Staci Bishop

Thursday, April 24, 2014

nYn Lip Balm Class $10

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make natural cosmetic products? Now's your chance.

As a part of my upcoming trip to Uganda, we will be hosting Missionary Encouragement Dinners. This gives us an opportunity to love on those who have been called to full-time work in this area. At the end of the dinner, they are given little goody bags and nYn is providing lip balms for each of these ladies.

Since I need to make a large quantity of lip balms (approximately 150) I could use some extra hands. I thought this would be a GREAT opportunity to share my knowledge with some of you. I've decided to host 2 lip balm making classes in my home on Saturday, May 17th at either 10:30 am or 2:00 pm.

Class sizes will be small (limited to 4 per session) to give each participant good hands-on experience with the process. Each session will last about 90 minutes. Maybe longer if we get to chit chatting. ;) At the end of the class, each participant will receive 2 lip balms to take home!

Interested? The cost of the class is $10 per person. Click the link below to sign up for a session time. I will update this post when each time slot is full.

Lip Balm Class  |  May 17  |  10:30 am or 2:00 pm


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Give the gift of nYn for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner. What better way to show mom that you love her than with a little love from nYn.

Our top seller continues to be the nYn Healing Salve ($6) which is great for a variety of skin ailments including sunburn, cuts, scrapes, burns, eczema and bruises.

Up next we have the ever popular nYn Lip Balm ($3) available in a variety of flavors. Choose between peppermint, lavender, grapefruit, orange or vanilla. Unscented is always an option too!

Our all-natural nYn Laundry Detergent ($6) also comes in a variety of scents and is safe for both regular and front-loading machines.

Maybe your mom would benefit from one of our new nYn Essential Oil Roll Ons ($7). Choose between our Stress Relief or Calming blend. The first one is great for headaches. The other helps with general relaxation but is especially helpful in obtaining a good night's sleep.

Summer will be here before you know it. Why not treat mom to some nYn Bug Spray ($7)? It's all natural, DEET free and smells great!

The nYn Combo Packs ($20) are perfect for mom's purse. They include 1 healing salve, 1 lip balm, 1 roll on and 4 bandaids in a nice little pouch.

If you need a custom package or scent, let us know.
Special orders are our favorite!

Mother's Day orders will be accepted through Sunday, April 27th and will be available for pickup starting on May 4th giving you plenty of time to ship (we can ship too) or deliver in person.

To place your order, contact Staci Bishop or select 
your items in the online store

*As a reminder, a portion of all product orders from nYn help to fund our homeschooling venture. Basically, you are giving the gift of health and education. Thank You!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Uganda Prep Update #2

Just joining in? Here's the backstory....
Things are going really well as far as preparations. My financial support has been coming in sure and steady, for which I am beyond thankful. Like, you have no idea how much each donation means to me. Hashtag "blessed" doesn't even begin to cover it. The Lord has consistently given me peace and comfort regarding this trip whenever I would get worked up about $3000. That's nothing to Him! 

I had enough in my MfM account to meet the first big deadline to purchase our group airfare tickets this week. PTL! The next deadline isn't until the end of May where I have to pay for accommodations. If you were planning to donate and it slipped your mind, it's not too late! You can donate through the Paypal link online. You can also make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to the address below and earmarking it for Staci Bishop. 

Mercy for Mamas  |  1604 Prairie Run Circle  |  Mulvane, KS 67110

Two weeks ago, I finally made it to the post office and sent off to have my passport renewed. Let's just say that a wee bit of time has passed since my last passport photo at age 19. I may have aged just a smidge. 
Up next is trying to find a travel clinic in the Nashville area who will allow me to receive my Yellow Fever Card with an exemption. Due to my personal convictions about health & wellness I have decided to decline the recommended vaccinations for international travel and this area of Africa. Yellow Fever is the only shot "required" for entry into Uganda but I should be able to file an exemption, according to others who have done this. Of course, it may be easier said than done but I'm certainly going to try. The alternative is going without the card and hoping I'm not asked for it when going through customs. I'd rather not take that chance if I don't have to. 

I've also began my research into alternative therapies and immune boosters against malaria and typhoid, the biggest disease threats in this area. I will be sure to do a complete post on that when I've got my regimen nailed down. 

Many of you have asked how you can become more involved by providing Mama Kits. I can't tell you how much it excites me that this cause has pricked your heart as well. You can make donations through Hope Venture on a one-time or recurring basis. The kits are a mere $7 each and provide sterile birthing supplies for a clean and safe delivery. They are then distributed by Mercy for Mamas on trips like the one I'm joining this summer. 
Please know that I treasure each one of you who are following along with me on this journey! Until the next update.... 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

[REVIEW] Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives (Documentary)

I was surprised to see this documentary on the shelf at the library. I thought the only way to see it was through a live screening. I've seen it twice before but I giddily checked it out from the library and watched it again at home. This time, I viewed it with my 7-year-old daughter.

Ina May Gaskin has been called "the most famous midwife in the world." This film details how she got her start in midwifery and how The Farm Midwifery Center has developed and changed over the years.

Her husband, Stephen Gaskin was the founder of The Farm after he traveled the country on a speaking tour with a caravan of followers in the early 1970s. The Farm became the largest intentional community (commune) in the U.S. reaching a membership of 1000 at its peak.

"We had a dream to be in community, to help each other out, to raise our children in a different way and to take care of the planet." - Farm resident

With a large amount of young families, navigating birth quickly became a priority. Ina May assumed this role by chance but it became evident that this was her life's purpose and she has now been in midwifery for over 40 years.

"I've learned from books. I've learned from doctors. I've learned from midwives. A lot of stuff I've learned from women and allowing myself to be instructed by women." - Ina May Gaskin

The women of the original community would often get together to share their birth stories and eventually they turned them into written pieces.

"If a woman is afraid, she will not be relaxed. We were creating our own culture about birth and fear was not going to be a part of that." - Ina May Gaskin

A compilation of these stories was put together into a book entitled Spiritual Midwifery published in 1975. This book has now been distributed all over the world and is even used as a textbook in some countries.

"Midwives predate doctors but this profession is in danger of being wiped out by the ever increasing Cesarean rate... If nobody has labor there will be no need of a midwife and a lot of knowledge will be lost." - Ina May Gaskin

Currently, women are coming from all over the world to have their babies at The Farm, even as far as Africa.  Families typically come a couple weeks before their baby is due and stay up to a week afterwards.

Ina May has been working on a project for many years, The Safe Motherhood Quilt, which brings awareness to the increasing maternal death rate in the United States. America ranks 50th in maternal death despite the face that we spend more per capita than any other country. Ms. Gaskin maintains that this problem is fixable.

"We need more people to see real birth." - Ina May Gaskin

The Farm has delivered all types of babies in a variety of scenarios. They still train their midwives for breech deliveries which is currently not being taught in obstetrics. Ina May also has a technique named after her, The Gaskin Maneuver, that works well in a shoulder dystocia situation. The Farm Midwives have a large Amish population that they work with and continue to deliver those babies by candlelight with no running water. They do not induce women and have a very low Cesarean rate.

"We still follow the same principals that we always did. You always do the least invasive thing first." -Ina May Gaskin

Overall, I felt this was a beautiful film that really captured the spirit of The Farm. They interviewed many of the retired midwives as well as the new generation of midwives who are filling the gap. Ina May is often seen at home with her husband Stephen and it's interesting to see how their love and respect for each other has grown over the years.

My daughter was hesitant about seeing the birth scenes at the start of the movie. She even said she didn't want to have babies. By the end of the film, she declared that she, in fact, did want to have babies. Not only that, but she wants to have them at home in the tub with a doula and a midwife. As an aside, she also said she didn't want to go to the hospital because "they are too fancy and might mess something up." I love that she is being shown from an early age that there is nothing to fear about birth and it's an everyday, normal occurrence where fancy hospitals aren't required.

If you want to see Birth Story, a digital download is available online or you can purchase the DVD. Or you may check your local library to see if they have it available, as mine did! ;) Be sure to check out the extras. They were full of great information too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

nYn Featured with the Nashville Birth Network

Today nYn is being featured on the Nashville Birth Network
Below is a brief interview I did with them. 

We had the privilege of working with Staci at our Empowering Birth Conference. She was amazing with her positiveness and her energy level. I would love to work with her again.

Staci Bishop, Owner of nYn, Certified Doula and Hypno-Doula

Why did you become a doula?

During my pregnancy I did a lot of research but, when it came time for birth, I realized that I didn’t know how to advocate for myself. I was steam rolled by a cascade of interventions and didn’t know how to make it stop. Not only do I want my clients to be informed but I want them to be empowered to stand up for themselves if needed. If things are veering from the birth plan, I can call a “time out” to give the family a chance to recognize their options and regroup.

Share 3 sentences about yourself.

I have been married for 8 years and just recently started homeschooling our 7-year-old daughter. I love all things related to summer including flip flops, water, and especially ice cream. My most memorable doula experience was a Leap Day baby!

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?

Honestly, I love watching the family fall in love. It happens almost instantly so you have to be looking for it. Mom meets the baby she has nurtured inside her own body and it’s love at first sight. Then, she looks over to Dad and feels such gratitude and admiration for how he cared for and encouraged her during labor. Dad falls head over heels for this little being that just made him a father (for the first time or the tenth, doesn’t matter). At the same time, he is amazed at what his Lover has accomplished and feels a deeper love and appreciation for her than he ever thought possible. It’s an honor to witness that moment and it draws be back again and again.

Tell me about your group.

nYn is a group of birth doulas providing resources for families in the Middle Tennessee area. We serve these clients during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period through education, encouragement, and hands on support. We respect all birth and parenting choices striving to help each family achieve their goals for labor & delivery. nYn believes that every woman deserves a doula! Potential clients may contact me for a complimentary consultation to see if nYn would be a good fit for you. Because we serve a variety of families, I’m always on the lookout to add more doulas to our team.