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Postpartum

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 14-18, 2014

Spring has sprung here in Arizona.  As the temperatures warm up, please remember to take the extra prep step and have plenty of water in with you whether you are walking, strolling, or driving.  There are lots of fun events coming up this week, as well as some events to share on the weekends.

A reminder that this week's Wordless Wednesday theme is Babywearing: How do you wear your Sweet Pea? 

As we highlight Cesarean Awareness Month, we recognize that babywearing is especially beneficial to cesarean families to encourage bonding while you simultaneously heal from the birth and revel in the miracle of life.

Birth News Update: April 10, 2014



What a great week to get back into reading about all things pregnancy, birth and baby!  Lots of neat developments for families who are seeking fertility treatments, a possible breakthrough to treat pre-eclampsia, and another biological explanation about why those Sweet Peas just don't sleep through the night when they are newborns (another one in case you needed to remind yourself that your sleepless nights are just "for now" - they do eventually get really good at sleeping!!)

UPCOMING EVENTS: March 17-21, 2014

Did you have a great weekend?  We are starting our Spring Cleaning this week - how about you?

Reminder of our #WordlessWednesday theme this week:
3/19 Lucky Charm: What is something that works for you to keep baby’s hands busy while they breastfeed?

Please email your submissions to krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com, along with a statement that I have permission to share your image on social media if your Sweet Pea is in the frame of the picture.

Each featured image earns you an entry to this month's giveaway!

Birth News Update: March 13, 2014




A hospital providing facilities for water birth, another look at a controversial  new IVF protocol, some breastfeeding information to consider....here's what's new from around the web this week.









FERTILITY
What We Know About Three-Parent In Vitro Fertilization
“The numerous concerns raised during the two-day meeting made it clear that there are still gaping holes in the data and countless issues to work through. But a strange thing happened: Many people from across the political and professional spectrum unexpectedly found common ground.

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS: March 3-7, 2014

WISHING YOU A MARVELOUS MONTH OF MARCH :)

Planning ahead:
OSTRICH FESTIVAL
Tumbleweed Park
 • March 7 - 9, 2014 • Time: visit website 
The Ostrich Festival is a community family event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, carnival midway, spectacular food, upscale arts & crafts, a Saturday morning parade and much more.
In addition to bringing in nationally known musical groups, the festival also features some of the most popular local and regional talent in the Southwest.

Birth News Roundup: Feb 26, 2014

The biggest news in birth over the last week: wait!!! So hopeful that the newest guidelines from ACOG and theSociety for Maternal-Fetal Medicinewill be taken to heart and that we will see a clear reduction in the primary cesarean rate within the next few years.

Here are other stories and tidbits that I thought you might find interesting:
 
FERTILITY
Acupuncture technique ‘creates the right conditions’ for conceiving babies
Kite was working in private practice in London in the early 1990s when a woman in her early 40s came for hay fever relief, not mentioning that she been trying for a baby for years.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Feb 24-28, 2014

Happy greetings to you! We are enjoying the spring weather in AZ - how about you?

We are enjoying the Nat Geo Kids Club so much that we have added listings for events in Glendale and Mesa to our calendar.  We also feel it is important to expose our children to the visual and performing arts.  In addition to the listings for the art museum (special times at no charge to families), the Mesa Arts Center is providing another FREE opportunity for families to enjoy a variety of music every Thursday through the month of March.

UPCOMING EVENTS Feb 10-14, 2014

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonIt's Valentine's Day this Friday - do you have any special plans with your Sweet Peas?

If you are living with food allergies, here is a link with ideas for non-food gifts and sentiments:
Creative Ideas for Non-Food Valentines - via Arizona Food Allergy Alliancehttp://bit.ly/1gmc2dx

Ideas for great DIY cards featuring your Sweet Peas thumbprints and handprints abound on the internet as well!  Here are some of our favorites:


Handprint Card - Cut out

Info Sheet: Perineal Massage

"Prenatal" aka "Antenatal" Perineal Massage
 
*Definition
Massaging, stretching and/or relaxing of the perineum & perineal tissues, the area between the vaginal opening and the rectum.
 Source: Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Publication

 
Image Source: http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservices.com/blog/?p=1362
 

*History
Women frequently suffer perineal trauma while giving birth and thus interventions to increase the possibility for an intact perineum are currently being explored.
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