I was invited to attend the knot
and the bump’s
“Connections & Cocktails” event last night. Thank you to Lauren Reidy for the opportunity
and for being part of the team that put together a great event!! I always enjoy making new connections; the cocktails not so much, this time around!!
As your dedicated Bradley
Method® instructor and roving reporter, I decided to take advantage of the
opportunity and share the connections I made with you. I was happy to see some familiar faces since
I went by myself, and it was also nice to meet some new folks with amazing products
and services that are a great fit for our students past and present.
I hope you enjoy reading
about these dedicated professionals and find their services and products
Friends in attendance:
Rose Day, Doula (right):
day she gives birth is one of the most transformative days in a woman's life. I
always count it as such a sacred honor to bear witness to and stand by a mother
on this singular day. I am a wife and the mother to six amazing children and
know first hand what a wonderful (and sometimes hard) experience having a baby
and parenthood can be. I have had a variety of birth experiences including a
hospital birth, a birth center birth, and four homebirths, with the last one
being a waterbirth. As a doula I have experience with births in hospitals and
at home, with unmedicated as well as medicated births, with cesareans and VBACs
(vaginal birth after cesarean), waterbirths and teen moms as well.”
Nikki Ausdemore, Doula (left):
has been my lifelong dream to help couples bring their babies into the world.
It is my honor to support you emotionally and physically during your birth.
Having not had the ideal birth experiences, it is my goal to help you have your
I offer hospital births, homebirths, cesarean birth support, and personal attention
throughout your pregnancy. Your ideal birth is my wish for you! I am certified as a doula by DONA.”
Brenda Bunch, Photographer
Brenda is the owner and
talented photographer at A Bunch of Smiles Photography.
She runs a customer service oriented boutique studio that specializes in
Living Art Maternity and Celebrating Life Baby sessions.
Brenda strives to provide a
service that captures the essence of you and your family. The typical studio experience consists of waiting in a lobby for upwards to
half-an-hour and then squeezing into a tiny, hot studio room; and by then, nobody is in the
mood for pictures! When you go to
Brenda’s studio (or have her visit your home), you are in for a very pleasant
and personalized experience. She limits
the number of sessions per day to 2 or 3 so there is no waiting, and she has
enough energy and creativity to give you better portraits than you would ever
The extra time and energy
she puts into your portraiture may cost more than the “mass-market”
photographers, however, as a customer for going on seven years now, I can
assure you that the results are amazing and they will be cherished by you and
your family for years to come.
Lotus Wei, Flower Essences
I had the great fortune of
meeting Katie Hess, Organic Alchemist at Lotus Wei Flower Essences. As I sit and write tonight’s post, I am
enjoying the scent of her “Infinite Love” blend that she said is best for
pregnancy. I am looking forward to using
her essences as I meditate to prepare for our homebirth to process my “first
homebirth” concerns – everything is unknown again!! She also recommended that we use her “Inner
Peace” blend while we are in labor. If
these peaceful vibes I am getting from the Infinite Love mist are any
indicator, we are going to have a great labor and delivery!
As a natural childbirth
educator and a mom of a child who is very sensitive to chemicals, I was so happy
to find that her products are free of artificial fragrances, phthalates and
petrochemicals. Her products are the
kind that I can use in our home and feel safe recommending to our expecting and
From her website:
I spent over 10 years doing
one-on-one consultations--client came regularly for custom formulas of flower
essences. I worked with each individual for six months to several years. During
that time I witnessed countless transformations in people, and was continually
surprised at how quickly it would happen. I watched my client’s faces,
emotions, attitudes, and life situations change radically within only one month
of taking flower essences, only to further evolve as they continued taking the
essences over time.
I realized that I would not
be able to make the kind of impact that I wanted to, if I was limited to the
number of people that I could individually and personally see myself. So I
decided to create a line of elixirs that would be easy to understand and that
consist of combinations of several flower essences that I feel people most
Each of the six formulas
contain balanced formulas of flower essences collected by us from diverse
environments including forests, deserts, wetlands, and tropical flowers. Our essential oils come from all
over the world, sourced from organic, wild-crafted and ethically-harvested
sources. Whenever possible we use certified organic essential oils.
Wei of Chocolate, Organic Chocolate
I also got to visit with Lisa
Reinhardt, from Wei of Chocolate, a sister company to Lotus Wei. Guess what, pregnant mommas? She is going to email me some studies that
show that eating a piece of chocolate five days a week will lower your
incidence of pre-eclampsia! What better
way to enjoy your last trimester than with a chocolate a day??
can’t wait to read the studies for myself and share what I learn. In the meantime, I will tell you that I have
not ever liked dark chocolate. The taste
she shared with me was heavenly!! Her
chocolates are high quality, vegan, organic dark chocolate that are blended
with ingredients designed to elevate your experience - and bring balance to
mind and life. They are also
gluten-free, soy-free, fair trade and infused with flower essences. I am definitely going to get some for a daily
dose until baby arrives. I think they
will help get me in the right frame of mind for our homebirth!!
A Perfect Fit Nanny Placement &
I wish I had known about Jennifer Thomas (right) and Lindsay Treinen (left)
when we were looking for a nanny. It may
have saved us a lot of hassle and a couple of years of trying to find the nanny
that was the right fit for our demanding family!!
Their company offers a free in-home consultation to assess
your needs and make a recommendation as to the profile you may want to consider
for a nanny. Should you decide to
register for their service, they help you find a nanny. Both of these ladies
worked as long-term nannies and understand the benefits of consistency and
trust with their employer. Their goal is
to help you find a nanny that you will have long-term relationship with and
make the whole experience as rewarding as possible.
All their nannies have a minimum of 2 years of
experience. They can run a certified
background check; they investigate driving records, and require all nanny
candidates to provide a minimum of 6 references. They also allow registered families to see
the application and references – as Jennifer said, “It’s all open-book.” They also offer competitive pricing for their
placement services. They make sure their
fees are below other services in the Valley, and they also assured me that if
another service offers a lower fee, they will meet or beat that fee.
Baby Sensory, Infant classes from Birth to 13 months
It’s always fun to meet
another pregnant mom at these events!
Camea Kramer was there with her husband, Steve – they are expecting baby
#2 about a week after we are due - congratulations! Camea
and Steve are the owners and franchisors of Baby Sensory, a company that offers
classes that are designed to encourage learning and development between moms
and babies. Their goal is to build a
mom’s confidence and bonding between mother and child as they interact with
each other and take the ideas from the lessons and apply them at home.
From their website:
Baby Sensory provides hundreds of sensory development activities that are great
fun for parents and babies to share in the vital first year. Our classes
include educational learning for moms/dads, ALL baby sensory development, baby
motor skills, baby social and emotional development, baby speech development,
baby sign language, baby & parent bonding techniques, visual tracking,
eye/body co-ordination skills, muscle strengthening and baby massage to help
with babies growth spurts, whilst having fun with fiber optic light shows,
bubbles, bells, musical fun, puppet shows, amazing light balls
and so much more.
Baby Sensory program consists of over 40 themed lesson plans and 20 special
theme lesson plans. Every week you will share new sensory experiences with your
baby. Classes are specifically designed
for babies from Birth-13 months. Our classes are run weekly in terms of 10
weeks. You can join anytime.
The material included on this site is for
informational purposes only. It is not
intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The
reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the
appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in
Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley
Method®. The views contained on this blog do not
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