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Artifical Rupture of Membranes
Avoiding harmful substances
Baby blues
Baby Concierge
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Baby-led weaning
Back Labor
Bag of Waters
Bedtime Routine
Belly Cast
Berman's Law
Big Latch On
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Bradley Day Family Picnic
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Bradley Method® for second pregnancy
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Bradley™ classes for next pregnancy
Bradley™ classes for second pregnancy
Breast Pumps
Breast Pumps and Workplace
Breastfeeding 101
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding Challenges
Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding support
Breech presentation
Breech turning techniques
Cassandra Okamoto
Cephalo-Pelvic Disproportion
Cesarean Birth
Cesarean Support Group
Cesarean Surgery
Child Spacing
Children's Books
Chiropractic Care
Co Sleeping
Coach's Corner
Comfort Measures
Cord Clamping
Cry It Out
Dairy Allergy
Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Dehydration and Pregnancy
Delayed Cord Clamping
Drinking during labor
Due Date
Eating during labor
Essential Oils
External Cephalic Version
Eye Drops
Eye Ointment
Eye Prophylaxis
Failure to Progress
Family Bed
Family Fest
Family Fun
Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle
Fetal Distress
First Birthday
First Foods for baby
First stage labor
First Trimester
Flower Essences
Fluid Retention
Full term
Fussy baby
Gestational Diabetes
Going to your birthplace
Green Nursery
Grief Counseling and Support Services
Healthy, Low-Risk
Hearing Screen
Heat Comfort Measures
Hospital Birth
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Hyperthermia and Pregnancy
Immediate Cord Clamping
In Their Own Words
Increase Breastmilk
Induction of Labor
Infant Care
Infant Classes
Infections and Pregnancy
Info Sheet
Information Center
Information Sheet
Informed Consent
Inside Look
La Leche League
Labor Augmentation
Labor Induction
Labor Marathon
Labor Sprint
Labor Support
Lactation Consult
Lactation Consultation
Managing or coping with natural labor
Maternity Keepsake
Meet the Doula
Midwifery Care
Midwifery Scope of Practice Committee
Milk Supply
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Modern Mommy Boutique
Morning Sickness
Natural Alignment Plateau
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natural labor coping mechanisms
Natural labor coping techniques
Neonatal Eye Drops
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Newborn Care
Newborn jaundice
Newborn Procedures
Next baby
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Nursing and Maternity Bras
Nursing In Public
Nursing Strike
Obstetrical Care
Pain management
Pain management natural labor
Past due date
Patient Bill of Rights
Phoenix Mommy-Con Mini
Placenta Encapsulation
Planning for Baby
Playing with baby
Postmature baby
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Doula
Postpartum Plan
Pregnancy Loss
Premature Baby
Premature Ruptture of Membranes
Pre-term Labor
Prolonged Labor
Q&A with SPB
Rally to Improve Birth
Relaxation practice
Repeat Bradley™ classes
Rights for Homebirth
Rupture of Membranes
Scavenger Hunt
Second Stage Labor
Sensory games
Sibling Preparation for Newborn Arrival
Sleep Sharing
Soft-structured carrier
Starting Solids
Stripping Membranes
Support Groups
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Sweet Pea Births
Swelling in Pregnancy
Tandem Nursing
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The Bradley Method® pain management
Third Trimester
Thoughtful Thursday
Tongue Tie
Tongue Tie Procedure
Toxins, pesticides, chemicals and pregnancy
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Use of vacuum extraction
Uterine Rupture
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Vaginal Birth After Multiple Cesareans
Variations and Complications
Vitamin K
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Why we chose the Bradley Method® childbirth classes
Wordless Wednesday
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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies


Q&A with SPB: Can I put sunscreen on my baby?

Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up.  In the United States, Memorial Day weekend (which just passed) is our summer kick-off.  Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.

Here is VLOG I did today about sunscreens:

NO if your baby is under 6 months old - their skin is less mature, they have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults.

Sun Safety for Sweet Pea

Since this is the season of sun and surf, I want to share a couple of finds that have served us well to keep our Sweet Peas from getting sun burned.  Nothing makes me feel less adequate as a mother than the indictment of burnt pink skin on my Sweet Pea.  The worst is a burn that happens on a cloudy day!  Keep in mind that the clouds only block out the light from the sun – the ultraviolet rays that cause sun burn can still travel through the cloud cover.  I hope this info can help you avoid that feeling of utter and complete Mom Fail.

Special Feature: Club MomMe Spring Family Fest

Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach

Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be.  They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together.  All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!  

They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow!

One More Thing

The night arrived again – when we say farewell to our students and wish them the best for their birth and the journey of family upon which they are about to embark.  Bruss always tells the first-time parents that he is jealous of them because there is nothing else like the experience of welcoming your first child and discovering parenthood for the first time.
I reflect and wonder if we have told them everything, showed them everything, practiced everything – which is of course, realistically, impossible.

Parent Fail

I had planned to take you through a tour at the Celebration Stem Cell Centre for today's post.  I had to change my plans to go due to family illness, which brings me to today’s topic: Parent Fail.  This is not about pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding…it’s about what sometimes happens as these infants grow up and away from us.
“Fail” is such a strong word for me.  In my generation, an “F” grade was  a “Fail” – it was the ultimate sign of incompetence.  So when I say I feel like a failure as a parent, it is a harsh criticism.

Wonder-ful Years

If you have been out in the world long enough, you have noticed that people come in many different stripes…each unique and individually driven.  Some folks thrive on competition, others like to hang out of the fray, some people like crowds, others prefer to keep to themselves – there are so many different variations in personality that exist side by side in our world.

When I gather with a group of moms, it is inevitable that I hear the evaluation questions that aim to determine who has the best and brightest child.

Holiday Safety Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…it must be song week…here I go again, leading off with words that probably bring music to mind.
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our children.  They are filled with wonder at the sight of our Christmas tree.  They love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in them.  They are so excited about Santa and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from all across the country.

Keeping Sweet Pea Healthy

RSV experience
RSV experience
This is on day four of hospitalization - many of the tubes had already come out.
RSV experience
RSV experience
This is on day four of hospitalization - many of the tubes had already come out.
RSV experience
RSV experience
Checking out all the meds and straightening out the lines.
RSV experience
RSV experience
Day 5 - Breathing is stabilized and now we just need oxygen to keep the levels up in his body.
As we enter cold and flu season, I am compelled to write about RSV and some protective measures you can take to protect infants from this vicious virus.

Newborn jaundice

We are back from our babymoon!  It has been a wonderful five weeks of enjoying our baby instead of doing all of the regular day-to-day activities.  I didn’t do any blog writing or homeschooling through this time…we are slowly getting back to our routine.  We have continued on with our class series and all of our students have seen our baby grow into her 12-pound, 1-ounce weight and 24 inch length in the last five weeks.  Breast-milk is nature’s perfect food!!
Which brings me to one of the topics that we covered briefly at the end of class last night.

Picture Books for Siblings

We are officially on our babymoon!  We welcomed our daughter on October 1, 2011 ~ you can read about here is her birth story!  I want to thank fellow birth worker, Rachel Davis, for writing today's post so we can continue to snuggle and adore our sweet baby girl!

Click herefor Tuesday's post on Sibling Preparation

Picture Books for Siblings
By Rachel Davis

On his second birthday our son, Jacob, learned that he would be a big brother!  As we prepared for the arrival of our second child we explored many picture books about birth and new babies.
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