Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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 woman who taught my
Doulas of North America (DONA) training course was kind enough to allow me to
post this to our blog. She is an accomplished doula, doula trainer, and
author. Besides her passion around childbirth, she is also a dedicated state
representative for District 16
Arizona. She sent this message to an SPB
student who she knows through her political career.
GUEST BLOG POST
by Kelly Townsend, CD
There is a psychosomatic approach to childbirth that is often
ignored in the United States.
Here is an affirmation to remember and use in many labor situation: whether you have a sprint where your brain is running to catch up to your body, or a marathon where energy conservation is key, or anything in between. There comes a point in most labors where the mother needs to focus on gathering energy so she can get past the tiredness and have energy to finish the labor and push in the second stage of labor.
In my mind, energy was vortex-shaped and I needed to center that vortex on our birth.
A couple of birth stories have really brought to mind a mantra that was so beneficial to Bruss and I when we were laboring with Otter:
"We will give our baby the giftofthe birththatshe needs."
It was so important to us that we have undisturbed time, free of the pressure of "the clock" for things to happen, free of vaginal exams that have always been difficult for me due to past trauma, and most of all - we wanted to be free of any interventions.
Believe it or not, even though we were birthing at home, there were things our midwives were prepared to offer us to help "speed things up".
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.
We have been teaching Bradley Method® classes
long enough to have the privilege of having alumni students come back and take
another series as they are expecting their next child. We have one of those couples in our current
class, and something came up in class that made me reflect on our births.
The class topic last week was stages of labor.
We talked about the markers of the differentstages of labor
, how to
” that typically happens betweenfirst stage
dilation and positioning baby) and
Bruss and I would like to welcome Cassandra to the Sweet Pea Births Family. She will be a regular contributor to the blog and you will start seeing her around the internet on ourother social mediaplatforms. I am looking forward to sharing her areas of expertise with our students and readers. Bienvenidos, Cassandra! ~KRB
Hi, I am Cassandra Okamoto and I am a new contributing
writer here at Sweet Pea Births! I thought I would tell you all a little bit
about myself & then share my birth story, which just happened to take place
almost exactly one year ago.
I had the pleasure of meeting Katie Hess at anetworking
last year. Thanks to that meeting,
I used her flower essences to release some fears and to
find calm as we approached our birth. We
also used them at the blessingway and each guest got to enter our “sacred
space” by getting a mist of the flower essence of their choice.
I also feel like Angelika “resonates” with the benefits of the flower essences. I used them every day for the last two weeks of pregnancy, and then in the time afterwards I have used them pretty consistently.