Supporting families with natural childbirth education and child development resources
Pregnancy: Avoiding Gestational Diabetes
Published December, 2021, this article explains that reducing inflammation with 'vegetables, fruit, berries and wholegrain products as well as unsaturated fats,' also reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
Infancy: baby sign language
We've introduced all three of our children basic signs as early as a few months old. Offering the sign when you verbalize an action reinforces the concept. It's amazing to see your child signing 'help,' 'more,' 'milk,' etc.!
Save the Date! Saturday, February 12
Virtual Bradley class reunion
10 am via Zoom
For couples from 2020- 2022
Send us your sweet baby's name and we will include them in the next issue! Pictures are welcome, too!
Poll: Hospital experiences in 2020-2021
Several of you were generous to send us your thoughts on your hospital experience. The anonymous poll also went out to families on Facebook. See what other mothers said about Covid protocol, hospital staff and options they had in labor and childbirth.
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Keep the conversation going, ask questions and connect with other former students at our private Facebook group. And post cute pictures!
Starting on solids?
It has long been said that a baby's intestinal wall is sealed at six months, making it important to not introduce foods until then. However, there is research being done that looks like it may be proving that theory incorrect. The folks at Nubologists.com sum it up in their article 'The virgin gut myth.'
Observe your young child and you will see that they are insatiable scientists--trying out actions to observe for themselves what will happen. So throwing an object is to truly see how far it can go! As you watch your babies and toddlers, see if you can guess what they are trying to accomplish.
When a laboring mother is in an upright squat position, allowing gravity to do it's work, and she has prepared her body for the intense pressure and stretching through proper nutrition and exercise, an episiotomy can be optimistically avoided. Below are tips to avoid tearing, another issue that can successfully be avoided through preparation. Squat as exercise often--helps the squatting position during labor. Elbows up and out if using classic/semi squat position. (Husband Coached childbirth, p. 97) Avoid the lithotomy (flat on the back) position (Husband coached, p. 98) Avoid pushing with all your might and instead push with self control (Husband coached childbirth p. 186) To avoid an episiotomy: p. 185, Husband Coached Childbirth. Twelve things our mothers do to help avoid an episiotomy . Good nutrition. Squatting. Air. Kegel. No soap. Lotion and massage. Talk to your doctor or midwife in advance. Be patient. Keep your elbows up and out, and knees back. Push with self-contro