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Happy Holiday Wishes For You

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM Comments comments (0)
Thank you for all of you who are still faithfully checking the blog.  It has been a long season of working as a doula, planning  Bradley™ Day, and getting used to our new homeschool routine with all four Sweet Pea Kids being taught at home this school year.  Otter is doing preschool, Charger is in kindergarten, Night Owl is in 2nd grade, and Puma is in 4th grade.  So big already, and we are about to start another round of birthdays in January!!

I want to close out this year with some photos and wishes for you...

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I wish you peace and a space to breathe amidst the hustle and bustle...

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I wish you angels to watch over you and keep you safe on your journeys...

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Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonI wish that your holiday dreams come true...even if they don't come to fruition exactly the way you planned it...may you be able to find joy, love and creative solutions so your holidays are memorable and story-worthy...

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Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season!!  May all your days be blessed as you walk in love with your Sweet Peas.

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We will be back in 2015 with new blog posts on a modified schedule.  We will for sure be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays, and any other days that can happen while being in Peaceful Mama mode and meeting our Sweet Pea's needs.
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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®.


Monday Mantra: I Am Safe

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:28 AM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonI don't know of anything more iconic than the image of an ocean as an analogy for wideness.  I also love that the waves are visible in this image; that is another common metaphor in birth for the sensation of the ebb and flow of contractions.

I encourage you to reflect on these thoughts:
  • How will you create a space, or where your safe space be, so you can open wide and birth your baby? 
  • What kind of work do you have to do so you feel safe and enable your body to have a childbirth without fear?

Side note about this affirmation:
My work as a doula this year put me on the quest for more birth affirmations.  I highly recommend the book Manifest Sacred Birth by Ishtar Blue if you are looking for a more spiritual journey through your childbearing year.  It helped me find more words to share with mothers during prenatal visits, and also affirmations for them to meditate on during pregnancy and birth.

This book is a nice supplement to the "how-to" aspect of a Bradley Method® class.  The author delves into the mind-body-spirit connection...here is an overview with a link to ordering information:

"Intuitive Birthing, a term coined by Ishtara, is not about right and wrong ways of birthing, but to help you access your intuition easily in order to birth how it is right for you to birth. By following the Manifest Sacred Birth Programme you can birth connected and tuned in to follow your unique body signals and intuition, so that your birth can be blissful and pain free. If you are in a “sacred” place, you hear your intuition easily so you can open your light womb up wide. When you cannot hear the inner voice, you act from a place of fear, you are “scared”. It is this fear which blocks the birth hormones from being released and prevents you from opening up your womb easily and without pain. The key intuitive birthing techniques which are an integral part of the 40-day programme include visualisation, mantra, meditation, ceremony and more, and are designed for regular practise from around week twenty of the pregnancy, but to familiarise yourself with from before that time, then to use during the actual birth itself." 

To be clear, Bradley Method® does not promise a pain--free birth...we strive to teach a birthing family to have a healthy pregnancy, and we empower them with information of how the body works in labor, and offer them tools to labor without interventions.  We were able to have vaginal births without the use of an epidural simply with the information we learned in Bradley classes.  However, I recognize that is not enough for everyone, and this read definitely offered me better guidance as a doula who needed to connect at a deeper level with mamas since I don't have the love connection the coach shares with her.  

I hope you like this affirmation - more to come from Manifest Sacred Birth in the upcoming weeks!

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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®.



Breastfeeding+AP = Transformation Central

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:36 AM Comments comments (0)
breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about how breastfeeding has changed your life. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!


Today's Prompt:
How has breastfeeding changed your life? We know all about the physical benefits of breastfeeding, but what about the emotional side? How has breastfeeding affected you as a person?
 
Our desire and preparation for a natural birth confirmed the decision to breastfeed our Sweet Pea.  In turn, breastfeeding opened the door to attachment parenting, which has transformed me as a person.
 
Before we had children, I was one of those people who believed in child-free spaces.  I liked living for me, and being in the spotlight.  There was not a thought for what I would do with children because I just did not think that was going to be part of my story.
 
When Puma was still a newborn, a friend asked me, “What have you learned since becoming a parent?”  My answer: “How selfish* I used to be.”
 
The kind of selfish that I discovered in myself was the “me, me, me, all about me” variety.  Life before Sweet Peas entailed getting myself to work, going to yoga classes, traveling on a whim as well as planned vacations, cooking delicious food that took hours to prepare for Coach Bruss and I, or the two of us would go out to dinner wherever and whenever we wanted.  It was a good life.


 
We got married, we wanted children, and we weren’t sure if we would be having biological children or if we would be adopting.  As it turned out, we were able to conceive a child and carry her to term with my well-controlled thyroid condition.  We had a suspicion that our lives were going to change. As new parents, we could not even begin to imagine the changes a child would bring to our relationship, or what “family” meant.

 



My transformation began while we labored with her.  Then, in the wee small hours of the morning on January 25, 2005, Puma entered our world, wide-eyed and observant.  The first time I put her to my breast and looked into her eyes, I fell in love in such a way that I could not have even imagined.  For the rest of my life, I will strive to do my best for this child, and for every child that joined our family after her.

 
Attachment Parenting (“AP”) is a philosophy of child rearing that respects children as whole, unique, individual human beings.  Children are treated with love and respect, as whole people traveling in little bodies.  I believe that it is our role as parents is to honor the child-person first and foremost; and parent with the long-term goal of growing a child in love who can operate as a whole, unbroken and joyful adult.
 
By starting off as a breastfeeding MotherBaby, I learned our children’s cues and had a better insight into their emotional states.  That relationship has evolved as they weaned, and now there is some mother’s intuition as well as observation that comes into play, and it helps me be a better parent.  I am more confident as a parent because I “know” our children.
 
When our children need guidance and boundaries, as all children do, we do our best to guide them with love and respect.  There are days when we are all tired – we make an effort to breathe.  That bond forged through breastfeeding inspires me to try harder to be a good mother for them.
 
I work harder to be a better person because I want to earn their respect.  I work harder to breathe and stay calm because they do not deserve the brunt of my temper.  I work harder to pray, lead a life of spirituality, and respect for a Divine Creator, because I want to leave them a legacy of peace in their hearts.  I do my best to be a good steward in the world around us, because God-willing, they are going to walk this earth long after I am gone – I want it to be a good one. 
 
When I do make a mistake, I ask for their forgiveness.  Just because they are small in stature does not mean they are not deserving of an apology, or that they feel things at a diminished level.  And so the circle of love continues, with all parties aware that we are all human, and that trust and respect are the highest priority in our relationship.
 
There is a memory that stands out in my mind from a fall evening in 2011, right after Otter was born.  Coach Bruss was sitting on the couch in our family room, one of the Sweet Peas lying on his lap.  Two of the Sweet Peas were crashed out with pillows and blankets on the floor.  I was sitting in our recliner with Otter, having just nursed her to sleep.  As we looked at each other and our little brood, we just smiled, our hearts full and bursting with joy.  We could not have imagined that our lives would be blessed with four children, all unique, all independent; and here we were, a family of six.
 
Since that day, we continue to grow in love and experience.  Being an AP parent is a commitment and it takes time to guide a child vs. discipline a child.  On hectic days, it would be "easier" to play the old tape of yelling and spanking.  However, thanks to the bond forged by breastfeeding, I cannot ever be okay with hurting our children physically or emotionally, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
 
Love and respect all the way.
 
How has breastfeeding affected you as a person?
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* I differentiate between "me! me! me!" and being selfish at a philosophical level. I believe we must protect our life, liberty and property from “moochers” à la Ayn Rand.  I also believe in kindness and generosity. To paraphrase Gandhi, we need to be the change we want to see in the world, and to that end, I believe we must do everything we can to give to the organizations that are making an honest difference in the world since we are not in a season of life when active participation is a possibility.  Our kiddos learn generosity by saving up money; and we all donate to Heifer International of World Vision.  Now that they are older and every one is potty-trained, volunteering is back on the horizon – yeah!!
 
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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®.


Here are more posts by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.
 

Monday Mantra: Rest Between

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM Comments comments (0)
When I tell people that they are going to be able to rest in labor as it intensifies, they look at me like I am crazy. How can a mama in labor possibly rest when contractions are coming two to three minutes apart??

 I think if you can wrap your mind around the idea of resting between contractions, it becomes a more realistic possibility.  If you can actually go to sleep, great! If not, a deep and complete relaxation can be hugely beneficial to help the mother conserve energy.

So how does it work in real life??  Here is an image of a screen shot I took during a student's labor where I served as a doula:


Can you see how between each contraction there was an opportunity for a good minute of rest?  During each of those rest periods her Coach was offering her encouraging words in her ear, and both of us were stroking her to move any tension out and away as she rested so that she would be completely relaxed between contractions.

Mama had the faith to completely let go between contractions because as soon as my timer crossed the minute mark, in a low voice I would let her know how much time had passed and that another one was likely to start again soon.  This constant communication allowed Mama to work with her labor when she needed to (which consisted of working at keeping everything loose, limp and relaxed when her body wanted to tense with the contraction), and completely let go when it was over and fall back into a deep relaxation.

Although you may not necessarily sleep, rest and complete relaxation will allow the mother to conserve energy so she can be at her best when the second stage of labor begins.  When second stage is at hand, she will need all that energy to work with her body and welcome her little one into the world.

What do you think - can you picture yourself completely letting go and using that as a tool in labor?  What do you think will work for you?

I believe

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:27 AM Comments comments (0)
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The female form is beautifully made to grow a baby and birth a baby.  Birthing wisdom tells us that, in general, Sweet Peas will not grow bigger than the outlet the vessel carrying them can provide.

Another idea that is brought to mind is the analogy that our bodies know how to maintain our heart beat, breathe, digest, and do all the other autonomic functions that keep us alive.  All this, without any instruction or direction from us!  Why, then, would these miraculous bodies fail us when it comes to childbirth? Believe!!

A tenet of The Bradley Method® is for parents to attend classes and then read, read, and then read some more to be be informed and confident consumers.  This confidence begets the abtility to birth without fear of the process, possible interventions, variations or complications.  

Prepared parents can believe in the ability of the mother to birth.  This allows them to approach their labor and birth with the best intentions for an unmedicated, vaginal birth, and then see that birth through in spite of any variations or decision points they may face.

The mother has the confidence in the process and her ability to birth.  The Coach has the confidence and the motivation to be at her side and meet her needs for support and encouragement.  

NOW COMES THE BIG *HOWEVER*...

I have to admit, this affirmation gave me pause as I was preparing it. We have had students in the past who have worked so hard and so beautifully to have a vaginal birth, and it just did not go that way for them.  

So I put this out today with a caveat...believe in your ability to birth for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  Sometimes, the focus may need to switch to "I will give this baby the birth that (s)he needs," which gives us the space to change from our expected path to the birth that needs to happen for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

If that is the case, please talk to someone who understands that a mother can grieve her birth experience while still appreciating the fact that she has a healthy baby.  THIS article by Milli Hill articulates so beautifully the feelings a mom may have with the knowledge that she has a healthy baby AND a variation from the birth experience she may have wanted.

Here is a picture from our last birth - still the look of surprise and the "I did it!", even though it was our fourth birth!! Never cease to be amazed by the miracle of life that you grew within you...no matter how you birth, take heart from the fact that the new human being you are holding in your arms was grown within you and by you with loving intention.

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All rights reserved - we are not models - please do not copy image - thank you!

What is a birth mantra or affirmation that helped you or inspires you?
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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®.


Monday Mantra: Gathering Energy for Labor

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 1:16 AM Comments comments (46)

Whether you have a long labor, a short labor, or something in between, there will come a time when you have to draw within yourself to gather the energy you need to see your birth through.  This was definitely my favorite affirmation - mantra really - as we hit the point in labor when there was barely time to let go of all the tension before another contraction started again.

I envisioned the energy around me as a vortex, and as I inhaled I swirled energy into me and as I exhaled I sent all my tiredness and tension away.  It was really a neat vision as I entered the "the zone".

What is an affirmation or a mantra that helped you during your labor and birth?
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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®.


Recharge Your Birth

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is an affirmation to remember and use in many labor situation: whether you have a sprint where your brain is running to catch up to your body, or a marathon where energy conservation is key, or anything in between.  There comes a point in most labors where the mother needs to focus on gathering energy so she can get past the tiredness and have energy to finish the labor and push in the second stage of labor.

In my mind, energy was vortex-shaped and I needed to center that vortex on our birth.  However it plays out in your mind, envision any tiredness in your body being exhaled out.  As you inhale, breathe in the energy around you - maybe it will help to imagine it as a bright yellow or white light filling your body and squeezing out all the tiredness.

This is how I start this affirmation:
Inhale "With each breath"
Exhale "I exhale tiredness"
Inhale "I breathe in energy"

then

  • Exhale " I exhale tiredness" and push your breath out to the bottom of your belly
  • Inhale "I breathe in energy" and fill your abdomen and lungs with light and breath

and repeat until you are in a deep relaxation and/or it stops working.  You can start over with this one, or maybe it's time to try a new affirmation to center your intentions.  The whole goal of these affirmations is to build positive energy as you work through labor to have the birth you need for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

Since it works in reverse of how we think of breathing (inhale-exhale) every time I start this centering process, I start with the first phrase to get on rhythm with the exhale-inhale pattern of the affirmation.


What are phrases that help you find energy when you need it?

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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Rested and Ready for the Birth-Day

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:26 PM Comments comments (0)

We just completed our winter series...now patiently waiting for the newest Sweet Peas - first EDDs are at the beginning of March :)

As you approach your Sweet Pea's Birth-Day, this mantra encourages you to remember two things: 

ONE: You have done everything right - you've read, you've eaten well, you've exercised, you have prepared.  Let the distractions go and focus on the positive outcome that you have prepared for.  Keep practicing your relaxation techniques and read over your options for labor positions so that when labor starts, you can tune into Mom's needs and labor together for your best birth given your particular set of circumstances.

TWO: Rest, rest, and rest some more.  You are about to engage in some of life's most amazing work...and once your Sweet Pea arrives, you will never sleep again...just kidding...I should say probably hardly ever sleep in the first few days.  The excitement, the newness, the adjustment for all of you results in a few sleepless days...sometimes weeks.  Sleep or rest now, and if you feel sleepy in labor - surrender.  You will not get a gold medal for staying awake for 24+ hours.  The true reward is being as rested as you need to be to have the stamina for the Birth-Day - whether you starting pushing after a two-hour labor or a two-day labor, or anything in between. Getting to 10 centimeters is when the actual work begins...until then, it's all preparation to get to the pushing phase so you can finally hold your Sweet Pea.

Find peace in the fact that you are ready, and take the time to rest - you can totally rock your birth!

What is your favorite pregnancy or labor mantra?



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®.


Monday Mantra: I Am Calm

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM Comments comments (0)
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Image credit: Cassandra Okamoto
 
I would use these words when I started to feel things move out of control in our labor.  Being a very list-oriented, can-do type of person, it takes me a long time to surrender to the power and unpredictability of birth. 

When I finally do, I have to convince myself that I am not broken because it takes me much longer than other women to birth (it’s a vicious cycle!).  Instead of holding back the intensity, I tell myself that in order to birth, I have to welcome the power of the contractions and allow them to take over my body.  I see it as a release of the conscious (head: this is labor and I can do it) to the acceptance of the primal (heart: this is much bigger than I am and it is infinite).

I do not like relinquishing control.  Reminding myself that I can control my calmness in face of the power, and I can control how well I relax, helps me to finally give in and completely surrender to the labor so I can finally meet our Sweet Pea.  Instead of focusing on the intensity, I focus instead of how I manage that intensity.  I remember to breathe in calm and exhale the building tension.  I hear Coach Bruss telling me that I am doing well, and he reminds me to stay loose, limp and relaxed.

So that is how maintain clarity through the increasing intensity.  I have confidence in my coach, our baby, our birth team, and myself.  I feel that I am calm and relaxed.  I can do this.

Do the words calm & relaxed reassure you? Which words help you?
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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®.


 


Monday Mantra: Trust Your Pilot

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM Comments comments (0)
Thank you, Cassandra, for today's image!  This is one of my favorite sayings as it relates to your baby being an active participant in the birth process. 

The medical model has 3 P's:
  1. Power ~ your contractions
  2. Passage ~ your pelvis
  3. Passenger ~ your baby

The Midwifery Model of Care has 5 P's:
  1. Psyche ~ the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of birth
  2. Power ~ your contractions
  3. Passenger ~ your baby
  4. Passage ~ your pelvis
  5. Position ~ your position as it relates to where you need to be according to your contractions and the baby's position

So as teachers of The Bradley Method® we are definitely more in line with the Midwifery Model of care...except for one word.  We believe that your baby is very much A PILOT.

Your baby's first system to develop is the nervous system...it's little brain is one of the first organ's to come "on-line", as it were.  We believe your baby does know how it has to come out...and that they will work with your body to determine the best way to exit from it's warm cocoon into your waiting arms.

As instructors, we encourage our students to do everything they can to stay healthy and low risk:
  • Eat Well: To the best of your ability and your budget, enjoy whole food nutrition without chemicals, additives or preservatives.
  • Exercise: Pregnancy exercises to tone your back, belly and bottom, and safe cardiovascular activities at your fitness level to build your stamina.
  • Education: About the physiology of birth, birth choices, interventions and how to avoid them, birth plan, breastfeeding, and anything else that will help you feel empowered to make the best decisions for you and baby during your pregnancy, labor and birth.
  • Avoid Harmful Substances: Toxins and chemicals are all around us: in our homes, our personal care items, and at our workplace ~ do your best to avoid unnecessary drugs, junk food, and anything else that may harm you or your baby.
  • Relaxation: Take time every day to practice deep abdominal breathing, get adequate rest, and practice the different relaxation tools they are learning in The Bradley Method® class, a prenatal yoga class, or guided meditations - anything and everything that brings you peace and confidence in your ability to birth.

By doing those things, you are setting you and your little pilot up to be able to do everything you were designed to do naturally.  There are times when situations will arise that move mom and/or baby into a higher risk level.  In those times, call upon your education about birth, your care provider that supports your choice for as many natural birth elements as possible in your risk situation, and good communication between your partner, yourself and your care team to determine what the best choices are for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

Take heart in the fact that our design is such that as women, we are able to birth, and babies are designed to be birthed.  All things being equal and low-risk, you can trust that your baby is naturally doing what it should to align in your pelvis and descend from your womb, right into your waiting arms.



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®.