Mama Bird is dedicated to providing FREE community events to support, promote, and celebrate breastfeeding! If you would like to donate to help Mama Bird and her efforts, please consider making a donation! Mama Bird is not a non-profit. However, all proceeds go directly to our birthing community!
Mama Bird has awarded birth doula scholarships, provided care to NICU Families and hosted many events with the funds donated by you. THANK YOU!
Mama Bird Presents:
Birth Doula and Kangaroula Training
w/ BirthWorks International and Trainers, Jill & Dr. Nils Bergman
Birth Doula Workshop
w/ Founder, Cathy Daub
Virtual Training Via Zoom
Tuesday - Friday
September 8 - September 11
9am-noon and 6-9pm
Advanced Kangaroula Workshop
w/ Jill and Dr. Nils Bergman
Virtual Training Via Zoom
Saturday - Tuesday
September 12 - September 15
9am - 1pm
About BirthWorks International Doula Program:
This is not an ordinary birth doula workshop. BirthWorks philosophy promotes the fact that all women are born with the knowledge about how to give birth and therefore birth is instinctive. What is instinctive doesn’t need to be learned. Rather, BirthWorks helps women to have more trust and faith in their bodies that already know how to give birth. The foundation of their course is human values which when put into practice increases confidence and decreases fear in birth. The workshop will be taught by Cathy Daub, PT and founder of BirthWorks International.
About Nils and Jill's Kangaroula Program:
*Note* All attendees at the Birth Doula Workshop on September 8-11 will be permitted to attend the Kangaroula Training September 12-15, 2020.
A Note from Mama Bird:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a BirthWorks Birth Doula and Kangaroula!
I am pleased to announce that I have partnered with BirthWorks International to bring Internationally-known Trainers, Jill and Dr. Nils Bergman to the US in September 2020 for a Virtual Birth Doula Workshop as well as an Advanced Workshop in Kangaroula Mother Infant Care. As you may know, Nils Bergman is a perinatal neuroscientist who has performed groundbreaking research on the decrease in preterm infant mortality with Kangaroo Mother Care.
A Kangaroula – How sweet does that sound?! A Kangaroula has additional training in skin-to- skin contact (Kangaroo Mother Care) and advocates primarily for the baby to provide this essential support for the health and wellness of both the mother and baby.
My Vision for Every Birth: The Kangaroula will provide continuous physical and emotional support to the mother throughout the labor and birth. Now with a trusted bond created between the mother and her Kangaroula, the mother feels safe in knowing she has this continued support, so that she can gain confidence in providing care for her fragile infant directly after birth. I yearned for this support person to help guide me through this uncertain time and to ensure my baby’s needs were met as I transitioned into this role of Mother. I needed my own Kangaroula.
Collectively, we all want our babies to thrive. Whether you are a medical professional or birth worker wishing to enhance your knowledge in mother infant care, or a mother with a passion for birth and supporting women throughout the transition into motherhood - THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU!
With the combined efforts and passion from our medical care providers, birth workers and mothers like myself, I know our Cleveland community will continue to be a visionary for mother infant care.
Together, we can gain further knowledge and skills to provide the best practice towards optimal health and well-being for both mom and baby. Looking forward to hearing seeing you in September!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at anytime!
Mama Bird is also providing partial scholarships to Past NICU Mothers who would like to become Birth Doulas and Kangaroulas!
Owner of Mama Bird
Certified Breastfeeding Educator
and Proud Preemie Mama
A HUGE Thank You to the following who, without you this would not have been possible:
Dr. Ann Witt @ Breastfeeding Medicine of NE Ohio
Dr. Candace Gesecki @ Cleveland Chiropractic
Dr. Jess Madden @ PrimRose Newborn Care
Lisa Falkenstein @ Nurtured Foundation
Jacklyn Bartcowski @ Beyond Measure Maternal Wellness
and of course, to my own Mama - Gramma!
2020 Mama Bird Donor List
Thank you for supporting Mama Bird and the Cleveland Birth Community!
The following businesses and individuals who made this all happen, THANK YOU!
Community is KEY - Here is a list of super helpful businesses who not only donated to my Raffle, but provide support throughout your transition into parenthood!
Join Mama Bird and Delivering Strength for a discussion about Pregnancy After Premature Birth- This is a wonderful insight to Mama Bird's personal story and how she uses her own experience to empower others!
Research Study regarding Safe Sleep for Pre-Term Infants
Caring for a preterm baby can be challenging. We are seeking ways to better understand decisions regarding sleep arrangements for preterm infants.
Research Study: Mothers’ Decision-Making Concerning Safe Sleep for Preterm Infants:
What are the influencing factors? The purpose of this research study is to identify factors influencing mothers’ decisions regarding sleep practices for preterm infants.
The study is being conducted by Beverly Capper, as a requirement in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Case Western Reserve University. Beverly reached out to Mama Bird during the development of this study. It was such an honor to discuss the relationship between mother and infant regarding breastfeeding and sleep!
This survey will help the NICU Medical Staff and NICU Families communicate and create the safest sleep environment for our tiniest humans. Thank you!!!
The BIG Latch On 2019 w/ Mama Bird was a HUGE Success!!!
Click on Group Photo to view and download all photos from The BIG Latch On!
Note* I am happy for anyone to share these photos. Please give Mama Bird credit for the event and Angela Huntsman Photography for all photography.
Thank you to Everyone who made this event possible:
All proceeds go directly to the Mama Bird NICU Family Scholarship 💓
With the support from local and mother infant geared businesses, we were able to raise enough funding to Sponsor a Cleveland NICU Family for EVERY Month of 2020!!!
This means that Mama Bird can put forth efforts in promoting the Mama Bird NICU Family Scholarship to all 5 Cleveland Area NICUs by working closely with the medical teams to help our most vulnerable, tiny humans and their families have the best start in their journey!
As a NICU mother, this accomplishment leaves me speechless. Thank you ALL!!!
Looking forward to another amazing year participating in The Big Latch On and other amazing community events to support, promote and celebrate motherhood and breastfeeding. Thank you for all of your support.
Also to the following Individuals:
Tessa Loos, Shaye Mullen, Joylnn Radin, Cynthia Muni, The Young Family, Stephanie Clark, Brittany Clark, The Bevins Family, The McConkey Family, Sage Litsky, Jacklyn Bartkowski, Lindsey Lewis, Lenaia Kramer, Tiffany Fischbach and all the mamas who trusted me along their journey!
"Making for Mamas" Event was a HUGE success! We raised enough funds to create over 250 fabric hearts for Cleveland NICU Families to donate during this holiday season and open up another "Mama Bird NICU Family Scholarship" opportunity!!!
THANK YOU so much for participating in our efforts to make life a little easier for these families. Thank you for helping 'Mama Bird' to continue to raise awareness, celebrate and promote the importance of breastfeeding!
All Photographs taken by: Marija Lemon @elemonart elemontart.com