Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Here is the video with the answer to today's question. Keep scrolling for more of the information we learned in our Bonus Class with Jennifer, and for links to on-line meditation resources!
Q: "What things can we do to help decrease the need for an episiotomy or the likelihood of a perineal tear?"
A: Here is a list of seven things you can do during pregnancy and while you are in labor to birth with an intact perineum. The written list and more ideas are listed below.
We were happy to welcome Dr. Ross back to our class this week. Every session, we offer a bonus
class with him so he can share his perspective on having a healthy pregnancy from a
physical, chemical and emotional standpoint.
He also share information about chiropractic care for pregnancy,
postpartum, and the newborn. The last
portion of class is dedicated to teaching techniques that may be helpful if the
couple experiences back labor. It is a
full and awesome class!
Today I am sharing a couple of segments as they relate to
the physical aspect: nutrition.
I taped my first vlog this morning!!
When to go to the birthplace is a common question we get from our students, who are still primarily choosing to birth in a hospital setting. This information is also applicable if you are transferring to a birth center or having a non-emergent homebirth transfer.
A non-emergent transfer is the most common type of transfer when it happens in a homebirth setting. The midwife and patient decide together that the family wants a different kind of observation if they feel things might be shifting away from healthy and low-risk.
Amniotomy, also known as Artificial Rupture of the Membranes
(AROM) is the surgical rupture of fetal membranes to induce or expedite labor.
Amniotomy is used to start or speed up contractions and,
as a result, shorten the length of labour.
Artificial rupture of the amniotic membranes during labour,
sometimes called amniotomy or ’breaking of the waters’ was introduced in the
mid-eighteenth century, first being described in 1756 by an English
obstetrician, Thomas Denman
I continue to search for words that are not "Birth Bumper Stickers", and instead allow for a mother to reflect and find meaning for herself and her particular birth journey.
Today I was feeling like a little Georgia O'Keefe was called for - so many of her images are about openings, and that is exactly what I invite you to do as you experience pregnancy and birth journey: open ourselves to the experience and embrace the lessons that lie within it.
No matter how we birth, after the Birth-Day, we all become parents.
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding. More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE
Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
Why, yes. Yes, I did.
When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed
out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the
Christine & BJ Bollier
Bradley Method© Birth Story
Our goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by
teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together. The reality is
that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.
Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth
does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The
Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth
with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.