Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
This was first published in 2011 - sharing it again today since the holiday safety tips are still relevant:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our
children. They are filled with wonder at
the sight of our Christmas tree. They
love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in
them. They are so excited about Santa
and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from
all across the country.
It is so tempting to an exhausted parent...putting their Sweet Pea in a crib and closing the door to let them cry it out so that they can all get some sleep. We encourage our students to nurture instead of ignore their infant's cry in class, and in today's VLOG we share why we suggest our students find other options:
Our first Bradley Baby of the season has arrived safely earthside! Her mama shared that this phrase helped her immensely: the power is in the pain.She was able to refocus the sensation of pain and turn it into a positive during her labor.
As childbirth educators, we view pain as something to notice and inform choices in labor, not something to fear. Is there a different position to try? Could it mean that the baby is misaligned, and it's time to try some strategies to reposition baby?
Puma and I had the pleasure of attending a Club MomMe Family Fest earlier this month. One of the vendors we met runs a health care home-visit service. The co-founder, Angella Nguyen, is committed to bringing back the "house call" - read more about it in today's
Bruss taught class last week. As is our custom, he writes the next blog post as a follow-up to his class. Here are his thoughts on an original question he was asked last week:
I received a question from a student that
I've never had before. Specifically, I was asked, what was the single
most important thing I've learned from our first labor. What a great
question that was.
As a coach, going into the pregnancy and labor for
the first time, you don't know what you don't know.
I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum
was. Now, I know we talk about this in
the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea.
Quite frankly, I
don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you
after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this). I wonder if you, like me, just think that
postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are
holding your baby.
Puma and I had the pleasure of attending the Club MomMe Family Fest in LA on Sunday. What an amazing day connecting with people who serve families in the childbearing year! It was a full day, and we are sorry we didn't get to meet everyone on our list.
One of the people I did get to visit with was Dymphna Gruijters, IBCLC and exhibitor forLansinoh. Every time I see her, I learn something new!
This time, she shared a simple tip that can help moms decide when/how to use their Thera-Pearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy treatment packs.
To eat or not to eat…Thatwasthe question for families planning a hospital birth. When you are laboring at home or a birth center, you have the freedom to eat as your appetite dictates. If you choose to have a hospital birth, you are at the mercy of your doctor’s orders and the nurse’s interpretation of the hospital protocol.
We love it when science catches up to Dr. Bradley. Anecdotally, we could tell students that it was safer to eat before/during labor since anesthesia has changed from the days of "knock'em out, drag 'em out" birth, as Dr.
ADHS: Stop asking our midwives to do the impossible.
They cannot offer informed, evidence-based careandfollow your
Coercion is not consent!!
What:Rally in support of Arizona Midwives
When:Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where:In front of the Arizona Department of Health
Services, 150 N.
Q: How can I tell the difference between a variation and a complication when I'm in labor?
A: It's the difference between waiting it out and choosing interventions for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
Let's start with some basics:
A "variation" in labor is something that is still within the range of normal, and just needs time to resolve