Bella Vie E-Newsletter April 2014
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April 2014
New Faces around Bella Vie!

Please welcome Lisa Carvalho, the new addition to our administrative team!

Lisa has had lots of experience working in the medical realm, but is drawn to the more holistic and natural approach of Bella Vie. She feels that women are so amazing in how they bring life into the world and how they love the little people they create! When asked why she wanted to work at Bella Vie specifically, she answered, "The staff speaks for itself!"
Please welcome our newest midwife apprentice, Madeline Lutz!

Madeline is from the great state of Georgia and is a student at Midwives College of Utah. Her previous clinical experience has been at placements in Haiti and the Philippines. She drove across the country for an 18 month apprenticeship here at Bella Vie. She is looking forward to getting to know the Pacific Northwest, both it's beautiful nature and it's beautiful people!
Midwives Corner
Great news from Meredith

Dear Bella Vie families,

There’s a new baby hanging around the birth center these days….his name is Samuel Lev, and he is the adorable newest member to my family.  If you haven’t already met him, you probably will soon.  He’s pretty smiley and fun to be around, takes lots of naps, and will be coming with me to work in the coming months.  I’ve been back for a few “trial” clinic days in March, and it’s been smooth so far.  Turns out, we are a gaggle of baby lovers over here at Bella Vie (if you didn’t already know), so there are lots of arms and slings for him to nestle in besides mine if necessary.  I’ll be returning to the on-call schedule in April, so if you’re due after that, he might be around to help welcome your precious little ones too, along with your birth team.   As there are at least 3 people on all birth teams, this will not interfere with the high level of clinical care you expect from Bella Vie midwives.  My mom will be available for “back up” care too, if necessary.  She’s an experienced “birth nanny”, as she came to lots of homebirths with me when my daughter was a baby. There are plenty of places for her to take care of Sam at the birth center so that I can focus on you and your new baby in the birth room.

Look forward to seeing you soon,

Great Spring Saturday for a Food Swap!

On the 3rd Saturday of March we had a good old fashioned food swap at Bella Vie. We had about 15 swappers, swapping wonderful wares such as elderberry syrup, lavender sea salt scrub, granola, bone broth, raw chocolate peanut butter candies, and so much more! It was such a success and we had so much fun, that we decided to hold another one in May. Details to follow!
Natural Childbirth Classes at Bella Vie

Taught by our very own Jen Holland, this class will explore the benefits and transformative potential of natural childbirth. Learn the process of birth, the role of a labor support person, helpful positions and ideas to add to your "toolbox" for labor and birth, relaxation techniques to help avoid the fear-tension-pain cycle, as well as discuss standard tests and procedures and learn about newborn care, breastfeeding and babywearing. The class aims to prepare you for an empowering birth experience and a smooth transition into parenthood.

The class meets two Saturday's in a row from 10am-3pm. The next scheduled class will meet May 31 and June 7th with a backup date of June 14.

For more information or to sign up for a class, email Jen at
Bella Vie’s newsletter would love to announce the birth of your baby. We send the email newsletter to our mailing list of friends, families, and supporters of Bella Vie who love to know what’s going on inside our doors!

We would like to make "Bella Babies" a new feature of the newsletter, so for any of you who have already had babies in 2014 and would like to have your baby's name and photograph in an upcoming edition, please send the images and any information you would like included to and we will include them next time!
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