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

Variations and Complications

Birth News Update: VBAC in the News


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:

Wordless Wednesday: Cesarean Awareness Month

Cesareans:
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.

Labor Support: Meet the Monitrice

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.

Mental Relaxation


Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, ScottsdaleCoaches Corner
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.

Guess who?

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 place?
 
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 them?

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Bradley Method® Fall 2011 Series Chandler, AZBradley Method® Fall 2011 Series Chandler, AZ





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 moms.
 
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 Baby filter.

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the Risks

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the RisksThis 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.

Coping After A Miscarriage

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.

Being the Best Labor Coach Possible

Coach's corner 
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 successful coaches.
 

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.

In Their Own Words - Chelsey and Bryce

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Chelsey and Bryce welcomed baby Brody two weeks after his due date. They tried several methods to start labor without a medical induction with no success, so on July 12th, they went to the hospital f...
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