More and more people are thinking about using doulas or making space in their birth budget for doula care. Doulas are a great resource and can be a huge asset when it comes to preparing for the birth journey. My favorite analogy is that they are tour guides - they have been on the birth journey before and can point out the major landmarks and the subtle nuances. It's up to you to decide how to use that information to have your best possible birth given the circumstances.
Here are some things we share with our students when they are thinking about hiring a doula:
Originally posted Fall 2011 - sharing today since some of our Spring 2016 mamas are starting to approach their EDD's)
your estimated due date is approaching...or maybe it has passed. Those
little ones we are carrying are happily ensconced in their warm, loving
homes. To us “carriers”, it feels like we have been pregnant forever!!
remember that feeling very well. We have always had the good fortune
of having our babies before our due date. I am mentally preparing for
this baby to be the one that teaches us how to wait.
I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair. She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.
What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers. Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old.
Bruss taught class last week. As is our custom, he writes the next blog post as a follow-up to his class. Here are his thoughts on an original question he was asked last week:
I received a question from a student that
I've never had before. Specifically, I was asked, what was the single
most important thing I've learned from our first labor. What a great
question that was.
As a coach, going into the pregnancy and labor for
the first time, you don't know what you don't know.
I am going to direct you to THISarticle about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and
promote peace. It's no surprise that oxytocin is
the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress
reliever and a promoter of peace for couples. A lovely consequence of making love when the timing is right: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!
In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great
quantity when a woman is in labor. The
hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample
Grace Burnham works in partnership with Amanda Santana of Enchanted Desert Doulas. I have the pleasure of having known both of them for the last three years - they are both talented and have much more to offer their clients beyond their doula skills.
SPB: When was the first time you heard the word "doula"?
GB:I was 19 the first time I heard the word doula. I was thinking about massage school, and I was reading a massage magazine and when I saw the term “massage doula". I looked it up right away and I knew that was something I wanted to do.
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.
We have been collecting photos of the different choices we make that support breastfeeding: babywearing, co-sleeping, and daddy bonding, as well as breastfeeding pictures. Here is an assortment of pictures that didn't make it into their respective weeks - enjoy!
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Today we are sharing photos of different ways our students and fans have found for coaches to bond with baby *without* bottlefeeding; thereby eliminating an opportunity for nipple confusion.
Sharing a moment with coach in the family bed
Read to your with nursling
Investigate with your nursling
Go for a walk and meet geese wearing your baby
Study with your baby
Share a laugh with your baby
Visit the zoo and cuddle your sleeping baby
Explore the water with your baby
The Coach hold
Snuggle your newborn baby
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?