Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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".
We welcomed “our” first baby from our Winter Series – it is
always a thrill to hear a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby birth story. It is even more exciting to see the joy
radiated in the face of the transformed new mother, the proud new father, and
then see the fruits of their labor snuggled up in mama’s or papa’s arms.
There is one important thing we want to convey to families. The day of your baby’s birth is the birth of
your family. With subsequent babies, it
is still the birth of your next family, as a family of __, whichever number
that happens to be.
I got a call from a student tonight that brought to mind this poem that I wrote for another student last year. I wanted to share it with you today in case any of you reading this need a reminder or the acknowledgement that you are amazing, miraculous and wonderfully made.
Your body is able to create life, to birth vaginally and then to hold and feed your baby. Never let anyone bully you out of the birth that you want. Read, read, read. Watch documentaries and attend informational meetings.
We have now had 28 students complete our Bradley Method®
classes and birth their babies through seven class series – pretty awesome to
know that 28 youngsters are blessed with parents who took the time to give them
healthy pregnancies and Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby births.
Spring is around the corner…and it’s time for a new set of
families to join us on the journey towards their birth. I get so nervous before our first class that
I don’t even eat dinner…and when class is over I realize that we have been blessed
with another great group of folks and that I am really hungry!
As we enter our third year of teaching, a few things have
become clear to me about what we do. The
overarching message of The Bradley Method® is not just natural birth – it’s
about the Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
grateful to Jennifer and Devin Hanson for giving me permission to add their
birth story to our Birth Story Archive.
Their generosity is premiering our first twin story. They have an inspiring story that is a testament to faith and belief in
your body, your coach and your birth team.
was also kind enough to share some thoughts about Bradley Method® classes, care providers and life as a momma
of twins. Read our “virtual interview”
below the links to her birth story.
arrived from Chicago to relieve my aunt at around 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.
She came in to see how I was doing. She asked, “How are things going?”
which of course started the tears again. Being a woman of great faith,
she said a beautiful prayer over us, then gave me a kiss and left the room to
go take care of the kiddos. I pulled myself together and decided I wanted
to go see our children. I missed them and one of the benefits of a
homebirth is having those you love near to you.
Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico. Since our roles as a mother can stand another
day of recognition, I figure why not – let’s have another day of good
wishes. I will start off by wishing all
the moms a Feliz Día de
We had an incredible birth story over the weekend, and
probably one of the most intriguing ones we will have as instructors of The
Bradley Method®. With the mom’s
permission, I am going to share their birth story today. Their baby was born at 35 weeks and both mom
and baby are doing well.
Although each one of our births was amazing in a different way, our second birth was the closest to a textbook "Bradley" birth. I refer to our child as "Baby" because we didn't find out the sex during our pregnancy.
For our current students, you will read that we weren't the best students at doing our practice together - thank goodness we had hired a doula! She made the difference again, although looking back, she did it in such a way that Bruss was the hero of the birth.