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Variations and Complications

Coping After A Miscarriage

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.

Being the Best Labor Coach Possible

Coach's corner 
Preparing yourself mentally to be the best labor coach possible

In the spring I wrote about the role of coaches in the labor process and the key attributes of successful coaches.
 

In this blog entry I’ll explore some of the techniques I’ve used to prepare myself mentally for my role as coach in our three births.
 
Of course this assumes that you are already fully committed to being a great labor coach and have been actively involved during the pregnancy in supporting our spouse to prepare for a great birth.

In Their Own Words - Chelsey and Bryce

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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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“When Are You Due?”

So your due date came…and went…what do you do now? 

One of Dr. Bradley’s sayings was, “It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature”.  There is a whole chapter of his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth, devoted to that topic, in which he talks about the concerns he has with trying to rush the process.

Did you know your due date was, at best, an estimate?  Did you know that only 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date?  There is no hard and fast rule for when your baby is going to make his or her entrance.

Mother's Day Birth Story

Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico.  Since our roles as a mother can stand another day of recognition, I figure why not – let’s have another day of good wishes.  I will start off by wishing all the moms a Feliz Día de las Madres! 
 
We had an incredible birth story over the weekend, and probably one of the most intriguing ones we will have as instructors of The Bradley Method®.  With the mom’s permission, I am going to share their birth story today.  Their baby was born at 35 weeks and both mom and baby are doing well.

Cesarean Awareness Month

In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I am going to close out this month’s posts with some information on cesareans.  I am not going to write a lot on how to avoid one in the first place or the specifics of a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (“VBAC”) since there is already a wealth of information at the International Cesarean Awareness Network (“ICAN”) and Childbirth Connection websites. At the end of the post you will find some good links for more detailed information.

Instead I will offer an introduction to the topic for people who are not aware that cesareans are performed at an alarming high rate, a quick look at causes and precautions, and some insights on what I have learned this week by attending meetings.

Preparing for Variations and Complications

Last evening’s class was the topic of “Variations and Complications” during Pregnancy and Labor.  As much as we all hope and pray for an easy pregnancy and labor, for some of us, there are some bumps in the road.
 
The Bradley Method® includes a class on how to handle those “bumps” so that parents are at least aware of what the variations and complications are, what the possible reasons are for them, and the options available to them should they encounter these situations. We also encourage our students to do additional reading on these situations – it is never good enough to take an instructors word on these, especially for the decisions that impact their child.
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