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

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Meet the Doula: Dianne

One of our Fall 2011 students had a wonderful birth experience with her unwavering support through their “marathon” birth.  I had the pleasure of meeting Dianne at the Bradley Day Family Picnic last year.  I hope you will enjoy getting to know this month’s featured doula!  

Bio: This past summer, I celebrated being married to my wonderful husband, Craig, for 30 years! We have four grown children who I loved being a mom to and now I have the amazing privilege of being a Grammie!

Blueprint for your Birth Plan

We taught the class on writing birth plans last week.  I know my perspective has changed as we have seen other couples write plans and definitely my knowledge has expanded since the very first birth plan we wrote as consumers eight years ago.

A birth plan, or your Wish List, is the blueprint for your birth, if you will.  What do you expect to happen?  What will your birth look like from the outside?  Just like a house, you need to lay a foundation first.

Foundation: Research
The multiple-choice, check the box birth plans are a tool for the smart consumer.

Birth Momma

I got a call from a student tonight that brought to mind this poem that I wrote for another student last year.  I wanted to share it with you today in case any of you reading this need a reminder or the acknowledgement that you are amazing, miraculous and wonderfully made.

Your body is able to create life, to birth vaginally and then to hold and feed your baby. Never let anyone bully you out of the birth that you want.  Read, read, read. Watch documentaries and attend informational meetings.

Natural Labor Coping Techniques

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.

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

In Their Own Words: Hanson Birth Story

I am grateful to Jennifer and Devin Hanson for giving me permission to add their birth story to our Birth Story Archive.  Their generosity is premiering our first twin story.  They have an inspiring story that is a testament to faith and belief in your body, your coach and your birth team.
 
Jennifer was also kind enough to share some thoughts about Bradley Method® classes, care providers and life as a momma of twins.  Read our “virtual interview” below the links to her birth story.

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?

Positive Communication

Communicating with your Care Provider  

Tonight’s class was about Variations & Complications of Labor.  The Bradley Method® believes in teaching this topic so that parents are prepared for the outside possibility of a variation of labor.  We strive to introduce these in an informative way while leaving out the flashing sirens of fear and doubt.  

In previous posts, I have written aboutchoosing your care providerand yourrights as a patient consumerof health care in a hospital setting; both will affect your outcome when faced with critical decisions during the birth process.

Your Care Provider

“Care providers” was the topic of birth circle last night.  It’s curious because just this week I got a call from a midwife that I respect along the same topic.
 
One of the tenants of The Bradley Method® is consumerism.  We advocate that parents are responsible for the decisions they make, therefore their choice of care providers is one that should not be taken lightly.  This decision may be one of the greatest factors that determine the kind of birth they will have for their child.

Touring Your BIrthplace

Typical hospital roomBirthing suite at a birth centerBedroom with all the comforts of your familiar environment








As part of our Bradley Method® class, we encourage all of our students to take a tour of their birthplace.  In the event that a couple is planning a birth center or home birth, we encourage them to tour the hospital that their care provider would transport to “just-in-case”. 
 
There are many reasons why taking a hospital tour are important:

1.  You know how to get there and can plan alternate routes in the event of traffic.
If your care provider offers you a choice of hospitals, then this could be a deciding factor in which facility you choose.

Planning for Baby - Part 1

Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC writes about planning for babyWe just had the privilege of attending our first “First Birthday Party” for one of the babies that was born to students from our first Bradley Method® class series.  She was also the first baby born in our career as Bradley Method®instructors - it was so fun to be part of the festivities!

While we were there, one of the other moms from their class mentioned that they were already trying for baby number two.  Which prompted Bruss to suggest that I write a post about things to consider when you are adding to your family.
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