Cesareans As Bradley™ Outcomes
Sweet Pea Births - ...celebrating every sweet pea and their birth
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Monday Mantra: Radiantly Beautiful
FInding the Beauty
REVIEW: ACOG Committee Opinion on Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth
Just Tell Me
Doula Services

Most Popular Posts

An Inside Look: Modern Mommy Boutique
Breastfeeding Support Groups: La Leche League
A Look At the honest company
An Inside Look: Placenta Encapsulation
Mommy-Con Phoenix Ticket Giveaway

Categories

Acupuncture
Affirmation
Allergies
Amniotomy
AROM
Artifical Rupture of Membranes
Ask the Doula
Augmentation
Avoiding harmful substances
Baby
Baby blues
Baby Concierge
Baby games
Baby-led weaning
Babymoon
Babywearing
Back Labor
Bag of Waters
Bedtime Routine
Belly Cast
Berman's Law
Big Latch On
Birth
Birth center
Birth Centers Phoenix AZ area
Birth Circle
Birth Mantra
Birth News
Birth place options
Birth plans
Birth Story
Birth Story Listening
Birthing From Within
Blog Carnival
BLW
Bradley Day Family Picnic
Bradley Method®
Bradley Method® birth story
Bradley Method® for next baby
Bradley Method® for second pregnancy
Bradley Method® outcome
Bradley® Coaches
Bradley® Dads
Bradley™ classes and the next baby
Bradley™ classes for next pregnancy
Bradley™ classes for second pregnancy
Breast Pumps
Breast Pumps and Workplace
Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding 101
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding Challenges
Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding support
Breech presentation
Breech turning techniques
Cassandra Okamoto
Cephalo-Pelvic Disproportion
Cesarean Birth
Cesarean Support Group
Cesarean Surgery
Child Spacing
Childcare
Children's Books
Chiropractic Care
CIO
Circumcision
Co Sleeping
Coaches
Coaching
Coach's Corner
Comfort Measures
Communication
Contest
Cord Clamping
CPD
Cry It Out
Crying
Dairy Allergy
Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Dehydration and Pregnancy
Delayed Cord Clamping
Depression
Doulas
Drinking during labor
Due Date
Eating during labor
Eclampsia
ECV
Engorgement
Epidural
Episiotomy
Essential Oils
Exercise
External Cephalic Version
Eye Drops
Eye Ointment
Eye Prophylaxis
Failure to Progress
Family Bed
Family Fest
Family Fun
Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle
Fertility
Fetal Distress
First Birthday
First Foods for baby
First stage labor
First Trimester
Flower Essences
Fluid Retention
FTP
Full term
Fussy baby
Galactogogues
Gestational Diabetes
Giveaway
Going to your birthplace
Gowning
Green Nursery
Grief Counseling and Support Services
Healing
Healthy, Low-Risk
Hearing Screen
Heat Comfort Measures
Herbalist
Homebirth
Hospital Birth
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Hyperthermia and Pregnancy
IBCLC
Immediate Cord Clamping
In Their Own Words
Increase Breastmilk
Induction
Induction of Labor
Infant Care
Infant Classes
Infections and Pregnancy
Info Sheet
Information Center
Information Sheet
Informed Consent
Inside Look
Jaundice
La Leche League
Labor Augmentation
Labor Induction
Labor Marathon
Labor Sprint
Labor Support
Lactation Consult
Lactation Consultation
Lactivist
Managing or coping with natural labor
Mantra
Maternity Keepsake
Meditation
Meet the Doula
Membranes
Midwife
Midwifery Care
Midwifery Scope of Practice Committee
Milk Supply
Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Modern Mommy Boutique
Mommy-Con
Monday Mantra
Monitrice
Morning Sickness
NAP
Natural Alignment Plateau
Natural birth
natural labor coping mechanisms
Natural labor coping techniques
Nausea
Neonatal Eye Drops
Neonatal Eye Ointment
Neonatal Eye Prophylaxis
Newborn
Newborn Care
Newborn jaundice
Newborn Procedures
Next baby
Next pregnancy
NICU
NIP
NPO
Nursery
Nursing
Nursing and Maternity Bras
Nursing In Public
Nursing Strike
Nutrition
Obstetrical Care
Oxytocin
Pain
Pain management
Pain management natural labor
Parenting
Past due date
Patient Bill of Rights
Perineum
Phoenix Mommy-Con Mini
Photographer
Placenta
Placenta Encapsulation
Planning for Baby
Playing with baby
Postdate
Postmature baby
Postpartum
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Doula
Postpartum Plan
Pre-eclampsia
Preemies
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Loss
Premature Baby
Premature Ruptture of Membranes
Pre-term Labor
Prolonged Labor
PROM
Q&A with SPB
Rally to Improve Birth
Relaxation
Relaxation practice
Repeat Bradley™ classes
Rights for Homebirth
ROM
RSV
Rupture of Membranes
Scavenger Hunt
Second Stage Labor
Sensory games
Sibling Preparation for Newborn Arrival
Sleep Sharing
Sling
Soft-structured carrier
Starting Solids
Stripping Membranes
Support Groups
Sweeping Membranes
Sweet Pea Births
Swelling in Pregnancy
Tandem Nursing
Teething
The Bradley Method®
The Bradley Method® classes
The Bradley Method® pain management
Third Trimester
Thoughtful Thursday
Tongue Tie
Tongue Tie Procedure
Toxins, pesticides, chemicals and pregnancy
Traditions
Transition
Twins
Upcoming Events
Use of vacuum extraction
Uterine Rupture
Vaccines
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Vaginal Birth After Multiple Cesareans
Variations and Complications
VBAC
Vitamin K
Warning Labels
Waterbirth
WBW2013
Weaning
Webster Protocol
Weekend Activities
Why we chose the Bradley Method® childbirth classes
Wordless Wednesday
World Breastfeeding Week
Wrap
powered by

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

Cesareans As Bradley™ Outcomes

Some of our heros
Some of our heros
The B. Family
Some of our heros
Some of our heros
The M. Family
Some of our heros
Some of our heros
The M. Family
Bruss and I decided to teach Bradley Method® classes because we loved our birth experiences.  We wanted to share the same information we used to have healthy pregnancies and good communication in the birth space with other families.  We strive to impart this knowledge without interjecting our opinion – just the facts so that each family can make an informed decision that is right for them.  Above all, we wish for every couple to take responsibility for their child’s birth, and to enjoy the journey to a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

I have read comments in on-line forums by former Bradley™ students.  They say they feel like failures because their birth story ended with a Cesarean birth instead of a vaginal birth.  This disheartens me to no end.  Although I grieve for the struggles some of our VBAC students may face, as a Bradley™ instructor I am always grateful for the medical technology that is used appropriately and that serves as a tool when there are complications.

There are many labor paths our students travel to their baby’s Birth-Day: some are completely “textbook” natural, some use an epidural as a tool, or they choose a cesarean birth as their path to a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome (plus other variations in between!).  All of these children have been born Healthy.  No matter how our student’s babies arrive earthside, they are born ready to nurse.  I am always grateful to hear that these babies generally have great APGAR scores.  Coincidence?  I do not think so. 

These babies are the best testimony to the benefits of Bradley Method® classes.  The parents learn how to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.  They learn about the Brewer diet and the importance of exercise.  The knowledge and the preparation offers couples the best prospect to have a positive outcome.

We cannot know a family’s birth story when they register for our classes.  Even if we did know, I believe that education provides the highest opportunity for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  Here is why:  Besides healthy habits, diet and exercise, Bradley™ students are encouraged to trust their intuition.  They learn to ask questions and communicate with each other and their birth team.  They learn how to use various techniques and labor positions to facilitate their labor.  They learn about “many” of the options available to birthing families.*  They learn how to evaluate the risks and benefits of accepting a drug or procedure, and they also know to evaluate the “doing nothing” or “wait-and-see” option. 

Thanks to the education from the Bradley Method® classes, I feel our students are well-equipped to make decisions that reduce the possibility of going down the path that leads to an “unnecesarean”. ** They are with a birth team that they trust.  They know how to identify true complications.  And, if and when they are faced with the possibility after considering all the other options, the couple has decided together that a cesarean is the correct path for their child’s birth.

To me, that last statement to me means that even a cesarean birth is a Bradley™ birth and a Bradley™ baby.  Two parents, deciding together, that a cesarean is the best path for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  And if you disagree with me, that is okay.  Because no matter the label, all of the babies who come through our classes are celebrated – we believe in celebrating every Sweet Pea and their birth

Thoughts? 

A post on cesareans isn't complete without a shout out to one of my favorite advocacy groups: ICAN - International Cesarean Awareness Network.  ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

*I don’t say “all” the options or variations because that’s impossible – there are not enough hours available in class and anyone who says differently is selling you something!  While we definitely advocate for parents to do a lot of outside reading, and the parents who read, read, read and research will be prepared for their birth, there is no way to cram all the information available in books and on the internet into the 2.5 hour sessions for twelve weeks.

** A comprehensive class like The Bradley Method® has the potential to empower a couple so that their family can have a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  I would like to think that our students are not part of the “unnecesarean” epidemic that has our country’s cesarean rate (32.8%) at twice the WHO recommendations (<15%). 

LINKS:
Brewer Pregnancy Diet:
http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/brewer-diet-checklists/

Exercise and Pregnancy:

Disclaimer:  
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  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.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  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 necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®. 

1 Comment to Cesareans As Bradley™ Outcomes:

Comments RSS
Daniella on Friday, July 13, 2012 11:47 AM
This was a great post! I'm hoping that with our next baby we'll be able to have a VBAC. I agree with you about the Brewer Diet. Now that my gallbladder is taken care of, I'll be able to fully follow the diet and (hopefully!) keep my blood pressure down. :)
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint