Pregnancy and the COVID Vaccine

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There is still Covid-19 risk!  You are presently breastfeeding and your good friend is confirmed to be pregnant.  Should you both take the Covid vaccine or is it too risky?  Do you know what the recommendations from CDC are? What is the correct answer?

  • The vaccine can pass to your breastmilk some passive immunity and can be unsafe for the newborn .
  • COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 5 and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.
  • Studies are limited and  you should not take the vaccine at the time of pregnancy or breastfeeding 
  •  You should only get the vaccination with your provider’s  approval  if you are pregnant or  breastfeeding.

It’s time, you are in the process of having your baby – now what?

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It’s time, you are in the process of having your baby. Your provider tells you to experience something known as “The Ring of Fire.”  Do you know what she is referring too? Can you pick out the incorrect statement below?

  • Once your baby has been delivered you will feel a strong burning sensation to your vaginal area.
  • It’s a feeling created when the baby is crowning –when the head is pushing and stretching the vaginal opening.
  • The burning feeling that you get in your vagina as it starts to stretch in order to allow your baby to exit the birth canal.
  • Perineal massage during your antepartum can help reduce the pain from “The Ring Of Fire” during birth possibly

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Once you have delivered

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Once you have delivered your newborn, discharge to home from a hospital usually will be >24 hours to 3 days postpartum depending on how you delivered and if there were any ongoing medical concerns.  You must have a car seat in order to be discharged.  Assembling a car seat  can be challenging. Which statement below is accurate.

  • You can go to your neighborhood fire department station and they will assist you
  • The fire departments are no longer trained to help you with the car seat
  • The facility you gave birth at will help you assemble the car seat and help you put your baby in the car seat. 
  • Related to liability and risk factors staff members are not allowed to assist you with the car assembly or putting the newborn in the car seat.

At the Birthing Center Of NY classes we help you be prepared for labor, delivery and postpartum. How to care for yourself and your newborn, practical tips. We provide you with information you need to know. Take my class and be prepared!

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You have a lot of things to think about

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Congratulations on your pregnancy.  You have a lot of things to think about!  Do you know how to prepare yourself for breastfeeding?  Which statement is incorrect?

  • Get your breast pump and learn how to operate it.
  • Choose a Lactation Consultant. 
  • Wash your breasts daily using soap, lifting up the breast and wash underneath it.
  • Never use soap on the breast it causes the skin to dry and crack .  Only use water and air dry.
  •  Take lactation classes to better prepare yourself. 

Yes!  Breast milk is best – but what do you do if you are unable or having difficulty?  Take my class and learn more about feeding your newborn!

Babies DO come with Instructions

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The long journey

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It’s been a long and tiring journey. Your newborn is finally here. You would love nothing more than enjoy the warm weather before it gets cold .  Which statement below is correct?

  • There are still Covid precautions in  effect and you should not expose your newborn outside at the present time. 
  • Their is no time frame for when you can take your baby out. You can take your baby out immediately.  Stay away from crowds and groups of people.
  • Because your baby’s immune system  is still developing you should wait a couple of months before taking this little one to movies, restaurants, nail salons etc.
  • Try to avoid letting others come in close contact to your new one . Use social distancing rule
  • Your newborn should not be taken outside for the first 2 months.
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitizer when appropriate.  
  • Dress your baby appropriately for the weather.  Cover the head with a hat, babies loses heat from the head!!

Don’t be afraid to enjoy your baby and your life – set your goal to experience a beautiful and meaningful time with your new one. Take my class a learn tips on how  be less stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed.  Looking forward to meeting you!

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How to calm a fussy baby.

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The best way to calm a fussy baby is to give it a cozy, cuddle hug.  This is the same effect of swaddling your little one.  Do you know which statement is inaccurate?  I provided the answers below because it’s truly important to know. Why? Because we do care. Everyone including hospitals, facilities and basically every person in care of child swaddles an infant using several methods. It is important to know how to do it right – ah, take my class!!

  • Swaddling should end when the infant is about 2 months old
  • Swaddling a baby after 2 months outweighs the benefits once a baby learns to roll over
  • Keeping the baby swaddled all the time can hinder motor development and mobility as well as limit the opportunity to use and explore the hands and legs when awake
  • Baby swaddle too tightly may develop a problem with their hips- ( tightly wrapping a baby legs can lead to hip dislocation or hip dysplasia. Dysplasia is formation of the hip joint  where the top of the thigh bone is not firmly in the socket hip.
  • After the 1st month try to swaddle your baby only during naps and nighttime sleeping. 
  • You should swaddle your baby with the arms down and to the side . Not across the chest . Swaddling with the arms down reduces the risk that you child will wiggle out of the swaddle and bunch the blankets up to his face. 

Answer – All are correct, there is no wrong answer.  Sign up for my class and get prepared & ready to bring your newborn home.  

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What is a sunny side up baby?

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You are full-term and your provider has informed you  your baby’s head is in a posterior position, will likely be born facing the sun.  You are advised to use a peanut ball .  Do you know  about the Peanut Ball or do you need to take my class?

  1. The peanut ball widens the pelvis, which may encourage a baby in the sunny-side-up position to rotate to face down, thereby making the birth process easier.
  1. Decrease fatigue – labor and delivery can be rather strenuous.  Some women have said using a peanut ball helped them to rest and relax.  
  1. If you have a hip, pelvic, or pubic bone injury, or have had one in the past, a peanut ball may not be appropriate for you.
  1. A peanut ball actually has no effect on the body, it’s merely for comfort only.

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Your baby has fed and is still on the breast, he is comfortable and content . What should you do?

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You are successfully breastfeeding.  Your baby has fed and is still on the breast, he is comfortable and content .  What should you do?

  • Let the child remain on the breast, he is quiet and comfortable.
  • Do not allow the child to use you as a pacifier 
  • Release the child immediately when he is finished, even if he cries
  • Give him a pacifier,  just don’t encourage a pacifier if it’s not needed 

Babies DO come with Instructions

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You need a birthing class before a C-Section

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You are scheduled for a cesarean delivery. Your physician and you set up a date for cesarean. Should you prepare yourself by taking Nurse Jackie Prepared Childbirth Class, since you are not going into labor?  Can you pick the correct answer ?

1. Your schedule C/section date is before your due date and it is more than likely you will not go into labor before your schedule operation date. No need for classes 

2. It’s possible you can still go into labor prior to your schedule date and you should know the signs and symptoms of labor.

3. The mere thought of an operation can cause a level of anxiety.  Learn how to walk, stand, laugh, cough, etc. to tolerate these activities after your surgery.

4. You need to know the best position to hold, breastfeed your baby without placing the newborn on your incisional area.

5. Even with a cesarean you will still need to know different ways to feed your baby as well as complete baby care.

*We care about you – our classes are small and tailored to your individual needs.  You are very special to me!

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