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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Cesarean Surgery

Two Cesareans and A VBAC

Here is our final post for Cesarean {Birth} Awareness Month. (I missed by a day when I was planning posts :/ Oops!)  

Today I am sharing 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.
  • The Schlueter family welcomed their son via cesarean in July 2013.

The Family-Centered Cesarean

For today...another one from the archives, originally published in April 9, 2013.  Updated April 30, 2014 to include information about microbiome seeding; and a gentle cesarean checklist of options to review with your provider and prepare for a cesarean birth journey.

A "Family-Centered" cesarean?  A "gentle" cesarean?  A procedure that is Woman and MotherBaby-centered?  What?  Did you just read that correctly?  

Yes, you did.  There is a "new" trend in cesareans that is hitting the mainstream consciousness here in the United States.

VBAC Preparation: Ask the Midwife

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 in 2012.  

The main presenters and most of what you see below are the paraphrased words of Diane Ortega, CNM and Belinda Hodder, CNM.  They are midwives at Valley Women for Women, whose overall cesarean rate in 2014 was 7% in the midwife practice.*

Also in attendance and adding commentary to some of the answers was another CNM in the area.

Q&A with SPB: Cesarean Support

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.  Today I am bringing you a virtual interview with local Phoenix ICAN Chapter co-leader, Jenni Froment, as well as a VLOG with Stephanie Stanley, founder and instructor at Give-Birth.org.

I interviewed Stephanie abouther childbirth classeslast week.  She came back to sit down with me and talk about the mission of ICAN, and we talked a little about peer-to-peer support.  Here is what she had to say about this amazing group:

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Q&A with SPB: Childbirth Classes for VBAC or CBAC

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
A little terminology for the uninitiated:
ICAN ~ International Cesarean Awareness Network
VBAC ~ Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
CBAC ~ Cesarean Birth After Cesarean

We are honored to share an amazing childbirth educator and Cesarean Birth Advocate with you today.  We got to sit down with Stephanie Stanley, founder ofGive-Birth.org, and in today's VLOG we bring you a short interview with her:

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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.

VBAC: What Your OB is Supposed To Know and Acknowledge

Last year I wrote an article on evidence-based practice for The Clarion, the newsletter published by ICAN and sent to it’s subscribers (Spring 2014).  I read A LOT of documents and studies in preparation for that! 

Since it is Cesarean Awareness Month, I thought it fitting to share those with you.  The information shared below is accessible to all care providers who care for women in their childbearing years.  

If you would like a Trial of Labor with a subsequent pregnancy after a cesarean birth, then inform yourself about what the professionals are saying.

In Their Own Words: Marshall Family Cesarean Story

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

Wordless Wednesday: Breastfeeding

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.

Dr. Bradley's Postpartum Instructions

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.
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