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Bag of Waters
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Bradley Method® for next baby
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Breast Pumps
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Breastfeeding 101
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding Challenges
Breastfeeding in Public
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Breech presentation
Breech turning techniques
Cassandra Okamoto
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Chiropractic Care
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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
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Failure to Progress
Family Bed
Family Fun
Fetal Distress
First Birthday
First Foods for baby
First stage labor
First Trimester
Flower Essences
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Fussy baby
Going to your birthplace
Green Nursery
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Hearing Screen
Heat Comfort Measures
Hospital Birth
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Hyperthermia and Pregnancy
Immediate Cord Clamping
In Their Own Words
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Induction of Labor
Infant Classes
Infections and Pregnancy
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Informed Consent
Inside Look
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Labor Marathon
Labor Sprint
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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
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natural labor coping mechanisms
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Neonatal Eye Drops
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Newborn Care
Newborn jaundice
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Nursing and Maternity Bras
Nursing In Public
Nursing Strike
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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
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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
Stripping Membranes
Support Groups
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Sweet Pea Births
Swelling in Pregnancy
Tandem Nursing
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Thoughtful Thursday
Tongue Tie
Tongue Tie Procedure
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
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Why we chose the Bradley Method® childbirth classes
Wordless Wednesday
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A Letter To You, The New Mother

Carnival of Natural Mothering
April 2014: What You Wish You Knew

Remember when you got your first positive pregnancy test? What do you wish that woman knew? Write a letter of love and encouragement to that awesome mama just starting her journey.
Dear New Mama:
Yes, you.  I skipped over the “mother-to-be”.  You are already growing life, and you are already aware of that life and protective of that life…as I see it, there is no “to-be” in mothering.  It is a state of being since you got your BFP.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Wishing you a wonderful day with your Sweet Peas and anyone else you celebrate with!  We enjoyed a morning of baking today.  What are some of your holiday traditions?

UPCOMING EVENTS Nov 11-15, 2013

Upcoming Events Nov 11-15, 2013

Planning Ahead:
Doll Tea Party @ 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Join the crew at Pottery Barn Kids for a special teatime benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  For a $10 donation to St. Jude, kids will enjoy refreshments, stories and crafting with their favorite doll or teddy bear.  Call a store near you to reserve your spot today.  Cost: $10.  For children ages 4+.
To locate a store near you, clickHERE

Prenatal Yoga 
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 

Club MomMe Family Fall Fest

We had the pleasure of meeting the Club MomMe mamas at MommyCon LA.  We are so sad to miss their amazing event coming up this Sunday - it's definitely on the books for next year!!

The Founding MomMe, Rachel Pitzel, was kind enough to share more info about the Club MomMe Family Fall Fest with us.  Be sure to visit their event websiteHERE (http://clubmommefamilyfest.com/) for ticketing information - it's a be-there event if you are in the Los Angeles area, or if you can get there on November 3, 2013.

Mommy Con: Jessica from The Leaky B@@b

Have I told you how amazing MommyConLA was?  I know I did:)

Second on the stage on Sunday, October 6 for MommyCon and Babywearing World Record was Jessica Martin-Weber ofThe Leaky B@@b.  Her 1:00 pm appearance was sponsored by Moby®.  Since she saw so many mamas breastfeeding, and doing so confidently in public, she decided to give us a speech about parenting.  

Here are my notes from her talk:

She is the proud mama of six daughters.  While she is their mother, they do not define her.

Healthy Happy Expo

Sweet Pea Births is so excited to announce that we are sponsoring The Nursing Lounge at the upcoming Healthy Happy Baby Expo!  Organizer Kim Swayman, owner of Healthy Baby, Happy Earth in Glendale, sat down with us for a minute. She tells us more about this exciting, one-day event coming up on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Westgate Renaissance Hotel.

What is the Healthy Happy Baby Expo? 
It is a one-day event that brings together area professionals to assist soon-to-be or new parents in discovering resources and information on a variety of topics in caring for their families.

Mothers and Children

This is one of the images from our breastfeeding photo shoot that didn't make it into our highlights for Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  I couldn't bear not to share it since it so beautifully captures the look of pure joy, the infinite love, the connection that flows from a mother to her child.

The quote is from a poem I wrote to our daughters, in celebration of the birth of a daughter to a friend of mine...it's so hard to believe that our homebirth baby is going to be 2 years old in less than a month!

Upcoming Events: August 12 to 16, 2013

Looking for something to do with your family this week?  Cassandra and I are posting events and classes in our respective geographic areas…look for us…maybe we will see you there!!

Do you have an event that you would like to add to our upcoming events calendar?  Scroll down to the end of this post for more information.

Disclaimer:  A listing here does not imply nor signify endorsement by Sweet Pea Births, or our families.

These are events for expecting families, and families with newborns to 6 months old.

Prep for Parenting

I know that most of our readers here are looking for information about childbirth and breastfeeding, which are two topics we absolutely love and want to explore here.  That is why we have started another blog atSweet Pea Familiesto explore topics that are pertinent to Life Beyond the Birth-Day.

Today’sSPF posttalks more about the Attachment Parenting Support Group Meeting that I attended yesterday.  However, I was reminded of something yesterday, and I thought it was worth mentioning some thoughts over here for our Birth-Day focused readers.

In The News: Cord Clamping

Today's post is short...I know...we "just did" this topic last week.  The reason I am bringing it to your attention again is because there was a news splash in regards to cord clamping yesterday.

The Cochrane Library released a review that came to the conclusion that (emphasis mine),  "Althoughearly cord clamping has been thought to reduce the risk of bleeding after birth(postpartum haemorrhage), this review of 15 randomised trials involving a total of 3911 women and infant pairs
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