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

Homebirth

Q&A with SPB: Midwifery Care

Happy International Day of the Midwife to the midwives of the world.

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We are so blessed with so many amazing midwives in our birth community.  Here is a little more about why Sweet Pea Births advocates for midwifery care to be an available option to all birthing families:

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The Family-Centered Cesarean

For today...another one from the archives, originally published in April 9, 2013.  Updated April 30, 2014 to include information about microbiome seeding; and a gentle cesarean checklist of options to review with your provider and prepare for a cesarean birth journey.

A "Family-Centered" cesarean?  A "gentle" cesarean?  A procedure that is Woman and MotherBaby-centered?  What?  Did you just read that correctly?  

Yes, you did.  There is a "new" trend in cesareans that is hitting the mainstream consciousness here in the United States.

Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy How-to

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Today's VLOG is all about the things that you *can* control in the very unplannable process of pregnancy, labor, birth and the childbearing year.


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Q&A with SPB: How can I have a healthy pregnancy?
Many of us strive for a healthy pregnancy so we can have a great birth experience. Here are two things you can do, and what else to consider beyond that.Today's links for more information can be ...

Birth Story: Baby P Born At Home




We are thrilled and honored to share a very special birth story today.  Our guest blogger, Cassandra is a newly minted mother of two - congratulations!!  Today she shares the story of Baby P's arrival. It is the complete opposite oflast week's marathon labor birth story. She and Baby P definitely had a different path!



Baby P is baby #2 for our family; you can read my son’s home birth story from 2012here on the blog.

Labor Tools: Water

The main topic of our Bradley Method® class on Friday night was the first stage of labor.  Through the course of class and discussing labor techniques, one of our students asked if we had used a birth tub, and was it a wonderful as they have heard.  I had to answer honestly, “I don’t know!”

What we do know and teach as part of the Bradley Method® curriculum is that water IS an effective labor tool for pain relief.  It is one of several comfort measures we discuss.  (Side note: It has many applications besides labor – think of the whole philosophy and practice of hydrotherapy.

Home Birth Rights Rally

After much thoughtful deliberation, hours of testimony, and a strong showing by the consumers and the providers of licensed midwifery care at home, the Midwifery Scope of Practice was expanded in 2013.  Just when we thought home birth in Arizona was going to follow evidence-based care...a new bill was introduced this legislative session to undermine a family's right to choose home birth. Read more about itHERE 

Here is the most recent update from our main advocate for an expanded scope of practice, Allyson Fernstrom:

It's Not A Plan, It's A Journey

It feels so cliché to say, “the journey” these days – the words have been overused and applied to just about everything from meaningful life events to car commercials.

When it comes to your child’s birth, those words are just about right.  Some of us travel a long road through fertility hurdles to achieve pregnancy, then there is the journey through the trimesters and different milestones of pregnancy, and finally, the act of birthing that leads you down to the new path of parenthood.

Our current class has just started working on their birth plans.

Birth News: December 12, 2013

A bigger selection of topics today...check out the news if you are "trying" to get pregnant, and more motivation to keep your pregnancy healthy, low-risk and as stress-free as possible.  Also, new study from ACOG that shows that there may be risks with the use of Pitocin.

Happy Thursday to all of you!  

P.S. I also did an early morning posting of ourWordless Wednesdayfrom yesterday...the day got away from me!  Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.

FERTILITY

Birth News RoundUp 11-14-2013

Just in time for some dinner-prep or nighttime reading, here are the articles that caught my eye over the last few days.  Thoughts and prayers being sent to the families in the Philippines.  It is amazing to see how the miracle of life continues on in the face of destruction and devastation.

As we approach Premature Awareness Day on November 17, I am guessing there will be more articles about preemies and NICU care - if they don't make it on here, make sure to check our Pinterest Boards for the articles we find and want to save for future reference.

Meet the Doula: Jennifer

This month's featured doula is Jennifer Valencia.  She is a doula that serves Central and Northern Arizona.  She believes that birth is a sacred time and every mother should be nurtured and respected as she brings her baby earth side.

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word doula was probably in 2006, some time before my first baby’s birth. I didn’t really understand the full scope of benefits of a doula until the birth of my second child when I experienced a DONA certified doula.
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