Who’s Having a Baby This Year??

Who do you know that’s having a baby this year? Tell them about our Parent-Doula Meet & Greet July 10th, 2010! Wouldn’t they be interested in a proven way to reduce the rate of interventions and use of drugs in their birth?

Women birthing with doulas, professional labor assistants who offer emotional & physical support to the birthing family, have been found to request 60% fewer epidurals, have 25% shorter labors, and have 50% less cesarean surgical births!  Both parents frequently report a more positive view of both their baby and their marriage when doulas are include in their births!  Along with many other benefits, these positive affects alone typically result in quicker recoveries, fewer breastfeeding challenges, less postpartum depression and strong bonding for mother & child, easing the stress of the early days of parenting.

The “Parent-Doula Meet & Greet” is a quarterly event here at Indigo Forest, a three year old Ann Arbor boutique & class studio which nurtures healthy families and lifestyles.  It provides an efficient way for parents and doulas to find each other; beginning with a brief review of the benefits of doulas,  parents then get a chance to hear local doulas take several minutes each to introduce themselves, and mingle together over tea and snacks.

Hosted by us, right here at The Indigo Forest, 4121 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI  48103.  Saturday, July 10th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  This event is Free, although pre-registration of both doulas & parents strongly are encouraged, as this is a ‘first come/first serve’ event.  734.994.8010.

Our Humanitarian Commitment

We all have the places in our lives that we give above and beyond our daily routines  – those groups, the causes, the people who touch our hearts and move us to contribute.  It’s come to our attention that maybe you’d like to know about some of the causes of which Indigo Forest is passionate.  Our efforts tend to come spontaneously, especially oriented towards mothers and families, when help seems most needed and we are capable of contribution.  We’ve done many things over our first three years in business, from donations to charity auctions to being a go-between for donated breastmilk for a motherless newborn.   Here are a few of our contributions during the last year:

  • To a Mom living with her family at Alpha House (a homeless shelter in AA for families), we donated a Fancy Free Nursing bra, Peace & Calming Spray, medicinal essential oils and MotherLove Nursing herbs.  Then  Medela Corp. teamed up to also donate a Pump-N-Style breastpump & Medela bra so that this mother of a 3-mo-old could meet her work obligation without endangering her baby or milk supply!  (She said her milk supply started to come back up from the herbs by that afternoon!) If you are also interested in helping Alpha House, more information here.
  • To the Weston Price Foundation, a Beeswax Honeypot for their Annual Membership Event.  For great info on nutrition, click here.
  • To The Rudolph Steiner (Waldorf) School, we donate 10% of woolen sales of our Steiner Family customers, and craft supplies to the Holiday Bazaar Children’s Shopping Room. Great education.
  • With volunteers going to Haiti after the earthquake, we sent a large box of varied sunscreens and salves.  Beth’s Uncle, Dr. Don Smith, is the Chairperson of the Disaster Relief Committee for Church of God Ministries.  This organization has been responsible for the now only Prosthetic Clinic on the entire island, and has committed to substantial rebuilding of homes and health care facilities (with the unusual commitment to cover admin. costs through other funding channels – 100% of donations go to projects indicated.)  If this sort of health care mission or ministry interests you, these are especially fine folks.
  • To Doulas Care, we donated a Beeswax honeypot for their silent auction fundraiser.  More on their volunteer birth support program.
  • To Ann Arbor Baby Wearers and the Ann Arbor Weston Price Foundation, space made available at no charge for meetings and gatherings.
  • To The Ann Arbor Co-op Preschool, a dollhouse for their silent auction fundraiser.
  • To the members of a small Afghanistan village, via direct link through friends of Indigo Forest, clothing that we collect through-out the year.  The political winds often make maintaining the new (girls & boys) schools very difficult, and while the climate is very hot in one season, it’s bitterly cold and windy in the other.  Desperately needed are all plain supplies for school (notebooks, pencils, zip lock bags), and all things warm for all ages & genders, fleece & wool especially.  Men tend to need warm boots & windproof outwear, as they patrol rough terrain at night to protect their families from the Taliban.  Very modest & NO images, all baby things of every description lovingly appreciated.  Can you imagine your despair if there was literally no way to keep your new baby warm? Bring your outgrown things by any time for an extraordinary good deed, or check in your school’s lost & found for good condition warm clothing that is ready to be donated.  Call for our open hours to drop by items – 734.994.8010.

Would you like to make us aware of another good cause?  It’s part of our commitment to ‘pay it forward’ – please send your  favorite causes to Beth@VisitIndigo.com – perhaps we’ll be able to include it next year!

We’ll continue to give in all the ways we can, nurturing the well-being of families locally and globally.  Your support of Indigo Forest, a local Mom-owned business, also helps to support these other families! May you also find your heart expanded through the love you share with the world.

Safe Play Sand

Until my research-oriented husband brought me up to date, I had no idea that SAND could be anything but safe, did you?   He found that the sandbox sand generally available has notable levels of airborne asbestos, silica, and other environmental contaminants, (elements you do NOT want your child breathing in as they pour the sand, especially with the history of asthma we had in our family!) and then went to work finding a ‘safe’ source. The result five years ago was the biggest dump truck in the universe showing up with their minimum order – 18 cubic yards!   Our uber-sandbox held 6 c.yds., (6′x8′x 4′ deep!), and then he began the selling off of the remainder.  This now-annual event allows a wide range of local families to stock their sandboxes for the year with the cleanest, safest sand available!

You probably are familiar with the wonderful benefits of a sandbox for your little and middle-size ones – once you supervise them past the tasting stage :) , they will pour, pound, pat, scoop, shovel, swirl, mound, fill, dig, push, sculpt and craft for endless happy hours.  Since kids are wiring their computers (brains) with every tactile & sensory experience they can find, sand delights & serves them at every level.  So will your tired toes when you can’t resist scrunching them in too!  (I speak from experience.)

So-Today, Friday 6/11, the big ‘ole dump truck is going to dump a ginormous load (as my kids say) of this washed & naturally-occurring sand in our parking lot (no sharp, dust-generating ‘fractured edges’ of commercially ground construction sand here!).  You can email Chris (ccb1@umich.edu) directly to reserve your own little summer oasis  (and arrange a p/u time), or leave a msg. at Indigo Forest for a call-back (734.994.8010).  Five-gallon buckets to multiple yards, word-of-mouth already has about half of it pre-sold, and it’s expected to be gone by mid-next week.  We really want our loyal Indigo Forest fans to have the best, so don’t dilly-dally if you want a sandbox this summer!