Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guest Post: Meet SD Babies!

Meet Alicia:  About myself: Alicia Fonder, RN, CLC, LCCE, CHBE. I have been an RN since 1998, working for the last 10 years in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, Childbirth Education and Lactation Consulting. I am the mother of two children and I also Homeschool. My passion is helping other women have the best birth, breastfeeding and parenting experience possible.

South Dakota Babies is a partnership between Alicia Fonder and Andrea Rasmussen. Our goal is to
provide childbirth education, lactation consulting and newborn parenting in an individualized format.
We offer personalized education and assistance in the client’s home rather than in a large group setting.
We know that families who receive one-on-one care and personalized attention rate their education and
breastfeeding experiences more highly.

One of the most effective classes we offer is “The Happiest Baby on the Block”. This is a world-renowned
program developed by Dr. Harvey Karp which focuses on calming fussy babies and helping babies (and
parents) get more sleep. Andrea and I were the first Certified Happiest Baby Educators (CHBE) in the
state of South Dakota. These techniques produce amazing results!

Andrea and I have been in the Childbirth Education field for over 15 years combined. We are both
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE) and have experience in all areas of Childbirth Education
and Newborn Parenting, so we can tailor our education to meet the needs of the client. It’s not a one-
size-fits-all type of education.

Our partnership with Elegant Mommy provides a location for moms to gather and learn in a small
group setting. It is not a lecture where everyone sits in rows and watches a power point presentation.
This is group education done conversational style. Everyone participates. We are sharing ideas and
information, not just “teaching” you what we know. At Elegant Mommy, we are presenting “Hot Topics”
twice a month on anything related to babies and parenting. We look for the “Hot Topics” in the media
and on mom blogs to see what moms are talking about.

Our next “Hot Topic” will be Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30pm at Elegant Mommy. Dr Jaclyn Schular will
present on the following information:

Tooth decay is a preventable disease. As parents, the choices that we make for our children can directly
impact their dental health now and in the future. This talk will attempt to share information about
concrete ways we parents can reduce our children’s risk of tooth decay. Things like altering the makeup
of bacteria present in the mouth, reducing the amount and frequency of sugar intake and fluoride
consumption will all be covered. Other miscellaneous topics like teething, sippy cups, pacifiers, and
bottles will also be discussed. This information is meant to be quick and easy to put into practice right
away from one mom, who happens to be a dentist, to another.
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