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Suggestions for an effective labor rehearsal

Originally published February 2011 ~ Updated July 25, 2014

The class topic last night was first stage labor.  This stage is characterized by a progressive intensification of the sensations in labor.  A mom will experience her contractions, or her “surges”, getting increasingly stronger and longer with less time between them, as she gets closer to the pushing phase of her labor.

Why do a "labor rehearsal" when labor is so unpredictable?? Mostly to train you and your partner into some "muscle memory".

Top 3 Tools That Helped with Breastfeeding

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go towww.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about products that have helped you to breastfeed. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!

Prompt: Tuesday, July 22nd

Life after the Birth-Day

Since we are between series right now, I do not have any student questions to inspire our blog posts.  So I thought I would share this list of questions that I came up with when a student asked for some guidance on how to develop their parenting style.

We joke in class that the 12-week series for childbirth preparation should segue way into a 12-week series about parenting.  In reality, although there are lots of parenting books, there is NO parenting manual that will tell you how to parent your unique child.

Birth IS A Body at Peak Performance

Dr. Bradley's natural birth principles are centered around supporting the laboring mother without interrupting her labor.  He describes the six needs of a laboring mother in his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth (you can find a brief synopsisHERE).  

I always enjoy reading other authors who promote the same philosophy from their unique experience and perspective.  One of the books that was part of our re-certification a couple of years ago (that I now get to share with students through our lending library) is

Inside Look: SpenceBaby

InSide Look:Spence Baby

One of the priorities of The Bradley Method® is to stay Healthy and Low-Risk during pregnancy by avoiding harmful substances.  Many families who learn about all the different toxins we are exposed to, and how to avoid them, choose to continue to stay healthy and low-risk after their Sweet Pea’s Birth-Day.
The fabric we put on our Sweet Peas exposes all of that soft, sensitive skin to whatever is in the fabric.  Whatever that is then gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

Sun Safety for Sweet Pea

Since this is the season of sun and surf, I want to share a couple of finds that have served us well to keep our Sweet Peas from getting sun burned.  Nothing makes me feel less adequate as a mother than the indictment of burnt pink skin on my Sweet Pea.  The worst is a burn that happens on a cloudy day!  Keep in mind that the clouds only block out the light from the sun – the ultraviolet rays that cause sun burn can still travel through the cloud cover.  I hope this info can help you avoid that feeling of utter and complete Mom Fail.

Inside Look: Mama Mio

Continuing on with the treasure-trove of naturally-minded companies we had the opportunity to experience at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest, here is an Inside Look at the Mama Mio skin care lines.   Mio co-founder Tanya Mackay Kazeminy ("MM") was kind enough to give us the inside scoop on their amazing company and products.

SPB: What is the motivation behind the Mama Mio Pregnancy and Postpartum skin care lines?
MM:Mama Mio was created out of our own selfish need. When we were pregnant, there wasn’t anything on the market that we actually wanted to use - skincare that actually worked, that wasn’t full of nasty chemicals, and products that made us feel good whilst using them.

Wordless Wednesday: Men In Our Lives

Here are some images sent in for our Wordless Wednesday contest this month...in honor of Father's Day, we asked for submissions of Sweet Peas with the important men in their lives.  These images show all the many ways that Sweet Peas share love and spend time with the men that love them.

Do you have a favorite Sweet Pea moment with their favorite guy?
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UPCOMING EVENTS: June 23-27, 2014

HAPPY First week of summer!  I wish you lots of shade and cool breezes...we are loving our mister tube that Coach Bruss bought from Lowe's Home Improvement - it makes sitting outside while the kids play bearable!!

Planning ahead:
Disney Summer Play Days @ Chandler Fashion Mall
Tuesday 6/24: Doc McStuffins @ 11:30 am
Wednesday 6/25: Crush Showtime @ 11:30 am
Thursday 6/26: Marvel Trivia @ 11:30 am
Friday 6/27: Avengers Showtime @ 6:15 pm

Thursday June 26
#4 Vaccination Education for Parents - PCV, IPV, and HIB

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 21-22, 2014

Welcome to the weekend, AZ Families!! For those of you that are expecting *please* stay hydrated - take water with you everywhere! If you are breastfeeding a nursling, take care of you and your Sweet Pea by staying hydrated - dress in loose layers of light colored, breathable clothing so that you can add or subtract layers depending on whether or not you are in air conditioning.

All the farmer's markets are starting and ending earlier - have fun and stay in the shade if you are out and about :)
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