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Q&A with SPB: Delivering the Placenta
Upcoming Event: Baby Bonanza Showcase
Q&A with SPB: Breech babies & childbirth classes
Patient Rights
Q&A with SPB: Braxton-Hicks vs. Labor Contractions

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


Upcoming Event: Baby Bonanza Showcase

Baby Bonanza Showcase
Scottsdale WESTWORLD
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Event details at the end of this post

We are excited to participate in the second event hosted by PB&J Events that is specifically geared towards and designed for new and expecting parents.  We had the pleasure of showing at theirfirst event- so much fun that we are back again!

We will be sharing information for families interested in having healthy pregnancies, as well as ideas for families who are interested in preparing for an unmedicated birth.

Q&A with SPB: Braxton-Hicks vs. Labor Contractions

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Here are some ideas to help you figure out the difference:

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Here is a quick visual recap of today's video:

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

I hope this help answer some of your questions about the difference.  As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or nagging doubts - be safe rather than sorry: call your care provider

Empty Womb + Broken Hearts: Living after a miscarriage

Miscarriage has touched our SPB community again.  We grieve with the aching hearts of those families.  There is no way I know of to erase that pain, regret, constant questioning, the loss of a dream of the new child that was supposed to join the family.  The only thing that has eased the pain for us are the sands of time.
We suffered a miscarriage in 2006.  We hardly ever talk about it.  We do not want to scare people, especially our students, or worry them unnecessarily.

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.

Q&A with SPB: Should I call my care provider?

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

This is another question I see come up pretty often on social media groups, or a text in the middle of the night from a student.  Really, if people are looking for validation, the best thing to do is call! However, our society tells is that we shouldn't be too needy....so moms end up seeking help from non-medical peers.

When I get this question, the first question I ask is, "How is the baby moving?"

The second is, "What is your gut/instinct telling you when you sit still with this question?

To Test or Not to Test: 5 Need-To-Know Questions to choose for YOU

I saw the question come up again in a chat group:

Should I get "X" test? Should I decline "X" medication?

You could also substitute the words 
"procedure" or "intervention" in those phrases.

As childbirth educators, we make every effort to keep our opinion out of the equation whether that question comes up in a live class, or when we see it on message boards and chat groups.  The bottom line is that YOU are the only one that can make decisions about your body and your baby.

Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Question: What can I do to have a healthy pregnancy?

Answer: A lot, actually! Come to Saturday's class to learn more about what any mom can do to lay the foundation for their Sweet Pea to have a healthy start in life.

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We are excited to announce another Healthy Pregnancy Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this month!  It is a two-hour class designed to introduce the basics of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy that is best for mom and best for Sweet Pea.

Inside Look: Mama Boxes

I had the pleasure of meeting Mandy Holmes at theBaby Bonanzain May.  She is offering a fantastic pregnancy concierge service - read more about it today:

There is a brand new concept taking the nation by storm.  Everyone's looking for the perfect gift for their pregnant daughter, friend, or themselves. Mama Boxes are a band new-nothing like it-one of a kind concept we want to share with you.
What are Mama Boxes? Mama Boxes are delightful care packages, similar to a subscription box service sent out at each trimester to pregnant women and delivered to their doorstep.

Nutrition: Snack Ideas

When it comes to pregnancy, we are passionate about helping families achieve a nutritious, whole food, balanced diet.  We serve a snack at every class, adn try to use it as an opportunity to model healthy snack choices.  Of course, you have to factor in pregnancy cravings, so we also try to include a little treat for the sweet tooth.  We also try to avoid foods our students have aversions to by passing out an info sheet on the first or second class so we know what *not* to buy when we are doing our grocery shopping.

Baby Bonanza Spring 2015

We had the pleasure of participating in a brand new family event to hit the Phoenix scene last weekend.  It was co-hosted by PB&J Events andthe bump.

For those of you that missed it, or if you attended and didn't get to see all the exhibitors, here is a visual recap along with contact information for most of them.  I will be filling in the gaps as I have more time to look up websites.

So sit back, hit the scroll button (or start the slideshow by clicking on the first picture), and wander through all the aisles :)
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