My “Support” Page has been updated and my fundraising campaign is ready to go! I am super nervous and excited to see how this goes. I truly hope my expectations are blown out of the water and I have plenty of funds left over to start a “Future Midwife Scholarship” (creative name ideas for the scholarship are welcome). This dream is not for me; it is for the families that deserve to have access to midwifery care.
I am so excited to announce I have a new photography partner in crime and we have a special deal just for mammas due this Spring and Summer!
2 birth photographers for less than the price of one!
What is “the price”?
The price for BOTH photographers to attend your birth will be $225.
Birth photographers in the DFW area charge on average $600 per client and some are upwards of $1000
Why so cheap?
We prefer the term affordable rather than cheap. This is a new partnership so we have a system to work out and portfolios to build so we truly appreciate clients who are willing to work with us as we get off the ground. We promise just because our price is reduced we put in the same amount of work and effort all of our full price clients receive. We hope to reach clients that would not be able to afford a full priced birth photographer.
Why 2 photographers?
We formed this “alliance” because we both bring something valuable to the table.
I (Kelsey) have experience in the birth field as a doula and birth instructor. I am proud of my artistic ability and was a photographer for several years, but am a bit rusty on all the latest technology.
Bailey is a more experienced photographer with a great eye and west coast style. She is more technically inclined and has the equipment to back it up. She is also a lighting guru, which tends to be the hardest aspect when it comes to labor and birth photography.
Together we are everything you need to capture the irreplaceable moments of birth.
Having 2 birth photographers on call also reduces the likely hood of the photographer missing your birth
What kind of images will you capture?
Anything you want! Some clients want us there from the moment labor starts and other prefer us to wait outside until right before baby arrives.
You can see my photography archives here.
Bailey’s portfolio includes maternity and newborn photography as well.
What if I don’t want 2 extra people in the room while I birth?
We completely understand and respect your privacy. Birth is a very intimate time and we do not want to disturb your environment. If you prefer one photographer we would discount the price even further to $175. Which ever of us was on call first when your labor begins would be the one to attend.
What happens after the birth?
We typically stay about 1 hour after the birth to capture the first family moments. We would then put together a sneak peek for you available to view within 1 week of your birth. We would then put all of your proofs online in a protected gallery. You can choose from there to order prints or digital copies.
Please contact us with any additional questions you have. We look forward to working with your family during this life changing journey!
Kelsey Schwartz and Bailey Hall
(K) 214-477-2898 (B) 325-669-9336
The following Facebook status was written this morning by NaturallyBorn, an online community of moms and dads looking for and giving support to others. Of course when it comes to parenting boards there are bound to be disagreements. Giving your opinion on how you raise your child(ren) is one thing but flat-out bashing another parent who is doing their best is uncalled for.
The term “Mommy Wars” used to be reserved for Stay at Home vs Working Moms, but now it seems EVERYTHING a parent does is under the microscope. In today’s society parents tend to think,”if you aren’t doing something MY way….you’re wrong”. We are supposed to be the example for our kids, not the ones who teach them how to judge and attack others. You can be passionate about your parenting methods without disrespecting others choices.
Please follow NaturallyBorn’s hint and stay out of the conversations if you have nothing nice to say!
Interested in learning about cloth diapers?
Not sure what the pros and cons of cloth and disposable are?
We’ve got the class for you!
Join The Bump, Birth and Baby Network and Joyful Baby Planning and Parenting for “Intro to Cloth Diapering”
This FREE class will be held at Allen Birthing Center
Saturday November 10th, 2012 @ 4:30pm
Space is limited so RSVP now on our Facebook Page
Who: All North DFW moms who need a night out
Where: Savour Tasting Room and Social Club 968 Village Green Drive Allen, TX 75013
When: Thursday November 8th, 2012 from 7-10 (come and go)
Why: To socialize and relax with other moms before the chaos of the holidays hits!
Savour is providing food and drink specials to our group all night.
You can RSVP on our Event Page!
The Bump, Birth, and Baby Network is officially out and about in the community!
This week we worked our first vendor booth at the Little Lamb Consignment Sale.
The sale has one last shift during which the already great deals get even better!
75% off almost everything!
If you’re looking for kid’s clothes (infant to size 16), toys, nursery accessories, home decor, or books you have to check out this sale
The last day is Saturday 9/22/12 from 9am-1pm
Greenville Oaks Church of Christ 703 South Greenville Avenue Allen, TX 75002
Telephone:(972) 727-2551 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry for the late notice, but we have changed the location of today’s meet up.
Due to rain yesterday the ground is too wet for an outdoor picnic. If anyone is still interested in we will be enjoying brunch at 11:00 at The Villages of Allen.
Tootie Pie Cafe
109 E Stacy Road Suite 1408
Allen, TX 75002
I hope to still see some mommas and their kiddos this morning!
Check back soon for more events (that hopefully won’t be ruined by rain!)
Fall festivities are in full swing this month! Here are just a few of the local events going on in September that The Bump, Birth, and Baby Network is glad to be a part of!
Meet The Doula Night
Come meet local doulas and birthing instructors to see if their services are right for you.
Wednesday September 12th from 6:30-7:30
Hosted by The Nappy Shoppe
3253 Independence Parkway Plano, TX 75075
Mommas of the Metroplex Meet Up
Come meet other local moms and their little ones for a fun picnic at the park.
Saturday September 15th 11:00-1:00 (come and go)
701 Angel Parkway Allen, Texas 75002
Please see our Facebook Event Page for more details!
Freedom for Birth World Premier
Thursday September 20th – showings at 10:00 1:00 and 4:00
Hosted by Allen Birthing Center
406 W. Main Allen, TX 75013
What is Freedom for Birth? This powerful excerpt from freedomforbirth.com tells just a little bit about this worldwide revolution.
- “Freedom for Birth” is more than just a film. It marks the beginning of a movement that will focus global attention on the violations of women’s rights during childbirth all around the world.
- All women should have the right, protected by law, to decide where and how they give birth.
- The problem is that the rise of a dominant obstetric “machine” is robbing women of this right.
- The result is that many women are being subjected to medical interventions and c-sections they neither want or need.
- Tragically, midwives, the very guardians of normal birth, are being persecuted and criminally prosecuted to the extent that some have even been imprisoned.
- “Freedom for Birth” will highlight the human rights abuses happening right now in North America, Europe, Australia and beyond.
- And, the film will offer up a solution that can help protect womens’ rights
- And that solution involves you!
Please contact Kate Shepard to reserve your seat toda: email@example.com (please let her know which showing you’d like to attend)
Little Lamb Consignment Sale
Are you a mom who loves to save money on name brand items? Check out the Little Lamb bi-annual sale! This non-profit sale benefits several Collin County charities. Visit their website for more details http://www.lil-lambs.net/
Hosted by Greenville Oaks Church of Christ
703 South Greenville Avenue
75002 (Northeast Entrance)
- Thursday, September 20th5pm – 8pm
- Friday, September 21st9am – 1pm
- Saturday, September 22nd 9am – 1pm (Saturday is half-price day on most items)
A short and to the point article about the rallies being held tomorrow!
Even if you can’t join in tomorrow, this website is one you must check out if you have even the slightest interest in child-birth rights for women.
The Largest Women’s Rights Movement in Decades
A monumental uprising is on the horizon. Thousands of men, women and children will gather on September 3rd. The rallies are being hosted in over 100 major cities, coast to coast, for Improving Birth’s “National Rally for Change on Labor Day”. Thanks to the intricate nature of social media, ImprovingBirth.org has been able to organize a massive movement to bring awareness to the lack of evidence-based maternity care in the US. With supporters like talk show host Ricki Lake, super model Christy Turlington tweeting about the event, and sponsors such as “InternationalCesareanAwarenessNetwork” and the “AmericanAssociationofBirthCenters,” this is sure to be an impactful event.
Much of scientific evidence takes an average of 20 to 30 years to become standard practice in our maternity care system; this is an unacceptable time table especially when talking about the well being of mothers and babies. Until we get it right, we are needlessly subjecting mothers and babies to major abdominal surgery, the long term side effects that go along with that and the unnecessary risk of death for both.
“Despite the dire situation, this is not a protest,” says Dawn Thompson, founder of ImprovingBirth. “It is a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the outdated practices that have been proven time and again to not be what is best for mothers and babies.”
Ina May Gaskin, Midwife and Right Livelihood Award winner, says “We need medical practice standards at both the federal and the state level that would address C-sections performed without medical justification and assure more mother-friendly births and fewer medical interventions during labor.” This is just one of the six steps Gaskin believes to be essential in obtaining better maternal healthcare.
Improving Birth was founded with the vision of encouraging hospital administrators to review their birth-specific policies and procedures. We ask that they implement incentive programs for doctors and nurses to get up-to-date information and education about the most current care practices. The U.S. outspends every country in the world for maternity care, and yet we rank #49 for maternal mortality rates. In fact, Amnesty International reports that “women in the US face a greater risk of maternal death than nearly all European countries, as well as Canada and several countries in Asia and the Middle East.”
We Can Do Better.
Are you a mom looking for something fun to do with your little one?
Want to connect with other moms in the area?
Join the Bump, Birth, and Baby Network for our first ever Momma Meet Up!
Mommas of the Metroplex Picnic
Saturday September 15th
11:00-1:00 (come and go)
Celebration Park 701 Angel Parkway Allen, TX 75002
Since this is our first event we wanted to do something affordable for everyone. So we thought what’s better than a picnic at the park?!?!
Simply bring a blanket, snacks, and of course your kiddos.
No RSVP necessary. We will set up around the main pavilion close to the play set so older kids can run around.
If the turn out is good and there is a lot of interest, we’ll look in to hosting larger events!
See you at the park!
Check out the Facebook Event Page to see who else is going!