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Birth

Coming Soon: Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Wellness

Please join us to celebrate the
GRAND OPENING of
Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Wellness

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

2045 S. Vineyard
Suite 136
Mesa, AZ 85210

The midwives who own Willow would like to be able to provide for families who cannot afford the fee for a birth center birth.  To make that wish come true, they are starting a foundation called Willow Wish.  Please come out to support the birth center and to bid on the items that have been donated for their fundraising efforts:

Inside Look: Babymoon Inn

It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Babymoon Inn, one of the Phoenix area local birth centers. We have enjoyed getting to know the director, Julia Hall, through her support of The Bradley Method® events, as well as other local events where we have been vendors together.  We have had students from our classes birth there, as well as receive postpartum support through Babymoon’s various breastfeeding and family support meetings offered throughout the week. The support meetings are open to all families in the community, regardless of whether or not they birthed at Babymoon Inn.

Q&A with SPB: What do I bring to the hospital?




What do I need to bring with me to the hospital?
 
This is one of the topics we cover briefly in our classes.  The short answer is: Anything you would regret leaving behind…
 
As one dad in our last class said, “I was picturing a small duffle bag, now it seems like we are going to be packing suitcases!!”
 
Whatever size your bag ends up being really depends on what it’s going to take for the mother to feel safe and secure in her birth space. One of the many benefits of homebirth is that “all the comforts of home” are built in!

Inside Look: Meditation for Mama Circle


April's "Inside Look" feature is an amazing new service available to all pregnant mothers in Maricopa County, Arizona.  It is offered by the midwife at Moxie Midwifery, Jennifer Hoperich.  The circle meets in Tempe, conveniently located off the I-10 freeway and Warner Road.  We have had the pleasure of experiencing Jennifer's amazing work in meditation. In a perfect world, every mama would be able to attend at least one of her Meditation for Mama circle sessions.

In Their Own Words: Isla's Birth Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.  As such, the blog topics this month will focus around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

I am pleased to open this month's In Their Own Words series with a share from a friend of ours from Texas.  Her story is shared with permission from her blog,The Carey Haus, Here is the story of their second daughter's birth.


Isla's birth story
Upon finding out we were expecting, I had a tough decision to make.

Meet the Doula: Alyssa

This month, I would like to introduce to you Alyssa Leon.  I first met Alyssa when she was being mentored by another doula.  Since that time, she has become a wonderful doula in her own right.  She offers a doula-only package, or she can do birth photography and placenta encapsulation for her families as well.  Enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Alyssa from Cherry Blossom Doula Services.


When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I had first heard the word Doula when I was pregnant with my second child and had switched to a midwifery based practice.

Meet the Doula: Michelle


Meet this month's doula, Michelle Ludwig.  She and I have met at doula meet and greets and at birth events - she was one of the fabulous doulas at Bradley Day 2014.  Enjoy her "interview" and if you like what you read, her contact information is at the end of today's post.

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant with our first baby, I did what most first time mamas do. I googled...and googled...and googled. I knew having a doula was a non-option!

Monday Mantra: Power is in the Pain

Our first Bradley Baby of the season has arrived safely earthside! Her mama shared that this phrase helped her immensely: the power is in the pain.She was able to refocus the sensation of pain and turn it into a positive during her labor.
 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonAs childbirth educators, we view pain as something to notice and inform choices in labor, not something to fear.  Is there a different position to try? Could it mean that the baby is misaligned, and it's time to try some strategies to reposition baby?

Q&A with SPB: Delivering the Placenta

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
This is a question that came up in class on Friday evening. I thought it would be great to answer it as a Q&A today:

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Here is summary of the info:
Anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour could be considered range of normal as long as mom is doing well and not losing too much blood (<2 liters).

Reflections: In The Current

We see and hear birth “bumper stickers” every day…

“Trust birth”

“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.
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