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Artifical Rupture of Membranes
Avoiding harmful substances
Baby blues
Baby Concierge
Baby games
Baby-led weaning
Back Labor
Bag of Waters
Bedtime Routine
Belly Cast
Berman's Law
Big Latch On
Birth center
Birth Centers Phoenix AZ area
Birth Circle
Birth Mantra
Birth News
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Birth Story
Blog Carnival
Bradley Day Family Picnic
Bradley Method®
Bradley Method® birth story
Bradley Method® for next baby
Bradley Method® for second pregnancy
Bradley Method® outcome
Bradley® Coaches
Bradley™ classes and the next baby
Bradley™ classes for next pregnancy
Bradley™ classes for second pregnancy
Breast Pumps
Breast Pumps and Workplace
Breastfeeding 101
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding Challenges
Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding support
Breech presentation
Breech turning techniques
Cassandra Okamoto
Cephalo-Pelvic Disproportion
Cesarean Birth
Cesarean Support Group
Cesarean Surgery
Child Spacing
Children's Books
Chiropractic Care
Co Sleeping
Coach's Corner
Comfort Measures
Cord Clamping
Cry It Out
Dairy Allergy
Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Dehydration and Pregnancy
Delayed Cord Clamping
Drinking during labor
Due Date
Eating during labor
External Cephalic Version
Eye Drops
Eye Ointment
Eye Prophylaxis
Failure to Progress
Family Bed
Family Fun
Fetal Distress
First Birthday
First Foods for baby
First stage labor
First Trimester
Flower Essences
Fluid Retention
Full term
Fussy baby
Going to your birthplace
Green Nursery
Grief Counseling and Support Services
Healthy, Low-Risk
Hearing Screen
Heat Comfort Measures
Hospital Birth
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Hyperthermia and Pregnancy
Immediate Cord Clamping
In Their Own Words
Increase Breastmilk
Induction of Labor
Infant Classes
Infections and Pregnancy
Info Sheet
Information Center
Information Sheet
Informed Consent
Inside Look
La Leche League
Labor Augmentation
Labor Induction
Labor Marathon
Labor Sprint
Labor Support
Lactation Consult
Lactation Consultation
Managing or coping with natural labor
Maternity Keepsake
Meet the Doula
Midwifery Care
Midwifery Scope of Practice Committee
Milk Supply
Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Modern Mommy Boutique
Morning Sickness
Natural Alignment Plateau
Natural birth
natural labor coping mechanisms
Natural labor coping techniques
Neonatal Eye Drops
Neonatal Eye Ointment
Neonatal Eye Prophylaxis
Newborn Care
Newborn jaundice
Newborn Procedures
Next baby
Next pregnancy
Nursing and Maternity Bras
Nursing In Public
Nursing Strike
Obstetrical Care
Pain management
Pain management natural labor
Past due date
Patient Bill of Rights
Phoenix Mommy-Con Mini
Placenta Encapsulation
Planning for Baby
Playing with baby
Postmature baby
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Doula
Postpartum Plan
Pregnancy Loss
Premature Baby
Premature Ruptture of Membranes
Pre-term Labor
Prolonged Labor
Rally to Improve Birth
Relaxation practice
Repeat Bradley™ classes
Rights for Homebirth
Rupture of Membranes
Scavenger Hunt
Second Stage Labor
Sensory games
Sibling Preparation for Newborn Arrival
Sleep Sharing
Soft-structured carrier
Starting Solids
Support Groups
Sweet Pea Births
Swelling in Pregnancy
Tandem Nursing
The Bradley Method®
The Bradley Method® classes
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Thoughtful Thursday
Tongue Tie
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Toxins, pesticides, chemicals and pregnancy
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Use of vacuum extraction
Uterine Rupture
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Vaginal Birth After Multiple Cesareans
Variations and Complications
Vitamin K
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Why we chose the Bradley Method® childbirth classes
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Inside Look: Postpartum Planning

Postpartum Pads
Postpartum Pads
A set includes 1 shell and 3 liners
Mama Cloth
Mama Cloth
Available in three sizes to accommodate mama and flow
Kitchen size and Bathroom size
Shannon's Cloth and More
Shannon's Cloth and More
Visit the website to see patterns or do a custom order. You can also bundle and save with her home and bathroom makeover sets.
We had a great time hosting Shannon  Gusé fromShannon's Cloth & Moreon Saturday. She shared some of her amazing products that are available when you are ready to green your kitchen, your nursery, and your personal care products.

Info Sheet: Perineal Massage

"Prenatal" aka "Antenatal" Perineal Massage
Massaging, stretching and/or relaxing of the perineum & perineal tissues, the area between the vaginal opening and the rectum.
 Source: Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Publication

Image Source: http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservices.com/blog/?p=1362

Women frequently suffer perineal trauma while giving birth and thus interventions to increase the possibility for an intact perineum are currently being explored.

Info Sheet: Hepatitis B Vaccine

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Syringe2.jpgWhat is the Hepatitis B vaccine?
A .5mL dose of the Hepatitis B Vaccine is recommended for all babies sometime after birth (within 12 hours if mother has hepatitis B infection) and before hospital discharge by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

A second dose is recommended between 1-3 months of age, and the third dose is recommended between 6-18 months of age.

What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.

Info Sheet: Forceps and Vacuum

Today, we take a look at an option that is offered to families as an alternative to a cesarean.  While at first read, it may not be something you are willing to consider, once you are in the situation, using a forceps or a vacuum may be something you will be grateful you read up on when all things were calm.

One must weigh the benefits and the risks of these instrument deliveries with the benefit of a vaginal birth.  Once you choose a cesarean birth, your future birth choices are going to be restricted by various players: your own beliefs, your care provider, and your birth place.

Mommy Con: January from Birth Without Fear

Cassandra and I were part of the "media" contingent at MommyCon LA Babywearing World Record Event on Sunday, October 6, 2013.  We had such a wonderful time walking the floor, meeting vendors and being inspired by the wonderful speakers as we looked and listened to bring all the happenings back to you.  See the bottom of this posts for links to more of the activity! 

At 2:00 pm, the third person to take the stage on Sunday was January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear, sponsored by Nüroo.

Info Sheet: Newborn Vitamin K Shot/Oral Dose

Here is another installment in our Information Sheet series.  These info sheets are designed to give you information as a starting point for your own research to decide what is the best choice regarding this option for your family.  We are not medical experts or care providers.  We are informed consumers who want to help other families make informed consumer decisions when they say "YES" or "NO"
Definition:Newborn Vitamin K Shot/Oral Dose
A single injection containing .

AZ Hospital Report Cards

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.

Information Sheet: Non Per Os

Info Sheet: NPO non per os nil by mouthRestricting food and drink is still a common practice in many hospital settings.  Here is our presentation of the information so you can make an informed decision for your labor:

Definition:  Non Per Os or Nil By Mouth
From Wikipedia [1]:
Nil per os (alternatively nihil/non/nulla per os) (NPO) is a medical instruction meaning to withhold oral food and fluids from a patient for various reasons. It is a Latin phrase which translates as "nothing through the mouth". In the United Kingdom, it is translated as 

Info Sheet: Group B Strep Test

Group B streptococcus (GBS)is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of about 25 % of all healthy, adult women.

Those women who test positive for GBS are said to be colonized. A mother can pass GBS to her baby during delivery. GBS is responsible for affecting about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States. Not every baby who is born to a mother who tests positive for GBS will become ill.

Rally to Improve Birth 2013

Did you know that there is a national organization advocating evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth? 

I first became aware of ImprovingBirth.org when they held their first rally last year.  In order to bring awareness to the maternity health care crisis in our country, the organizers chose the date of Labor Day for the national event.  This year, they are truly nation-wide – there is at least one rally planned in all 50 states, and as of today, it looks like they are up to eight international locations.
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