The Weekly Newsletter for Heart of Houston Birth and Wellness Families and Friends
Hello, dear ones. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month and we are going to take some time in this issue of the Bumpdate to honor those losses and the impact they have on us. If you are not in the emotional place to share this space with us that's okay, you can skip today's discussion and jump to the events. Our goal in highlighting pregnancy and infant loss is to remind folks that there is no time limit on grief. With all the attention on the reversal of Roe vs. Wade this past summer we've seen more discussion in the media about pregnancy and infant loss. No matter the gestational age, the loss of a wanted pregnancy or child can affect both the gestational parent and their partner. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study in 2019 that showed that 27% of people who suffered a loss fit the criteria for a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis one month out. Nine months later that number reduced to just under 18%. Nine months. Grief takes time.
Our friend and grief expert Jodie Gonzales, LCS of JAH Grief Services says she, "...wish everyone knew that grief is hard. That it isn’t something we can “get over” with three days of bereavement leave from work. That grief is a lifelong journey. And that it’s not something you have to do alone. I hope each grieving person has someone or someplace they can go to be honest about their experience and find meaningful support. Sadly, even those with very strong support systems often feel isolated after a loss because those supports don’t know how to help." There are many local and national resources available to help connect you to a mental health provider or support group, this is a great place to start. Remember that everyone will feel each loss differently but we are always here to walk beside you; know that you are not alone.
Car Seat Safety
We're super happy to partner up with Megan Rasmussen, founder of Crazy for Car Seats for a Saturday morning class here at the birth center. If you've wondered what car seat is best for your vehicle or how long you should keep your baby in which seat, this is the class for you. Megan will demonstrate how to correctly install your seat and how to pick the best seat for your family. Class is $25 and open to the public. Included in this price, "a free virtual seat check and parents can text me a picture of their newborn before their first car ride so I can do a quick visual check. It will also give students a discount on a future in person seat check." Space is limited so snag your spot soon.
Sex During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Our favorite pelvic floor physical therapists are back for a chat on one of our favorite topics, sex! In case you haven't noticed, no topic is off limits when you get your care here. We love answering all of the questions about all the things so we've invited Karen Kowenski, PT, DPT, WCS and Aya Cardellini, PT, MS, ASSECT, CSC of Empower Yourself PT on Sunday November 6th from 2-4pm
Also new to the lineup is Mariposa Spanish Literacy Project. This class is for families interested in beginning or improving their Spanish. This class is free and open to anyone interested in finding out more about the program. For ages 3-5, class will be Saturday October 22nd from 9:30-10:30 with in overlap for 5-7 year olds beginning at 10:30 until 11:30. you can register on our event calendar or email the instructor.
This Week's Events
All events, classes and circles are now at 6550 Mapleridge 77081
Postpartum Support Group: Alternating Wednesdays 10-12 on Zoom. Every Thursday in person 10-12. Link to zoom room has been sent to all HOH clients and Whole Heart Collective members. Email Jessica if you need more information.
Feeding Clinic: Twice a month during Postpartum group. Keep an eye on schedule for specifics
Queer Parent Circle: Second Sunday of every month 2-4pm Open to the public!
Birthworkers Circle: Second Sunday of every month 11am-1:30pm