Baby Feeding Rooms in Lausanne

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In general, the Swiss are very tolerant with public breastfeeding. If you can train yourself to do it in a public place, you can just pull a chair in any café and get down to business. I nursed my daughter for 19 months and my son for 2 years and 7 months – so with a total of 4 years and 2 months I believe I can vouch for breastfeeding friendliness in Switzerland. They would even smile and wish bon appétit to my babies. I had nursed everywhere, including inside metro m2 when it was stuck in between stations for 45 minutes and baby got hungry.

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Birthday Giveaway (1/2): Baby Gift Set from Mamastore

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It’s my 40th birthday week and I am so happy to be able to host 2 giveaways to celebrate this new decade of life! Here’s the first one from…

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Mamastore was launched by two mamapreneurs. Zuzka and Sisa are best friends, who recently ditched life in corporation in order to provide stylish essentials for modern mamas.

Seeing what they offer on their online store make me want to jump into a time machine and bring all those things back for my babies. Argh, seven years too late for us – but perhaps not for you! Or your sister or best friend!

Their current offers on the store couldn’t come more timely. As it gets colder and colder outside, they make sure that babies will remain warm while retaining all the comfort and style with all those blankets, feet warmer, footmuffs. There are everyday essentials too such as this adorable Chic Chick nursing pillows (where were you when I was still nursing?), nursing covers, and bamboo towels. Oh, I could go on and on.

To make it even more hard to resist, most products come from small labels (made in EU) and all promise premium quality as well as uniqueness in their approach, materials, design, and style. Of course, these mamas made sure all are machine washable.

For this giveaway, Mamastore has kindly offered this Swiss Chalet red Cuddle Up Baby Gift Set (photo below, value of chf99.90) to one lucky reader.

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To enter the competition you have to let us know the product(s) that you love the most from the store*. Comments are accepted until Sunday 22 November 2015 at 11:59pm. The lucky winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on this page! Good luck!

Participant must have a valid Swiss address as Mamastore will ship the prize for free.

FYI If you’d like to purchase anything from Mamastore during their current promotion time, get 10% off by using code: LM10INTRO

 

*Do you want to know what I would choose? This blanket and these shoes! And the above mentioned nursing pillow, of course!


Winner announcement on 23 November 2015:

The winner of Baby Gift Set from Mamastore is…

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Comment #8! Congratulations Laura! You will hear from us by email soon.

I thank everyone for participating and Mamastore for the possibility to host this giveaway!

Bébé à la Bibliotheque – Baby Story Time

In case you didn’t know, the libraries in Lausanne regularly have baby story times.  These events are held many times per year at 3 different libraries – at BMJ, Montriond and Entre-Bois. It is for free, no registration nor reservation needed and older siblings are welcome!

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I think this is one of the best places in Lausanne to introduce babies to the wonderful world of books and stories, and to the language French if you don’t already speak it at home.

In addition, the libraries also offer events in many other languages than French: Albanian, Arab, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Somalian, Tamil, Tigrinya, and Turkish. I have the flyer with me, I will try to scan it and put it on the blog.

You can check the schedule of the events at the libraries here.

 

*Image was photographed from a flyer, courtesy of Les bibliothèques de la Ville de Lausanne

Mia Tui Bags Now in Switzerland – and there’s a Giveaway!

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Women and handbags! Yup, we know 🙂

I think you can imagine my excitement to host a giveaway for Mia Tui bags. These are bags that have won awards for their unique interiors and are designed with both style and practicality in mind. They are waterproof inside and out, and have multiple pockets designed with internal accessory bags so that you can change the use of your bags in an instant. That means that moms really don’t need to carry diaper bags that scream BABY. Stay stylish while having wipes and diaper handy, and you can even keep cold/warm milk in the insulated bottle holder.

Even better, it’s not just about mommy bags, as the complete range includes so many styles, colors and sizes. They are good for everyday use as well as to go to the gym, pools, and for traveling.

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As part of their launch day festivities Mia Tui Suisse are giving away one fabulous Grace bags in the gorgeous claret colour, worth chf75. To enter the giveaway, you must answer this question: “Why do you need a Mia Tui bag in your life?” Leave the answer in the comment section of this post until Monday, 26 May 2014 11:59pm. Winner will be picked via random.org and announce on this page. Good luck!

 

You can also follow Mia Tui Suisse (and their special offers) via their:
official shop
facebook
Twitter @miatuisuisse
or email them at suisse (AT) miatui.com


Winner announcement on 27 May 2014:

And random.org picked:

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Comment #14, left by Liew SL! Congratulations you lucky lady! You will receive a PM from me soon.

 

Those of you who didn’t win and are still struggling with your current bags/backpack/travel bag should grab the current offer from Mia Tui Suisse: 20% off all Minnie Amelie bags. The Minnie Amelie is the perfect bag for day trips or long weekends. This fab offer is available this Ascension holiday week only. To claim the discount, enter code HOLIDAY14 at checkout.

I wish to thank all of you who had participated in this giveaway and Mia Tui Suisse for the possibility of hosting this fab giveaway, as well as for bringing such great products here to CH!

Favorite Corners : Payot Libraire

You must know by now that I love books. The last few months, my kids and I have been going to this corner of Payot bookstore very often.

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This is the area where they have the books from l’école des loisirs, of which we are HUGE fans. Very good quality story books for babies and younger children, by well-known illustrators and authors. The ones on those shelves on the right are my current favorites. They are thin, light and the perfect size to carry around inside my bag. I carry 2-3 of them all the time and they never failed to work their magic to my kids. FYI we commute by train and I don’t give my kids my iPhone to play with in public places as I am too scared someone will steal it directly from their hands. So I use books instead 😉

The books cost only around CHF7 each, and if you and/or your kids read French, I think they would make excellent stocking fillers. They are also good books to learn/improve French, btw.

Payot Libraire
Place Pépinet 4
1003 Lausanne

*This is not a sponsored post. I’m just a happy costumer.

This & That Week #45 – Nov 2013

For the sport lovers:

For the food lovers:

For safety:

  • First Aid for Child Injuries Course in Lausanne, 19 Nov 2013. More info and registration here.

For fun:

  • Starbucks Mums & Mums-to-be meetup in November: in Starbucks St Laurent on Tuesdays the 12th, and 26th November from 10:30am to 1pm. The group usually sat round at the back to the left.
    (Not a Lausanne Mom event, but I used to attend and loved it too!)
  • A Charity Craft Sale will take place on Thursday 14th November 6.30pm to 9.15pm at All Saints Church Hall, Ave de la Prairie 40, Vevey.  Proceeds raised will be given to MEDAIR Emergency Relief & Rehabilitation Organisation.
  • Did you give birth at the CHUV? I found these lists of first names of babies born there and it was fun to know that another girl born in CHUV within the same year share my daughter’s name and 4 other boys shared my son’s.

And finally, an independent mommy business worth mentioning:

  • Sheila Chacko Marsiglia offers “Sacred circle yoga – Vinyasa yoga and meditation for women”. On Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00 in Pully. CHF30/class. Sheila’s yoga teacher trainings include Bikram Yoga in 2002 and Dharma Yoga in 2006. More info : sheilachacko (AT) gmail.com or 078 881 4071

Salon Babyplanet 2013, Beaulieu, 11-13 Oct 2013

The annual Salon Babyplanet will come next week at Beaulieu. This is the event to attend by parents with babies and parents-to-be, as you can find many attractive offers under one roof. There are also special programs like photo shooting and play areas for the bigger children (including bouncy castles and Bobby Car circuit), workshops (cupcake decorating for kids and baby sign language), and many demonstrations (baby wearing, baby massage, etc).

The entrance fee costs CHF11/adult (children up to 12 years go in for free, 12-16y pays CHF8).

*Image courtesy of Babyplanet

This & That Week #14 – April 2013

Hiya all,

Hope your Easter was wonderful! We started a tradition of celebrating Easter as a family holiday this year. As it was our first time, we didn’t do too many things, but it was surely fun for my 4.5y daughter to decorate the eggs and for both kids to egg hunt.

I apologize for not doing the “This & That” post for a while. I’ve been having too much on my plate, and to be honest, I felt a bit unmotivated these days. I think I need a real vacation, but with single salary and 2 kids, looks like we won’t be able to afford it anytime soon 🙁 So we’re doing staycation again this Easter holiday. How about you? I sure hope you are enjoying the Easter school holiday with the kids, where ever you are.

 

I have quite a list this time:

  • Circus Nock in Lausanne starts this Friday, until 17 April 2013
  • IKEA currently offers 20% off all toys for IKEA Family members, until 6 April
  • Early Parenthood Support group. The first group will be held on Monday, April 8 at 15.00.
  • Baby Sensory Classes in the Suisse Romande (the page on facebook)
  • The next scheduled coffee mornings in Starbucks, St. Laurent are on Tuesdays the 16th and 30th April 2013 from 10.30am to 1pm. No RSVP required. Find the group at the end of the café.
  • New Tai chi courses starts this April. Open house Monday 15 April – 9:00-11:00 and 19:00-20:30.
  • A blog for those of you living in or near, or interested with Nyon: Living in Nyon
  • Have kids who are ready to taste some jobs? Apprenticeship at the Swiss Post
  • Want to speed up on a motorbike in a real circuit? Here’s your chance

And finally, I also would like to warmly welcome Lausanne Mom’s newest supporter: Hayley Hay Photography. Don’t forget to “like” their page on facebook!

Happy Spring!

xx

Doula Week 2013: Birth Story by a Dad

This week is the World Doula Week that will last until tomorrow, 28 March. I’d like to use this opportunity to celebrate and thank all the wonderful doulas out there, by sharing some birth stories from parents who were assisted by doulas during their births. This is the third story — and this one is written by a local dad!

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Our first birth was a prolonged one, complicated by a umbilical cord that was wrapped around our unborn baby.  It took a long time for the midwife or doctors to tell us what the problem was, and I partly suspect they were unsure themselves.  After hours of what seemed like pointless pushing my wife was talked into having an epidural, which was not part of our birth plan.  From there we ended up in a preped op room with one last chance at a natural birth in the form of a Venteuse assisted extraction.  We were lucky, and on the second of three potential “heaves” that the doctor had allowed us, our little baby arrived.  While he was fine, the clinical atmosphere of the theatre meant that the nurses whipped him away for weighing and cleaning.  My wife could hardly see him, for all he knew, he had no mother in those first very important moments of his life.  Continuing the clinical experience, my wife was refused a drink and treated coldly as she was sewn up.  It had been over a day since the birth had started, it was 4 in the morning, and everyone was exhausted.  The experience was unpleasent, leaving bitter memories of the staff.  Having a second child was far from my mind for many years after that.

When we decided to have number two, my wife found out about doulas and convince me, even though I was sceptical, to invite one round to our house for an informal chat about what role they play in a birth.

I was pleasantly surprised at how a doula could help, and how it wasn’t just about having someone present at the birth to help with decision making in potentially stressful times.  We engaged the doula and over the last few months before the birth I learned all about different types of pain management, stages of birth and all the options available to us, from birthing centres, through birthing pools, all the way to c-sections in case of emergencies.  I am the sort of person who likes to be fully informed before making decisions, and I was surprised to learn how ill prepared I had been for the first birth, even though I had attended three antenatal classes, one of which even included a video of a home birth (somewhat of a shock to my unprepared mind!).

With a birth plan in hand and all my questions answered, the day finally arrived when number two decided to make a start.  We had decided on a birthing centre.  As we waited at home for the dilation to reach the required diameter, I assisted with pain relieving techniques and words of encouragement that we had discussed during the planning of the birth.  This helped my wife a lot and gave her the energy to carry on in a very positive manner.  Due to a minor complication (waters broke, but nothing else really got moving), we were encouraged to go to the local hospital rather than the birthing centre, to reduce risk.  We had learned from our doula that c-sections can often result from simple decisions due to complications early in labour but we had also learned about understanding risk and what the complications meant.  This meant that we were part of the decision making process, rather than having someone decide for us.  That empowered us to feel in control, and because we had a well designed birth plan prior to all this, we were able to look positively toward the chance of a pool birth.  Our doula helped organise this, partly as she spoke perfect french, which I don’t – another reason to have a doula if you live in a foreign country!

A day later, the labour was induced, but not in a negative way.  Rather, my wife was given a drip on a mobile stand meaning she could be mobile herself, during the labour.  That is something which is very important and which I had not understood during the first birth.  During the first birth, doctors had told us it was advisable to have an epidural without telling informing us of why or that its effect (no mobility) could be negative.  There had been no dicussion at the time, which makes sense – there isn’t really time during a birth, because the doctors have to rush from one patient to the next.  Having all the facts before the decision needs to be made makes the decision making process much easier.  The doula can also intervene and give you the information which a doctor may not have the time or inclanation to do.  In our case, mobility may have entirely changed the first birth, and the lack of a doula could be attributed to nearly ending up with a c-section.

Being mobile, allowed my wife to try lots of different pain reducing positions – on a swiss ball; leaning on the bed; squatting on the floor; whatever took her fancy with the ensuing contractions.  With each one, the doula had a new idea on how to manage the pain.  My wife could give feedback and the three of us worked out the best approach for the next contraction.  As well as helping to relieve the pain, it gave us lots to talk about which helped pass the time – another important aspect!

After a few hours, the pool was filled and still on the mobile unit, the three of us and the midwife moved next door to undertake the third and most painful stage of the birth.  The contractions became more intense and longer.  The banter became more serious.  Slowly but surely, baby number two was well on the way to delivery.  Time passed swiftly and before long my wife was taking the last few pushes to conclude a comparitively perfect birth.  “It’s a girl!” was followed by sighs of relief and tears all around, including the doula.  Such a magical experience, one never to be forgotten!  Baby was introduced to Mummy immediately, during stitching, and within minutes was latched enjoying her first milk.  All this had occured with no medical pain relief.

While a lot of the improvements in the second birth were down to a better hospital, the doula helped not only with her presence, but because she enabled us to make properly informed decisions when they mattered.  Would I use a doula again?  Definitely.  Even though I know more about births than before, I’d need a refresher course before undertaking a third birth, and you never know what will happen on the day, where a doula might be able to help.

Our doula was also a hobby photographer and happend to have her camera with her.  A few days after arriving home we received a CD filled with lovely photographs of the successful adventure we had had.

 

*Link to: the first and second stories of this series

*Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Doula Week 2013: The Story of Catie’s Birth in London

This week is the World Doula Week that will last until 28 March. I’d like to use this opportunity to celebrate and thank all the wonderful doulas out there, by sharing some birth stories from parents who were assisted by doulas during their births. This is the second story — written by another local mother, although the birth was in London.

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I have had two births and two doulas.  My first birth was in London and I was keen to have a homebirth and to be as empowered about my choices as possible.  I wanted a doula so that my husband would have as much support as I was expecting.  He’s not good with “out of control” situations, so I needed someone to help him so I could concentrate on doing my “job”.  He was skeptical about the doula and even more so about the homebirth, but with a lot of information and support from our local midwifery team, he was eventually as excited as I was.  We had several meetings with our doula, a wonderful, warm woman with a husky laugh from Somerset (we had been moving there mid pregnancy, but life changed and we stayed put, but as we felt a great connection with the doula, she very kindly said she would stick with us – at least a 2 hour journey for her).

During our meetings, she did what I had hoped she would do, namely make my husband feel part of the process.  I had already taken him to birthing yoga (oh yeah, I was that keen!) but chatting with Kate really made him feel engaged and “get” what I had been feeling for several months.  We were so excited and happy and with eyes wide open to all the possibilities, we approached 41 weeks quite confidently.

Exactly at 41 weeks, labour started and although my husband went completely hyper and filled the birthing pool with 50 degree water and tidied the hose away, saying it would cool down in time (I can laugh now….), once our doula arrived he calmed down, as he felt there was back up.  She mostly just left us to it, gently encouraging my husband to be the best labour supporter I could have and as he was confident with the support, he relaxed into helping me during contractions.  She was the person who suggested it might be time to phone the midwives and when they arrived, she did not interfere medically, she just helped fill them in with the progression.  She made cups of tea, made sure I was drinking water and when out of the blue I started bleeding and the decision was made to call the ambulance, it was her who gathered up the bags, turned the lights out and made sure we were calm and confident.

The transfer to hospital was the only time I was afraid during my labour, and it was not because (as many people assume) my homebirth dream was over.  I had said all along that if I needed to go to hospital, then it would be for a very good reason and I would happily go.  No, it was because it was the only time I was not able to move about and have my freedom to labour as I wished.  I was strapped to a stretcher and every contraction was very uncomfortable, the paramedic would not stop talking and I was out of my previous very calm headspace.  Our doula suggested that my husband swap places with the paramedic so we could hold hands, something we would never have thought to ask and something that calmed me down enormously.

On arrival, the loveliest midwife met us and helped us get settled.  She was smiley, welcoming of the doula and kept spirits high.  As labour progressed, my husband and the doula took turns in having a break (lucky them!).  It was such a comfort to know that at any time I could look up between waves of concentration and find a smiling, supporting person there to chat to.  She kept me relaxed and encouraged my breathing.  She helped me to visualise open fields and made me breath out with loose lips to help release tension.  All helping to relax me and open the cervix.

When the inevitable shift change came, the smiley midwife was replaced with a sour faced jobsworth, who instantly changed the atmosphere in the room.  I turned to our doula and said “tell me I like her as much as the last one” and she told me that this new midwife had a lovely smile.  Now, even at the time I knew she was just trying to keep me in the zone, but I needed to believe her and it worked, labour was not hindered.  Our lovely doula kept our options open when the new midwife wanted me on the bed and labouring on my back.  She had enough knowledge and experience to be able to persuade them to allow me to carry on bouncing on the ball.  When the second stage started and the totally unexpected gutteral roar ripped out of my throat and the midwife told me to be quiet (!), it was my doula who suggested I project the energy inside to aid the process – a kinder and more useful way of saying the same thing.  When things got a bit crazy and a dozen medical personnel appeared, concerned about the baby’s heartbeat, and my husband hid behind a curtain in fear, it was Kate who held my hand and told me to keep doing what I was doing and not to worry about all the fuss around me.

She stood beside me and my husband as the final stages came round, she reminded the midwives (doctors had all disappeared by this stage, thankfully) that I wanted the baby placed immediately onto my chest if all was well.  And when after he was born and they jabbed me in the leg to hurry along the third stage when I had specifically asked for a natural placenta delivery, it was she who reassured my panicked face that because of the bleeding they needed to get the placenta out quickly.

After our beautiful baby boy was delivered, naturally, with no intervention and no pain relief and I was ecstatic that I had achieved what I set out to do, pretty much the way I had hoped to do it, she took photos of us.  To this day I look at them with such raw emotion that I cannot thank her enough for thinking of all the things we would not have thought to do.  I’m sure we would have managed, but her presence gave us such comfort and such support, that she holds a special place in our hearts forever.  She knew us, and she knew just how to keep the energy in the room and to have our backs when we were apprehensive about what was happening.  Even though the hospital staff was incredible and gave us a very empowering birth, it was just good to know that someone who knew us and our wishes was there to support us throughout.

 

*Read the first story of this series here

*Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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