Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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 got a desperate text this week from an alumni mom. A mama in her circle heard these words from
her OB, “Nothing good happens after 40 weeks,” as a reason for her to schedule
All I could think, was, "WOW!" and how grateful I was that our care providers did not have that belief.
I want to preface this post by
clearly stating that this is not medical information,
nor am I medical professional. What follows are consideration and discussion points for a
couple who is thoughtfully weighing their options.
grateful to Jennifer and Devin Hanson for giving me permission to add their
birth story to our Birth Story Archive.
Their generosity is premiering our first twin story. They have an inspiring story that is a testament to faith and belief in
your body, your coach and your birth team.
was also kind enough to share some thoughts about Bradley Method® classes, care providers and life as a momma
of twins. Read our “virtual interview”
below the links to her birth story.
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
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.
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.