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Chandler, Arizona

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Thoughts on Postpartum

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)
Oh how I love going to La Leche League meetings.  It is a wealth of information from the brain trust of trained leaders and experienced mothers.  As my own days as a breastfeeding mother are winding down, I am glad I still get to go to meetings in support of our students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (0)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q&A with SPB: Getting Breastfeeding Off To A Good Start

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)
Today's Question:

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

Answer:





What are three things you can do?
 

  1. Spend the first three days in bed with your baby – skin-to-skin is best.  It helps them “get organized” and it helps you build a good milk supply.
  2. Take three one-hour naps daily.  Research has shown that mamas who are sleep deprived are more likely to experience postpartum depression, and to have a more
  3. Be patient and take your time learning.  It takes a few weeks to learn, and a few months until you feel like an expert.  Before you know it, you will be the breastfeeding ninja helping a new mom overcome struggles as she goes through her learning curve.  It is worth it!!

 
Resources for breastfeeding families
 
Peer-to-Peer Support Groups:
La Leche League USA
 
La Leche League International
 
Breastfeeding USA
 
When you need a professional expert in breastfeeding:
ILCA – Find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in your area
 
Local resources:
SUPPORT GROUPS:
La Leche League of Arizona
 
Chandler Regional Hosp. Breastfeeding Support Group
Wednesdays from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 
1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You may also leave a message during after hours and someone will return your call during the next business day.  Note:  Many mamas speak highly of this group.  Although this group is led by an IBCLC, one-on-one help is not always available - it is a place to come ask questions and share stories in a group setting.
 
Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support Group • Every Wednesday morning  • Time: 11:00 am
Pregnant moms are welcome too!
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center
2928 N 16th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85016 
Facilitator:
Michelle Hottya, IBCLC
818-606-5687
 
Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Snugglers Group • Babymoon Inn • Every Wednesday • Time: 1:00 pm
Birth to six months: This group for expecting and new mommies and open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital and is facilitated by Amey Clark, RN. The Nest at Babymoon Inn, 220 E Lexington Ave, Phoenix, AZ  602-314-7755  

Mercy Gilbert Hosp. Breastfeeding Support Group
Fridays from 10:00 am- 11:30 pm
For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 
1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You may also leave a message during after hours and someone will return your call during the next business day.  Note:  Many mamas speak highly of this group.  Although this group is led by an IBCLC, one-on-one help is not always available - it is a place to come ask questions and share stories in a group setting.
 
CLASSES:
Breastfeeding Basics Class 
Arizona Breastfeeding Center, LLC
4703 S Lakeshore Dr., Suite 2
Tempe AZ 85282
Parents new to breastfeeding will learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding in the early days including the benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect, breastfeeding positions and solutions to common problems.  Taught by Michelle Hottya, IBCLC.  To register: call the office (480-269-1639), email, or via the website (www.azbreastfeeds.com). $35/couple 
 
Back to Work Breastfeeding Class
Arizona Breastfeeding Center, LLC
4703 S Lakeshore Dr., Suite 2
Tempe AZ 85282
Wondering how to make breastfeeding work for you once you return to work? Come get your questions answered at this interactive class.  We'll go over types of breastpumps, pumping, and techniques to make sure you get the most out of pumping while you're away from your baby.  We'll also cover things to look for in a caregiver, and information to share with your caregiver about feeding and caring for your breastfed baby.  Classes held from 6:30-8:30PM at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.  
To register: call the office (480-269-1639), email, or via the website (www.azbreastfeeds.com). $35/couple 
 
Favorite Breastfeeding Blog Posts:
Links to other posts that list breastfeeding resources and products you may find helpful:
 
Breastfeeding Comfort Kit - Product Review with Talisha from Modern Mommy Boutique
 
Top 5 Breastfeeding Products - Product Tour with Talisha from Modern Mommy Boutique

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®.


 

Update: Placenta Pills

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding.  More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

Local Resources in Arizona:

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


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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: May 12-16, 2014

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM Comments comments (0)
Sorry this is a day late this week - good news is that there are still lots of amazing events to choose from in the next four days!
  
New this week: check out our listing of splash pads in the East Valley, as well as a link to find other splash pads around the Phoenix, Arizona area.  They generally open in May and will remain open until September or October.  They are a great reason to get out of the house and change your space on a day that needs fresh energy ;)
 
Planning Ahead
Vaccination Education for Parents: Class #1 - MMR+ Varicella
Thursday, May 15, 2014
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 
 
C-Town Suitcase Club
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.  Third Tuesday of the month.  10am, Chandler Museum. Free.  This month’s  theme: May 20  Stinkers
McCullough-Price House @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
300 S. Chandler Village Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-782-2717

Bounce, Bike & Boogie
Wednesday May 21, 2014
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
 
Vaccination Education for Parents: Class #2 – DtaP
Thursday, May 292014
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 12, 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 12th Find the birds in your yard and sing "Robin in the Rain"
NEXT WEEK: May 19th Persephone tells a story about Prairie Dogs.
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

Central Phoenix ICAN Meeting - this meeting will be repeated at the East Valley meeting on Wed, May 18th
Topic: Baby Blues, PPD, PTSD and Cesarean Depression
This meeting will cover the many signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you've suffered from any of these after a cesarean or vaginal birth, please come and share your experiences. We will discuss the difference between the different disorders and how to tell the difference between "baby blues" and something more serious. We will offer a place to share, support each other and will talk at length about how to get help so you can start to heal.
Kids Rising! @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
4332 N 24th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 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 

La Leche League – Tempe 
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. http://www.lllofaz.org/
Desert Cross Lutheran Church @ 9:30 am
8600 S McClintock Dr. (Just north of Warner Rd)
Tempe, AZ
 
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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 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: In your backyard you may have ducks that go quack with yellow bills and pretty feathers on their back. 
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

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

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

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

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 15, 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 
 
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. This week's theme:
Birds come in all kinds of colors and sing many different songs. Some tails are short, some are very long.
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

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 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
Charlie and the New Baby, by Ree Drummond, Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
Charlie the Ranch Dog receives plenty of loving care and attention. When the new baby comes along and seems to take his attention, he must learn that love only grows.
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
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586

SPLASH PADS
Click HERE for a more complete listing around the Phoenix area 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

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



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

Babymoon: Just Say Yes!

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Our Fall class is winding up...and we have already said, "Welcome, earthside!" to the first baby from that class.  Fun times!

I thought today would be a great time to write about an idea that is gaining traction here in the West: The Babymoon.

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®.  


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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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®.

Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM Comments comments (1)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale In the grand scheme of planning our homebirth, there was one thing that Bruss was unsure about: placenta encapsulation.  The idea of consuming a placenta after childbirth was absolutely an eyebrow raiser for me, too, the first time I heard about it. 

After going to birth circle and researching some more, I came around to the idea.  Lots of moms testified that there was a positive effect on their postpartum period, going so far as to call them their “happy pills”.  I had postpartum blues with both Ysabella and Bryan (incidentally, both of their labors were augmented with Pitocin) and if there was a way to avoid that emotional roller coaster, I was willing to try it.  Wendy Diaz, Pbi certified placenta encapsulationist, also carries a food handlers card for Maricopa County, so I felt assured that the pills she would be preparing for me were safe for consumption, even if the contents were going to be outside of my “norm”.

It was my best postpartum EVER.  Bruss now confidently tells our students that it wasn’t so bad after all.  He says, “That was the weirdest thing in our birth plan.  It was worth it – the difference in the postpartum period was night and day.” 

I also want to mention that placenta encapsulation is not exclusive to home birth.  You can request and take your placenta home after you birth in a hospital or birth center.  You want to take care to refrigerate it within four hours after the birth (bring a take-home container to the hospital).  If it will be several days until someone will be preparing your placenta, you can freeze it to preserve the integrity and safety for consumption.

So, how do those little capsules do their job?  Wendy shares her knowledge for today’s blog post:

SPB:  What are the benefits of placenta capsules?
Wendy:  There are many ways to prepare your placenta for ingestion.  Some women feel comfortable putting their placenta in a smoothie, or creating a special recipe for it.  Some women even consume it raw.  Those methods will work, however, they limit the length of time you are able to utilize the benefits of the placenta to matter of days.

When I process a placenta, it is dried, ground and encapsulated.  By encapsulating the placenta, you can take them daily for a number of weeks.  You can reap all the healthful benefits of your placenta quickly, easily and discreetly, and when stored properly, they can last for years.  When you have recovered from childbirth, you can freeze the capsules and save them for menopause.

SPB:  You mentioned that there are benefits of the placenta: why would someone want to consider ingesting their placenta? 
Wendy:  Placenta capsules are beneficial in the postpartum period, and at other times in a woman’s life: 

  • Balance your hormones 
  • Increase milk supply 
  • Recover more quickly from childbirth 
  • Replenish what was lost during childbirth (restores what the Chinese call “Qi”) 
  • Brings the body back into balance 
  • Prevent and treat the “baby blues” 
  • Shorten postnatal bleeding time (lochia) 
  • Increase postnatal iron level 
  • Combat fatigue Increase your energy


SPB: How do the placenta capsules help with those things?
Wendy:  There are several scientifically known hormones produced by the placenta.
  • Progesterone: Serves to suppress ovulation, however, do not count on it as a method of birth control! 
  • Estrogen: Stimulates mammary gland development.* 
  • Prolactin: Promotes lactation
  • Oxytocin: Inhibits pain and promotes bonding.  It is also known as the “love” hormone. 
  • Interferon: Stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Boosts energy and helps the body to recover from stressful events. 
  • Cortisone:  Combats stress and unlocks energy stores
  • Hemoglobin:  Replenishes iron deficiency, thereby curbing anemia. 
  • Gammaglobulin: Immune booster that helps to protect against postpartum infections. 
  • Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: Stops bleeding and enhances wound healing. 

SPB:  How would someone know if the placenta capsules are working for them? 
Wendy:  If the placenta capsules are working as expected, Mom should be experiencing at least some, it not all, of the expected benefits.  It is best to stop taking them if you should develop a cold; for some reason, taking your placenta capsules when you are sick seems to drive the cold in deeper.  In addition, if you experience headaches, there is probably too high a concentration of hormones in your capsules.  You can cut your dose in half; and I have also been known to re-make the capsules to include a ”filler” and thereby reduce the concentration in the capsules. 

As Wendy says, “Placentas are rare and powerful – make the best of the ONE available to you after childbirth.”  If the thought of preparing and encapsulating your own placenta is a bit overwhelming, you can contact Wendy about her Placenta Encapsulation Services.  

For more information, visit www.NoBabyBlues.com, or you call her at 480-228-3716. 

* Krystyna’s side note:  Estrogens are one in an array of hormones necessary for both ductal and alveolar growth in the mammary gland.  See this post for more information about galactagogues.

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®.