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Drinking during labor

A Letter To You, The New Mother

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April 2014: What You Wish You Knew

Remember when you got your first positive pregnancy test? What do you wish that woman knew? Write a letter of love and encouragement to that awesome mama just starting her journey.
 
Dear New Mama:
 
Yes, you.  I skipped over the “mother-to-be”.  You are already growing life, and you are already aware of that life and protective of that life…as I see it, there is no “to-be” in mothering.  It is a state of being since you got your BFP.

5 Step Plan for Labor

Here are Dr. Bradley’s "Keys to Labor", as per his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth.  I love these simple steps – they could almost be considered a “recipe” for labor.  

If you follow these steps, you can figure out if you are in “real” labor.  If you are not, somewhere along these steps, your contractions will fizzle out.  And if they do, mama has eaten well, slept, and hopefully had a good nap so that you are rested for the next round of contractions when they begin again.

Information Sheet: Non Per Os

Info Sheet: NPO non per os nil by mouthRestricting 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 [1]:
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 

Can I eat and drink in labor?


We had a great question come up in class on Friday, one that bears writing about because at least one student every session plans to give birth at a hospital where they are told to have a good meal before they come in, because their food will be restricted or prohibited once they check into the labor and delivery department. 

To begin with, even having to ask that title question begs another question: why are we asking permission?  The female body, left to it’s own devices, will naturally shut down appetite as the serious work of labor progresses.

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.

Natural Labor Coping Techniques

Here are some of the ways we recommend our students manage their labor without analgesics or anesthetics.  Even when they are used in labor, we are so happy that our couples use them as tools to manage a long labor and their children are born nursing vigorously and with high APGAR scores.

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  Mom and Coach are informed. 
Through the course of The Bradley Method® class series, parents are taught about what to expect as “normal” in labor, what the variations on normal might be, the different options and interventions in labor, and how to recognize a complication that warrants a change in the plan for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

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.

Energy for Pregnancy and Labor


Energy in pregnancy and energy for laborI made the mistake of serving sweet gooey treats for snack in class tonight.  It got really quiet after we did our labor rehearsal – oops.

So what are ways of increasing your energy during pregnancy, or additionally, your labor, if you are feeling low energy?   

Abdominal Breathing 
 We talk about it often in class – deep abdominal breathing is one of the best ways to increase oxygen in your body while still maintaining a deep level of relaxation.   

 Chest breathing wastes a tremendous amount of energy.

The Importance of Water

We are officially on our babymoon.  Thank you to my fellow Bradley®teacher, Lisa Pearson, AAHCC for contributing today's post that addresses the function of water in pregnancy.

We all know it is important to stay hydrated, especially when we live in the desert.  Why is it so important?  Does it matter what we drink to hydrate our bodies?  What is the best way to hydrate our bodies?  How much do we need to drink in order to properly hydrate our bodies?
 
Ok, let’s start at, “

Our Homebirth Story - Part 1

Bowman Family home birth storyOur labor started around 5:00 am on Thursday morning (9/29/11).  I was running around trying to get Brussito’s birthday breakfast table together, when I had a contraction that made me stop in my tracks and grab onto the edge of the bed.  The contractions kept coming throughout the morning.  Since my water had not broken yet, which is how our other three labors had started, Bruss and I decided it was best if I went back to bed to get some sleep.  We called our chiropractor, Dr.
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