First Time Parents Workshop Series: What to Know Before Giving Birth

I am so happy with the turnout of the first ever First Time Parents workshop series entitled “What to Know Before Giving Birth”. This was an idea that I had when I was pregnant with Baby Zeeka. I wanted to create a workshop that would guide parents as they went through the whole experience of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, taking care of a newborn, then eventually, taking care of a toddler. This idea was then made possible by a partnership between ManilaWorkshops.com, Medela Moms, Inc. and The Learning Basket.

Last June 1, 2013, the day started early for me. I had to feed Zeeka early in the morning so that she wouldn’t be fussy on the ride going to Medela House. For those who are wondering where Medela House is, it is at #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City. We got there at exactly 8:00 am. We had enough time to set up for the event.

Our sponsors started arriving, too! 🙂 St. Patrick though already gave us the free socks to be included in the kit days before the event. These are really very cute socks.

This is the booth of Mama Chows of Raquel. They gave free yummy lactation cookies to our workshop participants. They also served our lunch for the event.

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Indigo Baby and Mamaste Art were also there to showcase their products and services. It was great to finally have met Mimsy of Mamaste Art. I find her services so cool! My sister-in-law availed of her belly casting services when she was pregnant with Noah.

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And of course, our Co-sponsor, StemCord Philippines, Inc. was also there to talk about Cord Blood Banking and explain their services to the attendees.

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This is me, welcoming the guests to the First Time Parents Workshop. I had a wonderful time explaining to the attendees where the idea came from.
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Our first speaker was Dr. Diana Liu Sarmiento. She is actually my OB and I really love her! She takes time to answer our questions all the time, which I thought made her a good speaker for the workshop. I was right!

Dra. Sarmiento is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She completed her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UP-PGH and proceeded with her fellowship in Trophoblastic Diseases also at the same institution. She is a consultant at the Asian Hospital Medical Center. She is also a writer for the Women’s Health and Wellness section of Yahoo! South East Asia. I love that she has her own website where she entertains questions from readers. This section is called “Magtanong Kay Doc”. Her website is www.filipinamd.com.

During the workshop, she discussed the pre-natal check up and creating a birth plan. The attendees asked a lot of questions and they were all answered by doc.

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The next speaker was also very impressive. She was Ms. Cecile Bayaga, who is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian.

Miss Ces discussed Nutrition during Pregnancy. I learned a lot from her. She discussed the vitamins and nutrients that are essential for a pregnant lady. She also discussed exercises that you can do while pregnant.
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Lunch was then send served by Mama Chows of Raquel. Mama Chows sells lactation cookies that are so addicting! I am about to finish one box already!
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After lunch, Ms. Phoebe Tsai-Te, President and COO of StemCord Philippines, discussed Cord Blood Banking. I actually availed of their services when I gave birth to Zeeka. I was really happy with their fast and reliable service.

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Mimsy of Mamaste Art then came up to share her belly casting services with the attendees. I love her work and I think that she is so creative! She can help pregnant women create belly casts that they can keep to remind them of their pregnancy. They can show these casts to their kids when they grow up. She also shared the products of Indigo Baby, since Denise couldn’t make it (congratulations on your baby, Denise!).

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Polly Fong of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography couldn’t make it, but she shared a video with all those who attended. It was about Birth Photography. Here it is:

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And last but not the least, we had Daisy Lauron of Peek-a-boo Yaya Training Services discuss the topic maintaining a good relationship with yaya. She also discussed the Kasambahay Law.

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All in all, there were a lot of useful information that was taken from the workshop. I’m glad that the attendees liked that run of the First Time Parents Workshop Series. Sharing with you the blog post of one of the attendees! http://musingsanddoings.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/parental-and-baby-prep-what-to-know-before-giving-birth/ Thank you Musings and Doings for sharing this with us. 🙂

For those who want to sign up for the second workshop under the First Time Parents Series entitled Delivery and New Born Care, please sign up by visiting this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/05/first-time-parents-new-born-care.html

I hope that you spread the word about this workshop, and I hope to see and meet you in one of these workshops!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

PS. Feel Free to join the group that we created called Parenting Pals on Facebook.

Baby Fashionista: I <3 Pink

Hi Readers!

Is it already too obvious that my favorite color is pink? I love pink! I know though that when I grow older, I might change my favorite color, but for now, pink is the coolest color. Mamou and Papou were going to pick up mommy, yaya and I to go to SM Aura. Mommy picked out a whole ensembles for me.

Baby Fashionista: I <3 Pink

My pink onesie was from Debenhams (baby section). My green and pink shorts are from Osh Kosh B’gosh. I love the pink ribbon that came with the shorts. My jacket is from New Baby, but I don’t know where Mamou Annie bought it. And last but not the least, my socks are from Tippy Toes.

Check out my socks!

Check out my socks!

Check out my pink socks! My mama (great grandmother) says they look like shoes. These are actually is skidless socks.

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Tippy Toes

They come in different colors. This was a gift from my Tito/Ninong Gino! Thank you, Tito Gino! 🙂
My sock collection

This was my final pose before I leave for SM Aura! Doing a Donald Trump Impression…

"You're Fired!"

“You’re Fired!”

Yey! I love car rides! I was sitting comfortably in the car in my baby fashionista attire.

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Car Ride

That’s it for Baby Z’s Style corner for today. This is the lovely attire that I wanted to share. I hope you like it!

Love,
Baby Fashionista, Baby Z!

*I just love being a girl!*

HALO Sleep Sack

I read from the Center of Disease and Control website that there are around 4,200 SUIDs or sudden unexpected infant deaths per year in the US and 50% of which are caused by SIDS, which is the leading cause of infant death from 1–12 months old. The cause of death is either unknown or sleep-related suffocation. For sleep related suffocation, the main culprit is usually loose bedding. Bedding that bunches up around a baby’s mouth can cause dangerous re-breathing of carbon dioxide –– a leading risk factor for SIDS.

Here in the Philippines, we don’t hear as much news about SIDS. If we don’t hear about it, it doesn’t mean that there are no cases of  SIDS. We don’t hear much about this syndrome because of lack of awareness and documentation and NOT because it does not happen. A friend of mine attended a parenting seminar at St. Lukes recently and believe it or not, 5 out of 40 moms knew someone who lost their baby to SIDS. That’s already 12.5% of the Moms on that event! She also heard of a story, where a mom had just finished feeding her daughter a bottle and placed her daughter on the bed to burp. She only turned her back on the baby to clean up the bottles and when she came back, her baby had already died of suffocation.

I also heard of a baby that died, while he was sleeping beside the parents during a family vacation. How about you? Do you know of any similar story?

It’s good that babies are never left alone (laging may nakabantay) in our country. If not the parents, the grandparents, yaya or househelp, aunts and uncles, etc. are all willing volunteers to look after baby. But even if we watch baby 24/7, we know that as humans, we get tired and we fall asleep. We can practice safe sleep though. This is to keep babies safe while they are sleeping.

Here are tips for safe sleep:

We recently tried using a wearable blanket for Zeeka. We never really got to swaddle her when she was a baby. She hated the fact that she could not move her arms. We would then use a loose blanket with yaya watching over her when she slept. But of course, she would kick the blanket away from her so it was actually useless to use a loose blanket. Now that I learned about safe sleep, I was excited to try the HALO Sleep Sack.

The HALO Sleep Sack

The HALO Sleep Sack

First of all, using HALO SleepSack wearable blanket is safe. I would not have to worry about sudden infant deaths. I wouldn’t even have to worry about yaya dozing off at night. She can actually have her rest, too.

HALO is the only product to carry the seals of First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (CFSID).

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Zeeka in a HALO Sleep Sack

Zeeka in a HALO Sleep Sack

I had Zeeka try it and she loved it. First of all, the blanket had sleeves so she was free to move her arms. It was perfect for her! Also, she loves kicking her legs and I was glad that there was enough leg room. With a loose blanket, she would kick it until she didn’t have any blanket covering her. With this, no matter how much she kicks, she still feels cozy and warm.

I also love the feel of the blanket. I was also easy to wash. My yaya just hand-washed it and let it dry. And do you see the design? It was soooo Zeeka! She loves owls and it was a coincidence that the design of her HALO Sleep sack was an image of an owl 🙂

I would recommend it to friends and to you, my readers, since it really is safer. I hope that they would come out with more designs.

For more information about the product, please visit the HALO Philippines Facebook Page.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joy of Learning Giveaway

I wrote about the Joy of Learning event yesterday and guess what, I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the seminar!

For those who want to learn more about the Joy of Learning Workshop presented by Fisher-Price, please go to this link:
http://mommyginger.com/2013/05/the-joy-of-learning-workshop.html

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The Joy of Learning Workshop

If you want to win FREE tickets to the event, just follow the mechanics in the Rafflecoptre widget below!

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Winners will be announced on June 6, 2013!

Ej, Baby Zeeka and I (and our yaya) are definitely going so I hope to see you there! 🙂 Feel free to approach me so that I can get to know you! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

The Joy of Learning Workshop

I am an advocate of continuous learning! I believe that you should not stop learning — learning about anything and everything. Right now, I am very active when it comes to learning about how to be a good parent. With Baby Zeeka, i’d like to be the best mom that I can possibly be. This is the reason why I created the First Time Parents Workshop Series. This is to help other moms and dads who have the same goals as me. I am very excited to meet these parents on Saturday. I know that even if this is the first time that I will be meeting them, we will be connected by this bond that we share which is to be the best version of (parents) ourselves for our children.

For those who have not yet signed up for the First Time Parents Workshop Series: What to Know Before Giving Birth, do sign up now:
http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/04/first-time-parents-before-giving-birth.html

Use the code FTP1MG to avail of a 50% discount and pay only Php 600 for each participant.

Now, I also found this workshop that I want to attend. I actually signed up already and I will be going with my husband and our yaya. This workshop is The Joy of Learning Workshop.

The Joy of Learning Workshop

The Joy of Learning Workshop

This workshop is brought to us by Fisher-Price. This workshop will be about how important parents are (and I believe yayas, too!) in child development. It will be conducted by Carrie Lupoli, a child expert. This workshop will be on June 16, 2013 (Sunday) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Crown Plaza in Ortigas.

I’m excited to learn from this workshop and i’m more excited to apply my learnings!

To register, please visit: http://richwell.net/fisherprice/

Hope to see you and meet you on both events, Moms and Dads!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger