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Q&A with SPB: Midwifery Care

Happy International Day of the Midwife to the midwives of the world.

Facebook image - source:KNOW YOUR MIDWIFE

We are so blessed with so many amazing midwives in our birth community.  Here is a little more about why Sweet Pea Births advocates for midwifery care to be an available option to all birthing families:

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The Family-Centered Cesarean

For today...another one from the archives, originally published in April 9, 2013.  Updated April 30, 2014 to include information about microbiome seeding; and a gentle cesarean checklist of options to review with your provider and prepare for a cesarean birth journey.

A "Family-Centered" cesarean?  A "gentle" cesarean?  A procedure that is Woman and MotherBaby-centered?  What?  Did you just read that correctly?  

Yes, you did.  There is a "new" trend in cesareans that is hitting the mainstream consciousness here in the United States.

Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy How-to

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Today's VLOG is all about the things that you *can* control in the very unplannable process of pregnancy, labor, birth and the childbearing year.


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Q&A with SPB: How can I have a healthy pregnancy?
Many of us strive for a healthy pregnancy so we can have a great birth experience. Here are two things you can do, and what else to consider beyond that.Today's links for more information can be ...

Q&A with SPB: Changing Locations During Labor

I taped my first vlog this morning!!

When to go to the birthplace is a common question we get from our students, who are still primarily choosing to birth in a hospital setting. This information is also applicable if you are transferring to a birth center or having a non-emergent homebirth transfer.

A non-emergent transfer is the most common type of transfer when it happens in a homebirth setting.  The midwife and patient decide together that the family wants a different kind of observation if they feel things might be shifting away from healthy and low-risk.

Suggestions for an effective labor rehearsal

Originally published February 2011 ~ Updated July 25, 2014

The class topic last night was first stage labor.  This stage is characterized by a progressive intensification of the sensations in labor.  A mom will experience her contractions, or her “surges”, getting increasingly stronger and longer with less time between them, as she gets closer to the pushing phase of her labor.

Why do a "labor rehearsal" when labor is so unpredictable?? Mostly to train you and your partner into some "muscle memory".

It's Not A Plan, It's A Journey

It feels so cliché to say, “the journey” these days – the words have been overused and applied to just about everything from meaningful life events to car commercials.

When it comes to your child’s birth, those words are just about right.  Some of us travel a long road through fertility hurdles to achieve pregnancy, then there is the journey through the trimesters and different milestones of pregnancy, and finally, the act of birthing that leads you down to the new path of parenthood.

Our current class has just started working on their birth plans.

Upcoming Events: August 12 to 16, 2013

Looking for something to do with your family this week?  Cassandra and I are posting events and classes in our respective geographic areas…look for us…maybe we will see you there!!

Do you have an event that you would like to add to our upcoming events calendar?  Scroll down to the end of this post for more information.

Disclaimer:  A listing here does not imply nor signify endorsement by Sweet Pea Births, or our families.

These are events for expecting families, and families with newborns to 6 months old.

Two Paths to One Truth

The final open meeting of the Midwifery Scope of Practice committee was held yesterday, June 3, 2013.  The whole time I have been attending or watching the livestream recordings, there has been a nagging thought that was tugging on my brain.

The Director of Health Services wroteTHISblog post that really helped me clarify the thought that had been rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t quite pin it down until I read his post:

Excerpt:
“In the draft rules, there are a handful of tests that women need to take if she wants to have Licensed Midwifery services.

Rights For Homebirth - May 2013 Update


The final Midwifery Scope of Practice Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  It is now time for the families of Arizona, and anyone else who believes that compassionate care is a human right’s issue for the mother and the baby to take a stand.

You can click on the links below to read a copy of the current draft rules and to see Wednesday’s proceedings:
Most Recent Draft:http://1.usa.gov/YZw4Xt
Most Recent Meeting:http://bit.ly/104ZtKT

Here is my statement on the Arizona Department of Health Services Website:

Coach's Corner: Why Take Childbirth Classes?

Coach's Corner
Bruss shares some coach's insight to questions asked in our classes

We were asked a question in a recent class regarding the *natural* birth process.  To paraphrase the question, why not just turn your birth experience over to the medical professionals and trust them to do the best job for you, since they have had years of training and more years of experience in attending births.  Why get educated in the birth process, since you will never know as much as the professionals.
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