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.
I first "met" Rhondda Evans Hartman after the publication of her second book, "Natural Childbirth Exercises for the Best Birth Ever
". As with many meetings these days, our first interactions were via email, Twitter and Facebook. Through the course of correspondence, it was arranged for her to come visit Phoenix, Arizona. That visit finally happened last weekend. It was such a treat to meet her in person!
As it turns out, my suspicion that her personality is the "real deal" was more than true.
I am thrilled to be able to officially announce that Rhondda Evans Hartman, a pioneer of the natural birth movement in the US and award-winning author, is paying us a special visit in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend!
You may have seenTHIS
mantra on here a few months ago (artwork by our very talented student,Jon Garza
Rhondda's philosophy on birth is exactly what we teach in The Bradley Method. Her exercises that she designed for Dr. Bradley's patients are the ones that we are still teaching in classes today.
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.
The Winter months are upon us in the Northern Hemisphere...and not every pregnant or breastfeeding mama wants to get a flu shot. Whether or not the flu shot is for you, here are some practical immunity-boosting tips from our favorite chiropractor that don't involve shots, sprays or otherwise:
It is that time of
year...getting ready for winter. We prepare the pool for winter, the car, the
furnace, even our grass changes. We prepare the cabin and the toilets up north
for winter. Doesn't it make sense to prepare our bodies for winter?
"After the recent rumored natural birth
of the future King of England, lots of people have been talking about the
reasons a mother may pursue this type of birth.
We had a great question come up in class on Friday, one that bears writing
about because at least one student every session plans to give birth at a
hospital where they are told to have a good meal before they come in, because
their food will be restricted or prohibited once they check into the labor and
To begin with, even having to ask that title question begs another question:
why are we asking permission? The female
body, left to it’s own devices, will naturally shut down appetite as the
serious work of labor progresses.
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.
, Postpartum Depression
, Informed Consent
, Support Groups
, Natural birth
, Obstetrical Care
, Labor Support
, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
, Induction of Labor
, Labor Induction
, Rally to Improve Birth
As we close out Cesarean Awareness Month, I want to share this link to a post that I wrote about "Failing To Progress". So often, these are the words of doom to a couple that is working towards a natural labor.
There are other things that are going on when a woman is in labor. The more birth stories I hear, the more convinced I am that labor is about surrender. That concept is not measurable, nor is it graphed anywhere.
Please take a minute to revisit the post about
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?
Birth place options
, Birth plans
, Cesarean Birth
, Cesarean Surgery
, Chiropractic Care
, Natural birth
, Cesarean Support Group
, Bradley Method®
, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
, Natural Alignment Plateau