Bruss reveals his secret to being a great coach today...this is my first insight into his process, too. He has been an amazing coach at all of our births - now I know how he does what he does for our baby and me!~Krystyna
We are regularly contacted by our Bradley® students as they go into labor. For first time parents there is almost an universal excitement.
It is great to talk to the Dads and hear the excitement in their
voices...the nervous, anxious energy as they start the wonderful
experience of child-birth with their partner.
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.
arrived from Chicago to relieve my aunt at around 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.
She came in to see how I was doing. She asked, “How are things going?”
which of course started the tears again. Being a woman of great faith,
she said a beautiful prayer over us, then gave me a kiss and left the room to
go take care of the kiddos. I pulled myself together and decided I wanted
to go see our children. I missed them and one of the benefits of a
homebirth is having those you love near to you.
started around 5:00 am on Thursday morning (9/29/11). I was running around trying
to get Brussito’s birthday breakfast table together, when I had a contraction
that made me stop in my tracks and grab onto the edge of the bed. The
contractions kept coming throughout the morning. Since my water had not
broken yet, which is how our other three labors had started, Bruss and I
decided it was best if I went back to bed to get some sleep. We called
our chiropractor, Dr.
Relaxation is the cornerstone of The Bradley Method®. While we as your instructors teach many ways
to stay healthy and low risk throughout pregnancy and labor, the ability to
manage your labor without pain medications lies squarely with you and your coach. For example, good nutrition and exercise (for
stamina and toning of labor muscles) will prepare you for the athletic event of
“birth”. In order to see this foundation
through to a natural, unmedicated birth, your ability to relax your body, your
mind and your emotions will be the determining factor in the type of labor and
birth you experience.
I sit here and write at 10:15 pm, understand that this post is also
written as a piece of advice that I need to follow as we get closer to
our estimated due date…
you are working outside of the home when you are pregnant, it is
somewhat easier to convince yourself to get some sleep. You know what
is required of you at work, and you make an effort to get to sleep in
the first place. Or, if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night,
you know it’s imperative for you to rest so you can function the next
day…so you make an effort to go back to sleep.
How do we make a smooth transition to our birthplace?
To piggyback onTuesday’s post
, I thought I would share some
ideas on how to make the transfer to the birthplace as smooth as possible. A common occurrence when changing from your
home to your birthplace is a surge of adrenaline from excitement, fear or
apprehension. In early or active first
stage labor this surge can slow or stop labor.
Although it’s virtually impossible to keep adrenaline out of
the equation completely when making a transfer, especially for first time
parents, here are some things you can do to ensure that the transfer is as
smooth as possible.
Although each one of our births was amazing in a different way, our second birth was the closest to a textbook "Bradley" birth. I refer to our child as "Baby" because we didn't find out the sex during our pregnancy.
For our current students, you will read that we weren't the best students at doing our practice together - thank goodness we had hired a doula! She made the difference again, although looking back, she did it in such a way that Bruss was the hero of the birth.
The very active role of Dads (Mom’s coach) in pregnancy and labor separates the Bradley method from most other childbirth education.
Krystyna and I have had three wonderful Bradley inspired births. Our active partnership in the 40+ weeks of pregnancy AND dozens of hours of
laboring for each one of our children has deepened our relationship and
well prepared us for deliveries that closely met our pre-labor birth
plans. Indeed it is the active partnership, planning and communication
that sets a pregnant couple up for the highest probability of positive