Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Postpartum Wellness Series – Nutrition
Welcome to our Postpartum Wellness
Series. Each week we will look at one
area you can influence to help the days and weeks after you bring your baby
home be just a little bit smoother.
These early days with your sweet pea are the
most precious – they will never be this small again. It is a good and worthy
endeavor to make these first memories as well as they can be made for your
family. My goal with this 8-week series is to offer some practical tips that
you can employ without any extra purchases outside of your normal postpartum
This month's featured doula is Kelly Sunshine, of Sunshine Doula Services. We have had the pleasure of being vendors together at several different local birth events. It is our pleasure to introduce you to her this month in our Meet The Doula feature.
When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I don’t remember the first time I actually heard the word,
however, as my sister-in-laws and friends were having kids I would always go be
with them while they were in labor and help them.
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding. More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE
Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
Why, yes. Yes, I did.
When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed
out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the
We see the beautiful newborn pictures taken by professional photographers of sweet sleeping babies. We ooh and ahh and maybe wish we had found someone to capture these days with our children.
Here is what you do not see: the tired
mama, and probably papa, standing behind the photographer. They are not getting sleep between adjusting
to life with baby, learning how to breastfeed, and trying to figure out just
how often they are supposed to feed the baby.
How do you sleep when the baby sleeps?
This monthly series is an introduction to doulas that serve the Phoenix area. Read more about the benefits of doula careHERE
. Read more about how to choose a doulaHERE
Crystal Magnuson, AAHCC: Crystal and Paul, and their nine children, ages 3 months to 16 years old, live in Phoenix, AZ. Crystal is an Aspiring Midwife; Paul is a Licensed Massage Therapist. They enjoy being outdoors with their kids and helping other birthing families.
When was the
first time you heard the word, “doula”?
In the grand scheme of planning our homebirth, there was one
thing that Bruss was unsure about: placenta encapsulation. The idea of consuming a placenta after childbirth was absolutely an eyebrow raiser for me, too, the first time I heard
After going to birth circle and researching some more, I came around to
the idea. Lots of moms testified that there was a positive effect on their postpartum period, going so far as to call them
their “happy pills”. I had postpartum
blues with both Ysabella and Bryan (incidentally, both of their labors were
augmented with Pitocin) and if there was a way to avoid that emotional roller
coaster, I was willing to try it.
I finally got approval from all the families to post the
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby pictures. Here
is a brief synopsis of their outcomes along with a birth story from one of the
All of these are babies from our Fall 2011 Bradley Method®
series. Angelika got to be one of these
babies, too! The families enrolled in
our classes with the intention of having natural births. However, all of them took to heart our
entreaty to evaluate all their decision points with the Healthy Mom, Healthy
I posted some ideas to avoid birth trauma, mental
anguish and physical distress during pregnancy, childbirth and
breastfeeding. It is by no means a
complete list, however it’s a good starting point for thought and action.
As a general rule, the fewer interventions you have during
your birth, the easier your breastfeeding relationship will be to
establish. This leads to a mom who
recovers from her birth experience feeling competent in her abilities to
nourish her child.
just had the privilege of attending our first “First Birthday Party”
for one of the babies that was born to students from our first Bradley
Method® class series. She was also the first baby born in our career as Bradley Method®
instructors - it was so fun to be part of the festivities!
we were there, one of the other moms from their class mentioned that
they were already trying for baby number two. Which prompted Bruss to
suggest that I write a post about things to consider when you are adding
to your family.
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.