Q: How do I write a birth plan?
A: Have a good conversation with your partner and your care provider, write down a wish list, and then be prepared for your birth journey, taking into consideration there might be a detour or two!
Here are the basics of what we share with our students:
Thank you to one of my colleagues, Rachel Davis, for
suggesting this topic.
I originally shared this after one of our couples had an unplanned unassisted birth couple encountered in the
hospital, and they were not treated very kindly upon arriving or throughout their hospital stay.
Most people would not expect their baby to be born at 35
weeks. In addition, they had not counted
on dealing with hospital protocols since they had planned a homebirth. The other situation they hadn’t planned on
was giving birth away from their community.
We see and hear birth “bumper stickers” every day…
“I am strong”
“My body is built for birth”
“My body, my baby, my birth”
And the list goes on.
The problem is…that these one-liners are not always true. This leaves countless women feeling like they were lied to, cheated, betrayed; it might make them feel like they are failures, defective, broken, weak…
When the truth is…there is nothing wrong with them. As a birth culture meaning to do well by making women believe they are capable and strong, by trying to empower them with reassuring phrases, we are inadvertently creating these expectations that are impossible to make true all the time.
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.
Our posts for Cesarean Awareness Month continue. With their permission, I am sharing notes today that I took at an
ICAN meeting presented by some Phoenix-area midwives in 2012.
The main presenters and most of what you see below are the paraphrased words of Diane Ortega, CNM
and Belinda Hodder, CNM. They are midwives at Valley Women for Women, whose overall cesarean rate in 2014 was 7% in the midwife practice.*
attendance and adding commentary to some of the answers was another CNM in the
Christine & BJ Bollier
Bradley Method© Birth Story
Our goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by
teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together. The reality is
that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.
Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth
does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The
Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth
with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
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".
What! A Bradley Method® teacher writing about other kinds of
childbirth education?? Yes, absolutely!
The Bradley Method® is designed for families who are planning to have One Mama who wants to prepare for a natural birth + One Coach who is invested and wants to be the main coach for the mother, and in some cases we train assistant coaches as well. There are so many other dynamics and variations in mothers and in their pregnancy. Today’s information sheet will look at the different childbirth preparation options and offer links to find out more about the different courses offered if The Bradley Method® is not the right fit for you.
The main topic of our Bradley Method® class on Friday night was the first stage
of labor. Through the course of class
and discussing labor techniques, one of our students asked if we had used a
birth tub, and was it a wonderful as they have heard. I had to answer honestly, “I don’t know!”
What we do know and teach as part of the Bradley Method® curriculum is that water
IS an effective labor tool for pain relief.
It is one of several comfort measures we discuss. (Side note: It has many applications besides
labor – think of the whole philosophy and practice of hydrotherapy.
Annika and Danial were students in our Spring 2013 class. As with all of our students, they prepared using The Bradley Method in order to have a natural childbirth.
Through the course of the class, we have a session on cesarean birth in the event that a student's path of labor has to follow that for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. As part of the process to avoid an "unnecesarean" we teach many communication tools throughout the twelve weeks for a couple to use for