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Tips for a happy and healthy postpartum

Maryn Taylor

I wrote a blog post on having a happy and healthy postpartum over at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Placenta site - check it out here:  Happy Postpartum!  (If you didn't know, I have a separate business providing placenta encapsulation services throughout the Metroplex - check it out if you're thinking about encapsulation.)

This is a topic near and dear to my heart.  I had very different postpartum experiences with each of my children: with my daughter, I went back to work after six weeks of maternity leave; with my middle child, I had left my job and was staying home with him; and with my youngest, I suddenly had two under two.  

Each experience came with different stressors, different joys, and different coping strategies.  Looking back, I had a few favorites from each postpartum experience:

With my oldest, because I knew I was going back to work, I feel like I was super-prepared for pumping.  I had a strategy, I tested it before I went back to work, and then I stuck with it - she never had any formula, ever.  So many people told me that I wasn't going to be able to stick with pumping that I felt like this was a major accomplishment.  

With my middle, I relished all of the time that I had with him.  I wanted so badly to be home with my baby and every day, I appreciated that my husband made that happen!  I also got very involved with Fit4Mom (which was Stroller Strides at the time) and met a huge tribe of amazing women.  It was the first time I had lots of friends with babies of similar ages, and it was great!

With my youngest, I knew ahead of time that it would be hard to have two littles so close in age, so I lined up a lot of postpartum help.  I filled my deep freeze with meals, my friends arranged a meal train, and I asked my husband's stepmom Gimme to stay for a week.  (She has a gorgeous Egyptian name that her siblings couldn't say when they were little, so they called her Gimme and it stuck.)  Trust me when I say that everyone needs someone like her in their life - the week she stayed was so restful and calm.

What was the postpartum strategy that worked for you?  What do you plan to do differently next time?

Birth pools on a podcast!

Maryn Taylor

The past two weeks, I've had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on the Dearest Doula podcast.  It was fun to finally hear the finished product - we recorded it over the summer, and honestly, I'd forgotten it was due to come out until I woke up and found a link in my email.   I have to admit, it's not every day you wake up and hear yourself on a podcast!  

I'm a serious podcast junkie.  Serial, The Pen Addict, The Erasable Podcast, That's What She Said...those are my favorites.  And yes, I'm quite aware that two of those are about pens and pencils.  What can I say?  I love a great Palomino Blackwing or Noodler's Ahab Flex nib.

So, if you want to listen, here are the links:

The Wonderful World of Waterbirth, Part One

The Wonderful Word of Waterbirth, Part Two

Are there any other good podcasts you like?  

 

 

Now delivering to...

Maryn Taylor

Exciting update today: we are now delivering our birth pool rental kits anywhere in the United States!  You can have a kit delivered directly to your door via FedEx Ground shipping, and then we'll arrange to have it picked up after your baby is born.  The cost for this service is only $275, and includes everything you need to use the pool.  We'll provide detailed instructions, plus phone support if you need it.  

 

Thankful for...

Maryn Taylor

I'm loving seeing all of the 30 Days of Gratitude over on Facebook!  I wanted to take a minute to share what I'm most grateful for today - and I'm choosing today because this the day we're celebrating Thanksgiving with our extended family.

1.  I'm most thankful for my husband being home.  We spent our first Thanksgiving together diving in Belize; we spent the second one 7,692 miles apart.  Steve was in Afghanistan with the Navy, working as a mentor to Afghan Special Forces troops.  Thanksgiving was the first holiday he missed, so I'm always especially grateful at Thanksgiving for him to be home safe.

2.  Every day, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for the midwives, doulas, and families who trust us to help them with their waterbirths.  Three years ago in November, we had our first client - I remember the call to make a reservation clearly, and how stunned I was that we announced we were open and promptly got a call.  It is such a joy to be part of families' most special moments.

3.  I'm delighted today about Thanksgiving dinner!  My mother-in-law is cooking, and both of my husband's siblings and their families will be there.  

We don't carry pools with heaters.

Maryn Taylor

I get at least one call every day from someone asking me if I have pools with heaters.  I don't, and I won't.

The main reason: cleaning.  Heaters work by circulating the water across a heating element and there's no good way to clean inside.  

We've looked into this again and again, and Steve and I just couldn't wrap our heads around any way that we could get a circulating heater clean enough for reuse.  The portable ones that resemble your home water heater can't be sanitized inside, and they are mostly powered by propane and propane accessories.  (Hank Hill probably wouldn't make a good member of your birth team.)

AquaDoula is one tub that has a heater and doesn't recirculate the water.  The heater on that pool is only meant to maintain the temperature of warm water used to fill the pool.  (Source: AquaDoula's setup guide, page three.)  I also don't like the narrow edges - the inflatable pools I carry have a 10" wide side to lean against.

Here's the good news: with the inflatable pools, you don't need a heater.  The air in the floor and sides acts as a good insulator and they lose heat slowly - about a degree an hour.   Also, a couple of pots of boiling water will heat it back up nicely if it's cooler than you'd like.

 

 

 



What To Wear in the Birth Tub

Maryn Taylor

I hear this question a lot : "what do people wear in the birth pool?"  Here are some ideas that might be helpful and that you may already have in your maternity wardrobe.

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1.  Tankini top.  Bathing suits are made for getting wet, so this is likely to be a comfortable option and one that you may already have, especially if you've been pregnant in the summer.  Target has some cute and affordable options.

2.  Camisole top.  These are such a great layering piece and are relatively easy to find. Some great places for these are Target, Motherhood Maternity, and Old Navy.  Go for black or a dark color so that it's still fairly opaque when it gets wet.

3.  Sports-style bra.  I had one that zipped in the front that I wore when I was in labor with my middle son, so it was easy to take off when I got out of the pool and put on dry clothes.  I got another one (exactly like the one pictured below) at Motherhood Maternity, and I have seen similar ones at Target.  Wal-Mart always has the really inexpensive, soft stretchy ones that pull on over your head; those will work well for gentle support after baby's born, too.  

4.  Nothing.  You don't have to wear anything at all.  Do what feels best for you!

When I was preparing for my births, one of the things that I did was set out camisoles and sports bras along with my birth supplies.  My husband and doula were able to find what I'd planned to wear in the pool without having to look around for them, and later when I decided to get out of the pool for a while I had several sets of dry clothes ready to wear.

Five Reasons to Choose Us for Your Pool Rental

Maryn Taylor

1.  No time limits on your rental.  You get your pool as early as week 37 or week 38, then return it after your baby is born.  We understand that birth is unpredictable and we want to make sure you have the pool when you need it without worrying about extended rental fees.  

2.  We meet or exceed the requirements in the 2015 Waterbirth Guidelines set forth by the Association of Texas Midwives.  This means that you can feel confident that the pool and equipment you receive is sanitary and safe for use during your labor and birth.  

3.  Our cost is the lowest for an all-inclusive rental.  You can find a pool rental for less, but you'll need to find all of the associated parts and pieces to set up and use the pool.  The value of our rental kit exceeds $1000 because we include everything you need.

4.  Solid experience.  Since we opened in November of 2012, we've done more than 400 rentals and have extensive knowledge and understanding of the processes and details.  

5.  Guaranteed availability.  We have a large inventory of tub rental kits to ensure that there is always one available when you need it.  

Houston B.I.R.T.H Recap

Maryn Taylor

On Saturday, I got up at o'dark thirty and drove down to Houston for the B.I.R.T.H Fair.  I was excited to be there, as it seems that most of Houston's midwives, doulas, and other birth professionals come out for a day of great talks and networking.  

I was excited to see Erin Young (Mothering Nature) and Heather Barrett (Illuminatal), the talented women who run my two Houston locations (which are in Spring and Sugar Land, respectively).  These women joined my tub rental business when we were first getting started, and Houston has grown into a busy market for us thanks to their diligent work and commitment to customer service.

It's no secret that I'm friends with Maria Pokluda, who is one of the Birth Boot Camp instructor trainers, so it was fun to meet some the Birth Boot Camp folks who serve the Houston area.  Meeting Kristi Keen was one of the highlights of my day.  Kristi's a doula and childbirth educator, and every time I see her posting online, I'm reminded about how much we have in common (for example: we both have music degrees).  It was great to finally meet her in person!

I admire the team at The Birthing Place and their dedication to helping underserved women get healthcare.  I got one of their awesome shirts and visited with them a little more about their community health events.  Any woman, regardless of financial or insurance status, can come for a free Pap test.  Their Instagram feed (@thebirthingplace) is really fun to follow!

This year, I was table-neighbors with Sweet Baby Pearl's Eco Emporium.  They're a baby boutique on wheels.  They have a gorgeous truck (think food truck-sized) full of cloth diapers, cute outfits and other unique baby items, and you can request that they come to your baby shower or other event.

At the very first event I did after I started the pool business (Association of Texas Midwives' conference), I talked with Camillia May, a midwife who drives from Houston to Beaumont so that she can help women have VBACs at home because it's hard to find another VBAC provider in the Golden Triangle.  She came by to see me and I was amazed at how much she remembered from when we met three years ago!  (I grew up in Southeast Texas near Beaumont, so we'd talked about that a bit.)

All in all, it was a great day, and I had lots to think about on the way back home.  It was a great event and I'm already looking forward to next year!

Creating Your {Water}Birth Plan

Maryn Taylor

So many people call with questions about using a birth tub.  They may think that they're asking about technical details: where to put it, how much water it holds, which pool is best.  What they're actually asking is "how do I make a birth pool part of my birth plan?"

Whatever birth location you choose, you have great options:

Hospital: Some hospitals have large garden tubs for use in labor.  Some have their own birth pool for their patients to use and others allow you to bring a birth pool in to set up in your hospital room.  A local doula asked me recently about the idea of a client using a pool at home before they headed to the hospital - what a great idea!

Even if a birth tub isn't an option in your local hospital, hospital rooms usually have a shower with a handheld attachment.  Many have the large walk-in showers where you could sit on a birth ball while your partner or doula sprays you with the handheld shower.  

Birth center: so many have gorgeous tub options right in their birthing rooms!  Others offer the use of an inflatable tub in their birthing rooms.  Birth centers go above and beyond to serve women who want waterbirths and are delighted to show off their birth suites and unique tubs.

Home: birth pools come in a variety of sizes, and there is one that will fit in your home.  Even if you have a large garden tub, the padded floor and sides of an inflatable birth pool give extra padding to lean or kneel on.  And let's talk about buoyancy: a large garden tub holds about 70 gallons of water; a small inflatable birth tub holds about 115.  More water = more of that lovely feeling of lightness that the water provides.  

Using water in labor can provide amazing relief, and a birth pool can serve as a great tool.  A birth tub is usually (if not always) an option in out of hospital birth, and can often be made part of your plan if you're planning a hospital birth.  If you need help incorporating water into your birth plan, give us a call and we'll be happy to talk through options with you.

 

Let's partner!

Maryn Taylor

 

Maybe you're a midwife.  Cleaning pools after an all night birth is not really high on your list of things you'd like to be doing.

Maybe you're a doula.  You'd like an opportunity for some additional revenue in your practice, but the start-up expenses of a birth pool kit are prohibitive.

Maybe you're a birth advocate.  You labored in water, you think everyone should have that opportunity, and you're looking for a way to stay connected to the local community of birthing women and midwives.

Maybe you're a chiropractor.  You like to have a tub available for your pregnant patients to pick up at your office - one less stop for them to have to make to prepare for their birth.

All of these are great opportunities to partner with us or to join our team.  Whether you have a pool or not, whether your goal is to rent more pools or to have someone else handle pools for you, we have a partnership option that will work for you.

We're actively seeking partners to expand our network of rental locations.  I'd love to talk with you - please email me via the Work With Us link above or give me a call.  

Two Questions

Maryn Taylor

When people ask which pool to choose for their birth, I ask two questions:

1.  Who's your midwife or doctor?

2.  Where do you want to put it?

If you call to rent, one of the first questions you'll be asked is "Who is your midwife or doctor?"  Some of the midwives have a specific preference and so we always send their clients that specific pool.  If you have a physician and are planning a hospital birth, the smaller pool (La Bassine or Passages) fits in hospital rooms better. 

Next question is where do you want to put the pool?   Some people have an idea about where they want to put it already, so we talk about how big that area is to figure out which pool will fit best.  With our older son, we put a Birth Pool in a Box (the larger size that we carry) in our living room, but with our youngest I knew I wanted a pool that would fit in our master bedroom so I chose the smaller La Bassine.  

All the pools we carry have inflatable floors and sides, and they all are great options - it's just about choosing the one that will be perfect for your birth!

 

 

 

Buoy-what?

Maryn Taylor

So, what's with our name?

When my husband Steve and I were brainstorming names for this business, we tossed around lots of ideas and kept coming back to the idea of something nautical and related to the ocean.  Steve is a former merchant mariner and retired Navy officer, and we both love to scuba dive, and we wanted something that felt like a match with our personal interests.

We finally lit upon the word buoyant because it means two things:

  • likely to float on air or water
  • happy and joyful

The play on words, the connection with sailing and diving, the sense of lightness that immersion in water brings to birth, that it signified the joy we hoped people would experience on their birth day - it was perfect!  And so, we became Buoyant Birth.

 

Texas' Waterbirth Guidelines

Maryn Taylor

Recently, the Texas Midwifery Board formed a working group to create guidelines for waterbirth in Texas.  Last night, I spoke at the monthly meeting of the Tarrant County Birth Network about the new guidelines.  

A few highlights from the guidelines:

  • Suggested pools are the inflatable, reusable pools like La Bassine and Birth Pool in a Box; disposable single use pools like the Passages; or a pipeless recirculating system like SaniJet.  
  • It's not suggested to use a Jacuzzi-type tub with recirculating water, as the piping can't be adequately cleaned for birth.
  • Fill the pool under the direction of a midwife.  (So glad they put this in the guidelines - it's something my team always tells our clients, but sometimes isn't followed.  I recently went to a house where the pool was inflated before the mother was in labor and their cat was napping in the bottom of it.  Leave everything sealed and wait until your midwife tells you to inflate it!)
  • Run water from the tap for three minutes before beginning to fill.
  • If the pool is filled for longer than six hours, you should drain and refill with a clean liner.

Complete text of the guidelines is posted here: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/midwife/waterbirth/