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