Here is PART II of our VLOGS with guest doula, Michelle
Ludwig from Modern Mama Doula Services.
Last week, she showed us herTOP 5 picks for postpartum. Today she is going to share her DIY tutorial for you to make
soothing postpartum “padsicles” right at home during pregnancy so that they are
ready for you when you are home holding your sweet pea!
To eat or not to eat…Thatwasthe question for families planning a hospital birth. When you are laboring at home or a birth center, you have the freedom to eat as your appetite dictates. If you choose to have a hospital birth, you are at the mercy of your doctor’s orders and the nurse’s interpretation of the hospital protocol.
We love it when science catches up to Dr. Bradley. Anecdotally, we could tell students that it was safer to eat before/during labor since anesthesia has changed from the days of "knock'em out, drag 'em out" birth, as Dr.
Today's VLOG is all about the things that you *can* control in the very unplannable process of pregnancy, labor, birth and the childbearing year.
Originally published February 2011 ~ Updated July 25, 2014
The class topic last night was first stage labor. This stage is characterized by a
progressive intensification of the sensations in labor. A mom will experience her contractions,
or her “surges”, getting increasingly stronger and longer with less time
between them, as she gets closer to the pushing phase of her labor.
Why do a "labor rehearsal" when labor is so unpredictable?? Mostly to train you and your partner into some "muscle memory".
I hope you enjoyed ourMommy Con recap
in lieu of a "Birth News" installment last week. Here are the articles I have collected that I thought would be of interest to those of you TTC, currently pregnant, or getting close to welcoming your babies.
This week was also Remembrance Day for families that have experienced the grief of loss. I open this post with an event to honor their brief passage through our lives.
Remembrance Service for Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss
Here are some of the ways we recommend our students
manage their labor without analgesics or anesthetics. Even when they are used in labor, we are so happy that our couples use them as tools to manage a long labor and their children are born nursing vigorously and with high APGAR scores.
Mom and Coach are informed.
Through the course of The Bradley Method® class series,
parents are taught about what to expect as “normal” in labor, what the
variations on normal might be, the different options and interventions in
labor, and how to recognize a complication that warrants a change in the plan
for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
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.
Our students are coming down the home stretch in their
pregnancies!! We invited some alumni
from our last class to come share their birth story tonight so that our
students could hear from the parents fresh from the birth experience.
Their story brought up an interesting point that was echoed
by some of our current students. What do
you do when uninvited guests show up at your birth? How do you keep them from coming in the first
This is a touchy subject – how do you tell your loving
family or your devoted friend that this is not the time when you want to see
I admit it - I was one of those complete skeptics about chiropractic care. I used to call them "chiro-quackers" and felt 100% sure that I would never let one touch me or my back.
Then our third child, Bryan, was breech at 32 weeks. And he stayed breech - at our 36 week ultrasound, there was definitely a bottom where there should have been a top! Desperate to avoid a cesarean and willing to try any natural measure I could, I asked my natural momma tribe if they could recommend anyone for the Webster Protocol - the three with answers all sent me to the same person: Dr.
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.