Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
It’s hard to believe…and I know, I say this every three months – Time Flies! We are almost finished with another class series. As we get ready to send another set of Papas and Pods off into the world to prepare for the arrival of their Sweet Peas, I wanted to write our “Wish List” for their Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
What we hope you will remember:
1. You are a team.
As a couple, you lovingly conceived your child. You have attended a trimester of Bradley Method® classes together to learn about the normal, low-risk process of pregnancy, labor and birth.
Top Ten List:Reasons To Take A Bradley Method® Class
We had the privilege of starting two new Bradley Method® Class Series last week. We are teaching a Friday night series with First-time parents, and on Sunday we are teaching our Bradley Method® "Next Class" with alumni families who are expecting baby number two.
Some of the thoughts shared when we asked our students "why are you here today" inspired today's post.
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.
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.
Bruss taught class last night and he is in the process of writing a blog post on mental relaxation beyond the script...in the meantime I am going to share some information about an event that the Arizona Bradley Method® instructors are planning.
The Bradley Method® has been helping women and their partners to have safe, satisfying birth experiences since the 1950s and it still works. Area instructors affiliated with The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth will be hosting a Family Picnic on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Dr. Jack Newman
Four instructors who teach The Bradley Method® got to attend his seminar in Mesa, AZ.
I was among many fortunate people who got to attend a
breastfeeding seminar presented by
Dr. Jack Newman
in Mesa last
Wednesday. It is an understatement to
say it was informative. His
presentations left my head spinning; and in awe of good lactation consultants
who help mothers feed their children and teach families how to have the best
breastfeeding relationship possible.
Class Benefit: Your Relationship Is Strengthened
We find ourselves at the end of another series – again! A 12-week series sounded like a long time to
us when we were first enrolling as students, and I know that it sounds like a
long time to some people who call to inquire about classes. However, now that we are teaching it seems
like these classes fly by and before we know it we are teaching our last class
of the series.
This week is the last class of our Friday night Spring
What is a good Bradley Method® outcome?
One of the reasons we chose to be Bradley Method® students, and then later
decided to become affiliated with the organization is that The Bradley Method®
puts the responsibility squarely on the parents for the outcome they have with
their birth. They also emphasize
the ultimate goal of Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby.
Natural childbirth tends to be characterized as anti-establishment,
anti-hospital and anti-doctor.
Depending on the instructor and the delivery mechanism, it can be all of
Tailor Sitting and/or Kegel
Tailor sitting is a great position in which to practice the "secret" exercise - the contraction of the pelvic floor.
A great position for labor and birth.
Pelvic Rock - Start
Relieves lower back pressure, among other benefits.
Pelvic Rock - Engaged
This feels so good at the end of a long day!
Coaches can help by adding resistance only as mom stretches her legs open.
Usually practiced on the left side to reduce pressure on the vena cava. Moms need to be comfortable in this position so that they can practice relaxation and use it for labor.