Private Prenatal Childbirth Classes in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba

Summer and Fall always seem to be the busiest times of year!

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Are you wanting to take a prenatal childbirth class but can't find a group class date that fits your schedule?

Register for a Private In-home Prenatal Class in the comfort of your own home, at a day and time that is convenient for your family.  Private Classes are only 4-hours in length, cover the same material covered in a group class, plus have the benefit of being tailored to your family's hopes and plans for your birth and postpartum experience. 

Bean Family Wellness' Prenatal Childbirth Classes discuss:
-How to Prepare for Labour and Childbirth in Pregnancy
-What to Expect During Labour and Childbirth
-Comfort Measures during Labour and Childbirth (this can also be used for later pregnancy discomforts)
-Postpartum Care and Recovery for Mom, Baby, and Family
-Postpartum Adjustment and Support
-Newborn Care and Development
-Plus, Breastfeeding! 

This comprehensive class will help you to feel well prepared for childbirth and beyond, plus prepare you for a more positive birth and postpartum experience. 

 

Location & Catchment Area
In-home Classes are available in Winnipeg and within 20 minutes of the Winnipeg Perimeter Highway. Live outside of this area? Private classes are available in Winnipeg in Silver Heights, St. James or in your home for an additional fée (maximum distances apply). Please contact us for more details. 

 

Find out more about private classes and Register Online: https://www.beanfamilywellness.com/private-childbirth-classes/

 

For more information, call Bean Family Wellness at 204-990-3519

Fall Family Photography Sessions in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba

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Before you know it, Fall will be here! 

Fall is the busiest time of year for photography sessions. Don't miss out. Reserve your session date now with Imagery by Bean (www.imagerybybean.ca), professional photography service of Bean Family Wellness.

 

Imagery by Bean offers customized and personal photography sessions for all families whether you are looking for a full length session, a limited edition session, or perhaps an in-home Lifestyle Documentary styled session. 

 

Ilissa, Photographer for Imagery by Bean, has been specializing in maternity, birth, newborn, and family photography since February 2012. Ilissa’s photographic work has been featured in several internationally published magazines including Midwifery Today, Pathways to Family Wellness, Holistic Parenting Magazine, and Natural Pregnancy Magazine. 

 

Portfolio - www.imagerybybean.ca

Call - 204-990-3519

Email - imagerybybean@beanfamilywellness.com

Ameda Platinum Breast Pump Rentals in Stock

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We just had a couple of Ameda Platinum Hospital-Grade Breast Pump Rentals come back in stock.

 

Reserve your rental unit directly online, and schedule your FREE delivery within Winnipeg and Select Rural Communities:

 

Visit - https://www.beanfamilywellness.com/winnipeg-breast-pump-rentals/

 

or Call: 204-990-3519 

Birth Pool in a Box Rental in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Planning a Home Birth?

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Bean Family Wellness offers the Birth Pool in a Box for RENT in Winnipeg and Rural Communities (within 20 minutes of the Winnipeg Perimeter Highway), including FREE DELIVERY.


Birth Pool Rentals are available for a 5-week term to ensure you have it whenever baby decides it is time!


Visit www.beanfamilywellness.com today to reserve your rental for Summer, Fall and into Winter 2019.  Questions? Call 204-990-3519

*Click on the photo in this post for full specs for the Regular Sized Birth Pool in a Box Rental*

Scheduling Appointments Online Makes Life Easier!

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Scheduling Appointments Online Makes Life Easier.  Well - at least that is the great feedback we’ve been getting from clients recently! Earlier this year, we implemented an easier way to schedule prenatal classes, rental deliveries, and other appointments such as a doula visits or consultations online - allowing you to select the day and time that worked best for your family.

 

Initially you could schedule appointments with as little as 48 hours in advance. Now,  *NEW* Book appointments as little as 16 HOURS in advance (based on availability)!  Need something sooner? We can often accommodate deliveries of rentals (breast pumps, birth pools, TENS machines) even sooner if we have rental units in stock and availability in the schedule. 


Reserve your appointment online - www.beanfamilywellness.com, or Call 204-990-3519 for more details!

The Spring Into Fall Promotion with Imagery by Bean (April 18-25)

The Spring Into Fall Promotion from Imagery by Bean. Reserve ANY Photography Session for August, September, October or November 2018 between April 18 - April 25th, and save 50% off regular priced sessions. Portfolio: www.imagerybybean.ca. Call 204-990-3519 or email imagerybybean@beanfamilywellness.com to reserve your space. 

This promotion includes all maternity, newborn, baby, child, family photography collections. Birth and Wedding Photography Collections excluded.

A retainer fee of 50% of your session fee is required and will be applied to your total session fee. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, or gift certificates.

$20 off your Prenatal Childbirth Class - Promotion Valid when you Register between April 18-25

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Expecting a new baby? Enjoy $20 off any Prenatal Childbirth Class when you register between April 18 - April 25, 2018. Your class can occur at any time in the future. 

Includes Group Prenatal Childbirth Classes, Private In-home Prenatal Childbirth Classes, and Refresher Childbirth Classes. 

To register, visit and use coupon code LITTLEBEANS20 : https://www.beanfamilywellness.com/winnipeg-manitoba-childbirth-class-register/

This promotion cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, or gift certificates.

When Technology Fails.... Issues with the Contact Form (Bean Family Wellness / Imagery by Bean)

I've learned that sometimes, technology fails. Unfortunately this week I discovered that the contact forms on both the Bean Family Wellness website and the Imagery by Bean website have not been working for the past many months: Bean Family Wellness since January 2018, and Imagery by Bean since the Fall of 2017. Unfortunately the system was showing potential clients that the message had been sent, but meanwhile, I was not receiving any contact form messages and unfortunately cannot retrieve them. During this time I never received notification through my email or website hosting company, so I wasn't aware that there was an issue until yesterday.

I would like to formally apologize to anyone who has tried to contact me using the contact forms on either website during these dates. In all situations in life, I try to put myself in other people's shoes, to understand how they might feel in the same situation. I feel horrible that families may have messaged through the form as their primary form of contact, and didn't receive a reply.

This situation has made me realize how much we rely on technology. And, even when we try our best to put safe guards in place to limit the chance of this, sometimes it still happens without our knowledge.

I would like to offer two promotions for both Bean Family Wellness and Imagery by Bean as an apology (promotional attached). These promotions are open to anyone! Full details can be found on the blog (2 separate posts). Both promotions are valid April 18-25, 2018. 

I look forward serving your family in the rest of 2018 and beyond!

Waterbirth Options: Deciding on Your Place of Birth (and Type of Pool)

Depending on where you live, the options for water births may vary. However, many people around the world choose to labour and give birth in water at home, in birth centres, or in hospitals. As you will read below, most of the time water births occur in a pool or tub. 

Although very uncommon these days, especially in this area of the world, if you read through history, you will hear stories about women have even given birth in the ocean, sea, or a lake. This is obviously much much less common than a waterbirth at home, in a birth centre, or in a hospital. Despite being uncommon and perhaps many would say unrealistic, it is interesting to hear the history and many stories of waterbirth. If you haven't already, check out Part one of the Waterbirth Series by Bean Family Wellness: What is a Waterbirth? And, the History Behind it. 

Giving Birth at Home
When choosing a waterbirth, there are many different types of portable pools on the market to choose from that are specific to water births, for example the Birth Pool in a Box. The Birth Pool in a Box is one of the portable options that is inflatable. Other birth pools on the market have a hard side and bottom. Some even include a water heater or a special lid to hold in heat while the pool is not in use. 

If you are planning a waterbirth, many places both rent or sell birth pools, or you can purchase online. Companies like Bean Family Wellness, located in Manitoba, offer birth pools for rent. If you have a local birth centre, doula, or childbirth education agency, ask if they rent out birth pools. Some midwives have birth pools available for use for their clients. 

Other than renting a birth pool or purchasing one, some people choose to use children's play pools for their water births. One pool known as the 'fishy' pool is quite popular. When choosing to use a children's play pool for your birth, a brand new pool would be recommended since play pools can grow and harbour bacteria overtime. 

Some women who give birth at home and do not have a birth pool, may choose to give birth in their own bathtubs.  It is important to note that if you are planning to use a pool that is not created specifically for giving birth in (including the children's play pool option mentioned above), your midwife may suggest a minimum water depth for optimal safety for your baby. So, if you are planning a water birth, you should discuss the type of pool you plan on using with the health care provider who will be attending your birth. 

Giving Birth in a Birth Centre or Hospital
Today, more and more birth centres are popping up around the world. This is another popular option for women who want to experience a water birth. Some birth centres use portable style pools, whereas others have special birth pools built in to each room.  Depending on where you live, giving birth in water in the hospital may be a possibility depending on the policies of your facility. 

Ask your local birth centre or hospital, or your care provider, if you can take a tour of the facility. Ask questions about what their options are for giving birth in water or using water for comfort during labour. If your hospital or birth centre doesn't allow women to actually give birth directly into the water, they may have a tub that you can use during labour instead. For hospitals that do not have tubs for labour or birth, many women find that using a shower during labour can be particularly helpful at coping with the pain and creating a calm environment. 


Having a Waterbirth in Manitoba
If you live in Manitoba, there are a few different options if you have your heart set on a waterbirth.  Many people who have a waterbirth give birth at home. However, with the emergence of Winnipeg's Birth Centre, more and more people are choosing to have their waterbirths at the Birth Centre. The Birth Centre has beautiful built-in tubs designed for birth that are available in each room. 

Outside of Winnipeg, women who want waterbirth usually do so at home with the help of midwives. But, if you are in the South Central region of Manitoba, Boundary Trails Health Centre (located in between Winkler and Morden Manitoba at the intersection of hwy #3 & #14) has been home to many waterbirths under the care of midwives. 

In other hospitals in Manitoba, policies are not in place to allow water births to occur. If you are planning to give birth in a Winnipeg hospital, there are options to use water as a comfort measure during labour - either in a birth pool or in their showers. Even if you cannot give birth in the water, water can be a great tool during labour to make it more comfortable, help you relax, and encourage progress. 

 

This article is part of Waterbirth Series on the Bean Family Wellness Blog. Subscribe to our newsletter, or follow Bean Family Wellness on FacebookTwitter or Instagram for updates!




Disclaimer:
This article has been written this article for general interest only. I am not an expert in waterbirths nor am I a medical professional. If you are considering a waterbirth, please research this option thoroughly and discuss your plan to birth in water with your partner and your health care provider. This article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. You should always forward medical questions on to a qualified health care professional. I have tried to ensure (to the best of my ability) that the information in this article is accurate. If any incorrect information does exist, it is purely accidental. I am not liable for any unintentional mistakes, use, or misuse of the information contained in this article.

What is a Waterbirth? And, the History Behind it.

Bean Family Wellness offers support to families planning a waterbirth in Winnipeg, Manitoba by offering professional grade birth pool rentals in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba (including Steinbach and other local communities), as well as Canada-wide sales for the Birth Pool in a Box and other waterbirth accessories - everything you need to having a wonderful waterbirth experience!
 

What is a Waterbirth?

A waterbirth is a birth in which a mother typically spends the second stage of labour, the pushing phase, while immersed in water. During this phase the mother pushes with each wave and eventually births her baby directly into the water. 

However, water does not have to be used ONLY during the second stage of labour. Women can enjoy water to help cope with the sensations of labour once labour becomes active. Women often enjoy using water for this purpose and then exit the water while pushing. A woman's comfort with using water during second stage, her partner's feelings, as well as her care providers comfort level and experience can play a role in the decision of how to use water during labour and birth. 

Although not typically termed as a waterbirth, using a shower during labour is another popular way to use water for a natural birth experience. 

 

The History Behind Waterbirth

Women from many different parts of the world have been giving birth in the water for centuries, but it has been only recently (as late at the 1980s across the United States) that this option has become popular for North American women (Harper, 2005). 

According to Barbara Harper (author of Gentle Birth Choices) (2005), the first water birth to be documented happened in 1803 in France to help a mother cope after a long forty-eight hour labour. Documents state that the warm water of the birth helped the mother's labour to progress, so fast in fact that she was unable to leave the water before her baby immersed (Embry as cited in Harper, 2005). 

In the 1960s and thereafter, Igor Charcovsky, a self-taught scientist and male midwife in the Soviet Union (Russia), took particular interest in waterbirth and began studying it (originally by looking at how animals laboured and birthed in water and the reaction of infants in water) (Harper, 2005; Midwifery Today, 2011). Charcovsky also studied waterbirthing with dolphins present and is known to be father to the Russian Method of birthing in water (Midwifery Today, 2011). 

French Physician, Michel Odent, became on of the first to publicly discuss and allow birthing or labouring in the water. He believed that it was important for women to birth in the way their body's instincts told them too (a belief that I share), whether or not those instincts told them to labour or birth in water, or elsewhere. He left waterbirth open as an option. Instead of having women plan for a waterbirth, he encouraged them to follow their bodies cues (Harper, 2005). This is an important point that I think is still very valid today. Many women want a waterbirth and plan for one; in the case of a home birth, planning is a necessary step to ensure the proper supplies and set up. But, it is important to realize that the body wants what it wants in labour and you may not feel like labouring or birthing in water, even though it may have been your initial plan. It is important to go into labour with an open mind and follow your body's cues instead of forcing yourself to try and live out your dreams of a waterbirth. 

Water can be beneficial to newborns - Leboyer (author of Birth Without Violence - published in 1975) believed in the benefits of water for newborns. He believed that the typical births as they were in the 1970s was terribly traumatizing to a newborn baby. Part of this belief was that a baby being born from a warm fluid environment of a mother's uterus, to the cold bright hospital room was problematic (Antipuesto, 2010). 

Although Leboyer did not focus on birthing in the water, he did believe that immersing a newborn in a warm bath following birth was helpful. When combined with his rational and concerned for the typical hospital birth, the option of water birth makes sense as a more peaceful and calming approach to childbirth. I think that Leboyer's work can easily be incorporated into waterbirth when looking at how a baby reacts when being birthed into the water vs. on land (Harper, 2005). 

In 1988, Waterbirth International was created by Barbara Harper when she saw a need to provide women with accurate information on using water during labour and birth. Over 20 years later, Waterbirth International continues to be a great resource for women around the world who are interested in learning about waterbirth (Harper, 2005). 


References: 
1. Antipuesto, D. J. (2010) Leboyer childbirth method. Retrieved August 7, 2015, from http://nursingcrib.com/nursing-notes-reviewer/maternal-child-health/leboyer-childbirth-method/
2. Harper, B. (2005). Gentle birth choices. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, Vermont. 
3. Midwifery Today. (2011). Biographies. Retrieved August 6, 2015, from http://midwiferytoday.com/bio/. 
 

This article is part of Waterbirth Series on the Bean Family Wellness Blog. Subscribe to our newsletter, or follow Bean Family Wellness on FacebookTwitter or Instagram for updates! 

Check out Part Two - Waterbirth Options: Deciding on Your Place of Birth



Disclaimer:
This article has been written this article for general interest only. I am not an expert in waterbirths nor am I a medical professional. If you are considering a waterbirth, please research this option thoroughly and discuss your plan to birth in water with your partner and your health care provider. This article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. You should always forward medical questions on to a qualified health care professional. I have tried to ensure (to the best of my ability) that the information in this article is accurate. If any incorrect information does exist, it is purely accidental. I am not liable for any unintentional mistakes, use, or misuse of the information contained in this article.

The Ameda Platinum Breastpump Rental is Available in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba!

Did you know that Bean Family Wellness is an Ameda Breastpump Rental Depot? We are proud to carry the Ameda Platinum Hospital Grade Breastpump Rental. If you are wanting a breast pump with the optimal control to allow you finding the pumping routine completely customized to you, this is the pump you want!

Looking for replacement parts, nursing pads, breastmilk storage bags, etc.? We also carry a variety of Ameda parts and products for your breastfeeding journey! 

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For more information and to reserve your rental, visit www.beanfamilywellness.com or call (204) 990-3519. Bean Family Wellness is your top choice for quality breastpump rentals in Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba.

Ask about how to get COMPLIMENTARY delivery on Bean Family Wellness rentals to select areas of Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba.

Breastfeeding Made Easier in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba!

Bean Family Wellness is happy to offer products to support you on your breastfeeding journey. Whether you feed at the breast or pump or need a bit of extra support, Bean Family Wellness has products to help!

By choosing Bean Family Wellness, you can feel secure in knowing that you are buying from a company who is passionate about breastfeeding and understands your unique experience.

Bean Family Wellness offers breast pump sales and breast pump rentals, as well as a variety of breastfeeding products and accessories. Local Sales and Rentals are available within Winnipeg, Steinbach, and Southern Manitoba. Located in Niverville, Manitoba. Online sales are available Canada-wide.

Ask about our complimentary delivery/pick-up service in Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba!

To view a complete selection of our products, contact Bean Family Wellness today! 

www.beanfamilywellness.com

 

 

 

FREE photography sesssions for premature babies in Winnipeg, Manitoba NICUs.

Some of you may know that in 2014, I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She decided to join us 8 weeks early at 32 weeks gestation and had an almost 4 week stay in the NICU. During this time, I felt so fortunate to be able to take photographs of my daughter, her progress and the milestones she was meeting.

There are many families with premature babies in NICU who never get this opportunity.

Since 2015, I have been a volunteer photographer for the The Tiny Footprints Project. I feel honored to be able to capture memories for families while their babies are living in NICU.

If you know of anyone who recently had a preemie and is currently living in NICU, or someone who is expecting their baby to join the world a little bit early, please feel free to pass along the information for this project.

This is a volunteer project and it is complimentary for parents who have a baby or babies living in NICU.