Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
We have the fortunate situation where our alumni ask to come back to take a refresher course when they are preparing for their next children.
When these couples take a class together, we still follow the same course outline because the material makes sense in a different way now that they have a reference point for what they are learning.
We also add a little section to each class to talk about sibling preparation. This fall, we are going to devote some of our Tuesday posts to some of the material we are sharing with them "just in case" it may come in handy for some of our readers, too.
A couple of birth stories have really brought to mind a mantra that was so beneficial to Bruss and I when we were laboring with Otter:
"We will give our baby the giftofthe birththatshe needs."
It was so important to us that we have undisturbed time, free of the pressure of "the clock" for things to happen, free of vaginal exams that have always been difficult for me due to past trauma, and most of all - we wanted to be free of any interventions.
Believe it or not, even though we were birthing at home, there were things our midwives were prepared to offer us to help "speed things up".
Annika and Danial were students in our Spring 2013 class. As with all of our students, they prepared using The Bradley Method in order to have a natural childbirth.
Through the course of the class, we have a session on cesarean birth in the event that a student's path of labor has to follow that for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. As part of the process to avoid an "unnecesarean" we teach many communication tools throughout the twelve weeks for a couple to use for
This Coach still got to cut the cord - you can preserve some elements of your birth plan, even if it plays out differently than you prepared for.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC):
SPB students working through VBAC labor
ICAN of Phoenix leader and baby*
ICAN of Phoenix leader, husband and VBAC baby*
We celebrate ALL births at Sweet Pea Births - ALL Birth-Days are the first day of your family's life. That is not to say there is not grief or sorrow for a birth that doesn't go as expected - we hope and pray that with time, glimmers of joy can be gleaned from your birth experience.
I will not be posting a Monday Mantra today. SB1157 passed through the Health & Services committee on a party-line vote. During my "writing time" I will be participating in a meeting this morning to plan the next steps to kill the bill. I look forward to sharing an update tomorrow.
NO THANK YOU to the Republicans on the committee.
Big Props to the Democrats who stood for women's rights.
In the meantime, please feel free to peruse some of my favorites from our archives:
Here are Dr. Bradley’s "Keys to Labor", as per his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth. I love these simple steps – they could almost be considered a “recipe” for
If you follow these steps, you
can figure out if you are in “real” labor.
If you are not, somewhere along these steps, your contractions will fizzle
out. And if they do, mama has eaten
well, slept, and hopefully had a good nap so that you are rested for the next round
of contractions when they begin again.
We saw that one of our mamas from our Fall class is in labor...so exciting! I thought today would be a great day to share these instructions Dr. Bradley left for laboring mothers in his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth.
Here is a written version:
Here is a visual version:
I hope that one of them will be a great reminder for what you can do to have the energy you need to see your labor through from beginning to end when it's your turn. I will write more about the principles behind these bullet points tomorrow :)
I have this poster pinned to my PinterestNatural Pregnancy/Birth Board
. As we draw to the close of another Bradley Method® class series, I thought today was a great day to share this "pledge". Do you love the way it takes the pressure off of the outcome, and focuses more on the journey?? That's what makes it a great mantra for me.
It is so important to remember that your birth isYour Birth. The decisions you make are yours to live with. Are you at a decision point?
Our featured doula this month is Laura Correia, CD(DONA). Laura and I met through the Rights for Homebirth movement. It is a pleasure to bring you her interview - this is a woman who knows her calling. I found that her passion about birth and supporting families speaks through the page and to my heart. Enjoy getting to know Laura!
About Laura: I am a DONA certified birth
doula in the greater north and west Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale,
Paradise Valley, Anthem, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale, Litchfield Park,
Tolleson, and Goodyear.
I open today's post with the reminder that April is Cesarean Awareness Month.
The World Health Organization and evidence-based practice only supports a
cesarean rate of 15% or less.
While a cesarean birth can be life saving and
necessary, and we are so grateful for the technology when our students need
this intervention, we encourage you to know the difference between a variation
and complication. Is Mom okay? Is Baby okay? If yes to both questions, asking
for time can spare both Mom and Baby from an