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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

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Meet the Doula: Ashley Anders

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (129)

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®.
 
Sweet Pea Births offers 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: Mother's Milk Bank of CO Donation and Outreach Center in Phoenix, AZ

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 8:59 AM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth and Birthing From Within classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

I am happy to kick-off our 2016 Breastfeeding Edition of Q&A with SPB with a very special announcement from The Milk Spot, a local lactation support resource, located in Phoenix, Arizona:

Central Arizona now has a milk donation and outreach center, where mothers who are interested in donating excess pumped milk can be connected to a resource that provide precious liquid love to sweet peas that are most at risk. Now mothers in central Arizona can help families with babies that are receiving hospital NICU care. 



Mothers will undergo a screening process, and once they are accepted, their milk can be received and transferred to regional NICUs.  Learn more about milk donation at the INFO NIGHT at The Milk Spot, this Wednesday, August 3, 2016:


We will be there live, broadcasting on Periscope. Be sure to follow our twitter handle, @sweetpeabirths, for exclusive access to this launch and info meeting.  Michelle Hottya, IBCLC will be sharing information, answering questions, and facilitating a forum with area IBCLCs who work in the NICU.  We will be able to hear the impact stories of babies fed with precious mother's milk.  See you there or see you online!

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







Inside Look: Rockabye Mommy

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM Comments comments (0)


Club MomMe Report:
One of the contacts I made at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest was Stephanie Avila ("SA"), designer and co-founder of Rockabye Mommy.  What stopped me in my tracks was this stunning flower wall.  It is a Tonia Fischer creation, and it is a design element they have used in some of their nurseries (not the whole wall - usually only a few flowers per room).  I’m glad I stopped for a chat – she is a great resource if you are a SoCal mama and can enlist her services.  If you are not in SoCal, you can take advantage of her design sensibility by following her on Pinterest or connecting with her on Facebook or Twitter
 
About Rockabye Mommy:

If you're an expecting mommy or already have a little bundle of joy, you've just hit the jackpot because Rockabye Mommy specializes in creating chic spaces for pampered babies! Nurseries, kids rooms and playrooms can be as basic or elaborate as your budget allows. While you'll want to create a warm, welcoming space for your baby or child, safety is the most important consideration when designing a child's room. As an expert in children's room interiors, Stephanie will create an imaginative, whimsical and safe environment for your child to play, sleep and grow. After launching Rockabye in 2012, she knew immediately that this special niche was going to be such an incredibly fun experience. With service offerings that include: interior design, baby shower planning, maternity styling and mommy-VIP retreat packages, the team at RM will have you ready for baby before you know it!

Rockabye has been featured in publications such as: InTouch Weekly Magazine, OK! Magazine UK, People.com, California Homes Magazine, Riviera Magazine, The Orange County Register and Projectnursery.com.

Be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to see the special offer available to SoCal families.
 
Nursery for Twin Girls
Nursery for Twin Girls
Nursery for Twin Girls
Nursery for Twin Girls
Purple & Sage Nursery
Purple & Sage Nursery
Purple & Sage Nursery
Purple & Sage Nursery
Purple & Sage Nursery
Purple & Sage Nursery
SPB: What motivated you to start Rockabye Mommy? 
SA: I have over 10 years experience in Residential and Model Home interior design. So when a friend of mine approached me with the idea of starting a business catering to expectant mothers I knew immediately that this niche would be such a fun experience and would allow me to expand my design expertise in a new way.
 
SPB: Where do you draw your design inspiration? 
SA:I find inspiration in anything unique and beautiful. It can be nature, a piece of furniture or a fashion magazine. The great thing about designing children's rooms is that inspiration can come from anything that brings a smile to your face because the end result should be a happy, magical space for a child.
 
SPB: Are there common denominators across the different nurseries you design? What are those elements? 
SA: Yes and it's funny because I try to start every new project with a clean slate but it's my natural design sensibility to keep an element of sophistication in each room I design. It always ends up working its way back into the design in some way! The fabrics I choose have a more modern aesthetic than the typical novelty prints you usually see in a child's room. That's where the element of sophistication comes in. I rarely use themed juvenile prints or storybook characters. I feel that a whimsical space can be achieved without looking childish by selecting children's motifs in a sophisticated color palette or by using a bright palette in a modern style.
 
SPB: Do you have a favorite place(s) to shop with new mommies? Which ones and why?
SA: Yes, my go-to locations are The Land of Nod, AFK Furniture and Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. This is my dynamic trio! The Land of Nod offers a modern selection with bold colors and graphic patterns while RH Baby & Child offers a more neutral, soft sophisticated color palette and transitional furnishings. AFK Furniture manufactures beautiful French-inspired furnishings. The level of detail in their custom woodwork and hand painted motifs is absolutely stunning and what puts them in the higher price point category.
 
SPB: When is the best time for a mommy to start working together with you to create their Sweet Pea's space? 
SA: I have started projects at many different times during a mommy's pregnancy but it's ideal to begin during their second trimester because it's a more enjoyable time for mommy. The nausea has usually passed and she is generally in a good state of well-being which makes it easier to get through all of the design decisions. It also leaves us plenty of time to get any items on order, schedule any contractors and have the room completed before baby arrives. My goal is to have the room ready at least three weeks before baby is due so that mommy can relax and be worry free knowing that the nursery is complete.
 
SPB: What sets your concierge service apart from other designers? 
SA: I think what sets any designer apart from the other is their personal design sensibility. I love creating whimsical spaces for children with a sophisticated feel. The other thing that sets us apart is that, not only will you get a well designed room, we also offer personal styling and design packages with entry to the exclusive ACCESS lounge at South Coast Plaza. Our goal is to provide a VIP experience for our clients during this special time in her life. As members of the exclusive South Coast Plaza personal stylist program, Our VIP Mommy Treatment is an experience like no other for the mommy to be! This package includes a two hour design shopping trip throughout the plaza where we'll help you pull your room concept together and suggest our favorite items that work with your scheme. A two hour personal styling session in the ACCESS lounge and a personalized Tiffany & Co. gift. We also offer three additional packages and have created them especially for mommy, knowing that she deserves to be pampered!  

Where to connect with Rockabye Mommy
facebook.com/rockabyemommy
instagram.com/rockabyemommy
pinterest.com/rockabyemommyco
www.rockabyemommy.com 
 
How about you...what was the inspiration piece or color for your nursery?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

Special Offer for SoCal Families:


 
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®.



 

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