Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Christine & BJ Bollier
Bradley Method© Birth Story
Our goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by
teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together. The reality is
that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.
Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth
does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The
Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth
with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
I got to sample CredibleCravings at the Club MomMe event I attended in June 2014. I wish these had been around when I was growing Sweet Peas - green, clean *and* yummy!!
While we try to eat whole food as much as possible, life happens! When you need a snack on the run, these may be just the thing you are looking for. These are great for the diaper bag, and for hungry siblings who are always looking for a snack!
Here are some of the things that Stephanie Baker, Founder of CredibleCravings, shared with me so that I could offer some information about her delicious products to our students and readers:
Today we look at two of the substances many of us are concerned about using during pre-conception and pregnancy: Alcohol and Caffeine.
If you are having a hard time giving up your caffeine, read more about consumption levelsHERE
Consuming Alcohol during Pregnancy
ACOG (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) & the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) position on alcohol is:
“There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink.
Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest:
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach
Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be. They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together. All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!
They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow!
Diaper Wipes – A closer look at what are you putting on your Sweet Pea's bum
As a Bradley Method® instructor, we teach our students to avoid harmful substances in order to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy. Our own green journey started when we were Bradley Method® students nine years ago...so naturally, we continued the effort to keep our environment healthy and low-risk once our Sweet Pea was earthside.
Little did I know I was going to be in for a rude awakening when I read a
I say it every session – it’s hard to believe we are coming
down to our last week in our Bradley Method® class. This Friday is the last class for our Spring 2014 class series!!
One of the questions that came up in Class 11 was about comfort,
or lack thereof, after meals. To answer
this question, let’s look at what happens to the pregnant body:
Color image via flickr: Papier Mache Models of Pregnant Woman
At the Boston Science Museum, in Boston, MA
Do you see the difference in the stomach between the two
In light of a research study published this week, we are highlighting this blog post today, originally written on May 28, 2013.
"Mainly, in all of the groups of labor pain medications and delivery method, we found that mothers who received labor pain medications were 2-3 times more likely to report [delay in the onset of lactation] DOL compared to mothers who did not use labor pain medications and delivered vaginally.
What! A Bradley Method® teacher writing about other kinds of
childbirth education?? Yes, absolutely!
The Bradley Method® is designed for families who are planning to have One Mama who wants to prepare for a natural birth + One Coach who is invested and wants to be the main coach for the mother, and in some cases we train assistant coaches as well. There are so many other dynamics and variations in mothers and in their pregnancy. Today’s information sheet will look at the different childbirth preparation options and offer links to find out more about the different courses offered if The Bradley Method® is not the right fit for you.
The information below is paraphrased and/or quoted from the listed sources.
*Definition of the procedure
Stripping membranes, sometimes called "sweeping of the membranes" or "membrane
sweeping", is a method used to try to start labor. The health care provider puts
her or his finger into the cervix – the mouth of the uterus – and uses the
finger to separate the bag of waters from the side of the uterus near the
cervix. This releases local prostaglandins/hormones that can trigger