Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Originally published February 2011 ~ Updated July 25, 2014
The class topic last night was first stage labor. This stage is characterized by a
progressive intensification of the sensations in labor. A mom will experience her contractions,
or her “surges”, getting increasingly stronger and longer with less time
between them, as she gets closer to the pushing phase of her labor.
Why do a "labor rehearsal" when labor is so unpredictable?? Mostly to train you and your partner into some "muscle memory".
There is one concept that has become so clear to me – it has
taken me almost four years of teaching The Bradley Method® to really “get” the beauty
of the method we teach.
The catch-phrase of Bradley™ classes is:Relaxation is the Key
Why: Relaxation is
the tool The Bradley Method® teaches to allow a mother to immerse herself in
her limbic brain center – the one that deals with her emotions. What she is feeling is crucial to the
progression of labor. She must let go, give in, and allow her baby to come out.
We have one family in our Fall 2013 series left to hear from...so far nine Bradley babies have arrived safely earthside!
I saw this thought today and thought of them, and all the other mamas out there that read our blog. It is so crucial that you remember that your labor is going to lead to your child's Birth-Day. You have every right to expect to be treated with dignity throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth.
You Are Important
- You have been chosen to carry life - two souls, two hearts, two brains.
Tonight is the first night of our Winter 2013-14 series. It is always exciting for us to welcome a new set of students. We love sharing our passion for healthy pregnancy and natural birth with families who want the best starts for their babies.
Even though there are many options for birthing families, we are still committed to sharing The Bradley Method® because we like being able to offer a birthing class that honors the loving partner as the mother's best coach.
Why do we teach Bradley™ classes?
Tonight is the night we start another new class series…and tomorrow we get to
share time with some alumni students who are joining us for their second series. They are taking the classes to spend time
preparing for the newest addition to their family.
There have been a few “new” birthing methods* to pop up since we have become
instructors. Hypnobirthing just got a
huge boost thanks to the royal birth in England. Yet, despite all the bright, shiny
distractions, Bruss and I remain steadfast in our choice to continue teaching
The Bradley Method® classes.
Bruss shares some coach's insight to questions asked in our classes
We were asked a question in a recent class regarding the *natural* birth process. To paraphrase the question, why not just turn your birth experience over to the medical professionals and trust them to do the best job for you, since they have had years of training and more years of experience in attending births. Why get educated in the birth process, since you will never know as much as the professionals.
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.
Top Ten List:Reasons To Take A Bradley Method® Class
We had the privilege of starting two new Bradley Method® Class Series last week. We are teaching a Friday night series with First-time parents, and on Sunday we are teaching our Bradley Method® "Next Class" with alumni families who are expecting baby number two.
Some of the thoughts shared when we asked our students "why are you here today" inspired today's post.
Here are some of the ways we recommend our students
manage their labor without analgesics or anesthetics. Even when they are used in labor, we are so happy that our couples use them as tools to manage a long labor and their children are born nursing vigorously and with high APGAR scores.
Mom and Coach are informed.
Through the course of The Bradley Method® class series,
parents are taught about what to expect as “normal” in labor, what the
variations on normal might be, the different options and interventions in
labor, and how to recognize a complication that warrants a change in the plan
for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
We have had a couple of students have had textbook “NAPS” in
the last two classes…and since we still have several couples waiting for their
babies, I thought this might be a reminder and an inspiration to them for their
labors. NAP – no, they didn’t take epic
naps in labor (although I am a big advocate for sleeping in labor)…what it
means is that they were very patient in their labors.
One of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is a Healthy
Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. All of the
discussion below only applies if Mom and Baby are not showing any signs of
distress through labor.