Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Hospital gown: A short collarless gown that ties in the
back, worn by patients being examined or treated in a doctor's office, clinic,
or hospital. Hospital gowns are generally disliked by patients as skimpy, ugly,
ill-fitting garments often leaves one's backside ignominiously exposed.
They can be used to cover the surgical patients and the bedridden. By design, hospital gowns are designed for easy access and
- Hardy enough to withstand multiple washes at very high temperatures
I am so excited to announce a monitrice service for couples that want
to have a natural birth outcome in a hospital setting. Jennifer Hoeprich, LM, is now extending her
skill set to families who want to stay home as long as possible before heading
to a hospital for their birth.
What is a monitrice?
A monitrice is a professional, medically trained, labor support person, who
provides clinical monitoring within the home environment, including cervical
dilation exams, auscultation of fetal heart tones, and monitoring of general
well-being of mother and baby, during labor.
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.
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,
I finally got approval from all the families to post the
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby pictures. Here
is a brief synopsis of their outcomes along with a birth story from one of the
All of these are babies from our Fall 2011 Bradley Method®
series. Angelika got to be one of these
babies, too! The families enrolled in
our classes with the intention of having natural births. However, all of them took to heart our
entreaty to evaluate all their decision points with the Healthy Mom, Healthy
Bruss reveals his secret to being a great coach today...this is my first insight into his process, too. He has been an amazing coach at all of our births - now I know how he does what he does for our baby and me!~Krystyna
We are regularly contacted by our Bradley® students as they go into labor. For first time parents there is almost an universal excitement.
It is great to talk to the Dads and hear the excitement in their
voices...the nervous, anxious energy as they start the wonderful
experience of child-birth with their partner.
planning a home birth for our fourth child early this fall.
I have always been a big proponent of hospital births. With our first
three children I was always adamant that my preference was to deliver in a
hospital setting. The overriding reason was the safety net. If
something goes wrong I wanted for Krystyna and our babies to be as close to a
medical team and an operating room as possible.
How do we make a smooth transition to our birthplace?
To piggyback onTuesday’s post
, I thought I would share some
ideas on how to make the transfer to the birthplace as smooth as possible. A common occurrence when changing from your
home to your birthplace is a surge of adrenaline from excitement, fear or
apprehension. In early or active first
stage labor this surge can slow or stop labor.
Although it’s virtually impossible to keep adrenaline out of
the equation completely when making a transfer, especially for first time
parents, here are some things you can do to ensure that the transfer is as
smooth as possible.
Getting to Your Birthplace...if you are not already there
Question: “When Should I Go To The Hospital?”
Answer: This is a question that comes up a lot as we get towards the
end of a class series. There is no right
or wrong answer to this question – we tell our couples that they need to
discuss this with their care provider and come to a mutual understanding as to
when they are expected to arrive at their birthplace. In the instance of a homebirth, they need to
know about when the care provider will want to arrive at their home.