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Q&A with SPB: Should I call my care provider?
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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Q&A with SPB: Should I call my care provider?

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

This is another question I see come up pretty often on social media groups, or a text in the middle of the night from a student.  Really, if people are looking for validation, the best thing to do is call! However, our society tells is that we shouldn't be too needy....so moms end up seeking help from non-medical peers.



















When I get this question, the first question I ask is, "How is the baby moving?"

The second is, "What is your gut/instinct telling you when you sit still with this question?

To Test or Not to Test: 5 Need-To-Know Questions to choose for YOU


I saw the question come up again in a chat group:

Should I get "X" test? Should I decline "X" medication?

You could also substitute the words 
"procedure" or "intervention" in those phrases.

As childbirth educators, we make every effort to keep our opinion out of the equation whether that question comes up in a live class, or when we see it on message boards and chat groups.  The bottom line is that YOU are the only one that can make decisions about your body and your baby.

Reflections: In The Current

We see and hear birth “bumper stickers” every day…

“Trust birth”

“I am strong”

“My body is built for birth”

“My body, my baby, my birth”

And the list goes on.

The problem is…that these one-liners are not always true.  This leaves countless women feeling like they were lied to, cheated, betrayed; it might make them feel like they are failures, defective, broken, weak…

When the truth is…there is nothing wrong with them.  As a birth culture meaning to do well by making women believe they are capable and strong, by trying to empower them with reassuring phrases, we are inadvertently creating these expectations that are impossible to make true all the time.

Info Sheet: Oral Glucose Challenge Test

Please note that today’s info sheet is about the 1-hour screening procedure, not the 3-hour test used to determine whether or not a patient has gestational diabetes.

Image Source: http://babybearbulletin.com/2013/01/28/one-hour-glucose-test/

*Definition
"The oral glucose challenge test is performed to screen for gestational diabetes. This test involves quickly (within five minutes) drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which contains 50 grams of glucose. A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm about 60 minutes after drinking the solution.

Call for Submissions!

Check out my personal invitation to you in today's VLOG:


Do you have a story about your breastfeeding journey that you want to share?

For example, was there something you wish you had known that you want to tell other mamas? Or maybe an obstacle you overcame? Or was there something in particular that helped you nurse through the learning curve and breastfeed your Sweet Pea? Perhaps you have made the commitment to extended breastfeeding, or you are tandem nursing?  

Breastfeeding Photo Shoot

We are at Modern Mommy Boutique this morning...getting ready and taking pictures to share during Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.

Do you have a favorite quote about breastfeeding, or a favorite amazing fact about breastmilk? Please email it to me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.  You may see your name in the credits when we share our images to encourage families in their choice to breastfeed.

We also do a feature called, "In Their Own Words," where we share stories of breastfeeding trials and triumphs.

Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Question: What can I do to have a healthy pregnancy?

Answer: A lot, actually! Come to Saturday's class to learn more about what any mom can do to lay the foundation for their Sweet Pea to have a healthy start in life.

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We are excited to announce another Healthy Pregnancy Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this month!  It is a two-hour class designed to introduce the basics of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy that is best for mom and best for Sweet Pea.

Inside Look: Mama Boxes

I had the pleasure of meeting Mandy Holmes at theBaby Bonanzain May.  She is offering a fantastic pregnancy concierge service - read more about it today:



There is a brand new concept taking the nation by storm.  Everyone's looking for the perfect gift for their pregnant daughter, friend, or themselves. Mama Boxes are a band new-nothing like it-one of a kind concept we want to share with you.
 
What are Mama Boxes? Mama Boxes are delightful care packages, similar to a subscription box service sent out at each trimester to pregnant women and delivered to their doorstep.

Meet the Doula: Laura


Our "Meet the Doula" feature is back.  This month we are featuring Laura Pruett, MT-BC.  I met Laura at a Doula Care meeting for active doulas.  I am so pleased to introduce her to our students and readers today. She has much more than traditional doula skills to offer her clients.



SPB: When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
 LP:The first time I heard the word “doula” was when my friend found out that our mutual friend was a doula. She asked if, as a doula, she could take out her IUD for her.

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 2

STAY COOL AND COMFORTABLE

Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer monthsAs you read on Tuesday (Part 1), dehydration and hyperthermia can cause dangerous complications of pregnancy.  Remember you have permission to be a Drama Queen during the summer months!  Take it easy and take care of yourself as the temperature climbs.  You can also enlist your coach and assistant coaches to help you take advantage of one, some, or all of these comfort measures listed below to avoid dehydration and hyperthermia in the first place. 

The simplest steps you can take are staying hydrated, getting rest, and staying out of direct sunlight and high temperatures.
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