PAIN!!!!

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You are in active labor and do not want an epidural but request pain management.  IV medication is administered and you deliver in two hours. Which statement is accurate?

  • Intravenous pain medication crosses the placental barrier and your baby will go to the nursery for approximately 4 hours to monitor the vital signs and the effects of medication.
  • The newborn will be allowed to remain with you since IV medication has no effect to the baby.
  • The staff will review the observation of the newborn with you and the baby can remain with you
  • If your significant other is present the infant can remain with you in the room.

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Green Water?

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You broke your water and the color of the water is noted to be a light green.  Which of the following statements are true?

  • You should take a moment and note if you have fetal movement, call your provider immediately and let them know the time of seeing fluid, amount and color.
  • This is normal and indicates you will probably deliver within the next 24 hrs.
  • This is an indication that the baby may be experiencing some level of stress.
  • Take a tub bath and then go to the hospital.

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Cut the cord!

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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.

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Every persons body is different!

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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
  • Inadequate contractions 
  • Advanced maternal age
  • History of previous births 
  • Obesity
  • 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”)

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Your delivery is precious

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This week’s Nurse Jackie Hint is a learning experience. Your delivery is very precious. You would like nothing more than having a video of your birth. Majority of hospitals only allow pics and no video. Video can  be misleading without an explanation or you can eliminate scenes that are crucial and in need or explanation .Watch this video of me bowling, how confident I am, how I bowl so well. I hit a strike. I’m so good. What you fail to see is I only hit 2 strikes the whole game and a whole lot gutters .  This is not shown in the video. The video is actually misleading.  Hence this is why videos are not allowed in a delivery room. This is and example hoping to enlighten your understanding. Wishing you all the best!

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Protecting your baby from the hot weather!

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Hot weather!! How should you dress your newborn for the outside weather that is greater than 75 degrees? Which answer is incorrect?

1- Do not cover the baby’s head with a light hat. The baby’s head does not need to be protected from sunlight.

2- Keep the baby’s genital area covered.

3- The newborn only needs one layer of clothing with temperatures over 90 degrees 

4 -Avoid taking your newborn outside for a long period of time if the temperature is over 90 degrees.

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That Damned Dirty Diaper!

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Do you know how to change a baby’s diaper? Take my class!

  • Using one hand , hold the feet together and lift the baby’s bottom up. Clean from front to back!
  • Put your hand on the baby’s chest and turn the baby to one side, clean and repeat and do the other bottom side.
  • Lift the legs and hips after 6 months when the child knows how to crawl to prevent hip dystocia.
  • Putting the feet together and lifting the baby’s hip can cause hip dystocia.

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Pregnancy and high blood pressure

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Pregnancy can be a beautiful event. You can also have complications. You are diagnosed with preeclampsia which means your blood pressures may be elevated above baseline normal along with other signs, some people have protein in their urine with normal blood pressure or severe headache, right upper abdominal pain, etc.

Your provider tells you once you have delivered your baby your blood pressure usually will return to normal.  Pre-eclampsia can occur after delivery as well. Which of the following are normal?  

  • Blood pressure will return to normal immediately after you deliver.
  • Preeclampsia can occur up to 6 weeks after you deliver.
  • Preeclampsia can occur up to 2 weeks after you deliver.
  • Every person’s body is different and there is actually no answer to how many weeks after delivery preeclampsia can occur
  • Elevated blood pressure might not return to normal and you may then be diagnosed with chronic hypertensive.

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Be prepared for your delivery!

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You only have a few weeks to go before your baby is expected to arrive.  What are some of the things you can do to be prepared? Which of the following is untrue?

  • Take childbirth classes at approximately 27 weeks.
  • Do perineal massage  starting at 35 weeks.
  • Practice breathing and relaxation exercises so your breathing techniques comes to you easily when you have contractions/ waves.
  • The body and baby knows what to do, preparation is really not necessary.

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Whats better than breastfeeding?

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Breastfeeding is the ideal method of providing nourishment to your newborn.  There are however sometimes obstacles medically or other situations that may prevent one from breastfeeding.  Which ways are acceptable alternatives to breastfeeding your newborn. Which answer is incorrect?

  • Bottle feeding
  • Spoon feeding 
  • Bulb syringe feeding 
  • Feeding Syringe
  • Finger feeding
  • Cup feeding 

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