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Nurses provide birth and breastfeeding support | Sioux Center News

SIOUX CENTER—Three area nurses are working to improve childbirth and breastfeeding support with doula and lactation services as well as free classes.

Kyla Byl from Sheldon, Ashtyn Hoekstra from the Sioux Center, and Brenna Anema from Ireton work as the Northwest Iowa Birth Nurse to share their skills and education.

Their first class to talk about the basics of a woman’s body, birth, baby and breastfeeding is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Sioux Center Chiropractic, 81 W. First St., Sioux Center.

“We are your best friend from birth,” Byl said. “Our goal is to provide education for parents so they are prepared with tools to understand the job.”

This is the first in a series of courses that grew out of their teamwork, which formed over the past year in their desire to fill the gaps they saw in labor education and workers’ knowledge. parents about the birth process and breastfeeding.

Byl, 25, first started the Northwestern Iowa birth nurse last spring. For the past three years, she has worked as a registered nurse at an area hospital and has taught labor and delivery clinics to Dordt University nursing students.

“I felt there were gaps in the system that educated and supported women in labor and I wanted to do more for women in my community,” she said. “In 2021, I became a Childbirth International certified birth doula. From there, my dream as a Northwest Iowa birth nurse was born.

She continued her birth education by attending Spinning Babies workshops and a Bundle Birth Nurses Physiological Birth course.

Hoekstra, 30, also a birth doula certified by Childbirth International, contacted Byl about a partnership.

“I was a nurse for eight years, first in the clinic and then in the hospital,” Hoekstra said. “I loved working in OB, supporting mothers in labor and I had such positive support for the birth of my four children, I wanted to be able to do it for someone else. Becoming a doula always had me intrigued but being a nurse and having four children at home, I wasn’t sure if I could fulfill this role without reinforcement. I contacted Kyla, asking if we could work together, be each other’s replacement, cover shifts.

It was gratifying to work together.

Hoekstra said they seek to help mothers feel empowered by their birth, regardless of the outcome. She and Byl can do this as doulas by combining their medical training as nurses with training in techniques using optimal position changes, relaxation, massage, acupressure, hydrotherapy, hypnobirthing, hydrotherapy, essential oils, rebozo and much more.

Anema, 25, has been a nurse for five years. Having her first of two children four years ago led her to become a lactation consultant last year and join the Northwest Iowa Birth Nurse to help bridge the knowledge and skills gap. the education she saw women had about breastfeeding.

“Having my son started the whole process for me because, even with my nursing background, I thought eating would just be natural, but it was far from it,” she said. declared. “I also didn’t know which resources to contact.

” I learned a lot. A big problem is the idea that people think breastfeeding is all or nothing, but that’s just not true. Whether you choose breastfeeding, combination feeding using supplements, or choosing to pump exclusively, I want to learn more about the options so moms can choose the path that feels best to them and provide support in the direction they choose.

This support, she said, includes tips and tricks to make breastfeeding more comfortable, help for infants with reflux, an explanation of supplement options, and a discussion of how breast pumps and pumps work. their pieces to help moms get the best milk out of their breast pumping sessions.

The trio offers its main services for hire to those within a 75-mile radius of Sioux Center.

“All women should have access to this information,” Byl said. “We don’t want to keep the keys to an independent birthing or nursing experience to ourselves.”

“Offering free courses on the basics will hopefully help others learn more about the options available to them and may encourage them to research those options further,” Anema said.