Friday, December 30, 2011

New Bradley® Childbirth Class Series

Registering Now!
Very limited availability left for the series beginning January 8, 2012. Don't miss out!


Having a child is a life changing experience.

Shouldn't your childbirth education be up to the challenge?

Let us help you prepare not only to give birth naturally, but also on becoming a family. Many couples report that Bradley classes help them bond not only with their unborn baby but also with each other. This is the birth of your family. Make it a Beautiful Beginning!

Classes are perfect for first time moms as well as experienced parents.

The Bradley Method® views birth as a natural, not medical process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally.

Single moms and same sex couples are welcome. Anyone can be your coach- friends, family, or a professional labor doula.

The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the challenge of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.


Classes in The Bradley Method® will educate you to have the healthiest pregnancy and the safest, most beautiful birth experience possible whether you are having a hospital, birth center, or home birth.


Learn specific exercises and relaxation techniques that will facilitate an efficient labor.

Learn how to get the proper nutrition for you and your baby.

Learn how to stay low risk and healthy during your pregnancy.

Learn how to minimize your risk of a cesarean section.

Learn to work with your labor coach and have a rewarding birth experience.

Learn how to give birth naturally without fear.

Learn how to be a good consumer and advocate for the health and welfare of your family.

Learn to work with your healthcare provider to make informed decisions.
Class location:
Coral Springs, FL 33076
I'll be happy to discuss any concerns that you have.

Contact Tracy for more details or to register-

at

(954) 699 6503

or email

tspericht@gmail.com

http://ourbeautifulbirth.com

Sunday, April 24, 2011

William's Birth Story

5 am Woke up with some very light contractions
6 am Realized they were time-able so I got up to prepare for our day- (5-10 mins apart, 60 seconds long) The contractions were still light enough that I could ignore them if I was busy.
7 am Had debate with Christopher about whether he should call out or go to work. He had somethings to pick up before he started paternity leave so I told him to go on in for a few hours to work. He was ready to stay home. :)
8 am Sent (Pam) doula a text so she would have a head’s up.
11 am Took shower. Contractions changed to a little stronger (3-7 mins apart, 60 secs long) Talked to doula again and she suggested I eat and take a nap. Christopher almost done at work. Called birth center and spoke to my midwife Betty.
12:30 pm I had ate by this time. Christopher arrived home and took over Andrew’s care.
1:15 pm I took a nap with my ipod
2:36 pm Woke up with very strong contractions. Realized I didn’t want to be lying down when the next one hit.
2:49 pm Pam asked via text if she could come over yet. I think it’s still too early for her to come over but she wants to.
3:00 pm Christopher & Andrew take a nap

4:00 pm Pam arrives and we talk while I’m on the birth ball. Contractions space out to 10-15 mins. I express doubt if labor is going to continue. She assured me if not tonight it would be this weekend. You can’t have false labor through 2 showers, a nap, all while eating and drinking. She said if they did stop just think how fun it would be to dye Easter eggs as a pregnancy/labor project.

4:30 pm Pam goes home but leaves her doula bag at my house.

6:00 pm Contractions start coming strong every 2-3 minutes, lose a lot of mucus plug.

6:11 pm Called Pam to let her know that I needed her to come back sooner rather than later. She asks if I needed her right then. I tell her if she has something she needs to do, go ahead. But she could hear in my voice that I needed her soon! Christopher was in and out finishing some last minute projects like washing the car and installing the car seat. Men!

6:44 pm Christopher got anxious about contacting midwife. Called Pam to see how close she was. Decided to call Betty who told us that she was very sick with a stomach flu. She said that she would come over to bring my chart but that Corina would be my midwife for the birth. I got a little emotional because out of the 5 midwives, Corina was the only one that I had not met with! Anjali (Betty’s regular back up) was already at a birth. And Debbie and Becky who I had met were not on call. Devastated at this point.

7:00 pm I went upstairs to labor. Pam arrived and worked her magic both physically and mentally. She massaged my back while giving me a pep talk. She reminded me who Corina was- the most experienced home birth midwife from the birth center besides my midwife, Betty and the owner Debbie! I knew Corina had apprenticed with midwives from Ina May Gaskin’s “The Farm”, where she was born and raised. Besides that she was a former NICU nurse. Corina had her credentials and then some. Lastly Pam reminded me that she was there for me. She was our doula for Andrew’s birth as well. My husband could be heard on Andrew’s birth video praising me and saying Pam was the one that “saved the day.” Pam fixed me up some aroma therapy to smell while I leaned on the birth ball- lavender for calming, with also clary (spelling?) and sage. It was my happy stuff!

08:00 pm Corina arrived and started taking my vitals. Everything was good to go,just needed to do an internal exam to determine dilation. This would help with the timing of my IV dose of antibiotics for GBS. Corina said since my bag of waters was bulging out she wanted to wait for a contraction to finish her assessment. Her hand was way up there at this point so she asked if I wanted her to leave it there or remove it while we waited. I laughed and told her she was already there, might as well wait. We all laughed some more and made small talk. There’s nothing like waiting for a contraction. The contraction finally began and she told me I was 9 cm dilated already! I would have been thrilled to be a 6-7. Corina said she wouldn’t have guessed I was a 9 by the way I was acting. Nothing like a little praise to give you a boost!
Vanessa, the second midwife, was on her way after picking up my chart and antibiotics from Betty.


9 cm!


8:30 pm I decided to do the Hibiclens wash in case the antibiotics weren’t administered in time.

9:00 pm I started to feel nauseous and hot. I hadn’t been sweating before. Vanessa arrived and the antibiotics were started. Pam fixed me a peppermint aromatherapy. I can’t believe how fast that took away the nausea! The rosewater wash cloth on the back of my neck cooled me down. After the bag dripped in, I took a shower. Pam laughed at me when I asked “permission” first. I began to think I might be feeling pushy but wasn’t sure. Pam said I could practice a push on the toilet but not in the shower! I didn’t want to get out of the shower so I ignored the pushy feeling.

10:00 pm I still wasn’t pushing despite feeling some pushy feelings. Now I was having difficulty relaxing through the contractions and vocalizing a little at the end of the contractions. Hello, Bradley Class 6. Those are typical signs of readiness to push when mom doesn’t have an overwhelming urge. I finally started pushing at the top of the contraction but I still couldn’t decide if it was good or not. Finally Corina asked me if I wanted another vaginal exam so I would feel better about pushing. Yes, please.

I’m not sure what time it was at this point but I was complete with only a very small lip of cervix left anterior. Corina assured me that it would slide away when my water broke and the baby moved down. She told me I if I pushed hard a couple of times that the membranes would release. I decided to use the bed post to squat and push to do that. They put a chux under me, pushed tentatively but harder this time, the sac ruptured with clear fluid. Yay, no mec.

Eventually I decided to get back on the bed. I thought I was going to push in a classic position. But pretty much just as soon as Pam said, “you’re not going to like that” I decided that I didn’t. Thoughts of my own Bradley teacher entered my mind. Sometimes you do things in labor that you pretty much never pictured yourself doing. Soon I was kneeling on the bed, leaned over the birth ball again, pushing. It wasn’t quite hands and knees but pretty close.

Corina said she could see the head. Pam went downstairs to be with Andrew so Christopher could come up. He was my rock while I was pushing. His hands definitely got squeezed on. Soon Corina said that’s his head, slow down, gentle pushes. Vanessa reminded me to listen to Corina’s instructions. Corina told me to stop pushing. So much better with his head out!There was a delay and then she gave me the okay to finish pushing him out. William was born!

I found out later that William’s cord was wrapped around his neck twice. Not unusual, about 20% of babies have 1 or 2 nuchal cord loops. This was a tight wrap though and later Corina said she thought she almost was going to have to clamp and cut right there. But thankfully she was able to slid it around his head. Thank you for attending my birth, Corina!

William was born on 4.22.11 at 11:19 pm weighing 7 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long. If he had waited another 41 minutes he would have been born on his due date. But I’ll take my Good Friday and Earth Day baby! We’re all healthy and happy and very thankful that everything went smoothly for our home birth. I know home birth isn't for everyone (and it shouldn't be because not everyone has a low risk pregnancy) but it was a great choice for us.

Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers that were sent our way!




Just born

Happy birth-day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Bradley® Childbirth Class Series

Beautiful Beginnings Bradley® Natural Childbirth EducationClass

Location:
Sunshine Chiropractic Center

3436 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
954-699-6503

Class Start Date:
Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Classes in the Bradley Method® will educate you to have the healthiest pregnancy and the safest, most beautiful birth experience possible whether you are having a hospital, birth center, or home birth.

The Bradley Method classes teach natural childbirth and view birth as a natural, not medical process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. Singles moms and same sex couples are welcome. Anyone can be your coach- friends, family, or a professional labor doula.

The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural abdominal breathing and relaxation. Nutrition, exercise, and education also play key roles in successful labor preparation.

In addition our classes cover labor rehearsals, informed consent, birth plans, variations of labor, and possible interventions to help couples have the birth experience of their choice. We also include post partum care, newborn baby care, breast feeding and an introduction to attachment parenting and baby wearing.
Class tuition which includes a student workbook (over 120 pages) is $200. You will also have access to my lending library of books and videos.

Registration is Required.




Please contact your local Bradley® Childbirth Educator for more information:
Tracy Pericht, AAHCC
Beautiful Beginnings

Call: 954 699 6503

Email tracy@ourbeautifulbirth.com

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Bradley® Childbirth Class Series

Class 1: Sunday, September 26, 2010

Time: 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM every Sunday
**Space still available for this series**

Students are welcome to attend a class for free without making a further commitment. Please contact me for details and to RSVP.

You may join this series for a prorated tuition through October 17.

Location: Baby Love's Classroom
6931 Northwest 88th Avenue (Corner of Mc Nab and Pine Island)
Tamarac, FL 33321
954-720-2300



The Bradley Method® is a class series that teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. Single moms and same sex couples are welcome. Anyone can be your coach- friends, family, or a professional labor doula. Doulas In Training may be available for a reduced client fee.

The Bradley Method® teaches a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.


Our classes also cover fun labor rehearsals, informed consent, birth plans, variations of labor, and interventions to help couples have the birth experience of their choice. We also include post partum care, newborn baby care, breastfeeding and an introduction to attachment parenting and baby wearing.

These small group classes provide individual attention to our expecting couples. Each class series will include a student workbook, access to my lending library and videos, games and prizes, demonstrations, guest speakers (including other Bradley parents sharing their birth stories) and discussion. Some of the classes include a video.

A snack will be served during the break of Class 1.


Twenty-four hour telephone support is always available to our students for pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, postpartum, and new parenting issues.


Registration is going on now for early December due dates and beyond.




Make your birth a Beautiful Beginning!



Please contact Tracy for more information.

http://www.ourbeautifulbirth.com/



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Thursday, July 29, 2010

FREE Healthy Pregnancy Class

FREE Healthy Pregnancy Class
held at
Baby Love in Tamarac!

Where parents learn about Healthy Pregnancies and Happy BIRTH-days!

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Receive Samples, Coupons, and Handouts.
Enter to win Doorprizes!




Class topics include:
Making the most of your Prenatal Care,
Normal Pregnancy Changes and Being comfortable in pregnancy,
How Exerise and Nutrition play an important role in pregnancy and labor

This is an introduction to The Bradley Method® only, not a complete series.


Please RSVP to reserve your space or for questions:

Email or Call Tracy at 954 699 6503

Friday, July 9, 2010

New Bradley Childbirth Education Series Starting!

Friday, July 9, 2010 Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM every Friday
**Space still available for this series**

Students are welcome to attend a class for free without making a further commitment. Please contact me for details and to RSVP.

You may join this series for a prorated tuition through July 30.

Location: Sunshine Chiropractic




The Bradley Method® is a series of classes that teach natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. Single moms and same sex couples are welcome. Anyone can be your coach- friends, family, or a professional labor doula.

The Bradley Method® teaches a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.


Our classes also cover fun labor rehearsals, informed consent, birth plans, variations of labor, and interventions to help couples have the birth experience of their choice. We also include post partum care, newborn baby care, breastfeeding and an introduction to attachment parenting and baby wearing.
These small group classes provide individual attention to our expecting couples. Each class series will include a student workbook, access to my lending library and videos, games and prizes, demonstrations, guest speakers (including other Bradley parents sharing their birth stories) and discussion. Some of the classes include a video.

For a more complete list of Course Contents, see http://www.bradleybirth.com/CC.aspx




A snack will be served during the break.

Please dress comfortably and bring a pillow and blanket for relaxation exercises.
Twenty-four hour telephone support is always available to our students for pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, postpartum, and new parenting issues.


Registration is going on now for September due dates and beyond.