Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
To eat or not to eat…Thatwasthe question for families planning a hospital birth. When you are laboring at home or a birth center, you have the freedom to eat as your appetite dictates. If you choose to have a hospital birth, you are at the mercy of your doctor’s orders and the nurse’s interpretation of the hospital protocol.
We love it when science catches up to Dr. Bradley. Anecdotally, we could tell students that it was safer to eat before/during labor since anesthesia has changed from the days of "knock'em out, drag 'em out" birth, as Dr.
I am going to direct you to THISarticle about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and
promote peace. It's no surprise that oxytocin is
the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress
reliever and a promoter of peace for couples. A lovely consequence of making love when the timing is right: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!
In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great
quantity when a woman is in labor. The
hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample
Thank you to one of my colleagues, Rachel Davis, for
suggesting this topic.
I originally shared this after one of our couples had an unplanned unassisted birth couple encountered in the
hospital, and they were not treated very kindly upon arriving or throughout their hospital stay.
Most people would not expect their baby to be born at 35
weeks. In addition, they had not counted
on dealing with hospital protocols since they had planned a homebirth. The other situation they hadn’t planned on
was giving birth away from their community.
The night we started our seventh Bradley Method®
class series in December 2011 played out like all other "first nights" of class. I am on edge all day long. I get nervous before our students
arrive: What if I forget anything? Will they like our class? Will our class run smoothly? What if I leave something I need for class at home?
The class went well, and we got a question that we have
never gotten before: “What is natural birth – is it anything that doesn’t end
in a C-section?
Hospital gown: A short collarless gown that ties in the
back, worn by patients being examined or treated in a doctor's office, clinic,
or hospital. Hospital gowns are generally disliked by patients as skimpy, ugly,
ill-fitting garments often leaves one's backside ignominiously exposed.
They can be used to cover the surgical patients and the bedridden. By design, hospital gowns are designed for easy access and
- Hardy enough to withstand multiple washes at very high temperatures
This is one of my favorite birth mantras. It is so easy to go to the “what ifs” and the
“I don’t know” and “I’m afraid of”. We
could literally drive ourselves into a frozen panic if we go down those
With each of my births, my fears were different. I focused on these words to remind myself of
all the positives we did have as we approached our due date, and all the
proactive things we had done to set ourselves up for our best possible birth.
Here are some of the things that are in your control that
can help you get to what you want:
A bigger selection of topics today...check out the news if you are "trying" to get pregnant, and more motivation to keep your pregnancy healthy, low-risk and as stress-free as possible. Also, new study from ACOG that shows that there may be risks with the use of Pitocin.
Happy Thursday to all of you!
P.S. I also did an early morning posting of ourWordless Wednesday
from yesterday...the day got away from me! Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.FERTILITY
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.
Just in time for some dinner-prep or nighttime reading, here are the articles that caught my eye over the last few days. Thoughts and prayers being sent to the families in the Philippines. It is amazing to see how the miracle of life continues on in the face of destruction and devastation.
As we approach Premature Awareness Day on November 17, I am guessing there will be more articles about preemies and NICU care - if they don't make it on here, make sure to check our Pinterest Boards for the articles we find and want to save for future reference.
Cassandra and I were part of the "media" contingent at MommyCon LA Babywearing World Record Event on Sunday, October 6, 2013. We had such a wonderful time walking the floor, meeting vendors and being inspired by the wonderful speakers as we looked and listened to bring all the happenings back to you. See the bottom of this posts for links to more of the activity!
At 2:00 pm, the third person to take the stage on Sunday was January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear, sponsored by Nüroo.