The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

For The Best Birth Possible!

Class 7 Answers:

1. Benefits, risks, and normal sequelae (things that follow)
2.Fetoscope, stethoscope, dopler, ultrasound, external electronic fetal monitor, internal EFM
3. Be polite and friendly.
4.Decreases pain, makes labor more effective
5. 41 weeks and 1 day (270 days) is the average for a first-time mom (also known as a primip).  However, 2 weeks on either side of that is certainly within the range of normal.  Moms who have already given birth have, on average, 267 days gestation.
6. They prepare the baby and the mother's bodies for labor and birth.  BH cntx usually begin as early as 6 weeks pregnant, and they are brought on by baby's movements, uterine growth, hormonal changes.
7.  You tell me.
8.  You tell me.If you did the homework this week, tell me the password next class.  The password for a prize is privacy.  

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the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the new Kegel exercise
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet

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There are risks and benefits to all our choices.  Make sure you have the info you need to make the best decision at that time.  Ask for clarification, more than once if needed.  Ask for time alone for the 2 of you to talk things over, especially if you have a doula -- this is one of the reasons you want to HAVE a doula!  Consider asking if you can wait a while before making a decision you're not eager to make.  
Remember BRANN :  Benefits?  Risks? and Not now.


Class 8 Answers:

Overdue:  counting kicks, NST (non stress test), ST (stress test), BPP (bio physical profile), Bishop profile
PROM: note TACO (Time, Amount of fluid, Color and Odor);  artificial, spontaneous, prolonged 
Herpes:  C-section
OP:  Stairs, lunge, cross-sacral push, anything that may help move a breech baby
LOA:  no problem, just keep moving around
Breech:  swim, position, external version, Webster's Technique, or moxibustion, chiropractic adjustment for mom, accupuncture or accupressure, bag of frozen peas or a flashlight on the bump that is the baby's head, and so many other ones we'll cover in class.
Transverse Vertex Presentation:  C-section or change position a lot.
Transverse Lie:  C-section
Fast Labor:  accept it, wrap your head around the new reality
Slow Labor:  patience, eat, drink, rest; ask whether it might be prodromal labor
Reverse Dilation:  no need to know about it -- keep those vag. exams to a minimum!
Arrested Labor:  go home, be glad you didn't let them AROM
False Labor:  ignore it.  Make sure you're packed.
N.A.P. dim lights, put sign on door that you're resting, both of you lie down and rest. Thank God for the blessing of a rest period!  Remember, it happens in 50% of labors.  It's NOT "failure to progress."  There are good reasons for it;  sometimes subtle, sometimes known only by the baby. 
FTP : change position, sleep, make-out, nipple stimulation, etc.
Very painful labor:  tell medical staff
Meconium staining:  It's quite normal and seldom a problem
CPD : C-section
Fetal distress: change position, side-lying  or hands and knees or in tub is often best.
Multiple births:  hiring a nanny, asking for help (meals, visits) from folks at your church or among your friends and family, therapy, bigger house
Vaginal Exams:  Just say "no, thank you", or be unavailable (in the shower, for instance).
Low AFI : drink plenty of fluids, esp. in the 24 hrs before you'll have another ultrasound done.

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Page 63:  please add #2 a:  Ask for a gentle C-section.
Also, add a box for Delayed cord clamping
Homework this week:
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition shee
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

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Try to surround yourself with positive, supportive people.  If someone wants to tell you her birth story and it's not positive, cut her off.  Really.  Tell her your doctor advised you to avoid scary or worrisome stories.  You're not putting toxins into your body.  Don't let others put them into your mind.