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Transition

Monday Mantra: Gathering Energy for Labor


Whether you have a long labor, a short labor, or something in between, there will come a time when you have to draw within yourself to gather the energy you need to see your birth through.  This was definitely my favorite affirmation - mantra really - as we hit the point in labor when there was barely time to let go of all the tension before another contraction started again.

I envisioned the energy around me as a vortex, and as I inhaled I swirled energy into me and as I exhaled I sent all my tiredness and tension away.

Birth Mantras

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 identify “transition” that typically happens betweenfirst stage(cervical dilation and positioning baby) and

Resisting the Urge to Push - Second Stage of Labor

We 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 question.

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.

In Their Own Words: Hanson Birth Story

I am grateful to Jennifer and Devin Hanson for giving me permission to add their birth story to our Birth Story Archive.  Their generosity is premiering our first twin story.  They have an inspiring story that is a testament to faith and belief in your body, your coach and your birth team.
 
Jennifer was also kind enough to share some thoughts about Bradley Method® classes, care providers and life as a momma of twins.  Read our “virtual interview” below the links to her birth story.

Midwives Make a House Call

Oh my gosh – our baby is really almost here!!  The reality hit home when one of our midwives and one of her students visited our home Wednesday morning.
 
Some reasons for the home visit:
~It’s a test run to make sure they can find the home and can plan for alternate routes if necessary.
~It gets them familiar with the “lay of the land” so that they know their way around the home during the birth.
~It gives them an opportunity to check in with the family in their own space.
~They encourage the family to invite whomever else they have invited to the birth to meet them and have the family get a sense of the “crowd”.

Preparing for our Homebirth

Argh!  I feel like a working-out-of the home person again!!  Since yesterday was a holiday and we didn’t do schoolwork, I am working like today is Monday and I have one more day to write…the joke is on me!
 
We are actively working on preparing our kiddos (ages 6, 4 and 2) for our homebirth since we are at 35 weeks now.  Here are some of the things we are doing:
 
1.  We are watching birth videos with them at night so that they have an idea what it might look like, sound like and how we are going to work together to have the baby.

Relaxation is the Key to Labor

Relaxation is the cornerstone of The Bradley Method®.  While we as your instructors teach many ways to stay healthy and low risk throughout pregnancy and labor, the ability to manage your labor without pain medications lies squarely with you and your coach.  For example, good nutrition and exercise (for stamina and toning of labor muscles) will prepare you for the athletic event of “birth”.  In order to see this foundation through to a natural, unmedicated birth, your ability to relax your body, your mind and your emotions will be the determining factor in the type of labor and birth you experience.

Get Some Sleep!

As I sit here and write at 10:15 pm, understand that this post is also written as a piece of advice that I need to follow as we get closer to our estimated due date…

If you are working outside of the home when you are pregnant, it is somewhat easier to convince yourself to get some sleep.  You know what is required of you at work, and you make an effort to get to sleep in the first place.  Or, if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, you know it’s imperative for you to rest so you can function the next day…so you make an effort to go back to sleep.

Mother's Day Birth Story

Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico.  Since our roles as a mother can stand another day of recognition, I figure why not – let’s have another day of good wishes.  I will start off by wishing all the moms a Feliz Día de las Madres! 
 
We had an incredible birth story over the weekend, and probably one of the most intriguing ones we will have as instructors of The Bradley Method®.  With the mom’s permission, I am going to share their birth story today.  Their baby was born at 35 weeks and both mom and baby are doing well.

First Stage Labor: Transition

One of the topics we spent some time on last night is the stage of labor between Late First Stage and Second Stage – the short and important phase of Transition.
 
My goal for our Bradley Method® classes is to help a coach identify transition as it happens so that he can be the rock that the mom needs, and give her the encouragement that she needs as she asks for it and/or demonstrates that it’s time for him to step up his game.  I also hope that the moms in our classes accept that this is another necessary part of labor and that they are willing to turn inwards and touch their core strength and embrace it to help them welcome their children into the world.
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