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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

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Rally to Improve Birth - TODAY

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM Comments comments (1)
Today is THE day...The Rally to Improve Birth is happening across the country...did it make the news in your town?  I know it did in the Phoenix area, and I just saw that CNN was sending a crew down to the LA rally.  Yeah for Informed Births!!

Since we are out of town and I can't attend our Phoenix Rally in person, I am thrilled to be able to participate via this Virtual Rally.  

Here are some pictures from our personal family album from Otter's homebirth.  I am sharing them with you today to show solidarity with the families who are out under the elements to Rally for Change in the maternity system.

All Pictures Copyright A Bunch of Smiles Photography
Sweet Pea Births - homebirth - Image Copyright A Bunch of Smiles Photography








Sweet Pea Births - homebirth - Image Copyright A Bunch of Smiles Photography








Sweet Pea Births - homebirth - Image Copyright A Bunch of Smiles Photography
Why are you Improving Birth?

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




Countdown to Rally to Improve Birth

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The mamas over at ImprovingBirth.org and our local rally organizer are busy, busy, busy!

I wrote about this back movement in June; if you missed it HERE it is.

(links to contribute and the Phoenix Rally in that post)



This is what motivates these mamas:

“This movement isn’t about natural birth vs. medicated birth.
It’s not about hospital birth vs. home birth or birth center birth.
It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives.
Then, within that choice, they are treated with dignity and compassion.”

If you believe that dignity in birth is a basic human right...Rally for Change.

If you believe that true informed consent should be standard and not an afterthought...Rally for Change.

Image from ImprovingBirth.org
If you believe that your sons and daughters should have an empowered birth experience for their own children...Rally for Change. 

If you believe that the days of doctors telling patients what to do without being questioned are over...Rally for Change.

Image from ImprovingBirth.org
If you believe that you are the ultimate decision maker for your family's care...Rally for Change.

Be sure to check out ImprovingBirth.org's "Why are you Improving Birth" campaign...so many uplifting, inspiring stories.  If one or more of them resonates with you, please do what you can to Improve Birth.  

There are rallies being held across the 50 states and in three countries.  If you can't attend in person, please consider contributing to their cause...even $10 can buy water for the mamas, babies and partners that are going to be standing out in the sun on Labor Day to Rally for Change.

Why are you going to Rally for Change?

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®.
 
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TT: Why It's Okay to Ask Questions of Your Care Provider

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Although World Breastfeeding Week: Close to Mothers has come to a conclusion, we continue with Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the USA.  We will be bringing back our "In Their Own Words" for the rest of the month.

This series shares chronicles from students and readers about their own breastfeeding journeys.  Each mother has a unique story, one that I trust will empower you if you are learning about breastfeeding, and inspire you if you are in the trenches, struggling as you learn to breastfeed with your Sweet Pea.

Today's "Thoughtful Thursday" is not about breastfeeding specifically.  However, since a family's birth experience precedes the breastfeeding relationship, birth outcomes tend to directly influence the choice a mother makes about breastfeeding.  My thought relates to having a dialogue with your care provider about your birth:

"My obstetrician is trained medical professional.  He has years of schooling and experience about birth.  Who am I to question them?  Is it okay to question how they do what they do?"

I recently watched the documentary, "Business of Being Born" from start to finish.  The quote that stands out in my memory, the one that will forever resonate as we continue to teach childbirth preparation courses, is this one:

“The point here is there's not a good history in obstetric practice of careful study of the long term effects of all these interventions."
Dr. Marsden Wagner, former director of Women‟s and Children‟s Health, World Health Organization 

This excerpt from a press release summarizes the doctor's statement:

"THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN touches on a number of past medical interventions that have gone terribly wrong. The film explores the use of the drug scopolamine in the 40s, 50s and 60s that put mothers into a kind of “twilight sleep” that didn‟t stop pain, but merely eliminated the memory of pain by attacking the brain functions responsible for self-awareness and self-control, resulting in a kind of psychosis, followed by post-traumatic stress-like memories in thousands of new mothers. In the 30s doctors routinely took x-rays of the pelvis, resulting in babies with cancer. In the 70s, use of the drug thalidomide, used for morning sickness, caused birth defects, while in the 90s, the drug Cytotec was used to stimulate contractions in mothers who had undergone previous Cesarean section. This was later found to cause ruptured uteruses and high infant mortality."  
Read more about the movie here:
http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/press/BusinessofBeingBorn.pdf

We need to remember that obstetricians are trained surgeons, working in a field that has no long-term studies on any of the interventions they are offering.  They are comfortable in their intervention paradigm.  If you are planning to go the "natural" route, it is worth your time to engage them in a conversation about care they are going to provide that is outside of their status quo. 

That's why, "Yes," it is okay to engage your care provider in a respectful dialogue about your birth choices that will in turn influence your ability to form the breastfeeding relationship you want with your child.  I would add the caveat *especially* if you are choosing to birth within the traditional doctor-hospital-patient paradigm.  Plug into the groups that advocate evidence-based birth.  Know what is normal and what the variations of normal are.  

As part of today's Thoughtful Thursday, I want to take a moment to remind you of a very important event being planned for Labor Day 2013.  The advocacy organization, Improving Birth, is holding their second annual RALLY to bring attention to the state of maternity care in the United States.

Ask questions, be informed, and if you are in an area where there is a Rally for Change going on, please get your family there and show up for evidence-based birth. 


Rally to Improve Birth 2013

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM Comments comments (0)
Did you know that there is a national organization advocating evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth? 

I first became aware of ImprovingBirth.org when they held their first rally last year.  In order to bring awareness to the maternity health care crisis in our country, the organizers chose the date of Labor Day for the national event.  This year, they are truly nation-wide – there is at least one rally planned in all 50 states, and as of today, it looks like they are up to eight international locations.

What maternity health care crisis in the United States, you ask?  Here is a look at the numbers.  In the world:
  • We are 34th in maternal mortality rates:  33 countries have lower maternal mortality than we do.
  • We are 38th in neonatal mortality rates: 37 countries have lower neonatal mortality rates than we do.
  • We are 41st in infant mortality rates: 40 countries do a better job at keeping newborns alive than we do.
  • We are 66th in birth weight: 65 countries do better than us when it comes to birthing babies at healthy birth weights.
  • We are 33rd in the breastfeeding: 32 countries had higher rates of exclusively breastfeeding at six months.

So do you know why I find this so infuriating?
“ Despite the poor international ranking, the International Federation of Health Plans recently reported that average U.S. payments for vaginal birth were far higher than all other countries reported, including Canada, France, and Australia (7).”


















Are you motivated to stand with women, children and coaches to rally for change? 
On September 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon local time, cities across the states are going to host a Rally to Improve Birth.  The rally is not to promote one kind of birth over other kinds of births.  It is not about bashing care providers and birthing facilities.

“It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives.  It’s about respect for women and their decisions in childbirth, including how, where, and with whom they give birth; and the right to be treated with dignity and compassion.”
-Rally To Improve Birth

What is the message that Improving Birth is striving for?  Here are some of the messages they hope to get across that day (hint...ideas for rally signs):
  • Lower the C-Section Rate
  • Respectful Maternity Care 
  • Question Your Induction
  • Informed Consent is My Right 
  • Evidence-Based Birth

You can click HERE to find your local rally (readers in the Phoenix, AZ area - local info at the bottom of this post):
http://rallytoimprovebirth.com/find-a-rally-near-you/

If you can’t stand side-by-side with the families attending the rally, you can still participate.  All the rallies are 100% volunteer organized – even a donation of $10.00 can help buy water to hydrate all the mamas, babies, coaches and care providers standing under the hot sun on Labor Day to bring awareness and change to the maternal healthcare system.
Donate HERE to the national organization:

Donate HERE to the local Phoenix Rally:
http://rallytoimprovebirth.causevox.com/phoenix

HERE is a story from an "eye-roller" at last year’s rally, to a supporter at this year’s rally.  I would like to think that these stories are few and far between.  Unfortunately, I know they are not.  Due to my involvement in the birth community at large, I have personally heard stories from several women who felt completely violated by their care providers and the current standard of care.  We can make a difference.  We can stand together and insist that it is time to humanize birth again, to use evidence-based care, and to involve the birthing family as partners in their birth story. For more information, please visit their main website:

Readers in the Phoenix, AZ area
Here is the info on our local event:
September 2, 2013
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tempe Beach Park
54 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85281

To stay up-to-date on the local event, visit the Facebook Page.



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®.