MBC Announces Doula Internship

The Minnesota Birth Center is now accepting applications for its next Doula Internship session! This session will run from September 2019 – May 2020.

Qualified doula candidates must:

  • Have completed a workshop for certification through DONA, CAPPA, or other reputable certifying body;
  • Practice within the DONA Scope of Practice;
  • Have attended at least one birth in a support capacity;
  • Be available to attend a total of at least six MBC births over the duration of the internship.

Application materials and information on how to apply are located here: Doula Internship Requirements and Application.

If you have a passion for birth work and meet the above requirements, please consider applying! Complete applications will be accepted until 6 pm on Monday, August 12th, 2019.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

For more information email karen@theminnesotabirthcenter.com.

Supporting Dads & Partners

These resources support dads and partners during the postpartum time and beyond

I want to bring it to everyone’s attention that dads are changing in the Twin Cities area. How? It is now appropriate and acceptable to get mental health help for dads. It is highly encouraged by your fellow brethren! Join in with the thousand’s of dads working to elevate fatherhood and play a remarkable role in the lives of their families. Here are some resources to help you do this.

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Local Resources

Launchpad Dads (LpD) was born out of the idea of being a resource for dads in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond. It hopes to be successful in doing this through online courses, in-person courses, blogs, videos, and, my personal favorite, counseling! It’s hard to be a great dad in today’s society but it isn’t impossible.  I will guide you through. To find out more about what LpD can offer, visit my websites or call me, Ryan Plasch at 612-207-9953.
Discovery Mental Health
Marriage Geek

Twin Cities Dads Group
This resource is run by Chris Brandenberg. It is a popular, established resource and works as a support group and has plenty of events for dads to bring their children to. The idea is to maximize fatherhood. Find out about the dates of their meetups is in the link above.

Minnesota Dads at Home
If you are an at home dad, you need to connect with these gents right now. This is a wonderful active group of dads who are going to be a great support to you. There are so many unnecessary issues that affect at home dads, but support is here! 

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Mindful Families in Edina
This organization shares in this vision of crafting resources for fathers. Some are on the horizon.  Anne Troff-Heck is leading this charge and has some exciting ideas. Chances are they are in full swing.  Please reach out to this talented therapist. 

Face It Foundation
This organization is not dad specific but there is a sub group for dads available. I highly recommend you check out their calendar for events and get more info about joining them. They have a once a month breakfast which is an opportunity to meet them and be welcomed into their community.  

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Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota
An awesome page to look at for resources. Check it out now. It has beautifully designed resources dedicated to being a better partner during postpartum and recognizing postpartum depression in yourself and others. 

Modern Men Explore
Jessi Leader, licensed therapist, leads an 8-week session for partners looking to create healthier relationships; topics include family, loss, partners, anger, pressure, love, shame, connection and masculinity. 

Dr. Daniel Singley
Not local but accessible by phone, Dan is a professional out of California who specializes in fathers. He is there for postpartum dads and once a month has a free call-in time to talk about such issues. Yes, partners can have postpartum depression too! He has great videos available to watch about being a more competent father. Calls held the first Monday of the month at 7 PM

  • Chat Number: 1-800-944-8766  
  • Participant Code: 73162

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Recommended Podcasts

Front Row Dads by Jon Vroman
This is an amazing podcast made for entrepreneurs who have a family. The tag line is family men with businesses not businessmen with families. Its podcast has a ton of information that is applicable outside of partners who are business owners. They have a mastermind group available for a monthly cost and a great, supportive Facebook group. 

The Dad’s Edge by Larry Hagner
The Dad’s Edge has a ton of episodes meant for the everyday dads who are working to elevate their lives. They also have a paid mastermind group and their Facebook Group has almost 10,000 members.

Resources exist for dads.  It’s time for dads to band together and use them.  

Ryan Plasch, MS, is a therapist at Discovery Mental Health and the Marriage Geek. He can be reached at ryan.plasch@discoverymentalhealth.com.

International Day of the Midwife…

…and Elle’s Story

My main concern leading up to my third labor was being in place in time for the delivery. The labor with my second baby had been very, very fast. She was born in the hallway entrance to Labor and Delivery at a hospital. I was still sitting in the wheelchair with my sweatpants on. A fast, easy labor was somewhat of a relief but also somewhat scary. “What ifs” haunted me and I knew I wanted it to be more controlled (safer) next time.

I transferred care to the Minnesota Birth Center at 32 weeks with Baby #3. With every midwife I met at MBC in the appointments leading up to delivery I talked about how I really wanted to be able to be “in place” before the baby was born, which meant at the birth center and in the birthing room. Even though there were stated policies about when to come in and that the birth center did not have a midwife on site 24/7, how could I make this happen? Each midwife listened and basically said “Yes, we know your birth history, we trust you, we’re with you.”

This was such a HUGE difference from other prenatal care I had received where I felt that I was just another patient and no one was listening to me. This was so individualized! I was not being treated as another “lowest common denominator” patient but as an informed and capable human being.

One morning around my due date I had a few contractions and then nothing happened again until six days later. Around 4 p.m. I started to get a labor feeling, crampy and nervous/excited. The feeling wasn’t going away and was actually getting stronger. Around 6pm I called my mom to come spend the night just in case (to be with my other kids) and called my doula and the midwife. The midwife said to try to get some sleep and keep in touch with any updates. I was relieved and excited and nervous so I laid in bed but didn’t really get to sleep. I called the midwife again around 11 p.m. and gave her an update on the time between contractions and how I was feeling and such. Sensations were getting stronger but were still irregular. She said to stay home and keep in touch. Things kept progressing at home and just an hour later, around midnight, I called her back and said “I can just feel it, it’s time for me to come in.” She said, “Ok, see you soon.” My husband and I got to the birth center and settled in by about 1 a.m. and the baby came just 2.5 hours later!  

When I first got to the birth center I was able to laugh and talk in between contractions but very quickly was unable to do anything but focus on what my body was doing. This labor was a lot harder after the second baby (who basically fell out in the hallway). The support of the midwife trusting the process was extremely helpful and reassuring.

I labored for the most part kneeling on the bed, leaning against a yoga ball on the bed, with a blindfold rather tightly bound around my head and eyes. I’m not entirely sure what was going on around me. The midwife asked to check the fetal heart rate at one point and that was the only “intervention” I needed during the labor (that I remember) and that was exactly the plan.

The midwife suggested I try using the bathroom. The movement of walking towards the toilet and back broke my water and descended the baby. His head came out in one push while I was standing in the doorway between the bathroom and the room.

Baby’s shoulders got a bit stuck on the way out and the midwife knew exactly what to do (“walk over here, get on all fours, now lean back” or something like that). At first I was frozen because how do you take a step when there is a baby’s head between your legs? But my husband and doula helped me do as she said and it worked! He was birthed on the next push, healthy and perfect…in the hallway, but this time on purpose, in the place we were all ready for him.

Thanks to Elle for sharing her birthing journey with MBC as we celebrate this International Day of the Midwife! Do you have an MBC birth story you’d like to share? Email it to info@theminnesotabirthcenter.com.