I am thrilled to be able to officially announce that Rhondda Evans Hartman, a pioneer of the natural birth movement in the US and award-winning author, is paying us a special visit in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend!
You may have seenTHIS
mantra on here a few months ago (artwork by our very talented student,Jon Garza
Rhondda's philosophy on birth is exactly what we teach in The Bradley Method. Her exercises that she designed for Dr. Bradley's patients are the ones that we are still teaching in classes today.
A sweet reminder that your state of mind is your baby's state of mind:
©2014 Sweet Pea Births - Image by Cassandra Okamoto
All through pregnancy and labor, your baby is working with you, your body, and nature's timeless process that culminates with birth.
By learning about pregnancy and birth, you can break the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle, and replace Fear of the Unknown with Knowledge and Empowerment.
This can lend you the peace of mind to be calm. It can empower your decisions and offer a calm confidence in your choices, and your ability to birth in healthy, low-risk situations.
Image credit: Cassandra Okamoto
I would use these words
when I started to feel things move out of control in our labor. Being a very list-oriented, can-do type of
person, it takes me a long time to surrender to the power and unpredictability of
When I finally do, I have to convince myself that I am not broken because it
takes me much longer than other women to birth (it’s a vicious cycle!). Instead of holding back the intensity, I tell
myself that in order to birth, I have to welcome the power of the contractions
and allow them to take over my body.
We have one family in our Fall 2013 series left to hear from...so far nine Bradley babies have arrived safely earthside!
I saw this thought today and thought of them, and all the other mamas out there that read our blog. It is so crucial that you remember that your labor is going to lead to your child's Birth-Day. You have every right to expect to be treated with dignity throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth.
You Are Important
- You have been chosen to carry life - two souls, two hearts, two brains.
This is one of my favorite birth mantras. It is so easy to go to the “what ifs” and the
“I don’t know” and “I’m afraid of”. We
could literally drive ourselves into a frozen panic if we go down those
With each of my births, my fears were different. I focused on these words to remind myself of
all the positives we did have as we approached our due date, and all the
proactive things we had done to set ourselves up for our best possible birth.
Here are some of the things that are in your control that
can help you get to what you want:
Here are Dr. Bradley’s "Keys to Labor", as per his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth. I love these simple steps – they could almost be considered a “recipe” for
If you follow these steps, you
can figure out if you are in “real” labor.
If you are not, somewhere along these steps, your contractions will fizzle
out. And if they do, mama has eaten
well, slept, and hopefully had a good nap so that you are rested for the next round
of contractions when they begin again.
Here is today's thought to share with you:
I have had the pleasure of connecting with Rhondda Evans Hartman, RN over the last few months, thanks to her new book Natural Childbirth Exercises for Your Best Birth Possible.
She was a participant in The Childbirth Summit
in October of 2013. Many of those videos are still available for free on Vimeo. HERE
is a link to Rhondda's conversation with Dr. Rob Coombs.
This quote comes from that talk, and I think it beautifully encompasses the goal of The Bradley Method®.
I have this poster pinned to my PinterestNatural Pregnancy/Birth Board
. As we draw to the close of another Bradley Method® class series, I thought today was a great day to share this "pledge". Do you love the way it takes the pressure off of the outcome, and focuses more on the journey?? That's what makes it a great mantra for me.
It is so important to remember that your birth isYour Birth. The decisions you make are yours to live with. Are you at a decision point?
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