Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
If you follow us on social media, you probably know that
Cassandra, our guest blogger and social media maven, is expecting her second
Sweet Pea any day now. As a matter of
fact, she is 41 weeks today.
When we were corresponding last week, she sent a plea that
most pregnant women in their last weeks of pregnancy send:
“I need something; grounding, reassurance; I’m not sure!”
I sent her some ideas to help pass the time until it’s “real
McCoy” labor…she will be writing a post about that later in the week (maybe!
I recently wrote an article on evidence-based practice for
The Clarion, the newsletter published by ICAN and sent to it’s
subscribers. I thought it fitting to
dedicate this week’s installment of “Birth News Update” to the most current
information in cesareans and VBAC. Here
are the articles I used as references in my writing:
This document from ACOG sets new goals for the obstetrical practice as a whole to re-evaluate their standard practices and make necessary
changes to reduce the primary cesarean rate:
This Coach still got to cut the cord - you can preserve some elements of your birth plan, even if it plays out differently than you prepared for.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC):
SPB students working through VBAC labor
ICAN of Phoenix leader and baby*
ICAN of Phoenix leader, husband and VBAC baby*
We celebrate ALL births at Sweet Pea Births - ALL Birth-Days are the first day of your family's life. That is not to say there is not grief or sorrow for a birth that doesn't go as expected - we hope and pray that with time, glimmers of joy can be gleaned from your birth experience.
I am so excited to announce a monitrice service for couples that want
to have a natural birth outcome in a hospital setting. Jennifer Hoeprich, LM, is now extending her
skill set to families who want to stay home as long as possible before heading
to a hospital for their birth.
What is a monitrice?
A monitrice is a professional, medically trained, labor support person, who
provides clinical monitoring within the home environment, including cervical
dilation exams, auscultation of fetal heart tones, and monitoring of general
well-being of mother and baby, during labor.
Today's post is from Bruss' perspective. He led class on Monday and told a story he had never shared in a class setting before...here it is along with an introduction that shares the line of thinking that went along with the story...
An important part of The Bradley Method® (some say the most important) is relaxation.
The superficial view I had of relaxation going into our first Bradley class and subsequent birth was that of *physical* relaxation. Krystyna and I were/are regular Yoga practitioners and my mental picture of relaxation was the final Yoga posture where one lays prone on the floor after a hard workout where the only option is total physical relaxation.
Our students are coming down the home stretch in their
pregnancies!! We invited some alumni
from our last class to come share their birth story tonight so that our
students could hear from the parents fresh from the birth experience.
Their story brought up an interesting point that was echoed
by some of our current students. What do
you do when uninvited guests show up at your birth? How do you keep them from coming in the first
This is a touchy subject – how do you tell your loving
family or your devoted friend that this is not the time when you want to see
I finally got approval from all the families to post the
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby pictures. Here
is a brief synopsis of their outcomes along with a birth story from one of the
All of these are babies from our Fall 2011 Bradley Method®
series. Angelika got to be one of these
babies, too! The families enrolled in
our classes with the intention of having natural births. However, all of them took to heart our
entreaty to evaluate all their decision points with the Healthy Mom, Healthy
This is a topic that came up when I was pregnant with
Angélika that I was not ready to allow into my consciousness until she was
safely in our arms. Now that enough time
has passed and we have proven to ourselves that homebirth can be a safe option
when a person is healthy and low risk, I am ready to write about it.
I gave Stephanie Stanley, facilitator of the East Valley
ICAN group, byline credit for this because I am using her research from a
uterine rupture presentation she did at a meeting for my post today.
I want to share a topic that is rarely discussed. No one announces their
miscarriages when they happen – it is a personal, private event that few people
ever know about outside of the couple that lost their pregnancy.
We had a miscarriage between our first and second
child. Our story starts with our first
pregnancy. I had been so uptight and
concerned when I was pregnant with Ysabella.
With her pregnancy we had spotting right from the beginning, and it
lasted the whole pregnancy.
Preparing yourself mentally to be
the best labor coach possible
In the spring I wrote
about the role of coaches in the labor process and the key attributes of
In this blog entry I’ll explore some of the techniques
I’ve used to prepare myself mentally for my role as coach in our three births.
Of course this assumes that you are already fully
committed to being a great labor coach and have been actively involved during
the pregnancy in supporting our spouse to prepare for a great birth.