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Postpartum Wellness Series: Nutrition

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (122)
Postpartum Wellness Series – Nutrition
 
Welcome to our Postpartum Wellness Series.  Each week we will look at one area you can influence to help the days and weeks after you bring your baby home be just a little bit smoother. 
 
These early days with your sweet pea are the most precious – they will never be this small again. It is a good and worthy endeavor to make these first memories as well as they can be made for your family. My goal with this 8-week series is to offer some practical tips that you can employ without any extra purchases outside of your normal postpartum needs. Hopefully all that these tips will require is a little attention and a slight shift in perspective. It is my intention that you can find at least one small thing each week that will improve your postpartum experience.
 

 
Postpartum nutrition is just as important as prenatal nutrition. We encourage our students to continue following “The Brewer Diet”. This “diet” was designed by Dr. Tom Brewer to teach his patients to eat healthy, whole food long before it was the “it” thing to do.  You can find a link to The Brewer Diet website HERE
 
The holistic approach to postpartum invites the woman and her family to treat this time as a recovery period from pregnancy and childbirth.  The following five ideas will help you treat your body gently and ease back into the non-pregnant state.
 
Avoid Sugars and Caffeine
Take heart, mamas...not forever...just “for now”!  I am raising my hand over here – I do enjoy the occasional caramel and mocha coffee. 
 
The issue with sugars and caffeine in the immediate postpartum is the way they affect normal body functioning.  Sugar can contribute to mood swings at a time when you are already adjusting to a new normal after pregnancy. Caffeine is a well-known stimulant that keeps you awake, the opposite of what needs to happen in the immediate postpartum.  Your body does a lot of work to repair itself while you are sleeping, so find a non-caffeinated beverage to enjoy for at least six weeks after your sweet pea arrives. THIS article outlines some of the amazing things that happen within your body when you are not awake.
 
Avoiding sugars and caffeine keeps you on a fair playing field as you adjust to life with a newborn. And if it makes it easier, circle a date six weeks out from the birth-day on the calendar when you can go get your favorite sugary and caffeine-rich treat!!  
 
Eat Real Food
Circling back to The Brewer Diet…the foundation of postpartum nutrition is a diet rich in protein, fluids, fruits and vegetables. You can also continue taking your prenatal vitamin. Believe it or not, if you are going to breastfeed, you need 500+ calories a day than you needed when you were pregnant.
 
Protein: for cell growth and repair…all the organs that have been squished in the last months of pregnancy, the uterus that has to heal, the vagina and/or cesarean birth scar that have to heal from their part in the birth journey…all these body parts need protein so that your cells can do their work to rebuild all that has been bruised and stretched through the course of pregnancy and birth.
 
Fluids: it never ceases to amaze me that the human body is about 60% water! So keep that water bottle handy and refill it often. In addition, breastmilk is a live fluid that is created out of your bloodstream for your sweet pea. Breastmilk is 88% water (https://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/baby-water/), so this is another reason why you may feel thirsty all the time if you are not paying attention to your water intake. Ample hydration is one of the ways to ensure you are making enough milk for your sweet pea – give your body what it needs to make that breastmilk.

Fruits and Vegetables: these are the most bioavailable vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants designed by Mother Nature just for you. Not everyone can afford to eat all organic all the time, so we offer the "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" lists from the Environmental Working Group as a resource. It may help you decide how to spend your grocery budget - spend a little more to eat organic and save where you can buying conventional growth foods. They now have easy smart phone apps that you can download and access as you shop.
 
Keep One-handed Snacks Handy
However you feed your baby – hands are going to be occupied. In the early days, both hands. As you get more comfortable, you will find yourself becoming an expert at one-handed eating (and finding things on menus that can be eaten with one hand!).
 
My postpartum shopping list included of apples, carrots, celery, crackers, nut butter, hummus, and hard cheese (sharp cheddar is my favorite!).
 
Here is a quick list of snacks you can stock or have someone prepare for you with these seven ingredients:
  • Sliced apples spread with nut butter
  • Sliced apples stacked with sliced hard cheese
  • Sliced or “baby” carrots spread with hummus
  • Crackers with nut butter
  • Crackers with hummus
  • Crackers with sliced cheese
  • Celery spread with nut butter
  • Celery spread with hummus
 
I specifically avoided ranch dressing and soft cheeses. Some newborns are sensitive to the large milk protein found in cows’ milk.  The hard cheeses are easier to digest since the protein is broken-down differently in the preparation process. And some newborns will not tolerate any dairy…unfortunately, the only way to find out is through trial and error.
 
We also had lots of yogurt and flax seed, plus sandwich fixings in the refrigerator. Yogurt is an easy snack to sprinkle with ground flax seed for a protein and good-fat boost between feedings. Someone can also make-ahead sandwiches or tortilla wraps for the times you are ravenous and don’t have time to make a full meal.  My favorite sandwich was hummus and avocado with lettuce between two slices of whole grain bread. That combination worked equally well as a wrap. Yum!!
 
My last suggestion is to try out all the “Just A Handful” snack bags that can be purchased at Trader Joe’s. They have several different varieties that include dried fruits and nuts in a snack pouch. Not so great for the environment…so after postpartum you can buy the bigger bag and serve yourself. In the short term, please do the little things that make life easier and buy these handy packs!!
 
Funny side note: I always kept several snack size pouches in my diaper bag or my purse…our older kids always knew where to go to find snacks when we were out and about. They bemoaned the day when I was no longer breastfeeding around the clock and stopped stocking them, “You never have good snacks anymore!”
 
Probiotics and fish oils
We are learning about the benefits of probiotics and fish oil as more research is done into postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Here is some information from THIS study from the University of Auckland:
 
Probiotics are live microorganisms that when consumed in adequate amounts provide health benefits to the host. They are typically found in some yoghurts and other fermented foods.
“Depression and anxiety in pregnancy and after birth affects 10-15 per cent of women, although many are not recognised or treated,” Professor Mitchell says.
“There is mounting evidence from animal studies that the microbiome-gut-brain axis - the biochemical signalling that takes place between the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system - may be important for mental health.”
Taking probiotics may reduce postnatal depression
www.auckland.ac.nz
 
A small study that was presented in 2011 found that:
 
“Eating fatty fish or other foods rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may help lower your risk of developing symptoms commonly seen in postpartum depression…”
WebMD, “Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Postpartum Depression”
https://goo.gl/jHCkdT
 
So while you are no longer pregnant in the postpartum period, the benefit of the omega-3s found in walnuts, flax seed, fatty fish, and fish oils can still be an advantage.
 
“Essential fatty acids including those found in fish may help some women who are at-risk for postpartum depression by bolstering the vesicles that carry mood chemicals such as serotonin in the brain,” 
WebMD, “Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Postpartum Depression”
https://goo.gl/xdHFU9
 
THIS article makes sense of the alphabet soup and may help you decide what you want to eat or how to supplement going forward.
 
Placenta encapsulation
I included placenta encapsulation in the nutrition portion of this series because however you may consume it, the placenta is being processed by the digestive tract. Observation of other mammals indicates that placenta consumption is common and “natural” in the animal kingdom. 

Anecdotal information from a placenta encapsulation website:

Your baby’s placenta...in capsule form, is believed to:
contain your own natural hormones
be perfectly made for you
balance your system
replenish depleted iron (my note: see UNLV study)
give you more energy
lessen bleeding postnatally
been shown to increase milk production
help you have a happier postpartum period
hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
Placenta Benefits Info/Articles
 
 
HERE and HERE are the two reports that have come out of UNLV regarding placentophagy.
 
HERE and HERE are some blog posts I have done on placenta encapsulation if you want to learn more about our experience and the different methods of preparing the placenta for consumption.
 
That Basket Again…
As I mentioned in the first post, the “breastfeeding basket” was a time and sanity saver in the postpartum period. I would keep some “just a handful” treats from Trader Joe’s in it at all times. 
 
If you missed the sleep installment, here is “the basket”: Gather the most-used items that you need when you sit down to feed your baby so that you don’t have to get up and find them, or have someone bring them to you.  This is what I kept in my basket: water, one-hand snacks that do not need to be refrigerated (bars, nut packs, fruit leather, etc.), diapers, wipes, change of clothes for the baby, burp cloths, bottom cream and nipple cream. 

 
I hope that out of these 5+1 tips, there is at least one that you can embrace whole-heartedly.  I invite you to jot down or type yourself a note of one small thing you can do to make that tip happen for you this postpartum. Try to start one journal page or virtual note that you can add to as we progress through this 8-week series for a better postpartum experience.
 
Previous Installments:
Sleep
 
Coming up next week:
Exercise
 
And check back for the rest of the series:
Physical recovery
Social Support
Practical Support
Emotional Support
Medical Intervention
 
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
References:
 
Probiotics and Postpartum Depression Study from The University of Auckland New Zealand
https://goo.gl/dYQKgo
 
Time Health: “Study: Fish Oil May Prevent Symptoms of Postpartum Depression”
http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/12/study-fish-oil-may-prevent-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression/
 
WebMD: “Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Postpartum Depression”
https://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20110412/omega-3s-may-cut-risk-of-postpartum-depression#1
 
Dietary omega-3 fatty acids aid in the modulation of inflammation and metabolic health
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4030645/
 
Placenta Benefits Info:
http://placentabenefits.info/articles/
 
Steamed, Dehydrated or Raw: Placentas May Help Moms’ Post-Partum Health
https://www.unlv.edu/news/article/steamed-dehydrated-or-raw-placentas-may-help-moms%E2%80%99-post-partum-health
 
UNLV Study Finds No Iron Benefit from Eating Placenta
https://www.unlv.edu/news/article/unlv-study-finds-no-iron-benefit-eating-placenta

 

Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.

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

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

Postpartum Wellness Series: SLEEP

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 9:17 PM Comments comments (74)
Postpartum Wellness Series
 
Welcome to our Postpartum Wellness Series.  Each week we will look at one area you can influence to help the days and weeks after you bring your baby home be just a little bit smoother. 
 
These early days with your sweet pea are the most precious – they will never be this small again. It is a good and worthy endeavor to make these first memories as well as they can be made for your family. My goal with this 8-week series is to offer some practical tips that you can employ without any extra purchases outside of your normal postpartum needs. Hopefully all that these tips will require is a little attention and a slight shift in perspective. It is my intention that you can find at least one small thing each week that will improve your postpartum experience.
 

 
Week 1: Sleep
 
The ever-elusive sleep.  The “good” baby that sleeps. What if we shift that focus? How about this:  Good healthy babies wake up several times throughout the day and night to ensure their big people know they are there.  Good healthy babies demand attention to ensure they stay alive when they are the most vulnerable.  Waking is protective and desirable, so if your baby is not sleeping, then they are a GOOD baby!!
 
The favorite resource we share with our students is a series by Psychology Today that share the evidence about infants and what “normal” is for infants.  HERE (https://goo.gl/kzl64G) is a summary in case you don’t want to click on the link:
 
“Infants whose primary source of energy is breastmilk will often wake frequently to nurse, something that is essential for the breastfeeding relationship to continue (Ball, 2009). However, regardless of feeding status, many infants wake regularly during the night (Weinraub, Bender, Friedman, Susman, Knoke, Bradley, et al., 2012).  Waking through the night is normal and biologically adaptive.  In fact, though it is often reported that sleep patterns consolidate in the second year, the pattern differs in breastfed children.  
 
Breastfeeding moms may wake more often, but report greater total sleep.  For example, in a study following breastfed children for 2 years, it was found that these children continued to wake frequently throughout the second year of life, a pattern more in line with cultures in which co-sleeping and full-term (aka “extended”) breastfeeding are more common (Elias, Nicolson, Bora, & Johnston, 1986). “

Normal, Human Infant Sleep: Feeding Method and Development, Psychology Today, Feb 2013
 
Speaking of breastfed babies, their sleep patterns differ from formula-fed babies. If your friends are formula-feeding, you will be having different sleep experiences.
 
What are some practical tips to help you sleep when your baby is sleeping?

Here are some ideas for you to consider...
 
Set clear boundaries
Ideally, the MotherBaby should spend the first 1000 minutes together so that they can get to know each other and get breastfeeding established. Yes, really! Click HERE (http://ninobirth.org/nino-overview/) for the evidence.  Have you done the math yet? That’s 16 hours and 40 minutes.  What do we do in our culture? As soon as the baby is born, people feel like it’s time to come over and hold the baby.  Just say WAIT. It’s not NO forever, it’s just wait for now.

That continues to the time you have at home.  Visitors should be kept to a minimum. The more the mother is apart from her baby, the harder it is for both to get organized and do the work of adjusting to postpartum. If people come over, they come over with a purpose – to bring food or other supplies that you need, and then go home so that everyone with the new baby can rest and recover and find the new normal.
 
Wear a bathrobe
…Or go topless the first few days. The point is, you are recovering from birth.  This is not the time to learn how to entertain with a newborn.  If the people in your life haven’t gotten the hint when you asked nicely for them to wait to visit, then the bathrobe (or your bare chest) sends a clear visual message that you are all about resting right now.
 
Avoid caffeine
This is a no-brainer…if you want to sleep, avoid stimulants. So where are the hidden places you might be getting caffeine without realizing it?  Not all teas are caffeine-free – be sure to read the labels. HERE (https://goo.gl/mCki2N) are some other foods to consider: decaf coffee, chocolate, ice cream and yogurt that have coffee or chocolate in them, protein bars, non-soda colas, candy bars and so called “fancy water”.
 
Turn off the screens
Turn off your screens at least one hour before bed, and even two hours before you are planning to go to bed. Did you know that the light from the screens changes your brain chemistry and actually makes it harder to sleep?
 
“The consensus is that the blue light that LED screens give off can slow or halt the production of melatonin, the hormone that signals our brain that it's time for bed.”

CNET, March 2016
https://goo.gl/cZjCkR
 
Turn down the lights
Electricity is one of the worst things that happened to our sleep patterns. Change that by trying to mimic the light of sun rising and setting. Open your shades and curtains in the morning when the sun comes up, and start turning off lights around the house when the sun sets. This will help teach your baby their circadian rhythm.
 
Establish routines
The evidence shows that babies who are “sleep-trained” and babies whose parents do nothing in the sleep department are all sleeping the same way at six months.

The Wait-It-Out (WIO) Method
› WIO means not implementing any sleep training. At 6-month follow up, there were no significant differences in babies’ sleep improvement between CIO group and WIO group. (Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab)
 
So instead of fretting over a baby who is or isn’t sleeping, think about what will work for your family in the long run.  What is something that you can do with this child, and with future children to let them know it’s time for bed? 

Common elements of a bedtime routine are things story time, a rhyme like Teddy Bear (https://goo.gl/EMh1uR), bath time, infant massage, bedtime songs. You can add in lavender at any point along the way…lavender soap for the bath, lavender massage oil or lotion after the bath, a lavender pillow or toy for bedtime, or lavender essential oil in a diffuser if you use one in your home.
 
Ask for help
Identify the people in your life who can respect your boundaries, and know how to make a good quick visit.  Some things that you might want to ask for help with in the immediate postpartum: housework, homemade meals, adult conversation when your partner goes back to work, someone to hold the baby so you can sleep for an hour, help with driving and/or running errands. Now with many grocery chains offering order pick-up, you can make your list, order and pay, and then arrange for someone to pick it up for you. 
 
If you have older children at home, maybe arrange for someone to run any errands with them so they get some special big kid attention, and maybe also someone who will keep them on their “regular” schedule so that their routine isn’t thrown off. Also think about people who can respect your space and your needs and who would be happy to visit and entertain the older children so that you and baby can get special bonding time and your older children get to feel like the center of attention. Or maybe switch roles – someone to come hold the baby so that you can be the one giving the big kids dedicated time and attention.
 
We are in an era where many families are spread apart and a grandparent or aunt or uncle isn’t available to help with any of this list.  Consider asking your friends.  Or is there someone in your faith community who is also in their childbearing years who you can connect with? When you identify that person or two who you would be comfortable inviting into your postpartum space, ask to trade help. They would help you during your postpartum, and you will return the help when they welcome their next Sweet Pea.
 
Baskets for the win
This tip is especially helpful if you have a two-story house – we had an upstairs basket and a downstairs basket that we reloaded every morning before Coach Bruss went to work.  Gather the most-used items that you need when you sit down to feed your baby so that you don’t have to get up and find them, or have someone bring them to you.  This is what I kept in my basket: water, one-hand snacks that do not need to be refrigerated (bars, nut packs, fruit leather, etc.), diapers, wipes, change of clothes for the baby, burp cloths, bottom cream and nipple cream. 
 
 
I hope that out of these 8 tips, there is at least one that you can embrace whole-heartedly.  I invite you to jot down or type yourself a note of one small thing you can do to make that tip happen for you this postpartum. Try to start one journal page or virtual note that you can add to as we progress through this 8-week series for a better postpartum experience.
 
 
Coming up next week:
Nutrition
 
And check back for the rest of the series:
Exercise
Physical recovery
Social Support
Practical Support
Emotional Support
Medical Intervention
 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

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

 

Just Tell Me

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 9:39 AM Comments comments (0)


I was reminded again yesterday how prevalent the stigma still is around the struggle after a baby is born: baby blues, postpartum depression, onset of anxiety in the postpartum period...

The transition into motherhood is hard.  The first child is pretty shocking, even if you have a good support system. Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming emotion and experience of holding a helpless newborn, the blood that is dripping out of you for the next few weeks, and then learning to breastfeed on top of all that.  It is doable, and people have been doing it for generations, so you know in your head it's possible...but your body is screaming WTF just happened here.

On top of all this, is the pressure from society to pretend that nothing happened. Bounce out of bed with full make-up, pose for some pictures, host everyone who wants to come meet the baby, and fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes by the time the six-week check up comes around or you are a slug who just can't get it together.

As you add Sweet Peas to your family, there is still an adjustment period. The love happens - you will have enough.  The adjustment for me was learning how to manage the time and the house with 2+ children.  A wise woman once told me, "Lower your expectations every time and you will do great."  Another wise woman reminded me, "They are not all two at the same time."  More on those topics another day...back to the topic at hand.

An older woman asked me why I write about postpartum so much...her generation just got on with it. She asked me why this was such "a thing" for women of this day and age.

My answer is I DON'T KNOW. Is it the food we are eating that doesn't support the hormonal shift as well as it used to? Is it that we know now that drinking and smoking are not the best stress relievers for mothers of newborns?Is it the pressure of  social media to "fakebook" and we are speaking up to say, "not today"? Is is the age of the internet that allows us to gather information and know that we are not alone? 

I have no idea.  My point today is, it is okay to ask for help if you need it.  Maybe you don't need help.  Maybe you had a satisfactory birth experience and your support network is amazing and enlightened and you are doing great.  Yeah!! Bonus points for you. (and I don't believe you)

There are also GOLD STARS waiting for you if you are able to say two of the hardest words, HELP ME.  I just read an affirmation today that really sparked me along with running into some friends who reminded me just how important postpartum care is to families who are struggling:

"It is healthy for me to say what I need and accept help".

When your childbirth educator, doula, midwife or anyone else in your life you cares about you calls you and asks how you are doing, for your own sake, tell us the truth!! 

We expect to hear, "I'm fine!" "Things are great!" "All good!"

What we are listening for are the in-betweens: the pauses, the crack in your voice, the tiredness as you speak.  We have been there - we know it is hard - we know it's an adjustment, and we want to help you. We will try to find a way to see you if we are concerned. So just make it easier for us to help you - tell us without shame, because we have been there, too.

Please tell the people who ask you and want to be there for you what you need.  We will show up and we will support you in any way we can as you make the transition from maiden to mother.  It is okay - you are still a great mom.

Thoughts on Postpartum

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (56)
Oh how I love going to La Leche League meetings.  It is a wealth of information from the brain trust of trained leaders and experienced mothers.  As my own days as a breastfeeding mother are winding down, I am glad I still get to go to meetings in support of our students.

In the course of conversation, I realized that I wanted to write about postpartum again today.  I feel like "postpartum" needs a new name.

"Postpartum" alone describes the physical fact of a woman who is no longer pregnant.  What word describes the profound transformation and spiritual awakening that happens when one becomes a mother?

Some of us take the birth journey and come out on the other side empowered and deeply enriched by the experience.  Some of us take a birth journey and come out with more questions. There are birth journeys that may end with a sense of sorrow or loss.  

Add to the equation the overwhelming emotions that come with keeping a tiny human alive. The visceral experience of dripping out of every orifice: eyes, breasts, vagina..."postpartum" barely scratches the surface of the intensity of the experience as we transform from maidens to mothers.

Which brings me to my next point: it's time to shift the expectations we have of mothers during the post-birth initiation period.  I can't tell you how many times I have been to meetings in the last six years to hear mothers introduce themselves and say they left a under 3-month old baby at home.  And they come to meetings with questions about breastfeeding said infant.

Why are we as a society in a place where we are okay that mothers and babies are separated? Why aren't partners making it possible to keep this mother and baby together? Why are we afraid to bring our crying babies out in public?

NEWSFLASH: ALL BABIES CRY. Every time I see an older person give a crying baby a dirty look, I want to shake them and remind them that they, too, as crusty as they are now, started out in this life as a crying baby who simply wanted their basic needs met.  Instead of giving the mother a dirty look, why not offer to help? Can I get you some water?  May I offer you my seat?  Can I help you carry anything so that you can have your hands free to comfort your baby?

So I have to say I don't have many solutions in today's post.  It's really a cry for moving towards solutions as a society.  Let's honor the postpartum period for what it is: a huge transformation and paradigm shift for THREE people, the mother, the infant, AND the partner.  Keep mothers and babies together...for a minimum of three days of continuous skin-to-skin after they are settled at home,  And thirdly, let's get over ourselves and recognize that babies only have one language: crying. If we help new parents out by giving them permission to do one thing, learn about their baby and put the baby's needs first for this transition time, then maybe, just maybe, we will see more parents coming through this post-birth period with a little more confidence in themselves and their ability to keep their little people alive and well.

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

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

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (29)

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Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.

All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.

The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.  Add in all the leaking from our eyes, our breasts, and our vagina...and the possibility that everyone wants to come over and see the baby so now you have the pressure of cleaning a house and being presentable yourself...it's a chaos and adjustment period like no other.

Like today's quote says, breastfeeding meets all of our newborn's needs: safety, security, and nourishment.  I have said this before and I will say it again...the only thing you *have* to do in the immediate postpartum is rest and get to know your baby.  Dim the lights, stay in bed, do lots of skin-to-skin with your newborn; get up only to use the restroom or shower.

Let everyone else take care of you: all meals in bed, and limit visitors to the ones that are comfortable seeing you naked and/or breastfeeding (and that you are comfortable if they see you naked and/or breastfeeding!). The only thing you need to do in the days after your baby is born is recover from the birth journey and feed your baby. I ask my students to at least consider a minimum "lying-in" period of 3-7 days. 

It is important for everyone to get sunshine. Along with lying in, we also did about 30-60 minutes outside during indirect sunlight hours to go for a walk and get some fresh air while keeping baby skin-to-skin.

Once you have gotten lots of sleep to recover from the birth journey and have breastfeeding established, start adding more to your routine. If you have older children, it is definitely okay to ask for help with them so at the very minimum mom and the new baby can bond and get organized with living, breathing, and breastfeeding together. This is a great time for the partner to step up and do bonding time with the older siblings so that they feel attended to and seen even though there is a new person in the house.  

You can also switch roles! We would have a nap time when Bruss would do skin-to-skin with the new baby while I stayed out of the bedroom. I would use that time to connect with the older sweet peas in the house. Maybe we would go outside together, read a book, play games, do a craft; something to let them know that they were still seen and loved by me although I had the new sweet pea to nourish, too.

In this age of information, it is easy to read too much and get overwhelmed with all the do's and don'ts that are available on the internet and on-line forums, including this post you are reading right now!!  My best advice: read your baby.  The baby books are general information.  YOU KNOW YOUR BABY BEST. Never, ever doubt your mother's intuition.

You know what your baby needs, your baby knows what (s)he needs, just do that. You cannot spoil a baby by holding them too much.  You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby, even if it was just 20 minutes since the last time they ate: you are giving them a LIVE fluid that is easily digested and used efficiently by the body...yes, they might *really* be hungry again.

The last idea I want to leave you with is the two magic words: FOR NOW.  This phase you and your baby (and the family) are going through is FOR NOW. It is not forever, it is not for a lifetime...it is FOR NOW. The baby is eating around the clock FOR NOW. The baby is not sleeping FOR NOW. You are feeding around the clock FOR NOW. You are cluster feeding FOR NOW. You are leaking everywhere FOR NOW.

The phases will pass and you will be onto the next FOR NOW before you realize it. By the time your sweet pea is 6 months old, you will have a good handle on this keeping them safe and alive thing that is also called parenting.  Ask for help when you need it from the people who will do what needs to be done without passing judgement on your choices for your family. Seek out and become involved in support groups (they are available online and IRL) that align with your parenting philosophy and breastfeeding goals.

Best wishes as you make your way in the world with your sweet pea - you've got this.  You are the parent that your baby needs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
As part of the LLL area conference
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore
 
La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites Biltmore

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
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 and related videos contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of Birthing From Within or The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of Birthing From Within, The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Inside Look: Babymoon Inn

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 7:31 AM Comments comments (0)
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Babymoon Inn, one of the Phoenix area local birth centers. We have enjoyed getting to know the director, Julia Hall, through her support of The Bradley Method® events, as well as other local events where we have been vendors together.  We have had students from our classes birth there, as well as receive postpartum support through Babymoon’s various breastfeeding and family support meetings offered throughout the week. The support meetings are open to all families in the community, regardless of whether or not they birthed at Babymoon Inn.  We are so grateful to Julia’s commitment to create a community that supports and enriches a family through pregnancy, birth, and into the childbearing year.
 
FYI: As of Spring 2016, one of our Bradley Method® colleagues is offering the Bradley™ 12-week childbirth preparation series at Babymoon Inn. 
 
I hope you enjoy this month’s exclusive INSIDE LOOK at the Babymoon Inn.  I want to offer huge thanks to Julia for taking the time to give our readers a peek into the beautiful birth center located in Central Phoenix.
 
LOGO: Babymoon Inn - all rights reserved by Babymoon Inn, Phoenix, ArizonaTell me about the Babymoon Inn.
 Babymoon Inn is a freestanding accredited birth center and full-scope midwifery practice, offering GYN and well-woman care in addition to prenatal care.  Families who come to us can choose to birth in our birth center or at the hospital with a Babymoon Inn midwife.  We also offer doula services, prenatal massage, in-house chiropractic care, and an original Lamaze childbirth preparation series.
 
Who are the care providers at Babymoon Inn?
 Babymoon’s care providers are certified nurse-midwives.
 
What kind of families does Babymoon Inn serve?
 Babymoon welcomes ALL families.  We serve families from all areas and all backgrounds and all walks of life.  The common element among all of our families is that they are well-researched, they are informed about their choices, and they want to be active participants in their care.  
 
What range of services does Babymoon Inn provide for the childbearing year and beyond? Is there anything you do not provide for?
 Babymoon believes in holistic, patient-centered care and we aim to provide all of these services from the comfort of our office.  We offer prenatal care with extended appointment times, chiropractic care, prenatal massage, doula support, Lamaze childbirth preparation classes, an orientation group led by our registered dietitian, and two group prenatal appointments.  After baby arrives, we offer three weekly support groups for babies of various ages, lactation support, a postpartum group appointment complete with newborn photos, and two appointments with a midwife.  We screen for postpartum depression twice within the first six weeks after birth and continue to follow up with our mamas through our weekly Inn Mommies support group.  We offer a wide variety of community-building activities, such as weekly music classes, clothing swaps, crafting events for both moms and children, a monthly lecture series, and our famous annual cookie exchange every December!
 
What makes Babymoon Inn unique?
 We are a team of healthcare consumers AND healthcare providers who are committed to listening to feedback from our clients to give the most well-rounded, patient-centered experience.  We’ve grown our practice to offer a wide range of services based on what our families have requested, and we strive to meet each client wherever she is in her journey.
 
What motivated you to start Babymoon Inn?
 My passion was ignited by my own experience as a mother receiving traditional obstetrical care in the medical model and then the stark contrast to the midwifery model of care, where I was an active participant in the process.  Based on my own experiences and how I felt under each model of care, it became my life’s goal to make sure every woman who walks through our doors has a voice and leaves feeling empowered and supported.  She will know her voice matters. 
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about Babymoon Inn or the care providers?
 We don’t believe in one kind of birth experience.  You can have your baby in the birth center, in the hospital, with an epidural, unmedicated, by yourself, or with your entire family present. We are not here to dictate your birth; we are here to facilitate it and be a partner in your care
 
What inspires you?
The families who allow us to be a part of their journey during such a beautiful and miraculous time of life inspire me every day. 

 
Would you like more information about a birth journey with Babymoon Inn? You can also see the calendar of events available to the Phoenix community by visiting their website.

Babymoon Inn
PHONE: 602.314.7755
 
Office
(appointments and tours)
202 E. Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012

The Nest
(classes and activities)
220 E. Lexington Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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 and related videos contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

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



 

3 BIG Postpartum Secrets Exposed

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)
I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum was.  Now, I know we talk about this in the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea. 

Quite frankly, I don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this).  I wonder if you, like me, just think that postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are holding your baby.
 
Well, I'll admit, there is some magic - I don't want to be a complete Sour Susie.  Here is the Reality Check, though: along with the magical parts, postpartum is *really* drippy.  Think leaky faucets on steroids...

First of all, you are holding this beautiful, squishy baby that is too cute for words.  For me, every time I locked eyes with them, my heart melted. It made me cry every.single.time.  Add in the roller coaster of postpartum hormones and you might be crying at just about everything else, too.
 
You aren’t feeling in love with your baby?  That is okay.  You are still a good mom.  Keep reading. Especially the part at the end of this post.
 
Secondly, did anyone tell you that your breasts might look like shiny hard melons ready to pop? No, seriously…"hard, shiny, so taut you can bounce a quarter off of them" uncomfortable.  My husband could always tell when my milk came in.  Even if you are not going to breastfeed, you may want to have a strategy because the body will keep making milk until it gets the message that no one is emptying the breast.  Now, if you are going to breastfeed, rest assured that for most women, once the body figures out the supply and demand cycle, the engorgement goes away (check out THIS tip to help with engorgement).  While you will feel full-ish when your breasts produce milk between feedings, the bursting sensation eases off and you find a “new normal”, and probably some new nursing bras that are 1 to 2 sizes bigger than your pre-pregnancy size.
 
The third faucet that turns on and doesn’t turn off for a few weeks is the one connected to your uterus.  The joy you had about being excused from a monthly cycle for ten months comes raging back for typically 4-6 weeks postpartum.  I was so irritated that no one thought to mention this to me back when I was pregnant the first time.  Literally NO ONE told me that I was going to have a menstrual-like flow for six weeks.  Don’t you think that would be kind of important to mention to first time moms????
 
So here it is – laid out for you – the BIG secrets that should not *EVER* be secrets, because becoming a mother is a big enough adjustment to make without the leaky surprises.  Now, there are things you can do to mitigate all this leakage.  Here are some ideas for you in regards to those three secrets that I just busted open for you.  (For more of my postpartum tips, see the links listed at the end of the post)
 
Tears:
Get lots of rest.  Literally stay in bed for three days, skin-to-skin with your baby and let everyone else treat you like the Queen of Sheba.  If someone can’t handle seeing you (almost) naked, then they shouldn’t be coming over to visit.  After that, continue to sleep – our workbook says that you should take three 1-hour naps every day.  When you are rested, everything takes on a different meaning than when you are exhausted and sleep-deprived.  Keep taking naps until you are feeling more like “you” and less like this crazy person who showed up with the postpartum hormones.  You might also consider a postpartum doula to help with the basics so you can rest.
 
Breasts:
Get yourself some amazing nursing pads.  My favorites are the reusable pads that my friend Shannon makes (click HERE to see them).  You can also purchase some neat products from maternity and mommy stores.  HERE is my friend Talisha, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique, sharing some of the different products on the market that are designed to ease engorgement and pamper your hard-working breasts.
 
The Flow:
The best remedy I know of is to take your placenta pills.  WHAT? Did you just retch a little?  That’s okay – I did, too, the first time I heard someone talk about it.  Seriously, though, in my control group of four term pregnancies, the best recovery and the shortest lochia (fancy technical name for the bloody mess) was with Otter, because I had her placenta encapsulated.  I was done with the bleeding by four weeks postpartum, and the flow was significantly lower while it lasted.  A.Ma.Zing.  It was so nice not to feel like Carrie every time I moved.
 
Again, I have to recommend my friend Shannon – she also makes amazing postpartum pads.  You can see them HERE.  If you are going to be bleeding like crazy, then you might as well be as comfortable as possible.
 
Now, back to that item of,  “What if I am not feeling in love with my baby?”  Sometimes, things happen that have no bearing on you as a person or a mother.  It is a fact that some women will experience some degree of postpartum mood disorder.  It could be the blues that last for a couple of weeks, maybe you are experiencing depression, or maybe you are tumbling into postpartum psychosis.  You can answer THESE questions and talk to your care provider about the results.  Also at that page is a link to the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) – you can print, complete and take with you when you see your care provider.
 
Wherever you fall on the scale, help is out there and it is available.  Please do not hide in shame from your family and friends.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  YOU ARE STILL A GOOD PERSON.  You are a good person who is having an adjustment; still a good person nonetheless.  This having a baby and becoming a mother thing is an initiation…and we are just not prepared for it in our culture anymore.
 
Talk therapy is the least invasive and the least likely to affect your milk supply if you are breastfeeding.  Here are some resources if you are local to the Chandler, AZ area where we teach.  If you are not local, scroll down for some online resources and a link to support group listings in the USA and Canada.
 
Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding + Postpartum Support Group • Every Wednesday morning  • Time: 11:00 AM
Pregnant moms are welcome too!
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center
2928 N 16th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85016 
Facilitator: Michelle Hottya818-606-5687
 
Dignity Health Postpartum Adjustment Support Group Wednesdays • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
For pregnant and new mothers who are experiencing depression and adjustment challenges, the number one complication of childbirth. Come learn coping mechanisms and how to ask for help in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.
Registration is not required. Childcare is provided during the group sessions for for babies and toddlers. You are welcome to bring your significant other or support person. Support group does not meet the week of July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s
Meeting Location:
Rome Towers: 1760 E Pecos Rd., Ste. 235, Gilbert, AZ 85295 

Postpartum Progress Group Therapy • Wednesdays • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Supporting moms from bump to breast & beyond. All meetings led by Dr. Cara English, MA, LAC, DBH. Group therapy may not be the best option for all moms. Dr. English will administer a brief phone assessment to determine if group therapy will be helpful for you, or if other types of treatment would be more beneficial.  The assessment will be scheduled prior to your first group. Cost: $30/session   Call (480) 442-8491 for more info.  AZ Breastfeeding Center, 4703 S. Lakeshore Dr, Tempe, 85282. 
 
Do you need support outside of the Phoenix, Arizona area?  

Check out these options, and remember, you do not have to suffer alone.  Reach out – I hope you will be overwhelmed by the compassion and acceptance of the women who have gone before you and are living testimonies to the fact that there is a “Climb Out Of The Darkness”.
 
Postpartum Progress – Online Support Forum
 
Postpartum Support – Resource list for USA and Canada
 
About ##PPD Chat on Twitter
 
BLOG
My Postpartum Voice


Is there something you discovered on your own about postpartum that you wish someone had told you?? What was that?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

MORE ABOUT POSTPARTUM ON SPB:

Postpartum Ideas to manage sleep, feeding, feelings about your birth, siblings, and pets

Postpartum Strategies - adjusting to life with a newborn

Postpartum Doulas - what they do and how to hire one

Postpartum Kit - essentials for a more pleasant postpartum experience

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®.


Update: Placenta Pills

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (57)
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding.  More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE.

Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
 
Why, yes. Yes, I did.  When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the deep end.  After doing more research and deciding we wanted to give it a try with our fourth placenta, we both came to the same conclusion: we had wasted three perfectly good placentas.  We encourage our students to do their reading and decide if it would work for them (see the end of this post for my resource list).
 
I have written about placenta encapsulation before HERE and HERE.  Since I wrote those posts, I have gotten questions via email and from our students. 
 
How is the placenta prepared for consumption?
There are two ways to prepare a placenta for consumption, raw and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  For a good outline of the differences and similarities, read THIS post written by Jules Moon.  Here is a quick summary:

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson 
What is a placenta tincture?
Info from IPEN
Placenta Tincture is made from a piece of the mother’s own raw placenta after birth, steeping in alcohol making a strong remedy over 6 weeks.  It is said that placenta tincture is used for emotional, mental and psychological instability and may also be very beneficial for treating PMS and menopause.
Read more HERE 

Can I take my placenta pills with subsequent pregnancies to help with morning sickness?
Answered with the help of Amanda Jaramillo and Amanda Santana:
The answer is, “No”.  There are a couple of concerns.  One is that it could disrupt normal pregnancy hormones by adding additional hormones from the placenta. The other is that placenta pills aid in contracting the uterus for. 

Neither of these possibilities is desirable during pregnancy. Consuming your placenta during the postpartum period aids in body processes that could lead to pregnancy loss if taken while pregnant.

The “safest” option for easing the symptoms of morning sickness seems to be herbal teas.  A good choice might be finding an herbalist that is knowledgeable about pregnancy.  Sometimes they can do more personalization than an over-the-counter product.  If not, most people find that the Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea is a pretty green & clean option.
 
What are your thoughts on Placentophagy?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

Local Resources in Arizona:

Placenta Encapsulators I know personally:
RAW placenta preparation: Amanda Jaramillo – Heaven Sent PES http://www.placentaencapsulationaz.com/Home_Page.html
 
TCM placenta preparation: Trent Newell – Placenta Benefits.info http://placentabenefits.info/TrentNewell.asp
 
Herbalists for Pregnancy and Postpartum:
Diane Bajus
Healing Earth Botanicals offers teas for pregnancy, birth, postpartum & beyond, salves, bath blends, compresses, hydrosols, Super Green & more, along with custom blends.
Contact: authenticmidwife{at}q{dot}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®.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 23-27, 2014

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM Comments comments (0)
HAPPY First week of summer!  I wish you lots of shade and cool breezes...we are loving our mister tube that Coach Bruss bought from Lowe's Home Improvement - it makes sitting outside while the kids play bearable!!

Planning ahead:
Disney Summer Play Days @ Chandler Fashion Mall
Tuesday 6/24: Doc McStuffins @ 11:30 am
Wednesday 6/25: Crush Showtime @ 11:30 am
Thursday 6/26: Marvel Trivia @ 11:30 am
Friday 6/27: Avengers Showtime @ 6:15 pm

Thursday June 26
#4 Vaccination Education for Parents - PCV, IPV, and HIB
Educate yourself about risks, benefits, and choices when it comes to vaccinations!
This is the #4 of a four part series - this class focuses on Pneumoccocal, Polio, and HIB.
Taught by Kari Hanks, this class is only $5 per couple! Contact Kari Hanks by email at [email protected] to sign up.
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 
 
Saturday, June 28
Build & Grow Workshop
Loew’s  (10:00 AM)
The dragons are flying into Lowe’s this month! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build their own Sheep Drop Game! DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters June 13th.
Register HERE http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx
 
Monday, June 30
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
June 30: Join Jungle Jill this week for a Backyard Bash!
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777
 
MONDAYS
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014
Tumbleweed Tumble Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Cost: $3.00. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

Barnes & Noble Storytime
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Storytime
by Eileen Christelow
Join us for zany monkey fun on June 24 at 11:00 am for Storytime featuring Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Includes reading and activities.
Find your local store HERE
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Storytime en Español
El miedo de Iván, by Ariel Andres Almada, Cha Coco (Illustrator)
Join us in June for Cuentacuentos featuring El miedo de Iván. Includes reading, word practice and activities.  About the book: The sea, mist, loud noises… Ivan’s afraid of everything! And with all those frights and shivers, his dreams of having great adventures and visiting far-away places seem more and more unlikely. But could an unexpected visitor help him overcome his deepest fears? Could an old African song change his life forever?
El miedo de Iván is an inspiring tale about the bravery we need in order to live our lives with joy and happiness. It is a journey to the very center of our hearts, which will give us the courage and bravery to face up to any obstacle that stands in our way.
Find your local store HERE
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014
Inn Families
Moms, Dads, and Babies are all welcome for Inn Families at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Meet with other parents or families and chat about parenting or any other topics of interest while the babies play.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 9:30 – 11:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

National Geographic Kids Club 

The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Jungle Jill visits with her backyard pets!
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

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

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

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

Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

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

Inn Mommies: Cuddlers Group (birth-around 7 mo)
Please join us Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other. Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there! Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

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

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

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

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

ICAN Meeting 
Topic: Hospital when to go
This meeting will be jam packed with discussions about labor & delivery options. We will discuss tips for laboring, hospital information, what policies are optional, etc. Come prepared with any questions you have and we'll help you plan your birth! We'll have take-away resources.
Co-Leaders:  Jesse, Abby and Jennie
Dr. Ross’ Office @  7:00–9:00 pm
2405 E. Southern #3
Tempe AZ 85282

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014
Tumbleweed Tumble Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

Chandler Farmer’s Market
We are currently on a "summer break" as it is too hot our for most of our vendors. However, Farmer Jeff of Jeff Scott Farms, continues to attend every Thursday with fresh produce!
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

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

National Geographic Kids Club 
The Superstition Springs Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.  Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog every Thursday in the JCPenney Court.
Join us the 4th Friday of every month at 10am. Located outside on SanTan Plaza.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

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

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
How to Train a Train
By Jason Carter Eaton, John Rocco (Illustrator)
Kids who love locomotives will discover where trains live, what they like to eat and the best train tricks around!
Find your local store HERE
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

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

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

Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

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

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

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

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

SPLASH PADS
http://phoenix.about.com/od/publicswimmingpools/ss/splash.htm

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

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

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

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

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

GILBERT
Splash Pad at San Tan Village
The Splash Pad, located in the Children's Play Area, is now open.
Through October 26 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
2218 E. Williams Field Rd.
Suite 235
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 282-9500

SCOTTSDALE
Agua Linda Park, 8732 E. McDonald (Pima Road and McDonald)

Chesnut Park @ 8:00am to 5:00pm. 
4565 N. Granite Reef
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
General: (480) 312-2771
 
Scottsdale has "spray poles" on the playgrounds at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (Scottsdale Road, north of Lincoln)
 
Paiute Park @ Sunrise - 10:30pm
3210 N. 66th Street (South of Osborn Road)
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
480-312-PARK (7275)
 
Pima Park 
8600 E. Thomas Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 312-PARK (7275)
 
Vista del Camino Park @ Sunrise – 10:30 pm
(
Indian Bend Wash complex)
7700 E. Roosevelt St
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 312-2330


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

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

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

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

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS: June 16-20, 2014

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to the week - hope you have a great one!!

Planning Ahead:

Disney Summer Play Days
These are the events for the Chandler Mall store – please call ahead to confirm as they sometimes change due to cast member changes.
Monday, June 16: 6:00 pm – Art of Animation – Simba
Tuesday, June 17: 6:00 pm – Mike’s Trivia Challenge – Boo
Wednesday, June 18: 11:30 am – Showtime – Mickey Mouse Club House
Thursday, June 19: 11:30 am – Storytime – Sing with Pooh
Friday, June 20: 6:15 pm – Art of Animation – Mickey Mouse
Saturday, June 21: 1:00 pm – Star Wars: Ways of the Force
 
Thursday June 26
#4 Vaccination Education for Parents - PCV, IPV, and HIB
Educate yourself about risks, benefits, and choices when it comes to vaccinations!
This is the #4 of a four part series - this class focuses on Pneumoccocal, Polio, and HIB.
Taught by Kari Hanks, this class is only $5 per couple! Contact Kari Hanks by email at [email protected] to sign up.
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 
 
MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
June 16: Dance to the "Dusty Desert Shuffle". 
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

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

Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
Tumbleweed Tumble Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Cost: $3.00. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

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

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

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

BELLIES at Nurturing Hearts
As always, this is open to anyone and everyone!!
TOPIC - Pregnancy Mythbusters!
Laugh, learn, and have a great time talking about myths and truths - which is which. Bring your best old-wives-tales and lets see how true they are!
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014
Inn Families
Moms, Dads, and Babies are all welcome for Inn Families at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Meet with other parents or families and chat about parenting or any other topics of interest while the babies play.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 9:30 – 11:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

National Geographic Kids Club 

The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Backyard Animals
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

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

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

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

Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

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

Inn Mommies: Cuddlers Group (birth-around 7 mo)
Please join us Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other. Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there! Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014
Tumbleweed Tumble Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

Chandler Farmer’s Market
We are currently on a "summer break" as it is too hot our for most of our vendors. However, Farmer Jeff of Jeff Scott Farms, continues to attend every Thursday with fresh produce!
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

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

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

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl
A father takes his son to a baseball game. They eat and drink, see stolen bases and caught baseballs. When the game is over, they say goodnight to everything from the players to home plate.
Find your local store HERE 
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

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

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

Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

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

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

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

SPLASH PADS
Find a great listing for the Phoenix Metro area HERE 

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

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

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

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

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

GILBERT
Splash Pad at San Tan Village
The Splash Pad, located in the Children's Play Area, is now open.
Through October 26 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
2218 E. Williams Field Rd.
Suite 235
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 282-9500

SCOTTSDALE
Agua Linda Park, 8732 E. McDonald (Pima Road and McDonald)

Chesnut Park @ 8:00am to 5:00pm. 
4565 N. Granite Reef
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
General: (480) 312-2771
 
Scottsdale has "spray poles" on the playgrounds at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (Scottsdale Road, north of Lincoln)
 
Paiute Park @ Sunrise - 10:30pm
3210 N. 66th Street (South of Osborn Road)
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
480-312-PARK (7275)
 
Pima Park 
8600 E. Thomas Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 312-PARK (7275)
 
Vista del Camino Park @ Sunrise – 10:30 pm
(
Indian Bend Wash complex)
7700 E. Roosevelt St
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 312-2330

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

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

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

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

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

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