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.
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
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.
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 Wednesday
from yesterday...the day got away from me! Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.FERTILITY
Birth place options
, Information Center
, Hospital Birth
, Induction of Labor
, Labor Induction
, Labor Augmentation
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.
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.
Did you know that the state of Arizona is now keeping a database on hospitals? You can check on several different statistics. For today's post, I am going to focus on the childbirth information you can find out about a hospital you may be considering for your birth or as a back-up for a birth center or home birth.
Then click on the 2011 AZ Hospital Compare to get to this page:
Once you are on the AZ Hospital Compare Page, click on the "Hospital Quality Ratings" tab or picture icon.
Looking for something to do with your family this week? Cassandra and I
are posting events and classes in our respective geographic areas…look for
us…maybe we will see you there!!
Do you have an event that you would like to add to our upcoming events calendar?
Scroll down to the end of this post for more information.
Disclaimer: A listing here does not
imply nor signify endorsement by Sweet Pea Births, or our families.
These are events for expecting families, and families with newborns to 6 months old.
This is the second post in the series that looks at the small print on the drug information sheet for consumers. In ourfirst post
, we looked at the details of drugs used in epidurals. Here is the fine print for the drugs used by hospital practitioners to induce labor. This may be offered for a variety of reasons.
Whenever a drug or procedure is offered, we encourage our students to look at the benefits and the risks. There are circumstances where the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
, Hospital Birth
, Informed Consent
, Full term
, Avoiding harmful substances
, Toxins, pesticides, chemicals and pregnancy
, Due Date
, Obstetrical Care
, Labor Support
, Induction of Labor
, Labor Induction
, Warning Labels
The final open meeting of the Midwifery Scope of Practice committee was held yesterday, June 3, 2013. The whole time I have been attending or watching the livestream recordings, there has been a nagging thought that was tugging on my brain.
The Director of Health Services wroteTHIS
blog post that really helped me clarify
the thought that had been rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t quite pin it
down until I read his post:
“In the draft rules, there are a handful of tests that women need to take if
she wants to have Licensed Midwifery services.
Our featured doula this month is Laura Correia, CD(DONA). Laura and I met through the Rights for Homebirth movement. It is a pleasure to bring you her interview - this is a woman who knows her calling. I found that her passion about birth and supporting families speaks through the page and to my heart. Enjoy getting to know Laura!
About Laura: I am a DONA certified birth
doula in the greater north and west Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale,
Paradise Valley, Anthem, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale, Litchfield Park,
Tolleson, and Goodyear.