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
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
As 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?
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:
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).
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.