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

Q&A with SPB: Can I put sunscreen on my baby?


Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up.  In the United States, Memorial Day weekend (which just passed) is our summer kick-off.  Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.

Here is VLOG I did today about sunscreens:


Summary:
NO if your baby is under 6 months old - their skin is less mature, they have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults.

Top 10 PostPartum Tips

So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet.  Welcome to motherhood!!

I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".

Baby Bonanza Spring 2015

We had the pleasure of participating in a brand new family event to hit the Phoenix scene last weekend.  It was co-hosted by PB&J Events andthe bump.

For those of you that missed it, or if you attended and didn't get to see all the exhibitors, here is a visual recap along with contact information for most of them.  I will be filling in the gaps as I have more time to look up websites.

So sit back, hit the scroll button (or start the slideshow by clicking on the first picture), and wander through all the aisles :)

Prenatal Connections

I never cease to be amazed at the way science catches up to what we know intuitively about mothers and children.

We have a "mother's intuition". Mothers dream their children's dreams. They can feel emotions or sense danger across miles of separation.

Why? Because their fetal cells literally reside in our bodies.THIS  blog post outlines many of the different ways our children's cells remain in us after we give birth, and how our bodies benefit from being pregnant. 

I believe it is never too early to start connecting with our babes.

In Their Own Words: Essential Oils

Happy Friday, friends!! I am excited to welcome Tina Lebedies as a guest blogger today.  She is a Bradley™  colleague and an essential oil enthusiast. 

We started using aromatherapy while I was pregnant with Otter.  After enjoying the benefits, I started exploring essential oils.  They have had a positive impact on our family.  I am happy to have Tina share her experience with them.

As with all things we offer on this blog, please treat it as a buffet - take what works for you and leave the rest.

Q&A with SPB: Midwifery Care

Happy International Day of the Midwife to the midwives of the world.

Facebook image - source:KNOW YOUR MIDWIFE

We are so blessed with so many amazing midwives in our birth community.  Here is a little more about why Sweet Pea Births advocates for midwifery care to be an available option to all birthing families:

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Two Cesareans and A VBAC

Here is our final post for Cesarean {Birth} Awareness Month. (I missed by a day when I was planning posts :/ Oops!)  

Today I am sharing two cesarean birth stories from SPB alumni families.  Both beautifully illustrate the gift of a cesarean when they are medically necessary.  

  • The Mangieri family welcomed their son via cesarean in March 2012, and went on to have a VBAC with their second child, a daughter, in December 2013.
  • The Schlueter family welcomed their son via cesarean in July 2013.

The Family-Centered Cesarean

For today...another one from the archives, originally published in April 9, 2013.  Updated April 30, 2014 to include information about microbiome seeding; and a gentle cesarean checklist of options to review with your provider and prepare for a cesarean birth journey.

A "Family-Centered" cesarean?  A "gentle" cesarean?  A procedure that is Woman and MotherBaby-centered?  What?  Did you just read that correctly?  

Yes, you did.  There is a "new" trend in cesareans that is hitting the mainstream consciousness here in the United States.

VBAC Preparation: Ask the Midwife

Our posts for Cesarean Awareness Month continue.  With their permission, I am sharing notes today that I took at an ICAN meeting presented by some Phoenix-area midwives in 2012.  

The main presenters and most of what you see below are the paraphrased words of Diane Ortega, CNM and Belinda Hodder, CNM.  They are midwives at Valley Women for Women, whose overall cesarean rate in 2014 was 7% in the midwife practice.*

Also in attendance and adding commentary to some of the answers was another CNM in the area.

Q&A with SPB: Self-Care for Mamas


We have spent a lot of the month sharing information about cesarean birth, VBAC, and CBAC...

Ready for some pampering and renewal?  Some TLC??

 We are excited to announce that our friendsBlue RussandJennifer Hoeprich are teaming up to host a Magical Mother's Day for mamas in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Jennifer stopped by to visit with us...here is a little more about their event coming up next month.

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