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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class!

Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class!

Healthy Birth of Rochester Presents a Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class September 30th, 2017, from 1 – 2pm at  Lori’s Natural Foods, 900 Jefferson Rd., Rochester NY 14623 Please contact Amy directly for the schedule and how to sign up. A 1  hr. seminar that covers the nuts and bolts of How to stay Healthy and Low Risk during Pregnancy labor and birth, and how to plan the birth you want. Grab your partner and join Certified Childbirth Educator Amy V. Haas, BCCE in learning the important information and steps toward a healthy,...

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Prematurity is Preventable!

  Prematurity is Preventable! Amy V. Haas, BA, BCCE   Last year the March of Dimes launched a multi-billion dollar campaign to promote awareness about premature labor and birth. They were trying to raise funds for research to find the cause and cure. I shook my head when I saw the ads. Practical prevention techniques were not mentioned only medical drug treatments. (1) Then I opened the latest issue of Medscape and noticed the primary focus of the report was prematurity. Prematurity, it seems, is on the rise in this country, in...

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If birth is so natural, then why do I have to take classes?

If birth is so natural, then why do I have to take classes?

Human beings are cerebral creatures who think way too much. And we come with baggage. Add to that the fact that we have been socialized by the media into believing that birth is a horrible, painful thing that needs lots of medical intervention, and you have a major challenge. Birth in the US is not evidenced based. The ways in which laboring and birthing women are treated and cared for are not the ways that will produce the healthiest outcomes. Most women desire to have a loved one/husband/partner/friend trained as their primary labor...

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