Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Christine & BJ Bollier
Bradley Method© Birth Story
Our 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.
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.
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.
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.
As 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.
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.
another Inside Look just in time to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. The
creator of the CoverMyHeart nursing covers, was kind enough to do a virtual
interview with us.
I met April
Marcial (“AM”) at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest in June. We had a chance to visit between interested
mamas stopping at her booth. Her journey
as a mother and entrepreneur is incredible – a link to her story is at the
bottom of this blog post. It is an honor
to cross paths in life with people who are really making a difference in the
world – she is one of them.
We have a couple of features
from the ClubMomMe Spring Fest(still – there were so many amazing vendors and
we still have more to share!)that we have been saving for World Breastfeeding
Week. The two companies we are featuring this week were both founded from a desire to support the breastfeeding
Today’sInside Lookis with Poncho Baby™. I fell in love with the
colors first – muted natural tones are always a win for me. In addition, the line is organic, made in the
USA, and multi-functional: one piece in your diaper bag can serve as a nursing
cover, blanket, stroller cover and a car seat canopy.
We are 100 months into our breastfeeding journey – as a
family. I say family because Coach Bruss has been an integral part of my
success at breastfeeding. He was there
encouraging me and thanking me for my commitment to breastfeed in the first
weeks when it hurt so much that I cried every time Puma nursed. He supported my choice to try and breastfeed
through a pregnancy – the first time it didn’t work out; the second time it
did. He was 100% behind my choice to
tandem nurse a toddler and a newborn, and then two toddlers when weaning didn’t
happen as we expected.
What’s your favorite long-term breastfeeding benefit?