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

Monday Mantra: Radiantly Beautiful


"I am radiantly beautiful, and my baby is too."

I love this affirmation.  You can be beautiful, and then there is radiantly beautiful.  

Pregnancy, especially a first one, is potentially full of moments when we are trying to accept the physical changes that are taking over our body. There is no way to stop them, they just are. In fact, they must be in order for the Sweet Pea inside of us to grow and change and be ready to meet us earthside.

If like me, you dreaded watching your body grow bigger than it ever had before, take a moment to breathe in the fact that you are growing a new human, and that you are still YOU.

FInding the Beauty

"I choose to see the beauty in this whole process of bringing new life into the world."
Affirmation fromThe Affirmation Spot 


Pregnancy is a time of many changes.  Some we breeze through, others not so much.  

The gift is that every day we are pregnant, is one day that we are closer to meeting our Sweet Pea. Sometimes it's hard to see the positive when we are in the throes of morning sickness, or in the final weeks of pregnancy when everything feels too big and too much as we maneuver our belly around, or anytime in between when it's just a rough day.

REVIEW: ACOG Committee Opinion on Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth

Note: all words in this piece that are in “quotation marks” are excerpts or quotes from the ACOG Committee Opinion published February 2017. HEREis that article.


 
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology just came to a very important conclusion inTHISCommittee Opinion that was published in February 2017:
 
“Many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor. In addition, some women may seek to reduce medical interventions during labor and delivery.

Just Tell Me



I was reminded again yesterday how prevalent the stigma still is around the struggle after a baby is born: baby blues, postpartum depression, onset of anxiety in the postpartum period...

The transition into motherhood is hard.  The first child is pretty shocking, even if you have a good support system. Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming emotion and experience of holding a helpless newborn, the blood that is dripping out of you for the next few weeks, and then learning to breastfeed on top of all that.

Doula Services

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, ScottsdaleMore and more people are thinking about using doulas or making space in their birth budget for doula care. Doulas are a great resource and can be a huge asset when it comes to preparing for the birth journey. My favorite analogy is that they are tour guides - they have been on the birth journey before and can point out the major landmarks and the subtle nuances. It's up to you to decide how to use that information to have your best possible birth given the circumstances.

Here are some things we share with our students when they are thinking about hiring a doula:

Q&A with SPB: Extended Family in the Birth Space

We continue on with our "Ask the Doula" series.  Today my friend Darcy shares her thoughts on how a doula might handle family members in the birthing space:

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Q&A with SPB: Extended Family in the Birth Space?
Doula Darcy answers today's question about how a doula manages all the people that may show up in a family's birth space.

Feeding Sweet Peas Home-Grown Goodness

Thank you to Jenny Silverstone, fromMama Loves Best, for writing our guest post in support of breastfeeding, one of our favorite topics here at SPB.

Feeding our Babies Home-Grown Goodness

Motherhood isn’t always easy. You often have to make choices that aren’t always simple or popular. You sometimes have to dig deep to get the information you need to make the crucial decisions that will affect your baby for the rest of his or her life.

Every choice you make for your baby counts, whether it’s the birthing method, the products you use, or the food choices you make for your child.

Q&A with SPB: What is a doula's role at birth?



I am so excited to kick off our new VLOG series, "Ask the Doula".  I will be inviting area doulas to come in and answer our reader questions so that you can get a feel for all the different things a doula can bring to your pregnancy, your birth space, and the support they offer throughout the childbearing year.

I invited my friend and colleague Darcy Newlin to join me and answer our first question, "What is a doula's role at birth?"


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Q&A with SPB: DIY Padsicles

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale

Here is PART II of our VLOGS with guest doula, Michelle Ludwig from Modern Mama Doula Services.
 
Last week, she showed us herTOP 5 picks for postpartum.  Today she is going to share her DIY tutorial for you to make soothing postpartum “padsicles” right at home during pregnancy so that they are ready for you when you are home holding your sweet pea!

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Q&A with SPB: Postpartum Care Kit


I am so excited to feature Michelle Ludwig on the blog today!  She is a birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist in the phoenix metro area.   In today’s vlog, Michelle is sharing some ideas for postpartum self-care to help make the early days of healing and breastfeeding a little smoother – every tip helps!  

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