Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
It's that time of year again! If you haven't experienced a Club MomMe Fest, then you won't have any excuses left...they have provided all SPB readers with a $10.00 off discount off *any* ticket option for the April 19, 2015 event(link provided at the bottom of this post).
I was able to attend last year's Spring Family Fest - what a tremendous opportunity! The keynot address was by Dr. Harvey Karp (life changing!!), and there were several panels geared towards families who are in their childbearing years.
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.
Welcome to today's guest blogger, Koren Michelle. She is the founder of Total Momma + Family Care, providing postpartum care, family fitness and nutrition classes, and support for mamas at all stages of their parenting journey.
I had my son in 2010, I didn’t know anyone with kids. All of our family is back in Ohio. I was on my own. However, I knew I wanted a homebirth. I was determined to succeed with
breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing.
While I did succeed with all of these things, that first year was TOUGH.
I am pleased to introduce you to Blue Russ today. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach,
trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100
dietary theories and a wide range of coaching techniques. She is your calm,
gentle guide, supporting you to achieve your goals with confidence and grace.
No counting calories or grams of nutrients. No judgment. No food is off limits.
No deprivation. She believes that we have all the wisdom and healing power we
need. The best healers are the ones that enable us to reawaken it.
It’s hard to believe…and I know, I say this every three months – Time Flies! We are almost finished with another class series. As we get ready to send another set of Papas and Pods off into the world to prepare for the arrival of their Sweet Peas, I wanted to write our “Wish List” for their Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
What we hope you will remember:
1. You are a team.
As a couple, you lovingly conceived your child. You have attended a trimester of Bradley Method® classes together to learn about the normal, low-risk process of pregnancy, labor and birth.
When it comes to pregnancy, labor and birth, the vast majority of the writing
and expectation for preparation is geared at the mother. One of the reason’s we chose The Bradley
Method® is because it recognizes that the father may also want to play a role
in the birth of the child and Bradley™ prepares the couple for labor to welcome
their child, not just the mother.
The same holds true when planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). If the partner was present for the first
birth, they also experienced varying degrees of stress: watching their loved
one undergo major surgery, the physical recovery period, and the emotional
recovery period, which might have been longer than the physical recovery.
Top Ten List:Reasons To Take A Bradley Method® Class
We had the privilege of starting two new Bradley Method® Class Series last week. We are teaching a Friday night series with First-time parents, and on Sunday we are teaching our Bradley Method® "Next Class" with alumni families who are expecting baby number two.
Some of the thoughts shared when we asked our students "why are you here today" inspired today's post.
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,
I want to share a topic that is rarely discussed. No one announces their
miscarriages when they happen – it is a personal, private event that few people
ever know about outside of the couple that lost their pregnancy.
We had a miscarriage between our first and second
child. Our story starts with our first
pregnancy. I had been so uptight and
concerned when I was pregnant with Ysabella.
With her pregnancy we had spotting right from the beginning, and it
lasted the whole pregnancy.