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Pregnancy Exercises in Summer Weather

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 8:46 AM Comments comments (99)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale  It feels like the Arizona Summer Oven just turned on last week...after a beautiful May, we are now at the mercy of triple-digit temperatures.   

A big concern for me as the heat continues to ratchet up in Arizona is that mamas stay hydrated, especially those that are still pregnant.  It is super important for their health, as well as their baby’s health.  Having gone through three summer pregnancies, I remember very well the discomfort; and the need to stay hydrated in spite of multiple trips to the bathroom throughout the day.  As you drink, sweat and eliminate, remember that you also have to replace your trace minerals.  HERE is a post written by a colleague about your water needs through pregnancy.

Which leads me to another concern I have with our students and readers that will be pregnant through the summer months…exercising safely and wisely.  One of the components of The Bradley Method® classes is exercise.  Dr. Bradley called his pregnant patients “obstetrical athletes” and his nurse, Rhondda Hartman, RN, designed a whole pregnancy exercise program that was taught to his patients.  Now we share that program with all our students.  We find that the students who exercise faithfully for the duration of the 12-week series, are well-trained for their athletic event: birth.   

So how do you balance exercise, heat and advanced pregnancy?  Even in early pregnancy these thoughts will apply.  The developing fetus is especially susceptible to temperature changes in the mother’s body (Ref 1), so this information is good all around.   

Read about Staying Safe and Cool through your summer pregnancy HERE and HERE

The Bradley Method® exercise program encourages all of our healthy moms to get at least forty minutes of stamina building cardiovascular exercise every day.  The suggested regimen is two sessions of 20-25 minutes each.  Many of our students get this in by walking their dogs (I was one of those mamas, too!) or walking on a treadmill.    

As the heat builds up here in Arizona, we start to caution our students against doing too much during the hottest times of the day, and to start drinking more water than they think they need.  Thirst is a sign of dehydration, which means that you needed more water a while ago.  When it’s summer in your part of the world, drink plenty of water and consider some of the following options for cardiovascular activity.   

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale  Here are some ideas to keep up the stamina exercises as it heats up that are gentler on the pregnant body.  A mama can swim, participate in water aerobics or maybe find a pre-natal yoga (Ref 2).  You can even keep jogging (3) and cycling (4) – in the water!  The weightlessness feels awesome and you get to stay cooler while you exercise.  These are my preferred methods of keeping up my exercise regimen when I am pregnant.  I was never much for sweating!   

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale  If you are a mama that wants to keep up with more intense cardio, consider taking it indoors to use a stationary bike while you still have good balance, and then move to a recumbent bicycle or pool (3) as your belly grows, or you can keep up a good pace on a treadmill.  We have had mamas jog into their seventh month of pregnancy; and our latest version of “extreme pregnancy” exercise has been a mama who ran stairs into her seventh month.  Both of these mamas were under the watchful eye of their care providers, of course!   

There was a great question that came up in one of our Spring 2012 classes as it relates to exercise and not knowing when labor is going to start.  One of our mamas asked, “What if I had a really intense cardio workout in the morning, and I am tired, and I go into labor that night?”   

My answer: Once you are in weeks 36+ of pregnancy, you are no longer exercising to build stamina.  You are on more of a maintenance program.  Turn the settings down on the treadmill, take a slower pace if you are out on the street, keep up the same amount of laps in the pool, maybe a slower pace, or switch to a completely different type of exercise.  I especially love pre-natal yoga and water aerobics in the last weeks of pregnancy because they are gentle on the body and encourage relaxation for the mind.   

A critique of The Bradley Method® that I have heard more than once is that there is too much emphasis on walking during labor and mamas wear themselves out. As it relates to labor, we teach that walking is a tool that needs to be used judiciously.  If your contractions are 8 – 10 minutes apart in frequency, our experience has been that walking is not going to speed it up significantly at this point.  This is the time to eat if you are hungry, sleep if you are sleepy – stop timing your contractions and conserve your energy for the hard work.  Once you have a pattern of contractions that is well-established, then walking might be a very effective way to ease discomfort and possibly speed labor as baby is encouraged into an optimal position by opening the inlet of the pelvis.   

Since we are headed into triple digits this weekend, I will close with this thought:  There are two very important people in the pregnancy:  Mom and Baby.  Make good choices that preserve Mom’s health and Baby’s well being above everything else.  That extra workout to keep off the pregnancy weight won’t be worth it if overdoing it and suffering from heat and/or exhaustion compromise either Mom or Baby.  

What is/was your favorite form of cardio-aerobic exercise during pregnancy?   

 References 
 (1) Maternal fever and birth outcome: a prospective study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9894674  



 (4) This is an exercise I learned in my water aerobics class:  Find a pool noodle that you can float on.  Bend it into a U-shape and straddle the bottom of the U.  You exercise in water where your feet do not touch the bottom and you can bicycle in a circular pattern around the pool, or back and forth along the pool.  If you want an extra workout, you can curl water weights while you are at it.   

 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®. 

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 2

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (52)
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months

As you read on Tuesday (Part 1), dehydration and hyperthermia can cause dangerous complications of pregnancy.  Remember you have permission to be a Drama Queen during the summer months!  Take it easy and take care of yourself as the temperature climbs.  You can also enlist your partner and other family members to help you take advantage of one, some, or all of these comfort measures listed below to avoid dehydration and hyperthermia in the first place. 

The simplest steps you can take are staying hydrated, getting rest, and staying out of direct sunlight and high temperatures.  Above all, good judgment is the best guide when you are out and about in the heat and sunlight. 

Here is a more detailed list of suggestions and tips I complied from having had three (!) summer pregnancies, and all the reading I did on the subject (see the articles in the reference section below). 

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Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer monthsClothing and Fabrics
- Wear light-colored clothing that will reflect the sunlight.
- Stay away from dark colors that absorb heat if you are  out and about during the day.
- Wear non-restrictive clothing to minimize swelling – you want to encourage optimal circulation as much as possible.  Pay special attention to wear clothing that isn't restrictive around your waist area.
- Wear a cooling bandana – there are several brands available in the stores, or you may be able to shop local and support a crafter at an area farmer’s market.
- Wear fabrics that are breathable and keep you cool, such as Cool Max (wicks sweat), Lycra (keeps shape while being elastic) and Supplex (cottony feel and quick-drying).  Stay away from Spandex and nylon based fabrics that don’t let your skin breathe.
- Breathable fabrics can also help prevent heat rashes on your breasts and abdomen, the areas that rub against the fabric the most.
- Avoid open-weave fabrics that allow the sun to reach your skin.
 
Cool Comfort Measures
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Carry a spritzer bottle or personal misting fan with you.  For extra cooling, keep them in filled in the refrigerator until you need to take them with you.
- Take frequent, quick showers – air dry if you have time, or pat dry if you need to move on with your day.
- Stay cool indoors by sitting in an air conditioned space or near an electric fan. 
- If air conditioning isn’t an option, try an air filter or a dehumidifier.  These are especially helpful if you live in a humid climate.
- Find the most comfortable room in the building and make that your nest.  If your house or workplace doesn’t have one of those rooms, think about investing in a personal air conditioner that you can leave in your space, or move around with you.
- Keep beauty products such as sun lotion, moisturizer or toner in the refrigerator.  Applying a cold product to your skin will give you an instant cool down.
- Use cold packs or ice cubes at wrist pulse points, the back of the neck and on the forehead.  You can keep long-lasting soft-gel cooling strips in your car or purse when you know the freezer isn’t going to be handy when you are out running errands.  You can also decide if THESE amazing necklaces might come in handy now instead of later.
- Get long hair up and off your neck.  You can braid it, tie it in a ponytail or clip it up.  Find easy up-dos via BuzzFeed HERE .
- Raise your legs at every opportunity – encourage good circulation whenever and however possible.
- If you don’t have a swimming pool, fill a wading pool with water and place it in a shady part of your yard or patio.  Cool off as needed!
 
Exercise
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Wear a heart rate monitor to ensure your working heart rate stays in a safe range while you exercise.  Ask your care provider what they feel is a safe active heart rate for you.
- Avoid exercising during the hot hours.  Wherever you are in the country, the temperature is generally the hottest between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
- It follows to limit your outdoor activities from the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm - find as many places to stay cool inside as possible!
- Instead of walking outside, do your walking inside at an indoor track or at an indoor shopping mall.
- Swimming is a good warm/hot-weather option.  It supports your growing body, the feeling of weightlessness is awesome, it cools off your whole body, it takes weight off the sciatic nerve, and it encourages the baby into an optimal birthing position.
- Prenatal yoga can be another good option. A class taught by an experienced prenatal instructor will provide a good mix of heart healthy poses, strengthening poses, and relaxation (see "Mind Over Matter" by scrolling down in this post).
- Do the pregnancy exercises assigned by your Bradley Method® instructor.  They are designed to be gentle enough to do during any time of the year, yet there is enough repetition to strengthen the muscles you will need for your labor.
 
Fluids
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day, and more if you are active.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks.  Caffeine acts as a diuretic and it may increase the frequency of urination, which can then lead to a reduction in your body fluid levels – hello, dehydration.
- Make sure you are replacing your electrolytes...water intoxication is an actual condition that can be caused by drinking too much water in a short amount of time.  In order to hydrate safely, we have used the product made by Emergen-C.  Coconut water is a great natural "gatorade".  A third option is to use trace minerals - find a brand you trust and add them to your glass of water.
 

Food
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Eat little meals more often.  Large meals increase your metabolism and this could make you feel hotter.
- Eat fluid-filled foods, such as strawberries, celery, watermelon and cucumber.  HERE are more ideas for hydrating foods.
- Make healthy popsicles by freezing organic fruit juices.
- Treat yourself to a meal at a restaurant – use their air conditioning and you can keep the heat out of your kitchen since you won’t be using your stove or your oven for food prep that night.  As a bonus, pack half of your meal in a to-go container and have it as a snack later.
- Read more about eating during pregnancy HERE - archive post from Spring 2014.
 
Hustle and Bustle
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Do your chores early or late in the day when the temperature is cooler.
- Move slowly and avoid rushing.
- Avoid movements that could lead to light-headedness, such as repetitive bending or rushing around on staircases.
 
Mind Over Matter
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Relaxation – the key to The Bradley Method®.  It is easier to keep your body temperature lower if you are calm and relaxed instead of stressed and hurried.  Take the time to practice some mental imagery and move through your day with the intention to stay cool.
- Breathe – a good rhythmic breathing pattern can reduce heat production in your body.  The foundation of relaxation is breathing that supports a relaxed state.  Bradley instructors love to encourage abdominal breathing anytime and anywhere.
- Meditate – even an one-minute practice can make a difference - really!!  Find some meditation resources HERE - archive post from Spring 2015.
 
Sun Safety
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible.  Sunburn impairs the body’s ability to cool itself and it causes the loss of body fluids.
- If you must be or choose to be in the sun, use a good sunscreen, at least SPF 15.  The natural momma in me will encourage you to find a sunscreen that is organic, thereby minimizing the amount of chemicals absorbed into your bloodstream.  EWG publishes a sun-screen guide - find it HERE.
- Avoid mid-day direct sun exposure.  If you live in the north, this means stay out of the sun between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  If you live in the south, this means 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Use a sun hat and sunglasses to avoid prolonged exposure or sunstroke.
- Apply a sun lotion at the end of the day whether or not you sunburn.  The ingredients will soothe and restore your skin from the drying effects of the sun.
 
Did I forget to mention one?  
What is your favorite sun safety tip?

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

References:
http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education/water-pregnancy.htm

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52172

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51783

http://www.pregnancytoday.com/articles/healthy-safe-pregnancy/pregnant-during-the-summer-months-3185/

http://www.suite101.com/content/coping-with-the-heat-in-pregnancy-a129230 http://www.parentingweekly.com/pregnancy/pregnancy_health_fitness/hot_summer_safety.htm

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2007/jun/18/staying-cool-pregnant-women-face-greater-risks/

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-issues/?page=5

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-issues/?page=6

Waiting For Baby

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM Comments comments (97)
 Originally posted Fall 2011 - sharing today since some of our Spring 2016 mamas are starting to approach their EDD's)

So your estimated due date is approaching...or maybe it has passed.  Those little ones we are carrying are happily ensconced in their warm, loving homes.  To us “carriers”, it feels like we have been pregnant forever!!

I remember that feeling very well.  We have always had the good fortune of having our babies before our due date.  I am mentally preparing for this baby to be the one that teaches us how to wait...and since we are not planning to have any more children after this, reminding myself to treasure every moment of the pregnancy...I’ll get back to you on that after our baby is born. (Our youngest was born at 38 weeks - got lucky again!)

As a reminder, if you are a first-time mom, there was a Harvard study published in the June 1990 edition of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology that demonstrated that we are probably not allowing enough time when estimating due dates (read more).  We give a copy of this article to our students on the first evening of class.  It is a retrospective evaluation of pregnancies between April 1, 1983 and March 31, 1984.

The conclusion of that study was that the median estimated due date for primiparas (first-time mothers) should be 8 days later than Naegele’s rule (the 40 week date used to estimate due dates - it’s been around since 1830), and that multiparas should have an estimated due date that was 3 days later than Naegele’s rule.  Per their study, if you are 41 weeks as a first-time mother, your baby might just be arriving to the point when he or she is ready to be born.

For some of us, it is hard to be in the last two weeks before your due date, wondering when labor is going to start.  If you are personally tired of being pregnant, it is hard to remember that every day your baby is inside your womb is a day he or she needs to finish their preparation for “life on the outside”.  Because you are big, hot and uncomfortable, and you are ready to be done!!  I cannot even imagine what it’s like to go past your estimated due date and then have people you know constantly asking, “Is the baby here yet?”  or, “Have you had that baby yet?”  

At that point, you might as well get a t-shirt made that says “Obviously STILL Pregnant”.  If your family and friends are constantly calling to check on you, you could screen your calls.  Change your phone message to say “Still pregnant - don’t call me, I’ll call you!  Leave me a message if you are calling about something else.”

All kidding aside, here are some ideas that have been shared on our Facebook page that I hope will help you pass the time as you wait for your baby to arrive safely into your loving arms.

From a Series 2 Coach:
“[We] Reviewed Bradley® material, continued to think about our own birth plan and contingencies, continued to exercise (Kegel), and practiced relaxation techniques. Bags packed, gas tank filled, friends/family/support group info programmed into phone, phone charger? We also enjoyed the peaceful time we shared as a couple and thought about our soon to be family of 3. Slept a bunch too. Ahhhhh..... sleep.”

From a reader in Phoenix, AZ:
“My confession: I had gathered supplies to bake birth-day cupcakes during early labor. At about 10 days past ''due date,'' I caved in, baked the cupcakes, and ate them! Our son arrived two days later. Despite our Bradley® training, I was a bit impatient and I definitely learned my lesson!”

From one of our Bradley® teachers:
“The other kids kept me busy. Eating out is always a help.”

From moms in our Series 2 and Series 4:
“Retail therapy!”

I know one of our students from our Spring Series 5 is busy quilting a blanket while she waits for her labor to start - they are already “past due” their estimated due date by seven days.

To piggyback on the advice from our Series 2 Coach, it is vitally important that you keep up with your exercise and relaxation practice.  Exercise is important to keep your stamina and your energy up, as well as keep your circulation going.  Some moms experience swelling in the last weeks of pregnancy.  Doing regular cardiovascular exercise will make sure that things are circulating through your body as needed.  The pregnancy exercises will continue to keep you in good shape for your athletic event, whether you have a “sprint” or a “marathon” birth.  

It has been proven that exercise also produce endorphins.  These “good guys” will be a great asset to you if you are feeling a little cranky about being uncomfortable.  Anything you can do to stay positive will help you have a better labor.

Relaxation practice is another key for coping with an approaching or passing due date.  It helps both mom and coach increase in their confidence to manage their natural labor.  If mom knows that coach knows what they are doing, it will help her achieve deeper relaxation to manage the discomforts of labor.  If coach knows they know what they are doing, they are confident and unwavering in their support.  

Relaxation practice also helps keep mom’s blood pressure lower.  If you go past your due date, your blood pressure will be monitored every visit.  The better your reading, the less likely you are to be pressured to “do a little something to speed things along” or schedule an induction.

I spent the last two weeks of our first pregnancy preparing Puma’s pregnancy scrapbook.  The attention to detail and the loving touches made the time worthwhile.  To date, she is the only one with a real book - that was the last time I have made the time to work on one.  The rest of the kiddos have their items gathered and labeled...one of these days there will be time again.  

If you have older children, I find it’s important to spend one-on-one time with them, too, wherever you are in respect to your due date.  I do have virtual albums made for each of the kiddos - they are a great help as we prepare to welcome our fourth child.  I use our special time to look at their pictures with them, tell them their birth story, and remind them that they were once babies, too.  

The albums show their birth and their first year in our family.  The pictures show them how we took care of them, and we can relate how we will be doing things for the new baby.  You can also remind them that you will always love them despite the fact it will seem like you are spending most your time with the new baby.  It may feel like the baby is going to be a baby forever - showing them the pictures of their quick progression may help demonstrate that this time will pass and soon they will have more of your attention again.  “Banking” some special time with them now may help decrease the jealousy after baby arrives.

I would also suggest making time with your spouse.  Create special date nights for just the two of you, for it will be the last time you are just the two of you, or “the parents of # children.”  This is a time you can spend talking about the plans for your birth, your hopes and dreams for your children, and reminiscing about the days you fell in love.  Although it will feel like there is less “couple time” after your baby is born, I hope that you will be as blessed as we are with the birth.  Inexplicably, we are more and more in love with each other after each birth when it seems like we just couldn’t love each other any more than the overabundance of love we felt already.

Have you documented your pregnancy yet?  Make time to have a belly-cast done, or have some pregnancy pictures taken.  You can share some laughs with the person doing your belly cast.  Find a fun place to take pregnancy photos - maybe a botanical garden, the zoo, a historical building.  Not only will you have a good day trip, but your child will have some great stories to hear some day when you tell them about the pictures.

If you are artistic, you can dedicate some time to writing, painting or drawing.  You can dedicate your art to the new baby, or explore your feelings about your pregnancy through your art.  These pieces will probably become treasured keepsakes to your children.

If you are so inclined, you can also sew, knit, or crochet a blanket or baby clothes.  Older siblings might enjoy having an item of clothing or outfit made out of the same fabric or yarn to show that they are all going to be part of the family now.  Just wear your “STILL Pregnant” t-shirt when you go to the fabric store!  It has been my experience that the ladies at the fabric counter love to chat up pregnant customers.

Best wishes to you if you are near or past your due date.  Please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] if you would like us to pray for you.
 

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

Reference:
Harvard Study: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol. 75, No. 6, June 1990, pgs 929-932

Inside Look: Baby Boot Camp

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (0)
I had the pleasure of meeting Meredith Carder at the Baby Bonanza + Child Expo in May (photojournal HERE).  She took the time to answer our SPB interview questions so we could share her amazing program with you.

Photos by Kristen Carter Photography

SPB: What motivated you to get involved with Baby Boot Camp?
MC: As a mom of three I know how hard it is to make time for exercise when caring for a baby. Many gym daycares won’t take young babies. Those babies that are old enough sometimes don’t do well in that setting and mom is spending her entire workout worrying about her child. Having been there I wanted to make it easier for moms to make exercise a part of their lives. I also loved the idea of creating a social group where moms can make friends and build a support system,  all while making their health a priority.


SPB: How do you stay motivated to keep up an exercise program?
MC: Over the years I have learned that regular exercise is extremely important for not only my physical health but my mental health . Knowing I will always feel better and more focused after a workout keeps me going. When my motivation is low I connect with friends to keep me accountable.


SPB: Do you have a favorite class out of your fitness programs? Which one is it, and why?
MC: I love our StrollFit class. StrollFit combines cardio drills and strength exercises for a total body workout. There is a lot of variety in this class and we are constantly switching up the format to keep things fun for both mom and baby. We often play boot camp games as well as interacting with the little ones so that everyone leaves class with a smile on their face.


SPB: What sets Baby Boot Camp apart from other fitness programs?
MC: Baby Boot Camp is not just about working out. It is about creating a community. Moms from our classes frequently connect outside of class and we offer weekly play groups and monthly moms night out events. Our classes are also unique in that they are designed to address the unique physical challenges and issues pregnant women and postpartum moms face.


Want to learn more or enroll for a class? Always receive your first class FREE of charge. 

LOCAL: Meredith Carder
Franchise Owner/Instructor - Chandler and Gilbert, AZ ~ South
[email protected]
949-338-8605

Not local to AZ? Visit the website to find a class near you.
www.babybootcamp.com

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Thank you, Meredith, for taking the time to answer our questions!  As you can see from the photos, classes are both indoors and outdoors.  Grab a friend, pack up your Sweet Peas and your strollers, and go have some fun!

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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®.


Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 11:46 PM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Question: What can I do to have a healthy pregnancy?

Answer: A lot, actually! Come to Saturday's class to learn more about what any mom can do to lay the foundation for their Sweet Pea to have a healthy start in life.

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We are excited to announce another Healthy Pregnancy Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this month!  It is a two-hour class designed to introduce the basics of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy that is best for mom and best for Sweet Pea.

As childbirth educators, one thing has become painfully clear over the last five years...no matter how many things a family will "do right" during pregnancy, we just don't know what the birth journey will hold until they are on the other side, holding their baby.  The one thing we can all share, in spite of whatever happens during birth, is the opportunity to give our Sweet Peas a healthy pregnancy.  We all have the ability to be intentional; to provide a place for our baby to grow and be nourished through the pregnancy.  If you or someone you know is interested in setting a great foundation for their child's life earthside, please join me!  

In the class, we will cover how to the foundation for a healthy pregnancy.  We'll introduce basics like exercise (no previous fitness level required) and nutrition to build on to keep the mama and the Sweet Pea well, plus substances and environmental factors to avoid.  We will also do a mini-relaxation workshop so that participants can have a few basic tools to practice during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.  We know that meditation, even a minute a day, can make a difference!

This class is designed to be an informative session to get your pregnancy off to a healthy start, or to make sure you are having the healthiest possible pregnancy!  Couples in the first, second and third trimester are welcome.   Included in the tuition is a 1-on-1 call follow-up call with Krystyna, as well as a take-home packet for you to use as you continue through your pregnancy.  Tuition for the 2-hour session: $10/couple

I hope you can join me - please call or text 602.684.6567 to register.



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Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this video and blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer/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 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®.
 




UPCOMING EVENTS: May 5 - 9, 2014

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (50)
Planning Ahead: 

Ready, Set, Baby Class
Saturday, May 10
Ready, Set, Baby will talk about what happens right after the birth of your baby and how to help mom heal better and feel better. We will practice bathing, dressing and swaddling babies; please bring a doll. This class also covers: Normal newborn appearance Newborn procedures Signs and symptoms of newborn illness Safe sleep/Co-sleeping Infant CPR This class briefly covers breastfeeding, please sign up for Breastfeeding Basics for Expectant Parents. Cost: $65 Register at: http://babymooninn.com/community/education/ 
Please contact [email protected] with questions.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 – 11:00 am 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Special Event & Storytime
Saturday May 10 
Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do...by Marianne Richmond
Join us for Mother's Day Storytime featuring Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do ..., stories celebrating mom and card making, too!
Barnes & Noble @ 10:00 AM
Chandler Fashion Mall
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312
 
#1 Vaccination Education for Parents - MMR+ Varicella
Thursday, May 15
Educate yourself about risks, benefits, and choices when it comes to vaccinations!
This is the #1 of a four part series - this class focuses on Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox.
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 

Bounce, Bike & Boogie
Wednesday, May 21
Kids can play with an assortment of wheeled toys or venture within a bounce house while enjoying some music.
Cost: $3; $2 Chandler residents 
Tumbleweed Recreation Center @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
 
#2 Vaccination Education for Parents – DtaP
Thursday, May 29
Educate yourself about risks, benefits, and choices when it comes to vaccinations!
This is the #2 of a four part series - this class focuses on Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
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, MAY 5, 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!
May 5: Join us as Persephone explores backyard animals.
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. 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 

Homebirth Circle 
Come join the beautiful space and share thoughts about life, babies and love.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share. 
Freedom and The Seed Office @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
714 W Marlboro Dr
Chandler, Arizona 85225
480-528-1689

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

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

BELLIES at Nurturing Hearts
As always, this is open to anyone and everyone!!
Topic: Essential Oils 
Different brands of oils, different types...What they can be used for and how to use them throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 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: It's time to celebrate backyard animals!  Some sing, some talk and some are small. Some are teeny tiny and a few may be tall.
 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 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

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

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

Inn Mommies: 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, MAY 8, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 
 
Inn Daddies 
Daddies are encouraged to join us at The Nest to meet with other Stay At Home Dads, Part-time at home dads, work from home dads, freelance dads, working dads, and involved fathers around Phoenix to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their kids during the day. Dads can talk about the challenges and pure awesomeness of being a dad. All dads and babies are welcome. If you have any questions, you can get more info HERE or feel free to email [email protected]
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
602-314-7755 ‎
 
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.
May 8: Raccoons are clever, tough and adaptable, too. They stay up all night and sleep when it's light.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

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

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

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

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

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

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
Join us as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare describe the immeasurable love between parent and child.
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

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

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

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

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

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE 
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson 21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586


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Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
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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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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®.


A Visit with Rhondda Hartman

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (586)
I first "met" Rhondda Evans Hartman after the publication of her second book, "Natural Childbirth Exercises for the Best Birth Ever".  As with many meetings these days, our first interactions were via email, Twitter and Facebook.  Through the course of correspondence, it was arranged for her to come visit Phoenix, Arizona.  That visit finally happened last weekend.  It was such a treat to meet her in person!  

As it turns out, my suspicion that her personality is the "real deal" was more than true.  In person, Rhondda is every bit as lovely as I expected.  In addition, she is a wealth of information about breastfeeding, the birth of the natural childbirth movement here in the US, and life in general.  As a mother to five and grandmother to nine, she is a Wise Woman with more than one book left in her if you ask me!  I really hope she and her "book shepherd" will turn her memories and experiences in the natural birth community into her next publication.  And she probably has a parenting/relationship book tucked away somewhere, too!

Here are some of the pictures from our weekend and time together.  We packed A LOT into our brief visit.  I definitely made a new friend and learned so much.  Our Bradley Method® students going forward will definitely benefit from the training sessions we had with her on the Bradley™ exercises and her lesson on mental relaxation.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Teacher training


Meet+Greet+Book Signing

Bruss's cousin Ernie, who was a Husband-Coach back in 1964

Pictured here with Rachel Davis of Birth & Earth

Rachel, Anne (one of Rachel's students), and Rhondda with Baby L.

Anne, her mom, and Rhondda with Baby L.
Ann is a big fan - she birthed her posterior baby naturally 
thanks in part to the inspiration from Rhondda's newest book.
Read her birth story HERE.

Rhondda autographs her award-winning book at Saturday's event

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Meeting a fan of her first book at church




 












Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens 
Reuniting with Bruss' cousin Barbara (Ernie's wife) who took Rhondda's classes as one of Dr. Bradley's patients in 1964

Fall 2013 SPB Class Reunion

Teaching the postpartum exercises to some of our alumni students

Monday, March 24, 2014
Lunch Date 

Rhondda's friend Schotze, Bradley™ mom of 4, was personally trained 
by Dr. Bradley to help other couples achieve a natural birth

Teacher Training
Two more area instructors take advantage of Rhondda's visit to receive information from the creator of The Bradley Method® exercise program

Leading the "Relaxation" portion of our class on Monday evening:

The Bradley Method® instructors personally trained by Rhondda:




It was such an amazing weekend.  Thank you, Rhondda!  We are so pleased to announce that Rhondda has agreed to come back in November to be our Keynote Speaker for Bradley Day 2014!

You are welcome to contact me if you would like an autographed copy of Rhondda's newest book.  We have a limited amount available at the weekend's special price!

Do you have a favorite "natural birth how-to" book? If so, what is it?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

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



Special Guest: Rhondda Hartman

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM Comments comments (48)
I am so sorry we have not been very active on the blog this week.  We have been doing extra-spiffy Spring cleaning around the house since we are hosting a very special guest this weekend!

We are thrilled beyond words to welcome Rhondda Hartman to Arizona. She will be leading some Bradley Method® teacher training sessions, as well as appearing at a public event.  You can meet the author of Natural Childbirth Exercises for Your Best Birth Ever this weekend in Tempe, Arizona!



For 25 years, she taught classes and trained and supervised other teachers in husband-coached childbirth for Dr. Robert A. Bradley in his Obstetrical Medical Practice in Denver, Colorado. Rhondda is on the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth, The Bradley Method®. She is Charter Member and past president of La Leche League of Colorado and was a meeting leader for many years. Rhondda and Dr. Bradley were frequent speakers at national Natural Childbirth conferences. As an expert on natural childbirth exercises, Rhondda has been a guest on national TV in both the United States and Canada.

Natural Childbirth Exercises is her second book. She is also the author of Exercises for True Natural Childbirth and is a contributor to the Five Standards for Safe Childbearing by David Stewart, PhD. and Compulsory Hospitalization or Freedom of Choice in Childbirth? by Stewart and Stewart,  editors.

From Rhondda:
“I encourage you to read all you can about birth as you begin this adventure of pregnancy and childbirth. My book concentrates on the positive aspects of this experience. I expect you to plan for a Natural Childbirth but, honestly, my book will prepare you for any kind of birth. You need to prepare yourself, body, mind and spirit for this amazing event in your life. Nothing compares to it. It is such a unique and fantastic adventure that you need to prepare and be ready to experience it to the fullest.

This has been my mission in life: to help women and their partners to accept and prepare for a joyful, normal, natural birth experience. I believe that it is my obligation to bring my babies into this world with love and joy and without fear and trauma.  If you share my belief about your own baby, we have a lot to talk about!”

Presentation + Book Signing Event
Meet and Greet Reception
Saturday, March 22, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 PM
 
Please join us to meet one of the pioneers of the natural birth movement. 
Light refreshments will be served.  Free event – donations appreciated.

Offices of Dr. Kevin Ross, DC
 2405 E Southern Ave, #4
Tempe, AZ 85282
 
Special Event Pricing
Receive $5.00 off your copy of 
Natural Childbirth Exercises for Your Best Birth Ever
 
$20.00 on Saturday
Regularly $25.00

Please contact me to arrange payment+pick-up of your book if you cannot attend

Please RSVP to Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC 
   602-684-6567 or [email protected]

RSVPs appreciated for planning purposes, however not necessary

If you are in the area, I hope you will join us tomorrow afternoon.  Have a great weekend!

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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®.



Special Event with Rhondda Hartman

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM Comments comments (0)
I am thrilled to be able to officially announce that Rhondda Evans Hartman, a pioneer of the natural birth movement in the US and award-winning author, is paying us a special visit in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend!

You may have seen THIS mantra on here a few months ago (artwork by our very talented student, Jon Garza)


Rhondda's philosophy on birth is exactly what we teach in The Bradley Method.  Her exercises that she designed for Dr. Bradley's patients are the ones that we are still teaching in classes today.  Here are the details on her event. Please feel free to "pin", tweet or share so we can give her a warm AZ welcome!

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




An Inside Look: Total Momma + Family Care

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 7:48 AM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to today's guest blogger, Koren Michelle.  She is the founder of Total Momma + Family Care, providing postpartum care, family fitness and nutrition classes, and support for mamas at all stages of their parenting journey.

When I had my son in 2010, I didn’t know anyone with kids.  All of our family is back in Ohio.  I was on my own.  However, I knew I wanted a homebirth.  I was determined to succeed with breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing.  While I did succeed with all of these things, that first year was TOUGH. I have since made friends with lots of parents, and learned so much!

In my heart of hearts I believe that women are not meant to parent alone.  We are not designed to live in isolation.  Especially when you have this tiny little creature that you love so dearly and yet requires so much of your body, time and patience you occasionally find yourself feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.  Understandably so.  We all need help, hugs, a soft place to land when we hit the floor.  Someone to hold the baby so we can shower in peace…

So I have been inspired… to provide a support system for all those moms in the valley that need it.  I created Total Momma + Family Care.  My service is mobile and I specialize in Postpartum/Momma Care, Placenta Crafting, Family Fitness & Nutrition.  I’m a yoga professional trained in the art of placenta crafting, obsessed with healthy cooking and homesteading ventures.  I know from experience and association what mommas struggle with, postpartum and beyond.  I take care of moms, kids, families.  I am here to motivate, educate, mentor, conversate.

Postpartum/Momma care is the core of my business.  This is what I’m passionate about. I come to the home at any time of need.  This can be immediately postpartum or months later.  It all depends on the mom and the situation.  I take an assessment of mom:  How is mom feeling?  What does mom need help with today?  I base my work around each mother’s individual needs.  I provide meals, clean house, do laundry, attend to children so mom can rest or address other needs, run errands, provide groceries… Sometimes moms just need company.  In short, moms do A LOT, and I come in to assist and cover for her so she can recharge and keep going.  This makes for a happier, more confident mom and thus, a happier family.

I was trained by Lindsay Williams of Sonoran Desert Placenta Encapsulation Services to prepare and encapsulate placentas for consumption.  I pick up your placenta, handle it safely and with reverence as I prepare, cook, and dehydrate it, then I deliver it back to you in whatever form you request.  With all placenta services I include 2 hours of postpartum care.

The last piece of taking care of mommas is making sure mommas have the knowledge, resources, and motivation to get back on track.  We all want to look good to feel good.  Juggling your needs with the needs of the family can make this goal seem impossible at times.  I can assist you with your goals by coming to you and designing a customized, comprehensive fitness plan OR you may opt to join in on some of the classes I regularly host from my home studio in South Tempe.  

Classes I currently offer are: 

  • Mom & Tot Movement - yoga-based play
  • Babywearing Body Sculpt - wear your baby and get buff!
  • Total Body Yoga Fusion - a rigorous adult class that incorporates weights, plyometric dynamic movements and yoga


My home is set up as a sanctuary for moms.  I want all moms to have a place they enjoy coming to, where kids can play and interact together safely and naturally.

You may follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TotalMomma
You may reach me at [email protected] or call 480.466.2004

Here is a link to Koren's class schedule for July 2013:

July Schedule.pdf (PDF — 82 KB)
 



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