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Mommy Con LA Wrap-Up

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)






The Mommy Con Babywearing World Record Event was on Sunday, 
October 8, 2013 at the LA Convention Center West Hall.  Cassandra and I got to attend as media, and we were able to cover lots of aspects of the whole Mommy Con experience. 

Here are links to all the things we saw and experienced that day:



The day started off with the Babywearing World Record - click HERE to see pictures from that event.



Then we went into the convention hall.  Our next treat was the eye candy of all the beautiful new carriers on the scene for the fall.  Click HERE for the Babywearing Fashion Show.
Starting at noon, we were treated to seminar talks by Natural Parenting Experts.  Program Notes are included in "quotes".

Click HERE for our notes from Dr. Robert Sears, Dad to 3, pediatrician and author.  
"Dr. Bob takes a unique approach to pediatrics by providing a combination of alternative and traditional medical care.  He is the author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child."

Click HERE for our notes from the Moby-sponsored appearance of Jessica Martin-Weber, Mother of 6 and blogger at The Leaky Boob. "Don't tell this mom of six to cover up while nursing.  She is passionate, motivated and dedicated to helping mothers find the strength and courage to breastfeed in an unsupportive society." 

Click HERE for our notes from the Nuroo-sponsored appearance of January Harshe, Mother of 5 and blogger at Birth Without Fear.  
"From c-sections to unassited home births, the lovely January of "Mrs. Birth Without Fear" joins us at all our 2013 events as an inspiring speaker and storyteller."

Click HERE for our notes from the Milkin' Cookies-sponsored appearance of Abby Theuring, Mom & Blogger at The Badass Breastfeeder.
"A social worker turned blogger turned awe-inspiring mother who isn't afraid to be a Badass Breastfeeder."

Between all the happenings on stage, we got to wander through the convention all and experience what was promised: first looks, new product debuts and lots to touch, feel and try from industry-leading manufactures.  Click HERE for a tour of the convention hall floor.

Our event reviews
Krystyna:  This event definitely lived up to the expectation of a "Con" event - product debuts, sneak peaks at "upcoming releases", a line-up of "celebrity" speakers...it was well done.  I don't know what the value of the break-out sessions is to attendees, so I can't compare that to the event I attended in Phoenix as a vendor.  There, the breakout sessions tried to stagger with the presenters so that mamas could take in as much info as possible.

The concerns our students expressed in Phoenix were addressed: the event lived up to the hype, and there were plenty of vendors to buy the latest and greatest baby gear from, and there were coupon codes for the big items that won't fit in the basket of your stroller or your diaper bag.

I think it is important for attendees to know that there is a big giveaway at the end.  There are two ways to win...one is to have your name drawn at random.  All attendees are entered into the drawings, and you must be present to win in order to claim your prize.  The second way is by random selection - again you must be present to win.  When there is a specific prize that is best suited for a family with children of a specific age, then the MC asks qualifying questions until there is one family standing.  Not everyone was happy with these arrangements.  Maybe stating the rules again before the big giveaway begins, with a clear statement of the parameters, would help facilitate a jovial end to a long day.

It is a VERY long day with an older nursling, so if you are going to go enjoy the whole MommyCon experience, I would definitely arrange for someone to come pick up your nursling at some point throughout the day so you can hear all the presenters and hang in there to the last giveaways, including the goody bags that are held to the very end of the day (I think to motivate you to stick it out.)

Overall, I believe the event is well worth the ticket price, especially if you go into the day with the understanding that the final giveaway is a bonus and not a sure thing.  The goody bags are pretty sweet, and it sounds like there is more "swag" in the bags as the event grows.

Cassandra: Stay tuned - hers is on the way :)  

Mommy Con: Abby from The BA Breastfeeder

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 6:53 AM Comments comments (0)
Mommy Con founder Xza Louise Higgins envisioned that the conferences would be about delivering quality information and products to mothers around the country.  The Los Angeles event did all that and more!  See our vendor coverage HERE on our SPF blog, and check out the Babywearing Fashion Show HERE, and scenes from the Babywearing World Record HERE.  

To close out this amazing day, a fourth speaker took the stage at 3:00 pm. Milkin' Cookies sponsored an appearance by Abby Theuring from The Badass Breastfeeder.  She came up to address the dedicated mamas (and some partners!) who had been in attendance with their nurslings since 10:00 am.  Her message was about taking up the cause to normalize breastfeeding.

Here are the notes from her speech:

She had an interaction with women at the post office who asked her about breastfeeding when they saw her nursing in public.  As she walked away, she reflected on the conversation.  While it had been awkward to talk at length with strangers about breastfeeding, she realized that by breastfeeding her toddler in public, when had just opened up the possibilities to the women she had been talking to.  The next time they saw someone nursing in public, they would get it…and if they ever saw another woman breastfeeding a toddler, they wouldn’t think to themselves, "I’ve never seen that before"…they would remember her.

Before we are pregnant for the first time, we have a totally different relationship with our breasts.  She put on a non-nursing bra from her drawer the other day and realized that before parenthood, her bras were all about putting breasts on display, in your face; and that is how it is in society – breasts are displayed.**

Latch a baby onto that breast – it freaks people out!! It doesn’t matter that it is natural – people don’t want to see it.

Nursing In Public – everyone can do that.  We can start a chain of events – every mom has the power to normalize breastfeeding.

We are all fighting the fight.
Fight for worthy causes – NIP is one of them.
This is a cause where all we have to do is show up.

Live life.
Lead life.
Breastfeed as you want to do.
Makes us happy no matter where we are.

Breastfeeding moms were backed into a corner when formula became “the norm”.  Breastfeeding moms were scared to go out of the house – we need to reclaim the norm!

Her first breastfeeding experience was an awful experience – not nice, soft and fuzzy like all the pictures.  Every day she thought breastfeeding was over – and then it wasn’t.  By three months, her child was off formula, and at 26 months, her child is still breastfeeding.

There are sleepless nights with a newborn.  The first few months of parenting, you feel like a drunk person.  Time is upside down.  You are going to the emergency room because you don’t know what is wrong with your baby.  Then you learn.  And keep learning.

Breastfeeding is proven to be able to change society.  We can change the norms.  We can raise healthy children who in turn become healthy, whole adults.

Norms are caused by what people are doing.  We have the opportunity to start a new cycle:
Start breastfeeding
Start nursing in public
Empower breastfeeding from the start
When it’s an observers turn or our children’s turn, they do the same

Empowerment is contagious
Empowerment is progressive
It begins to infiltrate our parenting, every aspect of life

For example: pregnant with horrible morning sickness.  Get up. Throw Up. Go to work.  Continue to throw up.  Who does that??  Yet you get through it and move on.  (I think her point was that if you can make that shift for your pregnancy/child, you start making other shifts in thinking for your child, i.e., NIP even if it is out of your "norm".)

From her social worker background, she liked rules – she liked structure.  Parenting is anything but that.

Mothers are the foundation of civilization.  It is time for mothers to lead the way.

**This rang so true for me!! That morning, I figured I would throw on my last pretty, underwire bra that I have since I was not going to bring a nursling with me.  The second I had it on properly – O My Gosh – I couldn’t wait to take it off!! It was incredibly uncomfortable.  So back to my trusty nursing bra I went…I felt like I could breathe again.

Want to get more scoop on the Mommy Con experience?
HERE are my notes from Dr. Robert Sears - He talked about vaccinations during pregnancy, postpartum, and for infants.
 
HERE are the notes from Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky [email protected]@b - Her talk was about parenting and being confident as a parent.
 
HERE are the notes from January Harshe of Birth Without Fear - Her talk was about the choices we make around birth and forming a support community.


Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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

Mommy Con: January from Birth Without Fear

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM Comments comments (0)
Cassandra and I were part of the "media" contingent at MommyCon LA Babywearing World Record Event on Sunday, October 6, 2013.  We had such a wonderful time walking the floor, meeting vendors and being inspired by the wonderful speakers as we looked and listened to bring all the happenings back to you.  See the bottom of this posts for links to more of the activity! 

At 2:00 pm, the third person to take the stage on Sunday was January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear, sponsored by Nüroo.  She started a facebook page with a simple message - that birth does not have to be scary, and that we have choices.  That message has resonated and grown into an incredible community that is active on-line 24/7.

Here are the notes I took as she delivered her message on Sunday:

You are judged for your choices no matter what you make.  Life is hard – we are all doing our best.  The last thing we need to do is judge others – be kind to one another.

Choices – you do have a choice when it comes to birth.

With her fourth child, she decided to have complete faith in her body.  We are indoctrinated with unrealistic images of birth in the media – either it’s completely zen calm and peaceful (my note: and in the middle of nowhere somewhere beautiful), or it’s a major emergency when mother and baby need to have a life-saving operation.

There is a choice not to cut – you can choose to birth via cesarean or vaginally – you can choose to breastfeed or pump or to give formula.

The days when the OB told a mom what to do and how it’s going to go – that is changing.  She's striving to make them numbered.

January wants to tell as many women as possible that they have a choice:
My body
It’s up to me how I birth

What is another mom going through?  How does she need to heal?  “This is my vagina – if I want to have a baby out of it – it’s my choice.”

If you can’t find someone to support your choice – do more than sit online and complain.  Start acting as a consumer – demand change.

I heard a paradigm shift in her presentation:
You hire your care provider to do a service.  Find someone to do the job you want them to do.  If they don’t listen, respect your choice, then you know it’s time to hire someone else.

The last thing you want is to go home with a new baby and the trauma from a bad birth experience.  Your care provider doesn’t have to live with your birth – you do.

If there were no moms birthing in the hospitals any more, they would be quick to change their policies!

We need to take the power back for ourselves – our daughters – our granddaughters.

The feeling of “I rocked this birth – I can do anything” should not be rare and exclusive.

We need to go into birth feeling supported and empowered.

How we birth affects our postpartum experience.

If you have postpartum depression, and you always feel like you are going to cry – Cry.  It’s okay – you are still a good mom. (melt – I love this woman’s message!!)

After a VBAC with her third child, within 15 minutes her care provider started tearing apart her birth and her choices and deflated her "VBAC high".  The care provider was callous and careless, and her postpartum experience left her questioning herself.

With her fourth child, she decided to get “in the zone”.  She and her husband made their choice about how they were going to birth.  If anyone came into “the zone” with negative energy, she punched them out (jabs at the air with a couple of side punches to the great delight of the audience) and went back into her “zone”.

She birthed her baby without any drama, complications, and she had her family around her after the baby was born.  They welcomed their new child together.  Her postpartum experience was very different – down to the breastfeeding relationship.

In talking with midwives at The Farm, they do not have any incidence of postpartum depression.  One of the midwives stated that she thinks PPD is a symptom of nuclear family living in isolation.  In communal living, women support and help each other; when they see a need, they take care of it.  In nuclear family living, women are isolated and alone.  It is seen as weakness to need help.

January believes that we need other women.  We need to cry and celebrate together, be okay with doing each other’s dishes, bringing meals, letting mamas take a shower.  We need to support each other with no judgement and help each other with love.

Empower birth.
Support the postpartum period.

My note…even more kudos to this woman for being there for the mamas at Mommy Con.  She has her own conference coming up this weekend – not even a mention or a peep about it when she had the perfect platform for self-promotion.  Truly she is a woman who is changing the world, one interaction at a time.

Want more Mommy Con scoop??
HEREare my notes from Dr. Robert Sears - He talked about vaccinations during pregnancy, postpartum, and for infants.
 
HERE are the notes from Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky [email protected]@b - Her talk was about parenting and being confident in our choices.
 
HERE are the notes from Abby Theuring of The Badass Breastfeeder - Her talk was about empowering breastfeeding as a society

HERE is a link to our tour of the convention floor.

HERE is a link to the Babywearing Fashion Show.

HERE is a link to pictures of the Babywearing World Record.

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


Mommy Con: Jessica from The Leaky [email protected]@b

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (2)
Have I told you how amazing MommyConLA was?  I know I did:)

Second on the stage on Sunday, October 6 for MommyCon and Babywearing World Record was Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky [email protected]@b.  Her 1:00 pm appearance was sponsored by Moby®.  Since she saw so many mamas breastfeeding, and doing so confidently in public, she decided to give us a speech about parenting.  

Here are my notes from her talk:

She is the proud mama of six daughters.  While she is their mother, they do not define her.  She is inspired by them, however, however her motivation is to be herself and make the world a better place for her daughters as they grow.  

Re: Parenting 

Fake it until you make it
Your baby is your best teacher
I believe in you
You are the right mom for this baby 

She talks about babies, boobs, bellies and bottles on her blog because they are important for the relationship a mama has with herself and with the lessons children are going to learn about those things.

You don’t have to be perfect 
Be you 
You are the right parent for your child 

Example: first time wearing the Moby® wrap – first time it was too tight, then it was too loose.  She had to learn the right fit and she didn’t give up. 

The first time she decided to breastfeed for longer than 18 months – she freaked out a little.  It caused her to question herself – her child – society. 

When she decided to babywear “halfway into this” (talking about the parenting journey - I think she was talking about changes she wanted to make between baby3 and baby4) – she was afraid to drop the baby – afraid to screw up – what if she made the wrong choice in this “new” style of parenting? 

She had a Skype session with a friend/coach/mentor and as they talked, it surfaced that ultimately, she was afraid to screw up.  Her friend said (loose paraphrasing here because I am going off shorthand notes), “You are!”  Not at all what she anticipated when she was expecting him to reassure her that she was doing fine.  He continued with,  “That’s okay – we all screw up.  What is important is that you are giving yourself and giving them enough space.  You are creating enough space and love to work through it and be okay.” 

She felt like all 6 daughters and their hopes – future – possibility rested on her. In the Leaky [email protected]@b community, she knows she is not alone.  She realized that we are all in a state of imperfection, still learning, changing, growing, and the best thing about the community is the opportunity to learn, adjust, reconsider and reevaluate our choices. 

Jessica shared an anecdote about raising strong and confident children: She was having a disagreement with Daughter2 and they were working it out using respectful language.  In the background, she can see/hear/feel Daughter1 sighing.  

After she and Daughter2 come to a resolution and move on, Daughter1 is still “in” the space.  She asks her what is going on and gets, “Nothing”.  A few more interchanges and Daughter1 says, “You really want to know?!”.  Mom says, “Yes!”  Daughter1 answers, “I would be a better mother than you!”

This took her by surprise and sent her mentally in many different directions.  As she processed and found an answer, she simply said, “I bet you will.”

So while her first reaction was to be hurt, it was also a sign that she had made the right choices as a parent – here she had an empowered, strong, confident daughter, who is very likely going to be a better mother than the one who raised her.

Back to boobs – bellies – babies – bottles

We wrestle with body image – we can’t tell our children how to draw conclusions about their body image.  You have to have the confidence that you are doing the right thing for them and they will draw healthy conclusions.

My body
Designed to feed a baby
That’s what mammals do

You are right
You deserve to have confidence in your style of parenting, even if you decide to change styles half-way through like she did.  You can be sure that you are changing together with your child – one big cycle of changing – learning – growing together.

Jessica Martin-Weber was as amazing in person as she is on her blog.  Puma asked me, "Did you get to meet her?", to which I happily said , "Yes!" And then she says, "Did you freak out and ask her for her autograph?!" and I was glad to be able to tell her, "No, I just said hi and we talked a little bit about dance."  

We are definitely going to keep being "Leaky" fans around here - can't wait for an opportunity to see her here with some of you in Phoenix if Mommy Con comes back next year!!

Want to read my notes from the other speakers??
HERE are my notes from Dr. Robert Sears - He talked about vaccinations during pregnancy, postpartum, and for infants.

HERE are the notes from January Harshe of Birth Without Fear - Her talk was about the choices we make around birth.
 
HERE are the notes from Abby Theuring of The Badass Breastfeeder - Her talk was about empowering breastfeeding as a society.

Can't get enough Mommy Con LA?
HERE is a link to our tour of the convention floor.

HERE is a link to the Babywearing Fashion Show.

HERE is a link to pictures from the Babywearing World Record.

Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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


Mommy Con: Dr. Sears

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM Comments comments (0)
Mommy Con LA was truly what I imagined a mommy-conference to be...great speakers, new product releases...first looks at new styles from trusted companies...it was amazing!  

We were able to attend and take notes...please take some time to check out all the vendors that were there over on our post on Sweet Pea Families...pictures turn out better there, so that's where they posted.  In addition, check out our Wordless Wednesday on Sweet Pea Births and Sweet Pea Families to check out what else we saw that day...

The first speaker of the day was Dr. Robert Sears at 12:00 pm.  He is the author of The Vaccine Book.  Here are my notes from Dr. Sear's talk on vaccines...check at the end of the post for links to the other talks we heard that day.


During pregnancy:
Flu vaccine:
No negative birth outcomes yet
Concern: mercury in the flu vaccine - we know mercury is toxic
If you are going to get it in pregnancy, ask your doctor for a dose that does not have mercury in it.  They usually come in single use vials.  If you are not sure, ask to see the label.  He tells his patients that if they can't get it without mercury, not to get it.  By the same token, he ensures they are willing to accept the disease risk (you may come down with the flu).

Whooping cough:
Whooping cough fluctuates about every five years.  You will see a climax of cases, and then the rate drops and starts building again.  Even after the vaccine was introduced, there is no measurable difference in the 5-year peak cycle.

The vaccine for adults was developed 6-7 years ago.  Up to then, you couldn't give an adult a child's vaccine because it would make them sick. (My head said WHAT?!?! and we are giving them to children??? He didn't say that, though.)  When there was the peak, the media started pushing the vaccine for adults - haven't changed their story even though we are now in a valley - they are still saying whooping cough rates are rising.

Right now, whooping cough is at a low.  It hasn't fluctuated with vaccine practices.  No one has bothered to realize that the danger to newborns is low right now.  About 20 infants die each year of whooping cough.  When it's a peak year, about 30 infants will die of whooping cough.  This was true before the adult vaccine and holds true still.  An infant can't get this vaccine, the child's vaccine can be administered after baby is 2 mos. old.  For those 2 months, they are not protected.

Theory: Give the pregnant mother the whooping cough vaccination so that the immunity theoretically passes through to fetus
No research has been done on this theory
No mercury in that vaccine
No research on the safety of this practice

Whooping cough is somewhat common - 50-100 cases per year in the US
Safe to vax while pregnant? One small study demonstrated no negative outcomes, you can detect the antibodies in the baby's bloodstream, however, it has not been tested to see if it is protective?  Did any of those babies get exposed to whooping cough and not get sick?? Nobody knows.

His basic advice is that if there is nothing to prove that is safe, then don't do it.  He doesn't recommend the whooping cough vaccine to patients.  It wears off, and you have to keep getting the vaccine.

Do pros/cons with your own care provider

Postpartum:
Safe to get flu
Safe to get whooping cough
There is no longer a direct line from the mother to the baby

If you are postpartum in the off-flu season, there is no reason to get the flu vaccine.

If you are postpartum during the flu season, then it is offered.  You may want to delay in the immediate postpartum: it may make you feel sick, weak, have a sore arm, side effects may make it hard to deal with a new baby and the postpartum period.

Deciding for your family: does your job expose you: size of company, exposure to kiddos.  Wait a little to get the vaccine if you think you are at risk.

Newborns:
Flu
Flu is tolerated by babies - only about 20 deaths per year from all the children that get the flu.

Vaccinate adults/children who are around the newborn for flu and whooping cough?
Weigh the pros/cons
Consider asking for mercury-free doses for children
In children, it only works 50% of the time
In adults, it only works 60-70% of the time

Rubella
It is no longer available as a single dose - it is mixed in with Measles and Mumps in the "MMR" vaccine
You would want protection against rubella in your pregnancy - it is known to cause birth defects if you get rubella while pregnant
Numbers per year: 
3 babies born with birth defects as a result of rubella during pregnancy 
10 kiddos catch it

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), diabetes, thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, or any other autoimmune disease you need to know that there is a risk that you will get worse; there is also the risk of developing RA as a result of the vaccine.

HERE is a link to his info on MMR his website

Hep B
The disease has been airborne exactly 1x, when a child sneezed on a teacher.  It is generally transmitted through blood during sex, or needle-sharing while doing drugs.
He suggests skipping or delaying this unless there is someone in the family with Hep B.
About 1% of the population has Hep B.

He stated that the wholesale vaccine against Hep B in infancy is more of a political and economic reason - there is no medical need for an infant to be vaccinated (unless there is someone in the family with Hep B).  He made the same allusion to the fact that babies don't have sex and needle-share that we make in class, however he has a medical degree and we don't!

He strongly suggests that you speak up if you are going to decline Hep B in the hospital - and says do not let your baby our of your sight!  He said that consent is in the hospital admission forms, and if your baby is taken into the nursery without you, chances are they will receive the vaccine.

My note: please keep in mind that these are notes that I wrote quickly so I could capture a sense of his talk and share it with you.  It is not medical advice, and as he said several times in his talk, it is up to each parent to discuss their particular family situation with their care provider and make the best choice for their family.

HERE are the notes from Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky [email protected]@b - Her talk was about confident parenting.

HERE are the notes from January Harshe of Birth Without Fear - Her talk was about the choices we make around birth

HERE are the notes from Abby Theuring of The Badass Breastfeeder - Her talk was about empowering breastfeeding as a society

Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

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

Wordless Wednesday: MommyCon Mini Phoenix

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM Comments comments (0)
We had a great time at the event on Sunday!  Here are the pictures that I took.  Cassandra was busy live-tweeting everything I sent her.  For those of you that weren't there and didn't catch the twitter feed - here is your inside look at MommyCon Mini Phoenix!

It's not truly wordless because the "scrapbooker" in me can't help but add captions!! I'll do better wordlessly next time...

Peas & Pods
Fall 2011 
Mama & Sweet Pea




















Spring 2012 
Mamas & Sweet Peas











Spring 2012
Mama & Sweet Pea




















Fall 2012
Mamas & Sweet Peas











Spring 2013
Mama & Baby Bump :)




















Blog Followers & Facebook Friends
Winning Wednesday 
Week 1 Winner with Friend



















Students of Bradley Method® instructor Victoria Calleja










Winning Wednesday
Consolation Prize Winner



















Winning Wednesday
Consolation Prize Winners










Speakers
Q&A from attendees with the distinguished Birth Panel:
  • Michelle Hottya, Doula, Lactation Educator, Pres AZ Birth Network
  • Marinah Farrell, CPM, LM at Sage Midwifery and BabyMoon Inn
  • Emily Tarazi, CNM at MomDoc Midwives
  • Dr. Grayson Guzman, OB at MomDoc Midwives


Q&A with the Pediatric Panel:

  • Dr. Rajeev Agarwal, MD
  • Dr. Erin Victor, NMD








Organizers in the forefront, families waiting to see Jennifer Anderson of "Our Muddy Boots"
She is in the middle in the blue top and black pants







Mamas learning from empathetic parenting guru, Leslie Ringler








Always inspiring, January Harsche, founder of Birth Without Fear









Vendors






















































































Healthy Baby, Happy Earth
from Glendale, AZ




















































































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












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

Mommy-Con Phoenix Ticket Giveaway

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM Comments comments (18)
By now you have probably heard of Mommy-Con?  If not - here is the scoop:

A group of rocking mamas has joined together to bring a boutique-style convention to seven cities across the country this year.  We are excited to be giving away tickets to three lucky winners!!  Two lucky ladies have already had their Winning Wednesday...will today be yours?  We have one pair of tickets left to give away.

From their website:
"Our focus is on natural parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together."

You can click on the video to see the topics that will be presented.

In addition, there will be a playroom, a breastfeeding lounge, and a car seat safety station, along with vendors right then and there to show and sell you the latest and greatest in baby gear.  (I know we don't "need" it in the AP lifestyle...some of it is just so cute, though!)  Cloth diapers, vintage clothing, and car seats were among some of the offerings at the Chicago event (visit the Mommy-Con facebook page for pics). 

The Phoenix Mommy-Con Mini is going to be held on April 14, 2013 at the Mesa Convention Center from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

SPB is going to be offering a breakout session at the Phoenix(Mesa) event on Healthy Pregnancy 101.  If we don't see you on the main floor, please come visit us in the breakout room at 1:45 pm.  

The Celebrity Bloggers you get to see with your tickets:
Our Muddy Boots - Jennifer Andersen will speak on finding balance as mothers
Birth Without Fear - January Harsche will speak about how a mother treats herself and how she is treated

Sound interesting?  Do you want to go?  We are giving away two tickets per week, every Wednesday (3/27, 4/3, 4/10).  We want you to be a Winning Wednesday Winner.

HOW TO ENTER:
If you want to be elegible to win a pair of tickets today only, please leave a comment and tell us which topic(s) you are interested in.  It can be one that is on the list, or you can add a topic.  

This week, one winner will be chosen using the Random.Org number generator on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm Arizona time.  Look for the announcement here, on our Facebook page, our Google+ page, and/or Twitter feed.  The winner will receive instructions via email on how to claim their tickets...it is a "required" field when you leave a comment - you will know you won even if you don't participate in social media :)

Phoenix Schedule of Events - click on it to see a larger image:








GOOD LUCK!  Can't wait to see what you are interested in learning about at the First-Ever Phoenix Mommy-Con.

Winners:
3/27 - Congratulations to Sydni Stout!
4/3 - Congratulations to Amy Brown!


LINK LIST:
Mommy-Con Main Page
www.mommy-con.com

The Mommy Dialogues Blog
http://themommydialogues.com

Mommy-Con on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/mommyconusa?fref=ts

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

Mommy-Con Ticket Giveaway Take 2

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM Comments comments (24)
Have you heard of Mommy-Con

A group of rocking mamashas joined together to bring a boutique-style convention to seven cities across the country this year.  We are excited to be giving away tickets to three lucky winners!!  Read on...

From their website:
"Our focus is on natural parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together."

HERE are some of the topics they presented in Chicago two weekends ago:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Babywearing
  • Birth Choices Panel Discussion
  • Pediatric Panel Discussion
  • Cloth Diapering

They also hosted a playroom, a breastfeeding lounge, and a car seat safety station, along with vendors right then and there to show and sell you the latest and greatest in baby gear.  (I know we don't "need" it in the AP lifestyle...some of it is just so cute, though!)  Cloth diapers, vintage clothing, and car seats were among some of the offerings at the Chicago event (visit the Mommy-Con facebook page for pics). 

The Phoenix Mommy-Con Mini is going to be held on April 14, 2013 at the Mesa Convention Center from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
As of right now, SPB is going to be offering a breakout session at the Phoenix(Mesa) event on Healthy Pregnancy 101 (yeah!).  

The Celebrity Bloggers you get to see with your tickets:
Our Muddy Boots - Jennifer Andersen will speak on finding balance as mothers
Birth Without Fear - January Harsche will speak about how a mother treats herself and how she is treated

Sound interesting?  Do you want to go?  We are giving away two tickets per week, every Wednesday (3/27, 4/3, 4/10).  We want you to be a Winning Wednesday Winner.

HOW TO ENTER:
If you want to be elegible to win a pair of tickets today only, please leave a comment and tell us which topic(s) you are interested in.  It can be one that is on the list, or you can add a topic.  

This week, one winner will be chosen using the Random.Org number generator on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm Arizona time.  Look for the announcement here, on our Facebook page, our Google+ page, and/or Twitter feed.  The winner will receive instructions via email on how to claim their tickets...it is a "required" field when you leave a comment - you will know you won even if you don't participate in social media :)

GOOD LUCK!  Can't wait to see what you are interested in learning about at the First-Ever Phoenix Mommy-Con.

Winner - 3/27 tickets - Congratulations to Sydni Stout!

LINK LIST:
Mommy-Con Main Page
www.mommy-con.com

The Mommy Dialogues Blog
http://themommydialogues.com

Mommy-Con on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/mommyconusa?fref=ts
Random.Org
http://www.random.org/

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®.

Mommy-Con Phoenix Ticket Giveaway

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM Comments comments (19)
Have you heard of Mommy-Con? A group of rocking mamas has joined together to bring a boutique-style convention to seven cities across the country this year.  We are excited to be giving away tickets to three lucky winners!!  Read on...

From their website:
"Our focus is on natural parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together."



HERE are some of the topics they presented in Chicago last weekend:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Babywearing
  • Birth Choices Panel Discussion
  • Pediatric Panel Discussion
  • Cloth Diapering


They also hosted a playroom, a breastfeeding lounge, and a car seat safety station, along with vendors right then and there to show and sell you the latest and greatest in baby gear.  (I know we don't "need" it in the AP lifestyle...some of it is just so cute, though!)  Cloth diapers, vintage clothing, and car seats were among some of the offerings at the Chicago event (visit the Mommy-Con facebook page for pics). 

The Phoenix Mommy-Con Mini is going to be held on April 14, 2013 at the Mesa Convention Center from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

As of right now, SPB is going to be offering a breakout session at the Phoenix(Mesa) event on Healthy Pregnancy 101 (yeah!).  There will also be two celebrity bloggers tapped to give presentations...

Sound interesting?  Do you want to go?  We are giving away two tickets per week, every Wednesday (3/27, 4/3, 4/10).  We want you to be a Winning Wednesday Winner.

HOW TO ENTER:
If you want to be elegible to win a pair of tickets, please leave a comment and tell us which topic(s) you are interested in.  It can be one that is on the list, or you can add a topic.  

This week, one winner will be chosen using the Random.Org number generator on Wednesday at 5:00 pm Arizona time.  Look for the announcement here, on our facebook page, our Google+ page, and/or twitter feed.  The winner will receive instructions via email on how to claim their tickets...it is a "required" field when you leave a comment - you will know you won even if you don't participate in social media :)

GOOD LUCK!  Can't wait to see what you are interested in learning about at the First-Ever Phoenix Mommy-Con.

THE CONTEST FOR TICKETS ON 3/27 IS CLOSED - CONGRATS TO SYDNI STOUT!  
Visit us again on Wednesday, April 3rd and Wednesday, April 10th to get the latest Mommy-Con news and enter to win a pair of tickets.


LINK LIST:
Mommy-Con Main Page
www.mommy-con.com

The Mommy Dialogues Blog
http://themommydialogues.com

Mommy-Con on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/mommyconusa?fref=ts

Random.Org
http://www.random.org/

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