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

Pregnancy

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.

Inside Look: Funke Yoga

Our featured business this month is owned by a fellow Bradley™ mom, Mara Funke.  Funke Yoga is a non-traditional studio in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Her goal is to offer a variety of yoga opportunities, for everyone from the absolute beginner to the advanced practitioner. The atmosphere is judgment-free and non-competitive.
 
What motivated you to start a yoga studio?
In my former life as a local health department employee, I coordinated yoga classes for the employee wellness program.

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.

Special Feature: Club MomMe Spring Family Fest

Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach

Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be.  They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together.  All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!  



They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow!

Pregnancy 101: Third Trimester Mealtimes

I say it every session – it’s hard to believe we are coming down to our last week in our Bradley Method® class.  This Friday is the last class for our Spring 2014 class series!!
 
One of the questions that came up in Class 11 was about comfort, or lack thereof, after meals.  To answer this question, let’s look at what happens to the pregnant body:

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonColor image via flickr: Papier Mache Models of Pregnant Woman 
At the Boston Science Museum, in Boston, MA
 
Do you see the difference in the stomach between the two images?

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.

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!!)

A Letter To You, The New Mother

Carnival of Natural Mothering
April 2014: What You Wish You Knew

Remember when you got your first positive pregnancy test? What do you wish that woman knew? Write a letter of love and encouragement to that awesome mama just starting her journey.
 
Dear New Mama:
 
Yes, you.  I skipped over the “mother-to-be”.  You are already growing life, and you are already aware of that life and protective of that life…as I see it, there is no “to-be” in mothering.  It is a state of being since you got your BFP.

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.

Tips for Morning Sickness

Anytime a request comes across my desk three times in the same week, I figure it’s time to write a blog post about it.  And so it was with morning sickness this week.  It is so exciting to hear that our alums are expecting again - some of the best news that there is!!

Here is a collection of tips gathered from our Sweet Pea Births students, some things that have worked for me, and my favorite links to share with mamas who are trying to get past the first trimester as best as they can.  For most women, the second trimester is amazing – really – hang in there for the honeymoon period!
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