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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

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Q&A with SPB: Extended Family in the Birth Space

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 6:42 AM Comments comments (53)
We continue on with our "Ask the Doula" series.  Today my friend Darcy shares her thoughts on how a doula might handle family members in the birthing space:






Here is a summary of Darcy's thoughts for you:

Recognize that family may have been waiting for 9-10 months sometimes longer

Honor all family at a birth 
 
As a doula, I try to make myself small if there are a lot of people.  I make the effort not to take up more space than I need to
 
Roles: do you assign everyone in attendance something to do?
That would be something to discuss with the couples during a prenatal visit with the doula.

Ask: Who is coming?
Prepare them for what is happening during the birth process so that they can share them with the family
 
Once the baby is out, everyone is very excited!
 
Remind the family that even though the baby is here, it’s not the end of the work for mom.

Sometimes there is repair work that needs to be done.

Give mom+partner power to say they need space or that people are welcome.
 
Goal: Empower the nuclear family
 
It is so individual ~ every family is different
There may be cultural elements to consider
Every one has a good vision for what they want
Tools to Be able to set up boundaries
 
Good words:
No – this is enough
Or now is the time – you get this much time
 
Empower moms to set up the boundaries they need for their nuclear family

THANK YOU, Darcy, for your time and your thoughtful answer <3

Connect with Darcy Newlin:
Phone Number: 602-402-0855


Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale

Meet the Doula: Ashley Anders

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (135)

Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula".  This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch.  She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley! 

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I first heard the word doula years ago when I was talking with a friend about supporting women in childbirth.
 
How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
Since I was little I wanted to be a Labor and Delivery nurse, I loved supporting women and their families through one of the most intimate times of their life, and watching them bring new lives into this world, but quickly realized I didn't like the idea of having to leave my patients to go to another patient, or leaving a shift before a baby was born after being there her entire labor, or having to do all of the clinical things.  That is when I started researching to see if there was this dream job out there of giving non-judgmental support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth, and I came across birth and postpartum doula!
 
Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
I am both a birth and postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor and newborn care specialist.  Focusing most of my time currently postpartum, breastfeeding and newborn care.
 
How long have you been a doula?
I have been a doula just about 3 years. I am trained with Childbirth International for birth, breastfeeding. I have also received postpartum training, and trained with Newborn Care Solutions for my newborn care specialist certification.  I have supported single moms, moms on bed rest, families that have a scheduled cesarean birth, unplanned cesarean birth, teens, high risk, expected stillbirth, prematurity, twins and triplets.
 
What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
For birth, I love that I am invited into the lives of families expecting a baby.  I love that I can build confidence in women and their partners.  Help them feel safe, protected and informed about the birth experience and provide non judgmental support throughout their journey into parenthood.
 
For postpartum, I find that we often focus so much time on pregnancy, and childbirth and forget that there is in fact a 4th trimester.  I enjoy helping everyone in the family transition into having a new baby at home, if its baby #1 or baby #3.  An extra set of hands to help siblings adjust, help mom get a shower or a nap in, breastfeeding/bottle feeding assistance, meal prep, and helping with all of the "is this normal" questions I often get.  Newborn care, infant brain development, feeding, bathing, sleep conditioning, etc., are all things I love to give information on to help clients make the best decisions for their family! 
 
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I make sure that we are working as a team. My job is never to take the place of a partner or coach.  I like to show and guide the partners on things that they can do throughout labor to assist in the comfort of the laboring mom, but also make them feel comfortable enough that they can take a break, take a quick nap or grab something to eat and she will be supported and never be left alone. 
 
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
I would have to say that supporting a family through an expected stillbirth was the toughest.  She still had to give birth just like any other laboring mother, but unfortunately had to say goodbye shortly after her baby was born.  It was hard!  I cried alongside with them, made sure that they had everything they needed and was just there for them.  The hospital was wonderful and provided the family with photos and a box to remember him with.  I joined them on the annual walk for infant loss and continue to keep in touch with them.  They were blessed with their rainbow baby a year ago and I was honored to be by their side through the birth of their second son.
 
What keeps you working as a doula?
My family and my clients!  I have the best :).  Hearing that I have found my calling, and that it is obvious that I love my job and what I do, is so great to hear.  I couldn't do this if I didn't have the continued support from my husband.  From day one he has supported me, and pushed me to fulfill my dreams and I cant thank him enough!
 
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My birth fee includes 2 prenatal appointments where we will discuss birth plan options, discuss postpartum care/plans and go over early labor comfort measures.  Your labor and birth, and up to 2 hours after, to get you settled into your postpartum room, get you your first meal and make sure that baby has had his/her first feeding.  I will also schedule a time within the first week to come and do a postpartum visit to talk through your birth and make sure that feeding is going well and to answer any additional questions you may have. Since birth is unpredictable there is not a different charge if your labor were to go long or if you were to have a shorter labor. 
 
Postpartum/Newborn care fees are hourly and I do daytime and overnight care.  Each contract can be fit to each client and their needs.
 
Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I offer breastfeeding support, it is included in my doula packages, but I offer it separate if needed. 
  
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
When I'm not doula-ing I'm sleeping! haha!  I'm also spending time with my husband and 2 kiddos: our daughter Tyler (11) and our son Bennett (4), plus our 2 dogs Maddie and Oddie. We enjoy riding bikes; mornings at the park, watching our daughter ride her horse, and just spending quality time together with family and friends.

Love what you read?? Would you like to contact Ashley?
Read more about Ashley and schedule a visit via DoulaMatch
Phone: 480-457-9151

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
Sweet Pea Births offers Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson





Q&A with SPB: How do I find a care provider that supports natural birth?

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:14 PM Comments comments (0)
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A question that came up in our Friday night class was, "How do we know if our doctor supports natural birth?"

Here are some questions to ask to find out:




Here are the questions with a little more detail:
1) How do you feel about natural birth?
If you ask, "Do you support natural birth?" you will probably get a "yes" answer because they want your business and/or they want to make you happy.

Asking "how do you feel about" gets them to talk more about their beliefs and basic understanding of how a natural birth works in a hospital setting.

2) What has been your experience with couples who want a natural birth?
If you hear rave reviews, yeah! I offer a follow up question, "How many of your couples who prepare for a natural birth end up with what they wanted?"  A vaginal birth rate of around 85% is typical for a provider that supports hands-off birthing...how many of those are unmedicated versus medicated depends on the practice.

Some providers may be "natural birth tolerant", so while they don't practice a "hands off" approach, they also don't interfere when a couple is following a natural birth plan.  They may have a more middle-of-the road, "we'll see how it goes" attitude when you ask this question.

If the care provider is skeptical or outright dismissive, that is your sign that you may need to "break up" with your care provider.  Even if it is the doctor your family has been going to for years.  Check-in and ask what their vaginal and cesarean birth rates are for a follow-up question.  If the cesarean birth rate is higher than 30%, your chances are much higher of receiving interventions than if your provider takes a "Wait and see" approach to the birth journey.

3) What do you recommend for natural birth preparation?
 If they have had patients have natural births before and/or if they are in touch with the birth community (childbirth educators, doulas), they may have an idea about what their patients in the past have used to prepare.

If they give you a blank stare...red flag!! They really don't know what the options are...which may lead back to the question, "How many of your patients have had intentional natural births?"

Speaking of red flags, here are the two red flag statements I teach to all our students:

  • We'll let you
  • We'll allow you


Those phrases indicate that your provider has rules about how you are going to birth.  If you fall out of their range of normal, which may or may not be evidence-based, you are going to be forced to birth their way.

I encourage you to find out more about what "their way" means.  If they are going to set time limits or set expectations, do your own research to see if their parameters are evidence-based or practice-based, i.e., "How did you determine that rule for your patients?"  And you can also check the links below for some reliable research sources for evidence-based information about birth.

Ideally, your provider will not set time limits or rules AS LONG AS mom is okay and baby is okay.  As long as both appear to be doing well via monitoring and observation, then birth is probably progressing as it meant to be *for them*.  Each birth is unique.

If, God forbid, your birth has an unexpected variation or complication, you want to be sure that you trust your care provider explicitly.  If they are in a situation where they need to make a life-saving choice for you and/or your baby, you want to know that you are hiring a person that works in alignment with your beliefs and your wishes.

In closing, don't be afraid to trust your instinct.  Find the care provider that makes sense for your family - there are no "do-overs" in birth.  As you prepare to meet your Sweet Pea on their Birth-Day, choose a care provider choice that you trust and that trusts you back.

Links for more reading:
Taking charge of your maternity care 

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth

Consumer Reports: What to REJECT when you are expecting

Consumer Reports: Your biggest [cesarean birth] risk may be your hospital




Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Birth Centers in Phoenix

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 1:37 PM Comments comments (37)
Did you know that there are six birth centers to choose from if you are a birthing family in the metro-Phoenix area in Arizona?  Several of them offer Bradley Method classes on their calendar.  We will be offering a series at Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Midwifery that starts in October.  Please contact us if you would like to enroll.

Here is a quick run-down of the options, listed in alphabetical order.

Babymoon Inn

202 E. Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 314-7755 

"Babymoon Inn birth center was born out of the passion of families who wanted to provide access to midwifery care and a freestanding, out-of-hospital setting for birth for families in the Phoenix area.   Babymoon Inn is a free-standing, out-of-hospital birth center, licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services,  accredited as a birth center by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, and a member of the American Association of Birth Centers.  A birth center gives an option in Phoenix for low-risk women to experience birth in a comfortable, home-like setting where natural birth is our focus.

"Babymoon Inn provides a wide range of options and choices for moms in labor.  Your choice of either a beautiful jetted tub or a contemporary vessel soaking tub are available for water birth or for labor.  We have birth props, stools, and labor balls.  Our lovely garden provides outdoor space and an inspirational mural.   You are welcome to bring your family and may eat or drink during labor.

Our sanctuary is ready and our hearts are open for you.  Come visit!"

The Birth Haven

3303 S. Lindsay Road, Suite 125
Gilbert, Arizona 85297
480-664-7463
[email protected]

"The Birth Haven at LifeSpring Midwifery is the first birth center in Gilbert, Arizona. We offer traditional midwifery care, water birth, birth center and home birth, and well-woman care."


The Birth Nest at Caitlin Court

5622 W. Palmaire Ave 
Glendale, AZ 85301
623.748.7655

"The Birth Nest at Caitlin Court Birth Center offers a beautiful, relaxed and comfortable place to labor and birth your child.  Free from the rigid policies and procedures at a hospital, our birth center offers the comfort of home without the distractions of home. " 

Blossom Birth and Wellness Center
http://www.blossombirthcenter.com/

2928 N. 18th Place
Phoenix AZ 85016
(602) 256-7766

"Blossom Birth Center is a special place created to cultivate peace, love and healthy families. Blossom is an accredited birth center in Phoenix, Arizona where low risk, healthy pregnant women give birth naturally with midwives and a special Ob/Gyn with the heart of a midwife. Blossom is Licensed by the state of Arizona and accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC), as well as a member of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)."

Willow Midwife Center for Birth andWellness

2045 S Vineyard, Suite 136
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-565-5990
[email protected]

"Willow Midwife Center for Birth & Wellness is a boutique midwife and birth center in Mesa, AZ, just minutes from Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler and Scottsdale. The Willow birth center offers comprehensive, individualized care for women including maternity carelabor & birth services, and wellness care."

Women's Birth & Wellness Center
http://www.yourazbirthcenter.com/

504 W University Dr
Mesa, AZ 85201
480-833-6582

"Women's Birth & Wellness Center is an independent free-standing birth center in Mesa, Arizona. Women's Birth and Wellness Center is an organization operated by women who are midwives, nurse practitioners lactation counselors and doulas. The focus of Women's Birth & Wellness Center is to provide education for women and families to make informed choices about their birth, their health, and their baby."


Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog post and on our website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and related videos contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

UPDATE: Fundraising for Willow WIsh

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 3:49 PM Comments comments (84)
Please join us to celebrate the
GRAND OPENING 
Willow Midwife Center for Birth+Wellness

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

2045 S. Vineyard
Suite 136
Mesa, AZ 85210


Here is a preview of the silent auction:

Little Boy Blue Basket: $300
Starting Bid:  $50

  • $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
  • Placenta Encapsulation from Michelle Ludwig (The Modern Mama Doula Services)
  • Nursing Necklace from Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
  • Hat+Sock Set
  • Bandana Bib
  • 3-pack Circo Bodysuits
  • Patrull Safety Latches
  • Bumpy Ball

 


 
Sugar+Spice Basket: $300.00
Starting Bid: $75.00

  • $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
  • $50 off Placenta Encapsulation Service from Rebecca Turrigiano (Loving Touch Doulas)
  • Headband from Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • 3-pack Bandana Bib
  • 2-pack Crib Sheets
  • Patrull Safety Latches
  • Bumpy Ball




Modern Mommy Boutique Gift Basket - $150 Value
Starting Bid: $40.00

  • Mudpie Plush Giraffe Blanket
  • Mudpie Giraffe Stroller Blanket
  • Safari Stroller Toy
  • Indestructible Book: Jungle Rumble
  • $40.00 Gift Certificate



 Postpartum Gift Basket – $150
Starting Bid: $40
Offered by Lindsay Lutes

  • Postpartum doula care: 5-hour of daytime shift OR 8-hour overnight shift
  • Elephant Diaper Caddy
  • 1-pack Naty Diapers
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm
  • Bamboobies Reusable Nursing Pads
  • MilkMakers Lactation Tea




 Birthing From Within Mentors Gift Basket - $60.00
Starting Bid - $25.00

  • Birthing From Within by Pam England
  • Natural Childbirth Exercises Handbook by Rhondda Hartman
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea
  • Reusable Nursing Pads
  • Lavender Candle
  • Bumpy Ball




The Bradley Method® Instructors of AZ Gift Basket $65.00
Starting Bid - $25.00

  • Husband-Coached Childbirth by Dr. Robert Bradley
  • Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
  • Natural Childbirth ExerciseHandbook by Rhondda Hartman
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
  • The Bradley Method® Cup
  • Reusable Nursing Pads
  • Massage Tool
  • Rice Pillow
  • Bumpy Ball

 


Babies R’Us Gift Basket - $65.00
Starting Bid - $25.00
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Tea Sampler
  • Swaddle Me Pod
  • 10-Pack Babies R’Us Closet Hangers
  • Koala Baby 5-Pack Closet Dividers
  • Koala Baby Green Storage Basket
  • Infantino Rubber Zebra
  • Babies R’Us Geoffrey Plush
  • Pampers On-The-Go Diaper Wallets with Diaper+Wipes
  • Babies R-Us Diapers
  • 1 Set Munchkin Latch Nursing Pads
  • Chicco Pacifier
  • Plus Travel Size Products from Dr. Smith, Balmex, Dapple, Babyganics, Boppy Bloom, Deva Naturals, and more!



Sweet Pea Births Gift Basket–  $80.00
Starting Bid - $25.00

  • The Night Before Your Birthday Book by Joni Rubinstein
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
  • Hot/Cold Therapy Pack
  • SPB Reusable Nursing Pads
  • SPB Water Bottle
  • SPB Sticky notes
  • SPB Tote
  • SPB Pen

 
 
 
 
Golf Weekend - $500 Value
Starting Bid: $125

  • 3 days and two nights in a private home in the Chaparral Pines Golf Community
  • Two rounds of golf or golf for 2 at Chaparral Pines Golf Course
  • Cart Fee included
  • Must be used by November 15, 2016

 

Lactation Support Package - $180
Starting Bid: $45
Offered by Sarah Kankiewicz, CLE (Firefly Lactation Services)

  • Prenatal visit
  • Birth-day visit
  • 2 postpartum visits

 

Birth Journey Class - $200
Starting Bid: $50
Offered by Dianne Hamre (Doula Dianne)
 
This intensive one-day workshop will equip you with knowledge and skills that will enhance your birth experience while making lasting memories. The ideal time to take this workshop is in your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy. 
 
CLASS BENEFITS

  • This unique birth preparation class is designed with you in mind. You will be given a variety of tools needed for your journey regardless of where you are choosing to birth your baby.
  • The intimate class environment creates a time of special bonding with your partner.
  • It is taught in such a way that you will leave confident in your ability to advocate for your care in a respectful manner.

 
 
Birth Doula Services - $500
Starting Bid: $125
Offered by Ashlee Witham (Essence Doula)
Essence: the most significant element, quality or aspect of a thing or a person.
SUPPORT*RESPECT*EMPOWERMENT 
Ashlee Witham *Doula Services in PHX valley
 
As your doula, I will support you during pregnancy and assist you during childbirth and provide support to you and your family after birth of your baby.
  
 
Postpartum Doula Services - $240
Starting Bid: $60
8 Hours – Offered by Ashley Anders
A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
 

In-Home Breastfeeding Consultation - $60
Starting Bid: $15  
Offered by Sarah Kankiewicz, CLE (Firefly Lactation Services)
 
 
Labor+Birth Photography - $400   
Starting Bid: $100
Offered by Rebecca Turrigiano (Loving Touch Doulas)
 
Being passionate about all things birth related, I am excited to be able to offer this service to both my doula clients and also families simply wanting to capture this special time on film. I pride myself in knowing when to capture these moments, and am happiest when my clients haven’t even realized that I was even taking the shots I did! Having a background in fashion, film and T.V, I bring a very unique prospective to your photos. The shots I capture also respect the birthing Mom’s dignity and doesn’t feel intrusive during private moments between partners. I am always honored to be invited into such a private moment. 
 
Description of Services

  • Available for Home, Birth Center and Hospital births
  • Labor and Delivery Photos starting in Active labor (6 or 7 cm dilated)
  • 50- 75 Edited, full resolution Digital and printed copies given to you within 7- 10 days



Naturopath Visit - $200
Starting Bid: $50
Offered by True Harmony Wellness Center


Spa Gift Certificate - $80
Starting Bid: $20
Offered by True Harmony Wellness Center


Mini Maternity Session - $175
Starting Bid: $45
Offered by Aimee Sugar Photography
 
 
Essential Oil Introductory Kit - $35
Starting Bid: $10
Offered by Aimee Sugar


Placenta Encapsulation Package - $175
Starting Bid: $45
Offered by The Pampered Belly
Placenta Encapsulation
Placenta Print
 










 


Raw Belly Cast - $75
Starting Bid: $20
Offered by The Pampered Belly
 











 
 
Magikarp Blanket - $75
Starting Bid: $20
Offered by Hookin’ for Rent


















Some last minute additions - will have more info at tomorrow's event!!

Photo Session –
Starting Bid:
Offered by Rala Photography
 
 
 
Nutrition Consultation –  
Starting Bid:
Offered by Baby Bloom Nutrition
 
 
 
Therapy Session –
Starting Bid:
Offered by OSS Physical Therapy


I hope to see you at tomorrow's event.  Come look for me upstairs - I will be at the silent auction sign-in table :)

Meet the Doula: Michelle

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Meet this month's doula, Michelle Ludwig.  She and I have met at doula meet and greets and at birth events - she was one of the fabulous doulas at Bradley Day 2014.  Enjoy her "interview" and if you like what you read, her contact information is at the end of today's post.

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant with our first baby, I did what most first time mamas do. I googled...and googled...and googled. I knew having a doula was a non-option!
 
How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
I knew my heart always wanted to follow a path into childbirth education. Living on call 24/7 intimidated me about being a doula. My best friend (and my personal doula) encouraged me to explore my options and once I dove in I knew it was indeed the life for me :)
 
Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
I do strictly birth work.
 
How long have you been a doula?
I've been a doula for 3 years and have attended around 160 births.  I'm a DONA certified doula, have a been trained by the lovely Gail Tulley for Spinning Babies, and trained in placenta encapsulation.
 
What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
The "I did it face". When a mama looks up to their partner and has that smile that stretches from ear to ear. I love when couples know all their options and really individualize their birth process.
 
What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
“Your body. Your baby. Your Birth.” I'm your travel guide; never deciding your destination, just helping you find the path to where you desire to go.
 
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I want birth to be intimate. I want you to connect deeper than you ever have. My desire is to give the correct set of tools to the couple and to let them run with it. I'm right by their side helping them with positioning and questions, but this is their birth and I want everything to be focused on them.
 
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  
How did you handle it?
I like to consider myself pretty resilient. I've been thrown some curve balls in life, but everything is always temporary. You gotta keep on keepin’ on.
 
What keeps you working as a doula?
I love, love, love what I do. I'm blessed to have a very busy business and lots of mom's and dad's to help. Every birth is different; I love how special my job is.
 
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My basic package includes a meet and great, a prenatal meeting (where we play a labor simulation game and go over so many ways to improve your labor experience), unlimited labor support, photography during birth, edited digital photos, and a postpartum visit. 
 
Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I am incredibly experienced in placenta encapsulation. I offer extended packages that include more photography, IBCLC visits, essential oil kits and much more :)
 
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
My 3.5 and 1.5 year old girls keep me pretty busy. I'm married to a fine dining chef so we love to try out the latest new restaraunt and explore local farms. I'm also a huge football fan!
 
Michelle Ludwig CD(DONA)
720.409.8977
modernmamadoula.com
♡♡♡Your Body. Your Baby. Your Birth♡♡♡

 

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The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
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Upcoming Event: Sibling Class

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 11:23 PM Comments comments (0)
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We are so excited to be offering Sibling Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this season.  I want to spend a little time explaining our Visual Birth Plan class to give you a better idea what to expect.

We will share a children's book about what happens during pregnancy, labor and birth.  The main thing we want to get across to the siblings is that they can be part of the process, too.

What are some things they can do now?
RIght now, they can help Mother and Father/Other Partner to get ready for labor by helping the mom practice breath awareness and relaxation ideas every day.  They can make sure Mother is eating well and getting enough rest.  For those that can answer, we will ask them to name one small thing they can do to help mommy every day so that she doesn't have to get so tired :)

What do we share about labor?
We talk about different working faces, what kind of noises they might hear if labor starts at home; those kinds of things.  We have the family practice some contractions together - always with the understanding that you can know what to do IF IF IF you feel like you want to do them.  IF NOT, that is OKAY, too. There is no expectation, simply an invitation to participate as they feel comfortable.

What's this "visual birth plan"??
The visual birth plan is a tool we used with all of the births after the first one.  Depending on the age of the children, it may just be one or two simple words (or phrases, maybe) along with pictures that you draw together or pictures you print/cut out and paste onto the paper.

With older children, they may want to have sentences written - we have done both depending on the ages of the children.

The point is - the children have some idea of what to expect, and having the birth plan posted where they can see it and think about it creates space for conversations and clarification to keep happening.  If you are birthing at a hospital or birth center, there will be a point when you are going to transfer in labor.  Knowing ahead of time that this is going to happen may help them: they may not feel completely abandoned when you leave, or totally misplaced when you come back with a baby in your arms.  If you are birthing at home, it may be helpful to know when different people arrive, what that means about what may be happening next.

HERE is a simple example.

If you would like to take advantage of this class for your family, please join us at one of the upcoming classes:

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016


Tuition: $10/family
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Place: Modern Mommy Boutique, Chandler, AZ

Time/date subject to change

Click on link for driving directions to Modern Mommy - major cross streets are 101 Freeway & Chandler Blvd.













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The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
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Birth Plans for Siblings

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 10:59 PM Comments comments (0)
We have the fortunate situation where our alumni ask to come back to take a refresher course when they are preparing for their next children.  

When these couples take a class together, we still follow the same course outline because the material makes sense in a different way now that they have a reference point for what they are learning.

We also add a little section to each class to talk about sibling preparation.  This fall, we are going to devote some of our Tuesday posts to some of the material we are sharing with them "just in case" it may come in handy for some of our readers, too.

The transition from one child to two children was the hardest for us.  We didn't know how the family dynamics were going to go.  Would our oldest feel abandoned when we left for the hospital? Would she feel betrayed when we brought a new child home?  Would we have time for her? And how about the new baby?  Would we be able to bond with them and still meet the needs of our oldest child?

One of the things we did to reassure our oldest and give her some sense of what to expect was to create a visual birth plan for her.  I didn't take a picture of it - who knew I would be teaching sibling preparation some day??  

Two points to consider:
1. What do they need to know to feel secure? The simpler, the better.

2. How can you portray those ideas visually for non-readers?  You could find pictures on the internet, have them make the drawings, cut out pictures from magazines, or use pictures from their birth to illustrate the ideas that are important to your family. 

Here is a rough idea :

Sibling Preparation with Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonMommy and Daddy will work to labor












Sibling Preparation with Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson(People or Person) will bring you to see Mommy and Daddy and meet 
the Baby
















Mommy, Daddy and Baby will come home in a few days













Sibling Preparation with Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonWe will all grow together













If you are ready for more sibling preparation ideas, click HERE.

How did you prepare older children for a sibling's arrival?
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It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

 

 

To Eat or Not To Eat…

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 8:07 AM Comments comments (32)
To eat or not to eat…That was the question for families planning a hospital birth.  When you are laboring at home or a birth center, you have the freedom to eat as your appetite dictates.  If you choose to have a hospital birth, you are at the mercy of your doctor’s orders and the nurse’s interpretation of the hospital protocol.  

We love it when science catches up to Dr. Bradley.  Anecdotally, we could tell students that it was safer to eat before/during labor since anesthesia has changed from the days of "knock'em out, drag 'em out" birth, as Dr. Bradley called it.  Women used to be under general anesthesia, which is administered differently than today's spinal or epidural blocks.  

We are so excited to update this post (and our class info!) with a press release from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA):

"Most healthy women can skip the fasting and, in fact, would benefit from eating a light meal during labor, suggests research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2015 annual meeting. Improvements in anesthesia care have made pain control during labor safer, reducing risks related to eating, researchers note."
ASA Press Release, "Most healthy women would benefit from light meal during labor", October 24, 2015

For other reading,  HERE is some research I had found before this 2015 press release to make the case for eating and drinking in labor (in case you want to do more poking around the subject).

Now...how long will it take for hospital protocols to change and reflect these recommendations from ASA? As we found out the hard way, sometimes the doctor approves something but if it is not in writing and signed off on the birth plan, it probably isn't going to happen in the hospital setting. The nurse will follow the hospital protocol or they may invent their own interpretation if none exists to cover their liability.  If you are going to have a hospital birth, I have a strong opinion about getting your wish list signed so that the nursing staff has “permission” to “break the rules” if they feel that something you are requesting is out of the ordinary.  Maybe you could ask for a copy of the ASA press release to be included in your chart that goes to the hospital.

Dr. Bradley always advocated that a healthy mom should eat if she is hungry and drink if she is thirsty.  As he said, “Birthing is like playing a full game of football without any substitutions.”  He recognized that labor is an athletic event, and that a well-nourished athlete would perform better than a hungry one.

Science and the ASA catch up to Dr. Bradley:
"The research suggests that the energy and caloric demands of laboring women are similar to those of marathon runners, Harty said. Without adequate nutrition, women’s bodies will begin to use fat as an energy source, increasing acidity of the blood in the mother and infant, potentially reducing uterine contractions and leading to longer labor and lower health scores in newborns. Additionally, the studies suggest that fasting can cause emotional stress, potentially moving blood away from the uterus and placenta, lengthening labor and contributing to distress of the fetus."  

A Note About Hospitals and Nourishment
If you are having a hospital birth, you need to find out how your care provider feels about nourishment during labor, even with this announcement by the ASA. If your care provider is on board with mom eating and drinking as her body directs, great!  Get it into your birth plan, aka "wish list", that you have permission to eat and drink.  If they restrict intake, you need to think about your options.  You may question whether or not your care provider is truly supportive of your plans for a natural birth.  

You should also ask what the hospital policy is on food and drink during labor when you do your hospital tour.  It helps to know what kind of potential situations you may be facing so you can avoid stress-inducing encounters during labor.

The potential conflict between a laboring mother’s needs for nourishment and her care provider or hospital protocol comes from the days when general anesthesia was standard for hospital births.  There was a very real danger of a mom “aspirating”, meaning that food or drink the mom had consumed before labor would be regurgitated and accidently enter the trachea and lungs, creating a life-threatening condition to mother and baby.  [See reference 1]

From the press release:
"Researchers said aspiration today is almost nonexistent, especially in healthy patients. In the United States, there was only one case of aspiration associated with labor and delivery between 2005 and 2013, involving a complicated case of a woman who was obese and had pre-eclampsia (a precursor to eclampsia, or high blood pressure that can lead to seizures), according to the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Closed Claims Project database. Researchers also noted that no cases of death due to aspiration were reported in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2005, compared to 1.5 cases per 1,000 during the 1940s. They say this is likely due to advances in anesthesia care, including increased use of epidurals and spinal blocks in place of providing anesthesia through a mask over the nose and mouth. Before these improvements, women were more likely to need a tube placed in the windpipe for breathing, which potentially increased the risk of aspiration." 

Although very few women have births under general anesthesia nowadays, the practice of restricting food and drink still persists.  You may hear it called “NPO”, which stands for the Latin, “non per os”, meaning nothing by mouth.  With the press release from the ASA, we can keep our fingers crossed that hospitals will start to change their practice protocols.

In the past, it was likely that you would only be allowed ice chips if you opted for an epidural.  The chance of needing general anesthesia was within the realm of possibility since some moms and babies “crash” after the epidural dose is dispensed.  As with all labor interventions, you don’t know how you will react until it’s administered.  Although it’s a small percentage of women that have life-threatening complications, the prospect of the drugs dropping your heart rate, blood pressure or respiration to dangerously low levels exists once they are in your bloodstream.  In the instance of a “crash”, you would need general anesthesia to perform an emergency cesarean to save your or your baby’s life, thus your nourishment options become limited to ice.

Eating and Drinking During Labor
Have your refrigerator stocked with your favorite healthful foods and/or meals as you near your estimated due date.  Labor is a funny thing – you never know what your body is going to like.  If you think you are in labor, you can go through Dr. Bradley’s list of things to do to see if you are in pre-labor (contractions slow down or stop) or actual labor (contractions continue at same pace or get closer and harder despite the change in position or activity).  To "test" for labor, he suggests that a woman should eat, drink, go for a walk, shower and nap – in that order.  

When you start with the “eat” part of the list, it will be more satisfying to eat something you really enjoy.  If you are not in labor, at least you ate something you like and you can move on with your day with a tummy-full of your particular “comfort food”.  If you are in labor, then you have eaten something that is fueling your body for the labor.  It will put you in a good frame of mind if you ate something that is a favorite and you create a positive emotional state.

The best drink during labor is water.  Water is a key to staying hydrated and avoiding the slippery slope of interventions.  A hydrated body has the energy for the work of labor.  Ample water also allows for effective hormone distribution throughout the body: the chemicals and hormones being made to stimulate and progress labor are able to circulate freely.  If you have a longer labor, consider an electrolyte replacement: trace minerals added to the water you are drinking, Emergen-C makes a powder, or coconut milk is a "natural" version of sports drinks.

Dehydration causes a spike in temperature and blood pressure, while at the same time depleting your energy by as much as 30%.  Can you see that simple dehydration can also be interpreted as the mom being “in distress”?  Your care team will not want to take a chance of making the wrong call, so they are likely to intervene or suggest drastic measures to “save” mom and baby.

Whether you are laboring at home, a hospital or birth center, small-portioned, protein rich snacks are nice to have on hand.  As your labor progresses, a laboring woman’s appetite will naturally decrease as the body shuts down other functions such as digestion to allow for full focus on the progression of labor and birth.  

Here are some foods that we and other students have found useful for quick energy boosts when mom doesn’t have the desire to eat a full meal.  These snacks are also handy for the coach to get the energy boost he needs to be a great support person for mom.  We don’t want hungry, cranky coaches during labor!!

What the ASA recommends:
"A light meal could include fruit, light soups, toast, light sandwiches (no large slices of meat), juice and water. Most women lose their appetites during very active labor, but can continue to drink fluids such as water and clear juices, researchers said." 

- Honey sticks.  According to honey.com, “Honey is also a rich source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help them keep going.” [2]

- Trail mix.  You get the nice variety of nuts, dried fruits and if you want, candy, in one bag.  I found myself picking out my favorite nuts and fruits and snacking on them – literally one or two at a time – as we got into the active phase of first stage labor.

- Protein bars or chews.  Look for bars that are low in carbs and added sugars –the key is to provide an energy boost without an energy crash afterwards. We have had students that use the “PowerBar” brand Energy Bites, as well as Gel Blasts that are bite size energy foods.

- Handful of nuts.  If you have a favorite nut (besides your coach-lol), bring some with you.  You can eat 1 or 10, whatever you are in the mood for.  I like nuts because you get the energy boost in whatever quantity you are in the mood to chew and swallow.  Trader Joe’s sells packages nuts in handy single serve packets.  I usually eat 2 or 3 pieces, and Bruss would finish off the bag for his energy boost.

- Popsicles.  While working hard in labor, a popsicle can be refreshing.  To prevent an energy crash, look for a brand that uses natural fruit as a sweetener instead of added sugars.  Added bonus: you can also push it against the top of your palate to stimulate oxytocin production.

- Applesauce cups.  Provide potassium along with a little protein.  The nice thing about applesauce is that while some people prefer them cold, they don’t need to be refrigerated.  Again, look for naturally rather than artificially sweetened sauces.

- Banana.  Another source of potassium that is portable and easy to eat.  To prevent a sugar burst, pair this with a cheese stick to balance out the carbs.



- Soup or clear broth.  Campbell’s came out with the “Soup at Hand Cups” that are single serve, portable and microwaveable.  They were a God-send during our third birth.  The nurse didn’t want me to eat “just in case”, but she was okay with me drinking – hence, I could drink my meal and stay nourished through our 34 hours at the hospital.

- Single serve smoothies or juice drinks.  I am thinking along the lines of Stonyfield Farm Smoothies or Drinkable Yogurts for a liquid protein boost, or the Odwalla line of Protein Beverages.  It’s a little sip of something sweet with carbs that still offers a protein source for energy.

As you noticed from the list, some of these foods need refrigeration or a heating source.  These are considerations if you are having a hospital birth.  It stands to reason that if you will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave, the items that won’t stay cool with an ice pack or the foods that need to be heated need to left out of the cooler.

The bottom line: eat to appetite and drink to thirst for the best labor possible!  I hope this list gives some ideas with which you can fill your refrigerator or cooler.  What did you eat during your labor?

Disclaimer:
Bradley Method classes offered in Arizona convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Ahwatukee, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Payson, AZThe material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

References:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulmonary_aspiration

[2] http://www.honey.com/nhb/benefits/natural-energy/

Natural Oxytocin Boosters

Posted on October 23, 2015 at 9:27 AM Comments comments (0)
I am going to direct you to THIS article about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and promote peace.  It's no surprise that oxytocin is the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress reliever and a promoter of peace for couples.  A lovely consequence of making love when the timing is right: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!

In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great quantity when a woman is in labor.  The hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample oxytocin.  I find it so ironic that the physical pain and the emotion of love are happening at the same time. That must be the combination that makes natural birth possible, that helps bond us to our Sweet Peas, and why people sign up for the experience more than once.  I can honestly say that I am really going to miss being in labor.  Call me crazy!  Anyway.

I wanted to call out their suggestions for non-medical ways to boost oxytocin production and talk about how they may be options to consider while you are in labor since the article was not birth specific.

Oxytocin production in labor suggestions offered by Sweet Pea Births, instructor in the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonBreastfeeding:  If you have an older sibling who is nursing, you can nurse them during labor.  Nursing stimulates the production of oxytocin, so I encourage you to be mindful of any contractions it stimulates.  You do not want to trigger an early labor, so pay attention if you feel a pattern developing and it’s not time for baby to make an appearance just yet.



Oxytocin production in labor suggestions offered by Sweet Pea Births, instructor in the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonTouch: one of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is relaxation.  Among the 11 specific relaxation techniques that we teach during the course, two of them are massage and stroking.  Even if a mother does not want to be spoken to, a Coach can use those techniques.  If she doesn’t want that either, the simple act of holding her hand is listed as a way to boost oxytocin.


Oxytocin production in labor suggestions offered by Sweet Pea Births, instructor in the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDaydream:  Another relaxation technique we teach is related to daydreaming.  We ask coaches to recount a past experience or a future dream that makes mother feel like she is in her “happy place”.  It might be a trip, an experience, dreams you have about your life as a family together...anything that is calming, encouraging and would elicit a smile.


Oxytocin production in labor suggestions offered by Sweet Pea Births, instructor in the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonPet you furry friend:  One of the many benefits of laboring at home.  Do you have a four-legged friend that wants to cuddle?  Go for it!  Love on them, speak in gentle tones…it will be calming for both of you.



Oxytocin production in labor suggestions offered by Sweet Pea Births, instructor in the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonPleasant smells:  This one has the added benefit of paying dividends at your birthplace.  One of the suggestions we make in Bradley™ class is to eat your favorite meal when you think you might be in labor.  The other one is baking some yummy treats to share with your care providers.  Hopefully both of those things will generate smells that you welcome in labor.  Either way: you are producing oxytocin, mama is well fed if it’s the beginning to have energy for the duration of labor, and your care providers get treats.  We found that feeding them kept them happy and that always made for positive birth experiences for us.


Oxytocin production in labor suggestions offered by Sweet Pea Births, instructor in the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonMusic:  Mamas or Coaches can take the time to generate a play list to use in their birth space.  I have seen couples use a music app to choose the music for them in labor – it saved them from the planning/organizing time at the outset while still providing the music that was soothing to mama.  Find something that works for you and remember to put it on your packing list so the music makes it to your birth space. 
P.S. Doula and Music Therapist Laura Pruett offers playlist creation as a stand-alone service or as part of her doula service.


As I leave you with these ideas, I want to remind mamas and coaches that even if you are doing all of these things, labor cannot progress by oxytocin levels alone.  One of the key components of birth is surrender.  Do the things that boost your oxytocin and then let go, give in, and open up to the whole experience of labor and the birth journey.  The best gift is at the end when you meet your baby – it is SO worth it!

Best wishes for your upcoming birth – we hope some of these natural oxytocin boosters will help you stay on course with your wish list!

Which one of these do you like and/or have you used?
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It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.
Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this
blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

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