Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
The woman who taught my
Doulas of North America (DONA) training course was kind enough to allow me to
post this to our blog. She is an accomplished doula, doula trainer, and
author. Besides her passion around childbirth, she is also a dedicated state
representative for District 16
Arizona. She sent this message to an SPB
student who she knows through her political career.
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by Kelly Townsend, CD
There is a psychosomatic approach to childbirth that is often
ignored in the United States.
We have been teaching Bradley Method® classes
long enough to have the privilege of having alumni students come back and take
another series as they are expecting their next child. We have one of those couples in our current
class, and something came up in class that made me reflect on our births.
The class topic last week was stages of labor.
We talked about the markers of the differentstages of labor
, how to
” that typically happens betweenfirst stage
dilation and positioning baby) and
The final Midwifery Scope of Practice Meeting was held on
Wednesday, May 15, 2013. It
is now time for the families of Arizona, and anyone else who believes that
compassionate care is a human right’s issue for the mother and the baby to take
You can click on the links
below to read a copy of the current draft rules and to see Wednesday’s
Here is my statement on the Arizona Department of Health Services Website:
As we close out Cesarean Awareness Month, I want to share this link to a post that I wrote about "Failing To Progress". So often, these are the words of doom to a couple that is working towards a natural labor.
There are other things that are going on when a woman is in labor. The more birth stories I hear, the more convinced I am that labor is about surrender. That concept is not measurable, nor is it graphed anywhere.
Please take a minute to revisit the post about
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
All I could think, was, "WOW!" and how grateful I was that our care providers did not have that belief.
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.
We have had a couple of students have had textbook “NAPS” in
the last two classes…and since we still have several couples waiting for their
babies, I thought this might be a reminder and an inspiration to them for their
labors. NAP – no, they didn’t take epic
naps in labor (although I am a big advocate for sleeping in labor)…what it
means is that they were very patient in their labors.
One of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is a Healthy
Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. All of the
discussion below only applies if Mom and Baby are not showing any signs of
distress through labor.
In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I am going to devote
the next two Tuesday posts with some information on cesareans. I am not going to write a lot on how to avoid
one in the first place or the specifics of a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
(“VBAC”) since there is already a wealth of information at the International
Cesarean Awareness Network (“ICAN”) and Childbirth Connection websites. Instead
I will offer an introduction to the topic for people who are not aware that
cesareans are performed at an alarming high rate, and offer a quick look at
causes and precautions.