We have had a couple of students have had textbook “NAPS” in
the last two classes…and since we still have several couples waiting for their
babies, I thought this might be a reminder and an inspiration to them for their
labors. NAP – no, they didn’t take epic
naps in labor (although I am a big advocate for sleeping in labor)…what it
means is that they were very patient in their labors.
One of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is a Healthy
Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. All of the
discussion below only applies if Mom and Baby are not showing any signs of
distress through labor.
We have now had 28 students complete our Bradley Method®
classes and birth their babies through seven class series – pretty awesome to
know that 28 youngsters are blessed with parents who took the time to give them
healthy pregnancies and Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby births.
Here are two more herbal therapies we used in
preparation for our homebirth. As I
commented in myfirst post
about the things we did differently as a result of our choice to have a homebirth, I have no idea why these are not more widely used
in pregnancy. The only idea that has occured
to me since then is that since these are not pharmaceuticals, there is no money to be made
from promoting them.
Herbs have been used as “medicine” for countless years. As such, I must put on my Bradley® instructor
hat here and say that these worked for our family; each family must do their
own research and decide if any of these herbal therapies are suitable for them.
The night arrived again – when we say farewell to our
students and wish them the best for their birth and the journey of family upon
which they are about to embark. Bruss
always tells the first-time parents that he is jealous of them because there is
nothing else like the experience of welcoming your first child and discovering
parenthood for the first time.
I reflect and wonder if we have told them everything, showed
them everything, practiced everything – which is of course, realistically,
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.
We had the privilege of completing our sixth series as Bradley
Method® instructors last night. It is
humbling to have couples trust us to help them prepare for the birth of their
child – we always wonder if we did the best we could and break down every class
on the way home. We feel honored to have
these wonderful people choose us as their childbirth educators given the
variety of classes available to birthing couples today.
For labor rehearsal last night, we did an exercise in which
we read out two scenarios: the “sprint” birth and the “marathon” birth.