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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Pain management

Coach's Pep Talk

Coach's Corner
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.

Preparation for a Positive Postpartum

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.

Our Homebirth Story - Part 2

Click here for Part 1of "Our Homebirth Story"

My mom 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.

Our Homebirth Story - Part 1

Bowman Family home birth storyOur labor 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.

In Their Own Words - Chelsey and Bryce

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CBB Birth Story Part 1
Chelsey and Bryce welcomed baby Brody two weeks after his due date. They tried several methods to start labor without a medical induction with no success, so on July 12th, they went to the hospital f...
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Relaxation is the Key to Labor

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.

Get Some Sleep!

As 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…

If 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.

Going to Your Birthplace Part 2

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.

Our textbook Bradley Method® Birth Story

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 coach’s role in pregnancy and labor

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
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