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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

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UPCOMING EVENTS: April 21-25, 2014

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to another amazing week! Where will you be with your Sweet Pea this week? Prenatal yoga, breastfeeding support, birth circles, postpartum support for expectant and new parents...Nat Geo Kids Club in three locations this week, storytimes, bubble play for those of you with Sweet Peas on the outside...and Farmer's Markets for everyone :)

Have a great week!



Planning ahead:
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Saturday, April 26 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
6111 S. All America Way Ramada #5 Tempe, Arizona 85283
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Everyone will change diapers at the same LOCAL time, allowing the change to roll around the globe with the clock. Join your local event and help set a new world record in 2014!  Click HERE http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/?page_id=801 to find your nearest event.
 
Musicology Intro Clas
Saturday, May 3 @ two sessions – see below
This class will be FREE, and we require that everyone RSVP directly to us - see all of the information below:
Musicology - Wire Baby's Brain Through Music
A Newborn's brain is only 25% wired at birth, and it is 75% wired by the end of her first year. Music is the one activity that lights up the entire brain! Musicology is proud to be partnered with New Directions Institute For Infant Brain Development, and brings an upbeat and innovative approach to helping babies and toddlers learn through music and play! Bring your Baby along for special one-on-one time at this fun and informative class at Modern Mommy. Parents will learn creative musical activities to help wire baby's brain for language, pattern awareness, physical coordination, focus & attention, and critical thinking to name a few. Attendees will receive special coupons for FREE classes at Musicology!
Cost: FREE!
Where: Modern Mommy Boutique
When: Saturday, May 3
Infant Rhythms (0 - 5 mos old) - 1:00pm
Baby Beats (6 mos - 12 mos old) - 11:30am
RSVP: 480-857-7187
Reservations required, space is very limited
For new families only
 
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
Today’s Theme: We explore the hallways of castles.
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

Inn Daddies •  April 10th
Daddies are encouraged to join us at The Nest to meet with other Stay At Home Dads, Part-time at home dads, work from home dads, freelance dads, working dads, and involved fathers around Phoenix to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their kids during the day. Dads can talk about the challenges and pure awesomeness of being a dad. All dads and babies are welcome. If you have any questions, you can get more info HERE or feel free to email [email protected]
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
602-314-7755 ‎

Breastfeeding Circle
Come join the group to get help for your breastfeeding questions and concerns, or to share your trials and triumphs.  Please bring a healthy snack to share.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  
Freedom and The Seed office @ 11:30 am
714 W Marlboro Dr
Chandler, Arizona 85225
480-528-1689

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

Prenatal Yoga + Fitness
This prenatal yoga + fitness class will have all the elements of a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga, designed for your prenatal needs, with added options for any mommas seeking a little extra fitness to compliment and enhance pregnancy, as well as help you to prepare for you upcoming birth journey.  Any stage of pregnancy is welcome (including postpartum), as is any fitness level.  Classes are $10 drop in or $30 for 4 classes. 
Emerge Acupuncture & Community Center @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
123 E. Baseline Road, Suite D102
Tempe, Arizona 85283
480-466-2004

BELLIES at Nurturing Hearts

As always, this is open to anyone and everyone!!
Topic: Nutrition in Pregnancy
What should you eat, what shouldn't you eat - what's safe, what isn't. Prenatal vitamins, herbs, dietary guidelines...if it's edible, then lets talk about it!
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 

Birth Circle - East Valley
A birth circle is a gathering of pregnant women, new moms and mamas a few miles into the journey. It's a chance to meet people, to share experiences and to ask questions about the journey to motherhood in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to tell your birth story and be heard, to process you birth story in new ways, to listen to a range of experiences as you prepare to birth your baby, to ask questions about birth, babies, breastfeeding and parenting, to connect with other pregnant and new moms in the community, and maybe meet some birth professionals as well. 
Facilitator: Michelle
Topic:  Birth Location: Which is right for you? Hospital/Birth Center/Home?
Sozo Coffeehouse @ 7:15 pm
1982 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Bubble Blast
Kids can play with bubble wands or watch a bubble machine in action.
Cost: $3; $2 Chandler residents 
Tumbleweed Recreation Center @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

National Geographic Kids Club 
The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Let's celebrate castles and all of the people that live in them. Songs, stories and castle fun for everyone!
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup 
Rhyme Time with the Explorers: This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open! 
Join us as we sing a few songs and rhymes before we get out a variety of toys to play. Get ready to Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 
This playgroup is for moms and babies of all ages that are exploring their world. Pregnant moms are also welcome. It is open to women that have given birth in all settings: home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. Siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.
We meet at The Nest at Babymoon Inn which is across the street from the birth center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Pregnancy And Postpartum Depression Support Group
Free support group to help moms support each other through the adjustments of pregnancy and postpartum anxiety/depression.  Partners, Babies & Toddlers are Welcome.  No Registration Necessary.    Free parking available off of Frye Road. Meeting held in the Morrison Building (blue roofed building just east of Chandler Regional) – follow signs.  For Questions Call:  Resource Link 480.728.5414 or
480.728.5617 (Recorded line with more information)
Group Contact:  Missy Beauchamp  480-728-5620
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1955 West Frye Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Cuddlers Group 
Please join us Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other.
Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there!
Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group. Inn Mommies is facilitated by Michelle Clark. Amey Clark, RN, IBCLC is on hand for breastfeeding support and weight checks. 
We are now meeting at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Located across the street from the Birth Center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Wildflower Kids
Every Wednesday, Wildflower kids enjoy a complimentary cookie, milk & activity.  Program offered at all locations.  Find your nearest store HERE http://www.wildflowerbread.com/locations/
Wildflower Bread Company @ 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1100
Chandler, AZ, 85226
480-821-8200

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Prenatal Yoga  
Prenatal yoga is an excellent exercise and helps prepare your body and your mind for labor and birth. Each class is an hour long and incorporates a birthing theme, birthing affirmation, breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Prenatal classes are open to pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is recommended that women take it easy the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy and allow their body that time to become accustomed to the changes of pregnancy. Beginners are welcome, no previous yoga experience is required. If you practiced yoga before becoming pregnant, variations and different levels are offered. Classes will educate, empower and encourage you through heart opening poses with philosophy and techniques of a healthy, calm and joyful yoga practice preparing you for a beautiful and peaceful birth experience. Classes are $10 each.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

ICAN Meeting 
Topic: Guest Speaker ~ Dr. Pauline Dillard
This monthly meeting is open to everyone. This month we will talk about laboring at home and when its time to go to the hospital. This will be a great meeting if you are planning on delivering at a hospital or at home. 
About the speaker: Dr. Pauline Dillard, Exec Dir/CEO of Dunamas™ Center Ministries in Colorado Springs,CO, will be joining us to share her experience with Birth Traumatomology Syndrome (BTS). Dr, Pauline is one of the foremost mental health practitioners dealing with BTS in the U.S and coined the term Birth Traumatomology Syndrome. She has a background as a birth educator and childbirth assistant and brings all of her education and experience with her. She will help us understand what BTS is, how it develops, and what the symptoms and traits are. Dr. Pauline will also help us to understand the steps towards healing.
Co-Leaders:  Jesse, Abby and Jennie
Dr. Ross’ Office @  7:00–9:00 pm
2405 E. Southern #3
Tempe AZ 85282

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 
 
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Superstition Springs Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.  Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog every Thursday in the JCPenney Court.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
It's An Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Ants and aardvarks and rainbows, oh my! Join us for It's an Orange Aardvark! Storytime. Fun activities follow.
Barnes & Noble @ 11:00 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Chandler Farmer’s Market
This Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors including produce, baked goods, salsa, jams and honey, olive oil, seafood, granola, beauty products, and much more!  The Craft Market will be held once a month on the first Thursday of each month.  Come find hand made and hand crafted items from local artisans.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  June - Sept: 9am-Noon, Oct.-May: 9 AM - 1pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome! As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am – two sessions!
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Friends for Life 'Melrose and Croc' by Emma Chichester Clark
There's nothing like a best friend! For Melrose and Croc, every day and every adventure brings a smile.
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Fun Fridays
Children 1 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy themed events, including hand motion songs, sing-alongs, dancing, stories and games. Activities are designed to enhance musical, social, physical and memory skills. Caregivers must remain in the store.
Microsoft Store @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1288
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-308-0800 

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ
 
Earth Day Celebration
Free admission and great for all ages.  Fun & educational activities – discover nature, science and the great outdoors!  Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations, and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from on-site vendors and exhibitors. 
Veterans Oasis Park Friday @  4:00 – 7:00 pm
4050 E Chandler Heights Rd
(NEC of Chandler Heights and Lindsay Roads)
Chandler, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands 
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Phoenix Art Museum First Friday
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon (3-9p) and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 6:00 – 10:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE 
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586


LIBRARIES:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

Disclaimer: 
The 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.  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®.


Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 14-18, 2014

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Spring has sprung here in Arizona.  As the temperatures warm up, please remember to take the extra prep step and have plenty of water in with you whether you are walking, strolling, or driving.  There are lots of fun events coming up this week, as well as some events to share on the weekends.

A reminder that this week's Wordless Wednesday theme is Babywearing: How do you wear your Sweet Pea? 

As we highlight Cesarean Awareness Month, we recognize that babywearing is especially beneficial to cesarean families to encourage bonding while you simultaneously heal from the birth and revel in the miracle of life.  Please email your submissions to me at [email protected], and please state in your email that I have permission to share your image on social media.
 
Planning Ahead:

Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo Saturday, April 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Phoenix Zoo Party for the Planet features activities, crafts and music among some of the planet’s most intriguing and inspiring wildlife. Activities are included with Zoo admission.

Great Cloth Diaper Change
Saturday, April 26 at 10:00am - 12:00pm
6111 S. All America Way Ramada #5 Tempe, Arizona 85283
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Everyone will change diapers at the same LOCAL time, allowing the change to roll around the globe with the clock. Join your local event and help set a new world record in 2014!  Click HERE 
to find your nearest event. 

 
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
This week: Persephone tells a story about royal weddings.
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

C-Town Suitcase Club
Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.  Third Tuesday of the month.  10am, Chandler Museum. Free.  Today’s theme: Blinkers
McCullough-Price House @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
300 S. Chandler Village Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-782-2717
 
Foreskin & Circumcision Class
The Foreskin and Circumcision class curriculum is geared toward expecting parents navigating the pros and cons of circumcision though we welcome anyone willing to learn more about the topic.
The class dispels the myths surrounding the foreskin and circumcision and clarifies the potential benefits with evidence-based information that is backed by the top medical associations and health professionals in the world. We will cover foreskin facts, circumcision information and proper intact care as well as the medical, cultural/religious, legal and ethical considerations necessary to make a truly informed decision.
Red Mountain Midwifery @ 6:00 pm
6260 E Saddleback Street
Mesa, AZ 85215

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

Prenatal Yoga + Fitness
This prenatal yoga + fitness class will have all the elements of a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga, designed for your prenatal needs, with added options for any mommas seeking a little extra fitness to compliment and enhance pregnancy, as well as help you to prepare for you upcoming birth journey.  Any stage of pregnancy is welcome (including postpartum), as is any fitness level.  Classes are $10 drop in or $30 for 4 classes. 
Emerge Acupuncture & Community Center @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
123 E. Baseline Road, Suite D102
Tempe, Arizona 85283
480-466-2004

La Leche League - Chandler 
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. http://www.lllofaz.org/
**Husbands/Partners Welcome**
Sozo Coffeehouse @ 7:00 pm
1982 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Persephone will read about a great big bell that makes a great big sound and a little bell that makes a tiny clink.  Find out which bell the King requests on his wedding day.
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup 
Rhyme Time with the Explorers: This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open! 
Join us as we sing a few songs and rhymes before we get out a variety of toys to play. Get ready to Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 
This playgroup is for moms and babies of all ages that are exploring their world. Pregnant moms are also welcome. It is open to women that have given birth in all settings: home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. Siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.
We meet at The Nest at Babymoon Inn which is across the street from the birth center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Pregnancy And Postpartum Depression Support Group
Free support group to help moms support each other through the adjustments of pregnancy and postpartum anxiety/depression.  Partners, Babies & Toddlers are Welcome.  No Registration Necessary.    Free parking available off of Frye Road. Meeting held in the Morrison Building (blue roofed building just east of Chandler Regional) – follow signs.  For Questions Call:  Resource Link 480.728.5414 or
480.728.5617 (Recorded line with more information)
Group Contact:  Missy Beauchamp  480-728-5620
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1955 West Frye Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Cuddlers Group 
Please join us Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other.
Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there!
Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group. Inn Mommies is facilitated by Michelle Clark. Amey Clark, RN, IBCLC is on hand for breastfeeding support and weight checks. 
We are now meeting at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Located across the street from the Birth Center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Wildflower Kids
Every Wednesday, Wildflower kids enjoy a complimentary cookie, milk & activity.  Program offered at all locations.  Find your nearest store HERE 
Wildflower Bread Company @ 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1100
Chandler, AZ, 85226
480-821-8200

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Prenatal Yoga 
Prenatal yoga is an excellent exercise and helps prepare your body and your mind for labor and birth. Each class is an hour long and incorporates a birthing theme, birthing affirmation, breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Prenatal classes are open to pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is recommended that women take it easy the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy and allow their body that time to become accustomed to the changes of pregnancy. Beginners are welcome, no previous yoga experience is required. If you practiced yoga before becoming pregnant, variations and different levels are offered. Classes will educate, empower and encourage you through heart opening poses with philosophy and techniques of a healthy, calm and joyful yoga practice preparing you for a beautiful and peaceful birth experience. Classes are $10 each.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 
 
How to Childproof for Older Children
FREE 30 minute workshop this offered by Arizona Childproofers. Space is limited to reserve your seat today by calling 480-299-1154 or via email at [email protected] 
*Children are welcome to sit and play, but the class will be addressed to parents.
Advance Care Pediatrics @ 9:30 – 10:00 am
604 W Warner Rd
Bldg C Suite 1
Chandler, Arizona
 
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Superstition Springs Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.  Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog every Thursday in the JCPenney Court.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

Chandler Farmer’s Market
This Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors including produce, baked goods, salsa, jams and honey, olive oil, seafood, granola, beauty products, and much more!  The Craft Market will be held once a month on the first Thursday of each month.  Come find hand made and hand crafted items from local artisans.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

Sonoran Sunset Series
Performer: Dry River Yacht Club
Features free, live lakeside entertainment suitable for the whole family.  Participants may bring blankets, chairs or food and should dress warmly on cool evenings.  Snacks, dinner items and beverages will be available for a small fee.  The park is on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads, and the concerts are held at the lakeside amphitheater.  In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held inside the EEC.  Call the EEC Program Hotline for updates 480-782-2889
Veterans Oasis Park @ 6:00 – 7:00 pm
4050 E Chandler Heights Rd
Chandler, AZ
480-782-2889

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome! As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am – two sessions!
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
A baby chick burst from his egg and into the world with snuggle-worthy enthusiasm, awe and energy. Join us as he discovers the world around him.
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Fun Fridays
Children 1 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy themed events, including hand motion songs, sing-alongs, dancing, stories and games. Activities are designed to enhance musical, social, physical and memory skills. Caregivers must remain in the store.
Microsoft Store @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1288
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-308-0800 

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands 
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe

Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE 
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586


LIBRARIES:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

Disclaimer: 
The 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.  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®.

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

UPCOMING EVENTS: March 10-14, 2014

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)
What a great line-up of events this week: birth circle, breastfeeding support, and lots of fun for the Sweet Pea toddlers in your life!


Reminder of this week's Wordless Wednesday theme:
3/12 Feelin' Green ~ Show us the ways you are “greening” in your home, nursery, school, workplace


Each featured picture this month earns you an entry into our raffle for Sweet Pea logo gear.  Send us as many pictures as you want - I will select those that best represent the theme, and you may get multiple chances to win - go for it!
 
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
Theme this month: Castles
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

Inn Daddies 
Daddies are encouraged to join us at The Nest to meet with other Stay At Home Dads, Part-time at home dads, work from home dads, freelance dads, working dads, and involved fathers around Phoenix to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their kids during the day. Dads can talk about the challenges and pure awesomeness of being a dad. All dads and babies are welcome. If you have any questions, you can get more info HERE or feel free to email [email protected]
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
602-314-7755 ‎

Prenatal Yoga 
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

La Leche League – Tempe 
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. http://www.lllofaz.org/
Desert Cross Lutheran Church @ 9:30 am
8600 S McClintock Dr. (Just north of Warner Rd)
Tempe, AZ
 
East Valley Babywearing Meeting
Join us for our East Valley weekday meeting at a new location - Skyline Park (at Crismon and the 60, east of the 202 loop)
Come out and play, try on new carriers, or get help with ones you have. Bring your kiddos, bring your significant other, bring a friend. All are welcome to attend. Share with anyone who may want to learn more about carriers. 
As always, attendance is free and we will have our carrier library available for you to try new carriers and get help. You can join BWIP at any meeting for just $30 a year, tax-deductible, and enjoy the benefits of membership - such as being able to borrow a carrier from our library for a month!
Skyline Park @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
655 South Crismon Road
Mesa, Arizona 85208
 
Homebirth Circle 
Come join the beautiful space and share thoughts about life, babies and love.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share. Freedom and The Seed Office @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
123 Baseline Rd, Suite 205
Tempe, AZ  
480-528-1689

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

Prenatal Yoga + Fitness
This prenatal yoga + fitness class will have all the elements of a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga, designed for your prenatal needs, with added options for any mommas seeking a little extra fitness to compliment and enhance pregnancy, as well as help you to prepare for you upcoming birth journey.  Any stage of pregnancy is welcome (including postpartum), as is any fitness level.  Classes are $10 drop in or $30 for 4 classes. 
Emerge Acupuncture & Community Center @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
123 E. Baseline Road, Suite D102
Tempe, Arizona 85283
480-466-2004

BELLIES at Nurturing Hearts
As always, this is open to anyone and everyone!!
Topic:  Interventions
Come discuss some of the common interventions such as induction of labor, epidurals, episiotomies, IV's....and lesser thought of interventions such as vaginal exams and fetal monitoring.
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: When you wear a crown, you should never frown or look down.  Today we are going to become princes and princesses! .
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup 
Rhyme Time with the Explorers: This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open! 
Join us as we sing a few songs and rhymes before we get out a variety of toys to play. Get ready to Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 
This playgroup is for moms and babies of all ages that are exploring their world. Pregnant moms are also welcome. It is open to women that have given birth in all settings: home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. Siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.
We meet at The Nest at Babymoon Inn which is across the street from the birth center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Pregnancy And Postpartum Depression Support Group
Free support group to help moms support each other through the adjustments of pregnancy and postpartum anxiety/depression.  Partners, Babies & Toddlers are Welcome.  No Registration Necessary.    Free parking available off of Frye Road. Meeting held in the Morrison Building (blue roofed building just east of Chandler Regional) – follow signs.  For Questions Call:  Resource Link 480.728.5414 or
480.728.5617 (Recorded line with more information)
Group Contact:  Missy Beauchamp  480-728-5620
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1955 West Frye Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Cuddlers Group 
Please join us Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other.
Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there!
Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group. Inn Mommies is facilitated by Michelle Clark. Amey Clark, RN, IBCLC is on hand for breastfeeding support and weight checks. 
We are now meeting at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Located across the street from the Birth Center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Wildflower Kids
Every Wednesday, Wildflower kids enjoy a complimentary cookie, milk & activity.  Program offered at all locations.  Find your nearest store HERE 
Wildflower Bread Company @ 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1100
Chandler, AZ, 85226
480-821-8200

Prenatal Yoga  
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 
 
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Superstition Springs Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.  Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog every Thursday in the JCPenney Court.
This week: Persephone will read the story, "The Big Bell and the Little Bell." Can you count how many times the two bells ring? MyChild'sReady will share information on how to set Kids Club members on a path to success.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

Lunchtime Spring Concert Series
FREE afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center.  Seating is limited so you are encouraged to bring your favorite comfortable folding chairs, cushions and/or blankets.
 Life of the Party Catering will be onsite for each concert offering a nice selection of hot and cold lunch selections.  Beverages and delicious desserts will also be available.  You may of course pack and bring your own yummy picnic lunch.
This week: Robin Miller & Company “Hits of the Golden Age of Radio”
Mesa Arts Center @ 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
1 E Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
480-664-6500

Chandler Farmer’s Market
This Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors including produce, baked goods, salsa, jams and honey, olive oil, seafood, granola, beauty products, and much more!  The Craft Market will be held once a month on the first Thursday of each month.  Come find hand made and hand crafted items from local artisans.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

Birth Circle - Central Phoenix
A birth circle is a gathering of pregnant women, new moms and mamas a few miles into the journey. It's a chance to meet people, to share experiences and to ask questions about the journey to motherhood in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to tell your birth story and be heard, to process you birth story in new ways, to listen to a range of experiences as you prepare to birth your baby, to ask questions about birth, babies and parenting, to connect with other pregnant and new moms in the community, and maybe meet some birth professionals as well. 
Topic: Preparing for Childbirth: Comfort Measures and Birth Plans
Kids Rising @ 7:15 pm
4332 N 24th Street 
Phoenix 85016
Phone: 602-832-6389

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  June - Sept: 9am-Noon, Oct.-May: 9 AM - 1pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome! As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am – two sessions!
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na
Travel with the curious duck and visit babies around the world on their very first day of life.
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Fun Fridays
Children 1 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy themed events, including hand motion songs, sing-alongs, dancing, stories and games. Activities are designed to enhance musical, social, physical and memory skills. Caregivers must remain in the store.
Microsoft Store @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1288
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-308-0800 

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands 
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE 
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586


LIBRARIES:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

Disclaimer:  
The 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.  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®.



Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Upcoming Events August 26-30, 2013

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM Comments comments (0)

Looking for something to do with your baby this week?  Cassandra and I are posting events, groups and classes in our respective geographic areas…look for us…maybe we will see you there!!

This week there is a special “Water Play” Section at the end of the weekly listings…several are open five days a week…through the end of this month.  Lots of neat spaces for littles…who is going to do a water play tour across the East Valley?
Disclaimer: A listing here does not imply endorsement by Sweet Pea Births or our families.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013
Free Baby Dance Class
Fun dance class for babies that are walking through 2.5 years old.  FREE class.
USA Youth Fitness Center @ 9:00 – 9:30 am’
1530 S. Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85296
480-926-1480

Family Storytime
Bring the family for stories, finger plays, music and rhyming activities.
Arabian Library @ 6:30 – 7:00 pm
10215 E. McDowell Mountain Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480-321-7323

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann
Chandler AZ 85286
(480) 782-2900

Pottery Barn Kids Story Time
Kids of all ages are invited to story time every Tuesday at 11:00 am.  Members receive an official book club passport at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five story times.  To locate a store near you, click here http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-locator.html
Store Near You @ 11:00 – 11:30 am
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 West Chandler Blvd
Chandler , AZ 85226
(480) 899-7155
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 e. Camelback Road
Scottsdale , AZ 85251
(480) 423-3813

Birth Circle - East Valley
The Birth Circle is a safe, nonjudgmental forum to share experiences, ask questions, connect with members of the local birth community, or just to listen and be a part of the experience. We are working toward the goal of empowering women to take control of their births, to provide them with caring support, sound guidance, and evidence-based information, and to create a safe place for encouragement, healing and connection.
Sozo Coffeehouse @ 7:15 pm
1982 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224 
Facilitator: Michelle
Topic: Mothering the Mother: Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013
Free Baby Dance Class
Fun dance class for babies that are walking through 2.5 years old.  FREE class.
USA Youth Fitness Center @ 9:00 – 9:30 am’
1530 S. Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85296
480-926-1480

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movement with your child.  For children ages 5 & under and their caregivers.
Bookman’s Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup 
Crawling children to four years old: This playgroup for moms and babies that are exploring their world.  It is open to women that have given birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital. Delight and stimulate your baby in this short yet action packed class full of music, movement, and rhymes for baby and mommy. You will be reminded of great songs and rhymes for baby and you may even learn a few new ones. Get to know other families during playtime that follows each class. Younger siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.  For more info visit http://babymooninn.com/community/
Babymoon Inn  @ 10:00 am
202 East Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ  
(602) 314-7755 ‎

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center's @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Snugglers Group 
Birth to six months: This group for expecting and new mommies and open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital and is facilitated by Amey Clark, RN. For more info visit http://babymooninn.com/community/
Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm
202 East Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ  
(602) 314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It is never too early to introduce children to art and art appreciation.  Visit the art museum with FREE admission.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Agritopia Farmer’s Market
This “urban farm” boasts a variety of vendors, food trucks, locally-made artisan food products, and of course, naturally grown fruits and vegetables.  You can see where your produce is grown at this unique market.  Next to The Coffee Shop & Joe’s Farm Grill.
Agritopia Farmer’s Market @ 4:00 – 8:00 pm
13000 E. Ray Rd.
Gilbert, AZ  85206
480-988-1238

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.”
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

ICAN Meeting 
Topic: The Emotional Transitions of Labor
This monthly meeting is open to everyone. This month we will talk about laboring at home and when its time to go to the hospital. This will be a great meeting if you are planning on delivering at a hospital or at home. 
Facilitator:  Jesse Franks
Dr. Ross’ Office @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
2405 E. Southern #3
Tempe AZ 85282


THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann
Chandler AZ 85286
(480) 782-2900

Superstition Farmer’s Market
Dinner, shopping and fun at a working farm: shop for organic and local foods.  The grill will be open for dinner, along with FREE admission to the petting zoo.  $1/hay rides, $3/horse rides.
Superstition Farm @ 4:30 – 7:30 pm
3440 S. Hawes Rd
Mesa, AZ 85212
602-432-6865

Flashlight Tour @ DBG
Sensory adventures where you will see, hear and feel the desert night: birds, tortoises, insects and night-blooming flowers.  Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes – for families and children of all ages.  $18/adult, $10/ 13-18 y.o., $8/ 3-12 y.o., free for 2 and under.
Desert Botanical Garden @ 7:00 pm
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the
ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center's @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Mesa Farmer’s Market
Meet your farmer and shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables at this East Valley favorite market.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
263 N. Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201
623-848-1234

Barnes & Noble Storytime
Chick 'n' Pug Meet The Dude by Jennifer Sattler:  This poultry-canine duo is an unflappable superhero team! Until they encounter a new beast on the block, a mutt so hairy, so ferocious, so drooly... Will Chick save the day? Will Pug nap through it? Come learn what Squeeky Hamburgers fate will be!
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 AM
Chandler Fashion Mall
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale

Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586

CALIFORNIA
Celebrate the Outdoors: Fly Fishin'
Throughout the month of August, MY Museum celebrates the outdoors with a special activity every Friday! Join Central Coast Fly Fishing August 30th for a fly fishing adventure.  Watch fly tying in action, try a few casting moves and learn about our local fishing community. Fun for all and free with admission.
For more information and admission prices, visit http://www.mymuseum.org/plan/calendar/ 
Monterey County Youth Museum @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
425 Washington Street
Monterey, CA 93940

SPLASH PADS & WATER PLAY
AHWATUKEE
Mountain Vista Park: spray pad, splash pad area open daily, approx. through October 1 from 5:30 am – 11:00 pm
13647 S. 50th Street (48th Street and Knox Road)
Phoenix, AZ  85044
(602) 262-6111 (South Division)

CHANDLER
You can find water play areas at these three parks.  Hours are from May 1 – August 31; 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Call (480) 782-2752 for details.

Chuparosa Park Spray Pad (Dobson Rd., between Queen Creek & Germann roads)
Amenities:  1 ground spray, 4 spray rings, and 1 candy cane-shaped shower.
2400 S. Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals (between Rural Rd. & McClintock Dr.),
Amenities:  3 Dolphins, 1 elephant, and 3 ground sprays
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

Espee Park Spray Pad (between Arizona Ave. & McQueen Road)
Amenities:  1 water tower, 3 candy cane-shaped showers, spray rings, ground sprays
450 E. Knox
Chandler, AZ 85225

GILBERT
Splash Pad at San Tan Village
The Splash Pad, located in the Children's Play Area, is now open.
Through September 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
2218 E. Williams Field Rd.
Suite 235
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 282-9500

SCOTTSDALE
Chesnut Park is open year-round from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Chesnut Park is a 5-acre park, which includes picnic areas and two ramadas. Additional amenities include two lighted tennis courts, playground, spray pad, large open grass areas, and restroom facilities.
4565 N. Granite Reef
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
General: (480) 312-2771

TEMPE
Spray pads are conveniently located in the following parks.  Hours: 9:00am-7:00pm (Daily, Monday-Sunday)
Jaycee Park (located near the Westside Community Center)
817 West 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 350-5200

Esquer Park (just east of the Loop 101 and north of Apache Blvd.)
2407 E McArthur Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281 

Hudson Park (south of Apache Blvd on Cedar Street between Rural & McClintock)
1430 S. Cedar St.
Tempe AZ

For more family - toddler fun, visit our listing at Sweet Pea Families

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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®.

 

Peace on Earth

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (4)
Today’s post is short.  I hope I will get some insightful answers to a question.  One that just occurred to me and I wonder if it has occurred to anyone else out there in the birth circles.   

 It started to tickle my brain as we entered the political season here in the U.S.  A time when I discover that although my birth and breastfeeding friends and I all share very similar beliefs about birth and breastfeeding, we are split into different voting parties.   

Then I took it another step back – when do these divisions happen?  Was there ever a time of peace on earth, when all were in harmony?  Has there ever really been a day without discord?   

There is a saying in the birthing community that goes like this, “Peace on earth begins at birth."  

I love that saying.  It is a grand goal – allow children births free from chemical influences, and births that are intentional and into the loving arms of their parents, and voila! Peace reigns.  As a Bradley™ teacher I would add "healthy pregnancy" somewhere, then again, it's hard to rhyme with pregnancy.  Anyway, a mom that avoids harmful substances and gets a whole food, nutritious diet for optimal fetal development will also help…I think you get my point.  The premise is that peaceful beginnings are the basis for a peaceful world.   

Put on the brakes…up until 200 years ago, all births were homebirths.  There was no access to pharmaceutical grade analgesics or anesthetics.  Most babies were breastfed by someone, because there was no formula.  And many cultures kept their babies close to a warm body as the babywearing practices of today and emulating.  Watch this interesting video from the CBC (1963!)in to see an anthropology of babywearing:

Reality check: Wars have raged since time immemorial…history classes teach us about the conquests and dominant periods of a variety of different cultures.   

I am in awe of mothers whose children serve in the militaries of the world.  My heart isn’t in it for sacrificing our flesh and blood.  As a mother I hope I will have it in me to support our children’s aspirations, down whichever path it may lead them, even if it includes military service.   

So, here is my question(s):  What is going to be different this time?  If we are going back to all the “natural” ways: intervention free births, breastfeeding, babywearing…what will we do differently with our children to ensure that we really and truly build a foundation for more peace and less fighting?   

Please share your thoughts in the comments – enlighten me!   

*For an update on the Rights for Homebirth movement, click here for the AZ Dept of Health Director’s blog post; for the original post on Rally Day click here.   

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Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  The 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.  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®. 

Your Care Provider

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM Comments comments (1)
“Care providers” was the topic of birth circle last night.  It’s curious because just this week I got a call from a midwife that I respect along the same topic.
 
One of the tenants of The Bradley Method® is consumerism.  We advocate that parents are responsible for the decisions they make, therefore their choice of care providers is one that should not be taken lightly.  This decision may be one of the greatest factors that determine the kind of birth they will have for their child.  We encourage them to find a provider that supports the choices and options they want available for their birth.  Here in the Phoenix area, there are many options for the hospital, birth center or home settings: obstetrician, certified nurse midwife and licensed professional midwife. 

We ask that they consider hiring someone they can have open communication with – that there is a mutual respect.  The student has to respect their provider’s training and knowledge.  We hope that the care provider will respect the student’s interest in making the best choices possible and advocating for mom and baby with information they have learned for themselves.  Above all, a student has to trust that their provider has their and their baby’s best interest in mind.  You have to believe that they want a Healthy Mom and Healthy Baby outcome just like you, or they wouldn’t be making the recommendations they are for your care, or insisting on having certain protocols in place for your care.
 
If you don’t believe your provider will support you in your decision to have a natural birth, and/or you feel that they do not have your best interest in mind, think about doing your research and find someone who you can trust and that you do feel has the same beliefs about birth and your choices that you do.  You will be glad you made the switch when you have the birth with a provider who helped you have the Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby birth you prepared for.
 
This sentiment is reflected among many advocates of natural birth, not just the Bradley Method®.  There was a Hypnobabies® instructor, a few independent childbirth educators and doulas in attendance at last night’s meeting.  Many of them gave examples of former clients who had been well-served by making the decision to change providers even as late as the last weeks of their pregnancy. 
 
So how do you find this care provider that has your best interest in mind and supports your choice for a natural birth?  First, ask your current care provider how they feel about the choices you want in your birth.  As much as possible, make them open-ended questions.  It’s easy to say “yes” when they want your business, or maybe they haven’t thought through what a “yes” answer means.  Later in your pregnancy what you thought was a “yes” may turn into a “maybe” or a “no” for a host of reasons, and if you don’t trust them when they tell you why the answer has changed, you may or may not have the birth you wanted.
 
For example:
“Will you support my desire for a natural birth?”
vs.
“What has been your experience with couples who want a natural birth?”
 
Can you see how the first question is a “yes” or “no” answer, while the second one might get you closer to their true feelings about natural birth?
 
Second, you can ask around.  Do you know someone who had the type of birth you want?  Ask them who their care provider was and see if they are 1.) taking new patients, 2.) a match with your insurance carrier if you have insurance coverage and you want to stay in-network, and 3.) a good fit with your personality, which leads me to…
 
Thirdly, be willing to interview a few providers before making a final decision.  There are plenty of books and websites out there that have lists of questions, so I am not going to repeat their good work.  I will direct you to the book Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon for one of my favorite lists.  Some providers will grant you time with them for no charge, where others will charge you for their time.  One mom at birth circle relayed her experience of having to pay 3 different doctors a $125 office visit fee when she was looking for a doctor that would support her choice to try for a VBAC.  Although it was pricey, she said it was money well spent.  It gave her the opportunity to have the VBAC she wanted with a doctor who supported her choices while she kept an eye on the healthy mom, healthy baby aspect throughout the birth.
 
If you are leaning towards or firmly set on a natural birth, it would a good idea to find out your care provider or the practices cesarean rate.  If it’s higher than the World Health Organization’s recommended 10 - 15%, you have more questions to ask.  Along those lines, if you are in a practice with multiple providers, you would be wise to ask how many of them support natural birth.  If their call schedule rotates and you don’t know who you will “draw”, you need to consider what that means for your birth choices.
 
Another consideration if dad wants to be actively involved in supporting mom through her birth is to have them interact with your provider.  Rachel Davis brought this point up in her doula post.  If a potential care provider respects dad and treats him as part of the birth team, then you will probably have a good experience in the labor space.  If the provider keeps directing the conversation towards mom and excludes the dad, then this might be an indicator for the way he will be treated in the labor space.
 
Lastly, don’t be afraid to change providers if you feel any hesitation or reluctance on either side of the relationship.  It is harder for us to “break up” with them since we have an ingrained loyalty to our care providers.  We hold them in high esteem and we would never want to hurt their feelings.  Remember that you are one of many patients they are going to see that day, so they may not take the “break up” as hard as you think they are.  If they do, have an open dialogue with them and see if you still feel the same after talking it out.
 
We tell our students that care providers see the good, the bad and the ugly about birth.  If they are saying no to something, or asking you to consider, or take action it is because a personal experience, or an experience in their practice has influenced the way they approach labor and delivery.  They are the professionals and they know birth! 
 
If and when your care provider is saying no to something you want, or they are making suggestions during your pregnancy or labor, they have a good reason.  Listen to them and thoughtfully consider it if there is time.  If there isn’t time because mom and/or baby is in trouble, you want to be able to rest easy in the knowledge that you hired someone you trust will do the best for you so that both mom and baby are healthy after delivery.
 
Example: if you have had no interventions and mom and baby look like they need a position change to help baby out, you need to trust their suggestions.  If mom and baby have done well with no interventions and suddenly things take a turn that leads the care provider to recommend a cesarean, you have to trust that, too. 
 
To build on an earlier statement, they are as interested in a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome as you are.  When you consider what it costs them to practice in the pregnancy, labor and delivery field of medicine, I’d like to think it’s unlikely a person would take on that liability if their heart weren’t committed to what they are doing. 
 
To close, I will go back to the Bradley Method® analogy of birth as an athletic event.  Mom and Coach prepare so they work together as a team.  Hire the Team Manager that you trust implicitly.  You will face decisions in the course of your pregnancy, labor and delivery.  We wish you a Team Manager that is the person who you trust has the expertise you want for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome, whatever that may mean for your particular situation. 

What are your thoughts on choosing a care provider?
 
Disclaimer:
The 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®.
 
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Rights for Homebirth

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (28)
Rights for Homebirth Event
Rights for Homebirth Event
Supporters gather at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park in Phoenix, AZ
Our Midwives!
Our Midwives!
Wendi Cleckner and Marinah Farrell from Freedom and the Seed
Mini-supporters
Mini-supporters
Brussito and Ysabella holding signs
Dept of Health
Dept of Health
Supporters gathered
Rallying the crowd
Rallying the crowd
Wendi comes out and tells us to *roar*
Midwifes help people too
Midwifes help people too
Supporters rally
The Rally's Message
The Rally's Message
All Mothers should have access to a home birth
Twins and their family
Twins and their family
Twins are Natural Too
Breech Babies
Breech Babies
Bryan was a breech baby
VBACs
VBACs
Momma and her son advocating for her right to a homebirth
The kiddos and I attended our first rally as a family.  It is hard to convey to them what we were going to do before we arrived.  All they knew was that they needed to go potty in case we didn’t find a restroom, bring snacks, and wear their walking shoes.  After the fact, they have a frame of reference for the words, “march” and “rally”.  I am so glad that they are seeing the literal “birth” of a movement, the gathering of the momentum, and I am hopeful that we will all see the rules and regulations updated as a result of the effort. 
 
I found myself getting teary-eyed as we walked.  I am so thankful that we live in a country where we have the right to peaceful free assembly.  There was no police presence as our group gathered at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, marched down to the Health Department, or when we were outside the Health Department chanting and rallying for the delegation that represents the grass-roots movement to revise the rules and regulations that govern the scope of practice for midwives that attend homebirths in Arizona.
 
My favorite chant that we did not capture on video was, “Peace on earth begins with birth”.  If all children were welcomed gently, lovingly and peacefully – oh, what a wonderful world!
 
The Rights for Homebirth movement grew out of support for a midwife in the northern Arizona who was at a homebirth with a mom who had a cesarean with a previous birth.  Both women made the mutual and informed choice to proceed with a homebirth although both knew that this was illegal in Arizona.  As the birth progressed, both mom and midwife agreed that they needed to transfer to the hospital.  This clearly demonstrates that the system works…midwives know their scope of practice, and they also know when a birth is progressing in such a way that the skills of an obstetrician are indicated.  So they went to the hospital…and the midwife was reported for attending an “illegal” birth.  I cringe that births are criminalized!
 
The rules and regulations currently governing licensed midwives in the state of Arizona are out of compliance with the current standard of care in regards to pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care. The goal is for midwives licensed in the state of Arizona to be allowed to provide adequate, complete and safe care to all women choosing to birth at home.  As of right now, they cannot assist a mom carrying twins, a baby in a breech presentation, or a mom who has had a previous cesarean birth without jeopardizing their licence.  The rules governing the use of medications also need to be updated to reflect the standard of care that has evolved in the 20 years since they were last revised.
 
The birth community in Arizona knows that a vaginal-birth-after-cesarean (VBAC) is not allowed under the current rules and regulations.  Twin births and babies in breech positions are also off the table of you are a mom seeking a homebirth with a licensed midwife in AZ.  In birth circles, these births are called “unassisted” in order to protect the midwives who will help these moms under the radar so that they can have a safe birth at home.  Unfortunately, some of them are literally unassisted because a family feels so strongly about avoiding the hospital experience the next time they are pregnant.  We find ourselves in a place in the land of freedom where we are not truly free when it comes to our choices in pregnancy and childbirth.
 
We chose to attend yesterday’s rally because it’s time to raise the awareness outside of the Birth Circles and the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) meetings.  It’s important for this movement to go beyond “preaching to the choir” and bring awareness to the mainstream that homebirth is safe, and of the choices that we don’t have in Arizona under the current rules and regulations.  Every mother should have the right to make an informed choice.  We are adults; and if two consenting parties (mother and midwife) make a choice for a homebirth despite the risks involved, then that is our right.
 
This issue is near and dear to me since we did not want a cesarean birth when Bryan was breech.  If he had not turned, we were going to have to drive to Tennessee in order to be attended by one of the best midwifery practices in the United States.  They are allowed to deliver breech babies in TN, and these midwives still have the knowledge and confidence to deliver breech babies.  This knowledge is all but lost to obstetricians since they are no longer being taught to deliver breech babies – now they are planned cesareans.  Since breech births are underground in AZ, I had no way of finding a local, breech-skilled midwife willing to work underground at 36 weeks…there wouldn’t have been time since he was born at 38 weeks.
 
I have posted three videos from the rally and the march.  If you want more information on the grassroots effort or want to get involved, please visit Rights For Homebirth online or at their facebook page.
 
Video 1:  Allyson Fernstrom addresses the gathering before the march and rally.
She mentions the things Rights for Homebirth seeks to change: Homebirths for VBAC, twin and breech babies; midwives being able to deliver a higher standard of care at home without breaking their rules and regulations
 





Video 2:  The Rally
Supporters making themselves heard while the delegation meets with Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services
 








Video 3: Allyson, Sarah Macklin and Connie Canada address the group after the delegations meeting with Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services and reports the results: 
Although they didn’t get a sign-off that can go straight to the governor for approval, they felt the meeting went well. The Director was supportive and is trying to provide guidance to the group since he understands that things need to change.  He assigned Rights for Homebirth a legislative liaison that will help guide the group through the legislative process: find a sponsor (or sponsors) for a bill, outline the type of language that needs to be in the bill, help get it to the floor for a vote.
 
 
Excerpts from Rightsforhomebirth.com
 
"WE ARE DEMANDING THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OF SERVICES OPEN AND MODERNIZE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT GOVERN MIDWIVES AND BRING THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE UP TO THE NATIONAL STANDARD."
 
"The time has come for all to stand up and be heard on the issues facing all birthing women now and in the future in the state of Arizona.  The current Rules and Regulations governing out of hospital birth with licensed midwives in the State of Arizona are antiquated and severely limit the type of care that can be provided.  We need everyone to stand up for this cause as it affects the future of all our children.  You, your daughter, your daughter in law, your granddaughter, your sisters and sister in law all are and will be affected by the lack of choice currently available in the State of Arizona.
 
3 out of every 10 birthing women in the state of Arizona currently will have a cesarean section.  Currently this removes the option for these women to ever birth with the care provider of their choice.  Many women will seek the care of a midwife and desire a home birth after cesarean only to be told that they cannot birth as they choose.  It is time for this to change.  Women and families have an inherent right to choose their care provider and location of birth.
 
The current standard of care for pregnancy, labor and birth is set by many different obstetrics and gynecology organizations and updated continually; however the rules and regulations regarding the scope of practice for licensed midwives has not been updated since 6/18/2002 to update the responsibilities of a Licensed Midwife and 3/14/1994 for all other rules including but not limited to the scope of practice.  It is time for these rules to be brought up to current standards, so that adequate and appropriate care can be provided to all birthing women, regardless of where they choose to birth and with whom they choose as their care provider."

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What’s In A Plan?

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 6:28 PM Comments comments (0)
  
     I attended the East Valley Birth Circle last night and the topic was comfort measures and birth plans.  There was some information and discussion related to birth plans that I was intrigued by since some were new ideas to me, and one offered a different perspective into something we talk to our students about.
     
     The group pretty much agreed on the basics:  Keep it concise and to the point, keep it positive, and fit your requests one page.  Replace phrases like “I refuse” and “I don’t want” with phases like “I prefer” and “I request that”.  Beyond that, there was some good discussion and here is the information that I want to pass along.  

Hospital Plan, Doula Plan
      One of the participants who has worked as a doula said that when she would meet with clients, she would help them evaluate their birth plan to pare it down to the most concise information that the care team needed to know to do their job.  For example, let’s look at these wishes:

  • Mom allowed juice and light snacks
  • Intermittent fetal monitoring to allow freedom of movement for walking, squatting, showers
  • Use of a heparin lock instead of continuous IV
  • Use of birthing ball/other labor aids
  • Personalize the environment with low lighting, music, pillows and blankets from home, socks from home
  • Use self-directed pain relief such as Massage, Yoga practice, Relaxation techniques
 

     Here are the things the hospital staff needs to know to do their job as long as mom and baby are doing well and labor progresses without complications:
-Mom allowed juice and light snacks – in most hospitals, they will restrict food intake unless otherwise directed by the doctor
-Intermittent fetal monitoring – the standard procedure is to have mom monitored continuously since epidurals are still the status quo in hospital births
-Heparin lock instead of continuous IV – again, this is a compromise in a hospital setting.  If you are not having an epidural, the doctors usually want a “just-in-case” entry point should there be an emergency.  The staff needs to know when you come in to set you up with a heparin lock instead of an IV line.  

     Her suggestion would be to move these things to the doula list:
-Use of birthing ball/other labor aids
-Personalizing the environment with low lighting, music, pillows and blankets from home, socks from home
-Using self-directed pain relief
-Freedom of movement means we want to try walking, squatting, showers  

      The editing made the list a lot shorter (3 lines instead of six) and easier for the hospital staff to determine what this family needs from them during labor.  However, the family’s desires and plan for a natural labor will still be met since they have a pain management plan designed by mom and coach. The doula and dad have a good working list to help mom manage her drug-free labor, and the hospital staff knows what they can do to help this family.  Everyone is happy!

Family Plan
     This suggestion was brought up by one of the certified nurse midwives (CNM) in attendance.  She says she doesn’t care to see all the items listed in the above plan.  She feels since her clients have already signed up for midwifery care, that is part of the package.  What she does like to see written her patients plan are directions that specifically address how they want their birth to proceed:  Who do they want there?  When are they going to go to the hospital?  How are they going to notify people?
 
     Her feeling was that the biggest hindrance in labor is the emotional aspect.  (BTW - I couldn’t agree more!)  She relayed anecdotes of mothers whose cell phones were ringing every five minutes with people wanting to know how things were going, or a mom who had people there that were making her uncomfortable, i.e., her mom, a sister, a mother-in-law, who were not comfortable with seeing the laboring mom uncomfortable or they didn’t believe in the natural process and started to push the family to make choices that they didn’t want to make or deal with.
 
     When having her patients think about and prepare the plan well ahead of the birth, she suggests that they share this information at the baby shower.  This way it is shared at a “happy time” and not during the labor.  Labor is for “laboring” when all mom needs to be focusing on is tuning in to her baby and her body, not the distractions around her that are keeping her labor from progressing.
 
To Sign or Not To Sign
     One very experienced mother (7 births) who is also a doula and a childbirth educator commented that she tells her clients if they feel the need to have their birth plan signed by their care provider, she has found that there is an underlying trust issue and that they should think about finding a care provider that they trust completely.  For narrative purposes, let’s call her Tracy.
 
     RED FLAG! RED FLAG!  That was my first reaction.  What???  As a person who has had three hospital births, I wanted my birth plan signed by my doctor to ensure that the hospital staff knew that my doctor and I had discussed our options and we were all on the same page.
 
     The more I listened to her perspective, the more I began to understand where she was coming from.  There were other people who were pro-signing who added to the discussion, and Tracy kept going back to the illustration that if you are in such a large practice that you need to have your care provider sign to ensure the other care providers respect your wishes, could that mean that you might be going into labor with some fears?  From this perspective, I could see where Tracy was coming from.  Fear is another one of the speed bumps in a normal, progressive labor.  If switching to a practice where there are fewer care providers and all of them are on board with natural labor and birth, then yes, that would eliminate one of the pressures that a mom might have going in to her labor.
 
     Here is how we dealt with that situation with our mega-practice.  There are 14 care providers, and of those, nine are doctors who attend hospital deliveries.  We put our birth plan in our file early so that every one knows that we do not do in-office vaginal exams.  At the monthly doctor meeting that occurs before our due date, our primary OB care provider takes our file and our birth history with her and tells them our case history, and asks that whoever is on call when we go to the hospital respect our wishes.  She reassures them that we are there to take advantage of their medical knowledge if we need it, but until then, they can leave us alone.  So far, it has worked with good results.  Since this is not the case for all practices or doctors, nor is it the standard if you are a first-time mom, then Tracy’s recommendations make more sense.
 
     In the pro-signing camp, it was generally agreed that having a signed document from your care provider is an asset when working with the hospital staff, especially if there are requests such as the three things we pulled out from the wish list in the example above.  I suggest to our students that of there is anything out of the ordinary as far as the hospital staff is concerned, have your care provider sign off on it so that the staff knows they “have permission” to break their protocol.  Nurses like to do their job, and they like to do it well.   Understandably, they do not want to “get in trouble” or do anything that would endanger their patients.  If these requests are new to them, then you are more likely to have your wishes respected if your doctor gives them permission to break with their normal routine.
 
     I really enjoyed last night’s session, and I hope that this information on birth plans helps you clarify your format when you start to prepare yours.  As far as what to put in it, there is so much information out there, and there are many variations in what “standards” of care are according to the practice or the hospital.  Here are some questions to ask of your care provider and of the hospital or birth center when you go on your tour:
1.  What can I expect to happen when I get to the hospital or birth center?
2.  What is your normal routine with a low-risk patient?
3.  Is there anything that you absolutely don’t allow?
4.  What are some things that you have seen on birth plans in the past that are a cause for concern?
5.  What are some things that you have seen that work well?
 
     If you get any red flags with any of these questions, or you don’t feel like there is room for them to hear your wishes, then it may be time to consider a change in care provider or birth place.
 
     The CNM in attendance last night offered an observation that I found interesting: doctors in the U.S. have a tough job (she is from the UK).  They are highly skilled surgeons making life-and-death decisions in one minute, and the next one, they turn around and all they have to do is catch a normal, low-risk baby.  She said it is tough to turn the switch on and off in an instant.  Having heard this, I say even more emphatically: it is our responsibility as parents to know what our care provider and birthplace are comfortable with.  It is not realistic to expect them to change just because you have done your research and want to do something that is outside of their comfort zone. 
 
     To use another great analogy from last night, someone offered the metaphor of finding a mate.  You will be happier with your outcome if you find the care provider and birth place with whom you “feel the love” instead of continuing to “date” someone who is nice, but just doesn’t feel right to you.  They may be the right person for someone else you know, but until you “feel the love” you will continue to be disappointed in your interactions. 
 
     The birth of your child is a special and momentous event.  Prepare for it, plan for it, and surround yourself with the team that will joyfully welcome your child with you.
 
 
Disclaimer:  The material included in this blog and/or website 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 and/or website 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 blog and/orwebsite do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 

An Inside Look: Freedom & the Seed

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)
I had the pleasure of visiting Freedom & the Seed last week. The midwives there prepare pregnancy and postpartum teas, so while I there picking up my order, midwife Wendi Cleckner was kind enough to give me a tour of their space.
 
To start off with, getting there is a journey in and of itself.  The building is located in historic Tempe, so driving there I passed an eclectic collection of architecture.  They are located in a complex of buildings that look like they were transported from another era – the complex is just north of the train tracks on Ash.  Once you park, you walk through a lovely space that is reminiscent of an old town square.
 
There is not a receptionist when you walk in, however, there are many things to do while you wait. The office is comfortably appointed, with toys for children of all ages in the waiting area and three bookshelves filled with books on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. I picked up Birthrites by Jackie Singer and read a few pages while I waited.
 
When Wendi finished her visit with her patient, she gave me the opportunity to view their space.  Off of the front entrance there are four offices.  When you walk down the hall toward the back of the building, the kitchen is behind the wall of the waiting area. The midwives office is in the back of the building. After viewing that, we turned around to walk toward the front door again.  Next is a room used by their resident chiropractor, who specializes in pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic.  The third room is a spacious room that is used for prenatal and postpartum visits.  And the fourth room is currently in transition – a tea specialist is currently making a transition from a storefront to an office at the Freedom & the Seed.
 
I was very pleased to learn two new things the day I visited.  First of all, a midwife will transfer a baby to a hospital if the baby is in distress – they are trained to know the difference between a thriving infant and one that needs medical care.  Secondly, I learned that these midwives offer postpartum care for mom and baby at three days, five days and ten days after the birth.
 
Freedom & the Seed also hosts birth circles for their clients to come meet with other expecting families and discuss topics centered around pregnancy and childbirth.  The midwives seem to have really thought out how they can best serve their clients in one welcoming location.
 
For more information, you can call Wendi Cleckner or Marinah Valenzuela Farrell Phone: 480.528.1689
Office location: 170 S. Ash Tempe, AZ 85281
 
 
 

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