Thursday, 25 June 2015

Event: Normalize Breastfeeding June 27th, 2015

Normalize Breastfeeding is trying to raise awareness and address the taboo of breastfeeding. They have a website and a Facebook page, and even sell t-shirts. August, breastfeeding month, is just around the corner, so it's nice to see all this support.

I'm happy to say that breastfeeding in public in Korea isn't a problem and there are also plenty of nursing rooms that can be found in subway stations and department stores. And that there's lots of support both online and in-person though Milky Mamas.

Check out their website and Facebook. They have lots of good info.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Recommended Sleep Books for Babies

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.


The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Written by Elizabeth Pantley

While some people believe that you can either let your baby cry it out or constantly comfort them, there is a third choice and that's presented in this book. She will give you tips on what may be preventing your baby from going to sleep, how to work with your baby's natural sleep schedule, creating a customized plan for your baby, and how to teach your baby to fall asleep without breastfeeding, bottles, or a pacifier. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5
Written by Jennier Waldburger and Jill Spivack

This book discusses the emotional needs of both the parent and the child. It's a family-friendly guide that will teach parents how to identify their child's sleep needs and create an individual sleep planner. There's also information about older children, such as moving to a big kid bed. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping
Written by James J. McKenna

This book contains information on how to safely co-sleep with your baby. James McKenna is the world's authority on co-sleeping. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



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Friday, 5 June 2015

Breastfeeding and Newborn Care with Dunstan Baby Language Classes in Seoul

Updated 25 September 2016

I am currently only offering breastfeeding support in the Osan area. Please see this post to find people who work in the birthing field, such as birth doulas, breastfeeding counselors, childbirth educators, Dunstan Baby Language educators, HypnoBirthing® practitioners, IBCLCs, infant massage instructors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation specialists, pre and post-natal massage therapists, and pre and post-natal yoga instructors. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Dunstan Baby Language
Made famous by Oprah, DBL has helped millions of parents around the world. Priscilla Dunstan discovered DBL (Dunstan Baby Language) shortly after her son was born. With her photographic memory for sound she soon discovered that all babies, no matter what their background or language, make the same sounds which each have distinct meanings.

As a certified DBL instructor with Morning Calm Birthing Services, I will teach you how to interpret your baby's cries. Crying is instinctive and is an auditory response to a physical need. These reflexes are used by healthy full-term babies around the world during the fourth trimester (0-3 months). Parents can learn to distinguish the different cries and know what their baby needs.

Topics Covered
  • Aftercare for moms
  • Baby blue and postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding latch and positions
  • Bottle feeding, formula feeding, and pumping
  • Breastfeeding problems and solutions
  • Breastfeeding tips
  • Newborn care: sleeping, bathing, feeding, burping, changing, and crying
  • Dunstan Baby Language 
  • Finding time and space as a couple of the baby is born

Teaching Methods Used
  • Grab bag
  • Critical thinking
  • Lectures
  • Partner activities 
  • Hands-on practice, such as breastfeeding and changing
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Physical activities, such as those for labor and birth positions
  • Role Plays
  • Scenarios  
  • Videos


You might also be interested in . . .

About Me
I have been involved in the birthing field since early 2013. I hold a number of certifications, such as Dunstan Baby Language educator and breastfeeding counselor. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Postpartum Support in Seoul, Korea

Updated 25 September 2016

I am currently only offering breastfeeding support in the Osan area. Please see this post to find people who work in the birthing field, such as birth doulas, breastfeeding counselors, childbirth educators, Dunstan Baby Language educators, HypnoBirthing® practitioners, IBCLCs, infant massage instructors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation specialists, pre and post-natal massage therapists, and pre and post-natal yoga instructors. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

If you're looking for sanhujuriwons, which are traditional postpartum facilities in Korea, you can find out more here.

You might also be interested in . . .

About Me
I have been involved in the birthing field since early 2013. I hold a number of certifications, such as postpartum doula and breastfeeding counselor. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Breastfeeding Support in Seoul, Korea

Updated 25 September 2016

I am currently only offering breastfeeding support in the Osan area. Please see this post to find people who work in the birthing field, such as birth doulas, breastfeeding counselors, childbirth educators, Dunstan Baby Language educators, HypnoBirthing® practitioners, IBCLCs, infant massage instructors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation specialists, pre and post-natal massage therapists, and pre and post-natal yoga instructors. Feel free to contact me with any questions.



You might also be interested in . . .
About Me
I have been involved in the birthing field since early 2013. I hold a number of certifications, such as  postpartum doula and breastfeeding counselor. I am also as a La Leche League Leader. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am not an IBCLC. If you're looking for one, here is a list of lactation consultants.



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Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.




Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Childbirth, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care Classes in Seoul, Korea

Updated 25 September 2016

I am currently only offering breastfeeding support in the Osan area. Please see this post to find people who work in the birthing field, such as birth doulas, breastfeeding counselors, childbirth educators, Dunstan Baby Language educators, HypnoBirthing® practitioners, IBCLCs, infant massage instructors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation specialists, pre and post-natal massage therapists, and pre and post-natal yoga instructors. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

I highly recommend taking a birthing class. Birth can be challenging in any country, but even more so when you're abroad. Knowledge is power and knowing what options are available will help you approach your birth calmly. Since each person brings different knowledge to the class, no two classes are exactly the same. Below you can find topics that are usually discussed in class as well as teaching methods used. Many international health insurances cover birthing classes and invoices can be provided.


Topics Covered: Before, During, and Immediately After Birth 
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise and posture
  • Your attitude
  • Basic anatomy of labor
  • The normal physiology of labor
  • The role of hormones in labor
  • Sensations vs. emotions of labor: the fear-pain-tension cycle
  • Comfort techniques and relaxation tools
  • Medical pain relief options
  • How to find the right care provider
  • Common interventions in Korea
  • Signs that labor is starting
  • When to go to the hospital or birthing center
  • Sensations vs. emotions of labor: the fear-pain-tension cycle
  • Doulas
  • 2 basic approaches to pregnancy care and birth 
  • Effective communication and decision making skills
  • Birth plans
  • Stages of labor
  • C-section basics 
  • The importance of the first few moments after birth

Topics Covered: Postpartum
  • Aftercare for moms
  • Baby blue and postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding latch and positions
  • Bottle feeding, formula feeding, and pumping
  • Breastfeeding problems and solutions
  • Breastfeeding tips
  • Newborn care: sleeping, bathing, feeding, burping, changing, and crying
  • Dunstan Baby Language 
  • Finding time and space as a couple of the baby is born

Teaching Methods Used
  • Grab bag
  • Critical thinking
  • Lectures
  • Partner activities 
  • Hands-on practice, such as breastfeeding and changing
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Physical activities, such as those for labor and birth positions
  • Role Plays
  • Scenarios  
  • Videos 


You might also be interested in . . .

About Me
I have been involved in the birthing field since early 2013. I hold a number of certifications, such as childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.




Monday, 1 June 2015

Adopting or Fostering a Korean Child in Korea

Updated 6 April 2016

For those who are in Korea and interested in adoption, the group Adopting in Korea and KDAEKS: Korean Domestic Adoption for Expats with Korean Spouses are wonderful resources.
If you are dealing with infertility issues, look at the post about IUI and IVF in Korea.

It's very easy to become a foster parent in Korea provided you're fluent in the language. There's a 1-2 day class that you'll need to take. Check the above adopting groups for more info.

Trying to get pregnant can be a very emotional problem for couples suffering from infertility. KISS (Korea Infertility Support System) is a good support group if you're in Korea and are trying to get pregnant. Here are some recommended books about fertility and infertility.


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