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

Birth Story: Marathon Labor

Christine & BJ Bollier 
Bradley Method© Birth Story

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonOur 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.

Monday Mantra: Your Best Birth

If you follow us on social media, you probably know that Cassandra, our guest blogger and social media maven, is expecting her second Sweet Pea any day now.  As a matter of fact, she is 41 weeks today.
 
When we were corresponding last week, she sent a plea that most pregnant women in their last weeks of pregnancy send:
“I need something; grounding, reassurance; I’m not sure!”
 
I sent her some ideas to help pass the time until it’s “real McCoy” labor…she will be writing a post about that later in the week (maybe!

Inside Look: CredibleCravings

Nutrition information + Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson



I got to sample CredibleCravings at the Club MomMe event I attended in June 2014.  I wish these had been around when I was growing Sweet Peas - green, clean *and* yummy!!

While we try to eat whole food as much as possible, life happens! When you need a snack on the run, these may be just the thing you are looking for.  These are great for the diaper bag, and for hungry siblings who are always looking for a snack!

Here are some of the things that Stephanie Baker, Founder of CredibleCravings, shared with me so that I could offer some information about her delicious products to our students and readers:

3 Breastfeeding Resources To Keep at Your Fingertips

We are starting to work through a breastfeeding questionnaire in our classes – we answer about 4-5 questions a week. 

Whenever we have an alumni return for a second series with their next baby, we ask them to chime in anytime. We appreciate their perspective as they hear the information again and reflect back.  They are invited to share their experiences with their classmates.  The peer confirmation that the information garnered in classes actually does apply “in real life” is reassuring to the class of first-time parents.

Birth Story: Penelope

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
It’s birth story day!!  This week I am sharing a birth story from our Fall 2012 class.  In today's video, Courtney is talking about her family's birth journey with our Winter 2012-13 class.  Jake was working, so Courtney shares his words of wisdom for coaches, too.

Here is their backstory: 

  • Courtney was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes via blood glucose test (usually administered between 24 – 28 weeks of pregnancy)
  • High Blood Pressure was measured at office visits from 36 weeks on; whenever she checked her blood pressure at home, it was normal

The Birth-Day...Then Parenting!

We are four weeks into our winter series - it is so exciting to be getting to know eight amazing couples in person...and this series, we have the pleasure of welcoming back on of our Spring 2013 couples as they prepare for Baby #2...from Canada!! The internet and web-chat rock!!


Today's post was inspired by a question that was asked right before we dismissed class on Friday night.  One of our students asked, "Is there a list of questions that can help us prepare to be parents?"

Info Sheet: Water Birth

Perfect info sheet to share this month - if you are considering a water birth, you are not alone.  Today's pictures are from Cassandra's first birth journey...wishing her and baby #2 all the best as they prepare to journey together this month.


*Definition of Waterbirth: 
Immersion in water during labor and childbirth, giving birth immersed in water.
Sources:

Keeping Sweet Pea and Mama Healthy


Since we are in the middle of cold and flu season, it is time for my yearly PSA about the RSV.  This illness loves the cold, dry season, and it thrives during winter months.

  • RSV or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person's lungs and breathing passages
  • Most people recover from the disease in a week or two, but in premature infants or those with lung or heart problems, severe RSV disease can lead to serious lung infection and hospitalization

Happy Holiday Wishes For You

Thank you for all of you who are still faithfully checking the blog.  It has been a long season of working as a doula, planning  Bradley™ Day, and getting used to our new homeschool routine with all four Sweet Pea Kids being taught at home this school year.  Otter is doing preschool, Charger is in kindergarten, Night Owl is in 2nd grade, and Puma is in 4th grade.  So big already, and we are about to start another round of birthdays in January!!

I want to close out this year with some photos and wishes for you.

Monday Mantra: I Am Safe

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonI don't know of anything more iconic than the image of an ocean as an analogy for wideness.  I also love that the waves are visible in this image; that is another common metaphor in birth for the sensation of the ebb and flow of contractions.

I encourage you to reflect on these thoughts:
  • How will you create a space, or where your safe space be, so you can open wide and birth your baby? 
  • What kind of work do you have to do so you feel safe and enable your body to have a childbirth without fear?
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