Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Here is PART II of our VLOGS with guest doula, Michelle
Ludwig from Modern Mama Doula Services.
Last week, she showed us herTOP 5 picks for postpartum. Today she is going to share her DIY tutorial for you to make
soothing postpartum “padsicles” right at home during pregnancy so that they are
ready for you when you are home holding your sweet pea!
We just had our class on Second Stage last Friday. One of the coaches made the observation that
all the birth videos we are watching show women pushing on their
Therein lies the quandary of being an instructor within the
parameters of our current video library.
We keep trying to convince our students to film their births, especially
those that push in non-traditional positions, and then share them with us so
that we can use them for class instruction.
We have yet to have one student take us up on the request.
Here is another installment in our "It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature" series. Dr. Bradley had revolutionary ideas to share with the public when we started his obstetrical practice in the 1950's. He was not the only person advocating natural birth, however, he is one of the first to advocate for fathers to be the coaches and in the hospital delivery room at a time when partners were relegated to hospital waiting rooms.
Here are his keys to pushing:
Key #1: Wait until the urge to push is overwhelming.
We have been teaching Bradley Method® classes
long enough to have the privilege of having alumni students come back and take
another series as they are expecting their next child. We have one of those couples in our current
class, and something came up in class that made me reflect on our births.
The class topic last week was stages of labor.
We talked about the markers of the differentstages of labor
, how to
” that typically happens betweenfirst stage
dilation and positioning baby) and
Bruss and I would like to welcome Cassandra to the Sweet Pea Births Family. She will be a regular contributor to the blog and you will start seeing her around the internet on ourother social mediaplatforms. I am looking forward to sharing her areas of expertise with our students and readers. Bienvenidos, Cassandra! ~KRB
Hi, I am Cassandra Okamoto and I am a new contributing
writer here at Sweet Pea Births! I thought I would tell you all a little bit
about myself & then share my birth story, which just happened to take place
almost exactly one year ago.
Here are some of the ways we recommend our students
manage their labor without analgesics or anesthetics. Even when they are used in labor, we are so happy that our couples use them as tools to manage a long labor and their children are born nursing vigorously and with high APGAR scores.
Mom and Coach are informed.
Through the course of The Bradley Method® class series,
parents are taught about what to expect as “normal” in labor, what the
variations on normal might be, the different options and interventions in
labor, and how to recognize a complication that warrants a change in the plan
for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
We have had a couple of students have had textbook “NAPS” in
the last two classes…and since we still have several couples waiting for their
babies, I thought this might be a reminder and an inspiration to them for their
labors. NAP – no, they didn’t take epic
naps in labor (although I am a big advocate for sleeping in labor)…what it
means is that they were very patient in their labors.
One of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is a Healthy
Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. All of the
discussion below only applies if Mom and Baby are not showing any signs of
distress through labor.
had a simple question come up in class last night that we have never been asked
before…usually we get to the material before hand and the question answers
itself. Since the mama asked it though,
I figured that a good topic for today’s post is a written answer to her
The topic of last evening's class was "Introduction to Second Stage Labor". This is the point in The Bradley Method® class series when we introduce the labor stage oftransition
, second stage, and then the basics of pushing in regards to breath and positions.