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Meet the Doula: Alyssa

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 5:31 AM Comments comments (45)
This month, I would like to introduce to you Alyssa Leon.  I first met Alyssa when she was being mentored by another doula.  Since that time, she has become a wonderful doula in her own right.  She offers a doula-only package, or she can do birth photography and placenta encapsulation for her families as well.  Enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Alyssa from Cherry Blossom Doula Services.


When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I had first heard the word Doula when I was pregnant with my second child and had switched to a midwifery based practice.  The midwife at the time mentioned it in passing, so I really didn't learn more about it until I started my childbirth education training.
 
How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
I have always felt led to support pregnant women.  Growing up I was always fascinated with the birth process and couldn't wait to become a mother.  I finished the majority of the pre-reqs for the nursing program thinking I would become a labor and delivery nurse but after having my son, I needed to take a step back and focus on my family.  When I started feeling the pull again, I started off as a childbirth educator (knowing that in order to fully support a laboring woman as a doula, I needed to completely understand the physiological process.) The transition into becoming a doula was organic....and I haven't looked back since!
 
Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
I am solely a birth doula. Although I love the continuity of care as a labor doula turned postpartum doula for a family, it is not possible to balance both with a full client schedule.
 
How long have you been a doula?
 I have been a doula for 3 years and have attended 111 births.  I am a certified childbirth educator (CAPPA), certified doula (DONA), and also have the neonatal resuscitation certification.
 
My experience as a doula is in all birth settings: home birth, birth center, hospital and/or for cesareans.
 
What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
I love supporting and empowering women!  When moms reach their goals in labor, and are in awe of how strong they are, it automatically affects their confidence as they transition into motherhood.  
 
What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
My philosophy is that women need to feel secure and loved when they are at their most vulnerable state.  By providing a calm energy, gentle touch and reassurance that the process is normal, they are able to submerge themselves in the primal state that's needed to continue progressing the labor.
 
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I compare it to a slow dance...it's an easy balance to step in if the coach needs a break, the transition stage is overwhelming or if the couple wants more emotional support. And I am able to fade into the background, assisting with the environment details, nourishment, photos, etc., when the couple needs that one-on-one time. 
I meld to whatever the needs of the family are...The coach's appreciate the communication of what stage the mom is in, that what is happening is normal or if the labor is taking a different path, reminding them what options they have to make informed decisions.
 
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
The toughest situations I have been in is when families realize they are not with the most supportive provider in the middle of their labor.  
I provide a family as much information as I possibly can about their current provider and birthplace when we meet, but it is ultimately their decision on whether they stay or choose to move forward with a better fit.  I always say there is no reason to settle and leave it up to chance when we have amazing midwives and doctors that are available and ready to provide great care.
 
What keeps you working as a doula?
My passion is what keeps me working as a doula but the family/work life balance is what provides the stability with the on-call lifestyle.  
 
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My doula packages range from $700-$850 and includes;
*2 hour prenatal visit
*24/7 on call support
*Labor support from the time the mom is in labor (via phone in early labor) and join the family typically in active labor, staying 1-2 hours after delivery or until the family is settled 
*Postpartum visit where we process through the labor and I bring the written birth story, birth photos, and provide additional resources when needed.
 
The fees stay the same, regardless of the length of labor.
 
Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I offer Placenta Encapsulation and Birth Photography as additional services.
 
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
When I am not with clients, I am with my family, being a wife and mom. :)  I love hiking, trying new restaurants and traveling when I'm not on call.
 
How to connect with Alyssa:
Alyssa Leon, CCCE, CD(DONA), Owner of Cherry Blossom Doula Services
Phone: 602-743-1270

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

Meet the Doula: Michelle

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

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

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

 

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

Meet the Doula: Grace

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (91)


Grace Burnham works in partnership with Amanda Santana of Enchanted Desert Doulas.  I have the pleasure of having known both of them for the last three years - they are both talented and have much more to offer their clients beyond their doula skills.


SPB: When was the first time you heard the word "doula"?
GB: I was 19 the first time I heard the word doula. I was thinking about massage school, and I was reading a massage magazine and when I saw the term “massage doula". I looked it up right away and I knew that was something I wanted to do.

SPB: How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
GB: As soon as I learned what professional labor support was, I knew it was some something I wanted to do. I researched training options and found the Seattle Midwifery School doula program. The first birth I observed was a birth center water birth. I was hooked after that experience. Since then, I have seen many different kinds of births at different places. Every one reaffirms my connection to this work.

SPB: Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
GB: I do both birth and postpartum doula work. I enjoy both for different reasons.

SPB: How long have you been a doula?
GB: It feels like forever since I became a doula, I have been a doula for 7 years and originally l trained with Seattle Midwifery School's DONA program. I later trained with Massage Doula. Along with that, I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Lactation Educator Counselor.

SPB: What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
GB: Everything!  I like watching couples or individuals grow and become families. I like supporting people during difficult experiences and watching them process and grow. I like helping people find their power and become their own advocate. Also, babies!

SPB: What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
GB: My philosophy in the birth space is it’s not my space, it’s not the care providers space, it’s the families space. I ask myself when walking into a birth space, “How can I help this family find their own power?" I absolutely want my clients to feel empowered by their birth experience.

SPB: How do you work with and involve the Coach?
GB: It’s the family’s birth and I am there to support them, so I coach the coach. I pay attention to the coach’s needs, making suggestions for them, or offering pep talks. I want partners to feel empowered by the birth experience so they start off on the right foot as empowered parents.

SPB: What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
GB: Without going into too much detail, I had a client who was struggling in a way that she wasn’t able to care for her infant and older children, so I was worried about their safety. I was left feeling like this mom needed more help to be able to parent and didn’t want her to end up with social services involvement. I worked with her family to get her professional help as well as providing additional postpartum hours. It was worth it and now they are thriving.

SPB: What keeps you working as a doula?
GB: The birth high after a new baby comes into this world. I can’t imagine birth work not being a part of my life in some way. It's one of those things that I feel I was meant to do.  

SPB: What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
GB:  I work with another Doula, Amanda. Our base fee covers 3 prenatal visits and  2 postpartum visits.  Access to two doulas for unlimited questions or concerns via phone, email, or text prenatally as well as a doula at your birth.   I or Amanda  attend the birth from when you call  and want one of us there until the family is settled and baby is fed— usually 2-4 hours postpartum.  The rate is the same regardless of how long labor is.  In addition to our base fee all birth doula clients can add massage, postpartum hours, or other services at a discounted rate.

SPB: Do you offer any other services to your clients?
GB: In addition to birth and doula work, I offer massage, couples and infant massage classes, breastfeeding and baby wearing classes.

SPB: Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
GB: When I am not doulaing I am lifting weights and watching  Star Trek, but mostly lifting weights lately.

How to reach Grace and Amanda
Phone or Text: 480-420-8797


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


Meet the Doula: Laura

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 11:41 AM Comments comments (45)

Our "Meet the Doula" feature is back.  This month we are featuring Laura Pruett, MT-BC.  I met Laura at a Doula Care meeting for active doulas.  I am so pleased to introduce her to our students and readers today. She has much more than traditional doula skills to offer her clients.



SPB: When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
 LP: The first time I heard the word “doula” was when my friend found out that our mutual friend was a doula. She asked if, as a doula, she could take out her IUD for her. Our doula friend educated us both that a doula is not medically trained.
 
SPB: How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
LP: I have been working as a board certified music therapist since 2011, and came across a Continuing Education Class about incorporating music therapy into childbirth education. I was intrigued, and took the course. The more I learned about pregnancy and childbirth, the more I realized how much it impacts us as individuals, and as a society. A few months later, I took another continuing education course about how to use music therapy in labor support. I was fascinated, and took a DONA doula training. I now combine both of my trainings to offer doula music therapy support. I truly believe that if we want positive change on an individual, community, state, national and global scale, we need to treat each other better, starting from birth. My goal is very similar to Dr. Sarah Buckley’s statement – “heal birth, heal the earth”.
 
SPB: Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
LP: I work as a birth doula. I have not taken a postpartum training as of yet, but that is something I look to do in the future.
 
SPB: How long have you been a doula? 
LP: I have worked as a doula since May 2014. I was trained through Sound Birthing Music, DONA and ProDoula, and I am working on completing my certifications.
 
SPB: What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
LP: I enjoy seeing a family come together, and being strengthened.
 
SPB: What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
LP: I am there to support the mother and her birth team in whatever way I can, within my scope of practice as a doula and music therapist. I am not there to “take over” the birth, or to make decisions for the mother. The birth is not about me – it is about a family coming together.

SPB: How do you work with and involve the Coach?
LP: I encourage the coach to be as involved as they and the mother are comfortable. If I see that the coach wants to support the mother, but does not know/forgot how, I offer suggestions to help them become more involved. Again, the birth is not about me, it is about a family working together.
 
SPB: What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
LP: I have not had too many tough situations present themselves in my doula work. The toughest situation I have come across so far was when my first client was given Pitocin. She handled her contractions beautifully for the first hour or so of the Pitocin, but then the contractions became very intense very quickly, and she could hardly move. I suggested she change positions, and then try walking around. Shortly after starting her walk, she asked for an epidural. She expressed relief after the epidural kicked in, and we continued working together for the remainder of her birth experience. Since her birth, I have learned more about how to better support women who receive Pitocin and epidurals. If that situation were to present itself again, I would be a lot more hands on in providing physical relief (massage, counter-pressure, etc.).
 
SPB: What keeps you working as a doula?
LP: Knowing that strengthened and empowered families are important to positive societal change is what keeps me working as a doula. I have music students and music therapy clients (outside of birth work) in addition to my doula work, to prevent doula burn-out.
 
SPB: What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
LP: My fee is the same no matter how long the birth experience. It includes 2 prenatal visits, continuous support once I join the mother in labor until 1 hour after the birth, and 1 post-partum visit within 72 hours of the birth. It also includes 24/7 support via email, text and phone calls. And, it includes a back-up doula, just in case unforeseen circumstances keep me from attending the birth.  The doula I work with is also a music therapist, and has been trained to provide music therapy in labor and birth.
 
SPB: Do you offer any other services to your clients?
LP: Yes. I offer Creative Arts Birthing childbirth education classes (next class starts July 11, 2015), and Personalized Lullabies. I also offer Birth Music Consultations, which for women who already have a doula (or do not want doula support), but want to learn how to use music effectively in their birth.
 
SPB: Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
LP:When I am not doula-ing, teaching music lessons, or providing music therapy sessions, I enjoy running, and I am currently training for a marathon. I also enjoy playing with my 2 cats, and playing music. I have a blog and YouTube channel  where I upload weekly videos of random music stuff.

Huge thanks to Laura for taking the time to introduce herself to us!!  AKK - now I want to have another baby so that I can have a birth with a music therapist on our care team...a mama can dream I guess...

Here are the different ways you can connect with her:
Laura at In Tune Birthing, LLC 
775-468-8631


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

Doula Date Night

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 7:37 AM Comments comments (0)

What is a doula??  A good doula is a valuable addition to your birth team.  HERE and HERE are some posts from our archives if you want to do a little more reading.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful doulas we have interviewed by clicking on the "Meet the Doula" category on the left side of the blog as well. 

Next week is World Doula Week. To kick off the festivities, the Arizona Birth Network is hosting a Doula Date Night.  Here is some information they have shared about their event: 

 
Looking for a Doula? Not sure where to start?

Have you wanted to interview and meet several doulas but don't have the time to set up multiple interviews? This is the way to do it!

This is an easy, time saving way to get your questions answered and meet several doulas to find your match. You will get the information you need to make a decision on hiring the right birth doula and postpartum doula for you and your birth wishes. You'll meet doulas that are available for your due date, and get to have a personal interview with them. All in one night!

*Meet the doulas in your community

*Ask questions
- What is a doula?
- Do I need a doula?
- What can a doula do for me?

*Learn about services available in your community and offered by some of our members:
- Massage
- Chiropractic Care
- Childbirth education 
- Placenta encapsulation 
- Henna art 
- Belly casting
- Blessingways

*Schedule of Events 
4:45pm: Doors open
5:00pm: Dinner and Mocktails
5:15pm: Welcome & Introductions
5:30-6:30pm: Doula Speed Dating
6:30-7:00 Mocktail hour - refresh your drink, mingle with friends and doulas, visit the "Cozy Corner" to explore birth balls, labor tools, comfort measures, etc.
7:00-8:00pm We invite you to stay and screen the film, "DOULA!" with movie theatre popcorn


There is no charge for the general public.  For all the details and to get your complimentary tickets, click HERE.  For questions or inquiries about the event, you can send an email to azbirthnetwork{at}gmail{dot}com.

Sweet Pea Births is pleased to be on of the sponsors for this event.  We will be there early in the evening.  Maybe see you there!!


Bradley Method® classes available in Arizona - convenient to Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Payson, Scottsdale, TempeDisclaimer:  
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The 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 blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this communication do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


Meet the Doula: Sara

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)
I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at MommyCon Phoenix last year (April 2013).  Since then, we have reconnected in on-line forums and kept in touch.  I am thrilled to be able to feature her as June's Doula of the Month.


About Sara: I'm passionate about supporting women in their birth choices and through labor and delivery.  I am a birth activist, lactivist, essential oil lover, garden growing, crafter, and stilleto-wearing granola-momma lover of all things holistic and naturaopathic. I believe in prevention rather than reaction. :)


When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I ever heard the word "doula" was after I gave birth to my first child. I had a basic understanding of what doulas did but not enough to fully recognize the need for doulas in the birth journey.

How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
I felt like my mom was my doula. I broke my shoulder about 7 weeks before giving birth to my second child. It was an experience full of fear, apprehension, and aloneness. Even though both times I was handed a healthy baby, they are not an experiences I look back on with much joy. I realized then that I never wanted another woman to experience birth in that manner. I began devouring every piece of information about birth and doulas I could possibly get my hands on. I realized that "mothering," (the greek root meaning of doula) is a huge part of my nature and life passion.
 
How long have you been a doula? 
I officially went through doula training in April of 2012 by attending a DONA Int. birth doula workshop. I am also a Certified Lactation Educator and have taken several classes through ASU's College of Human Lactation with the goal of becoming an IBCLC.

What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
What do I love most? That's a really difficult question... It sort of ties into my philosophy as a birth doula: I call myself the Lioness Doula. People always ask "why Lioness?" Lionesses are never alone. They birth together, hunt together, cross breastfeed the Pride's cubs together. They are this strong, brave, powerful sisterhood of women. THAT is what I love; that is why I do this.
What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
I believe no woman should ever have to birth alone, feeling unsupported or unloved, and should never have anyone else's agenda brought into their most vulnerable space, be it hospital policy, Doc preferences, mothers in-law, etc. Birth matters. It's sacred and important.
 
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
My goal is to empower birth partners to make me useless. Let me help you help her.
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with? How did you handle it?
The toughest situation I've ever dealt with was probably a birth I attended where the midwife was actually not very birth friendly. She did so many things outside of mom's wishes and without discussing it with her, just telling that it had been done. It took so much will power to set aside my own feelings and fully support Mom. But at the end of the day, the most important thing I can do is make Mom feel safe, keep partners involved, and prevent my own (or others) perceptions from affecting Mom's view of the birth experience.

What keeps you working as a doula?
Newborn Baby smell keeps me doula-ing. There's nothing like it in the world. It's like magic.
 
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours? Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My fee is $500 and includes up to 3 prenatal visits, prenatal lactation education, attendance from onset of labor until approximately 2 hrs postpartum, 1 postpartum visit and lactation counseling session, and placenta encapsulation. Because I am so passionate that every woman who desires, have access to a doula, I as that families contact me even if $500 is out of their price range. I regularly barter/trade/take payments.

Do you offer any other services to your clients?
If desired, we can add on a blow dry style for newborn pictures at an added cost. I also am available for lactation counseling and/or support.
 
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
When I'm not doing my doula thang, I can be found at Got Roots? Salon doing hair and body waxing, at home crafting and nagging small children, or hanging out with my cute hubby!
 
Does Sara sound like the right doula for you?  Here is her contact info:
Tel.:  480-734-5770
Web: http://lionessdoula.blogspot.com/

Was Sara your doula? 
Tell us about your experience and help our readers decide if she is the right doula for them - thank you!
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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

Meet the Doula: Sue

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM Comments comments (1)

Sue Marquis, PCD(DONA) is new to the area, having just moved from Michigan to Arizona in the last month.  Welcome to the heat, Sue!!  Thank you to our friends at Modern Mommy for helping us make the connection!

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
 I had probably heard the word previously but did not know what it was until my son told me that my first grandchild would be delivered at a birthing center with the assistance of a doula.

How did you decide that becoming a postpartum doula was part of your journey?
After my granddaughter was born, my son and daughter-in-law told me about postpartum doulas and what their role is. I absolutely loved the idea of becoming one, and I knew that it would be something that I could do well at - and be passionate about!

How long have you been a postpartum doula?
I have been certified since October 2012 and started working with families in January 2013. Regarding training, I completed the Professional Education in Breastfeeding training in September of 2012 and the Doulas of North America (DONA) Postpartum Doula Workshop in October 2012. My certification through DONA International is official as of today!

What do you enjoy the most about being a postpartum doula?
I love working with, and helping the families.  Just as each family dynamic is different, there are countless ways a postpartum doula can help a family.  A doula needs to be able to determine the needs of each family and help each one in the best way for them.  I find tailoring my approach to their specific needs to be very rewarding, and families are so grateful for the support and help.   Some of the areas a postpartum doula can help with are breastfeeding support and consultation, diapering, cooking, laundry, and family life adjustments to the new baby.    

What is your philosophy when you go into a family’s living space?
I try to get some background ahead of time so that I have an idea of what the family needs will be. My philosophy is to be non-judgmental and respect their right to parent in their own way. I make sure to respect their privacy and make confidentiality a priority.
 
How do you work with the new parents?
Since this can be a very stressful time in their lives as well as an exciting one, I try to be supportive, nurturing, warm and confident so they know they can trust me to be in their home and help them with their precious newborn.

What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
I used to run a daycare, so my postpartum doula experiences have not seemed very tough in comparison! Nonetheless, one situation that sticks out in my memory was when a father questioned me about how a postpartum doula was different than a nanny. I think the reason he asked was because the couple had just had a set of twins, and all the mom wanted me to do was take care of the babies so she could sleep. To him, it seemed I was simply babysitting. I explained to him that what I do is much more than taking care of infants; I told him that a Postpartum Doula offers education, companionship and in-home support for families with infants. Basically, taking care of the babies was helping to take care of the mom. He seemed to understand better after my explanation.

What keeps you working as a postpartum doula?
I love the feeling that comes with helping and supporting others. I find that parents are, for the most part, very appreciative for the help they are receiving. And I love babies!

What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter or longer-term agreement?
I charge a fee of $18.00 an hour. That fee covers assistance with newborn care, family adjustment, nursing support and help with light household needs.  The number of visits and hours is up to the individual family. If it is a longer term agreement, I am certainly open to offering a lower hourly rate or a package deal.

Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I know some doulas have specialties in other areas, and I appreciate that. However, since being a postpartum doula is somewhat new for me, I am not yet offering any other services. That may change in the future. 

Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
I love to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughter, who turns 1 this month. I have been a hospice volunteer. I also like to bowl, and I enjoy watching most sports.

If you would like to contact Sue to arrange an interview, here is her information:
313-574-2080 Cell

313-586-8313 Alternate number
480-625-4816 Alternate local number

Website: lighthousedoula.com

Emails: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Meet the Doula: Laura

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 5:34 AM Comments comments (3)
Our featured doula this month is Laura Correia, CD(DONA).  Laura and I met through the Rights for Homebirth movement.  It is a pleasure to bring you her interview - this is a woman who knows her calling.  I found that her passion about birth and supporting families speaks through the page and to my heart.  Enjoy getting to know Laura!

About Laura:  I am a DONA certified birth doula in the greater north and west Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Anthem, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Tolleson, and Goodyear. I love to use my gifts and talents being able to help women have a satisfying and successful labor and birth. It's my goal to get to know a woman in such a way that I can encourage her in the way that allows her to have the very best birth experience she can. I consider it one of the best blessings to help a baby come into the world! Please email or call me at (480) 44-BABY4, for more information.

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”? 
In 2002. I was pregnant with my 3rd baby, and going through Crisis Pregnancy Counseling training with a woman who became a friend. As we approached the end of my training, she said she was becoming a doula, and needed 3 certification births, and would I mind if she attended my labor? She was amazing! I never ended up becoming a counselor, but became a doula instead! 

How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
After a typical hospital birth with epidural, an unmedicated hospital birth with a midwife, and then 2 birth center births, I realized there was a woman with me in some capacity in every single birth. My husband was a FANTASTIC coach, and I couldn't do it without him; at the same time, I really NEEDED a woman there (a nurse the first time, my childbirth instructor the second time, a doula the third time, and a midwife the last time). 

I decided to pursue doula work when my last child was 2. My oldest was old enough to babysit in a pinch (finding 24 hour childcare is often one of the biggest obstacles for doulas) and since they were all homeschooled and used to being home with each other, it worked. I had a supportive aunt who encouraged me and helped me with the cost of training. I also realized there were different needs in the community for different doulas. As a fairly calm, more quiet, strong-in-my-Christian-faith woman, and okay with hospital or medicated birth if the mom desired it, I would appeal to a certain type of laboring woman. I realized it's okay to celebrate our strengths and areas of expertise as doulas. :)

Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
Birth doula.

How long have you been a doula?  
I have been a doula since 2008. I have been certified with DONA since 2010, and have Rebozo and TENS certifications with them as well. I have additional breastfeeding training, and I am Neonatal Resuscitation certified as part of my path to midwifery.  I have experience with hospital (planned medicated and unmedicated), birth center and homebirth. I have attended waterbirths, VBACs, teen or single moms; accompanied in cesarean section births and for expected stillbirth. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
I love being a part of the strength women and their partners’ find when being stretched beyond what they thought possible. It's a difficult journey for most, but women are amazed at when they've accomplished, and men look at the mom of their new baby with such awe at their perseverance and strength (unmedicated or otherwise)!  Helping a woman feel respected, educated, and informed is also a big part of the satisfaction I get as an attending doula.  And of course, it's always a blessing to see a new baby come into the world. 

What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
It's not my birth- it's hers! I am there to support her in HER choices, even if I personally wouldn't chose that path. My goal is to be an encouragement; to help mom feel empowered and confident in an uncertain journey; to make things as relaxing and calm as possible- whether through environment, thoughts/fears, communication or comfort measures; to validate her feelings.  My professional motto is "Seeking to enrich labor and birth experiences" and that can come in a variety of ways.

How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I have worked with coaches that are most comfortable sitting in a corner, and those that are catching their baby... and everything in between! My goal is to help the support person feel the most confident and comfortable they can, and to experience the labor/birth to the level of involvement they want. As a doula, I want to take the pressure off of the coach to be the source for all knowledge and physical help, because that doesn't allow them to experience the birth for themselves. I often will demonstrate how to massage gently, offer positions that he can aid in, and offer food and drink for him to provide for the laboring mom. It's also a comfort to both the coach and the mom to have me available for coach to take bathroom breaks, go on food runs, and take quick catnaps. Typically my biggest help for the coach is being a calm and experienced presence; letting him know that when things get intense, that it's all part of the process, and reassuring him that those are good signs!

What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
I've had to call 911 for a mom that labored quickly and felt she was going to birth at home unexpectedly; been dismissed as a doula after a homebirth transport to the hospital; watched a family grieve with the loss of their firstborn; worked in births where the birth team was rude, loud, and demeaning. In all of these situations, I stay present for the mom and dad- a compassionate presence, and I validate their feelings and choices.  And then I go home, and cry, sleep, pray, journal, and/or talk with my mentors. I believe doulas HAVE to have those she can decompress with, otherwise there's too much pent up frustration and often, anger- towards choices made, providers, and "the system," and bitterness grows.

I develop an emotional connection with my clients, and so when they hurt, I hurt. I include a postpartum appointment in my services, and that is where we can talk about what, how, and perhaps why things happened the way they did. I validate mom (and often dad)'s feelings about a birth that went very different that planned. However, I also provide another perspective to things, which often helps them to perceive the experience differently. Lots of times, new moms overlook all the amazing things they did, or the strength they had, focusing only on where things DIDN'T go according to plan. I help her see the good choices she made, and encourage her in where things went "right."

What keeps you working as a doula?
Being there for women. I love helping laboring moms realize how strong they are, helping a couple (or mother/daughter) grow closer together through such an intimate time, and being a compassionate, experienced and non-judgemental guide in the process. Often my clients and I share similar spiritual beliefs, and they appreciate my sensitivity and ability to welcome God into their birth experience through prayer, music, and focus. I feel like my doula work is a gift and a calling - and a responsibility!- from the Lord, and that in itself keeps me going.

What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
I charge $600, and it includes 2 prenatal appointments (usually 2 hours each), the entire labor and birth, 1-2 hours postpartum, and a separate postpartum visit one the family is home. I do not vary my fee depending on length of the birth; my quickest client was 10-15 minutes, and my longest was 29 hours. I don't want moms feeling pressured to "birth quicker!" because of financial considerations. 

I offer discounts to previous clients, active duty military, parents placing baby for adoption, and those in full-time Christian ministry. I have also been known to provide significant discounts -occasionally- for hardship situations, and accept barter as partial payment as the need arises. 

Do you offer any other services to your clients?
Placental encapsulation; a "birth journey" story for the baby book and/or to share electronically; all pictures, along with some that I edit. 

I am a Christian childbirth educator for an online format that I adapted from Jennifer VanderLaan's book, "The Christian Childbirth Handbook" and also teach a free one-day childbirth class for crisis pregnancy moms through New Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy/Post Abortion, 1-2 times a year. 

I am also a hobby-level photographer, and take pictures of labor and birth (with the parents' permission), for them to keep.

Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing? 
I danced professionally with a ballet company before I had kids, and still love to take a class at Ballet Arizona a couple times a year (usually when I'm dancing around my kitchen!). In the past 5 years I've taken up running and have done numerous 5Ks, 10K, and half marathons. I have completed 3 full marathons with my best time being a 4:06. I also like to hike, having done a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon, and a hike up Yosemite's Half Dome. Obviously, I love to push my body, I think because I see so much correlation in it to birth. 

My family is amazing, and made up of my 4 kids (ages 7-16) and an AMAZING husband who are so supportive and encouraging to me and my love for doula -and now student midwifery- work. Spending time with them is always a favorite, whether watching them cook with my husband, or reading books together, or watching House Hunters and the Cosby Show with them! After a year of dealing with a diagnosis of clinical depression, I am learning to heal from past hurts, and to again enjoy entertaining and spending time with friends and my church family. Other than birth, I have a passion for healthy marriages, mentoring, counseling, and non-judgmental, transparent (and often messy) Christianity. My husband is a pastor at West Greenway Bible Church in Glendale, and teaches Bible at Arizona Christian University, and combined with my work in the birth community, that keeps us hopping! 

Oh, and I can also turn ANYTHING into a birth analogy. It's a gift, really. ;)

If you would like to contact Laura to schedule a complimentary interview, you can reach her via:
Phone: 480.442.2294 (480-44-BABY-4)

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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®.


Bébé Concierge: J'aime la vie by Victoria Antoinette

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM Comments comments (0)
Here is a neat business I would like to introduce you to – baby concierge is an emerging industry that is of particular interest to our students and readers.  Stephanie Antoinette is the Founder & M.O.M. (Master of Multitasking) at J’aime la vie by Victoria Antoinette Mommy & Bébé Concierge.  She is like a wedding planner, except for all things mom and bébé!

BIO:  I am the mother of two beautiful girls and have a baby on the way! My husband Andrew is an incredible father, he is my best friend and number one fan!  As a mother I know that preparing for the birth of a child is one of the most important and overwhelming events in life! I worked 60+ hours a week in the corporate world with my first two children, and barely had time to eat, sleep and kiss my kids at night. Let me help you get your time back... enjoy the birthday party for your child instead of worrying how you will pull it all off. 

SPB: How did you find your way into the baby concierge service?
JLV:  There were a couple of different things that brought this business concept to fruition. One being that Arizona is a very transient state; I actually came from Minnesota myself about 6 years ago. So when I was pregnant with my last baby (3 years ago) I really had no idea where to go for furniture, nannies, photographers, doulas, etc. There was a lot of wasted money and time on my end going through the trial an error of this. The second part was that I was working mom who really just didn't have the time to research all of this, do all the interviews, and plan things like baby showers, birthday parties, etc. I really felt that there should be a local "baby planner" just as their are wedding planners! This is a major and ongoing event in our lives! So I left that corporate position and created a premiere one-stop shop for all mommy and baby needs! 

SPB: How does the service work, and what kinds of services do you provide? 
JLV:  I provide package and A La Carte options so that I can fit various budgets and needs! I help moms with finding the right nannies, doulas, photographers, and more. I also do custom baby registry and birth plans, along with nursery stocking and organization! Then I do the custom party planning, which is anything from baby showers, gender reveals, religious ceremonies, birthday parties (any age), graduation parties and so much more! 

SPB: Can you tell me a little about your favorite packages and their special features? 
JLV:  All of my packages are great and you can customize it to fit any needs. One of the most popular is Vous attendez un bébé!- $150
(So you are having a baby!)   This is where we will create a tummy timeline, create a custom baby registry and create your birth plan. So many new and veteran moms are not sure what to expect, what to do when, how this baby will change their lives. I help take the worry out of this process so it doesn't become a source of stress for the family. 

SPB: How will a mom know which package is right for their family?
JLV:  I offer a free over the phone consult where we generally decide where to start, and we can always add on as we go! 

SPB: How did you find the vendors that you work with?
JLV:  Years of trial and error at my own expense and time! I also belong to some great organizations where I am surrounded with the Phoenix Valley's top vendors! I have done the research for you!

SPB: What are the benefits of using a baby concierge?
JLV:  If you are a new mom, I really guide you on anything from the right products, how to maximize your budget, and the get the right resources you need! For veteran moms like myself this is also a benefit: I work with you on how to transition the new baby with your family, I can get you the right childcare you need, and with each child products are constantly changing... you want to know what is best now!

For all moms my event planning services are a HUGE plus!  Planning parties is my true passion; those who are close to me know I am a list maker! Organization, party flow, good food and fresh flowers are key to any successful event! My personal tastes for decor flow anywhere from modern, to shabby chic, to over-the-top! Planning events is so much more fun then decorating your home because you can adjust it to your mood, theme and guests! I think outside the box, and work with any budget to create unique events!  

As mothers we often spend our time putting together these events for important milestones in our children's lives, yet we barely have the time to stop and enjoy it with them! I make this possible…that it in itself is priceless.

SPB: When would someone want to hire you as a baby concierge? 
JLV:  As soon as they begin to feel like they need help!  I have 13 years experience as a mother myself, I know what it is like to be pregnant, worried, uncomfortable and stressed! I have been through 2 births and about to experience my third, birth can be the most incredible and terrifying experience all at once! I know what it is like to have minimal sleep and still need to work a full time job! I know how personal it is to find the right people to help you take care of your children, and how much it means to execute the perfect party for your kids! I also have the corporate experience to execute all of this properly.  I am the best of both worlds for moms! 

SPB: Are there any other thoughts you want to share with our readers?
JLV:  Let me take the worry out of preparing for baby. For a quote on custom event planning or any of my services, please contact me!

Here are the different ways to connect with Stephanie Antoinette:
Phone- 480-717-2795

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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®.

Meet the Doula: Zabrina

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 6:56 AM Comments comments (0)
This month I would like to introduce you to one of my Bradley Method® colleagues, Zabrina Pell.  She is a wonderful instructor, and as you will read, a doula and a lactation educator. I hope you will enjoy getting to know her through her interview.

About Zabrina:  My husband and I are blessed to have had five beautiful children.  My first child was born in 2001 having had no childbirth classes or training at all.  Although it was an uncomplicated natural birth for the most part, it felt very chaotic.  

We were sure there was another way.  When we became pregnant with our second child I was referred to The Bradley Method® by a dear friend.  We were amazed at how much information there is to learn about labor and birth.  We were amazed at how prepared we felt for our second birth and how it was much more peaceful.  

Through hearing birth stories, it became apparent that while husbands are very capable and the perfect person to coach their wives through childbirth, many of them could benefit from an assistant. Further, I had gained such a love and respect for the process of birth that I felt a strong desire to be more involved.  Thus began my practice of being a doula.  I am so passionate about childbirth and feel so strongly about creating the perfect and peaceful atmosphere for each mother that I will continue reading, researching, and learning how to become better at what I do.

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word "doula" was in my Bradley Method® Childbirth Training.  I didn't pay any attention to it and wasn't convinced of the the importance.  After all... Bradley Method® teaches DADS to be the coach.  Why do we need another? I have since learned that I was wrong!  Don't get me wrong, dads are WONDERFUL coaches.  But there are times when the coach needs an assistant!

How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
One of the great joys of teaching childbirth is classes is hearing the birth stories afterward.  I LOVE birth stories.  I started noticing frequently the need for help.  With today's hospital environment especially, there is a need for someone there who not only looks out for the emotional, physical and informational well being of the mom but someone there who's "got dad's back."  Having someone there who can continually support both partners is SO beneficial.  I had always been available via phone for my couples.  But that wasn't quite enough for some. 

Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
At this time I am solely a BIRTH doula.

How long have you been a doula?
I have been working officially as a doula for four years now. I have been a certified Bradley doula for 7 years.  I did go through all the DONA training, but never submitted the paperwork.  So I am not certified as a DONA doula, but do have the training. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
I love empowering couples.  I love helping them birth their baby in the way that THEY want.  Helping mom's to discover her inner strength and ability is the best!

What is your philosophy when you go to a birth space?
My philosophy... hmm.  I have never put it into words.  When I arrive at a birth space I quietly observe and evaluate what is going on and how I can best help.  I do not blast through the door like a bull charging, but rather quietly and respectfully enter hoping to have the least impact on the moment.

How do you work with and involve the Coach?
Before the birth we clearly define their expectations of me, and I work to live up to this.  I make sure to see to the needs of the mother's birth partner, making sure he stays hydrated and fed through out the birth as well as mom.  In most cases its important for him to be the main source of physical comfort for mom.  When suggesting positions, counter pressure, and comfort measures I will talk to him and explain the benefits to him first and then we (or he) will suggest it for mom.   I will assist him in finding new comfort measures/positions as needed.  There is LOTS of communication between the birth partner and myself, both verbal and nonverbal.  I clue him in when there are things going on with birthing staff that he needs to be aware of with simple gestures and glances.

What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
Its important that the birthing room be a peaceful environment, and sometimes that means NOT saying anything when the room is filled with high pressure doctors and nurses.  It’s very hard to say nothing. This is when it’s especially important to have developed the nonverbal communication cues with dad.    I have becoming very skilled at maintaining a peaceful relationship with staff even if I completely disagree with everything they have set out to have mama do. This may be consistently the hardest thing for me.

Most recently I was with a mother who labored beautifully.  She had a fantastic completely intervention free birth peaceful birth.  After the birth she was bleeding very heavily.  The bleeding continued for quite some time.  Mom was not open to accepting intervention.  The staff was getting very nervous as bleeding was extreme.  I am by nature a very anti-intervention person as well, and I understood how she was feeling.  Things were getting tense as mom stood her ground and staff was getting afraid and frustrated.  As I observed the scene the nurses had mom in the bathroom and baby was with dad.  Blood was pouring and doctor and left the room feeling helpless and angry that mom wasn't bending. This was a time when I believe that the intervention was needed to prevent further complications and long-term problems. But protecting the mom and her beliefs, needs, and desires is an important part of my job.   

How did I handle this? I quietly knelt down beside her in the bathroom and simply asked her how she was feeling and what she was thinking.  Had anyone done that yet? Nope. She was feeling bullied and unclear of what was going on.  We were able to have a conversation about what the situation was and the risk and benefits to doing nothing and all the possible interventions and their risks and benefits. THANKFULLY the nurse gave us this time to have the quiet calm conversation.  She did accept a shot of Pitocin and felt the decision was HERS.  For this mom accepting an intervention would have been very traumatic if she felt pushed or bullied, even if it truly was needed. 

I know you may be thinking "breastfeeding could have solved this."  In most cases this is true!  She did have baby at the breast for a long time.  There was a lot more blood than normal.  This truly was an unusual case. 

What keeps you working as a doula?
That is an excellent question. Sometimes at the end of long, emotionally draining birth when I haven't seen my kids (often for days), I ask myself that very same question as I drag my tired behind home feeling battered and bruised with arms so sore from doing counter pressure or from hours of continual massage that I can hardly lift them. Then I check in with the family with their new bundle of joy.  I hear how empowered they feel, how safe they felt, how happy they are and how my presence positively impacted them during this irreplaceable time in their life.  That is what keeps me going.

What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
I charge a flat rate fee that covers your birth whether it lasts 3 hours or 30 hours. I do offer a $100 discount to Bradley trained couples.  With this fee you get two prenatal appointments (more if you feel its needed), continual support through email, phone calls and texts.  I go on call two week prior to the birth and stay on-call 24 hours a day until you have your baby.  I come to you when you are ready, whether at home or at your birth location.  That choice is yours.  I stay with you until you have successfully breastfed your baby for the first time.  After the birth I check in with you a few days after the birth and come and help anytime you need it during that first week.

Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I am a certified lactation educator and can assist with breastfeeding issues.

Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
I am a busy work-at-home mom of 5 kids. Well, kind of work at home.  I teach Bradley childbirth classes, and am a student midwife as well.  I also vacuum a gymnastic studio several hours a week to help pay for my children's tuition.  My children are homeschooled and range from preschool to 7th grade.   They are active in many clubs and activities and keep me hopping!

How to contact Zabrina:
(602) 743-9890 
[email protected] 
http://familybirthdoula.vpweb.com


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