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In Their Own Words: Erica ~ Part 1

PART 1: My Breastfeeding Journey: The Greatest Gift of My Birth Experience

I’ve been breastfeeding my daughter, Scarlett, for a little over a year now, and it continues to be a very important part of our lives. I know many women in the United States choose to discontinue breastfeeding at a year, or sooner, for a variety of reasons. I have no judgment towards them. I can say I know that I won’t be one of them. I’m not sure how long we will continue to nurse, but I don’t see us stopping any time soon.

Doula Services

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, ScottsdaleMore and more people are thinking about using doulas or making space in their birth budget for doula care. Doulas are a great resource and can be a huge asset when it comes to preparing for the birth journey. My favorite analogy is that they are tour guides - they have been on the birth journey before and can point out the major landmarks and the subtle nuances. It's up to you to decide how to use that information to have your best possible birth given the circumstances.

Here are some things we share with our students when they are thinking about hiring a doula:

Birth Centers in Phoenix

Did you know that there are six birth centers to choose from if you are a birthing family in the metro-Phoenix area in Arizona?  Several of them offer Bradley Method classes on their calendar.  We will be offering a series at Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Midwifery that starts in October.  Pleasecontact usif you would like to enroll.

Here is a quick run-down of the options, listed in alphabetical order.

Babymoon Inn

202 E. Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 314-7755 

UPDATE: Fundraising for Willow WIsh

Please join us to celebrate the
GRAND OPENING 
Willow Midwife Center for Birth+Wellness

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

2045 S. Vineyard
Suite 136
Mesa, AZ 85210


Here is a preview of the silent auction:

Little Boy Blue Basket: $300
Starting Bid:  $50

  • $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
  • Placenta Encapsulation from Michelle Ludwig (The Modern Mama Doula Services)
  • Nursing Necklace from Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
  • Hat+Sock Set
  • Bandana Bib

Inside Look: Babymoon Inn

It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Babymoon Inn, one of the Phoenix area local birth centers. We have enjoyed getting to know the director, Julia Hall, through her support of The Bradley Method® events, as well as other local events where we have been vendors together.  We have had students from our classes birth there, as well as receive postpartum support through Babymoon’s various breastfeeding and family support meetings offered throughout the week. The support meetings are open to all families in the community, regardless of whether or not they birthed at Babymoon Inn.

Inside Look: SPB at the LLL Conference

August is shaping up to be an amazing month for a celebration of breastfeeding in Arizona…culminating with the La Leche League of Arizona’s Area Conference from August 26-28, 2016.
 
I am honored that I was invited to submit an abstract, and then selected, as conference presenter.  My talk will be on Saturday, August 27 at 8:30 am.  It may be early…but it will be worth it!! Of course, I can’t “teach” without offering a snack, so besides coming for the tea and the yummy breakfast snacks, come chat with me about three topics near and dear to my heart.

Hello from SPB

Hello, readers <3

Coming up!!


It has been a huge season of change for us at the Bowman House.  A season of grief, a month of moving, and now we are back.  We thank God for our good health and a happy family - there is much to be grateful for in spite of all the upheaval.

Here is our first installment back on the VLOG, announcing all the events happening for Breastfeeding Awareness Month that starts next week!

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Nutrition: Snack Ideas

When it comes to pregnancy, we are passionate about helping families achieve a nutritious, whole food, balanced diet.  We serve a snack at every class, adn try to use it as an opportunity to model healthy snack choices.  Of course, you have to factor in pregnancy cravings, so we also try to include a little treat for the sweet tooth.  We also try to avoid foods our students have aversions to by passing out an info sheet on the first or second class so we know what *not* to buy when we are doing our grocery shopping.

Prenatal Connections

I never cease to be amazed at the way science catches up to what we know intuitively about mothers and children.

We have a "mother's intuition". Mothers dream their children's dreams. They can feel emotions or sense danger across miles of separation.

Why? Because their fetal cells literally reside in our bodies.THIS  blog post outlines many of the different ways our children's cells remain in us after we give birth, and how our bodies benefit from being pregnant. 

I believe it is never too early to start connecting with our babes.

Wordless Wednesday: Cesarean Awareness Month

There are no mommy wars on this page.  Every birth is acknowledged, as our tag line is, "Celebrating every Sweet Pea and their birth."  However your child enters the world, it is the day of their birth, as well as the birth of a Mother and Father.  If you need help processing your birth, please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com and I would be happy to send you a resource list.
 
Cesareans:
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.
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