(Submitted as a Public Comment)
Open Letter to the Midwifery Scope or Practice Committee:
It feels like healthcare in the state of Arizona is going the way of the public school system. Professionals who are out of touch, some of them not working in the field anymore, or as is said quite often, "couldn't cut it in the classroom," are making rules and regulations for the folks who are in the trenches, getting their "hands dirty" every day. It is bad enough that teachers are overwhelmed with rules that have them teaching to tests instead of using their God-given talents to teach and inspire a younger generation.
The final Midwifery Scope of Practice Meeting was held on
Wednesday, May 15, 2013. It
is now time for the families of Arizona, and anyone else who believes that
compassionate care is a human right’s issue for the mother and the baby to take
You can click on the links
below to read a copy of the current draft rules and to see Wednesday’s
Here is my statement on the Arizona Department of Health Services Website:
article this morning about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and
promote peace. No surprise that this is
the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress
reliever and a promoter of peace for couples. A lovely consequence: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!
In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great
quantity when a woman is in labor. The
hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample
It’s hard to believe…and I know, I say this every three months – Time Flies! We are almost finished with another class series. As we get ready to send another set of Papas and Pods off into the world to prepare for the arrival of their Sweet Peas, I wanted to write our “Wish List” for their Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
What we hope you will remember:
1. You are a team.
As a couple, you lovingly conceived your child. You have attended a trimester of Bradley Method® classes together to learn about the normal, low-risk process of pregnancy, labor and birth.
We see the beautiful newborn pictures taken by professional photographers of sweet sleeping babies. We ooh and ahh and maybe wish we had found someone to capture these days with our children.
Here is what you do not see: the tired
mama, and probably papa, standing behind the photographer. They are not getting sleep between adjusting
to life with baby, learning how to breastfeed, and trying to figure out just
how often they are supposed to feed the baby.
How do you sleep when the baby sleeps?
Here is a neat business I would like to introduce you to – baby concierge is an emerging industry that is of particular interest to our students and readers. Stephanie Antoinette is the Founder & M.O.M. (Master of Multitasking) at J’aime la vie by Victoria Antoinette Mommy & Bébé Concierge. She is like a wedding planner, except for all things mom and bébé!
BIO: I am the mother of two beautiful
girls and have a baby on the way! My husband Andrew is an incredible father, he
is my best friend and number one fan!
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This month I would like to introduce you to one of my Bradley Method® colleagues, Zabrina Pell. She is a wonderful instructor, and as you will read, a doula and a lactation educator. I hope you will enjoy getting to know her through her interview.
About Zabrina: My husband and I are
blessed to have had five beautiful children. My first child was born in
2001 having had no childbirth classes or training at all. Although
it was an uncomplicated natural birth for the most part, it felt very
As we close out Cesarean Awareness Month, I want to share this link to a post that I wrote about "Failing To Progress". So often, these are the words of doom to a couple that is working towards a natural labor.
There are other things that are going on when a woman is in labor. The more birth stories I hear, the more convinced I am that labor is about surrender. That concept is not measurable, nor is it graphed anywhere.
Please take a minute to revisit the post about
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?
Birth place options
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, Natural Alignment Plateau
When it comes to pregnancy, labor and birth, the vast majority of the writing
and expectation for preparation is geared at the mother. One of the reason’s we chose The Bradley
Method® is because it recognizes that the father may also want to play a role
in the birth of the child and Bradley™ prepares the couple for labor to welcome
their child, not just the mother.
The same holds true when planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). If the partner was present for the first
birth, they also experienced varying degrees of stress: watching their loved
one undergo major surgery, the physical recovery period, and the emotional
recovery period, which might have been longer than the physical recovery.