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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

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Meet the Doula: Ashley Anders

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (128)

Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula".  This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch.  She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley! 

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I first heard the word doula years ago when I was talking with a friend about supporting women in childbirth.
 
How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
Since I was little I wanted to be a Labor and Delivery nurse, I loved supporting women and their families through one of the most intimate times of their life, and watching them bring new lives into this world, but quickly realized I didn't like the idea of having to leave my patients to go to another patient, or leaving a shift before a baby was born after being there her entire labor, or having to do all of the clinical things.  That is when I started researching to see if there was this dream job out there of giving non-judgmental support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth, and I came across birth and postpartum doula!
 
Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
I am both a birth and postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor and newborn care specialist.  Focusing most of my time currently postpartum, breastfeeding and newborn care.
 
How long have you been a doula?
I have been a doula just about 3 years. I am trained with Childbirth International for birth, breastfeeding. I have also received postpartum training, and trained with Newborn Care Solutions for my newborn care specialist certification.  I have supported single moms, moms on bed rest, families that have a scheduled cesarean birth, unplanned cesarean birth, teens, high risk, expected stillbirth, prematurity, twins and triplets.
 
What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
For birth, I love that I am invited into the lives of families expecting a baby.  I love that I can build confidence in women and their partners.  Help them feel safe, protected and informed about the birth experience and provide non judgmental support throughout their journey into parenthood.
 
For postpartum, I find that we often focus so much time on pregnancy, and childbirth and forget that there is in fact a 4th trimester.  I enjoy helping everyone in the family transition into having a new baby at home, if its baby #1 or baby #3.  An extra set of hands to help siblings adjust, help mom get a shower or a nap in, breastfeeding/bottle feeding assistance, meal prep, and helping with all of the "is this normal" questions I often get.  Newborn care, infant brain development, feeding, bathing, sleep conditioning, etc., are all things I love to give information on to help clients make the best decisions for their family! 
 
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I make sure that we are working as a team. My job is never to take the place of a partner or coach.  I like to show and guide the partners on things that they can do throughout labor to assist in the comfort of the laboring mom, but also make them feel comfortable enough that they can take a break, take a quick nap or grab something to eat and she will be supported and never be left alone. 
 
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
I would have to say that supporting a family through an expected stillbirth was the toughest.  She still had to give birth just like any other laboring mother, but unfortunately had to say goodbye shortly after her baby was born.  It was hard!  I cried alongside with them, made sure that they had everything they needed and was just there for them.  The hospital was wonderful and provided the family with photos and a box to remember him with.  I joined them on the annual walk for infant loss and continue to keep in touch with them.  They were blessed with their rainbow baby a year ago and I was honored to be by their side through the birth of their second son.
 
What keeps you working as a doula?
My family and my clients!  I have the best :).  Hearing that I have found my calling, and that it is obvious that I love my job and what I do, is so great to hear.  I couldn't do this if I didn't have the continued support from my husband.  From day one he has supported me, and pushed me to fulfill my dreams and I cant thank him enough!
 
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My birth fee includes 2 prenatal appointments where we will discuss birth plan options, discuss postpartum care/plans and go over early labor comfort measures.  Your labor and birth, and up to 2 hours after, to get you settled into your postpartum room, get you your first meal and make sure that baby has had his/her first feeding.  I will also schedule a time within the first week to come and do a postpartum visit to talk through your birth and make sure that feeding is going well and to answer any additional questions you may have. Since birth is unpredictable there is not a different charge if your labor were to go long or if you were to have a shorter labor. 
 
Postpartum/Newborn care fees are hourly and I do daytime and overnight care.  Each contract can be fit to each client and their needs.
 
Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I offer breastfeeding support, it is included in my doula packages, but I offer it separate if needed. 
  
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
When I'm not doula-ing I'm sleeping! haha!  I'm also spending time with my husband and 2 kiddos: our daughter Tyler (11) and our son Bennett (4), plus our 2 dogs Maddie and Oddie. We enjoy riding bikes; mornings at the park, watching our daughter ride her horse, and just spending quality time together with family and friends.

Love what you read?? Would you like to contact Ashley?
Read more about Ashley and schedule a visit via DoulaMatch
Phone: 480-457-9151

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





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

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

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


Here is VLOG I did last year about sunscreens:






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

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

For more reading, check out these links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Just Hold the Baby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






Q&A with SPB: Top 5 Holiday Tips

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 4:48 AM Comments comments (29)
I am sharing a video version of last week's holiday safety blog post on today's VLOG.  One thing I didn't mention in this take was that we encourage you to get on the floor to childproof.  Check out and see what is within your child's grasp from their perspective, and then get it out of their way!!

Here is an idea one of our students shared when she was childproofing their Christmas tree with their under1 Sweet Pea: http://goo.gl/W2BJU0

Finally, here is the video version of our holiday safety post:



P.S.:
We shop the after-Christmas sales for all our ornaments! Aside from the IKEA ornament line we bought during the season, we like to stop in to Pottery Barn and Pier 1 after the holidays to see the pretty, child-safe ornaments we can add to our tree.  

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®.
 

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

Holiday Safety Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (429)
It is so tempting to an exhausted parent...putting their Sweet Pea in a crib and closing the door to let them cry it out so that they can all get some sleep.  We encourage our students to nurture instead of ignore their infant's cry in class, and in today's VLOG we share why we suggest our students find other options:

What We Know About Crying It Out

This video was reported and taken down from YouTube today.  In it, I present information as we do in class: here is some information, here are some options. We trust that our students/readers/viewers are responsible adults that will make the best decision for their family. It is crazy that instead of engaging in a conversation about Crying It Out, someone in the Thought Police decided it was better for this information to be stuffed away into cyberspace.  I hope you can see it, and that the information in the video and the blog gives you a viewpoint to consider before you choose one way or another.

Posted by Sweet Pea Births on Tuesday, November 24, 2015























Here is the presentation we share in class:

For more reading on biological infant sleep patterns:
"Normal, Human Infant Sleep"  via
 Psychology Today http://bit.ly/QkH2Dr


Links to explore:
•Co-sleeping resource: Dr. McKenna http://cosleeping.nd.edu/

•Dr. Sears’ Website: http://www.askdrsears.com/

•Dr. Jay Gordon’s Sleep Information for Night Weaning AFTER ONE YEAR: http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleeppattern.html




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







Inside Look: White Coat

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Puma and I had the pleasure of attending a Club MomMe Family Fest earlier this month. One of the vendors we met runs a health care home-visit service.  The co-founder, Angella Nguyen, is committed to bringing back the "house call" - read more about it in today's Inside Look.

SPB: Tell me about the White Coat service.
AN: WhiteCoat is an on-demand house call service where we provide quality healthcare in the comfort of the patient’s home, office, or hotel (let’s say, if traveling).  We operate daily, from 8am-midnight (yes, even on weekends).  We truly are a patient-centric healthcare company: your turf, on your time.

Our patients find value in our after-hour and weekend access, affordability ($75 flat fee, with or without insurance), HIPAA-compliant messaging system, electronic prescriptions, and that they don’t have to wait to get an appointment!  A provider can be at your door in 2 hours or if you’d like to schedule something in advance, that is an option as well.  No need to call out of work/find a sitter, drive in traffic, pay to park—a doctor’s appointment has gone from an all day affair to a mere half hour visit in your home.  

We are starting to get credentialed with insurance providers now and will be accepting insurance soon.  If you have PPO, we are recognized as an out-of-network provider.
 
SPB: Who are the White Coat care providers?
AN: WhiteCoat providers are qualified and credentialed Nurse Practitioners (NPs), who can diagnose, treat, and prescribe. Additionally, we have a team of medical directors to provide oversight.  Studies have shown that   outcomes of NP treated patients vs. MD treated patients are equal.  In addition, NPs but have been shown to have a better bedside manner.  

Educating the population about NPs is going to be part of the learning curve- more often times than not, you are being seen by an NP at clinic/hospital, you just didn’t know it ☺  We dedicate space on our page to provide information about NPs and their important role in buffering the primary care shortage.

Excerpt about NPs from our Executive Summary:
NPs are licensed healthcare providers whose practice privileges include prescribing medications, and diagnosing, treating, and managing acute, non-complex medical conditions. With the projected shortage of primary care physicians, a team of NPs form a lean, comprehensive healthcare provider team, that is cost-efficient, and that can help meet the demand for primary care services.
 
SPB: What patient population does White Coat serve? 
AN: WhiteCoat can serve the entire family: from baby to grandma. ☺  We have a full stack of FNPs (Family/General practice) as well as PNPs (Pediatric NPs) and AGNPs (Adult Geriatric NPs).

Working professionals, busy moms, and senior care (whether ordering a house call for themselves, or having their children order on their behalf) all have specific pain points with the current state of healthcare that we aim to relieve.

We provide healthcare to school systems that may not have an on-site health center, to moms who are sick and don’t want to bring their children into the clinic appointment where they may be exposed to germs, to sick kids who aren’t able to go back to school without a provider note and scheduling a doctor’s visit is near impossible, to working professionals who simply can’t take the time off, to immobile patients who have difficulty making it in to their visit.  Think of the pain points you’ve faced while sick- we hope we have an answers to them. ☺


SPB: What range of ailments does this service care for? Is there anything you do not provide for?
AN: Our NPs handle non-complex acute conditions such as flu check ups, physical examinations, allergy care, infections, stitches, post-surgery follow up appointments (let’s say the patient is immobile or has a difficult time coming in for a follow up)—for any urgent or primary care needs, we are here to help.  

We also have a health and wellness component and offer B-12 shots, and IV Hydration Therapy.  Everyone is on the go-go-go and it is easy to get drained or dehydrated.  Taking care of your health before it becomes an issue is truly the best medicine.

We are also starting to incorporate physical therapy in the pipeline, as we have gotten requests.  We think of WhiteCoat as a learning and growing organism- we listen to our patient’s feedback and adjust accordingly.

We are not an emergency care group and will always urge you to call 911 if it is a medical emergency.  

SPB: About how long can you expect a house call to last?
AN: We allot an hour for the NP to spend with a patient but have seen that a typical house call visit lasts from 20-30 minutes.  Our patients’ time is precious and they love that we can be in and out without disrupting the flow of their day.  However, we will never rush the visit and our NPs enjoy giving our patients the face time that they need.  

 
SPB: How can you make an appointment?
AN: You can request an appointment by going on our site www.whitecoat.healthcare, or by calling 1-888-223-1207.  The request process is extremely easy.  After filling out the request, WhiteCoat will call to confirm whether or not this is a medical emergency, schedule your appointment, note your symptoms, and the ETA.

Our app is in its final stages of development and will be released in late December or early January.  We will be available for both iPhones and Android phones.
 
 
SPB: What makes White Coat unique?
AN: Healthcare is moving into alternate forms of care, no doubt about that.  Whether its telemedicine, house calls, or prescription delivery, the space is ripe for disruption, and quite honestly, it’s about time.  The landscape is changing and we are excited to help pioneer that process.  We are not trying to replace the “bad guy” with another bad guy.  

Our focus is 2 pronged:  patient and provider side.
Patient-side, we can see in our value proposition.  
Provider-side:  we are able to pay NPs higher than their normal rate with our model.  They are happier and want to work with us.  We are endorsed by 2 governing bodies for NPs: AANP (American Association for Nurse Practitioners) and CANP (California Association for Nurse Practitioners), where our advisory board has the Immediate President of the AANP (he was the current Pres. when we first started last year) and two Past Presidents of the CANP.

Patients are happy, and providers are happy. ☺

SPB: What motivated you to start White Coat?
AN: While getting my MBA at USC Marshall School of Business, I enrolled in a class called Tech Feasibility, where “simulating” a startup is the crux of the course.  Involving multiple disciplines, I joined Mike Kwon, medical background, and Emilianos Ellinas, legal and operations background, to co-found WhiteCoat.  We went through problem discovery and compared our pain points of something as simple as going to the doctor.

(HERE is an article that describes the inception of WhiteCoat from Mike Kwon’s perspective, our CEO)  

Honestly, it was a “project” that outgrew the walls of the classroom.  I was at Tesla Motors prior (I was a Marketing Strategy Consultant for their Lifestyle Products and Apparel line and yes, working for Tesla was awesome ☺), with intentions of going back.  However, we started to gain momentum, winning pitches and competitions, and we decided as a team to create a company and to pursue WhiteCoat full time.  
 
SPB: Is there anything else our readers should know about this service or the company?
AN: We didn’t wake up one day to start a healthcare company, a medical group, a tech company or however you want to spin it, because it was easy or a “natural” step in our careers.  I actually think that our diverse backgrounds give a stagnant industry the fresh lens it needs.  We are passionate about bringing a level care to the masses and it shows from top down and bottom up.  Our providers are hand selected by us, not an agency, and go through a stringent process to get background checked and credentialed.  But that’s only half the battle—we ask ourselves, “Would I trust this person to treat my mom?  My child? Would I want this person to come into my grandmother’s home?”  It has to be an overwhelming “YES” every time.  
 
SPB: What inspires you?
AN: As an individual, my parents inspire me.  My dad is literally my hero.  I come from a family of entrepreneurs, grew up in Silicon Valley, the works—so I was well-versed in “start-up” culture from a young age.  
Strong women in business also inspire me-- I make it a point to play in the “boys club,” but also to collaborate with other women in business.  
Staying ahead of the curve inspires me- I actively put myself in uncomfortable situations to grow and learn.

As a cofounder of a healthcare company:  affecting change inspires me.  To be part of the conversation of something as big as changing the landscape of a behemoth industry is truly inspiring.  People deserve better access to care and we won’t win that fight alone.  With our “competitors” and other like-minded companies in the space, that’s the kind of prowess that it takes to get somewhere.  

Krystyna's note: As of today's post, White Coat is serving the Los Angeles and Orange County areas in California. They project that they will continue to expand their coverage to Nevada, Arizona, and along the west coast. Angella says, "We would love to be nationwide but baby steps first!" The concept of in-home concierge care may well be the wave of the future! Stay tuned for updates as we follow White Coat's growth as a health care provider.

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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®.

Sun Safety for Sweet Pea

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (0)
Since this is the season of sun and surf, I want to share a couple of finds that have served us well to keep our Sweet Peas from getting sun burned.  Nothing makes me feel less adequate as a mother than the indictment of burnt pink skin on my Sweet Pea.  The worst is a burn that happens on a cloudy day!  Keep in mind that the clouds only block out the light from the sun – the ultraviolet rays that cause sun burn can still travel through the cloud cover.  I hope this info can help you avoid that feeling of utter and complete Mom Fail.
 
First, let’s cover why it is recommended that infants under six months of age avoid sunscreen altogether.  I was asked recently why babies are supposed to avoid sunscreen.  Although I have “known” this since our first Sweet Pea, I had never given much thought as to why that would be necessary, other than to avoid putting anything remotely chemical or toxic on their super-sweet and sensitive baby skin.  Anything applied to the skin goes directly into the bloodstream, so my first thought was because a baby's skin is so thin that transfer happens much more quickly.  My other thought was that you wouldn't want your baby exposed to the ingredients sunscreens.  I did some research, and here is a “scientific” answer:
 
“Babies' skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults.” explains [Hari Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)]. “Both these factors mean that an infant's exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects from the sunscreen.”
-Excerpt from Consumer Guide: Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually
 
The article goes on to make recommendations about how to protect your Sweet Pea without sunscreen.  Read the whole consumer guide HERE.  This infographic sums up the information:
 
FDA graphic by Michael J. Ermarth
 
Note on the infographic: exclusively breastfed ("EBF") infants 
*do not* need a bottle for hydration...
here is the pertinent info from KellyMom.com:

Breastfed babies do not need water – keep in mind that breastmilk is 88% water. Even in the first few days after birth, before mom’s milk has “come in”, colostrum is all that is needed to keep baby well hydrated (assuming baby is nursing effectively). Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Supplements (water, glucose water, formula, and other fluids) should not be given to breastfeeding newborn infants unless ordered by a physician when a medical indication exists… During the first 6 months of age, even in hot climates, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed infants and may introduce contaminants or allergens.”

In addition, breastfed babies do not require water when it is very hot outside, assuming baby is allowed to nurse as needed. Baby can get all the liquids needed via breastmilk. A number of studies have determined that an exclusively breastfed baby does not need extra water – these studies have been done in various locations (both humid and dry) at temperatures ranging from 22-41°C (71.6-105.8°F) and 9-96% relative humidity [see references below].

Read the whole article HERE

So if you are going to avoid sunscreens due to your Sweet Pea’s age, here is our favorite brand in the  SPF-protective clothing market.  Click HERE to see the adorable design and bright fabrics that Solumbra by Sun Precautions offers to protect your Sweet Pea's delicate skin.  Our sons and daughters lived in the Toddler Swimsuit for years.  One suit typically lasted through 2-3 kiddos.  Well worth the price, and then some!
 
If your Sweet Pea is old enough to use sunscreen, I would direct you to this website to help you find the safest sunscreens for your Sweet Pea's sensitive skin.  If you have known me long, you know I often reference the Environmental Working Group.  They have a fantastic resource for sunscreens.  Click HERE to see how your sunscreen measures up.  If you haven't purchased a product yet, reference their list of top sunscreens before you do your shopping.
 
Another sun safety tip:  If you are going to be out in the sun, avoid direct sunlight between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the suns rays are the brightest.  Invest in a travel canopy that you can assemble and still permits you to enjoy the outdoors without exposing skin to the sun’s rays.

Whether it’s a long holiday weekend or a day in the sun, take care to protect you and your Sweet Pea by staying hydrated, staying shaded, and choosing the safest products for your family. 

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

Special Feature: Club MomMe Spring Family Fest

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM Comments comments (59)
Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach

Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be.  They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together.  All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!  



They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow! Details on the contest are at the end of the post.


SPB is very excited to announce that we will be at the Club MomMe OC Spring Fest event.  In case you cannot attend in person, you can follow us on Twitter for live-tweets from the event, see views from the inside the event on Instagram, and we will be sharing presenter notes in future blog posts.

Here is our virtual interview with Aubrye Foote, Vice President of Club MomMe Orange County, with your inside scoop on the event coming up this Saturday, June 7, 2014.

SPB: What's new at the Spring Family Fest?
​AF: This year we've added our Daddy Lounge with fun activities, a Style Lounge where you can see and shop for different clothing, bags, etc. and added some interactive areas for the kids.  Spring Fest truly is an event where you can learn about parenthood, explore products & gear, sample goodies during the event and in the *huge* gift bags you'll take home, and connect with not only experts but other famili​es as well.

SPB: Tell me more about the inspiration for the Daddy Lounge. It sounds amazing - are MomMe's and Babies welcome, too?
​AF: We wanted our Family Fests to be something every member of the family could enjoy and what better way for Dad to have a good time then to set him up with a fantastic microbrew (Beach City Brewery) and a taco bar! 

Of course MomMes and Babies are welcome to enjoy the Daddy Lounge. Besides, we're having Micro Kickboard races and diaper changing races that MomMes will just LOVE to watch and a craft where littles can decorate a tumbler for Daddy for Father's Day from Daddy & Company. 

SPB: What can a family expect to find, see and learn about?
​AF: At Spring Fest, families can listen to various speakers and panels such as Dr. Harvey Karp, ​Natural Parenting Panel, Entrepreneurship for Parents Panel, Healthy Child Healthy World's Understanding Labels workshop, Daddy Panel, and the Hot Baby & Toddler Products session.​ They'll be able to see and shop at exhibitors ranging from baby/toddler products & gear, clothing, skincare, ​food and more. 

We have an Activity Zone with lots of amazing activities for the little ones, a Pamper Lounge where you can enjoy a manicure, a hand massage and juice bar, a Daddy Lounge by Daddy & Company with a microbrew and races with prizes, a Style Lounge featuring gorgeous clothing & bags and last but not least the Lansinoh Lactation Lounge where MomMes can go to nurse or break away to feed & change their babies.
 
SPB: How can they get the most out of the event? Are there other breakout sessions besides the main speakers?
​AF: There's the main speakers/panels and as a part of each session parents get the opportunity to ask whatever questions they have! I encourage them to do so because these speakers are fabulous! In addition to those sessions, I would recommend that families take advantage of having the ability to see and test new products on the market, learn about what's available to them, visit with the local resources to make parenthood easier and even do some shopping to take these great products home. 

Not only that, but MomMes ... take some time in the Pamper Lounge and get a manicure or hand massage while Daddy and the little one are off kicking a soccer ball. 

SPB: Do you have any survival tips to share for families attending with toddlers and/or more mobile children?
​AF: The great part about Spring Fest is that we have 4 different craft areas, musicians that are performing for the kids, Super Soccer Stars soccer area, a face painter, balloon artist and Urban Sitters will be there to keep an eye on the little ones should MomMe and Daddy need some help. ​We wanted parents to be able to enjoy the event, but also have the kids enjoy it as well. That's why we set up so many activities in our Activity Zone to keep those "active" ones happy. They may not even want to leave!!

SPB: What are the ticketing levels?  Which do you feel is the best value?
AF: The levels that are still available are: 
  • Celeb New or Expectant MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)
  • Celeb New or Expectant Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • Celeb Toddler MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)
  • Celeb Toddler Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • VIP MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)
  • VIP Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)

Each ticket level receives an amazing amount of "swag" that they get to take home. The VIP level ticket has a gift bag worth over $500 and the Celeb ticket has almost $1,000 worth of items. With that, I'd have to say the Celeb ticket is the best value, but you can't go wrong with any of them!​

SPB: Long term, what is your vision for the Family Fest events?
​AF: Our biggest passion in what we do is being able to bring resources to parents that they may not have access to on their own. At Family Fest we are able to bring all of that together in one location. Currently we have our Spring Fest in Orange County and Fall Fest is Los Angeles, but our long term vision for our Family Fests is to be able to expand them into other areas in the US ​so that we can provide these fantastic speakers and brands to an even greater number of families. 

Thank you, Aubrye, for giving our readers the inside scoop on the event!  To learn more about the speakers and panels, please visit the event website HERE http://clubmommeevents.com/.

Ticket Giveaway Contest:
If you would like to win the Family Ticket which includes 2 Adults and one gift bag with a ton of product & goodies, please leave a comment below and tell me which is your *must see* session.  I will choose a winner on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at noon.  The winner will be selected by Random.org by assigning each comment a number in order of receipt and letting the Random Number Generator choose a winning number.  Please be sure to leave me your email address in the comment so that the Media MomMe can email you your Family Ticket.

Event Sessions:
Dr. Harvey Karp 
Author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block" & "The Happiest Toddler on the Block”
The technique is designed to recreate the essential elements of the experience of living in the womb. The first three months of life Karp calls the “fourth trimester”. Karp believes there is a “calming reflex” that causes babies to instantly relax when they are given clues that they are safe inside the womb. There are five parts of the technique he calls the “five S’s”. Then comes the Toddler stage. Baby calming is great, but before you know it your tot will be 8 months old! That’s the perfect time to start this clever approach to boost cooperation – build patience – and stop tantrums before they begin happening!

Entrepreneurship for Parents 
Want a career and balance parenthood? Looking to be a “mompreneur”?
As moms we have always been savvy leaders, innovators, and jugglers who make executive management decisions on a daily, if not hourly basis. While we may have extensive professional training, the jobs available to us may not fit our needs, family demands, or fulfill our passions. The same, many times, goes for dads who are looking to have an active role in parenthood. For both, if we are going to spend time away from our families, it better be worth it!
With emerging trends in business, innovative new technology, social media, and the shifting cultural expectations about careers and work/life balance, presents the perfect opportunity for a new generation of entrepreneurs or “mompreneurs”.
There is no roadmap for establishing a business or career that you’re passionate about AND supports motherhood. You often have to create it yourself, which can be a daunting task.
Join us to be inspired, motivated and moved to become a Mompreneur yourself, and learn how our panelists started on their journey to becoming Mompreneurs!

Healthy Child Healthy World “Understanding Labels” Workshop
With Jill Ettinger & Alexandra Spunt
Healthy Child Healthy World is hosting its second annual Educational Workshop at Spring Fest, “Understanding Labels,” to help the public navigate this increasingly ambiguous landscape. The event will welcome top experts and personalities in the consumer products and environmental health space to address label confusion and coach attendees on how to effectively read labels, what “red flags” to watch for, ingredients to question, and how to be a smarter, more conscious shopper. 

Natural Parenting
Want information and tips on Natural Parenting? 
Natural parenting is based on a desire to live and parent responsively and
consciously. While families may define it differently, there are several principles that are widely agreed to be part of this lifestyle. These are ideals that natural parents tend to hold … even if we don’t always live up to all of them. Attachment/Responsive Parenting, Breastfeeding, Ecological Responsibility, Holistic Health Practices, Natural Learning, Living a Healthy Lifestyle and more are areas these amazing speakers will cover.

Daddy Panel 
Did you ever want to hear tips, information and just the Truth from other Dads?
Then you’ll love Club MomMe’s Daddy Panel!! We will discuss the changes men experience as they become dads, how to meet other dad friends so you don’t feel so lonely in your new role and have someone to vent to and get advice from. How to understand what your wife is going through during pregnancy and breastfeeding and supporting her. Learn how to change a diaper, swaddle and carry baby, without being told you are doing it wrong. And some other topics just for DadDes!
This is the Panel where Dads will become DadDes!

Hot Baby and Toddler Products  
Learn about the latest Baby & Toddler Products … and WIN them!
Club MomMe & Favored.by are bringing their ever-popular products events to Spring Fest! Join us as we share the NEWEST, COOLEST & HOTTEST Baby & Toddler Products on the market! From the latest stroller trends, toys, educational products, gear to make life easier as a parent, state-of-the-art technology, amazing innovations and more!
Check out the latest Baby & Toddler Products and Gear + WIN them! We GIVE AWAY almost all featured products at the end of the talk!!
Club MomMe gets the hottest NEW products and we are sharing them first with you! Find out what new products are worth checking out and will make your life easier

Please leave us a comment below and tell me your *must see* session for a chance to win a Family Ticket (2 adults plus gift bag) to the Club MomMe Spring Fest on Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Transportation and accommodation not included.

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

One More Thing

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM Comments comments (0)
The night arrived again – when we say farewell to our students and wish them the best for their birth and the journey of family upon which they are about to embark.  Bruss always tells the first-time parents that he is jealous of them because there is nothing else like the experience of welcoming your first child and discovering parenthood for the first time.
 
I reflect and wonder if we have told them everything, showed them everything, practiced everything – which is of course, realistically, impossible.  I take heart in the fact that in some classes, some babies arrive a few weeks earlier than the estimated due dates.  Even though the parents do not complete the series, the births have all gone pretty well.  We are covering enough material to allow these families to have Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcomes, and at the end of the day, that is the most important aspect of the classes we teach.
 
Before we complete the last class, the phrase “one more thing” is said a lot in that final session.  Here are the impressions we want to leave our students with…
 
On teamwork:
  • They have learned several strategies for positive communication. 
  • There are several places in their class materials to find the questions for informed consent.  If they remember nothing else, the first questions to ask are, “Is Mom okay?  Is Baby okay?  Then they can ask for the benefits, risks, expected results, alternatives to the suggested procedure, and a timeframe to think about it before making a decision.
  • If there is time, it is always okay to ask for the privacy to talk things through before making a decision.
  • Always evaluate any decisions that need to be made with the Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby filter on.  As long as they remember the ultimate goal, they will be able to make peace with the decisions they make in labor.
 
On managing labor:
  • The amount of sleep a couple gets can positively or negatively effect their outcome.  Against the odds, try to sleep in spite of the excitement.
  • Eat if you are hungry, drink if you are thirsty.
  • Fast labors are indicated by a rapid progression of duration, intensity and frequency of the contractions.  If you notice that things are getting longer, harder, stronger and closer together over the course of a couple of hours, you need to get to your birthplace sooner than later.
  • Long labors are indicated by little or no change in the duration, intensity and frequency of contractions over the course of several hours.  If your contractions start ten+ minutes apart, and they are still ten+ minutes apart two hours later,  you are in for a marathon – stop timing, eat something, hydrate, shower and go to bed!  Although we do not wish this labor on anyone, if it is your birth story, you will be happy you rested early on, because you will definitely have energy when you need it later.
  • It is possible to sleep between contractions or even through contractions.  Surrender to the process and allow Mom to rest.
  • Relaxation is on physical, mental and emotional levels.  There are several summary pages we cover so that they can find and refer to what they need at different points in their labor.

  (To read in more detail about evaluating your labor, click here.)
 
On Motherhood:
  • They are about to embark on one of life’s greatest gifts.
  • It’s called “mother’s instinct” for a reason – it is unexplainable and a mystery how we are all connected, however, if they have any feelings or sense anything as it applies to their baby or their family, go with it – they are invariably proven to be the right decisions to make.
  • They are not alone – reach out for help if they are feeling overwhelmed, tired or just need another adult to talk to when Coach goes back to work and they are home alone with baby.
  • Nursing should not hurt, and it is also a learned behavior.  Each breastfeeding relationship is unique with subsequent children.  If they experience any pain, difficulty, or as questions arise, there are several free options from which to find answers: La Leche League, hospital support groups, community support groups.  If they experience any fever or lingering pain, get professional help from a medical care provider: it is best to be told how to find a solution early on, than to let things go and get into a situation where the breastfeeding relationship is compromised.
  • They cannot spoil or hold their baby too much.  It is okay to ignore people who tell you otherwise!  Your baby is designed to be with you and a part of you – they are cute, sweet and cuddly for a reason!  The time in our lives when they need us is so short compared to the time they are independent, so savor every moment of their infancy and hold them as much as you want to!
  • The sound of your child's crying makes your heart hurt for a reason – you are supposed to respond to them and meet their needs.  If the basics of wet, hungry and tired are satisfied and they are still crying, there may be other reasons why they cry: lonely, scared, in pain, over-stimulated…all of them good reasons to hold them and reassure them that it is okay and you will find a path together.
 
On Fatherhood:
  • Mom and Baby will continue to be an exclusive unit for a little while longer.  Until Coaches are allowed into the “Inner Circle”, there are many ways to support that MotherBaby unit so that they thrive and succeed: support the mother’s decision to breastfeed by bringing her food and water every time she nurses, hold the baby so she can sleep and build her milk supply and stay rested to avoid postpartum issues, change the baby’s diaper so mom can take care of her personal needs, keep telling her that she is doing a great job and you appreciate everything she is doing to take care of your child.
  • Even if you feel you are outside of the circle, there are special things that only Coaches can do.  You can soothe the baby when mom needs a break.  Coaches have a different energy that babies respond do.  One mom shared a tip they learned in breastfeeding class:  Moms always smell like milk.  If there is fussiness at the breast, Dad can take baby and calm him/her since he doesn’t stimulate their sense of smell for food…and when everyone is in a better place, they can try nursing again.
  • The time will come when you become part of that “Inner Circle”.  Your baby will recognize you and crave your attention – enjoy it!  You can sing to them, read to them, snuggle with them even before you feel completely “in”, and by the time you are “in”, baby will be confident and comfortable with you; the rewards of taking a vested interest in your child are immeasurable.
 
Our parting wish is for them to have a very Happy Birth-Day; and to come back to share their beautiful babies and their birth stories with future classes.  The most fun of all is to meet again at their Bradley® Class Reunion – it is always fun to see all the Bradley® babies “earthside,” and hear all the new families exchanging stories and experiences.
 
Which parting thoughts resonate with you?  Please add your own words of wisdom in the comments section.
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

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