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

Due Date

A Letter To You, The New Mother

Carnival of Natural Mothering
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.

Holiday Due Dates


You are pregnant over the holidays.

You feel like you are as big as a house, or you are barely showing.

No matter what trimester you are in – you feel it! The holidays are full of pressures…if you are working in or out of the home, you may have goals and to meet year-end reports to finish. If you are entertaining, there is shopping to be done and food to be prepared. If you are gifting, there are presents to buy and wrap. This is a lot of extra on top of an already full plate.

To that pile, add the fact that you are building another human being, in addition to everything else you are trying to accomplish this season.

Redefining Pregnancy and Term Limits


Maybe you heard the news last week that ACOG, “redefined ‘term pregnancy’ to improve newborn outcomes and expand efforts to prevent nonmedically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation.”  
Read the News ReleaseHERE

While many people around me whooped for joy, I am reserving judgment.  I do think it is a move in the right direction to define full term as 39 weeks to prevent an elective cesarean mother from scheduling a cesarean two weeks sooner than the baby is estimated to be ready to live outside the uterus.

Warning Labels: Induction Drugs

This is the second post in the series that looks at the small print on the drug information sheet for consumers.  In ourfirst post, we looked at the details of drugs used in epidurals.  Here is the fine print for the drugs used by hospital practitioners to induce labor.  This may be offered for a variety of reasons.  

Whenever a drug or procedure is offered, we encourage our students to look at the benefits and the risks.  There are circumstances where the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.

10 Good Things


I got a desperate text this week from an alumni mom.  A mama in her circle heard these words from her OB, “Nothing good happens after 40 weeks,” as a reason for her to schedule an induction.

All I could think, was, "WOW!" and how grateful I was that our care providers did not have that belief.

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 I want to preface this post by 
clearly stating that this is not medical information, nor am I medical professional.  What follows are consideration and discussion points for a couple who is thoughtfully weighing their options.

In Their Own Words: Hanson Birth Story

I am grateful to Jennifer and Devin Hanson for giving me permission to add their birth story to our Birth Story Archive.  Their generosity is premiering our first twin story.  They have an inspiring story that is a testament to faith and belief in your body, your coach and your birth team.
 
Jennifer was also kind enough to share some thoughts about Bradley Method® classes, care providers and life as a momma of twins.  Read our “virtual interview” below the links to her birth story.

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the Risks

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the RisksThis is a topic that came up when I was pregnant with Angélika that I was not ready to allow into my consciousness until she was safely in our arms.  Now that enough time has passed and we have proven to ourselves that homebirth can be a safe option when a person is healthy and low risk, I am ready to write about it.   

I gave Stephanie Stanley, facilitator of the East Valley ICAN group, byline credit for this because I am using her research from a uterine rupture presentation she did at a meeting for my post today.

In Their Own Words - Chelsey and Bryce

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Chelsey and Bryce welcomed baby Brody two weeks after his due date. They tried several methods to start labor without a medical induction with no success, so on July 12th, they went to the hospital f...
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Waiting For Baby

So your estimated due date is approaching...or maybe it has passed.  Those little ones we are carrying are happily ensconced in their warm, loving homes.  To us “carriers”, it feels like we have been pregnant forever!!

I remember that feeling very well.  We have always had the good fortune of having our babies before our due date.  I am mentally preparing for this baby to be the one that teaches us how to wait...and since we are not planning to have any more children after this, reminding myself to treasure every moment of the pregnancy.
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