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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.