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Artifical Rupture of Membranes
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Berman's Law
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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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Child Spacing
Children's Books
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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
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Essential Oils
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Failure to Progress
Family Bed
Family Fest
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Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle
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First Birthday
First Foods for baby
First stage labor
First Trimester
Flower Essences
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Fussy baby
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Going to your birthplace
Green Nursery
Grief Counseling and Support Services
Healthy, Low-Risk
Hearing Screen
Heat Comfort Measures
Hospital Birth
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Hyperthermia and Pregnancy
Immediate Cord Clamping
In Their Own Words
Increase Breastmilk
Induction of Labor
Infant Care
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Infections and Pregnancy
Info Sheet
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Inside Look
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Labor Marathon
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Maternity Keepsake
Meet the Doula
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Modern Mommy Boutique
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Neonatal Eye Drops
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Next baby
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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
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Postmature baby
Postpartum Depression
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Pregnancy Loss
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Premature Ruptture of Membranes
Pre-term Labor
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Q&A with SPB
Rally to Improve Birth
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Rights for Homebirth
Rupture of Membranes
Scavenger Hunt
Second Stage Labor
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Starting Solids
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Sweet Pea Births
Swelling in Pregnancy
Tandem Nursing
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Third Trimester
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
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Why we chose the Bradley Method® childbirth classes
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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Postpartum Depression

3 BIG Postpartum Secrets Exposed

I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum was.  Now, I know we talk about this in the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea. 

Quite frankly, I don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this).  I wonder if you, like me, just think that postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are holding your baby.

Update: Placenta Pills

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 deep end.

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 23-27, 2014

HAPPY First week of summer!  I wish you lots of shade and cool breezes...we are loving our mister tube that Coach Bruss bought from Lowe's Home Improvement - it makes sitting outside while the kids play bearable!!

Planning ahead:
Disney Summer Play Days @ Chandler Fashion Mall
Tuesday 6/24: Doc McStuffins @ 11:30 am
Wednesday 6/25: Crush Showtime @ 11:30 am
Thursday 6/26: Marvel Trivia @ 11:30 am
Friday 6/27: Avengers Showtime @ 6:15 pm

Thursday June 26
#4 Vaccination Education for Parents - PCV, IPV, and HIB

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 16-20, 2014

Welcome to the week - hope you have a great one!!

Planning Ahead:

Disney Summer Play Days
These are the events for the Chandler Mall store – please call ahead to confirm as they sometimes change due to cast member changes.
Monday, June 16: 6:00 pm – Art of Animation – Simba
Tuesday, June 17: 6:00 pm – Mike’s Trivia Challenge – Boo
Wednesday, June 18: 11:30 am – Showtime – Mickey Mouse Club House
Thursday, June 19: 11:30 am – Storytime – Sing with Pooh
Friday, June 20: 6:15 pm – Art of Animation – Mickey Mouse

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 2-6, 2014

This is a great week for neat events happening around the Phoenix, AZ area, starting with special play days at the Disney Store. Click on the image below to go to theirwebsite:

There is also aSpecial Eventon Wednesday morning at the B&N store in Chandler to celebrate the45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Last but not least, be sure to check outTHISpost to read about the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest happening this Saturday in Orange County.  We are so excited to be flying in for the day to cover this amazing event, and we have one Family Ticket to give away to a lucky SPB reader.

UPCOMING EVENTS: May 26-30, 2014

We start the week with an homage to the brave men and women who have given their all for our freedoms...

Image credit: Bear Creek Store

A little Memorial Day information from About.com:
“The U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs, in its history of Memorial Day, reminds us that even is we can't get to a memorial service, we can participate in The National Moment of Remembrance.  All Americans are encouraged to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

UPCOMING EVENTS: May 5 - 9, 2014

Planning Ahead: 

Ready, Set, Baby Class
Saturday, May 10
Ready, Set, Baby will talk about what happens right after the birth of your baby and how to help mom heal better and feel better. We will practice bathing, dressing and swaddling babies; please bring a doll. This class also covers: Normal newborn appearance Newborn procedures Signs and symptoms of newborn illness Safe sleep/Co-sleeping Infant CPR This class briefly covers breastfeeding, please sign up for Breastfeeding Basics for Expectant Parents.

Upcoming Events: April 28 - May 2, 2014

Planning Ahead
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Free Admission; food and beverages will be available for purchase
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Día de los Niños Children’s Day
12 noon to 1:30 p.m. – Sign-up for Chihuahua Races
2 p.m. – Chihuahua Races (Watching the races is also free)
Crowning of King and Queen Chihuahuas immediately following the races
Chandler Downtown Public Library Courtyard @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
100 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Chandler, AZ
Musicology Intro Class

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 21-25, 2014

Welcome to another amazing week! Where will you be with your Sweet Pea this week? Prenatal yoga, breastfeeding support, birth circles, postpartum support for expectant and new parents...Nat Geo Kids Club in three locations this week, storytimes, bubble play for those of you with Sweet Peas on the outside...and Farmer's Markets for everyone :)

Have a great week!

Planning ahead:
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Saturday, April 26 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
6111 S. All America Way Ramada #5 Tempe, Arizona 85283
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 a.

UPCOMING EVENTS: March 10-14, 2014

What a great line-up of events this week: birth circle, breastfeeding support, and lots of fun for the Sweet Pea toddlers in your life!

Reminder of this week's Wordless Wednesday theme:
3/12 Feelin' Green~ Show us the ways you are “greening” in your home, nursery, school, workplace

Each featured picture this month earns you an entry into our raffle for Sweet Pea logo gear.  Send us as many pictures as you want - I will select those that best represent the theme, and you may get multiple chances to win - go for it!
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