Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
This was intended to be the final post during Cesarean Awareness Month. I am just learning how to use the YouTube editor tool so it took a little longer than I expected to seam everything together and get everything "processed". Oi.
So better late than never, here are two cesarean birth stories from SPB alumni families. Both beautifully illustrate the gift of a cesarean when they are medically necessary.
- The Mangieri family welcomed their son via cesarean in March 2012, and went on to have a VBAC with their second child, a daughter, in December 2013.
Annika and Danial were students in our Spring 2013 class. As with all of our students, they prepared using The Bradley Method in order to have a natural childbirth.
Through the course of the class, we have a session on cesarean birth in the event that a student's path of labor has to follow that for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. As part of the process to avoid an "unnecesarean" we teach many communication tools throughout the twelve weeks for a couple to use for
This week's theme for Wordless Wednesday was breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period. Whether you birthed vaginally or via cesarean, it is possible for mothers to breastfeed.
Our first series is of a mama feeding in the recovery room after a cesarean, and a day later, still swollen from the drugs used for the induction and the cesarean. She went on to have a great breastfeeding relationship with this Sweet Pea, and was our student for her VBAC baby in 2013.
The second set of pictures are from our births.
I recently wrote an article on evidence-based practice for
The Clarion, the newsletter published by ICAN and sent to it’s
subscribers. I thought it fitting to
dedicate this week’s installment of “Birth News Update” to the most current
information in cesareans and VBAC. Here
are the articles I used as references in my writing:
This document from ACOG sets new goals for the obstetrical practice as a whole to re-evaluate their standard practices and make necessary
changes to reduce the primary cesarean rate:
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.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC):
SPB students working through VBAC labor
ICAN of Phoenix leader and baby*
ICAN of Phoenix leader, husband and VBAC baby*
We celebrate ALL births at Sweet Pea Births - ALL Birth-Days are the first day of your family's life. That is not to say there is not grief or sorrow for a birth that doesn't go as expected - we hope and pray that with time, glimmers of joy can be gleaned from your birth experience.
We continue looking at Dr. Bradley's words of wisdom by looking at his postpartum tips today. Here are his insights for a family to follow right after the baby is born.
What I continue to find fascinating about his writing is that he didn't just talk about childbirth, which was built on the groundwork laid by Dr. Grantley Dick-Read. He also wrote about the MotherBaby relationship, at a time when the baby was barely even considered to be a salient being - they were still considered "parasites" inside the womb.
Restricting food and drink is still a common practice in many hospital settings. Here is our presentation of the information so you can make an informed decision for your labor:
Definition: Non Per Os or Nil By Mouth
From Wikipedia :
“Nil per os (alternatively
nihil/non/nulla per os) (NPO) is a medical instruction meaning to withhold oral
food and fluids from a patient for various reasons. It is a Latin phrase
which translates as "nothing through the mouth". In the United
Kingdom, it is translated as
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?
Our posts for Cesarean Awareness Month continue. With their permission, I am sharing notes today that I took at an
ICAN meeting presented by some Phoenix-area midwives. The main presenters and most of what you see below are the paraphrased words of Diane Ortega, CNM
and Belinda Hodder, CNM. Also in
attendance and adding commentary to some of the answers was another CNM in the
area. While all three midwives believe
in and support the natural process, all of these women have had a cesarean
Breastfeeding rates are definitely affected when a mother has a cesarean birth. These are the factors I can think of off of the top of my head: initial separation after birth, introduction of formula or pacifiers if mom has a long recovery, milk production may be delayed if there were complications during surgery, pain at the incision site makes it difficult to get comfortable...thelist can go on
Even if a couple has done all the right things to prepare, there are babies who are born via cesarean for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.