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Birth News

Happy New Year!!  Wishing all of our readers many blessings as you welcome the new year.  I trust your holidays were wonderful and that you are looking forward to all the promise of a fresh slate.

These are probably going to keep being evening editions - thank you for your patience as we ramp up posting again in the New Year.  I am really placing a high value on being Peaceful Mama for my kiddos, which means that being on the computer is taking a back seat to homeschooling and teaching classes this season.

Keeping Sweet Pea Healthy 2012

December is here and it’s time for my yearly PSA on protecting your baby from respiratory viruses.  When there is a newborn in the house, everyone wants to come over to meet the baby!!  They are pretty hard to resist.

Bruss and I are big advocates for our children, especially the youngest members of our family, during cold and flu season.  Our Night Owl had a life-threatening experience with RSV when he was three months old, and that has made us painfully aware just how fragile our sweet peas can be.

Silicone Necklaces for Teething

It’s amazing how the “can’t live without” products end up being the little ones.  I recently had a friend call me, looking for the “wow” gift she could purchase as a baby shower gift.  I laughed out loud because my favorite, go-to gift is a “wow” gift – just not the way she was thinking of.
She asked me which one baby product I could not live without, and it’sTHIS ONE.  As a matter of fact, I had just pulled it to the front of our bathroom closet the day she called in preparation for the cold and flu season.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Hello, students and friends…Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all.
 
Here is a picture of our kiddos taken in time to share for the holidays…some days, I still cannot believe we are parents to four children!

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale
©2012 Marriott Photography
 
Which brings me to today’s topic – one size fits all parenting.  I saw a picture on Facebook that raised my red flag radar.  As an advocate of natural birth and attachment parenting, I love seeing things that reinforce my beliefs.  At the same time, I am concerned when people take those beliefs too far and attribute authority that stretches the truth.

Some Postpartum Strategies

OnTuesdayI posted some ideas to avoid birth trauma, mental anguish and physical distress during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.  It is by no means a complete list, however it’s a good starting point for thought and action. 
 
As a general rule, the fewer interventions you have during your birth, the easier your breastfeeding relationship will be to establish.  This leads to a mom who recovers from her birth experience feeling competent in her abilities to nourish her child.

Keeping Sweet Pea Healthy

RSV experience
RSV experience
This is on day four of hospitalization - many of the tubes had already come out.
RSV experience
RSV experience
This is on day four of hospitalization - many of the tubes had already come out.
RSV experience
RSV experience
Checking out all the meds and straightening out the lines.
RSV experience
RSV experience
Day 5 - Breathing is stabilized and now we just need oxygen to keep the levels up in his body.
As we enter cold and flu season, I am compelled to write about RSV and some protective measures you can take to protect infants from this vicious virus.

Newborn jaundice

We are back from our babymoon!  It has been a wonderful five weeks of enjoying our baby instead of doing all of the regular day-to-day activities.  I didn’t do any blog writing or homeschooling through this time…we are slowly getting back to our routine.  We have continued on with our class series and all of our students have seen our baby grow into her 12-pound, 1-ounce weight and 24 inch length in the last five weeks.  Breast-milk is nature’s perfect food!!
 
Which brings me to one of the topics that we covered briefly at the end of class last night.

Off to a Good Start with your Newborn

Bradley Method(R) classes cover postpartum care - post by Jacqueline Norris, a Bradley(r) momWe are still on our babymoon - thank you to Jacqueline Norris, CD, PCD for writing today's post about postpartum care and the work of a postpartum doula.  To learn more about Jacqueline, please see the end of today's post.

A baby is born -  helpless, frail, precious, captivating, demanding, amazing.  Even if not initially, soon enough most parents find themselves awed at this tiny little miracle. They want to do the best they can to care for this needy little person who demands so much of their attention and care.

No, my milk did not go bad!

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We are officially on our babymoon.  Thank you to today's writer, Tina Lebedies, AAHCC for allowing us a little more time to enjoy our sweet baby girl who is growing and changing already!!  Tina is an Affiliated Bradley Method® Instructor who teaches her classes in the Queen Creek and San Tan Valley area of Metro Phoenix.
 
 
I want to share this story with you because I believe it is a common problem, and with awareness and proper education it can be overcome with little to no medical or non-natural interventions.

Bumpy Day Coping Strategies

Bradley Method(R) instructor Krystyna Bowman offers coping strategies for fussy babiesMy child is crying and I don't know what to do - help!!

It would be nice if all our days as parents were smooth sailing and sunny skies.  The reality is that all babies and children have fussy or weepy days - the Bumpy Days on the parenting road.  

The most important thing to do when our children are crying more than usual is to rule out illness.  Check their temperature, look for rashes, examine whether or not their activity levels and/or appetites have changed in the last 24 hours.
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