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

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the Risks

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the RisksThis was in posted April 2012 - updated April 2016
Uterine rupture is a topic that came up when I was pregnant with Otter that I was not ready to allow into my consciousness until she was safely in our arms.  After enough time had passed and we have proven to ourselves that homebirth can be a safe option when a person is healthy and low risk, I am ready to write about it.   

I gave Stephanie Stanley, former facilitator of the East Valley ICAN group, byline credit for this because I am using her research from a uterine rupture presentation she did at a meeting for my post today.

In Their Own Words: Daniella's Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month. In order to expand the conversation around all the choices mothers have when preparing for a birth after a cesarean, we will share around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

If you would like to submit your story for our In Their Own Words series, please send your submission to krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.



Why I Chose to Have a Repeat Cesarean Birth

After the initial excitement and shock I felt after I looked at the pregnancy test and saw two lines my first thought was: “How do I want to deliver this baby?

What is ICAN?


Did you know there is an international organization dedicated to cesarean advocacy? The International Cesarean Awareness Network, known as "ICAN", is dedicated to the prevention of unnecessary primary cesareans, recovery support, and advocacy for birthing families. 

Thanks to information sharing at ICAN meetings, families are aware of the evidence in regards to a trial of labor after a cesarean (TOLAC), vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC) births, and options in the event a family chooses a cesarean birth after a cesarean (CBAC).

In Their Own Words: Annika's Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.  As such, the blog topics this month will focus around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

If you would like to submit your story for our In Their Own Words series, please send your submission to krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.

Here is Annika's story of her primary cesarean, and her VBAC journey with her second child:

When you are pregnant with your first child you have all these wonderful naive concepts about birth…well, at least I did.

Inside Look: Meditation for Mama Circle


April's "Inside Look" feature is an amazing new service available to all pregnant mothers in Maricopa County, Arizona.  It is offered by the midwife at Moxie Midwifery, Jennifer Hoperich.  The circle meets in Tempe, conveniently located off the I-10 freeway and Warner Road.  We have had the pleasure of experiencing Jennifer's amazing work in meditation. In a perfect world, every mama would be able to attend at least one of her Meditation for Mama circle sessions.

In Their Own Words: Isla's Birth Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.  As such, the blog topics this month will focus around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

I am pleased to open this month's In Their Own Words series with a share from a friend of ours from Texas.  Her story is shared with permission from her blog,The Carey Haus, Here is the story of their second daughter's birth.


Isla's birth story
Upon finding out we were expecting, I had a tough decision to make.

Meet the Doula: Alyssa

This month, I would like to introduce to you Alyssa Leon.  I first met Alyssa when she was being mentored by another doula.  Since that time, she has become a wonderful doula in her own right.  She offers a doula-only package, or she can do birth photography and placenta encapsulation for her families as well.  Enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Alyssa from Cherry Blossom Doula Services.


When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I had first heard the word Doula when I was pregnant with my second child and had switched to a midwifery based practice.

Just Hold the Baby

I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Nils Bergman speak last summer. He is the director of NINO Birth, which stands for "Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes."

He is doing research and connecting the dots between other researchers' work that confirms a mother's instinctual need to keep her baby with her. Based on his observations of birthing mammals, Dr. Bradley came to the same conclusion: the best things for baby is to be skin-to-skin on the mother's chest, and the best food for infants is breastmilk.

Q&A with SPB: Vitamin A

Give me an A!!


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Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication . Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Most fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin A have yellow or orange-colored flesh.

Meet the Doula: Michelle


Meet this month's doula, Michelle Ludwig.  She and I have met at doula meet and greets and at birth events - she was one of the fabulous doulas at Bradley Day 2014.  Enjoy her "interview" and if you like what you read, her contact information is at the end of today's post.

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant with our first baby, I did what most first time mamas do. I googled...and googled...and googled. I knew having a doula was a non-option!
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