Cassandra and I were part of the "media" contingent at MommyCon LA Babywearing World Record Event on Sunday, October 6, 2013. We had such a wonderful time walking the floor, meeting vendors and being inspired by the wonderful speakers as we looked and listened to bring all the happenings back to you. See the bottom of this posts for links to more of the activity!
At 2:00 pm, the third person to take the stage on Sunday was January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear, sponsored by Nüroo.
This month's featured doula is Jennifer Valencia. She is a doula that serves Central and Northern Arizona. She believes that birth is a sacred time and every mother should be nurtured and respected as she brings her baby earth side.
When was the first time you
heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word doula was
probably in 2006, some time before my first baby’s birth. I didn’t really
understand the full scope of benefits of a doula until the birth of my second
child when I experienced a DONA certified doula.
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.
The final Midwifery Scope of Practice Meeting was held on
Wednesday, May 15, 2013. It
is now time for the families of Arizona, and anyone else who believes that
compassionate care is a human right’s issue for the mother and the baby to take
You can click on the links
below to read a copy of the current draft rules and to see Wednesday’s
Here is my statement on the Arizona Department of Health Services Website:
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?
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.
so pleased to introduce our students and readers to Kimberly Flake in this
month’sMeet The Doulafeature. Kimberly
has been a doula for a few of our students, all of whom have had great
experiences with her. I wanted to
feature her in April, Cesarean Awareness Month, since she, herself, is a VBAC
mama, and she specializes in VBAC support.
When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word doula was when I
read about it just weeks before I sat in a class to become one.
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