To all our wonderful friends and followers – Happy Thanksgiving to you all and your loved ones. Your table is set and the house has an aroma of Thanksgiving festivities. Your newborn is not yet 6 months old. Should you give them solid foods? Do you know the answer?
Giving solid food before 6 months can cause increase in weight gain and lead to childhood obesity
Giving solid foods can lead to type 1 diabetes and eczema
The American Academy of Pediatrics says 4 months of age is allowable but recommend waiting until 6 months of age
If the child is expressing the need to get to the food on your plate – let them
Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from our family to your family!
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You are often told when you are lying down to lay on your left side. Do you know why? Ideally whatever side favors a good fetal response is the side you need to be on at that present time. But why is the left side the ideal and recommended side when sleeping? Pick out the correct answer below.
Lying on your left side helps the rich nutrition filled blood supply to go from your heart to the placenta.
It will relieve pressure off your liver and kidney allowing a greater blood flow to these organs.
The blood will flow through your body no matter which side to lay on. There is basically no difference.
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NYS promotes NYS BABY SLEEP ABC- Which means your baby should be sleeping Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Sleeping on the back assists in preventing SIDS ( Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The cause of SIDS is still unknown Let’s go over the “B” for Back. Which statement below is accurate. In my class we do cover this. As a bonus we do cover modified American Heart Association Baby CPR & Baby choking management.
The baby should always be on their back
During waking hours the baby should have time on their stomach, it’s called Tummy Time
Baby always on their back will potentially develop a bald spot, flat back of the head, delay in learning to push themselves up, crawl, turn over on their own and decrease visual awareness
Once a child learns to rollover on their own. No need to turn them back onto their back if they can turn themselves.
Tummy Time will allow them to learn to crawl, rollover, strengthen their neck and back
Tummy Time gives one time to play, bond and get to know your little one.
Tummy Time is done with supervision
Tummy Time can be done in several baby positions
Placing baby on their stomach can cause colic and baby should never be placed on their stomach.
You have planned a very special delivery however your significant other feels light headed and feels faint, but they are otherwise fine. Can you identify some of the procedures you can do to still have a very special birth.
Request the provider cut the cord
Raise your bed slightly and cut your own cord
Request delayed cord cutting to allow the rich nutritional blood supply in the cord to return back to the baby, assuming the baby is okay.
Insist your significant other take part in cutting the cord.
*This birth is special and you cannot do it again. Take my class and learn different techniques you can do if special circumstances arise.
I heard through the grapevine that parents are scared to death of hospitals. They are scary and dangerous. Did you know there is no guarantee that you will be able to deliver at home or in a birthing center just because you are planning your labor there – you may have to be transferred to a hospital. Now you are scared to death.
Providers are talking to you, you may be listening but not hearing. Your anxiety level is too high and you are too scared. Once you become pregnant you are responsible for this child’s whole life. This child is counting on you to take care of it, make responsible decisions.
In my class we discuss what hospital procedures consist of and why. I will give you vital information below, can you pick out the incorrect statement
You are told you need an IV- fluid replacement is important You will lose fluid from sweating, breathing, and your body’s temperature trying to regulate itself, blood loss from delivery and breastfeeding. Loss of fluid after delivery, potentially in a few hours, you may feel weak, light headed, dizzy, your blood pressure may drop, pulse will go up, may have a fever- sips of fruit juice and coconut water are not sufficient. You need an IV or 8 full glasses of water every hour.
Vaginal exam needed Leopold maneuver is not a definitive way to determine baby position. A contraction causes a temporary decrease in the baby’s and your blood supply and consequently oxygen level. Now you are contracting, taxing the uterus and unable to deliver vaginally. What condition will this baby be in upon delivery? Vaginal exam is more than just putting 2 fingers inside of you – the examiner also feels the baby’s suture lines in the head to determine the head is in the proper position, feel if water bag is in place (can have a little fluid and not know your water broke) , where is the baby head, if the head is high and not in the pelvis, if your bag of water has broken the cord can fall through the vagina (true emergency c/section or immediate fetal death can result due to cord compression). Generally pelvic examinations may be every 4 hours in the early part of labor, but will increase in frequency when close to delivery.
It’s great to have companion able to assist with your labor. You will need that comfort and guidance, each person is different and each person’s body is different and each delivery is different. Past experience does not predict your present delivery circumstance. Your assistants do not have access to your records and may not have vital information needed to make a medical decision. Every team member has a specific role and different levels of education and experience in the field of obstetrics.
you must be in the monitored while in labor – sometimes there is flexibility in this, but if there is high risk situation – continuous monitoring may be required due to hospital policy or Department of Health policy. If you are in early labor – without oxytocin – you may be eligible for intermittent monitoring with ambulation (walking) – it never hurts to ask.
Take my class – “The need to know is so important “
Know what questions to ask and what you options are!
Your Nurse is a Nurse as well as an educator , medical assistance will help with your comfort – Its all about team work!!
You are full term, 40 weeks gestation and in active labor (more than 4 cm cervical dilation, cervix is soft and thinning (effacement) and the baby’s head is low in the pelvis. Less than 5 cm usually means you are still in the “latent” or early stage of labor and this can take 1-2 days sometimes. However if you are contracting consistently every 2-3 minutes, 60 seconds is the length of time the contraction lasts and this is going on for hours – it is possible there is something not average going on even at this stage (like the head is not dropping or positioned correctly or sometimes the head just isn’t fitting).
Remember every person’s body is different and every labor is different. The GENERAL progression of labor is you move approximately 1cm per hour (if this is not your first labor), but possibly every 2 hours (if this is your first time in active labor) can be within average range as well. A rate slower than 1cm per hour could be effected by which of the following?
An epidural was placed
Advanced maternal age
History of previous births
Position of the baby, example Occiput Posterior (OP) (some refer to this as “sunnyside up” or baby’s looking up at the ceiling so the baby’s back is facing the maternal back
Lack of pain control (not relaxing which causes the baby’s head to fail to descend “drop”)