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Does your childbirth education class include all of these topics?

Does your childbirth education class include all of these topics?

Bradley Method Natural Childbirth classes include all of the following topics and more! Nutrition Pregnancy exercises How to stay healthy and low risk Choosing a care-provider Choosing a birth place Evidence based maternity care? training your partner Doulas Natural labor techniques 1st stage 2nd stage 3rd stage Comfort measures 36 common interventions Variations on the theme of birth Danger signs Emergencies (prevention/natural resolutions) Medically necessary interventions Breastfeeding Immediate postpartum care Immediate Baby care And more! If the class you are considering taking ...

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Healthy Babies! Healthy Moms!

   (8 ways to help you be healthy and low risk during pregnancy, labor, and birth) By Amy V. Haas, BA, BCCE   Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time of life for most women.  However, women in the United States receive very little information about how to stay healthy during pregnancy unless they do a lot of individual research. In fact most women don’t realize there is anything they can do to positively impact their health during pregnancy or prevent a high-risk status, with the exception of prenatal care. While proper prenatal care is important, it is not magic.  Obstetricians...

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Vaginal Breech Birth

Vaginal Breech Birth

BREECH BIRTH A Breech birth is one in which the baby’s buttocks, foot, or feet come out of the mother’s body first, rather that the head. Most babies are born head first, or vertex, as it’s known. It is most common in the United States today for a doctor to perform a cesarean section, rather that allow a woman with a breech baby to birth vaginally. This occurs for various reasons, including the medical establishment’s belief that there are more risks to vaginal breech births, and for legal liability reasons on the part of the doctors. The problem is that this leads them to ignore the...

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What is best? Bottle or Breast?

What is best? Bottle or Breast?

Which is best? Bottle or breast?

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Pain to Pleasure – The Bradley connection

Pain to Pleasure – The Bradley connection

Pain to pleasure in birth After listening to Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s presentation Pain to Pleasure During Birth [https://www.goldmidwifery.com/] , I was struck by how similar the recommendations were to what Dr. Robert Bradley was teaching over 60 years ago. I was pleased to see how much of this is already being taught in Bradley classes, and always has been.  While he may not have ever talked about orgasm as a part of birth (I bet he would now :>), he did talk about privacy, darkness, solitude, quiet, relaxation, and intimate partner support. When Dr. Bradley first started supporting...

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INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

By Amy V. Haas, BCCE Induction of labor is the artificial starting of labor with the use of pitocin, castor oil, or herbal preparations such as blue cohosh. Other methods used to start labor include breaking the amniotic sack (an amniotomy), stripping of the membranes (separating the membranes of the amniotic sack from the uterine wall), and inserting prostaglandin gel, or pieces of Misoprostol tablets into the vagina to soften the cervix. The idea is to get labor going artificially, by starting contractions of the uterus. The most commonly used agent is pitocin, an imitation of the natural...

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