Happy 4th BIRTHday Health Foundations Birth Center!

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In February, Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center is celebrating its 4th BIRTHday! Thank you to all of the wonderful families we have had the privilege of helping! Over the past four years, we have been able to help over 400 women and families! Not only have we been able to help give families individualized birth experiences, we have grown to offer various wellness services, classes & support groups. We’ve also started a lactation center and a breastmilk donor program!

To help us celebrate, please answer our special birthday question, ” What is one word you’d use to describe your birthing experience (or care experience) at HF?” Please post here or send your responses to info@health-foundations.com

Share YOUR BIRTHday images and stories! The story of your journey and BIRTHdays make our BIRTHday possible!

Stop by the Birth Center on February 14th from 10-11am and enjoy a piece of BIRTHday cake and say hi! We will also have fun materials to make Valentines!

Happy Halloween from Health Foundations!

Happy Halloween from your friends at Health Foundations!

Today at Mom’s Group, we had lots of festive little ones..and tons of fun chatting and enjoying treats.  The pictures are just too cute not to share!

Mamas, join us at Mom’s Group each Thursday from 11-12.  All moms are welcome at this free gathering and you don’t need to sign up.  Coming up in November we will have:

  • FREE Mom & Baby Yoga (11/7),
  • mama and baby clothes/books/toy SWAP (11/14)
  • Infant Massage (11/21)

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Free Essential Oils Classes this Fall!

essentialoils2We are thrilled to be offering two free essential oils classes this fall– one on October 28 and the second on November 11, both the same class and both from 7 to 8 pm at Health Foundations.

Details:

This informative class will help you learn the basics of how pure, therapeutic grade essential oils can be incorporated into your everyday life. We’ll share real-life testimonies about how these amazing natural products have helped heal, soothe and enrich the lives of those who use them and discuss ways they can be used to improve your physical well-being and the health of those you love.
Brochures will be available outlining the benefits of using essential oils during pregnancy, with infants and children, and to transform your medicine cabinet..

Presenters:

Stacy Tiegs
Stacy Tiegs is a self-made entrepreneur, a mother to three grown children, and a wife of twenty-five years to her wonderful husband Tom . For six years Stacy has created, owned, and operated  Something Savvy in Buffalo, Minnesota. After being introduced to essential oils several years ago, Stacy used them to help heal herself and her family.  She watched her youngest daughter relinquish herself of many medications because of daily oil use.  Now, Stacy cannot stock her store shelves fast enough. She hears testimonies daily of how quickly these oils work and has decided to make it her full time mission to let others know there are healthier alternatives to pharmaceuticals that can often have serious side effects.
Betsy Kelly
Betsy Kelly is a mother, reading specialist, self-proclaimed cloth diaper guru, and a firm believer in natural medicine. After having been raised in a chiropractic family, she has become a woman passionate about preventative health and medicinal healing rooted in all that is natural. The power of essential oils is something Betsy has always believed in and now she is sharing her knowledge and love of them with others. Betsy lives in Hopkins with the love of her life, Paul, her daughter Ruby (born at Health Foundations Birth Center) and her son, Clyde (born at home).

Fall Events with Dudes Becoming Dads Group

Our friends over at Dudes Becoming Dads would like to spread the word about some great events they are planning in the next month or so.  Ladies, please tell your partners…partners, consider joining this fun, laid-back group of guys.  The first event is for the whole family…the second is just for dudes!

Both are hosted by Jeff Hellenbrand

Grill Out at Minnehaha Park (family event)

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When: Sunday September 29th @ 1pm

We’re squeezing in one more grill-out this Fall. Bring the family, something for the grill, drinks and maybe a dish to share. Feel free to bring a frisbee, football, bocce ball set, etc. so we can have some fun. And it’s Fall, so dress in layers.  Call Jeff on his cell phone when you get there for directions to where we end up exactly. And if you park in the lot, don’t forget to pay. See you there!

LEARN MORE AND RSVP HERE

Drinks at Pizza Luce in Saint Paul (Dads only)

When: Friday October 18th @ 7pm
This one is just for the fellas. We’ll grab some cold beers and have ourselves a great time.

LEARN MORE AND RSVP HERE.  

Gather this Friday for Birth Story Sharing

HFBigroomgatheringJoin us this Friday Sept 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 to share your birth story, listen to other women’s birth stories, or both!

Come share and gather birth wisdom!

This is open to all mamas——bumps and babies welcome.

You can choose to share or just listen–if you want to share, please note that upon signing up.  You can sign up by emailing jaime@health-foundations.com

We will have tea and treats. The cost of this gathering is $15.

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of amazing stories!  We look forward to seeing you then!

Breastfeeding class this month

breastfeedingbabe1Breastfeeding 101: “So that’s what they’re for!”

If you are pregnant or recently gave birth, consider signing up for this fantastic course filled with important information about breastfeeding your babe(s).  The class, put on by postpartum service provider Welcome Baby Care, will be held at Health Foundations on August 26 from 6 to 8:30pm. Please join us!

Details:

This breastfeeding class for new and expectant parents covers everything you need to know to get off to a great start with your breastfed baby. Taught by trained lactation counselors, and covering the first month after the birth. We provide evidence based information on:

– the benefits of breastfeeding
– milk production
– milk supply
– best latch techniques
– how to know baby is getting enough
– common stumbling blocks and how to overcome them
– pumping and storage
– and much much more!

Offering only the most up to date and evidence based information, you will leave this class fully informed and confident in your body’s ability to feed your baby!

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call us at (952) 942-5676 or visit us at http://welcomebabycare.com.

You can sign up at https://welcomebabycarebreastfeeding101.eventbrite.com/

Write your Birth Story Workshop!

WritingJoin us for a special two-part workshop during which you will have time and space to reflect on, process, write about, and share (if desired) your birth story with gentle guidance from Health Foundations’ blogger-writer-professor-mama-doula-in-training, Jaime Fleres-Mizejewski.

We will gather at Health Foundations on two Fridays: September 6 and 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

This birth story workshop is for you, whether you:

  • gave birth a few weeks ago or many months ago
  • love writing or get sweaty palms at the thought
  • have a draft of your story or wish to start from the beginning
  • had the birth of your dreams or a different journey than the one you’d hoped for

No matter where you’ve been or where you are, your birth story is unique, important, and sacred—and deserves to be expressed and heard! Just like birth itself, writing your birth story is a profound and cathartic experience, the results of which you and your child will cherish for a lifetime.

Workshop Details:

Our first time together, September 6, we will:

  • talk about the importance and benefits of writing your birth story
  • gain insight into how to write (or edit) your unique tale
  • go through a guided meditation/reflection time to evoke memories and emotions from your birth experience
  • have time to write or edit your story
  • enjoy tea and treats

Please bring a journal and a writing instrument (crayons, colored pencils, pencils, or pens) or your laptop.  To help evoke memories, you may also wish to bring birth pictures, your birth playlist, any notes you may have taken in the postpartum, or any special objects that hold meaning to you and your birth story.

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Between the first and second gathering, you will have time to edit and polish your writing, getting feedback from Jaime via email if you desire.

On our second evening, September 20, we will have an opportunity to share our birth stories or listen to other’s stories, as you feel comfortable.  We will celebrate your accomplishment (with chocolate)!

Babies are welcome to attend both of our gatherings.

The cost of this two-part workshop is $40, including a round of editing feedback from Jaime via email, if desired. Please register by emailing Jaime@health-foundations.com.

Writing, like birth, is a transformative experience with the power to help you make meaning from, process, heal from, celebrate and honor your unique experience of birth.  Come honor yourself, your story, and your child; and connect with community.