Saturday, August 28, 2010

Look at that booterus!


I was so thrilled to receive a new childbirth education video for my classes, that I couldn't help but watch it as soon as I got it. As I am sitting there engrossed in the video, Rylen comes up and sits beside me. It was at a point of talking about active labor and the work your uterus is doing. He starts watching about as intently as I am when he yells, "Coleston, come here and see what we looked like in mommy's booterus! We were all crumpled up!"

I just laughed thinking about sending him to kindergarten this week and his teacher asking him what he did over the weekend.....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

End of the Month Report

My closeout for one of my busiest months in a long time.

Client A: Due on August 5th and delivered on August 12th. +7 days EDD
Client B: Due on August 14th and delivered on August 2nd. -12 days EDD
Client C: Due on August 26th and delivered on August 19th. -7 days EDD
Client D: Due on September 6th and delivered on August 22nd. -15 days EDD


Who would have known?! Thanking God I was there for everyone of the these births and was blessed beyond words by each of these women.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Awesome




I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face since my client's birth last night. She went into labor at 9pm and delivered a beautiful little girl at 4:19 pm. The math on this labor was 17 hours and 19 minutes. When you consider the average first time labor is around 18 hours, this is fairly average for a first time mother but for anyone to be on their feet (she hated to sit) and have no medications, this was awesome.
My word for the day was "awesome". I didn't mean to use it a million times, but it was so fun, encouraging, empowering and down right awesome, I couldn't find another word to use. When a mother has no medications during labor, the baby is so wide awake and alert after birth. It is if they understand your every word and stare so intently in your eyes.
I happened to have a sweet friend deliver naturally this week and this was just as true for her baby. She would just look at us as if she knew just what we were saying.
I had to post the picture of this precious mom and the beautiful smile on her face as she held her daughter.
I still can't believe God has blessed me so tremendously to experience this time in a woman's life. It really is awesome.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

answering a few questions

The role of a doula is to provide specific labor-support skills, techniques, and strategies, offer guidance and encouragement, build a team relationship with the nursing staff, encourage communication between the patient and medical caregivers, and assist the mother in covering the gaps in her care. According to DONA (n.d.), a doula's role can be summarized in seven objectives:
1.To recognize birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all of her life;
2.To understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor;
3.To assist the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plan for the birth;
4.To stay by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor;
5.To provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions;
6.To facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers; and
7.To perceive the doula's role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.
Doulas use techniques such as imagery, massage, acupressure, and patterned breathing to reduce a woman's pain. They suggest position changes to accelerate labor or aid in fetal positioning. They also provide guidance and encouragement to minimize fear and anxiety, and encourage touch and communication between the laboring woman and her partner.

a little miracle


I had another sweet baby reunion last night with my March childbirth education patients. I so enjoy this time to meet their baby and hear about their "birth" day. Birth is so unpredictable. I have no ability to tell them how things are going to turn out for the. Will the baby be early, painfully late? Will she have a c-section or vaginal birth with no medications?

Last night one of my patients from class shared her story of having a premature boy at 32 weeks and spending time in the NICU at Pitt. To hear her story of intuitively knowing something wasn't right and acting upon it literally saved her child's life. Collectively we tried to encourage her and be a blessing.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to follow up with these women and allow them to share their story and their babies!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Headed to the NFL


After 41 long weeks my client came in for an induction yesterday morning. Things picked up quickly and before I knew it, she was ready to push. I like to play a little game with the nurses and parents about guessing what the baby is going to weigh. I knew this was a big guy, so I was going as big as I ever have, 9 lbs. 3 oz. Her sister guessed 12 pounds and almost got kicked out of the delivery room for such an insane number. Both parents were about 9 pounds and our nurse weighed in a 7lbs.

Two hours later we were all told he was 10 pounds 13 ounces! When I got a hold of him, I knew I had never held a newborn that heavy before, but I was not prepared to hear almost 11 pounds!

Needless to say, dad has him on the fast track to the NFL!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Even the planned can go unplanned


For a lot of women the unknown of when the big day will be causes some level of anxiety. Where will you be, who will you be with, what time are a few of the questions that linger in their mind. So if there is one benefit to a planned c-section, it is that those questions can be answered.
But we have to remember even the "planned" can be unplanned. My client having a scheduled section went into labor 12 days early and they had the most precious baby boy early Monday morning. So thankful for opportunity to see another precious life come into this world!

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