It is common in our culture that once baby is born, the umbilical cord is then at some point clamped and cut with scissors. . For some families, choosing to instead hold a cord burning ceremony provides a more gentle and peaceful separation of the birthing person and baby. . For many it's a spiritual ceremony that honors the roles of the placenta and umbilical cord to the baby. . Cord burning slowly cauterizes the cord and usually takes 5-10 minutes to fully sever the cord. . 📷: Cat Fancote - Capturing Birth ... See MoreSee Less
Great article on vernix!🚫STOP! DON’T WASH THAT BABY🚫
Ever wondered what that white cheesy substance is on your fresh baby? It’s called Vernix! It starts to form on your baby’s skin around 20 weeks. What’s exactly in vernix?🤔 Scientists have identified lipids, amino acids, proteins, antibacterial, and antimicrobial compounds such as:
wax and sterol esters ceramides squalene cholesterol triglycerides phospholipids and amino acids, asparagine and glutamine
61% of these proteins can only be found in vernix 🤗
What are the uses of Vernix? 📚 📌it acts as antibacterial agent to protect baby inside and outside the womb 📌protective covering while going through the birth canal 📌allows baby to pick up good back bacteria and leave behind overgrowth of bad bacteria 📌protects baby from meconium exposure(baby’s first poop) 📌it acts as insulation by maintaining your baby’s body temperature. Infants who are immediately washed have a significantly higher rate of heat loss 📌acts as a lubricant and decreases friction during birth and reducing infant trauma 📌it smells like mama and helps keep baby calm after birth 📌your baby swallows Vernix in the womb. The same proteins found in vernix are the same as those in breastmilk. This helps baby’s digestive tract to be ready to breastfeed. 📌keeps baby’s skin soft and subtle
Why do nurses rub it off? 🤔 Many policies in the hospital system are outdated but still practiced. We were taught that Vernix was a risk of germs. You can ask staff to please reduce rubbing of baby to preserve Vernix on baby’s skin! When baby has his first skin to skin contact with you, this is the perfect time to rub it in, not rub it off.
MAJORITY OF VERNIX IS ABSORBED 24 HOURS AFTER BIRTH BUT ISNT FULLY ABSORBED TILL 5-6 DAYS AFTER BIRTH! LETS GIVE OUR BABIES TIME ABSORB THIS DELICIOUS CREAM THAT SCIENTISTS ARE SO DESPERATELY TRYING TO DUPLICATE BUT CANNOT!
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This is a natural instinct for both mother and baby the need to remain attached. Go with your gut and keep your baby closeBabies are meant to be clingy, needy and dependent, they're babies, not robots.
🤱🏽It is vital that you attend to your babies physical and emotional needs for optimal development, don’t ignore their cries and always, always pick them up if they reach their tiny arms up to you.
There is a myth in the Western world that babies need to be made independent as soon as possible, however from an anthropological point of view this is very unusual. Most other cultures around the world recognise the importance of attachment, close contact and dependency in those first three years and embrace it through baby wearing, co-sleeping and taking their babies with them as they do their daily tasks. Attempting to force a baby to not be attached is incredibly damaging to their development and places huge amount of stress on their tiny systems. The stress of not knowing where their mama is when they’re left alone in a seperate room floods their bodies with cortisol which can impact brain development. In this stage the more we are providing them with a solid base of love and trust to grow from.
When we discuss interventions during birth in my classes I always remind my moms and partners to think about the acronym BRAN BENEFITS: what is the benefit of this intervention ? RISKS: what are the risks of this intervention? ALTERNATIVES: what else can we do? NOTHING: what if we just waited,even an hour and just see what happens. Many times when an intervention is introduced it is for the benefit of the providers. They have only so many tools and think that offering them is helpful but that not always the case. As long as you and the baby are doing well most times you do not need to agree to an intervention You are doing the hardest work of your life and can become vulnerable to suggestions for interventions. Think of BRAN and include the I for BRAIN and trust your INTUITION. Then if you choose the intervention or not you are sure to have the positive birth you and your baby deserve. Educate yourselves before birth with childbirth classes and explore all the ways that will help you understand labor and birth ... See MoreSee Less
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has joined the American College of Nurse Midwives and Midwives Alliance of North America in fulfilling the World Health Organization's call to eliminate unnecessary intervention in childbirth.
The standard the midwives seek is physiologic birth. The article from the Journal of Perinatal Education (2013 Winter; 22(1): 14–18.) gives this definition:
“A normal physiologic labor and birth is one that is powered by the innate human capacity of the woman and fetus. This birth is more likely to be safe and healthy because there is no unnecessary intervention that disrupts normal physiologic processes. Some women and/or fetuses will develop complications that warrant medical attention to assure safe and healthy outcomes. However, supporting the normal physiologic processes of labor and birth, even in the presence of such complications, has the potential to enhance best outcomes for the mother and infant."
“Normal physiologic childbirth
• Is characterized by spontaneous onset and progression of labor;
• Includes biological and psychological conditions that promote effective labor;
• Results in the vaginal birth of the infant and placenta;
• Results in physiological blood loss;
• Facilitates optimal newborn transition through skin-to-skin contact and keeping the mother and infant together during the postpartum period; and
In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth,1 yet currently there are few resources to assist maternity care providers in achieving this...
Talk to the people who will be birthing your baby about not cutting the umbilical cord immediately. Many benefits for you and the babyImmediately claiming a baby’s cord at birth makes them loose about 40% of their blood volume. Do you know about optimal cord clamping for your baby and the benefits? If not, ask me! Most often, if you do not request they wait, a provider will immediately clamp the cord. The lung alveoli transition from being full of fluid, to being full of air. This isn't an instantaneous transition. While this transition is taking place, your baby is getting blood from the umbilical cord. The blood that's been held in the placenta during birth starts to flow rapidly down the umbilical cord and into your baby. You can see this transition happen in your baby as you watch his or her chest become very pink, then the arms, legs, hands, and feet. The baby loses about 66ml of blood if immediate clamping takes place. That's roughly equivalent to 1500-2000ml of blood loss for you (you lose about 500ml of blood when you donate or give birth; 1000ml during a c-section – so this equivalent is quite high!!!). Your body goes into shock.
A baby robbed of cord blood can experience physical shock and psychological shock – baby's systems immediately move into survival mode to compensate. OB/GYN and researcher Dr. Fogelson describes immediate cord clamping as “fetal phlebotomy” that removes somewhere around 40% of the baby's blood. #optimalcordclamping #birth #stemcells #ironstore #delayedcordclamping #birthdoula #pregnancy #informedbirth #takebirthback #informedconsent #bepatient #knowyourchoices #centralnebraskadoula #birthinnebraska #educate ... See MoreSee Less
Always a must have in my doula bag.Did you know a comb can be used during labor?! And no its not for your hair.
When gripped in your hands, a comb can help hit acupuncture points in your hands.
It also plays into the gate control pain theory. This theory states that the brain can only focus on a select number of sensations. Because the nerve endings are closer on your hands they reach your brain faster. Helping your body forget about the contractions.
ETA: For those who have asked how to hold it Having the comb hit at the base of the fingers (across the palm of your hand). ... See MoreSee Less
Why labor is so important to make the transition for you and your baby naturally. ◈ Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress. They are often called "feel-good" chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness booster. ◈ Endorphin levels increase toward the end of pregnancy. And again increase during birth to relieve pain, create a state of euphoria after birth and to promote mother-baby bonding. ◈ Endorphin levels are their highest just after birth, and it takes two weeks after birth for endorphin levels in the body to return to normal. ◈ Endorphin levels are highest during vaginal deliveries in unmedicated birthers. ◈ They are lower in birthers who have a cesarean section after laboring on their own for some time and even lower in birthers who have a cesarean without experiencing labor. ◈
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A postpartum lying-in is one of the ultimate acts of self-care for you and your brand new baby. Here's how to plan a modern lying-in; one where we acknowledge the realities and expectations of a moder...
Great use of the hospital bedHere are a few ways to use hospital beds to help your baby progress during labor. What a great visual! Be encouraged and use the room in whatever way suits you...transform that bed ☺️
From the World Health Orgnaization: too many interventions It is time to listen! Medical staff and midwives should not intervene to speed up a woman’s labour unless there are real risks of complications, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), warning that too many are not having the experience of natural childbirth that they want ... See MoreSee Less