Fresh 48 Giveaway Rules | Winnipeg Belly & Baby Fair

Tomorrow, tomorrow…. I’ll be at the fair, TOMORRRRRRROOOOWWWWW!

 

After what seems like such a long wait, we are finally just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Winnipeg Belly & Baby Fair, which is tomorrow Sunday October 21, 2018 from 10am-3pm. I hope you’re coming out to meet me!

Along with having a vendor table for the first time, I’m so excited to be offering up a prize draw for fair attendees! Everyone that signs up to join my mailing list (which basically includes blog and website updates, don’t worry, I hate spam!), is entered to win a FREE Fresh 48 newborn session. Pretty great, right?

I wanted to make sure the rules were easy to find and accessible to everyone, so here you go. Any questions, drop me a line!

 


 

Please review the following terms and conditions before entering a contest or giveaway hosted by Embrace Birth Services. We reserve the right to change these terms at any time, and by entering our giveaway you acknowledge that you agree to abide by the most recent version.

EMBRACE BIRTH SERVICES BELLY & BABY FAIR FRESH 48 PRIZE DRAW

  1. How to Enter:
    • Entrants must be present at the Belly & Baby Fair on October 21, 2018.
    • Sign up for Embrace Birth Services email list and be part of said list at the time of drawing for winner.
    • Individuals may unsubscribe for the mailing list at any future date.
    • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  2. Prizes: Winner will receive one Fresh 48 Photography Session.
    • Session is a lifestyle/documentary style session which includes 20 fully edited images in digital format and will last approximately 45 minutes.
    • This photo session takes place at home or hospital during the first few days post birth. Session to be scheduled during daylight hours at a time of mutual choosing.
    • A full session contract and model release must be signed by the winner. This session is free of charge only with a fully signed model release. If the model release is not signed or revoked, the session will revert to a $200 balance owing. Exceptions are made for images containing nudity.
    • The winner may choose to apply a $200 credit towards a Birth Doula or Birth Photography package in lieu of a Fresh 48 session.
    • Sessions typically take place within the Winnipeg city limits. Please contact prior to entry into contest for other locations. I cannot guarantee availability outside of Winnipeg.
    • Prize holds no cash value and expires October 31, 2019.
    • Prize may be transferred with permission from Embrace Birth Services but may not be sold.
  3. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  4. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator on or before October 26, 2018. Winner will be notified via telephone or email within two (2) days following selection, and winner will be posted on social media as well. Embrace Birth Services holds no liability for winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail, or other security settings or for winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the winner cannot be contacted, or fails to claim the prize within five (5) days from the time award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.
  5. Privacy: Embrace Birth Services will not share your private information with any third party or publicly. The only information that will be shared is your name and/or social media handle at the time of winner announcement or in any subsequent sharing of the contest results.

Winnipeg Belly & Baby Fair 2018

It's October! That means it's almost time for the annual Fit 4 Two Winnipeg Belly & Baby Fair!

I have attended this event in the past as a mama and as a volunteer for the Winnipeg Babywearers, but I am super pumped this year to finally be attending as a vendor!  This is a great chance to get out in the community and meet some of you, and also say hi to some of my much loved past clients!

If you haven't attended before, the show takes place on Sunday from 10am-3pm at Earl Grey Community Centre. There's two huge rooms filled with friendly faces and crafters, vendors, informational booths and more. It is FREE to attend, but donations are suggested and go towards a wonderful cause-- The Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba. It's the perfect opportunity to grab some friends and get your Christmas shopping done ahead of time. There's even a photo booth by Jenn of Songbird Photography, so don't forget to bring money for that!

Are you planning on joining us at the Winnipeg Belly & Baby Fair on October 1st? If not, wwwhhhyyyy? I'd love to see your smiling faces!

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Sophie’s Story | Winnipeg Breech Birth

The first time I met Soraya and Fabio I fell instantly in love with them. They exuded so much love for each other and excitement for their pregnancy that it would be impossible not to get swept up in it. I knew I wanted to work with them, and was so excited when they contacted me to say they'd chosen me as their doula. This wonderful couple were relatively new to Winnipeg, and we talked a lot about what to expect as they moved through their pregnancy here in Winnipeg. We started preparing for the birth they wanted, and every time we met, I was shown again how connected they were. After keeping their baby girl safe, the first thing on each of their minds was always how the other one felt. They were gentle, soothing and intuitively seemed to know what the other was thinking. It was so refreshing to see!

As we know, the only thing predictable about birth is that it is unpredictable, and at the end of their pregnancy, Soraya was told that their baby girl had decided to settle into a breech birth position. After talking through the options with their doctor, they decided that they felt safest and most comfortable with a planned cesarean to get their sweet babe here safely. We switched our focus instead to things that would make this new birthing experience a positive one for them, and worked to soothe the fears that lingered. Even when you feel confident in your choices, going into a cesarean can still be a really overwhelming thing!

On October 23, 2017 Soraya contacted me to let me know that their birth was planned for the next week, October 31st- she would be a Halloween baby! How exciting! Except, baby girl had other plans! Just a couple hours after that call came another one-- Soraya's water had broken! It turns out their baby girl wanted to celebrate Halloween with them instead. After a couple hours at home, they made their way to Winnipeg's St Boniface Hospital to be checked out, and were informed that yup, that was indeed amniotic fluid, and this baby was coming to meet them! I joined them in the early hours of the morning on October 24, and we prepared to welcome their little one. They were filled with excitement, and we talked some more about what to expect from the cesarean and afterwards. Soon it was time!

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula
Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Preparing for mom to be taken down the hall to get ready in the operating room is always an emotional experience. A couple who has worked through every aspect of their pregnancy up until now is forced to separate. The minutes that follow seem to take hours. I always make sure to talk to my clients about how long it may take before the partner is allowed back, but once the time comes, it still drags on. I'm glad at least to be able to sit with dad and talk a bit to help fill some of the silence. Fabio took the time to sit quietly and reflect. It's clearly an emotional time, but he was so brave, anxious to join Soraya and meet their sweet girl.

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula
Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Eventually they came and let Fabio know that it was time to join Soraya and meet their little girl. I was able to wait in recovery for them to come back, and before long- they were on their way back with sweet baby Sophie. She was absolute perfection, and it was a joy to watch the beaming parents start to get to know this new little person in their lives. It was precious watching them exam each detail, and smile at each coo. The road was long, but now that she was here, so was so worth it! They were able to spend some time quietly breastfeeding and snuggling before having Sophie's first exam and then getting ready to go to their new room to rest.

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

Winnipeg Birth Photographer Winnipeg Doula

It was such an honour to be a part of sweet Sophie's breech birth story. Seeing the love and connection with which Soraya and Fabio approached each step of their story was inspiring and I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know them, and now to get to see Sophie grow. If you're interested in a Winnipeg doula or Winnipeg birth photographer, I'd love to sit down for coffee or tea together and chat. Adding support to your birth is always a good thing!

Embrace Turns ONE | Winnipeg Birth Photographer and Doula

Can you believe it has been ONE YEAR since www.embracebirth.ca was launched? I have had the most amazing year learning and growing with all of you. I can not thank you enough for following with me on this journey! I have worked as a doula for over ten years now, and last year decided things needed a little refresh. I am SO glad I did!

In the past year Embrace Birth Services has:

-And in between it all, I was invited to hold space with some truly amazing and breathtaking families as they welcomed some adorably sweet babes to their families.

 

I can only hope that this next year is as amazing as Embrace’s first official year of business has been. Some days I seriously feel like I need to pinch myself when I realize how lucky I am to get to do this work each day. And I want to send out a huge thank you to the families who have welcomed me this year. For teaching me, trusting me, growing with me. I have been in awe of the love, strength, wisdom that each of you has shown. Thank you for walking this journey with me!

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Do Life: The Best Early Labour Plan

While some lucky birthers find themselves starting labor with active contractions five minutes apart or less, most of us will have labors that ebb and flow in the beginning, contractions starting as mere annoyances, and slowly progressing into an active pattern. Ah, the joy of early labor.

Early labor can be long and drawn out, reaching 6-24 hours, especially for first time moms. Contractions during early labor can be anywhere from 20 minutes apart to about 4-5 minutes apart. Generally you know it’s early labor if contractions are progressing closer, but you are still able to focus on life, pausing only briefly during the height of a contraction. They may be 30-60 seconds long.

While there is important work being done during this time, it often doesn’t feel like it. Watching the clock can make time seem to stand still, so I recommend “doing life”. That is— continue to go about your day as you normally would, stopping just long enough for the contraction to pass, and then brushing it off and continuing on as normal. The longer that you can deny labor and keep doing life, the better headspace you will probably be in once active labor hits.

 

If you’re unsure what to do, some ideas are:
-take a long leisurely shower or bath.
-take a nap
-make food, or bake!
-play a game
-cuddle on the couch with a blanket and your favourite Netflix series
-clean your house- slowly though- don’t burn extra energy
-paint your toes!
-go shopping
-take a walk around your neighbourhood
-take a last set of maternity photos

If you think you may be in early labor, send a quick message to your doula to let them know— and then continue business as usual. Use one of the tips from this list, or pick something of your own. The important thing is that the activity keeps you comfortable and focused on anything other than your beginning contractions!

Once you find that you are having to stop and focus through your contractions, or they are five minutes or less apart, it’s time to call your doula (and your midwife if need be!). Start thinking about moving to your chosen place of birth if not planning a homebirth, and settle in to meet your baby!