I first "met" Rhondda Evans Hartman after the publication of her second book, "Natural Childbirth Exercises for the Best Birth Ever". As with many meetings these days, our first interactions were via email, Twitter and Facebook. Through the course of correspondence, it was arranged for her to come visit Phoenix, Arizona. That visit finally happened last weekend. It was such a treat to meet her in person!
As it turns out, my suspicion that her personality is the "real deal" was more than true. In person, Rhondda is every bit as lovely as I expected. In addition, she is a wealth of information about breastfeeding, the birth of the natural childbirth movement here in the US, and life in general. As a mother to five and grandmother to nine, she is a Wise Woman with more than one book left in her if you ask me! I really hope she and her "book shepherd" will turn her memories and experiences in the natural birth community into her next publication. And she probably has a parenting/relationship book tucked away somewhere, too!
Here are some of the pictures from our weekend and time together. We packed A LOT into our brief visit. I definitely made a new friend and learned so much. Our Bradley Method® students going forward will definitely benefit from the training sessions we had with her on the Bradley™ exercises and her lesson on mental relaxation.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Bruss's cousin Ernie, who was a Husband-Coach back in 1964
Pictured here with Rachel Davis of Birth & Earth
Rachel, Anne (one of Rachel's students), and Rhondda with Baby L.
Anne, her mom, and Rhondda with Baby L.
Ann is a big fan - she birthed her posterior baby naturally
thanks in part to the inspiration from Rhondda's newest book.
Read her birth story HERE.
Rhondda autographs her award-winning book at Saturday's event
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Meeting a fan of her first book at church
Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Reuniting with Bruss' cousin Barbara (Ernie's wife) who took Rhondda's classes as one of Dr. Bradley's patients in 1964
Fall 2013 SPB Class Reunion
Teaching the postpartum exercises to some of our alumni students
Monday, March 24, 2014
Rhondda's friend Schotze, Bradley™ mom of 4, was personally trained
by Dr. Bradley to help other couples achieve a natural birth
Two more area instructors take advantage of Rhondda's visit to receive information from the creator of The Bradley Method® exercise program
Leading the "Relaxation" portion of our class on Monday evening:
The Bradley Method® instructors personally trained by Rhondda:
It was such an amazing weekend. Thank you, Rhondda! We are so pleased to announce that Rhondda has agreed to come back in November to be our Keynote Speaker for Bradley Day 2014!
You are welcome to contact me if you would like an autographed copy of Rhondda's newest book. We have a limited amount available at the weekend's special price!
Do you have a favorite "natural birth how-to" book? If so, what is it?
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