Well today I just finished my last class with a great group of people! I look forward to hearing their birth announcements which will probably start coming in within the next two weeks or so :)
My next series will start Friday, January 7th from 7-9:30pm at No Sugar Added in Claremont. This series is good for mamas who are due late March through early May. To read more about class content visit http://learn2birth.net.
Note: For those couples who have already taken a Bradley course but would like to do a refresher for their next baby you can take the series at a reduced price. Please let me know if I need to reserve a space for you.
Jamie's email- firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you are doing well this Christmas season as we await the most miraculous birth of all!
Tell a little bit about yourself outside of the doula/birth realm.
I've been married for 13 years, and I have a ten year old daughter and 5 year old son. By day, I work as an English teacher at a small public high school which is known for its community atmosphere and project-based learning curriculum. During my time off with my family, I enjoy camping in natural areas, planning hands-on learning activities, reading, and playing word games.
How did you become interested in birth as a topic to learn more about?
I've been interested in natural birth since I was very young. I must have been in fifth grade when I first heard of water birth, and I ran to the kitchen to tell my mother I was going to have one. Later, my mom was pretty concerned when I'd bring home books at 12 and 13 with titles like, What to Do Now That You're Pregnant. Incidentally, I did not have my first child until I was almost 27.
How were you shaped by your childbirth experiences?
(I have great hips and bigger breasts)! Like I said, I always felt like I was meant for pregnancy and child-bearing. My number one goal for my births was being able to fully experience this life-changing moment without narcotics or anesthesia. I was able to do this and felt such an amazing sense of accomplishment and pride. Birth made me truly understand the amazing strength of womanhood.
Tell a bit about yourself as a doula. (training, how you view your role in the birth, goals for families---just whatever comes to mind.)
I'm toLabor trained, and have completed all of my certification births. I have had positive feedback from every birth I've attended.
During births, I generally try to disappear (I wish I could be pocket-sized) when I'm not needed. My goal is to create a safe and intimate atmosphere for my clients, to remind them that they are fully capable of an amazing birth, to shrink fear and grow confidence : )
Do you have any specific advice you'd give to expecting parents?
My best piece of advice is to remind parents of their wedding day. Often, brides are nervous wrecks before their weddings. They are inclined to think that everything that does not go according to their plan is a disaster. But on looking back, they usually feel like it turned out well anyway.
Birth can be like this. No matter how many possibilities we've planned for, something always happens to surprise us in the moment. A good birth team should work to keep the new family focused on all the things that are going well, and all of the options that are available to them at each stage of the birth. This can make all the difference in the way a family feels during and after the birth.
How can families contact you?
My email is email@example.com. My phone number is 626-221-7957 although I prefer to connect first via email since I am in teaching or mothering a good deal of the time.
From Erica: "Owen was born Friday night at 11:11pm!!! When we got to the hospital I was dilated to 8cm and handling the contractions really well so I decided to forgo getting an IV and an epidural. After 4 hours and still at 8cm, the doctor came by to try to talk me into getting pitocin or something to get things going faster. I must have been in that transition stage 'cause I was so unsure of what to do and starting to worry that something was wrong when all of a sudden I felt that urge to push. Owen was born just a few minutes later.
He's doing great, sleeping nearly all the time except when he wants to nurse, and I'm trying to catch up on sleep."
Congratulations to Erica, Brian, and big sister Hazel.
Many moms in class have dreamed of a birth center or home birth with a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). But, due to the cost and the fact that most insurance plans (other than PPO) do not cover any part of of the midwife's fee, they are unable to use a service they feel would best suit their needs as a laboring woman.
This week a bill will be introduced in congress that would mandate reimbursement to CPMs for those on Medicaid insurance. This is an important first step in paving the way for midwifery to be covered under all insurance plans.
I’M NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW TO SHARE THIS STORY, I’M STILL TRYING TO SORT OUT MY FEELINGS ABOUT THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE. THERE WERE A LOT OF UPS AND DOWNS. I WENT THROUGH THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF EMOTIONS PROBABLY MORE THAN ONCE. HOWEVER, THE END RESULT IS WONDERFUL BECAUSE WE HAVE A HEALTHY LITTLE BABY GIRL AND SHE IS DEFINITELY WORTH ALL THE TURMOIL, THE WORK AND THE PAIN.
I THINK I SHOULD START MY STORY ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9TH, THE DAY I TURNED 36 WEEKS. THAT WAS THE DAY THAT I LOST MY MUCUS PLUG.
I got a call yesterday from M. the very first mama to have her baby over four years ago. Anyway she has since had another baby who is almost two years old. She called yesterday because she is feeling so stressed with the work involved in caring for the two kids. She says to me, "How do you do it? How do you seem like you have it together?" [Enter big hearty laughter here.]
This is funny because of course no mother has it together all of the time. Families aren't mathematical equations, we're more like oceans that ebb and flow. When it's flowing, it feels great. And when it's in the ebb stage it can be stressful. However, here are some ways to make life easier.