This was in posted April 2012 - updated April 2016
Uterine rupture is a topic that came up when I was pregnant with
Otter that I was not ready to allow into my consciousness until she was
safely in our arms. After enough time
had passed and we have proven to ourselves that homebirth can be a safe option
when a person is healthy and low risk, I am ready to write about it.
I gave Stephanie Stanley, former facilitator of the East Valley
ICAN group, byline credit for this because I am using her research from a
uterine rupture presentation she did at a meeting for my post today.
Water is essential for good
health. Pure water (nothing mixed in) is best for re-hydration of the body.
Bottled or filtered water may be necessary, depending on your water source at your home or workplace. In the mother, water acts as a solvent and catalyst for biological
Pelvic or Vaginal Exam during Pregnancy (3rd Trimester)
According to Mayo Clinic, “as your due date approaches, your prenatal visits might include pelvic exams. These exams help your health care provider check the baby's position and detect cervical changes.”
Pelvic examination during pregnancy is used to detect a number of clinical conditions such as anatomical abnormalities and sexually transmitted infections, to evaluate the size of a woman’s pelvis (pelvimetry) and to assess the uterine cervix so as to be able to detect signs of cervical incompetence (associated with recurrent mid-trimester miscarriages) or to predict preterm labour (see Section 11.
Q: How do I write a birth plan?
A: Have a good conversation with your partner and your care provider, write down a wish list, and then be prepared for your birth journey, taking into consideration there might be a detour or two!
Here are the basics of what we share with our students:
For today...another one from the archives, originally published in April 9, 2013. Updated April 30, 2014 to include information about microbiome seeding; and a gentle cesarean checklist of options to review with your provider and prepare for a cesarean birth journey.
A "Family-Centered" cesarean? A "gentle" cesarean? A procedure that is Woman and MotherBaby-centered? What? Did you just read that correctly?
Yes, you did. There is a "new" trend in cesareans that is hitting the mainstream consciousness here in the United States.
Christine & BJ Bollier
Bradley Method© Birth Story
Our goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by
teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together. The reality is
that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.
Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth
does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The
Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth
with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
We had a great question come up in class on Friday, one that bears writing
about because at least one student every session plans to give birth at a
hospital where they are told to have a good meal before they come in, because
their food will be restricted or prohibited once they check into the labor and
To begin with, even having to ask that title question begs another question:
why are we asking permission? The female
body, left to it’s own devices, will naturally shut down appetite as the
serious work of labor progresses.
Did you know that there is a national organization advocating
evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth?
I first became aware of ImprovingBirth.org when they held their first rally
last year. In order to bring awareness
to the maternity health care crisis in our country, the organizers chose the
date of Labor Day for the national event.
This year, they are truly nation-wide – there is at least one rally planned in all
50 states, and as of today, it looks like they are up to eight international locations.
This is the second post in the series that looks at the small print on the drug information sheet for consumers. In ourfirst post
, we looked at the details of drugs used in epidurals. Here is the fine print for the drugs used by hospital practitioners to induce labor. This may be offered for a variety of reasons.
Whenever a drug or procedure is offered, we encourage our students to look at the benefits and the risks. There are circumstances where the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
I open today's post with the reminder that April is Cesarean Awareness Month.
The World Health Organization and evidence-based practice only supports a
cesarean rate of 15% or less.
While a cesarean birth can be life saving and
necessary, and we are so grateful for the technology when our students need
this intervention, we encourage you to know the difference between a variation
and complication. Is Mom okay? Is Baby okay? If yes to both questions, asking
for time can spare both Mom and Baby from an