Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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.
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:
Color 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
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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed ourMommy Con recap
in 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
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
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.
article 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
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.
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.
I had the pleasure of meeting Katie Hess at anetworking
last 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.