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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Postpartum

Inside Look: Baby Boot Camp

I had the pleasure of meeting Meredith Carder at the Baby Bonanza + Child Expo in May (photojournalHERE).  She took the time to answer our SPB interview questions so we could share her amazing program with you.

Photos by Kristen Carter Photography

SPB: What motivated you to get involved with Baby Boot Camp?
MC:As a mom of three I know how hard it is to make time for exercise when caring for a baby. Many gym daycares won’t take young babies. Those babies that are old enough sometimes don’t do well in that setting and mom is spending her entire workout worrying about her child.

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.

Top 10 PostPartum Tips

So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet.  Welcome to motherhood!!

I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".

In Their Own Words: Essential Oils

Happy Friday, friends!! I am excited to welcome Tina Lebedies as a guest blogger today.  She is a Bradley™  colleague and an essential oil enthusiast. 

We started using aromatherapy while I was pregnant with Otter.  After enjoying the benefits, I started exploring essential oils.  They have had a positive impact on our family.  I am happy to have Tina share her experience with them.

As with all things we offer on this blog, please treat it as a buffet - take what works for you and leave the rest.

Q&A with SPB: Self-Care for Mamas


We have spent a lot of the month sharing information about cesarean birth, VBAC, and CBAC...

Ready for some pampering and renewal?  Some TLC??

 We are excited to announce that our friendsBlue RussandJennifer Hoeprich are teaming up to host a Magical Mother's Day for mamas in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Jennifer stopped by to visit with us...here is a little more about their event coming up next month.

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VBAC: The BIG picture of the risks

Uterine Rupture.   

If you have had a previous cesarean, this is THE “drop” word for many care providers when they have their “informed consent” talk with patients for consequent pregnancies.

Today I want to take a look at several other complications related to labor and delivery.  If your care provider is expecting you to be influenced by risk factors for uterine rupture, I think it is fair to look at all the other risk factors of pregnancy and labor in order to create a bigger picture and put things into perspective.

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.

Inside Look: CredibleCravings

Nutrition information + Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson



I got to sample CredibleCravings at the Club MomMe event I attended in June 2014.  I wish these had been around when I was growing Sweet Peas - green, clean *and* yummy!!

While we try to eat whole food as much as possible, life happens! When you need a snack on the run, these may be just the thing you are looking for.  These are great for the diaper bag, and for hungry siblings who are always looking for a snack!

Here are some of the things that Stephanie Baker, Founder of CredibleCravings, shared with me so that I could offer some information about her delicious products to our students and readers:

The Birth-Day...Then Parenting!

We are four weeks into our winter series - it is so exciting to be getting to know eight amazing couples in person...and this series, we have the pleasure of welcoming back on of our Spring 2013 couples as they prepare for Baby #2...from Canada!! The internet and web-chat rock!!


Today's post was inspired by a question that was asked right before we dismissed class on Friday night.  One of our students asked, "Is there a list of questions that can help us prepare to be parents?"

Inside Look: Mama Mio

Continuing on with the treasure-trove of naturally-minded companies we had the opportunity to experience at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest, here is an Inside Look at the Mama Mio skin care lines.   Mio co-founder Tanya Mackay Kazeminy ("MM") was kind enough to give us the inside scoop on their amazing company and products.


SPB: What is the motivation behind the Mama Mio Pregnancy and Postpartum skin care lines?
MM:Mama Mio was created out of our own selfish need. When we were pregnant, there wasn’t anything on the market that we actually wanted to use - skincare that actually worked, that wasn’t full of nasty chemicals, and products that made us feel good whilst using them.
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