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

Going to your birthplace

Info Sheets: Gowning

*History
Definition fromMedTerms~
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 durability.

  • Hardy enough to withstand multiple washes at very high temperatures

Labor Support: Meet the Monitrice

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.

Failing to Progress or Naturally Aligning

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  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.

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.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Bradley Method® Fall 2011 Series Chandler, AZBradley Method® Fall 2011 Series Chandler, AZ





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 moms.
 
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 Baby filter.

Coach's Pep Talk

Coach's Corner
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.

Having a homebirth

Why a home birth?
 
We are planning a home birth for our fourth child early this fall.  
 
Personally, 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.
 
What changed?
 
Education:

Going to Your Birthplace Part 2

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

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.
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