Let your voice be heard!! August 25, 2016

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Chocolate Milk Cafe- Health Fair Activity!

In an effort to make sure EVERY family has an opportunity to share their experience, that did not follow evidence-based standards during pregnancy, birth and/or the postpartum period, we will have a table where everyone will have the opportunity to create a poster or vlog about their experience at the Chocolate Milk Cafe – Health Fair on August 25, 2016 at the Ralph Ellison Library starting at 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Posters will be taken to the  2016 OKC Improving Birth Rally that will be held on September 3rd from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Myriad Botanical Gardens- 301 W Reno Oklahoma City OK. 73102. Plan to attend!

Vlogs & posters will be posted on this website and the Oklahoma Chocolate Milk Cafe Facebook page!

The Purpose

“We are rallying to bring awareness to a problem and a solution. Many people are unaware that the US maternity care system is in crisis  and just how much room for improvement there is: of how much of a gap there is between “routine” or typical care and care that is based on scientific evidence and known best practices. So many women are unaware that respect and compassion in childbirth aren’t just luxuries; they’re a human right.

We are taking those messages to the streets, to the general public. Because we are the solution–-the mothers and families whose business drives the maternity care system.

Imagine what change we could effect if we really took hold of our power as consumers and wielded it to make evidence-based maternity care the new “standard” of care, and to make humanity in childbirth a given.”-www.improvingbirth.org

Be a part of the change you which to see!

 

 

Certified Breastfeeding Educator!!

In 2009, I attended a 3-day workshop on breastfeeding issues hosted by the Oklahoma WIC program. For the last 5 years, I have been a trained breastfeeding educator, and recently decided to pursue my certification.

I am proud to say that I have completed the Lactation Consultant Services Breastfeeding Educator’s Program created by Debi Bocar.

CBEHaving completed the training and passed the competency test, I am now a Certified Breastfeeding Educator (CBE).

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Hearthside Perinatal Bereavement Care Scholarship Winner!

I am honoredHearthside Perinatal Bereavement Care Logo to be one of the recipient selected for the Hearthside Perinatal Bereavement Care- Student of Color Scholarship!

I have walked and served along families in the past who were healing from the loss of their child. I have served families who experienced a loss in each trimester and it does not matter at what stage the loss occurs….. it is still a loss. Moms and dads are now dealing with the loss of dreams, expectations, and their positions in life. It is my desire that I will be able to better meet the needs of my clients by incorporating the information and knowledge that I will learn from this 3 month training. I will be receiving information on the following subjects:

  • Processing Perinatal Grief
  • Siblings and Perinatal Grief
  • Pregnancy After Loss
  • Bereavement and Bonding
  • Lactation After Loss
  • Ethics in Early Pregnancy Loss
  • Perinatal Hospice & Carrying to Term
  • Emotional & Practical Support in the NICU
  • The Loss Art of Listening
  • Self-Care for the Bereavement Worker
  • Pregnancy Loss: What’s in a Name?
  • Memorial Making and Burial Items

It’s Official!!

I recMotherMassage Certificateeived an email from Elaine Stillerman creator of MotherMassage® letting me know that I scored a 99% on my certification test. As of November 10, 2013 I have qualified for Professional Practice in MotherMassage®: Massage During Pregnancy, (prenatal, labor support & postpartum massage)!

 

MotherMassage® Training

Elaine Stillerman and I at training in Conn.

Elaine Stillerman and I at training in Conn.

I recently attended a MotherMassage®  training course that was created by Elaine Stillerman LMT.
This training course is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) Category-A provider; 24 contact hours granted from FL. Board of Massage, ICEA (21 contact hours), Lamaze International. Her massage program was developed to support and respect the physiological systems that are taxed and working overtime as a pregnant mother is growing her unborn baby.
I am honored to be adding this evidence-based service to provide a safe option for pregnant, birthing and postpartum mothers who would like to receive the benefits of a massage without having to worry about any harmful effects to their baby or themselves.
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I am currently in the process of completing my Professional Certification in this program!

Now Accepting clients

Friends, Colleagues, and Clients,

Following an extended hiatus, I am pleased to announce my return to Oklahoma City. I, and my family, returned to the area this summer and are settling back into our home and our community.

And so, it is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I announce the return of all Agape Doula Services. I will once again be accepting both birth and postpartum clients, and I look forward to working with the families of the Oklahoma City Metro and surrounding areas.

Please continue to watch the site for updates on additional services. As always, your references and referrals are appreciated.

Thank you, Danielle 😉