Bengkung Belly Binding

One of the services we offer is Bengkung Belly Binding. There are many benefits to belly binding shortly after the baby is born.   Belly Binding supports the womb after birth.  It protects and assists swollen internal organs to return to their pre-pregnant state.  It assists in uterine contractions to expel any left over blood.  Belly binding reduces shoulder and back discomfort by promoting good posture.  It relieves water retention and improves circulation. It stabilizes loosened ligaments and helps relieve muscle and tendon tension throughout the torso area. This ancient practice just feels good!  We are happy to provide pretty binds and to bind you that first time!

Here is a video from DONA to show you how this works when you bind yourself:

New Service Added!

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We are excited that Peaceful Passage Doulas have a birth pool for their clients to use now!  We will supply the connections, the hose to drain, the pump to drain and a pump to blow up the pool.  The client will be responsible for a clean hose and a liner for the pool (however, we can pick these up for you if needed).  Pools are available for use in any home birth and limited hospital births.  Only the Sturgeon and the Lois Hole will allow birth pools to labor in if you have a midwife present.  No hospital allows birth in the pool at this time, however.  Cost for the pool rental is $100 and is only available to Peaceful Passage Doula Service clients.  We look forward to serving you in this new way.

Going the Distance and a Lesson in Patience

By Brenda Giourmetakis

I learn something from all of my clients and their births but my last client taught me patience.  And if you know me, you know I like to get things done so I can move on to the next task.  Well, this baby had another idea.  She was not in any hurry to exit her momma’s womb.  In fact, until the minute before she was born, the doctor kept commenting on what a happy heart beat she had.  Her mom is a marathon runner and this may have had something to do with her approach.  She had a plan and worked steadily to give birth to this little girl.

This was probably the longest labor I had attended and my biggest learning is to think about self-care during a long birth (both for the partner and for the doula).  The first night we went to the hospital, I forgot to add snacks to my bag.  Since it was late at night, there really was no place open to pick up snacks and I had perfect little gluten free muffins in my fridge!  Even my water bottle was left on the counter.  Hmmm.  How can I help myself remember these important items in the excitement of the moment?  That is a process I am going to have to think about.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

We went home after a night of pretty productive contractions that were long and close together and gaining in intensity.  But the magic dilation number was not were the hospital would want it.  There are more ideas emerging to support a labor process without getting to the magic number of 3 -4.  Here is an article about some alternatives: http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2013/06/06/alternative-methods-of-checking-dilation-the-purple-line-and-more/.  As well, it is important to remember that dilation is only one piece of the puzzle.  Is baby turning?  Is the fundus building to push the baby out?  Here is another great article: http://midwifethinking.com/2010/08/18/the-effective-labour-contraction/  Finally, a facebook article about the fundus becoming thick enough to push the baby out: https://m.facebook.com/myNOVAbirth/photos/a.375689399130797.93734.288908944475510/1103754056324324/?type=3

Well, we were sent home and my client had a lovely cranio massage to relax her jaw (and that would in turn relax her bottom).  By three in the afternoon we headed back.  By this time she was at the required dilation to head up to the labor and delivery rooms.  She asked for an epidural (she was so tired) and then was ready to push by 10 p.m.  We thought this babe would be born soon, but she had other ideas.  “Have patience,” she whispered with every heart beat.

Mom pushed for three hours and the beautiful Morley was born at 1 a.m. Baby was not particularly thrilled to be on the outside; she pooped on the way out and then three more times on her mom.

All in all, we cannot rush birth.  We must be patient and take the time that is needed to have a beautiful birth that mom  will remember with joy rather than trauma.  Big kudos to the Dr. Ching and the staff at the Sturgeon for holding space for the mom to have her birth in her own time.

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Sacred Pregnancy Retreat

Here is a testimonial of one momma who attended the retreat:

Going into the sacred pregnancy retreat I knew it was going to be really great, but wow.  Just wowl  What a powerful way to connect with yourself and your babe.  I feel so incredibly honored to have been able to partake in such a beautiful experience.  As women we sometimes forget to honor ourselves and the women around us, and this was such a sweet reminder of how strong and beautiful we all are.  I haven’t felt at peace with myself in a long while and now I am able to feel the strength that I have for myself and my babies.  It’s amazing how comfortable and trusting you become with your sisters and it’s so wonderful to hear everyone’s story  At this point in my pregnancy, this was exactly what I needed to remind myself to slow down and be grateful for everything in life and for the strong women that I am surrounded by daily.  I am so thankful to Brenda and Clara for setting such an amazing space for us.  The energy was extremely powerful.  I feel so light and peaceful and love that I have such a great memory to remind me of the importance of strength.          Jasmine

And PIctures Speak a Thousand Words…

Please enjoy the story of our First Sacred Pregnancy Retreat through the lens of Michelle Bressler

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

 

Was a beautiful weekend.  For information on future retreats, please use the contact us form.  We would love to hear from you.

Special Thank You to Our Supporters.

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton - hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Sacred Pregnancy Retreat Edmonton – hosted by Peaceful Passage Doulas

Our first Sacred Pregnancy Retreat was a great success. We had five lovely ladies who thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they prepared their bodies, hearts and minds for their pregnancy and birth.  A big thank you goes out to the following people who provided goods  for our fantastic “swag bags” that each momma took home:

1. Christine Schneider of Discovery Toys.  Each momma got a cute little wooden toy.  You can find Christine at discoveringthefun@gmail.com or www.discoverytoys.com/discoveringthefun

2. Jessica Contant of Tiny Hands, Big Words (baby signing).  Each momma got a DVD of baby signing.  You can find Jessica at tinyhandsbigwords@gmail.com or www.tinyhandsbigwords.com

3. Krystal of Bohemian Alchemist.  Krystal gave a discounted price on a little bar of all natural soap.  You can find Krystal at krystal@bohemian-alchemist.ca or www.bohemian-alchemist.ca

4. Tarra Young of Designs by Tarra.  Tarra gave a discounted price on a beautiful pendant necklace for each momma.  You can find Tarra at tarrayoung@live.ca or www.facebook.com/designsbytarra

5. Molly Remer of Brigid’s Grove.  Molly offered a discounted price on a lovely tree of life pendant and a tiny pregnant goddess figurine for each momma.  You can find Molly’s lovely work by contacting her at brigidsgrove@gmail.com or www.brigidsgrove.com or on Etsy at brigidsgrove.etsy.com

6. Darrell and Georgina of Bushmen’s Bin. Each momma got a crystal point and a rose quartz for their sacred spaces.  You can find these folks by email at djasperfay@gmail.com or at https://www.facebook.com/bushmans.bin.5

7. Sacred Pregnancy Edmonton. Each momma got a copy of the amazing book: Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter.  This is a fantastic companion book for pregnancy and birth

7. Brenda Giourmetakis of Peaceful Passage Doulas.  Each momma got a Beautiful Tummy Balm Bar, Nipple Cream (with no Lanolin), Soothing Salve, and Baby Bum Balm all lovingly created  with organic materials right here in Edmonton.  For more information on these items, please use our contact form.

Thank  you also to Clara Ansel-Houle who did all of the cooking and it was so delicious!  Thank you to Tracy Simpson of the Grow Centre for providing a beautiful space for our mommas! Thank you to Michelle Bressler of Lucid Dream Photography for the lovely images to remind us of this sacred weekend.

First Ever Sacred Pregnancy Retreat

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Peaceful Passage Doula Service is so excited to present our first Sacred Pregnancy Retreat June 13th and 14th. This retreat will offer pregnant mommas a sacred space to connect with one another in sisterhood, and experience their pregnancy in meaningful and personal ways. Mommas are invited to look deeply at the issues unique to their pregnancy journey and find a centred, peaceful place to live this pregnancy journey. These two days will include time to look at topics such as creating a personal sacred space, food and body image during pregnancy, relationships with your partner and your baby, expectations and hopes for birth and so much more.

Your fee of only $250 includes:

-the course in the peaceful and lovely Grow Centre on Whyte Avenue

-supplies for a multitude of beautiful and engaging activities

-excellent catered lunches and abundant snacks

-daily yoga practice with a qualified prenatal instructor – our very own Clara

-learn to safely use essential oils during pregnancy and birth with a special guest

-opportunity to connect with other pregnant mommas- the first step in building a new sisterhood.

-and an amazing gift bag that includes the Sacred Pregnancy book and journal (watch for posts on Facebook about some sweet swag we are gathering).

We will have space for up to 12 mommas and will enjoy our weekend at the Grow Centre at 10516 – Whyte Ave. We will begin each day at 9 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Register before the end of April and receive $25 off.  Clients of Peaceful Passage Doula Services receive an additional 10% off of retreat registration fee.  

Email us at peacefulpassagedoulas@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Brenda and Clara look forward to serving you and leading you in the beauty way for this weekend.  If you are interested in taking part in the beautiful weekend and want to bring “sacred” back to your pregnancy, please email us at peacefulpassagedoulas@gmail.com

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Upcoming Birth Fair

Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant?  Do you know someone who is pregnant?  Then you want to check out the Birth Fair on March 7 at the Grow Centre. Start the day with a yoga session with Clara. and then stay for lots of great information and birth talks.

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Our First Birth Journey Prenatal Classes

Peaceful Passage Doulas are so excited to offer this new prenatal class to pregnant mommas and their partners. Class is weekly for four SIMG_0343unday evenings (one afternoon is included in order to cover all necessary materials). Each week we will explore new topics to contribute to the birth journey as mommas and their partners to prepare for this path. Be prepared to connect deeply with your partner and your baby, to understand the process of birth and how to work with that process instead of against it and to be fully present in all aspects of birth through the senses. As a part of this small, intimate group, you will have ample time to explore all aspects of this journey and be fully prepared for the birth that you envision.

dates and times:
Feb 1: 6-8 pm
Feb 8: 6-8 pm
Feb 15: 2-5 pm
Feb 22: 6-8 pm

These will take place at 6117 37A Avenue in Millwoods.
Cost is only $85 for the four weeks as this is the first offering of these classes (value of $150). Email peacefulpassagedoulas@gmail.com for more information or to register for the class. Space is limited as we hope to maintain small, intimate groups.

Meet the Doula Night

Peaceful Passage Doulas invite you to meet their new collective of six doulas. Learn about their full services including birth support, postnatal doula support, Sacred Pregnancy support (Bengkung Belly Binding, Closing the Bones Ceremony, vaginal steams, herbal craft, Birth Journey Classes), car seat tech service, birth photography and soon to be placenta encapsulation.  This will take place at the Grow Centre  in the basement, 10516 – 82 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2A4 at 7 p.m.  There will be some fabulous door prizes including a free Tuck in Ceremony and a photo package (mini-maternity session with an 8×10 print, yoga discounts, and others).