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Labor Tools: Water
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In Their Own Words: Marshall Family Cesarean Story
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Labor Tools: Water

The main topic of our Bradley Method® class on Friday night was the first stage of labor.  Through the course of class and discussing labor techniques, one of our students asked if we had used a birth tub, and was it a wonderful as they have heard.  I had to answer honestly, “I don’t know!”

What we do know and teach as part of the Bradley Method® curriculum is that water IS an effective labor tool for pain relief.  It is one of several comfort measures we discuss.  (Side note: It has many applications besides labor – think of the whole philosophy and practice of hydrotherapy.

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 14-18, 2014

Spring has sprung here in Arizona.  As the temperatures warm up, please remember to take the extra prep step and have plenty of water in with you whether you are walking, strolling, or driving.  There are lots of fun events coming up this week, as well as some events to share on the weekends.

A reminder that this week's Wordless Wednesday theme is Babywearing: How do you wear your Sweet Pea? 

As we highlight Cesarean Awareness Month, we recognize that babywearing is especially beneficial to cesarean families to encourage bonding while you simultaneously heal from the birth and revel in the miracle of life.

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 12-13, 2014

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonIt's a great weekend for Science and Fun!! Check out the science activities happening today across Chandler.  Tomorrow is the Dia del Niño celebration at the Phoenix Zoo.

Planning Ahead:
Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd (NEC of Chandler Heights and Lindsay Roads)
Free admission and great for all ages.  Fun & educational activities – discover nature, science and the great outdoors!  Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations, and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from on-site vendors and exhibitors.

In Their Own Words: Marshall Family Cesarean Story

Annika and Danial were students in our Spring 2013 class.  As with all of our students, they prepared using The Bradley Method in order to have a natural childbirth.  

Through the course of the class, we have a session on cesarean birth in the event that a student's path of labor has to follow that for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  As part of the process to avoid an "unnecesarean" we teach many communication tools throughout the twelve weeks for a couple to use for

Birth News Update: April 10, 2014

What a great week to get back into reading about all things pregnancy, birth and baby!  Lots of neat developments for families who are seeking fertility treatments, a possible breakthrough to treat pre-eclampsia, and another biological explanation about why those Sweet Peas just don't sleep through the night when they are newborns (another one in case you needed to remind yourself that your sleepless nights are just "for now" - they do eventually get really good at sleeping!!)

Wordless Wednesday: Breastfeeding

This week's theme for Wordless Wednesday was breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period.  Whether you birthed vaginally or via cesarean, it is possible for mothers to breastfeed.  

Our first series is of a mama feeding in the recovery room after a cesarean, and a day later, still swollen from the drugs used for the induction and the cesarean.  She went on to have a great breastfeeding relationship with this Sweet Pea, and was our student for her VBAC baby in 2013.

The second set of pictures are from our births.

Inside Look: Vbac Junkie

Jesse Franks is a mom who I had the honor to meet early on in her VBAC journey.  She is now a co-leader of the ICAN of Phoenix Chapter and admin at the facebook pageVbacjunkie
She is not only an amazing mama and leader, she is also a talented artist.  She has graced many a belly cast with her imaginative art, and she recently opened anEtsy shopto celebrate birth.   

What motivated you to start a making jewelry? 
I can't remember a time when I wasn't motivated to make jewelry!

Birth News Update: VBAC in the News

I recently wrote an article on evidence-based practice for The Clarion, the newsletter published by ICAN and sent to it’s subscribers.  I thought it fitting to dedicate this week’s installment of “Birth News Update” to the most current information in cesareans and VBAC.  Here are the articles I used as references in my writing:

This document from ACOG sets new goals for the obstetrical practice as a whole to re-evaluate their standard practices and make necessary changes to reduce the primary cesarean rate:

Wordless Wednesday: Cesarean Awareness Month

This Coach still got to cut the cord - you can preserve some elements of your birth plan, even if it plays out differently than you prepared for.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC):

SPB students working through VBAC labor

ICAN of Phoenix leader and baby*

ICAN of Phoenix leader, husband and VBAC baby*

We celebrate ALL births at Sweet Pea Births - ALL Birth-Days are the first day of your family's life. That is not to say there is not grief or sorrow for a birth that doesn't go as expected - we hope and pray that with time, glimmers of joy can be gleaned from your birth experience.

A Letter To You, The New Mother

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April 2014: What You Wish You Knew

Remember when you got your first positive pregnancy test? What do you wish that woman knew? Write a letter of love and encouragement to that awesome mama just starting her journey.
Dear New Mama:
Yes, you.  I skipped over the “mother-to-be”.  You are already growing life, and you are already aware of that life and protective of that life…as I see it, there is no “to-be” in mothering.  It is a state of being since you got your BFP.
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