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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth

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Q&A with SPB: Can I put sunscreen on my baby?

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 10:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up.  In the United States, Memorial Day weekend is our summer kick-off.  Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.


Here is VLOG I did last year about sunscreens:






Summary:
NO if your baby is under 6 months old - their skin is less mature, they have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults...this increases their risks to the side effects of the chemicals in sunscreens.  Imagine this: everything you put on their skin is absorbed straight into their bloodstream! Since you can't use sunscreen, check out the link to our favorite sun protective clothing in our archive post.

YES if your baby is over 6 months of age.  As a green living advocate, we encourage you to find the safest product for your Sweet Pea to put on their skin...check out the EWG sunscreen guide below!

For more reading, check out these links:

Sun Safety for Sweet Peas from our blog archive - find an infographic, plus links to Sun Precautions and Kellymom.com (hydration + EBF babies) in this post

FDA Consumer Guide - read about what sunscreens can and can't advertise - make sure yours is on the up&up

EWG Sunscreen Guide - my go-to resource to find the safest products on the market for our Sweet Peas

There is an interesting challenge that comes with the use of sunscreen...and that is depriving our children of very needed Vitamin D. Out solution is to get the kiddos outside without sunscreen during the early morning or late afternoon when the sunlight is indirect.  For prolonged exposure (i.e., hiking, swimming) I insist they cover their face and neck with a sunscreen.

We save the full-body slathering for peak sun time...technically from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  In AZ, I count it until the sun starts to set, just because the sun is so strong here.  I will insist they wear it into the evening hours if they are going to be playing sports, simply because the prolonged exposure will burn their skin, even if the sporting event starts in the late afternoon hours.

What is your best sun safety tip?
comments will be moderated and posted :)

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



Just Hold the Baby

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 10:57 AM Comments comments (0)
I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Nils Bergman speak last summer. He is the director of NINO Birth, which stands for "Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes."

He is doing research and connecting the dots between other researchers' work that confirms a mother's instinctual need to keep her baby with her. Based on his observations of birthing mammals, Dr. Bradley came to the same conclusion: the best things for baby is to be skin-to-skin on the mother's chest, and the best food for infants is breastmilk.

Since we are fascinated with science and some doctors can't be convinced without it, it is awesome to have Dr. Nils out there spreading his message.  Thanks to his research, he can be even more specific about the benefits to both mother and baby.  You can find his website with his research and advice to new parents HERE. There are also pages dedicated specifically to parents of preemies. (IMO the whole website should be required reading for parents and care-providers alike!!)

The foundation of his message is that after a birth (even of a premature baby), the mother and the infant should have 1000 minutes of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact. YES - that's 16 hours and 40 minutes of a mother and her infant snuggled together, without interruption.  

Now, practically speaking, the first hour should be skin-to-skin with the mother. After that, if mom has to use the restroom or wants a quick shower, then the other parent can do skin-to-skin with baby, reuniting the MotherBaby as soon as possible.

In a nutshell, the benefits of continuous skin-to-skin contact for the MotherBaby are that bonding and breastfeeding get off to a good start. For the infant, sleep cycling starts to get organized, temperature is regulated, and blood sugars are stabilized.  All this just when the MotherBaby is supported in staying in continuous contact. 

For me, the most startling thing that Dr. Nils stated when he shared his research is the profound effect continuous contact also has on the mother. He says that she becomes "brain-wired for ferocity", the natural instinct to protect and provide for her baby, when she and baby stay together. It is small wonder then that mothers who are separated from their infants for any period of time have a harder time making milk for those infants, and sometimes feel a huge disconnect between themselves and their children.

So, YES, this means that all a mother should do after the birth of her baby is stay in bed with the baby.

YES this means that it is okay to delay making an announcement on social media until the day after the baby is born to allow the MotherBaby to get organized.

YES, anyone who tells you otherwise can be ignored. As long as mother is okay and baby is okay, there is no reason for anyone else other than the mother and the other parent to be touching and holding the baby.  Baths, newborn procedures, and any other pokes and prods can be delayed until the first 1000 minutes have passed.

As cute as your Sweet Pea is, and as much as some visitors may long to hold them when they have that precious, just-out-of-the-womb smell, just say no.  There is plenty of time for friends and family to come hold the baby after you get home, when you will want help with meals and laundry. They can hold the baby then, while you grab a nice, hot shower.

Until then, claim your inner MamaBear and hold your baby.

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






Inside Look: East Valley Infant Massage

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:46 AM Comments comments (0)

I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair.  She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.

What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers.  Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old.  Not so with Michelle - since she is a licensed massage therapist, she is able to tailor classes especially to the group.  

I wish you enjoy this month's Inside Look with Michelle! Her contact information is at the end of the post if you want to enroll in an upcoming class, or take advantage of her FREE monthly intro classes.  

Tell me about East Valley Infant Massage.
East Valley Infant Massage (“EVIM”) provides private and group classes to teach parents and caregivers how to massage their babies. I provide nurturing touch skills to parents to impact children for a lifetime. 
 
What kind of clientele does EVIM serve? 
EVIM classes are designed for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers who want to include a powerful tool in their care giving to help promote healthy bonding, growth and development. Parents with babies who have tummy issues report that regular massage has been helpful in minimizing digestion discomforts. Regular massage also promotes better sleep and relieves other issues such as teething and congestion. 
 
What age range of client does this service care for? Is there anything you do not provide for?
Our typical class participants range from 3 weeks old to pre-crawling, mostly because we then have a captive audience. We do welcome children up to around 3 years of age, but the more mobile the child, the more creative we have to get in class. It makes for an interesting session!  
 
Even though I am also a licensed massage therapist and can massage the babies myself, I do not provide the massage to the baby directly (I bring demo dolls with me to class) because I want to empower the caregiver with the skills to massage baby not only in class, but long after. There are some interesting studies out there that show that infant massage can help parents become more confident in their abilities as parents. 
 
What makes EVIM unique?
 I tailor each class for the needs of the participants. I'm currently working on adding new classes at different times of the day/week to best accommodate moms and dads with different schedules. Because not one time is perfect for all babies, I understand that sometimes baby will be sleeping or fussy during class. I encourage participants to tend to their babies' needs, such as feeding, changing or rocking baby while watching the instruction. I always send parents home with great handouts to help them practice at home and welcome any follow up questions (during the next class in a series or by phone/email/text in case anything was missed during class. 
 
What motivated you to start EVIM?
I have been a massage therapist for almost 14 years and have worked on clients of all ages, including babies and toddlers. When I had my son 4 years ago, I joined different mom groups online and in person and saw a lot of moms asking for help in different areas with their babies, including sleeping issues, tummy problems and advice for helping dad and siblings bond with baby. I knew that infant massage can help immensely in these areas and more, so I decided to get my certification to teach infant massage to parents to give them more tools to help their babies and their families. 
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about EVIM?
I'm often asked for the magic massage routine that will make all babies sleep through the night or get rid of gassy tummies completely. I wish I could say that there is one surefire way to accomplish these things. However, I know that touch is a simple, yet powerful and underutilized tool that can be added to routine care giving and can make a huge difference for families. Even if baby is a relatively "easy" baby, the family can experience many benefits from massage. I love to facilitate those benefits for my class participants. 
 
What inspires you?
Tough question, since I have many sources of inspiration. My son and husband inspire me daily; as they remind me to slow down, enjoy the day-to-day and find joy in simple pleasures. I'm also inspired by those who do for others with no expectation of getting anything in return. 
 
Michelle's contact informtation
PHONE: 480-269-1531 
SOCIAL MEDIA:
 
WHERE TO FIND MICHELLE:
**Free intro class for expectant parents at the Ahwatukee Babies"R"Us on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7
**Group classes held at Modern Mommy. Check the website as new classes will be added soon.

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

 

Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM Comments comments (1)
This was first published in 2011 - sharing it again today since the holiday safety tips are still relevant.  Click HERE if you would rather watch the VLOG instead of reading this post :)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
 
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our children.  They are filled with wonder at the sight of our Christmas tree.  They love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in them.  They are so excited about Santa and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from all across the country.
 
This year is especially poignant – like us, our older two children recognize that this Otter’s first Christmas.  They wonder what she is thinking as she sees the activity, and they are telling her all about the family that she will be meeting for the first time.
 
No matter what your faith, I encourage you to take the time out of the hustle and bustle, the imposed rush of the season, to slow down and enjoy this time of year with your children.  The root of the word holiday is “holy day”; so if your faith tradition has a holiday this month, strive to make that the central focus instead of the commercialism of the season.
 
Get down on the floor with your children and look up at the decorations you have put up in your home.  Tell your children the significance and why these symbols are important to you.  Take the time to tell them about their first holidays in your family.  If this is your first holiday with your child, tell them your favorite childhood holiday memory – you can keep this tradition going as they get older.  Even if you have an infant, know that they hear you and that you are imprinting their mind.  Though they may not have a conscious memory, you are helping to plant their roots that bind you together long after they have children of their own.
 
The season will be much more enjoyable if you take some common sense precautions.  I wish you all a holiday away from the emergency room or urgent care.  Here are the usual tips with my modificaitons for families with mobile infants and toddlers.  I am ever mindful that we now have students who are parents to curious, mobile and walking one-year olds!

- Use ornaments that are not fragile, easily breakable, or that present choking hazards.  This is not the time to break out your heirloom decorations.  Although they may not be as elegant, use adornments that can survive a bounce and that won’t shatter and cut your child’s skin.  Also keep in mind this tip: if it can fit through an empty tube of toilet paper, it’s a choking hazard.

We found some lovely, larger ornaments at IKEA that are pretty, as well as safe and functional.  Until our youngest children loose the fondness for touching all the moving parts (most of which break off and fit through that tube of t.p.), my collector series ornaments are safely stored for a few more seasons.

Speaking of choking hazards, watch out for small gift bows, packing peanuts and other packaging materials like twist ties and loose pieces of tape.  Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows can also be a suffocation hazard.

- Hang string lighting and place candles where little hands won't be able to reach.  This seems self-explanatory.  Remember that children are extremely curious and very creative – think about how motivated they are to reach what you are setting out, and make sure that you have lights and candles out of the reach of a “stacking things so I can climb” child.  A note about candles: their fragrance may be overwhelming for underdeveloped senses.  The chemicals used to create that fragrance are not regulated, which is another reason we personally keep “the stink” out. We have no idea what is really causing that odor and whether or not it’s good for us.  Flameless candles are easily found these days – they are a great way to create ambience, thereby passing on the chemical or fire hazard component.

- Check your electrical outlets and cords.  Parents usually keep outlets covered with safety caps.  During this time of year, you may pull them out to put in cords for string lighting.  Make sure that you are aware of your children around all the extra cords and open outlets.  Place the strings high enough so they don’t go in their mouths.  Depending on how mobile and/or curious they are, they may try to pull out the cords from the socket, which can also be an electrocution risk.

- Keep poisonous plants out of reach.  Speaking of mouths…colorful plants might be a temptation to your child.  After a cursory look at THIS LIST of plants, a rash or an upset stomach seem to be the main symptoms.  Given a child’s smaller size and the fact that each person’s reaction is individual and varied, it’s probably best not to take any chances.

- The force of gravity does not take a vacation.   Evaluate your space and see where the safest places are for your decorations and furniture so that your children will not run into them in the normal course of their day.  If you rearrange furniture to accommodate decorations, make sure that the pieces are not a tip-over hazard in their new location. If you move side tables, watch their placement and don’t put anything to heavy or unstable on top of them.  If you move larger furniture, make sure it is steady in its new position.  If you put up a Christmas tree, it can also be a tip-over hazard.  You can secure it to a wall with an eye-hook and twine, or block it off with a safety gate.

Hot, hot, hot – hot chocolate.  I couldn’t resist the reference to the Polar Express!  Slow down and be aware in the kitchen.  Accidents happen - burns and spills happen when we are rushing and when the kitchen is full of people.  Take your time preparing and moving hot foods and liquids.   Be very aware of where your children are, or maybe you can assign someone else to entertain them outside of the kitchen if you are in charge of your holiday meal. 

Along the same lines, children don’t know that tablecloths aren’t stationary – all they see is something on which they can pull up.  The next thing you may hear is the crash of china and silver, or the screams of pain if they are burned by food placed on top of the tablecloth or an overhanging runner on a sideboard buffet.  You may want to skip on the tablecloths and runners and use placemats and doilies for the time being.  They will grow up and you will deck out your holiday table again some day.

I close with this thought today:  you may have seen our past posts about pregnancy and child loss.  As much as holidays are a time of joy, they are also a time of amplified sorrow for families grieving the passing of a loved one.  I invite you to take some time this season to say a prayer for those families that have lost a loved one this year, especially those whom have had their children called to the next journey.  Their loss is ever present as they watch other families enjoy the holidays and wonder what place their child may have played in their own holiday traditions.

From our home to yours, may you have a safe, blessed and joyous holiday season!

Do you have any holiday safety tips to share – what are they?

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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Upcoming Event: Baby Bonanza Showcase

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 11:12 AM Comments comments (0)




Baby Bonanza Showcase
Scottsdale WESTWORLD
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM



Event details at the end of this post



We are excited to participate in the second event hosted by PB&J Events that is specifically geared towards and designed for new and expecting parents.  We had the pleasure of showing at their first event - so much fun that we are back again!

We will be sharing information for families interested in having healthy pregnancies, as well as ideas for families who are interested in preparing for an unmedicated birth. We also encourage families to at least know what to expect and how to ask good questions so that if and when they want or need to use interventions or medication, they can make informed consent decisions.

Now for the fun stuff...Mention FALL BONANZA for your choice of one of the following items when you stop by our table tomorrow:

Stacking Blocks
Stacking Blocks
6 to give away - first come, first serve!
Measuring Tapes
Measuring Tapes
4 to give away - purse-size and perfect for room planning!
Sticky Notes
Sticky Notes
5 to give away - great for keeping notes to remember things in spite of "pregnancy brain".
Teething Necklace
Teething Necklace
Donated by Modern Mommy Boutique - 1 to give away.




What you see is what you get, so come see us early and grab what you want from our fan giveaway box :)

I will also be raffling off two copies of Rhondda Evans Hartman's new book, Natural Childbirth Exercises.  You can fill out one entry at our table, and I will be raffling off the second book at the end of my seminar presentation.

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And last but not least, please come get one of these beautiful natural birth mantra cards created by Jon Garza, an SPB alumni, with one of my favorite Rhondda quotes:

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

From the organizer:
PB&J Events and Promotion is happy to announce its second Babies Bonanza Showcase & Expo, targeting new and expecting parents on Saturday Oct. 3 inside the 120,000 square foot North Hall of Westworld in Scottsdale. 

It is the largest baby expo in Phoenix providing information and products useful to new parents. The Babies Bonanza Showcase & Expo provides a day where parents can prepare from planning to prenatal to preschool. 

The event, FREE and open to the public, will feature between 150 – 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. 

Expo highlights include:
  • More than 60 exhibitors showcasing their products and services
  • Free Car Seat Checks By Safe Kids Maricopa County
  • Free Breastfeeding Area Provided By Babies R Us.
  • Free Yoga And Barre Classes By Modern Milk
  • Product Demonstrations and Educational Presentations
  • Parenting Tips
  • Free Samples
  • Live Entertainment By Studio 8 EE
  • And $1000s In Giveaways

Get FREE Tickets (Click HERE)

WHAT: Baby Bonanza Showcase

WHERE: Westworld - Inside North Hall 
              16601 North Pima Road 
              Scottsdale, AZ 85260

WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM


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®.




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Q&A with SPB: Self-Care for Mamas

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 3:01 PM Comments comments (0)

We have spent a lot of the month sharing information about cesarean birth, VBAC, and CBAC...

Ready for some pampering and renewal?  Some TLC??

 We are excited to announce that our friends Blue Russ and Jennifer Hoeprich are teaming up to host a Magical Mother's Day for mamas in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Jennifer stopped by to visit with us...here is a little more about their event coming up next month.



Join them on Saturday, May 30th, in Mesa, for six hours of AWESOME.  This is a local retreat designed with busy mamas in mind.  They will be pampered with professional foot massages after choosing the flower petals, salts, and essential oils you want for your super luxurious foot bath bar.  You will be tapping into our own unique gifts as mothers and honoring yourself, with a relaxing guided imagery session, as well as creating an intention for mothering over the next year, and taking action through inspiring vision boarding.  And, of course, there will be delicious, organic FOOD!  Believe it or not, all of this is offered at a partner-lovin’ price of just $147.

If you are thinking you want a double-dose of restoration and renewal, check out THIS event happening in the fall.  If you want a super-special Mother's Day gift, your family can purchase the Magical Mama Retreat weekend happening in Arcosanti this November in advance, and you will receive the Magical Mother's Day for free. 

I hope you can make it to one or both events and return to your family renewed and recharged.  I have met with Blue and Jennifer individually - and the results were amazing.  I can't even imagine having them both together for the day or the weekend - it will definitely be time well spent!

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


 


The Parent Resource List

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 6:28 AM Comments comments (0)
We have a discussion/communication time in every Bradley™ class session.  Towards the end of the series, we ask, "What else do you need/want to learn before your Sweet Pea arrives?"

Our Winter Class came up with the most varied list that we have had in a long time.  There is a lot of information rattling around in my head after parenting and teaching for the last ten years, so I prepared this list for them and sent it out after class.  Since the work was done, I also wanted to share it with you.

Please leave us a comment if your favorite resource in these categories is not listed.  We are always glad to learn about more places that encourage and support growing families.

Baby/Toddler/Children’s Food
Annabel Karmel

Deceptively Delicious

Weelicious

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Baby Massage
My friend Brie Hall teaches these classes and more
480-299-1154


Baby Sign Language
Note: I personally do not believe in "baby" sign language.  ASL is a language, and I believe it should be taught well *and* correctly.  We do not change the language we verbally speak, because infants eventually learn how to pronounce words correctly. I passionately believe the same is true for ASL - show your child the correct signs, and they will make their own modifications until they can do it well, and then they will have it as a tool for the rest of their lives.

Great resource online:
Joann Woolley


Local Signing Time instructor – alumni SPB Bradley™ mama, too :)
Tanya Bland
480-329-8835


On-line ASL lessons - this is how I started to learn ASL :)

Visual ASL Dictionary


Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Group – Meets every other week on Fridays
Erin Rudd, facilitator (Bradley™ SPB alumni mama) – email Erin for schedule and location: [email protected]

Classes: Arizona Breastfeeding Center
480.442.8491

Dignity Hospital Groups: For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 
1 (877) 728-5414,
Chandler Hospital Breastfeeding Group – Wednesdays @ 11:00am
Mercy Gilbert Breastfeeding Group – Fridays @ 10:00 am

KellyMom.com – reliable on-line IBCLC resource with HUGE archiveof Q&A

La Leche League Calendar

La Leche League Tear Sheets – highlights from the WomanlyArt of Breastfeeding

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Cloth Diapers
GoGo Natural – local mamaprenuer

Zoolikins
Two retail locations in Scottsdale & Chandler, AZ

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDevelopmental Milestones
Chandler Library – look for “Baby Brain Time” and enroll at the first opening – classes fill up quickly

In-Home Classes: Parents as Teachers

National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development 

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Dunstan Baby Language(Baby Sounds)
Priscilla Dunstan on Oprah

Purchase video

Local classes (Phoenix, AZ)

First Children And Growing Your Family
Sample visual birth plan:

Ideas for sibling preparation during pregnancy and handling postpartum:

Children’s Books to share with them:

Patience & Self-Discipline
These are all resources that I have found helpful as I grow as a parent.  Treat it as a buffet – take what works for you and leave the rest.  I am a huge believer that the best thing you can do is throw out the books and read your child.  That being said, it's good to have an idea list of things to try, and reassurance and validation that the path you are on is a good one...so, read to educate and empower yourself.  Try not to make yourself crazy trying to be a "perfect" parent (hint: they do not exist), or feel guilty about your choices.

A-ha parenting

Attachment Parenting

5 Love Languages

Gentle Hearts Parenting

Happiest Baby/Toddler on the Block

Janet Lansbury - Resources for Infant Educarers

Parenting with Love & Logic

What is your go-to resource as a parent?

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

The Birth-Day...Then Parenting!

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)
We are four weeks into our winter series - it is so exciting to be getting to know eight amazing couples in person...and this series, we have the pleasure of welcoming back on of our Spring 2013 couples as they prepare for Baby #2...from Canada!! The internet and web-chat rock!!


Today's post was inspired by a question that was asked right before we dismissed class on Friday night.  One of our students asked, "Is there a list of questions that can help us prepare to be parents?"
Bruss and I often quip that we could teach another set of classes after the Birth-Day.  What we teach for childbirth preparation is valuable, and there is definitely more than enough to share over twelve weeks to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and the birth journey.

The fact remains that the Birth-Day is just the beginning of a lifelong journey as parents!!  We could definitely do another twelve-week course that focuses on parenting...

And that still would not be enough.

Parenting is something that evolves over time, and with each child that is welcomed to the family.  I took a look at the list of questions that we created when we got a similar request two years ago.  Now that we have been parents for 730 more days, we were able to add a second page to the list! As our children have grown, so have we. We have had many more negotiations about what we value as a family.  Bruss and I have had to discuss most of these questions already.  As we celebrate our first child's tenth birthday this month, we know we are on the brink of discovering yet another set of questions.  Page 3 will be written as we navigate life with a *gasp* tween!

Some thoughts on parenting before I share our list:

  • I believe that the healthy mother who carried the child probably knows more about that child before they are born than any book on earth.  Choices like breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping; any or all of those add to the bond between parent and child.  It is a bond that helps us sense when something is off, or when something is going well - an invisible thread that keeps the family growing together.

  • We do tell parents that there several good books about parenting written by very well-respected pediatricians and researchers in the field of infant and child development.  Some of my personal favorites are those from the Dr. Sears library and Dr. Harvey Karp. Just as important as the books is the communication between you and your partner. Talk to each other and see what you come up with between the two of you after you have done some reading. 

  • About all those "expert" opinions:  They are great for getting ideas or uncovering possible answers.  However, if something doesn't feel right or it is not working for you and your Sweet Pea, put down the book and read your child.  You and your partner have raised them - what does your gut tell you?  

  • Be flexible - each child is a unique individual.  You need to be a parent to each child, and that may mean changing or growing as they present their needs.  We say our fourth is breaking us...everything that worked with her older siblings from birthing to toddlerhood has been re-learned, because she doesn't respond to the same things.  And that's okay!  Our core value of love and respect allows us to honor that need and still retain our integrity as parents and nurturers.


Anytime we have followed our instinct, it has been rewarded with a sigh of relief that we pulled on a thread and followed it until we had an answer or a solution that fit our family.  It is our hope and prayer that the same will be true for you. 


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So now for that list of questions...These are great conversation starters so you and your partner can try to find common ground.  Just as you would for a business, we believe it is important to set the core values for your family so that you can parent as a united front. 

The first page was created with the intention of having these conversations during pregnancy or within the first year of establishing your family.  




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The second page is to glance at now. Pull it out again when your child starts doing organized activities or making connections at preschool and/or elementary school.




The first five questions on our list are:

What are some pregnancy/birth/parenting decisions that you want to make, that you suspect your family/friends will not agree with?  How will you be a united front?

How is your relationship with your parents?  How do you want to incorporate your child into your family, and your partner’s family?

How did your parents handle conflict between them?  How do you think you want to handle it when it happens in front of your child(ren)?

Were you spanked as a child?  How do you feel about it?  What do you think you want to do with your child(ren)?*

Were you tickled as a child?  How do you feel about it?  What do you think you want to do with your child(ren)?*

Ready for more discussion?? Click HERE for the complete list.  There is no charge for the file - you are welcome to download it for your personal use.  Please be kind and link back to this post/ cite our webpage if you would like to share it.

Come visit us again next Tuesday, when we share ideas about managing the first few weeks after the birth-day with your newborn!!


What are ways you and your partner established the groundwork for your growing family?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

*I absolutely do not believe in physical punishment/discipline, or any kind of physical contact with the child that violates them.  We believe that a child is whole human being from the day they are born, due full respect for their bodily integrity and physical, emotional and spiritual safety.


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®.

Breastfeeding+AP = Transformation Central

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:36 AM Comments comments (0)
breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about how breastfeeding has changed your life. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!


Today's Prompt:
How has breastfeeding changed your life? We know all about the physical benefits of breastfeeding, but what about the emotional side? How has breastfeeding affected you as a person?
 
Our desire and preparation for a natural birth confirmed the decision to breastfeed our Sweet Pea.  In turn, breastfeeding opened the door to attachment parenting, which has transformed me as a person.
 
Before we had children, I was one of those people who believed in child-free spaces.  I liked living for me, and being in the spotlight.  There was not a thought for what I would do with children because I just did not think that was going to be part of my story.
 
When Puma was still a newborn, a friend asked me, “What have you learned since becoming a parent?”  My answer: “How selfish* I used to be.”
 
The kind of selfish that I discovered in myself was the “me, me, me, all about me” variety.  Life before Sweet Peas entailed getting myself to work, going to yoga classes, traveling on a whim as well as planned vacations, cooking delicious food that took hours to prepare for Coach Bruss and I, or the two of us would go out to dinner wherever and whenever we wanted.  It was a good life.


 
We got married, we wanted children, and we weren’t sure if we would be having biological children or if we would be adopting.  As it turned out, we were able to conceive a child and carry her to term with my well-controlled thyroid condition.  We had a suspicion that our lives were going to change. As new parents, we could not even begin to imagine the changes a child would bring to our relationship, or what “family” meant.

 



My transformation began while we labored with her.  Then, in the wee small hours of the morning on January 25, 2005, Puma entered our world, wide-eyed and observant.  The first time I put her to my breast and looked into her eyes, I fell in love in such a way that I could not have even imagined.  For the rest of my life, I will strive to do my best for this child, and for every child that joined our family after her.

 
Attachment Parenting (“AP”) is a philosophy of child rearing that respects children as whole, unique, individual human beings.  Children are treated with love and respect, as whole people traveling in little bodies.  I believe that it is our role as parents is to honor the child-person first and foremost; and parent with the long-term goal of growing a child in love who can operate as a whole, unbroken and joyful adult.
 
By starting off as a breastfeeding MotherBaby, I learned our children’s cues and had a better insight into their emotional states.  That relationship has evolved as they weaned, and now there is some mother’s intuition as well as observation that comes into play, and it helps me be a better parent.  I am more confident as a parent because I “know” our children.
 
When our children need guidance and boundaries, as all children do, we do our best to guide them with love and respect.  There are days when we are all tired – we make an effort to breathe.  That bond forged through breastfeeding inspires me to try harder to be a good mother for them.
 
I work harder to be a better person because I want to earn their respect.  I work harder to breathe and stay calm because they do not deserve the brunt of my temper.  I work harder to pray, lead a life of spirituality, and respect for a Divine Creator, because I want to leave them a legacy of peace in their hearts.  I do my best to be a good steward in the world around us, because God-willing, they are going to walk this earth long after I am gone – I want it to be a good one. 
 
When I do make a mistake, I ask for their forgiveness.  Just because they are small in stature does not mean they are not deserving of an apology, or that they feel things at a diminished level.  And so the circle of love continues, with all parties aware that we are all human, and that trust and respect are the highest priority in our relationship.
 
There is a memory that stands out in my mind from a fall evening in 2011, right after Otter was born.  Coach Bruss was sitting on the couch in our family room, one of the Sweet Peas lying on his lap.  Two of the Sweet Peas were crashed out with pillows and blankets on the floor.  I was sitting in our recliner with Otter, having just nursed her to sleep.  As we looked at each other and our little brood, we just smiled, our hearts full and bursting with joy.  We could not have imagined that our lives would be blessed with four children, all unique, all independent; and here we were, a family of six.
 
Since that day, we continue to grow in love and experience.  Being an AP parent is a commitment and it takes time to guide a child vs. discipline a child.  On hectic days, it would be "easier" to play the old tape of yelling and spanking.  However, thanks to the bond forged by breastfeeding, I cannot ever be okay with hurting our children physically or emotionally, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
 
Love and respect all the way.
 
How has breastfeeding affected you as a person?
Please leave a comment – it will be moderated and posted.
 
* I differentiate between "me! me! me!" and being selfish at a philosophical level. I believe we must protect our life, liberty and property from “moochers” à la Ayn Rand.  I also believe in kindness and generosity. To paraphrase Gandhi, we need to be the change we want to see in the world, and to that end, I believe we must do everything we can to give to the organizations that are making an honest difference in the world since we are not in a season of life when active participation is a possibility.  Our kiddos learn generosity by saving up money; and we all donate to Heifer International of World Vision.  Now that they are older and every one is potty-trained, volunteering is back on the horizon – yeah!!
 
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®.


Here are more posts by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.
 

Life after the Birth-Day

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (0)
Since we are between series right now, I do not have any student questions to inspire our blog posts.  So I thought I would share this list of questions that I came up with when a student asked for some guidance on how to develop their parenting style.

We joke in class that the 12-week series for childbirth preparation should segue way into a 12-week series about parenting.  In reality, although there are lots of parenting books, there is NO parenting manual that will tell you how to parent your unique child.  My personal mantra is to put away the book and read your child - they will tell you what you need to know about how to love them, nurture them and guide them into adulthood.

Along the way, it helps if you and your partner are on the same page about what I would call the "big stuff".  I am by no means a counselor or therapist, so as always, these questions are offered in the spirit of providing a starting point for further exploration.  At the end of this post are some resources if you feel that you do need professional help to aid you and your partner resolve any conflicts you may have in your parenting style; or if like us, you simply want to enrich your marriage to be a strong union for your Sweet Peas.
 
This is not a complete list.  Feel free to add your own questions to the discussions you have with your partner.  Let us know what helped you so we can refine our list for future students and readers!

What are some pregnancy/birth/parenting decisions that you want to make that you suspect your family/friends will disagree?  How will you be a united front?

How is your relationship with your parents?  How do you want to incorporate your child into your family and your partner’s family?

How did your parents handle conflict between them?  How do you think you want to handle it when conflict happens in front of your child(ren)?

Were you spanked as a child?  How do you feel about it?  What do you think you want to do with your children?*

Were you tickled as a child?  How do you feel about it?  What do you think you want to do with your children?*

Were you abused as a child?  Have you dealt with it?  Do you have a sequence in place to help you if you or your partner sees your “triggers” being set off?*

How do you feel about yelling?  If it is not okay, how would you want to handle it if you do yell?

How do you want to set boundaries for your child(ren)?  What have you seen family/friends do to discipline their children?  Did it work?  What do you want to try for your family?

How do you feel about the value of your word?  If you say you will do something with your child, life happens, and you can’t follow through – how do you think you will handle it?

What is your favorite family tradition from your childhood?  Do you want to incorporate it into your new family?  If so, how?

What is your vision for your family?  When you put on your magic glasses and envision your child on the day (s)he leaves to live on their own, how will they be equipped?

What does your “perfect” day look like?  Can you try to work at least one of those days into every month?
 
I hope these questions are a great starting point for you and your partner.  This is a long list, so maybe you can print them, cut them into strips, and then take turns pulling them out of a jar once a night/week/month; however long it takes you and that you have the emotional wherewithal to discuss them calmly.
 
If you would like additional resources for mediation/counseling/marriage enrichment, here is a group we have used in Gilbert, AZ:
 
Lifesong Counseling
1425 W Elliot Rd 
Suite 207
Gilbert, Arizona 85233
(480) 448-2830
 
If you would like to look up a therapist in your area, Psychology Today offers a good search database.  Start HERE 

*NOTE: Sweet Pea Births does not support or believe in spanking, hurtful tickling or child abuse. These questions are offered to facilitate an honest discussion between co-parents.

Did you add any questions to your discussion list? Tell us about them.
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
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®.


 
We are now enrolling for our Fall 2014 series
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Friday evenings
6:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Begins August 1, 2014
Concludes October 17, 2014

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