Does My Baby Have Colic?

New Parents hear the word colic and cringe with good reason. Colic is one of the many digestive (?) ailments affecting many newborns. Those of us the the infant care business deal with all kinds of issues in the first three months of life. These days have been tabled “The fourth Try-mester” for allot of reasons. Digestive ailments seem to be a part fo the first three months of life for almost all babies. Their bodies take that long to acclimate to life outside the womb. Second time parents will remember their first baby had similar issues and they rectified right around three months.

Know there is hope! There is the greatest reality that these issues your newborn suffers (and you too) will disappear soon.

Most likely there will be some issue your baby struggles with until the growth spurt at three months. Around that time almost every thing disappears and life settles down. Much of my job is helping parents understand this dilemma. There are suggestions for treatment, yet even doctors will tell you these treatments do not alleviate all the symptoms and you will still have struggles. Be encouraged, you are almost there!!! Below find an article from WEBMD discussing symptoms and treatments. One of my greatest encouragements is to talk with friends who have newborns. You will learn tons and realize you are not alone in your adventure!!! They will have suggestions for you and you will come to realize these are simply some of the things you will experience along the way.

JUDY

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   WEBMD

Colic in Babies

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/what-is-colic#1

What Is Colic?

Colic is when an infant who isn’t sick or hungry cries for more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks. The condition is a bit of a mystery, but experts agree on a few things:

  • Colic is likely to start around 2 weeks of age if your infant is full-term, or later if they were born prematurely.
  • It almost always goes away on its own by 3 or 4 months of age.
  • It can happen regardless of your baby’s sex, their birth order, and whether you breast– or bottle-feed.
  • Kids who had colic grow up no differently from those who didn’t.

Colic Causes

Doctors don’t know exactly what causes colic. Some theories about what’s behind it include:

  • A growing digestive system with muscles that often spasm
  •  Gas
  • Hormones that cause belly pain or crankiness
  • A sensitivity to light, noise, etc., or too much stimulation
  • A developing nervous system
  • An early form of childhood migraine
  • Fear, frustration, or excitement

Many health conditions can look like colic. If you’re worried about your baby, your doctor can do a full exam to rule out problems such as:

Colic Symptoms

Infants often show signs of colic at the same time every day, usually in the evening. You might notice that your child cries:

  • With no clear reason (such as hunger or a dirty diaper)
  • Like they’re in pain
  • Along with clenched fists, stiff arms, an arched back, or curled legs
  • While turning bright red

Your child might swallow a lot of air while they’re crying. This can give them gasand make their belly tight or swollen.

Colic Diagnosis

There’s no test for colic. Your baby’s doctor will ask about their symptoms and medical history. The doctor will do a physical exam, focusing on things like:

They might order some tests to rule out other problems.

Colic Treatment

Because there’s no clear cause of colic, there’s no one treatment. Your child’s doctor will recommend some things that might calm them down. Try them one at a time. If one doesn’t work after a few days, try another.

Colic will get better on its own. You may just have to wait for the fussiness to improve when your baby is about 4 months old.

Some steps to soothe your infant include:

  • Make sure they aren’t hungry.
  • If you’re breastfeeding, ask your doctor whether the medications you take or the food you eat might cause irritation or an allergic reaction in your child.
  • Change their body position. Have them sit up or lie down. Hold them while you walk around. Rock them or massage their back.
  • Use a pacifier.
  • Swaddle your baby.
  • Hold them with their bare skin against your own.
  • Use white noise (like a fan, washing machine, or dishwasher) or a recording of a heartbeat.
  • Take them for a car ride.
  • Put them in a swing or vibrating seat.

Parent Self-Care for Colic Stress

A baby with colic can be a challenge. Many parents feel overwhelmed, angry, or resentful toward a cranky child. These feelings don’t make you a bad parent. Remember that you didn’t cause the colic and that it will get better.

 It’s OK to put your baby in a crib or playpen for 10 minutes or so while you leave the room to collect yourself. Ask friends, family, or babysitters for help if you need a break. Lowering your own stress level will help your baby, too.

10 Indicators of Acid Reflux’s Effect on Infants

https://www.healthline.com/health/gerd/recognize-gerd-infants

The diagnosis of Reflux is common these days. I find it more and more often in the families with whom I provide postpartum douse services. Below find the obvious symptoms of this condition. It is important, as parents, to understand any issues your baby may have. I believe strongly in active participation of parents in making choices in medical treatment for their infants. Before you agree to treatment for a particular condition in your baby be sure you are aware of the symptoms and the side affects of any medications that may be prescribed. Ask questions about the long term affects of the condition as opposed to the complications that may result from medication. Talk with your friends and relatives who may have experienced the condition with their infants. If you are inclined, look into homeopathic ways of dealing with the issue at hand. More education can only give you a border foundation from which to make decisions. Do not hesitate to contact those in the field of infant care. Our goal is to provide you and your infant with the best experiences possible as you navigate the adventure of parenthood!!

JUDY


Indicators of Reflux: Infants are more prone to acid reflux because their LES may be weak or underdeveloped. In fact, it’s estimated that more than half of all infants experience acid reflux to some degree.
The condition usually peaks at age 4 months and goes away on its own between 12 and 18 months of age.
It’s rare for an infant’s symptoms to continue past 24 months. If they persist, it may be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a more severe condition. While they may vary, the 10 most common signs of acid reflux or GERD in infants include:


1 spitting up and vomiting
2 refusal to eat and difficulty eating or swallowing
3 irritability during feeding
4 wet burps or hiccups
5 failure to gain weight
6 abnormal arching
7 frequent coughing or recurrent pneumonia
8 gagging or choking
9 chest pain or heartburn

10 disturbed sleep


Spitting up and vomiting

Spitting up is normal for infants. However, forceful spit-up may be a symptom of GERD. This is especially true if your infant is older than 12 months and still spitting up forcefully after meals.
Spitting up blood, green or yellow fluid, or a substance that looks like coffee grounds may also signify GERD or other more serious disorders.
Spitting up is normally painless. Your baby should still appear happy and healthy after spitting up. Forceful spitting up or vomiting is more painful and will be followed by crying and fussing.
Refusal to eat and difficulty eating or swallowing
Your infant may refuse to eat if they experience pain during feeding. This pain might be due to the irritation that occurs when the contents of the stomach come back up into their esophagus.
Irritability during feeding


Wet burps or hiccups

A wet burp or wet hiccup is when an infant spits up liquid when they burp or hiccup. This can be a symptom of acid reflux or, less commonly, GERD.


Failure to gain weight

Weight loss or failure to gain weight may occur as a result of excessive vomiting or poor feeding associated with acid reflux or GERD.


Abnormal arching

Infants may arch their body during or after feeding. It’s thought that this may be due to a painful burning sensation caused by the buildup of stomach fluid in the esophagus.
Abnormal arching may be a neurologic problem on its own. However, it can be a symptom of GERD if your baby also spits up or refuses to eat.


Frequent coughing or recurrent pneumonia

Your infant may cough frequently due to acid or food coming up into the back of the throat. The regurgitated food can also be inhaled into the lungs and windpipe, which may lead to chemical or bacterial pneumonia.
Other respiratory problems, such as asthma, can develop as a result of GERD as well.


Gagging or choking

Your baby may gag or choke when stomach contents flow back into their esophagus. The position of your baby’s body during feeding can make it worse.Gravity helps keep the contents of the stomach down. It’s best to keep your infant in an upright position for at least 30 minutes after feeding them to prevent food or milk from coming back up.


Disturbed sleep

GERD and reflux can make it more difficult for your baby to sleep through the night.

Try to feed your baby long before bedtime so stomach contents have a chance to settle fully. There are other ways to help your baby sleep, too.


Takeaway

It’s important to speak with your baby’s doctor or pediatrician if you think your infant has GERD.
The doctor can rule out other conditions or confirm a GERD diagnosis. They can also suggest certain lifestyle changes that may help treat your baby’s GERD or acid reflux.
Last medically reviewed on July 3, 2017

Take It Easy On Yourself!

Our last blog entry discussed the ancient Chinese tradition of confinement for new mothers. Immediately after birth new mommies need time to recover. They need to allow their bodies the luxury of rest, good nourishment and peace. After a difficult or prolonged labor moms need to be babied and cared for. I encourage you to think of this before you deliver. Plan to take several weeks away from your regular life for bonding with your baby. Give yourself the time to get breastfeeding down. Doulas will tell you to give you baby only breastmilk for at least the first three weeks. It takes your body that long to establish a healthy milk supply.

Breastfeeding is designed to help your body return to normal. The contractions you feel in your abdomen when breastfeeding cause your uterus to contract back to it’s pre-delivery size. In addition, hormones released during breastfeeding help your baby and you to bond. These hormones bring euphoria, causing you to literally fall in love with your baby! The hormones released in your breastmilk encourage your baby to trust and depend upon you. Research continues to find new physical benefits for both mother and baby in longterm lactation! I recently read a study showing that women who breastfeed at least a year have lower rates of breast cancer after the age of sixty!

One of the conversations I have with new mommies is the importance of having a few moments just for them each day. I encourage them think about what brings them peace and make sure they enjoy a bit of time each day experiencing it. For you it might be reading your favorite book. taking a walk around the block alone, a phono call with a dear friend, etc. For one mommy I worked with it was planting flowers. Each morning she would put her infant daughter in a wrap and go out in to the backyard and plant rose bushes. This refreshed her and gave her a respite from the chaos of having a new baby in the house. It will not be easy to carve out the time, but it will help you gain a wonderful perspective on your hectic days!

In western society we have lost the understanding that having a baby changes everything in your life. I so appreciate the cultures where this is a consideration. The first few weeks of you baby’s life are precious. They are irretrievable. Taking the time to relax, recuperate, and enjoy your baby allows you to build a firm foundation of confidence and trust in your abilities as a mom. This time is extremely valuable. It is this way each time you deliver a baby.

If you have a Cesarean Section it is even more important that you arrange your schedule to allow yourself to recover. Having a baby takes nine months of energy, emotion, nutrients, and more. If surgery is required at your delivery you will have experienced a major life event. Physically you will have a more complicated time. Immediately after birth you will have to recover from the medications used during surgery. This takes a day or two. I know after my C-Section I had a reaction to the anesthetic used and was incoherent and vomiting for 24 hours. Friends came to visit and I didn’t remember they had been there. It was tough. My Cesarean was after 20 hours of induced labor. In addition to the surgery my body was exhausted and sore from the induction. I remember my newborn was in his bassinet crying and I was in so much pain I could not move to help him. I lay in my bed crying. This was my sixth delivery. No one had warned me. I had small children and a newborn at home and no help. It was a year before I felt normal.

As the years have progressed I have come to appreciate the professionals in the infant care industry. At this point I encourage anyone delivering at a hospital to take a professional with them. The Covid restrictions have recked havoc on birth experiences. Forcing young women to chose between their mothers and their husbands has caused great distress. Having your significant other present is vital, this baby belongs to you both. Sharing in the birth process is beautiful and so important. However, loosing the input for someone who has gone through the process is a huge negative. When you are in labor your body is contracting, your hormones are raging and you are not yourself. The decisions you make regarding your immediate care are suspect. Please take someone with you who has been through the process and is able to help you make tough decisions.

In closing enjoy this wonderful time in you life! Plan ahead so you can find peace and rest in the best way for you. Be willing to part with a few dollars if it streamlines your recovery. You will not regret it.

JUDY

Postpartum Nutrition

Ancient Cultures: How new mom’s were cared for

The options to new mothers for nutrition and wonderful postpartum care are endless!! As my education in postpartum care continues I am becoming more aware of the traditions and benefits of other cultures in caring for new moms.

In serving several Chinese families the things I have leaned in the process have been fascinating. In ancient Chinese culture the month after the birth of a baby was considered to be a time of confinement. New mothers did not leave the house. They did not cook or clean. They rested, healed, and learned to care for their newborns. Relatives cooked a special diet for them, cleaned, washed, and provided all their needs.

The Chinese call it zuo yue zi, which means “to sit a month.” In addition, the mother must also follow a very strict diet. “Confinement meals” are prepared during the month, and postpartum mothers must only eat what is given and nothing else. This age-old tradition dates back to year 960 and is still very commonly practiced in Asia.

This confinement diet can be delivered to your home if you have no-one to prepare it for you. It consists of foods, tea. vegetables and herbs designed to help your body heal and encourage milk production. These dishes look delicious and would be wonderful any time.

Learning about nutrition will benefit you as your baby grows and you seek the best foods for your family. Check out the recipes and selections in the Pentrist link below.

Best Chinese Confinement Recipes

What Is Moxibustion?

https://www.healthline.com/health/moxibustion

EASTERN BASED PROCEDURE USING ACUPUNCTURE

There are many situations in pregnancy in which the moxibustion process has proven beneficia. In addition to helping in the process of turning a breach baby, it has the possibiliiy of moving a placenta-previa. This is the condition where the placenta has attached itself covering the cervix. This can be a highly risky situation if it remains at the time of delivery. The placenta is the physical point of attachment for nourishment and oxygen for the developing baby. The cervix is the muscle holding the baby safely in the uterus. In the process of birth the cervix slowly opens allowing the baby to pass through the birth canal into the world. if the cervix is compromised in any way there is a high risk for hemorrhage. Because of this problem a Cesarean Section would be necessary. The possibility of moving the placenta away from the cervix is greatly desired. Moxibustion/acupuncture treatments offer this opportunity. JUDY

Practitioners believe that heat resulting from the treatments help stimulate the acupuncture points and improve the flow of qi (energy) in your body. According to traditional Chinese medicine practices, this increased circulation can help with a range of health issues.

How is it done?

Moxibustion can be applied directly or indirectly.

In direct moxibustion, the moxa cone rests on your body at the treatment point. The practitioner lights the cone and lets it burn slowly until your skin begins to turn red. Once you begin to feel heat, the practitioner removes it.

Indirect moxibustion is more commonly practiced. It’s also a safer option, since the burning moxa doesn’t actually touch your skin. Instead, the practitioner will hold it about an inch from your body. They’ll remove it once your skin becomes red and warm.

Another method of indirect moxibustion uses an 

insulating layer of salt or garlic between the cone and your skin.

Can I do it myself?

Moxibustion is traditionally done by a skilled practitioner.

If you’re not sure how to find one, consider starting your search by looking for an acupuncturist in your area. Moxibustion is often done alongside acupuncture, and some acupuncturists also do moxibustion.

You can try indirect moxibustion on your own, but it’s safest to have a professional give you a demonstration first. They can show you not only how to do it without burning yourself, but also the best areas to focus on for your needs.

Can it actually help to turn a breech baby?

Moxibustion is perhaps best known for being an alternative way to help with breech presentation. This happens when a baby’s in a bottom-down position during birth, which makes the process much more difficult. 

It’s usually done around 34 weeks with indirect moxibustion around an acupuncture point called bladder67, sometimes called zhiyin or reaching yin. This spot lies on the outer part of your pinkie toe. 

For safety and effectiveness, it’s best to have this done by a professional. Some hospitals, especially in the U.K., even have midwives and obstetricians trained in acupuncture and moxibustion on staff. Acupuncturists should also be licensed by your state. 

A 2018 reviewTrusted Source of studies on moxibustion for breech presentation concluded that there is some evidence that it may work. But the review authors also noted that there still isn’t a ton of high-quality research on the subject.

What else do people use it for?

People use moxibustion for a range of issues, including:

  • gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation
  • menstrual cramps
  • pain, including pain from arthritis, joint or muscle pain, and chronic pain
  • cancer-related nausea
  • urinary incontinence
  • asthma symptoms
  • eczema
  • fatigue
  • cold and flu prevention

But again, there isn’t much research to back up these uses. A 2010 evaluation of reviewsTrusted Sourcelooked at the use of moxibustion for:

  • ulcerative colitis
  • cancer
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • high blood pressure
  • pain
  • breech presentation

acupuncture point called bladder67, sometimes called zhiyin or reaching yin. This spot lies on the outer part of your pinkie toe. 

For safety and effectiveness, it’s best to have this done by a professional. Some hospitals, especially in the U.K., even have midwives and obstetricians trained in acupuncture and moxibustion on staff. Acupuncturists should also be licensed by your state. 

A 2018 reviewTrusted Source of studies on moxibustion for breech presentation concluded that there is some evidence that it may work. But the review authors also noted that there still isn’t a ton of high-quality research on the subject.

Is it safe to try?

Even if there isn’t much clear evidence behind it, moxibustion may still be worth a try if you’re exploring alternative treatments. But it does come with a few risks.

The biggest risk comes from how easy it is to burn yourself in the process. For this reason, it’s best to stick with indirect moxibustion, especially if you’re doing it on your own. This allows for some space between the burning moxa and your skin.

In addition, a 2014 review identified some potential side effects of moxibustion, including:

  • allergic reaction to moxa
  • sore throat or coughing from moxa smoke
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fetal distress and premature birth
  • dark patches of skin
  • basal cell carcinoma

In very rare cases, death can result from the procedure.

PREGNANCY PRECAUTIONS

This review also noted that some women using moxibustion for breech presentation experienced nausea and contractions. Because of this, along with the risk of fetal distress and premature birth, it’s best to do moxibustion under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Keep your doctor in the loop as well, in case something doesn’t feel quite right. 

If you’re trying it at home, be aware that some people find the odor of moxa smoke to be very similar to cannabis smoke. If you live in place where cannabis use is illegal, this could potentially cause some problems with your neighbors or law enforcement.

The bottom line

Moxibustion is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that people use for a variety of health issues. While there’s not much evidence to back up the potential health benefits of moxibustion, it may be an alternative option for turning a breech baby. 

If you want to try moxibustion, start by finding an experienced practitioner or acupuncturist. You can try it on your own, but it’s still best to have it done professionally a few times so you know how to do it safely.

The Possibility of Turning a Breach Baby

The article below opens up the possibility of turning your breach baby at the end of your pregnancy. It is one of many theories on attempting this outcome. Research indicates many advantages to acupuncture therapies in health situations. Review this information and decide whether or not you believe it will serve you. My goal here is to offer you possibilities. There are many other ways midwives and doulas assist in turning breach babies late in pregnancy. Investigate them. Avoiding a Cesearan Section is high motivation to do so.

JUDY

HOLISTIC HEALTH   HERBAL MEDICINE

How Moxibustion Is Used in Traditional Chinese Therapy

By 

Cathy Wong  Medically reviewed by  Arno Kroner, DAOM, LAc 

Updated on January 23, 2021

https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-moxibustion-88935

Moxibustion is an alternative therapy that involves burning herbs and applying the heat that’s produced to specific points on the body. A technique used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Tibetan medicine, moxibustion can be administered in conjunction with acupuncture, or a stick can be used to apply heat with smokeless moxibustion.

Uses 

According to alternative medicine practitioners, the heat generated during moxibustion helps increase the flow of vital energy (also known as “qi” or “chi”) throughout the body via certain pathways (known as “meridians“).

In traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating the flow of chi is considered essen

tial to achieving health and wellness. In fact, this approach to healthcare is based on the belief that blockages in the flow of chi contribute to physical and mental health problems.

Alternative medicine practitioners often use moxibustion to help treat the following health problems:1

What Moxibustion Involves 

There are two main types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Indirect moxibustion is the technique most commonly used today.

  • Burning moxa (a substance created from dried leaves of the herbs mugwort or wormwood) on top of the acupuncture needle
  • The practitioner may set the burning moxa over a layer of ginger, garlic, or salt placed on the patient’s skin
  • Applying heat to acupuncture points from an electrical source.
  • Holding the burning moxa above the skin for several minutes

During direct moxibustion, the burning moxa is placed directly on the skin. Since this technique can cause pain and scarring, direct moxibustion is no longer used very often.1

Benefits

To date, studies have begun examining the safety and effectiveness of moxibustion in the treatment of health conditions. For example, it has been shown to help some types of kidney disease.2

Here’s a look at some of the evidence related to moxibustion:

1) Hot Flashes

In a 2009 study of 51 postmenopausal women, researchers found that 14 sessions of moxibustion reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes.3

2) Ulcerative Colitis

Available scientific evidence doesn’t support the use of moxibustion in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disease), according to a research review published in 2010. The review’s authors analyzed five clinical trials and determined that moxibustion did show some benefits for people with ulcerative colitis. However, all of the reviewed studies were found to be of low quality.4

Additional studies examining the safety and efficacy of moxibustion in the treatment of ulcerative colitis are ongoing.5

3) Breech Birth

Moxibustion has been considered a potential way to decrease the risk of breech birth. But in a report published in 2005, scientists found insufficient evidence to support the use of moxibustion in correcting a breech presentation. The report’s authors sized up three clinical trials (involving a total of 597 women) and concluded that more research is needed before moxibustion can be recommended to women looking to avoid a breech birth. However, the report did find that moxibustion may reduce the need for certain medical procedures typically used to correct a breech presentation.6

Caveats 

Oils from mugwort and wormwood may cause toxic reactions when taken internally.

If you’re considering the use of moxibustion for any type of health condition, make sure to consult your doctor before undergoing treatment. It’s especially important to talk to your doctor if you’re considering the use of moxibustion while pregnant.

Naming Your Baby

How on earth do you select the name your darling baby will carry the rest of his or her life? This is a big responsibility! Yes???? Thank God you have some time to think about it! For some this decision is a piece of cake. There is a family or favorite name you have had on your mind for years. For most this simply isn’t the case. Some cut down the choices by naming each of their children a name starting with the same letter! Some choose names with religious significance. What ever direction you take you have a challenge ahead.

There are books with names, the top ten names list on the internet, names of great meaning, and simply the names your friends and family have selected. When we had our daughter, our fourth, we named her Lindsey, my maiden name. My sister-in-law delivered her first, a girl, three weeks later. I had no idea, but she had selected the same name. She was so gracious, I did not learn this until years later. She chose another name and has her precious Jill. It would have been good for us to discuss what we were planning to name our babies ahead of time. I encourage you to talk about names if you have relatives expecting babies close to the time yours is due. You will save some last minute shuffling!!!

The spelling of names is quite a challenge these days. Example: Our daughter’s name Lindsey can be spelled; Lynse, Lindsay, Lyndze, Linse and on and on. As someone who worked in the postpartum department of several hospitals I encourage you to keep names simple. Especially for boys. Elaborate spellings and numerous names will make life more difficult for your child. Different cultures highlight different things when selecting names. Be sure and your mate have talked about the many possibilities. Talk with your family too. You never know, they may come up with a possibility you absolutely love!!! It is good to let them feel a part of the process. Explain you are looking for ideas, and retain the right to name you baby what you choose! HA!

If you have reached a impasse and simply can not come up with names you like, look into books, novels, internet naming sites, etc. Some couples do not reveal the name until after the baby’s birth. Others share it when the sex is revealed. What ever you choose to do, this is your decision. It is your speecial prevelage. Enjoy it!!!

Happy Baby Naming!!!!! JUDY

Preparing For Birth: Five Things you Do Not Want to Miss

I am a certified postpartum doula. This means I am trained to serve clients post-birth, after their baby is born. I have worked with hundreds of families learning the details of their birth experiences and helping them acclimate to parenthood. I delivered six of my own babies, five vaginally and one Caesarean section. I worked in numerous postpartum wings at local hospitals. My personal experience working with those who have recently delivered is extensive. My title is postpartum doula and I am not professionally trained in deliveries, yet, I can offer much helpful information to you as you prepare to go through labor.

I. Especially if it is your first delivery go, to a hospital.

There the facility prepared for any complications that may arise. My hope for you is a fast and simple vaginal birth. I delivered six babies, my sixth was an induction. He was late, in hindsight I should have waited for labor to start on it’s own. After twenty hours of induced labor it was discovered he was in butt-breach position, he would never have come out. I did not have an advocate with me to ask the doctor why, if my last induced delivery was two hours, this one was taking so much longer? When you are in labor you are not yourself. I wasn’t thinking clearly. That was the question that should have been asked at five hours in. They could have stopped my labor and turned my baby. I felt so betrayed. There is a term in birth circles called “a proven cervix”. What it means is this women has delivered a baby vaginally. My personal recommendation is do not try to deliver a baby at home until you have delivered one vaginally and safely at a hospital. This is simply a wise safe move for you and your baby.

II. Take someone with you who has had their own babies or is professionally trained in birth, and is level headed.

An experienced birth doula or a mid-wife is someone who can walk this path with you and be a massive help. Our first four babies were born at Kaiser hospitals. Kaiser makes it a policy to have professional mid-wives in charge of deliveries. They are trained to watch for issues, offer suggestions, remain with you during you labor. They listen to you and ask pertinent questions. Be sure you have someone with you swo knows you well and knows your thoughts and hopes for your delivery.

III. Take a birth class with your spouse or birth coach.

This is essential to understanding what you and your body will go through during the birth process. It is a great place to ask the questions you will definitely have about a different million things. It also helps you to see you are not alone in the process. The comradery of going through such a class with a well trained teacher and others preparing for birth brings you peace. It is so much fun and it lets you ask the may questions we all share. Statistically those who do not take birthing classes have more difficult labors. They do not know what to expect. They also have a higher rate of C-Sections.

VI. Write up your birth plan.

After attending a birth class you will have a clearer perspective of what to expect and how you want your birth to progress. No one knows exactly what will happen during your particulate birth. Everyone is special and specific to those participating. The goal is a healthy baby and mommy. My recommendation is to avoid medical intervention, let nature take it’s course. Avoid unnecessary treatments. Unless you are overdue or there is a medical complication do not be induced. Again, the incidences of surgery are greatly increased with intervention. Your body knows what it is doing and in 90% of deliveries there is no reason to intervene. It may take a while and be uncomfortable, but recovering from surgery while caring for a newborn is difficult.

V. Take time off work to emotionally and physically prepare for labor.

If you have the privilege of being home with your baby early on enjoy it!! Many women work up to the day they go into labor. The stress of work and responsibilities follow them into the delivery room and beyond. This is a precious time in your life. You and your baby will never have this opportunity again. Being at peace when you go into labor is so much more important than the dollars you will make working a little longer. Take the month before your due date off. Finish your shopping, walk in the park, find your center. Go out to lunch with you friends, it will be a while before you are able to do that again. If you deliver early you are already prepared. Peace is a rare commodity these days. You want to be in the best state of mind possible as you prepare to become a mommy. Give yourself some time!! You won’t regret it!

JUDY

WOW!!!! Everyone Want’s a Doula!!!

With the restrictions being lifted in California apparently everyone wants a doula!!! There are more jobs than people to fill them!!! It is wonderful to see families open to having trained professional help in their homes as they welcome their newborns!!! We are so happy to be here to serve you!!!

For many months families were uncomfortable asking strangers into their homes. This is heartbreaking to those of us who love to serve you!!! The early days with a new baby are a challenge. Parents are exhausted and disoriented. Everything in new and uncertain. Everyone needs help!

So many young families do not have relatives close by or friends who are available. Just having another person who has ‘been there done that’ is such a relief. The feelings of inadequacy and concern are completely normal. Again, everyone goes through them as they learn to care for their precious little ones. You are developing your ‘New Normal’. It takes time. Having someone around who does this professionally takes the pressure off. I am a night doula and work with families to help mom and dad rest up. Comments like:”I am finally beginning to feel normal.” and, “This is the first time I have slept since she was born” are common.

Know you are not alone in needing help. A few dollars spent now on professional postpartum doula service will bring peace to your home. Please do not hesitate to contact me or an agency near you. We are excited to make our selves available to you!! JUDY

A Guide to Your Baby’s Sleep and Naps

8 Tummy Time Tips for Your Baby

WebMD Feature. By Barbara Brody. Reviewed By Roy Benaroch, MD

As a new parent, you’ve no doubt been told by your doctor to always put your baby on his back every time he sleeps or naps. So you might not realize that it’s also important for your little one to spend some time on his belly while wide awake.

“Tummy time is when your infant lays on his (or) her stomach while supervised,” says Wendy Wallace, DO, a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network.

If your baby is always on his back, he might get a flat spot on his head. That’s mostly a cosmetic issue, and one that tends to go away over time. But it might also mean that his head, neck, and shoulder muscles aren’t getting enough exercise. Tummy time is the fix.

When your baby is on his belly, he has to look up, left, and right to see people and objects. Moving his head around helps his skull round out, as well as strengthens his neck, shoulders, and trunk. Later on, these muscles will let him sit up. Eye muscles also get stronger as your little one looks around during tummy time.

Some tots seem to love playing on their tummies. Others might act like they can’t stand it. Keep trying! There are many things you can do to help your baby get comfortable and even have fun in this position.

1. Go slow. Some infants will only tolerate a few minutes of tummy time in the beginning. That’s perfectly normal.

2. Move to his level. “Tummy time can initially be scary because it’s new,” Wallace says. “Getting down on the ground and doing face-to-face encouragement will reassure a baby that he can do it and it’s OK.”

3. Use plastic mirrors. Your baby will probably lift his head to admire his reflection.

4. Put the baby on your tummy or chest. Newborns love to lay on a parent and gaze up at their face, Wallace says.

5. Involve a sibling. If you have an older child, encourage him to get down on the floor and play with his little brother or sister (while an adult is supervising).

6. Work it into other activities. Put your baby on his tummy while you dry him after a bath, smooth on lotion, or burp him (across your lap).

7. Sing or tell a story. He’ll raise his head and move around when he hears your voice. Remember to make eye contact, too.

8. Offer extra support. Make a bolster out of a thin towel or blanket. Roll it up, put it under your baby’s chest, and stretch his arms forward and over the roll. Be careful to keep his chin, mouth, and nose away from the bolster.

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