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


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 :)

Prenatal Connections

I never cease to be amazed at the way science catches up to what we know intuitively about mothers and children.

We have a "mother's intuition". Mothers dream their children's dreams. They can feel emotions or sense danger across miles of separation.

Why? Because their fetal cells literally reside in our bodies.THIS  blog post outlines many of the different ways our children's cells remain in us after we give birth, and how our bodies benefit from being pregnant. 

I believe it is never too early to start connecting with our babes.

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: Sleep Ideas

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

Q: What can I do to get some sleep?

A: Check out today's VLOG for lots of ideas!!

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Q&A with SPB: Sleep Ideas
Q: How can I get more sleep through my pregnancy?A: Check out today's post for some tried & true ideas, and some new ideas that are gaining popularity as more research is published about healthy sle...

Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy How-to

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Today's VLOG is all about the things that you *can* control in the very unplannable process of pregnancy, labor, birth and the childbearing year.

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Q&A with SPB: How can I have a healthy pregnancy?
Many of us strive for a healthy pregnancy so we can have a great birth experience. Here are two things you can do, and what else to consider beyond that.Today's links for more information can be ...

Birth Story: Baby P Born At Home

We are thrilled and honored to share a very special birth story today.  Our guest blogger, Cassandra is a newly minted mother of two - congratulations!!  Today she shares the story of Baby P's arrival. It is the complete opposite oflast week's marathon labor birth story. She and Baby P definitely had a different path!

Baby P is baby #2 for our family; you can read my son’s home birth story from 2012here on the blog.

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?"

Win a Healthy Pregnancy Class+++

We are pleased to be participating in an on-line auction to help out another mama...pictured below is the Sweet Pea Births Prize Package for the Silent Auction to benefit Julie ofThe Progressive Parent:

You do not have to be local to Chandler, Arizona to bid on this package...if you have an internet connection and a webcam, I will teach you a web class and include the handout in the mail with the other prizes.

If you are in the metro Phoenix area, you have your choice of meeting me in our classroom space or doing it on-line - which ever is most convenient for you.

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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