Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Happy New Year!! Wishing all of our readers many blessings as you welcome the new year. I trust your holidays were wonderful and that you are looking forward to all the promise of a fresh slate.
These are probably going to keep being evening editions - thank you for your patience as we ramp up posting again in the New Year. I am really placing a high value on being Peaceful Mama for my kiddos, which means that being on the computer is taking a back seat to homeschooling and teaching classes this season.
This is a topic that came up when I was pregnant with
Angélika that I was not ready to allow into my consciousness until she was
safely in our arms. Now that enough time
has passed and we have proven to ourselves that homebirth can be a safe option
when a person is healthy and low risk, I am ready to write about it.
I gave Stephanie Stanley, facilitator of the East Valley
ICAN group, byline credit for this because I am using her research from a
uterine rupture presentation she did at a meeting for my post today.
I want to share a topic that is rarely discussed. No one announces their
miscarriages when they happen – it is a personal, private event that few people
ever know about outside of the couple that lost their pregnancy.
We had a miscarriage between our first and second
child. Our story starts with our first
pregnancy. I had been so uptight and
concerned when I was pregnant with Ysabella.
With her pregnancy we had spotting right from the beginning, and it
lasted the whole pregnancy.
week we remember all babies born sleeping, or whom we have carried but
never met, or those we have held but could not take home, or the ones
that came home but didn't stay. Make this your profile status if you or
someone you know has suffered the loss of a baby. The majority won't do
it, because unlike cancer, baby loss is still a taboo subject. Break the
silence. In memory of all lost angels. ♥"
~ Source Unknown
you ever seen this status on Facebook? (To give credit where credit is due, I also paraphrased the quote on today's landing page from a quote I found on the page for a miscarriage group on facebook - see the Resource List for a link to the group.
So your due date came…and went…what do you do now?
One of Dr. Bradley’s sayings was, “It’s Not Nice To Fool
Mother Nature”. There is a whole chapter
of his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth, devoted to that topic, in which he
talks about the concerns he has with trying to rush the process.
Did you know your due date was, at best, an estimate? Did you know that only 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date? There is no hard and fast rule for when your
baby is going to make his or her entrance.
Ideas to Have a Safe Pregnancy During the Summer Months - Hello, Mr. Sun!
Tina Lebedies, a Bradley Method® instructor in Queen Creek,
Arizona, suggested I write a post about staying healthy through the summer. As the heat in Arizona and other arid states
is starting to climb, and humidity is starting to build in the rest of the
United States, I figured this was a perfect time to address that topic. As the sun gets stronger and the temperatures
gets hotter, it is important to take extra precautions to stay hydrated and
cool if you are pregnant through the summer months.
Last evening’s class was the
topic of “Variations and Complications” during Pregnancy and Labor. As much as we all hope and pray for an
easy pregnancy and labor, for some of us, there are some bumps in the road.
The Bradley Method® includes
a class on how to handle those “bumps” so that parents are at least aware of
what the variations and complications are, what the possible reasons are for
them, and the options available to them should they encounter these situations.
We also encourage our students to do additional reading on these situations –
it is never good enough to take an instructors word on these, especially for the decisions that
impact their child.