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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth

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Q&A with SPB: Extended Family in the Birth Space

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 6:42 AM Comments comments ()
We continue on with our "Ask the Doula" series.  Today my friend Darcy shares her thoughts on how a doula might handle family members in the birthing space:






Here is a summary of Darcy's thoughts for you:

Recognize that family may have been waiting for 9-10 months sometimes longer

Honor all family at a birth 
 
As a doula, I try to make myself small if there are a lot of people.  I make the effort not to take up more space than I need to
 
Roles: do you assign everyone in attendance something to do?
That would be something to discuss with the couples during a prenatal visit with the doula.

Ask: Who is coming?
Prepare them for what is happening during the birth process so that they can share them with the family
 
Once the baby is out, everyone is very excited!
 
Remind the family that even though the baby is here, it’s not the end of the work for mom.

Sometimes there is repair work that needs to be done.

Give mom+partner power to say they need space or that people are welcome.
 
Goal: Empower the nuclear family
 
It is so individual ~ every family is different
There may be cultural elements to consider
Every one has a good vision for what they want
Tools to Be able to set up boundaries
 
Good words:
No – this is enough
Or now is the time – you get this much time
 
Empower moms to set up the boundaries they need for their nuclear family

THANK YOU, Darcy, for your time and your thoughtful answer <3

Connect with Darcy Newlin:
Phone Number: 602-402-0855


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

Q&A with SPB: What is a doula's role at birth?

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 8:08 AM Comments comments ()


I am so excited to kick off our new VLOG series, "Ask the Doula".  I will be inviting area doulas to come in and answer our reader questions so that you can get a feel for all the different things a doula can bring to your pregnancy, your birth space, and the support they offer throughout the childbearing year.

I invited my friend and colleague Darcy Newlin to join me and answer our first question, "What is a doula's role at birth?"




Here is a summary of her answer:

Anything non-clinical
 
It can be things like:
Massage
Maneuvers to help baby move into optimal position
Keeping your partner hydrated and fed so that they have the energy to support you
Comfort measures in labor: hip squeezes, rebozo techniques

A doula's wide range of experience helps with the little things...
Hospital or birth center: all of your belongings packed and ready to go
Birthing at home : help get birth space set up, get team to you

A doula who has experienced birth herself and/or has attended many births can help by giving you a sense that what is happening is normal and that you are safe.  Although it’s intense and powerful, and you didn’t know you had that inside your body, it’s you – you and your baby working together to be born.  She will assure you that while it is a sacred event, it’s normal and it’s safe.



Contact Darcy:
Phone/Text Number: 602-402-0855

Join me next week for another installment of ASK THE DOULA


Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog and 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

Q&A with SPB: DIY Padsicles

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 6:27 AM Comments comments ()
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Here is PART II of our VLOGS with guest doula, Michelle Ludwig from Modern Mama Doula Services.
 
Last week, she showed us her TOP 5 picks for postpartum.  Today she is going to share her DIY tutorial for you to make soothing postpartum “padsicles” right at home during pregnancy so that they are ready for you when you are home holding your sweet pea!



 
What you need:
-Witch Hazel ~ we both really like the Humphrey’s brand – available in regular or organic)
-Maxi-pads ~ if you can find them, get some chemical-free and bleach-free; usually available online
-Cookie Sheet
-Freezer Storage Bags
 
How to:
1) Open up all the pads and leave them on the wrapper so that they don’t stick to each other later
 
2) Lay them all out on your cookie sheet
 
3) Spray the witch hazel on to the pads until they are wet BUT not dripping
 
4) Put the whole cookie tray into the freezer for about two hours
 
5) Once the witch hazel has frozen, take them back out of the freezer and fold them back up for storage.  Place them in a freezer storage bag and back into the freezer while you wait for your Sweet Pea to make their appearance.
 
6) Use them during the postpartum period on top of the large postpartum pads you will receive in your birth kit or from the hospital.
 
They will be a little chilly at first, but after the initial freeze they will feel great on your bottom.
 
I did ask Michelle what her experience was with other “add-ons”. Some info out on the internet suggests using lavender essential oil or aloe vera gel along with the witch hazel on the pads when you are preparing them.
 
As Michelle so wisely answered, less is more. Witch hazel is an extremely effective healing agent, and it would be a bummer to find out that you are allergic to lavender or aloe vera when you are trying to heal from birth, learning to breastfeed and figuring out your mothering.
 
The witch hazel and pads are part of Michelle’s especially prepared Bump Boxes.  Along with the items for padsicles, you will also receive some hand crafted postpartum essentials that she makes herself.  You can order Michelle’s specially made with love package from her HERE
 
Would you like to interview Michelle as a doula? Please read her meet the doula feature HERE
 
Contact Michelle:
WEB http://www.modernmamadoula.com/
CELL OR TEXT 7204098977


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

Getting Labor Started

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 12:29 PM Comments comments ()
Among the common text questions I get, is "What can I/my friend do to get labor started?"

The answer I want to give: Wait.





My_theory is that here is nothing you can do that is going to start labor if the baby isn't ready.  And sometimes it's not the baby...it's the mother.  The mother has more factors in play that can be influenced: physical, chemical, mental, emotional...any one or all of these can delay the onset of labor.

Since we are an action-type of culture, here are the things I offer when I get this text.  All of them **do not** include "taking something".  They are all things to help the mother and baby align physically and emotionally with the oncoming labor and birth of the baby.

Along with "doing something", we also invite our students who send us this text to do some internal checks: is there anything they are worried about? That they have left to do or say before the baby arrives? Are there any unexplored conversations or feelings to face?

An extra disclaimer: for any of the body workers, do your homework and check out their certifying organizations. In addition, trust your instinct - if you do not feel comfortable with them, politely decline an appointment and call the next person on your list.

So, having said all that...here are some ideas to try if you feel like waiting is not an option...

For Mom:
Acupuncture - an ancient Chinese modality that involves inserting very fine needles along meridians of energy in the body.

Acupressure - if you are needle-averse, this uses applied pressure on the energy meridians.

Pregnancy Massage - your local childbirth educator, doula or midwife probably has at least one or two names for you to contact.  These practitioners specialize in releasing tension and opening the body.

Chiropractic Adjustment - again, your local birth workers may have some leads for you. A chiropractor trained in the Webster Protocol can do an assessment to see if the mother's body is optimally aligned for labor and birth.  
Making love - yes, really. If your partner is a man, his semen can help ripen your cervix with natural prostaglandins. If you were to be induced in the hospital, they will insert the synthetic version to get things going.  Whatever gender your partner is, as long as they can help you climax, there is a possibility that one contraction of muscles may encourage the uterine muscles to start contracting as well.  And if nothing starts, at least you (hopefully) both had an enjoyable time trying to get labor started.

Self-Reflection  - Is there anything you still want to do - say - accomplish before your Sweet Pea arrives? Any issues or fears you would like to explore or resolve? I encourage our students to do some kind of fear release exercise or an art exploration to access their right brain and see if anything new comes up or any ideas present themselves. Sometimes just naming them makes a huge difference in being emotionally ready for the birth journey.

For Baby:
Pelvic Rocking - encourages the baby into an optimal fetal position. When you are on hands and knees, it is more likely for them to put their heaviest side (spine-down) against your belly-button.

Deep Chest-Knee Position - kneeling on the floor, instead of resting on your hands, put your chest on the floor. This position helps to get a malpositioned baby that has found a comfortable spot out of that spot that isn't allowing labor to start or progress. Once the baby is out of the pelvis, you can try other things to get baby back into the pelvis with a better alignment. 

Miles Circuit - a series of three exercises to encourage optimal fetal positioning. Two doulas brainstorming over the phone gave rise to this popular labor tool.

Spinning Babies - a website that offers several ideas to encourage babies into an optimal fetal position.

Read more about how we used Webster Protocol and Deep Chest-Knee position in THIS post.

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


Meet the Doula: Ashley Anders

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM Comments comments ()

Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula".  This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch.  She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley! 

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
I first heard the word doula years ago when I was talking with a friend about supporting women in childbirth.
 
How did you decide that becoming a doula was part of your journey?
Since I was little I wanted to be a Labor and Delivery nurse, I loved supporting women and their families through one of the most intimate times of their life, and watching them bring new lives into this world, but quickly realized I didn't like the idea of having to leave my patients to go to another patient, or leaving a shift before a baby was born after being there her entire labor, or having to do all of the clinical things.  That is when I started researching to see if there was this dream job out there of giving non-judgmental support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth, and I came across birth and postpartum doula!
 
Are you a birth and/or a postpartum doula?
I am both a birth and postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor and newborn care specialist.  Focusing most of my time currently postpartum, breastfeeding and newborn care.
 
How long have you been a doula?
I have been a doula just about 3 years. I am trained with Childbirth International for birth, breastfeeding. I have also received postpartum training, and trained with Newborn Care Solutions for my newborn care specialist certification.  I have supported single moms, moms on bed rest, families that have a scheduled cesarean birth, unplanned cesarean birth, teens, high risk, expected stillbirth, prematurity, twins and triplets.
 
What do you enjoy the most about being a doula?
For birth, I love that I am invited into the lives of families expecting a baby.  I love that I can build confidence in women and their partners.  Help them feel safe, protected and informed about the birth experience and provide non judgmental support throughout their journey into parenthood.
 
For postpartum, I find that we often focus so much time on pregnancy, and childbirth and forget that there is in fact a 4th trimester.  I enjoy helping everyone in the family transition into having a new baby at home, if its baby #1 or baby #3.  An extra set of hands to help siblings adjust, help mom get a shower or a nap in, breastfeeding/bottle feeding assistance, meal prep, and helping with all of the "is this normal" questions I often get.  Newborn care, infant brain development, feeding, bathing, sleep conditioning, etc., are all things I love to give information on to help clients make the best decisions for their family! 
 
How do you work with and involve the Coach?
I make sure that we are working as a team. My job is never to take the place of a partner or coach.  I like to show and guide the partners on things that they can do throughout labor to assist in the comfort of the laboring mom, but also make them feel comfortable enough that they can take a break, take a quick nap or grab something to eat and she will be supported and never be left alone. 
 
What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
I would have to say that supporting a family through an expected stillbirth was the toughest.  She still had to give birth just like any other laboring mother, but unfortunately had to say goodbye shortly after her baby was born.  It was hard!  I cried alongside with them, made sure that they had everything they needed and was just there for them.  The hospital was wonderful and provided the family with photos and a box to remember him with.  I joined them on the annual walk for infant loss and continue to keep in touch with them.  They were blessed with their rainbow baby a year ago and I was honored to be by their side through the birth of their second son.
 
What keeps you working as a doula?
My family and my clients!  I have the best :).  Hearing that I have found my calling, and that it is obvious that I love my job and what I do, is so great to hear.  I couldn't do this if I didn't have the continued support from my husband.  From day one he has supported me, and pushed me to fulfill my dreams and I cant thank him enough!
 
What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter labor or longer labor?
My birth fee includes 2 prenatal appointments where we will discuss birth plan options, discuss postpartum care/plans and go over early labor comfort measures.  Your labor and birth, and up to 2 hours after, to get you settled into your postpartum room, get you your first meal and make sure that baby has had his/her first feeding.  I will also schedule a time within the first week to come and do a postpartum visit to talk through your birth and make sure that feeding is going well and to answer any additional questions you may have. Since birth is unpredictable there is not a different charge if your labor were to go long or if you were to have a shorter labor. 
 
Postpartum/Newborn care fees are hourly and I do daytime and overnight care.  Each contract can be fit to each client and their needs.
 
Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I offer breastfeeding support, it is included in my doula packages, but I offer it separate if needed. 
  
Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
When I'm not doula-ing I'm sleeping! haha!  I'm also spending time with my husband and 2 kiddos: our daughter Tyler (11) and our son Bennett (4), plus our 2 dogs Maddie and Oddie. We enjoy riding bikes; mornings at the park, watching our daughter ride her horse, and just spending quality time together with family and friends.

Love what you read?? Would you like to contact Ashley?
Read more about Ashley and schedule a visit via DoulaMatch
Phone: 480-457-9151

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®.
 
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Q&A with SPB: How do I find a care provider that supports natural birth?

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:14 PM Comments comments ()
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A question that came up in our Friday night class was, "How do we know if our doctor supports natural birth?"

Here are some questions to ask to find out:




Here are the questions with a little more detail:
1) How do you feel about natural birth?
If you ask, "Do you support natural birth?" you will probably get a "yes" answer because they want your business and/or they want to make you happy.

Asking "how do you feel about" gets them to talk more about their beliefs and basic understanding of how a natural birth works in a hospital setting.

2) What has been your experience with couples who want a natural birth?
If you hear rave reviews, yeah! I offer a follow up question, "How many of your couples who prepare for a natural birth end up with what they wanted?"  A vaginal birth rate of around 85% is typical for a provider that supports hands-off birthing...how many of those are unmedicated versus medicated depends on the practice.

Some providers may be "natural birth tolerant", so while they don't practice a "hands off" approach, they also don't interfere when a couple is following a natural birth plan.  They may have a more middle-of-the road, "we'll see how it goes" attitude when you ask this question.

If the care provider is skeptical or outright dismissive, that is your sign that you may need to "break up" with your care provider.  Even if it is the doctor your family has been going to for years.  Check-in and ask what their vaginal and cesarean birth rates are for a follow-up question.  If the cesarean birth rate is higher than 30%, your chances are much higher of receiving interventions than if your provider takes a "Wait and see" approach to the birth journey.

3) What do you recommend for natural birth preparation?
 If they have had patients have natural births before and/or if they are in touch with the birth community (childbirth educators, doulas), they may have an idea about what their patients in the past have used to prepare.

If they give you a blank stare...red flag!! They really don't know what the options are...which may lead back to the question, "How many of your patients have had intentional natural births?"

Speaking of red flags, here are the two red flag statements I teach to all our students:

  • We'll let you
  • We'll allow you


Those phrases indicate that your provider has rules about how you are going to birth.  If you fall out of their range of normal, which may or may not be evidence-based, you are going to be forced to birth their way.

I encourage you to find out more about what "their way" means.  If they are going to set time limits or set expectations, do your own research to see if their parameters are evidence-based or practice-based, i.e., "How did you determine that rule for your patients?"  And you can also check the links below for some reliable research sources for evidence-based information about birth.

Ideally, your provider will not set time limits or rules AS LONG AS mom is okay and baby is okay.  As long as both appear to be doing well via monitoring and observation, then birth is probably progressing as it meant to be *for them*.  Each birth is unique.

If, God forbid, your birth has an unexpected variation or complication, you want to be sure that you trust your care provider explicitly.  If they are in a situation where they need to make a life-saving choice for you and/or your baby, you want to know that you are hiring a person that works in alignment with your beliefs and your wishes.

In closing, don't be afraid to trust your instinct.  Find the care provider that makes sense for your family - there are no "do-overs" in birth.  As you prepare to meet your Sweet Pea on their Birth-Day, choose a care provider choice that you trust and that trusts you back.

Links for more reading:
Taking charge of your maternity care 

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth

Consumer Reports: What to REJECT when you are expecting

Consumer Reports: Your biggest [cesarean birth] risk may be your hospital




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

Birth Centers in Phoenix

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 1:37 PM Comments comments ()
Did you know that there are six birth centers to choose from if you are a birthing family in the metro-Phoenix area in Arizona?  Several of them offer Bradley Method classes on their calendar.  We will be offering a series at Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Midwifery that starts in October.  Please contact us if you would like to enroll.

Here is a quick run-down of the options, listed in alphabetical order.

Babymoon Inn

202 E. Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 314-7755 

"Babymoon Inn birth center was born out of the passion of families who wanted to provide access to midwifery care and a freestanding, out-of-hospital setting for birth for families in the Phoenix area.   Babymoon Inn is a free-standing, out-of-hospital birth center, licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services,  accredited as a birth center by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, and a member of the American Association of Birth Centers.  A birth center gives an option in Phoenix for low-risk women to experience birth in a comfortable, home-like setting where natural birth is our focus.

"Babymoon Inn provides a wide range of options and choices for moms in labor.  Your choice of either a beautiful jetted tub or a contemporary vessel soaking tub are available for water birth or for labor.  We have birth props, stools, and labor balls.  Our lovely garden provides outdoor space and an inspirational mural.   You are welcome to bring your family and may eat or drink during labor.

Our sanctuary is ready and our hearts are open for you.  Come visit!"

The Birth Haven

3303 S. Lindsay Road, Suite 125
Gilbert, Arizona 85297
480-664-7463
[email protected]

"The Birth Haven at LifeSpring Midwifery is the first birth center in Gilbert, Arizona. We offer traditional midwifery care, water birth, birth center and home birth, and well-woman care."


The Birth Nest at Caitlin Court

5622 W. Palmaire Ave 
Glendale, AZ 85301
623.748.7655

"The Birth Nest at Caitlin Court Birth Center offers a beautiful, relaxed and comfortable place to labor and birth your child.  Free from the rigid policies and procedures at a hospital, our birth center offers the comfort of home without the distractions of home. " 

Blossom Birth and Wellness Center
http://www.blossombirthcenter.com/

2928 N. 18th Place
Phoenix AZ 85016
(602) 256-7766

"Blossom Birth Center is a special place created to cultivate peace, love and healthy families. Blossom is an accredited birth center in Phoenix, Arizona where low risk, healthy pregnant women give birth naturally with midwives and a special Ob/Gyn with the heart of a midwife. Blossom is Licensed by the state of Arizona and accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC), as well as a member of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)."

Willow Midwife Center for Birth andWellness

2045 S Vineyard, Suite 136
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-565-5990
[email protected]

"Willow Midwife Center for Birth & Wellness is a boutique midwife and birth center in Mesa, AZ, just minutes from Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler and Scottsdale. The Willow birth center offers comprehensive, individualized care for women including maternity carelabor & birth services, and wellness care."

Women's Birth & Wellness Center
http://www.yourazbirthcenter.com/

504 W University Dr
Mesa, AZ 85201
480-833-6582

"Women's Birth & Wellness Center is an independent free-standing birth center in Mesa, Arizona. Women's Birth and Wellness Center is an organization operated by women who are midwives, nurse practitioners lactation counselors and doulas. The focus of Women's Birth & Wellness Center is to provide education for women and families to make informed choices about their birth, their health, and their baby."


Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog post and on our website 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®.
 
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Thoughts on Postpartum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q&A with SPB: When is it time to go to our birth place?

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 7:47 PM Comments comments ()
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonWe get this question a lot, and it came up again when we taught class on Friday evening.  The most common answer uses the acronym "5-1-1".















When you have this pattern established:
5 ~ Contractions are five minutes apart
1 ~ Contractions are lasting one minute
1 ~ This pattern has been established for one hour

...then it is probable that a change in activity is not going to slow down your labor.

There are other variations of this...some providers will say 4-1-! (four minutes apart, lasting a minute and in this pattern for an hour), and I have even known some hospital-based midwives say 3-1-1 (three minutes apart, lasting a minute, and in this pattern for an hour).

However:

  1. Consider how far you are going to travel to your birth place: if you are going to be driving 45 minutes or more, you many consider getting a hotel or bunking down with a friend who lives withing a few minutes of your birth place so that you can head there when you think you are in labor.
  2. Consider what time of day you might be driving: have a couple of alternate routes in mind.
  3. TRUST YOUR INSTINCT: If for any reason, anything feels off or like it needs more attention, never hesitate to head to your birth place for more information, not matter what kind of labor pattern you happen to be experiencing.  Just go get more information and ensure you and your baby are well and ready for labor.


So hopefully that gives you a little better idea of what to plan for when it's time for your Sweet Pea's Birth-Day!!

Here is another video from our archives that you might like...it offers some suggestions to make that transition from home to birth place as smooth as possible in order to continue the good work you have started at home.

How to make a smooth transition during labor:

Do you have any "going to the hospital" tips to share? Please leave us a comment below!

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

UPDATE: Fundraising for Willow WIsh

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 3:49 PM Comments comments ()
Please join us to celebrate the
GRAND OPENING 
Willow Midwife Center for Birth+Wellness

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

2045 S. Vineyard
Suite 136
Mesa, AZ 85210


Here is a preview of the silent auction:

Little Boy Blue Basket: $300
Starting Bid:  $50

  • $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
  • Placenta Encapsulation from Michelle Ludwig (The Modern Mama Doula Services)
  • Nursing Necklace from Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
  • Hat+Sock Set
  • Bandana Bib
  • 3-pack Circo Bodysuits
  • Patrull Safety Latches
  • Bumpy Ball

 


 
Sugar+Spice Basket: $300.00
Starting Bid: $75.00

  • $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
  • $50 off Placenta Encapsulation Service from Rebecca Turrigiano (Loving Touch Doulas)
  • Headband from Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • 3-pack Bandana Bib
  • 2-pack Crib Sheets
  • Patrull Safety Latches
  • Bumpy Ball




Modern Mommy Boutique Gift Basket - $150 Value
Starting Bid: $40.00

  • Mudpie Plush Giraffe Blanket
  • Mudpie Giraffe Stroller Blanket
  • Safari Stroller Toy
  • Indestructible Book: Jungle Rumble
  • $40.00 Gift Certificate



 Postpartum Gift Basket – $150
Starting Bid: $40
Offered by Lindsay Lutes

  • Postpartum doula care: 5-hour of daytime shift OR 8-hour overnight shift
  • Elephant Diaper Caddy
  • 1-pack Naty Diapers
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm
  • Bamboobies Reusable Nursing Pads
  • MilkMakers Lactation Tea




 Birthing From Within Mentors Gift Basket - $60.00
Starting Bid - $25.00

  • Birthing From Within by Pam England
  • Natural Childbirth Exercises Handbook by Rhondda Hartman
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea
  • Reusable Nursing Pads
  • Lavender Candle
  • Bumpy Ball




The Bradley Method® Instructors of AZ Gift Basket $65.00
Starting Bid - $25.00

  • Husband-Coached Childbirth by Dr. Robert Bradley
  • Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
  • Natural Childbirth ExerciseHandbook by Rhondda Hartman
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
  • The Bradley Method® Cup
  • Reusable Nursing Pads
  • Massage Tool
  • Rice Pillow
  • Bumpy Ball

 


Babies R’Us Gift Basket - $65.00
Starting Bid - $25.00
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Tea Sampler
  • Swaddle Me Pod
  • 10-Pack Babies R’Us Closet Hangers
  • Koala Baby 5-Pack Closet Dividers
  • Koala Baby Green Storage Basket
  • Infantino Rubber Zebra
  • Babies R’Us Geoffrey Plush
  • Pampers On-The-Go Diaper Wallets with Diaper+Wipes
  • Babies R-Us Diapers
  • 1 Set Munchkin Latch Nursing Pads
  • Chicco Pacifier
  • Plus Travel Size Products from Dr. Smith, Balmex, Dapple, Babyganics, Boppy Bloom, Deva Naturals, and more!



Sweet Pea Births Gift Basket–  $80.00
Starting Bid - $25.00

  • The Night Before Your Birthday Book by Joni Rubinstein
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
  • Hot/Cold Therapy Pack
  • SPB Reusable Nursing Pads
  • SPB Water Bottle
  • SPB Sticky notes
  • SPB Tote
  • SPB Pen

 
 
 
 
Golf Weekend - $500 Value
Starting Bid: $125

  • 3 days and two nights in a private home in the Chaparral Pines Golf Community
  • Two rounds of golf or golf for 2 at Chaparral Pines Golf Course
  • Cart Fee included
  • Must be used by November 15, 2016

 

Lactation Support Package - $180
Starting Bid: $45
Offered by Sarah Kankiewicz, CLE (Firefly Lactation Services)

  • Prenatal visit
  • Birth-day visit
  • 2 postpartum visits

 

Birth Journey Class - $200
Starting Bid: $50
Offered by Dianne Hamre (Doula Dianne)
 
This intensive one-day workshop will equip you with knowledge and skills that will enhance your birth experience while making lasting memories. The ideal time to take this workshop is in your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy. 
 
CLASS BENEFITS

  • This unique birth preparation class is designed with you in mind. You will be given a variety of tools needed for your journey regardless of where you are choosing to birth your baby.
  • The intimate class environment creates a time of special bonding with your partner.
  • It is taught in such a way that you will leave confident in your ability to advocate for your care in a respectful manner.

 
 
Birth Doula Services - $500
Starting Bid: $125
Offered by Ashlee Witham (Essence Doula)
Essence: the most significant element, quality or aspect of a thing or a person.
SUPPORT*RESPECT*EMPOWERMENT 
Ashlee Witham *Doula Services in PHX valley
 
As your doula, I will support you during pregnancy and assist you during childbirth and provide support to you and your family after birth of your baby.
  
 
Postpartum Doula Services - $240
Starting Bid: $60
8 Hours – Offered by Ashley Anders
A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
 

In-Home Breastfeeding Consultation - $60
Starting Bid: $15  
Offered by Sarah Kankiewicz, CLE (Firefly Lactation Services)
 
 
Labor+Birth Photography - $400   
Starting Bid: $100
Offered by Rebecca Turrigiano (Loving Touch Doulas)
 
Being passionate about all things birth related, I am excited to be able to offer this service to both my doula clients and also families simply wanting to capture this special time on film. I pride myself in knowing when to capture these moments, and am happiest when my clients haven’t even realized that I was even taking the shots I did! Having a background in fashion, film and T.V, I bring a very unique prospective to your photos. The shots I capture also respect the birthing Mom’s dignity and doesn’t feel intrusive during private moments between partners. I am always honored to be invited into such a private moment. 
 
Description of Services

  • Available for Home, Birth Center and Hospital births
  • Labor and Delivery Photos starting in Active labor (6 or 7 cm dilated)
  • 50- 75 Edited, full resolution Digital and printed copies given to you within 7- 10 days



Naturopath Visit - $200
Starting Bid: $50
Offered by True Harmony Wellness Center


Spa Gift Certificate - $80
Starting Bid: $20
Offered by True Harmony Wellness Center


Mini Maternity Session - $175
Starting Bid: $45
Offered by Aimee Sugar Photography
 
 
Essential Oil Introductory Kit - $35
Starting Bid: $10
Offered by Aimee Sugar


Placenta Encapsulation Package - $175
Starting Bid: $45
Offered by The Pampered Belly
Placenta Encapsulation
Placenta Print
 










 


Raw Belly Cast - $75
Starting Bid: $20
Offered by The Pampered Belly
 











 
 
Magikarp Blanket - $75
Starting Bid: $20
Offered by Hookin’ for Rent


















Some last minute additions - will have more info at tomorrow's event!!

Photo Session –
Starting Bid:
Offered by Rala Photography
 
 
 
Nutrition Consultation –  
Starting Bid:
Offered by Baby Bloom Nutrition
 
 
 
Therapy Session –
Starting Bid:
Offered by OSS Physical Therapy


I hope to see you at tomorrow's event.  Come look for me upstairs - I will be at the silent auction sign-in table :)

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