

OCTOBER 2019:

This is a special photo taken at the end of a five week parent + infant massage session. I love how the babies are peacefully sleeping after being lovingly massaged by their parents! 

  UPCOMING CLASSES+WORKSHOPS 

PARENT + INFANT MASSAGE SERIES  

MARCH 28 - APRIL 25 and MAY 30 - JUNE 2, 2020

Saturdays from 10:30-Noon in FAIRHAVEN

SIGN UP HERE!

BRINGING BABY HOME WORKSHOP 

In partnership with Bellingham Technical College

 MAY 2 & 3, 2020

Two day workshop from 9am - 4pm.

SIGN UP HERE!

BABY 'N' ME (8-12 MONTHS) 

Taught by Gina Eiford at BTC

APRIL 14 - JUNE 3, 2020

Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PM

SIGN UP HERE!

Due to our current health situation and in respect to social distancing - these classes may be taught through video conferencing. 

    Book Review: Brain Health From Birth

Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year

By Rebecca Fett

Brain Health From Birth is a thoroughly researched and heavily cited book. Filled with over 400 references in only 250 pages, this book packs a powerful punch for evidence-based information. Though rich in scienceFett does a wonderful job of keeping it simple, clear and positive. She tackles vaccines, formula vs breastfeeding, safe food, baby products, and everyday household supplies and the affects or possible impacts on the newborn brain. Most enlightening is the chapter devoted to pain and fever relief for babies! Divided into two parts - pregnancy and postpartum, at the end of each chapter she gives helpful advice on what to be concerned about and what not to. Most importantly, she does this without instilling fear or judgement on to the reader. This is so important for parents who are already bombarded with so much pressure from peers, their family and our culture. Parents can also go to Fett's website, Brain Health From Birth, for a list of safe products. This includes skin care, formulas, probiotics, sleepwear, mattresses, and gear. I highly recommend this book and these resources for parents who are expecting or caring for a young child. 

BUY ON AMAZON or try at your local bookstore. 

 Book Recommendations 

The Montessori TodDLER

A PARENT'S GUIDE TO RAISING A CURIOUS AND RESPONSIBLE HUMAN BEING

By Simone Davies

I love this book! First, it's beautiful! Second, it encompasses my parenting beliefs. Third, it gives parents and caregivers tools and clear guidance on how to put into practice the teachings of Maria Montessori. This book is inspiring, beautiful and practical! 

The WONDER WEEKS

A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby's Behavior

By Hetty van de Rijt, PhD, Frans X. Plooij, PhD, and Xaviera Plas-Plooij

Great resource for parents - explains developmentally what your baby is experiencing during 10 predictable leaps and how parents can manage and support their baby. Offers "anchor moments" for self-care during these leaps that nurture parents resiliency and innate love for their child.

Beyond Behaviors

Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve

Children's Behavioral Challenges 

By Mona Delahooke, PhD 

Wonderful, enlightening, thought provoking, and inspiring book. It will change how you think about your child's behavior. The message in this book is that children's behaviors have a deeper meaning...bringing children in close, rather than ignoring or putting them in a time out...is the key. Every human being craves and desires to be close

to the people in their lives.

Listening to My Body

By Gabi Garcia  Illustrated by Ying Hui Tan

Great book thoughtfully presented. Helps

parents to build on their child's capacity

to engage mindfully, self-regulate and deepen their sense of well-being. This awareness ultimately helps parents and children when communicating and processing normal everyday issues and the more challenging things that can come up. 

So many wonderful books...
           for more recommendations check out My Favorite Books here

Your Parenting

Mojo

Research Based Ideas to Help Kids Thrive

Your Parenting Mojo Podcast and Blog is a trusted source for all things related to parenting + life! Hosted by Jen Lumanian - this is a thought provoking, gut affirming, and nurturing podcast. 

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

BONUS: There are several more thoroughly researched, mind shifting, and relevant episodes: Patriarchy (most enlightening, part two is coming up soon), sleep, attachment, play, the father's role, privilege, gender, self-regulation, parenting HSP children, and oh so much more! 

TO LEARN MORE: https://yourparentingmojo.com

What are the Benefits of Infant Massage?

There is an abundance of research and a plentitude of anecdotal evidence from families revealing the many ways babies and parents benefit from infant massage. These benefits can be grouped into four categories:

 Interaction + Stimulation + Relief + Relaxation 

In each five week session I strive to share these many benefits with families. However, usually after the first class, parents begin to experience the numerous benefits first hand. By the last class parents and babies understand these many benefits and need no further explanation. The massage then becomes a natural, loving part of their daily lives. 

Promotes Bonding + Secure Attachment

Stimulates Mind + Body Awareness

Relieves Gas + Colic

Promotes Relaxation through Improved Sleep

Parent Favs

Favorite "baby things" from parents

FridaBaby 

DermaFrida skin smoother for cradle cap - parents love!

MediFrida accu-dose pacifier

for medications - parents found this the best for giving baby an accurate dose that stays down! 

Check out all the FridaBaby products HERE.

BABYBJÖRN Bouncer 

Parents say they can't live without

this chair! It comes in many different

colors and darling toys for baby to

play with.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Baja Baby

body lotion 

Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly, Never Tested On Animals, EWG VERIFIED™ Sulfate, Paraben & Phthalate Free - Parents love the softness and how quickly it absorbs.

 Click Here for body lotion.

For more safe and healthy skin care products go to Brain Health from Birth Products - click here.

We thought we knew what love was

Until the day we held you

We thought we knew what life was

Until the day we kissed you

Hey ya hey

Hey ya hey

Hey ya hey

Excerpt from Welcome Song for Baby

A lullaby for newborns 

Richard Van Camp

See on Amazon 

Also by this author  We Sang You Home

(a sweet sweet book, and a favorite)

Me, Fay and Rosie

Summer 2019

I would love to hear from you! Let me know what you find interesting and enjoy in this newsletter. Please share your favorite books, classes, products or resources that have made a difference in your life this year! 

 

You can leave a comment on my Facebook page or EMAIL me directly. Please subscribe below if you would like to receive updates on upcoming classes and this yearly newsletter. Thank you! 

 NEWSLETTER 

 April 2019 

  Second Edition 

Year in Review

It has been a tremendous year of growth for me and lovebubble! This year I have continued to support families as a postpartum doula and fertility/ivf doula. I have also volunteered my support in the community with the Nurse Family Partnership and Perinatal Support Washington. I have also devoted many hours and much effort to become a International Association of Infant Massage Certified Educator and a Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator. Again this past year, I have learned so much and gained an abundance of knowledge! I am extremely grateful to be able to do this work, and to have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful and amazing families.      

                                                                           Warmly, gina

                                                                                  

Infant Massage

A class for parents,grandparents

and siblings to learn massage for their baby.

Photo: parents and babies from the First Infant Massage Five -Week Session at The Pilates Studio of Bellingham. 

Announcing a second location for lovebubble Infant Massage Sessions at 

The Nest in Lynden!

Upcoming Session

May 1 - Mary 29 

Wednesday's from

6:00 - 7:30 PM

400 Liberty Street, Lynden

 Events

COMING UP SOON

PS-WA Presents: 

BIRTH AND TRAUMA CONFERENCE

MARCH 28-30, 2019 Seattle, WA

Perinatal Support Washington is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting families impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 

Warm line: 1-800-404-7763. www.perinatalsupport.org

BRINGING BABY HOME WORKSHOP

APRIL 6&13, 2019 BTC

The Bringing Baby Home Workshop taught by Gina Eiford in partnership with Bellingham Technical College. To register Call BTC Registration at 360-752-8300 or Email: registration@btc.edu. 

INFANT MASSAGE SESSION

APRIL 19-MAY 17, 2019 

The Pilates Studio of Bellingham 

INFANT MASSAGE SESSION

MAY 1-MAY 29, 2019 

The Nest, Lynden 

BRINGING BABY HOME WORKSHOP

JUNE 1 & JUNE 8, 2019 

Bellingham Center for Healthy Motherhood

The Bringing Baby Home Workshop taught by Gina Eiford. BOOK HERE.

BRINGING BABY HOME WORKSHOP

JULY 13&14, 2019  

The Nest, Lynden

The Bringing Baby Home Workshop taught by Gina Eiford in partnership with Bellingham Technical College. To register Call BTC Registration at 360-752-8300 or Email: registration@btc.edu. 

New INFANT MASSAGE SESSION DATES

Coming Soon—The Pilates Studio of B'ham  

and at The Nest in Lynden 

Like a Mother  Angela Garbes

A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy. 

My take: A thought provoking yet empowering read. I wish I would have read this book before having had children.

Available HERE.

Hold On to Your Kids

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., and Gabor Mate, M.D.

Why Parents Need to Matter More Then Peers

My take: So grateful I read this book when I did.

Again, a book that I could have really supported me when I was parenting younger children.

Available HERE. 

Fatherhood Bruce Linton

THE JOURNEY FROM MAN TO DAD

My take: YES! A book for dads! This is a book great read for dads as they explore and transition into their role as dad and partner. 

Available HERE.

One More Shot

Directer Noah Moeskin

My take: This documentary follows a couple's journey to become parents. This couple shares their vulnerability through the gut wrenching process of infertility. It is inspiring and heartbreaking...

Available on Netflix.

      Books and Movies to check out...

My favorite wrap!

 

I love how easy this wrap is to use and wash. The fabric is soft and light, yet sturdy....and comes in many colors and patterns

A great way for moms and dads to have their baby close and still move around and take care of the normal everyday things.

Check it out!

Click on sollybaby below

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  Solly Swaddles too! 

Modern Day Indian Massage

Bernaras India

March 2019 

This amazing video was shared with me by a friend of my sisters. This baby, 3 months old is massaged by his mother and grandmother 5 times a day. I love the happiness and joy in both the mother and baby! The robustness of the strokes is remarkable! I find this video beautiful and timeless, One can imagine how this massage has been passed down from generation to generation. Many of the strokes I teach come from this culture and can be recognized in this video.

 

I would love to hear

your thoughts...

please share! 

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NEWSLETTER

April 2018

First Edition

DONA International’s primary function is to provide excellent doula education and certification to a diverse population of doulas world-wide. DONA International promotes the highest quality perinatal support for birthing mothers and their families by setting the standard for doula education and training, and by advocating the research-based benefits of doula care.

DONA International is the world’s first, largest and leading doula certifying organization

lovebubble's first year!

Year in Review

It has been a BIG WONDERFUL first year for me!

 

I have supported SIX families: two baby BOYS, five baby GIRLS, including one set of TWINS, and one SIBLING.

 

I have earned over 200 hours supporting these families in their homes making it possible for me to complete my certification for DONA and NAPS.

 

It's official, Gina Eiford PCD(DONA,NAPS).

YAY! YAY! YAY!

 

I have learned so much and gained an abundance of knowledge! I am extremely grateful to be able to do this work, and to have had the opportunity to work with all of these amazing families! 

 

Warmly, 

gina

NAPS Mission: 

NAPS Doulas creates a diverse and inclusive community for postpartum doulas in the Puget Sound Region through continuing education, peer support and professional advocacy. NAPS Doulas supports the postpartum doula profession by maintaining standards and certification, as well as advancing visibility within perinatal and parenting communities.

 LOVE

Check it out! 

WARM CLOTH DIAPER WIPES IN DIY SOLUTION

Using cloth wipes and a DIY solution together with a diaper wipe warmer you can have soft, warm, sweet smelling wipes to use on your babies bum, face, hands, or anywhere you need. 

DIY Solution: (you can double or triple)

1 3/4 Boiling water

1 TBSP Aloe Vera

1 TBSP Witch Hazel Extract

1 tsp liquid castle soap

10 drops vitamin E oil

1 tsp almond oil 

Combine together in a large bowl, soak wipes, (as many as you can do) squeeze out excess solution keeping it in bowl, and roll up individual cloths to place in warmer.

 Events

COMING UP SOON

Footsteps for Fertility 

APRIL 21, 2018 SEATTLE, WA

FUN RUN, Greenlake Park. 10-12 PM.

The Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant is a grant which is awarded to couples who require fertility treatments to have children.  http://footstepsforfertility.org

MARCH for MOMS

MAY 6, 2018 - WASHINGTON DC 

SISTER MARCH - SEATTLE

March for Moms helps to align and coordinate the efforts of families, healthcare providers, policymakers and other partners who are acting to achieve the best possible health and well-being of all mothers.http://www.marchformoms.org

Bringing Baby Home

NEW PARENT WORKSHOP

APRIL 28-29, 1-7 PM OR 

MAY 5 & MAY 12, 10-5 PM

http://www.mamanunu.com/bringing-baby-home.html

March for Babies

MAY 5, 2018 - Seattle center 

8:00AM 3.1 Miles 

https://www.marchforbabies.org/EventInfo/?EventID=18935

Green Dream Smoothie

1 medium-size, ripe banana,

   peeled and broken into large chunks 

1 cup frozen mango chunks

2 cups baby spinach

1 3-inch piece cucumber

1/2 medium ripe avocado, pitted

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk

 from the PALEO magazine 

Great SNAck

Cranberry-Pecan Trail-Mix Clusters

2 cups raw pecans, finely chopped

1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 TBSP ground flaxseeds

1/2 tsp sea salt

2TBSP creamy, unsweetened almond butter

2 TBSP pure maple syrup or raw honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 large egg whites, lightly whisked

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

2. In large bowl combine pecans, coconut, cranberries, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and salt.

3. In separate bowl stir together the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour over pecan mixture and stir to coat.

4. Add the egg whites and stir until combined. Drop packed tablespoons onto baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, rotating pan once halfway through, until golden brown and firm. Cool completely. Store in airtight container at room temp for up to 3 days, or freeze for longer storage.

Tip

I use a sorbet scoop to make clusters, firmly pressing mixture into the scoop, using my fingers. This makes a solid ball. Otherwise they will crumble.

To a blender, add the banana, mango, spinach, cucumber, avocado, cinnamon, water, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth.

Tip

I sometimes substitute chilled coconut water for both the waterand coconut milk in the recipe. Either way it tastes great. Just using the coconut water makes it a bit lighter.

When from the wearying war of life 

I seek release

I look into my baby's face

And there find peace.

 

-Martha Foote Crowe "PEACE"