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Sweet Pea Births

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Inside Look: Flowerevolution Flower Lounge

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 2:19 PM Comments comments (111)
Otter and I had the privilege of attending an amazing, heart-opening event last evening.  When I was pregnant with her, I met Katie Hess and Lisa Reinhardt at an event for The Bump.  That "chance" meeting introduced the power of flowers and intentional chocolate into our lives, for which I am forever grateful.

Whether you are pregnant, birthing or postpartum, this book applies to you.  It applies to anyone who is breathing space and wanting a more meaningful life experience.  Katie and Lisa's vision to change the world with flowers has found it's most recent expression through Katie's book, Flowerevolution.



I first became of Katie's work-in-progress when one of her assistant's contacted me about including my testimonial in the book.  I had written it after using the flower essences through Otter's pregnancy and birth journey.  What a thrill to see it included in the finished product!!


There are a few book launch FLOWER LOUNGE events coming up.  Check HERE to see if there is one coming to a city near you...I know that CA and FL are on the list. Then do whatever you can to get there.

The evening was magical from start to finish.  We were welcomed into the space with a flower mandala.  There were flowers along every walkway, and yes, even in the restrooms.  

There was delicious libation with optional flower infusion, delicious gifts from Mother Earth to eat, and there were flower reading stations for the guests to enjoy.  Every solid space for sitting was ensconced with flower petals and candle light.

The evening started with an introduction and an invitation to meditate by Lisa Reinhardt, creator of Wei of Chocolate.  Her vegan, fair-trade chocolates are infused with Lotus Wei flower essences.  Both she and Katie have studied meditation, and we were treated to a wonderful two-minutes of mindfulness, breathing and being at the pace of chocolate.

She welcomed Katie to take the stage.  Katie share the trailer for her book, and then spoke more about the inspiration for this labor of love to take fifteen years of working with clients and traveling around the world to connect with flowers into a master work.  Anyone can pick up this book and connect with the healing power of flowers. Now you don't need to live near a garden or grow your own flowers to receive their beneficial energy. Even though after experiencing this book I think many will be inspired to plant a small garden, albeit a pot garden in a windowsill - prepare to be enlivened and inspired to take action.  

Thanks to the masterful skill and the talented eye of photographer and filmmaker Louie Schwartzburg, the pictures in the book come alive in your living room.  He was the final person to take the floor last evening.  

There are not enough words to describe the wonder and awe with which he filled the audience.  His dedication to capture the small, the vast, and the incomprehensible for the human eye, slowing it down for our speed, left me in greater wonder at this amazing space we live in.  It filled me with hope that since Nature is much bigger and than we are, with stewardship and care, we have an instruction guide to build a safer place for our children. We just need to slow down enough to try and grasp her language and learn her lessons.

I highly recommend the book - you can watch the trailer at the Lotus Wei website and order from Amazon.  Even if you are not ready to take the flower power journey, it is a stunning work of art with countless beautiful images to bring beauty into your day.

Here is a photo journal of our evening:


Mandala at the sign-in area


Otter got into the spirit of the evening by adding flowers to the mandala.

Floral art installation along a bench on the walk way.

Always a fan of the infinity sign, I was thrilled to see this floral art.

The flower mandala in the presentation hall.

A gift for all the attendees. Lisa had a specific activity for us to do with the cards - and there were also two pieces of chocolate, which we enjoyed at the event.

Thank goodness for the coloring table!! Otter enjoyed the flower coloring pages while I got to listen to the presenters.


Like an invitation in Wonderland, here was a message for the guests.


Otter was enthralled with the mandalas - a true flower child.


There were a handful of flower petals left.  
We placed them with intention for some loved ones.

Good night, garden!

The final piece of Lisa's meditation was to have us take out the flower card in our gift bag and reflect on any messages we were receiving as we meditated on the flowers around us.  Then the Lotus Wei crew walked among the audience to collect all the cards.  The cards were then placed on a table at the exit.  Each guest was invited to take a message card on the way out the door.  Otter picked this one for us.  Pictured underneath it is my flower message that I received this morning when I used Part 2 of the book to continue my own #flowerevolution journey:




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























Inside Look: FlexiStash

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 10:08 AM Comments comments (27)



I am pleased to introduce you to FlexiStash, every babywrapping mamas dream!! If you love wraps, or if you love the idea of wrapping your baby, read on!!  Have you ever wished for all the wraps? These ladies can literally make your wrap stash dreams come true!!

From their website:
"Babywearers know how expensive and time consuming it is to change up the look and feel of a wrap stash. People have reported [spending] thousands of dollars over the course of their babywearing years by churning their stash to meet their changing needs and desires. Buying and selling is difficult and expensive, and who wants to commit potentially hundreds of dollars to buying a wrap that you can't even try before you buy?  Plus, new wraps are stiff and uncomfortable for you and your baby until they've been broken in.

That's why two moms on maternity leave founded FlexiStash.  For a low monthly subscription, you can try as many wraps as you like, and keep the ones you love as long as you want.  When you're ready for a new one, just send it back and we'll refresh your look. All our wraps are broken in and baby-ready from the moment they arrive at your door.  FlexiStash gives you endless variety at a price you can afford."


I had the pleasure of interacting with the founders of FlexiStash at the Babywearing International of Phoenix "Main Event" in celebration of Babywearing Week.  They were kind enough to take the time to share more about their company...thank you so much, Nadia and Elyse!










Tell me about FlexiStash.
Elyse and I love babywearing. For each of us, it transformed our together time with little ones in different ways. We wanted to share it with as many people as possible, and learned that the high cost of entry, combined with the variety of options available, meant many caregivers may never find the wrap that fit their needs or might never babywear at all. We wanted to change that. Late night messaging and working on it piece by piece led to the creation of FlexiStash.

Who are the founders of FlexiStash?
Elyse is an engineer, whereas Nadia is a finance person. Elyse is tall and fair; Nadia is short and dark. Elyse is one of those fiercely independent and loyal once in a lifetime friends; Nadia is a social butterfly who will connect you with random people. We are very different yet we both love our children fiercely and believe anyone can do anything with the right support network. That's what we are to each other - great friends, amazing mentors, and champions of saving a joy or overcoming a challenge motherhood, one moment at a time.

Who would use the service/products that FlexiStash provides?
Any caregiver can benefit from FlexiStash. Social babies who cannot hold their heads up completely can get outdoor walks and learn to begin appreciating the world in a woven wrap. A fussy baby who needs cuddles can get quality skin to skin or hugs while the caregiver continues on their day. A toddler who wants to see things at the level of adults can get lots of "ups" (pick-ups, how children refer to being carried) without tiring out a caregiver's back or arms. A parent who needs to get some errands done after a long day of work can wear their child and share their world without getting slowed down. A hiker can enjoy a mountaintop sunset without trying to figure out stroller logistics. A daycare provider can offer comfort to a child missing their parent while also feeding or attending to another. We have seen stories of successful naps, workouts, gardening, travel, and so much more because of babywearing.

What are the benefits of using wraps for babywearing?
Scientifically speaking, from Elyse's world, babywearing is great for any caregiver and child. With similar results of skin-to-skin studies, babywearing studies demonstrate that children who are given affection and physical reinforcement or reassurance are often more emotionally intelligent and more independent as they mature. Elyse's baby was born a month early (100% healthy and awesome), and babywearing was essential for his first month of getting used to being in the real world a bit earlier than planned--he needed more mama cuddles. Financially speaking from Nadia's perspective, babywearing works well for those who do not have a car or a stroller or the means to get there, since all you need is one wrap to secure your baby to you! Nadia recently moved and is now a carless public transportation urban dweller. She has traveled thousands of miles with a backpack and a wrap and her baby successfully! As we answered earlier, children get more exposure earlier and often are able to acclimate or socialize as a result. Nadia began her baby outings on Day 3 of her son's birth. Notably, people are much less likely to lean into your personal area near your chest if your baby is worn than they are to lean into a stroller and touch your baby, which can be a concern in the early days pre-vaccination.

Those are only the benefits for the children! Besides the caregivers being able to get other mundane tasks done, the freedom offers so much mental relief. Elyse could enjoy her social life or doing more than being a portable baby bed. Nadia could get out into the fresh air and get rid of her cabin fever. Although maternity leave is fantastic, when you do not have others with which to share it or if your friends are all at work full-time, you need to develop your own activities or events--babywearing helps facilitate that and so much more!

How do you counsel someone who loves the idea of babywearing, but is too intimidated to try wrapping their baby?
This question is perfect because we both were exactly in this place at one time! Meet your local VBE (volunteer babywearing educator). Babywearing International (BWI) is an amazing worldwide group of caring people who are willing to help you try! Types of carriers, types of carries, types of ways to soothe or comfort your baby...they are the experts! They showed Elyse how to enjoy all of her baby time and to share the love of babywearing with her family. They showed travel-addict Nadia how to enjoy travel WITH her baby so she could show him her favorite places and people in different places. We were both SO SO intimidated and now look at us! We also LOVE meeting people and learning more, so please feel free to connect with us on any social media. We will happily tell you about our favorites - carriers, methods of carrying, moods of carrying - we could go on for hours! ;)

What age-range of child does this wrap-stash service work for? How old is "too old" to be carried in a wrap?

Love this questions because the true answer is never! Certain wraps are designed to be easier with more or less weight, and we note where sensitive skin would very much benefit from a wrap (for example some of our silk and cashmere blends are perfect for those early days of soft soft newborn skin). Thicker twills and cottons are sometimes described as toddler-worthy, but honestly are good for any wiggly or very active or heavier child (Nadia's son loves to try to lean as horizontal as he can get, so he is a perfect test of this even though he is still a newborn). We have actually seen VBE demonstrations for adult caregivers who use wearing as a means of comforting their charges - these are of course professionals who are trained in this. The true answer is that it has to work for all parties. Sometimes caregivers and their charges take a break from wearing, to come back to it later. Some do it during the early years only and hold fond memories of it. The fact that this changes for every family is why FlexiStash is a good option - it gives you the flexibility to enjoy the wearing without worrying about the potential countdown.

What makes FlexiStash unique?
The flexibility. every child is different and every situation is different. You won't know if your baby will refuse to be wrapped or if your toddler will refuse once you have invested in that one-of-a-kind custom. Since wraps average around the $250 mark (in our collection) and can run into several thousands of dollars, we see people who won't sign up for custom wraps or who are afraid to buy their dream wrap "in case their child wrap strikes" (refuses to be wrapped). It's stressful financially to think about that. We offer flexibility to avoid that. You can rent monthly so the timing does not matter at all, or you can pick a specific wrap for a shorter period if you know exactly what you want to try. You can change your mind month to month and upgrade or try different options. It's perfect for all types of wearers.

What motivated you to start FlexiStash? 
Our own children, honestly. We wanted to show them the world and we are both very active people. Babywearing offered us the ability to do that, complementary to both of our personalities and schedules. It's been an amazing part of our motherhood experience. Our children love playing with the wraps, napping with the wraps, and are starting to associate the wraps with new adventures. We love everything babywearing has brought to us, because it has only enhanced the experiences we already would be having.

Is there anything else our readers should know about FlexiStash?
We love being social with our fans and followers and encourage you to join us for our GuessTheWrap days or conversations on Instagram or Facebook. We are a young and growing business and take our customers very seriously - every improvement and growth decision we have made has been based on customer feedback. We just completed some giveaways in honor of International Babywearing Week and are always looking for more ways to engage with babywearers out there! As we tell everyone - it's our stash, but it's also your stash. That's the beauty of FlexiStash.

What inspires you?
We are inspired by strong women, by those who are professional successes but who also find the time to be caring, kind individuals. We are always drawn to respect those who can command a room and be productive but who can also recognize the contributions of others and to promote good work by all toward a positive endeavor. We hope to take the lessons from our mentors and exemplify them so that we can instill these strong values and character attributes in our own children.

Thank you again, Nadia and Elyse, for taking the time to give our readers an "Inside Look" at your amazing service! 

Okay readers - which wrap are you going to try first?? 

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

 

Inside Look: Babymoon Inn

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

Inside Look: The Milk Spot

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (74)

This month, I would like to introduce you to The Milk Spot, a growing lactation clinic conveniently located in Central Phoenix.  The Milk Spot offers support groups and breastfeeding classes, as well as private consultations with the gold standard in lactation care, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).
 
Big thanks to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, for taking the time to do our interview so we can give you the INSIDE LOOK into The Milk Spot!
 
Who are The Milk Spot care providers?
Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC, CD(DONA)
Nichelle Whitehead, MD FACOG
Jacqueline Norris, CBC, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA)
 
What kind of families does The Milk Spot serve? 
We serve the diverse community of the metro Phoenix area. Families come from all over Central Arizona to get help with breastfeeding in our convenient, central location. We work with first-time parents, growing families, clients with history of breast surgery and fertility treatments, low-supply, oversupply, tongue and lip ties among other concerns. Our practice is LGBT-friendly. 
 
What range of services does The Milk Spot provide? Is there anything you do not provide for?
The Milk Spot provides private, in-person lactation consultations with an IBCLC, monthly breastfeeding classes, weekly support group and free weight checks. The Milk Spot does not yet offer pump rentals or sales, but stay tuned for future announcements of added services!
 
What makes The Milk Spot unique?
The Milk Spot is a warm, welcoming environment for new families to get needed support in the postpartum period. Parents love our weekly support group where lasting friendships have bloomed into toddler playgroups and Parents' Nights Out. We are located adjacent to Blossom Birth Center, so we enjoy a close relationship with the midwives, but we welcome clients from any practice and birth location, and respect their provider/patient relationships. 
 
What motivated you to start The Milk Spot?
The Milk Spot has been offering breastfeeding classes and support groups since 2011. To complement those services, we wanted to provide a lactation clinic in central Phoenix, with the added benefits of insurance billing and affordable rates. The potential for the clinic will grow from there!
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about this you or The Milk Spot?
We welcome your questions and we are happy to discuss your options over the phone!
 
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the happy smiles and look of relief on the clients' faces when they get the help they needed to give them a plan and a method to improve their breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding is important to them, and I will do whatever I can to help them get to their goals!
 
Monthly Calendar HERE  
 
Contact The Milk Spot:
(602) 529-5159
 
Office:
2922 N 18 Place, Phoenix, AZ

Have you had a great experience with Michelle and/or The Milk Spot?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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

 

Inside Look: The Milk Spot

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM Comments comments (100)
This month, I would like to introduce you to The Milk Spot, a growing lactation clinic conveniently located in Central Phoenix.  The Milk Spot offers support groups and breastfeeding classes, as well as private consultations with the gold standard in lactation care, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).
 

Big thanks to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, for taking the time to do our interview so we can give you the INSIDE LOOK into The Milk Spot!

Inside Look: Meditation for Mama Circle

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 10:09 AM Comments comments (0)

April's "Inside Look" feature is an amazing new service available to all pregnant mothers in Maricopa County, Arizona.  It is offered by the midwife at Moxie Midwifery, Jennifer Hoperich.  The circle meets in Tempe, conveniently located off the I-10 freeway and Warner Road.  We have had the pleasure of experiencing Jennifer's amazing work in meditation. In a perfect world, every mama would be able to attend at least one of her Meditation for Mama circle sessions.

Tell me about the meditation circle - what's the intention? Who can attend?
The intention of the circle is to provide a safe and nourishing space for pregnant women to learn about and practice meditation as well as to deeply connect with their babies, themselves,  and each other.   All pregnant women are welcomed into the circle, regardless of when, how, where, or with whom they are birthing.
 
What are the benefits of meditation? How is it beneficial during pregnancy?
We know that any physical symptom or disease that stress causes or exacerbates can be alleviated by meditation.  This includes high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, etc.  Meditation assists with all of these, inducing better sleep, allowing for higher satisfaction with life in general, increasing patience and focus, and improving relationships with friends, family and coworkers.   These benefits can certainly be appreciated and enjoyed in pregnancy. 
 
In addition, it is my personal belief that babies who receive the benefits of the mamas meditating have a head start in life.  When they have been bathed with “happy hormones” from the beginning that becomes a baby’s baseline, their “norm.” If this can continue into their birth process, all the better!  As they learn and grow, and as they seek out a partner and an occupation, if they have safety, LOVE and harmony as their foundation, that is what they will seek out.  The aim of Meditation for Mamas is not just peace and calm now.  The aim, quite literally, is world peace, one human being at a time. Peace on Earth begins with birth.  In addition to the health benefits mentioned, pregnant mamas getting together create community.  And community is essential to a happy and healthy pregnancy and postpartum period.


Are there any contraindications during pregnancy?
The only contraindications would be for women who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness in which periods of sustained self-reflection could be harmful, such as Multiple Personality Disorder or Schizophrenia with active psychosis.  Women of all abilities and mobilities are welcomed. Meditation can be done seated in a chair, on the floor, or even lying down. 

What is your favorite aspect of this kind of group?
I love the permission in the space to just "be".  And, I love seeing mamas taking the time to connect with their babies without any distractions.  

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining and has never done meditation before?
There is absolutely no experience necessary!  We cover the basics of meditation, including relaxed breathing, at every class. Some participants meditate every day, while others only meditate during class. Pregnancy is the perfect time to start new healthy habits.  It's often a time where mamas start eating more organic foods, exercising more regularly, and taking better care of themselves overall.  Adding in a meditation routine during pregnancy not only benefits the woman and her baby, but also everyone else in her life... her other children, her spouse, coworkers, etc. And, we know that it typically takes 21 days to build a habit.  So, once women are meditating regularly in pregnancy, they are much more likely to be successful in continuing the practice, after they give birth.  And, children who witness their parents meditating are more likely to pick it up themselves. So, it's a win for the entire family! 

When and Where do you meet? How much does it cost? What does a mama need to bring/wear to be comfortable?
We meet at Moxie Midwifery, 8400 S. Kyrene Rd. Ste. 120 Tempe, AZ 85284, every Monday at 6:30pm.  The group is free, and participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle, a favorite pillow, and a blanket.  And, all of those things are also provided, if they forget! 


Is there anything else our readers should know about meditation or the mama circle?
Meditation is a powerful de-stressing and balancing tool that is helpful to and accessible by all people, all walks of life, all demographics, all socio economic categories, and all religions.  I am excited to share it with pregnant mamas in the Valley!

For more information about Moxie Meditation you can click the links below:

HERE IS A VLOG FROM LAST YEAR THAT I SHARED AFTER A MEDITATION SESSION WITH JENNIFER - SHE IS AMAZING!!


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

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


 

Inside Look: Poofy Organics with Rebecca

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (0)
Avoiding harmful substances is a huge part of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.  It is also vitally important to reduce exposures to chemicals and toxins when our Sweet Peas are earthside.  Today's "Inside Look" is at a company dedicated to reducing chemical exposure for the whole family.

Rebecca was one of our Fall 2011 Bradley students.  She was already passionate about having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy before she started our classes, so it's no surprise that she found this company way back when they started out of the founder's kitchen.  (FYI: Rebecca is a great "green living" resource as well - she is my "go to" gal when I have questions about "safe" products or ingredients.)  

I hope you enjoy reading more about the incredible products that Poofy Organics offers.  Be sure to read through to the end so you can take advantage of a special offer for SPB readers.



Tell me about Poofy Organics.
A woman who had a family member diagnosed with breast cancer started this amazing company.  She started to learn about the amount of chemicals women are exposed to on a daily basis just from their use of personal care products.  She found that women could expose themselves to over 100 chemicals on a daily basis, just from the products that they apply to their skin.  Kristina couldn’t find any companies that had products that were clean enough and worked well enough, so she started creating her own.  This was the beginning of Poofy Organics. This company is very passionate about providing the safest products available at a reasonable price.  Everything is hand made, in small batches in a USDA organic certified facility in New Jersey.  While not all products are 100 % organic, they are as pure as they come.  Certain ingredients cannot be certified organic by law, but everything is clearly labeled and there is 100% disclosure on the label.
 
 
What is your favorite Poofy Organics product or product line? 
I love so many products.  The first product I started using from them is their deodorant.  A friend recommended it, and I was immediately hooked.  My husband even uses it when he goes to the gym!  Now that I have had a chance to try so many more products, I have so many more favorites!  I love their Ciao Eczema lotion.  While I don’t have eczema, it is the best lotion I have used on my chapped hands.  It rubs in easily and is a great moisturizer.  I also love the Everything Salve.  I use it on any skin irritation my daughter may have, especially her mosquito bites!  She gets eczema on her face, and this provides immediate relief.  The dish soap is the best dish soap I have ever used, and it lasts forever.  I also really like the all-purpose cleaner concentrate.  It is a great alternative to just vinegar and water, and super cheap!  It is less than $2/17oz cleaner.  I also can’t live without their mascara and face lotion.  The mascara has the absolute best ingredients, and it actually works!  The face lotion smells amazing, rubs in so well, and leaves no greasy residue.  It also lasts forever because you only need a tiny amount at a time.  
 
 
Who should use Poofy Organics products? 
Everyone should use Poofy, especially if you are pregnant or a new mom.  I would say the most important product to swap out would be deodorant. Your skin is so thin in that area, and that is where breast cancer is commonly found.  
 
What makes Poofy Organics unique? 
I have used so many products over the years, and I am always researching ingredients.  This is the first company that I found that is as passionate about ingredient safety as I am. They are always researching as well.  I also like that they are hand made in small batches, but in a certified facility.  That way I know that the products are safe for me, and my family.  Any company can use the words organic and natural.  There are very few regulations on the cosmetic industry.  On average, 10 ingredients are actually left off the label completely.  Poofy Organics has a 100% full disclosure policy.  Many of their products are completely USDA certified organic.  I have only found a few companies that I will even buy products from, but Poofy has the largest selection and the best ingredients.
 
What motivated you to start as a representative?
I have bought products from them since they started.  I was working with woman trying to green schools, and people kept asking me for product recommendations.  I decided to become a representative so I could do group buys and save some people money on shipping, and it lets me offer discounts.  I truly love these products and wanted to find a way to make it easier for people to get them.
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about Poofy Organics products or the company? 
Poofy is completely dedicated to the environment as well.  They use recycled and biodegradable packaging materials.  They love what they do, and truly want to help change people’s lives with their products and sustainable practices.  They are truly passionate about what they do on every level.
 
What inspires you?
I am inspired by children.  I want to provide them with the very best.  I want them to have a happier, healthier future.  I truly feel like we, as a society, have gone down a destructive road and I want to help change that.  I enjoy helping people create healthier lifestyles, and I want to help future generations live healthy lives!
 
Interested? Check out Poofy Products here:
https://rebecca.poofyorganics.com/
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Email : [email protected]
Cell or Text: 480-343-2815 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


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Inside Look: East Valley Infant Massage

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:46 AM Comments comments (84)

I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair.  She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.

What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers.  Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old.  Not so with Michelle - since she is a licensed massage therapist, she is able to tailor classes especially to the group.  

I wish you enjoy this month's Inside Look with Michelle! Her contact information is at the end of the post if you want to enroll in an upcoming class, or take advantage of her FREE monthly intro classes.  

Tell me about East Valley Infant Massage.
East Valley Infant Massage (“EVIM”) provides private and group classes to teach parents and caregivers how to massage their babies. I provide nurturing touch skills to parents to impact children for a lifetime. 
 
What kind of clientele does EVIM serve? 
EVIM classes are designed for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers who want to include a powerful tool in their care giving to help promote healthy bonding, growth and development. Parents with babies who have tummy issues report that regular massage has been helpful in minimizing digestion discomforts. Regular massage also promotes better sleep and relieves other issues such as teething and congestion. 
 
What age range of client does this service care for? Is there anything you do not provide for?
Our typical class participants range from 3 weeks old to pre-crawling, mostly because we then have a captive audience. We do welcome children up to around 3 years of age, but the more mobile the child, the more creative we have to get in class. It makes for an interesting session!  
 
Even though I am also a licensed massage therapist and can massage the babies myself, I do not provide the massage to the baby directly (I bring demo dolls with me to class) because I want to empower the caregiver with the skills to massage baby not only in class, but long after. There are some interesting studies out there that show that infant massage can help parents become more confident in their abilities as parents. 
 
What makes EVIM unique?
 I tailor each class for the needs of the participants. I'm currently working on adding new classes at different times of the day/week to best accommodate moms and dads with different schedules. Because not one time is perfect for all babies, I understand that sometimes baby will be sleeping or fussy during class. I encourage participants to tend to their babies' needs, such as feeding, changing or rocking baby while watching the instruction. I always send parents home with great handouts to help them practice at home and welcome any follow up questions (during the next class in a series or by phone/email/text in case anything was missed during class. 
 
What motivated you to start EVIM?
I have been a massage therapist for almost 14 years and have worked on clients of all ages, including babies and toddlers. When I had my son 4 years ago, I joined different mom groups online and in person and saw a lot of moms asking for help in different areas with their babies, including sleeping issues, tummy problems and advice for helping dad and siblings bond with baby. I knew that infant massage can help immensely in these areas and more, so I decided to get my certification to teach infant massage to parents to give them more tools to help their babies and their families. 
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about EVIM?
I'm often asked for the magic massage routine that will make all babies sleep through the night or get rid of gassy tummies completely. I wish I could say that there is one surefire way to accomplish these things. However, I know that touch is a simple, yet powerful and underutilized tool that can be added to routine care giving and can make a huge difference for families. Even if baby is a relatively "easy" baby, the family can experience many benefits from massage. I love to facilitate those benefits for my class participants. 
 
What inspires you?
Tough question, since I have many sources of inspiration. My son and husband inspire me daily; as they remind me to slow down, enjoy the day-to-day and find joy in simple pleasures. I'm also inspired by those who do for others with no expectation of getting anything in return. 
 
Michelle's contact informtation
PHONE: 480-269-1531 
SOCIAL MEDIA:
 
WHERE TO FIND MICHELLE:
**Free intro class for expectant parents at the Ahwatukee Babies"R"Us on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7
**Group classes held at Modern Mommy. Check the website as new classes will be added soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patients are happy, and providers are happy. ☺

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inside Look: Baby Boot Camp

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

Photos by Kristen Carter Photography

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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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®.



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