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

Inside Look: The Milk Spot


This month, I would like to introduce you to The Milk Spot, a growing lactation clinic conveniently located in Central Phoenix.  The Milk Spot offers support groups and breastfeeding classes, as well as private consultations with the gold standard in lactation care, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).
 
Big thanks to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, for taking the time to do our interview so we can give you the INSIDE LOOK into The Milk Spot!
 
Who are The Milk Spot care providers?

Inside Look: The Milk Spot

This month, I would like to introduce you to The Milk Spot, a growing lactation clinic conveniently located in Central Phoenix.  The Milk Spot offers support groups and breastfeeding classes, as well as private consultations with the gold standard in lactation care, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).
 

Big thanks to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, for taking the time to do our interview so we can give you the INSIDE LOOK into The Milk Spot!

Q&A with SPB: What do I bring to the hospital?




What do I need to bring with me to the hospital?
 
This is one of the topics we cover briefly in our classes.  The short answer is: Anything you would regret leaving behind…
 
As one dad in our last class said, “I was picturing a small duffle bag, now it seems like we are going to be packing suitcases!!”
 
Whatever size your bag ends up being really depends on what it’s going to take for the mother to feel safe and secure in her birth space. One of the many benefits of homebirth is that “all the comforts of home” are built in!

Pregnancy Exercises in Summer Weather

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale  It feels like the Arizona Summer Oven just turned on last week...after a beautiful May, we are now at the mercy of triple-digit temperatures.   

A big concern for me as the heat continues to ratchet up in Arizona is that mamas stay hydrated, especially those that are still pregnant.  It is super important for their health, as well as their baby’s health.  Having gone through three summer pregnancies, I remember very well the discomfort; and the need to stay hydrated in spite of multiple trips to the bathroom throughout the day.

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 2

Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months

As 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 partner and other family members 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.

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 1

Bradley Method classes offered in Arizona - Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson, AZ

Ideas to Have a Safe Pregnancy 

During the Summer Months
Hello, Mr. Sun!

 
My friend and colleague Tina Lebedies suggested this topic.  As it turns out, there is a lot to write about when it comes to coping with the heat while you are pregnant!  So this is how I am going to organize this topic: I am going to split in two parts.  Today I am going to share why it is so important that you take extra care – be a Drama Queen when it comes to taking care of yourself if you are pregnant in the summer.

Waiting For Baby

 Originally posted Fall 2011 - sharing today since some of our Spring 2016 mamas are starting to approach their EDD's)

So your estimated due date is approaching...or maybe it has passed.  Those little ones we are carrying are happily ensconced in their warm, loving homes.  To us “carriers”, it feels like we have been pregnant forever!!

I remember that feeling very well.  We have always had the good fortune of having our babies before our due date.  I am mentally preparing for this baby to be the one that teaches us how to wait.

Q&A with SPB: Can I put sunscreen on my baby?


Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up.  In the United States, Memorial Day weekend is our summer kick-off.  Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.


Here is VLOG I did last year about sunscreens:
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Q&A with SPB: Variations and Complications

Q: How can I tell the difference between a variation and a complication when I'm in labor?

A: It's the difference between waiting it out with a variation; and choosing interventions for a complication. What ever the birth journey, give yourself permission to do what it takes to have a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.


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3 BIG Postpartum Secrets Exposed

I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum was.  Now, I know we talk about this in the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea. 

Quite frankly, I don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this).  I wonder if you, like me, just think that postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are holding your baby.
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