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Monday Mantra: I Am Safe
Bradley Day Family Festival
Win a Healthy Pregnancy Class+++
Earth Mama, Kickee Pants, Chewbeads and more!!
Info Sheet: Alcohol & Caffeine in Pregnancy

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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Monday Mantra: I Am Safe

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonI don't know of anything more iconic than the image of an ocean as an analogy for wideness.  I also love that the waves are visible in this image; that is another common metaphor in birth for the sensation of the ebb and flow of contractions.

I encourage you to reflect on these thoughts:
  • How will you create a space, or where your safe space be, so you can open wide and birth your baby? 
  • What kind of work do you have to do so you feel safe and enable your body to have a childbirth without fear?

Bradley Day Family Festival

I am so excited for our Bradley Day Family Festival...happening this weekend!!  

I have been MIA from the SPB blog in order to coordinate this celebration of Dr. Bradley's life and work.  Our intention is to host an event that informs families about healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting choices that are in-line with Dr. Bradley’s philosophy of “It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature”.

While Dr. Bradley was an advocate for natural birth, he was also an advocate for healthy pregnancies and a healthy lifestyle.

Win a Healthy Pregnancy Class+++

We are pleased to be participating in an on-line auction to help out another mama...pictured below is the Sweet Pea Births Prize Package for the Silent Auction to benefit Julie ofThe Progressive Parent:

You do not have to be local to Chandler, Arizona to bid on this package...if you have an internet connection and a webcam, I will teach you a web class and include the handout in the mail with the other prizes.

If you are in the metro Phoenix area, you have your choice of meeting me in our classroom space or doing it on-line - which ever is most convenient for you.

Earth Mama, Kickee Pants, Chewbeads and more!!

Where in the world has Sweet Pea Births been??
  • We are a homeschool family, and for the first time, I am homeschooling all four of our children this year! Otter is now old enough and Charger is officially in kindergarten, so most of my day is spent educating the Sweet Pea Kids.
  • I had three doula clients in the last two months, and we have one more baby due in November.
  • We are getting ready to host the Bradley Day Family Festival on November 9, 2014.

I am so sorry this blog has been neglected as I focus my priorities on our children and our doula clients.

Info Sheet: Alcohol & Caffeine in Pregnancy

Today we look at two of the substances many of us are concerned about using during pre-conception and pregnancy:  Alcohol and Caffeine.

If you are having a hard time giving up your caffeine, read more about consumption levelsHERE

Consuming Alcohol during Pregnancy
ACOG (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) & the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) position on alcohol is:
“There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink.

Birth Plans for Siblings

We have the fortunate situation where our alumni ask to come back to take a refresher course when they are preparing for their next children.  

When these couples take a class together, we still follow the same course outline because the material makes sense in a different way now that they have a reference point for what they are learning.

We also add a little section to each class to talk about sibling preparation.  This fall, we are going to devote some of our Tuesday posts to some of the material we are sharing with them "just in case" it may come in handy for some of our readers, too.

In Their Own Words: Chris Ortiz

Sweet Pea Births supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31
Sweet Pea Births supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31
Thank you all for joining us for another amazing year of breastfeeding advocacy.  Whether you joined us for the Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival in July, or have read our posts throughout Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August, it is always an honor to walk this journey with you.  (Links to all posts at the end of this interview.)

We close this month's advocacy with a very fitting voice.  We teach [partner]-coached childbirth classes.  Today's guest is Chris Ortiz, a Bradley™ Coach and Dad from our Fall 2013 class.

In Their Own Words: Dajanay

Dajanay Robinson ("DR") is a Winter 2012-2013 SPB alumni.  She and her husband took our Bradley Method® classes when they were expecting their first child.  She agreed to answer my questions about her breastfeeding experience from the perspective of a woman in the black community.

Although I have mentioned this in other social media, I want to re-iterate that Black Breastfeeding Week is an inclusive event.  While these questions are geared with an emphasis to inspire and promote breastfeeding in the black community, the campaign is designed for all women to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.

3 Ideas to Improve Black Breastfeeding Outcomes

Sweet Pea Births Supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31As we generate awareness for breastfeeding in the black community with  Black Breastfeeding Week, there is another topic that comes to mind as part of that dialogue.

I am an avid reader, and since 2010 I have been a childbirth educator.  There is one set of statistics I keep reading over and over again, and it's not improving.  The most recent update: In 2013, the United States was ranked 30th in the world for infant mortality.  It is reprehensible that in one of the leading industrialized countries in the world, third-world countries consistently outrank us at keeping babies alive.

Breastfeeding Comfort Kit

As Breastfeeding Awareness Month starts winding down, I want to share another video featuring Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler, Arizona.

One of the biggest factors that makes or breaks a breastfeeding relationship is the ability to get through the learning curve.  We see the beautiful, peaceful images of a content mother and a sleeping baby and say, "awww, that is what we want".  

While breastfeeding is "natural", virtually no one tells us that there is a learning curve to the whole breastfeeding relationship, and for some of us it is steeper than others.
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