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Top 10 PostPartum Tips

So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet.  Welcome to motherhood!!

I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".

Upcoming Events: Bump to Breast Fest


We are so pleased to congratulate the Arizona Breastfeeding Center on their one-year anniversary!! We are so grateful to have them as a resource for birthing families in the Phoenix area.

As they celebrate their first year in operation, they are hosting a fun family event tomorrow.  Read more about The Bump to Breast Fest in our virtual interview with the two founders of the Arizona Breastfeeding Center, Desiree Allison, IBCLC and Jennie Bever, IBCLC.

What is the inspiration behind the first Bump to Breast Fest?

The Parent Resource List

We have a discussion/communication time in every Bradley™ class session.  Towards the end of the series, we ask, "What else do you need/want to learn before your Sweet Pea arrives?"

Our Winter Class came up with the most varied list that we have had in a long time.  There is a lot of information rattling around in my head after parenting and teaching for the last ten years, so I prepared this list for them and sent it out after class.  Since the work was done, I also wanted to share it with you.

Q&A with SPB: Getting Breastfeeding Off To A Good Start

Today's Question:

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

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Q&A with SPB: Getting Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start
Hi, everyone - here is today's link to more links!! Lots of resources listed for you at the local, national and international level. Whether you breastfeed for a day, a week, a month, a year...or any...

Birth Story: Marathon Labor

Christine & BJ Bollier 
Bradley Method© Birth Story

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonOur goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together.  The reality is that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.  Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

3 Breastfeeding Resources To Keep at Your Fingertips

We are starting to work through a breastfeeding questionnaire in our classes – we answer about 4-5 questions a week. 

Whenever we have an alumni return for a second series with their next baby, we ask them to chime in anytime. We appreciate their perspective as they hear the information again and reflect back.  They are invited to share their experiences with their classmates.  The peer confirmation that the information garnered in classes actually does apply “in real life” is reassuring to the class of first-time parents.

In Their Own Words: Chris Ortiz

Sweet Pea Births supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31
Sweet Pea Births supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31
Thank you all for joining us for another amazing year of breastfeeding advocacy.  Whether you joined us for the Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival in July, or have read our posts throughout Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August, it is always an honor to walk this journey with you.  (Links to all posts at the end of this interview.)

We close this month's advocacy with a very fitting voice.  We teach [partner]-coached childbirth classes.  Today's guest is Chris Ortiz, a Bradley™ Coach and Dad from our Fall 2013 class.

In Their Own Words: Dajanay

Dajanay Robinson ("DR") is a Winter 2012-2013 SPB alumni.  She and her husband took our Bradley Method® classes when they were expecting their first child.  She agreed to answer my questions about her breastfeeding experience from the perspective of a woman in the black community.

Although I have mentioned this in other social media, I want to re-iterate that Black Breastfeeding Week is an inclusive event.  While these questions are geared with an emphasis to inspire and promote breastfeeding in the black community, the campaign is designed for all women to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.

3 Ideas to Improve Black Breastfeeding Outcomes

Sweet Pea Births Supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31As we generate awareness for breastfeeding in the black community with  Black Breastfeeding Week, there is another topic that comes to mind as part of that dialogue.

I am an avid reader, and since 2010 I have been a childbirth educator.  There is one set of statistics I keep reading over and over again, and it's not improving.  The most recent update: In 2013, the United States was ranked 30th in the world for infant mortality.  It is reprehensible that in one of the leading industrialized countries in the world, third-world countries consistently outrank us at keeping babies alive.

Breastfeeding Comfort Kit

As Breastfeeding Awareness Month starts winding down, I want to share another video featuring Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler, Arizona.

One of the biggest factors that makes or breaks a breastfeeding relationship is the ability to get through the learning curve.  We see the beautiful, peaceful images of a content mother and a sleeping baby and say, "awww, that is what we want".  

While breastfeeding is "natural", virtually no one tells us that there is a learning curve to the whole breastfeeding relationship, and for some of us it is steeper than others.
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