Why bother learning anything “new” when it comes to giving birth? Maybe because you’ll be very surprised at the difference it can make —and that such “new” methods have been around way, way longer than any of the modern-day doctor-hospital birthing methods have.
‘Pinkpeas Pregnancy and Parenting Care Center’ is a family-centered, community-based, nonprofit pregnancy and parenting care group of midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and lactation educators who provide complete pregnancy, birth, and parenting care to families who are “healthy and low risk.”
The name Pinkpeas refers to baby toes!
Corrine Flatt, in-house midwife, does primary client care, assisted by others in training who all participate in pregnancy care and facilitate Midwife Circles. Among the many hats they wear, you’ll find La Leche League Leaders (lactation counselors), childbirth educators, and doulas (labor coaches). They also have a maternity photographer and a placenta encapsulation specialist, and sport a whole array of sensible, custom, affordable gear to help birth and raise a baby in safe, comfortable devices.
Topics that might be covered at a circle include: Bacteria is beneficial; Colostrum from mother’s milk has extreme value to the newborn; What is a midwife? What is a doula? “Sewing up vs. not…”
Laughter, answers and a welcoming vibe are key to the gentle nature of these women as they circle around pregnant women in a way reminiscent of simpler and more loving times. No rushing. That is replaced by long loving looks. Hugs. Tears. Answers. Friends.
Flatt said that life-long friends are made here, which in turn develops a tremendous environment for the children who enter the world through this way.
Midwifery is the second oldest profession and is honored to this day in many cultures. But what exactly is a doula? Doulas or “mother the mother…” is also known as a labor coach, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after delivering a child, as well as assisting her partner and/or family, by providing information, physical assistance, and emotional support. The continuous support during labor by doulas is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits.
Certification and training is offered to doulas, though there is no oversight to their practice. The goal of a doula is to ensure the mother feels safe and confident before, during, and after delivery. Doulas can be considered controversial within medical settings due to advice to mothers to avoid unnecessary hospital setting interventions and pursue natural birthing without epidural sedation or caesarian section births.
Pinkpeas is located on bus lines 104 and 206; there is plenty of parking on South Valley View and Charleston Blvds. as well. One of the
other services they offer is that of calculating conception date. “With our Calendar 3,000 years old you add 8 days,” said Flatt.
The Hopi believe the earth is known and revered to be as alive as humans: “Earth is mother and we are made from her flesh.” When you realize that essentially we are what we eat, this is less poetic and more truthful at a deep necessary level — a truth of which we are mostly unaware, to our own peril. I admired their knowledge of the great circle of life and was sad to realize we have lost much of this to profit-oriented, sterile, rushed birthing. Such beautiful traditions touched my heart: I read that when a Native child was born, a “Corn Mother” (a perfect ear of corn whose tip ends in four kernels) is placed beside it for a specific amount of time and with much meaning. On the fifth day, the hair of mother and child is washed, and ceremonial offerings are taken to the child’s umbilical cord.
Modern science has just recently caught up with tradition where the value of the umbilical cord was known, respected and incorporated into life. And now they speak of stem cells from the cord as a source for medical treatment. With much additional ceremony (not noted here) the birth is honored. For nineteen days the native house of birth is kept in darkness. (No bright lights, blinking, screeching machines, rushed strangers’ hands, cold instruments, lack of smell of parents, etc.) In the early morning hours of the twentieth day, all aunts of the child arrive carrying a “Corn Mother” in hand — each wishing to be the child’s godmother. Such a welcome! How loved that child is and must feel, knowing it isn’t alone in a cruel world.
Pinkpeas Open House Information Fundraiser Fair is this Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Enjoy FREE carnival fun inside Pinkpeas and at Rotary Park directly behind Pinkpeas, 3920 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV.
Have fun, bring children and learn about the organization. There will be hot dogs, face-painting, animal balloons,
carnival games, bounce houses and much more.
Guest Speakers will include:
—Corrine Flatt, Pinkpeas Midwife
—La Leche League
—Azure Standard Food Co-op
—Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op
—Dr. Koury from Chiropractic for Life
—Elissa Wahl from R.I.S.E.
—Marissa Filippis with Writing Adventures USA
—Vegaroos-Babywearing support group, Liz Kerby and Dr. Mongi from Renaissance Health Center
—Bradley Method and Plum Tree Baby childbirth classes
—Kate Wilson from “Birth: Revolution Style” on Freedomizer radio and many more!
There will also be raffle prizes from 50 vendors who have
donated the prizes to help fund community efforts of Pinkpeas.org