Inclusive Language Matters: In Birth Spaces and Beyond
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by Shay Gabriel
3w ago
Written by Shay Gabriel Inclusion seeks not to erase anyone within a broad group of individuals; instead, it allows us to invite more people under the umbrella whenever we address a group of unique individuals. Inclusive terms matter, and we all use them in many situations! consider this How many times have you written or encountered a document addressed, “Dear Parent/Guardian?” These umbrella terms, "parent" and "guardian," allow many types of caretakers to be recognized and addressed, all at once: The grandmother who has legal guardianship over her grandson, a widowed dad, a transgender ste ..read more
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Help Us EVACUATE a Pregnant Mother's Family from Gaza
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by Annica Quakenbush
2M ago
Our team here at Sprout and Blossom feels the heavy weight of this unfortunate reality: People are trapped in Gaza, and they are suffering. what can we do? How can we really help? We've asked these questions, we've felt uncomfortably useless...and now that we've found an answer, we need to be useful. Thanks to Operation Olive Branch, we have connected directly with a family in Gaza. Meet Mohammed and his family: his pregnant wife Islam, and their 2-year-old daughter Sara. Islam, approaching 8 months pregnant, needs essential perinatal care. She is malnourished, dehydrated, and requires ..read more
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Honoring Annica
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by Shay Gabriel
2M ago
honoring Annica: past, present, future This month is International Doula Month. The theme for International Doula Month 2024 is “Doulas: Past, Present, and Future.” There is no better time than the present to honor one of the most impactful doulas of our past as she pursues new plans for the future: Annica Quakenbush.  Annica was part of an early resurgence of professional birth doula work here in West Michigan, and her role in our community has contributed to waves of necessary change. She has served over 100 families in her time as a birth doula and birth photographer. Annica is the fou ..read more
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In the News! Our doula Brianna talks to WOOD TV 8 about the Birth Equity Fund.
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by Annica Quakenbush
3M ago
Link to WOOD TV 8 Article TOMORROW is the first day of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17, 2024). Disparities between BIPOC and white maternal and infant health in the US are despicable. “Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago found that Black women face a 70% higher risk of SMM (severe maternal morbidity) than any other racial group….There’s evidence to suggest that working with a doula can reduce serious complications among BIPOC [birthing people]. Research finds that doula care can help reduce C-sections, decrease maternal anxiety and depression, and help coordinate care an ..read more
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Dear Doulas: You are appreciated!
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by Shay Gabriel
3M ago
My doula, Annica, by my side when I transferred to the hospital for manual removal of the placenta after giving birth at home Written by Shay Gabriel thank you, sprout & blossom April lands us right in the middle of World Doula Week and International Doula Month. So what better time to share how grateful I am for the doulas in my life? I'm feeling especially thankful for how doula support has impacted my own journey, and especially honored to be part of a team of incredible women here at Sprout & Blossom who care so deeply for the birth community. I just want to take a moment to gush ..read more
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A Stunning Surprise: a Footling Breech Birth Story in images
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by Shay Gabriel
5M ago
a stunning surprise A Footling Breech Birth Story in Images Images by Annica Quakenbush, Written by Shay Gabriel As a team of birth workers, we are all about preparing for birth. And, we fully acknowledge that part of that preparation includes an openness to embracing the unexpected, riding the waves, following your informed intuition as the events of the birth unfold… After all, birth is unpredictable, and in the words of Gentle Birth’s Tracey Donegan, we can only “control the controllables.” This birth story epitomizes that very sentiment. The parents were prepared in all the ways one can be ..read more
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Financial Planning for the Growing Family: A guide for decisions beyond the baby registry
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by Shay Gabriel
6M ago
Written by Shay Gabriel | Images by Annica Quakenbush The family gathers around their newborn baby within the comfort of their own home | Image by Annica Quakenbush I admit, very soon after finding out I was pregnant with my rainbow baby, I hopped online to create a new baby registry. It was part of the dreaming process, after all! Relishing in renewed hope after loss…imagining a sweet bundle of joy in my own home…my own precious little baby…  Well, diving into creating a registry was super fun until it wasn’t, because actually there was a lot of choice overload involved. I quickly reali ..read more
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Baby's First Bath
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by Shay Gabriel
7M ago
baby’s first bath Written by Shay Gabriel | Images by Annica Quakenbush There are so many sweet firsts to savor when baby arrives! Among my favorites? Baby's first bath. While I knew that I wanted to delay my firstborn’s first bath, I had envisioned placing her into the cute little whale tub we had — a baby bath with a mesh sling. But when the moment arrived, I changed my mind — I didn’t want to put baby in the whale tub for a gentle sponge bath. Instead, I discovered a much cozier alternative, for both baby and me: bathing together! First, a quick disclaimer: Be sure to consider any medical l ..read more
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The Joy of Toy Rotation: A Solution for Clutter 'Round the Holidays & Beyond
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by Shay Gabriel
8M ago
Image by Cottonbro Studios | Pexels Written by Shay Gabriel Twas the night after Christmas when all through the house, The toys were a-clutter ‘round me and my spouse. Bins had been placed in each room with care, In hopes that the children would place their toys there. The sweet babes were nestled all snug in our chests As we looked ‘round in stress at the mess of our nest. Mama unshowered and Dada so sleepy, Our unsettled minds began to grow weepy. When all of a sudden a thought brought some cheer – An idea for keeping toys managed all year! Away from the window I flew with a flash, To try ..read more
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Sprout and Blossom Botanicals at Fall Holiday Markets!
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by Annica Quakenbush
11M ago
Sprout and Blossom Botanicals will be at three markets this fall! We’d love to see you there. Check out all the details below or on our Events page ..read more
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