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

Comfort Measures

Meet the Doula: Sara

I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at MommyCon Phoenix last year (April 2013).  Since then, we have reconnected in on-line forums and kept in touch.  I am thrilled to be able to feature her as June's Doula of the Month.


About Sara: I'm passionate about supporting women in their birth choices and through labor and delivery.  I am a birth activist, lactivist, essential oil lover, garden growing, crafter, and stilleto-wearing granola-momma lover of all things holistic and naturaopathic.

Pregnancy 101: Third Trimester Mealtimes

I say it every session – it’s hard to believe we are coming down to our last week in our Bradley Method® class.  This Friday is the last class for our Spring 2014 class series!!
 
One of the questions that came up in Class 11 was about comfort, or lack thereof, after meals.  To answer this question, let’s look at what happens to the pregnant body:

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonColor image via flickr: Papier Mache Models of Pregnant Woman 
At the Boston Science Museum, in Boston, MA
 
Do you see the difference in the stomach between the two images?

Monday Mantra: Gathering Energy for Labor


Whether you have a long labor, a short labor, or something in between, there will come a time when you have to draw within yourself to gather the energy you need to see your birth through.  This was definitely my favorite affirmation - mantra really - as we hit the point in labor when there was barely time to let go of all the tension before another contraction started again.

I envisioned the energy around me as a vortex, and as I inhaled I swirled energy into me and as I exhaled I sent all my tiredness and tension away.

Labor Tools: Water

The main topic of our Bradley Method® class on Friday night was the first stage of labor.  Through the course of class and discussing labor techniques, one of our students asked if we had used a birth tub, and was it a wonderful as they have heard.  I had to answer honestly, “I don’t know!”

What we do know and teach as part of the Bradley Method® curriculum is that water IS an effective labor tool for pain relief.  It is one of several comfort measures we discuss.  (Side note: It has many applications besides labor – think of the whole philosophy and practice of hydrotherapy.

Birth News Roundup



I hope you enjoyed ourMommy Con recapin lieu of a "Birth News" installment last week.  Here are the articles I have collected that I thought would be of interest to those of you TTC, currently pregnant, or getting close to welcoming your babies.  

This week was also Remembrance Day for families that have experienced the grief of loss.  I open this post with an event to honor their brief passage through our lives.


Remembrance Service for Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss

Healthy Happy Expo

Sweet Pea Births is so excited to announce that we are sponsoring The Nursing Lounge at the upcoming Healthy Happy Baby Expo!  Organizer Kim Swayman, owner of Healthy Baby, Happy Earth in Glendale, sat down with us for a minute. She tells us more about this exciting, one-day event coming up on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Westgate Renaissance Hotel.


What is the Healthy Happy Baby Expo? 
It is a one-day event that brings together area professionals to assist soon-to-be or new parents in discovering resources and information on a variety of topics in caring for their families.

Natural Oxytocin Boosters

I readTHISarticle this morning about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and promote peace.  No surprise that this is the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress reliever and a promoter of peace for couples.  A lovely consequence: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!


In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great quantity when a woman is in labor.  The hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample oxytocin.

Planning a VBAC – Dad’s Count, Too

When it comes to pregnancy, labor and birth, the vast majority of the writing and expectation for preparation is geared at the mother.  One of the reason’s we chose The Bradley Method® is because it recognizes that the father may also want to play a role in the birth of the child and Bradley™ prepares the couple for labor to welcome their child, not just the mother.

The same holds true when planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).  If the partner was present for the first birth, they also experienced varying degrees of stress: watching their loved one undergo major surgery, the physical recovery period, and the emotional recovery period, which might have been longer than the physical recovery.

A New Chapter: Meet Cassandra

Bruss and I would like to welcome Cassandra to the Sweet Pea Births Family.  She will be a regular contributor to the blog and you will start seeing her around the internet on ourother social mediaplatforms.  I am looking forward to sharing her areas of expertise with our students and readers.  Bienvenidos, Cassandra! ~KRB
 

Hi, I am Cassandra Okamoto and I am a new contributing writer here at Sweet Pea Births! I thought I would tell you all a little bit about myself & then share my birth story, which just happened to take place almost exactly one year ago.

Flower Essences for Pregnancy, Labor and Beyond

Bradley(TM) instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC and Lotus Wei flower essences for pregnancy and postpartumI had the pleasure of meeting Katie Hess at anetworking eventlast year.  Thanks to that meeting, I used her flower essences to release some fears and to find calm as we approached our birth.  We also used them at the blessingway and each guest got to enter our “sacred space” by getting a mist of the flower essence of their choice. 

I also feel like Angelika “resonates” with the benefits of the flower essences.  I used them every day for the last two weeks of pregnancy, and then in the time afterwards I have used them pretty consistently.
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