2nd Breastfeeding Basics Workshop

Thank you sis Hidayati for organising this again~

“Dear beloved sisters,

Back by popular demand! A 3hr workshop on breastfeeding basics for our sisters, by our sisters, specifically pregnant mothers or new mothers just learning to breastfeed.

When? Next Saturday 5 Mar 2011!
…11am – 3pm
Breastfeeding Basics Workshop by Doula Hanani

What?
Intro & Welcome
Myths abt Breastfeeding
Why breastfeed? & other facts
How breastfeeding works (practical exercise, using balloons or you can also bring your own baby sized doll/teddy)
Breastfeeding problems
Q&A

What to bring?
It will be a potluck lunch so if you can manage, bring something simple and healthy! Fruits, sandwiches, salad and finger food are some ideas. But in small quantities (for 5pax) pls, so there won’t be wastage.

Please RSVP for the workshop, or indicate interest if you are not sure you can make it yet πŸ™‚ We do this on a voluntary basis and we need a min of 8 mothers to run the workshop so please please indicate interest quickly if you are a pregnant or new mom interested in learning about breastfeeding. You can also bring your mother/helper (Malay-speaking ok), but lets keep this ladies only so we can freely exchange our questions etc.

Hope to see you! And please pass the word around esp to other pregnant mommies you know!”

December Daze

I’ve been on a doula hiatus for December because am in the midst of ‘doula-ing’ for another big event come January – my brother’s wedding. I did just one ‘phone-doula’ (a new term I coined for doulaing over the phone) because this client’s hospital wouldn’t give me clearance until I got my certification in paper. Alhamdulillah it went well and she was in established labour for only 1 hr! I don’t really like to doula over the phone because I don’t get to do much and I get very frustrated about it, lol! So I’ll make sure I’ll get my paper cert before I get called to that hospital again, InsyaAllah. At the same time, I am also making several friendly visits this month to new mums who need a hand or two to help them in breastfeeding.

Some quick updates that made me a very happy doula!:

1) One of my bfeeding class participants is successfully bfeeding after a c-section. I was very happy when she told me how empowered she felt that she changed her gynae at the very last min (>36 wks!!) just so she could have a chance to (at least) try to naturally deliver her breech baby. Her 1st gynae did not give her this chance and insisted she opt for elective c-sect. See how much impact a little gesture from your gynae can make on you even though the outcome (c-sect) is the same anyway.

2) I found a fellow Muslim and hijab-ed doula based in Kuala Lumpur!! So if you’re living in Malaysia and hoping to get a doula, leave me your contact details and I’ll get Nadine Ghows to get in touch with you πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for my next update! I will be posting pictures of the waterbirth tub in NUH. πŸ™‚

Dedicated for my mother

Alhamdulillah, my first breastfeeding basics workshop turned out to be quite a success even though we only had 4 attendees. I am happy and confident enough to conduct another one at a larger scale soon. Special thanks go to sisters Hidayati & Faeza, who assisted me in my workshop. I wanted to mention this earlier, but forgot to, so I’ll post it here instead: The most special thanks go to my mother, Halimah, for being the main advocate and support for my breastfeeding journey. She also encouraged me to contribute back to the community in little ways that I can, therefore dear Mak, this first breastfeeding workshop of mine is specially dedicated to you. Thank you very much and I love you!

After the workshop, we had a small gathering session for ‘officers’ of the Breastfeeding Muslim Mothers’ Support Group at my house. It was a simple yet cosy get-together with about 9 of us, and we managed to sort out some affairs, mainly focusing on breastfeeding outreach to more Muslim mothers. Do you have any ideas you can contribute to make this possible? Comments are most welcomed!

If you’re pregnant and would like to attend the next session (possibly sometime in early February), email me at doulahanani@gmail.com. You can also request to join our support group in Facebook. More details soon! πŸ™‚

Breastfeeding Basics Workshop

I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to conduct my very first breastfeeding basics workshop on the 6th Nov organised by Breastfeeding Muslim Mothers Support Group (BMMSG). If you are pregnant and curious to know more about breastfeeding, please come!

Via Breastfeeding Muslim Mothers Support Group:

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Dear beloved sisters,

A group of us have decided to organise this support group’s first event! It will be a morning workshop on breastfeeding basics for pregnant mothers or new mothers just learning to breastfeed, and followed by a casual lunch gathering for anyone else interested to meet up, chat, and talk about breastfeeding! Tots welcomed too, details below!

When? Next Saturday! 6 Nov 2010
10am – 1pm
Breastfeeding Basics Workshop by Doula Hanani

1pm – 3pm
Breastfeeding Muslim Mothers Support Group Gathering!

What?
For the first part ie the workshop, Hanani will cover the following
Intro & Welcome
Myths abt Breastfeeding
Why breastfeed? & other facts
How breastfeeding works
Breastfeeding problems
Q&A

What to bring?
It will be a potluck lunch so if you can manage, bring something simple and healthy! Fruits, sandwiches, salad and finger food are some ideas.

Please RSVP (email to nurhidayati@gmail.com) for the workshop, gathering or both. We need a min of 5 mothers to run the workshop so please please indicate interest quickly if you are a pregnant or new mom interested in learning about breastfeeding. You can also bring your mother/helper, but lets keep this ladies only so we can freely exchange our questions etc.

Hope to see you!

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