I finally got approval from all the families to post the
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby pictures. Here
is a brief synopsis of their outcomes along with a birth story from one of the
All of these are babies from our Fall 2011 Bradley Method®
series. Angelika got to be one of these
babies, too! The families enrolled in
our classes with the intention of having natural births. However, all of them took to heart our
entreaty to evaluate all their decision points with the Healthy Mom, Healthy
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
I made the mistake of serving sweet gooey treats for snack
in class tonight. It got really quiet
after we did our labor rehearsal – oops.
So what are ways of increasing your energy during pregnancy,
or additionally, your labor, if you are feeling low energy?
We talk about it often in class – deep abdominal breathing
is one of the best ways to increase oxygen in your body while still maintaining
a deep level of relaxation.
Chest breathing wastes a tremendous amount of energy.
Baby arrives - now what? We all spend
time planning and preparing the nursery and for the birth-day - and we may forget
that there life after the big day, and that your new normal is going to include
caring for a newborn child.
What can you do to prepare for the best
postpartum possible? The mom who
can rest and feels capable in feeding and caring for her baby is less likely to
experience postpartum depression.
Avoiding birth trauma, mental anguish and physical distress are factors
that lead to a more positive postpartum experience.
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
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.