Birth Plans and a closed Bridge

The unforeseen and current Bay Bridge closure has thrown a wrench in the commute plans of many Bay Area residents.   And for some,  the bridge closure adds a new variable to one’s birth plan, especially if you share birth support professionals and birth facilities with the other side of the bay.   So how do you plan for the unforeseeable?  Here are some tips I’ve crafted over the course of other bridge closures in conversations with clients and other birth professionals.

  1. Simply, Breathe.  Taking a moment for a breath gives one the time and oxygen needed to work with the current situations, calmly and confidently.  We all need reminders for this basic human function.  Supplying your body what it needs – oxygen – reduces stress hormone production.
  2. Assess what support people and facilitates are near you.  Check in with local friends, care providers, facilities etc. and discuss how your birth plan may be modified.
  3. Create a “safe house” for yourself on which side is across the bridge from your home.  Ask a relative and/or close friend if needed, could you come over and be at home there during early labor and/or late pregnancy needs.
  4. Have a phone list prepared of important numbers – health care providers, birth support people, childcare providers, family & friends.
  5. Plot out your public transit options.  This depends on the time of day, and  public transit can offer some “birthing” support tool NOT available in a car, like:
  • Ability to walk and stand during labor
  • Allows complete focus of the birth partner on their laboring partner.
  • Fast and direct transportation.   The use of BART and a taxi can do wonders 🙂

Other ideas on working with a closed bridge and labor and birth support?  Please feel free to share!  It’d be much appreciated.  Be well.


Buddha Mom a book reading with Jacqueline Kramer

I wanted to re-post info for this event.   Jacqueline Kramer speaks to her experience of mindfully entering motherhood, from fertility to parenting.

Buddha Mom

A booksigning with Jacqueline Kramer

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Your browser may not support display of this image. Pregnancy and fertility are impacted by both physical and emotional circumstances. Sometimes we feel fear from cautionary tales told and things we’ve seen; sometimes pregnancy, birth and mothering seem like ideals we cannot possibly live up to. Buddha Mom offers an alternative to the commonly-held views of pregnancy and birthing being either pure bliss or sheer hell. These archetypical female experiences can actually be the beginning of a deep, fulfilling spiritual practice. Difficulties can become fuel for growth and deeper understanding… a heroic journey. Jacqueline Kramer will read from her spiritual memoir Buddha Mom-The Path of Mindful Mothering and open up a discussion of an alternative and positive way to enter the journey of mothering.


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Article: Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Colorado Insurer, Changes Policy On Obese Infants After Critical Headlines

Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Colorado Insurer, Changes Policy On Obese Infants After Critical Headlines


With the nastiness of the term “obese,” I take political offense to a breast-milk fed baby being labeled as such. How can you deny health coverage because of someone’s chunky monkey status? And why would you deny healthcare coverage to a fat baby or anyone else?