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Informed Consent

Warning Labels: Epidural Drugs

In light of a research study published this week, we are highlighting this blog post today, originally written on May 28, 2013.

"Mainly, in all of the groups of labor pain medications and delivery method, we found that mothers who received labor pain medications were 2-3 times more likely to report [delay in the onset of lactation] DOL compared to mothers who did not use labor pain medications and delivered vaginally.

Inside Look: Postpartum Planning

Postpartum Pads
Postpartum Pads
A set includes 1 shell and 3 liners
Mama Cloth
Mama Cloth
Available in three sizes to accommodate mama and flow
UnPaper
UnPaper
Kitchen size and Bathroom size
Shannon's Cloth and More
Shannon's Cloth and More
Visit the website to see patterns or do a custom order. You can also bundle and save with her home and bathroom makeover sets.
We had a great time hosting Shannon  Gusé fromShannon's Cloth & Moreon Saturday. She shared some of her amazing products that are available when you are ready to green your kitchen, your nursery, and your personal care products.

Info Sheet: Perineal Massage

"Prenatal" aka "Antenatal" Perineal Massage
 
*Definition
Massaging, stretching and/or relaxing of the perineum & perineal tissues, the area between the vaginal opening and the rectum.
 Source: Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Publication

 
Image Source: http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservices.com/blog/?p=1362
 

*History
Women frequently suffer perineal trauma while giving birth and thus interventions to increase the possibility for an intact perineum are currently being explored.

Info Sheet: Hepatitis B Vaccine

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Syringe2.jpgWhat is the Hepatitis B vaccine?
A .5mL dose of the Hepatitis B Vaccine is recommended for all babies sometime after birth (within 12 hours if mother has hepatitis B infection) and before hospital discharge by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

A second dose is recommended between 1-3 months of age, and the third dose is recommended between 6-18 months of age.

Source:http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hepb/fs-parents.html
 
 
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.

Info Sheet: Forceps and Vacuum

Today, we take a look at an option that is offered to families as an alternative to a cesarean.  While at first read, it may not be something you are willing to consider, once you are in the situation, using a forceps or a vacuum may be something you will be grateful you read up on when all things were calm.

One must weigh the benefits and the risks of these instrument deliveries with the benefit of a vaginal birth.  Once you choose a cesarean birth, your future birth choices are going to be restricted by various players: your own beliefs, your care provider, and your birth place.

Mommy Con: January from Birth Without Fear

Cassandra and I were part of the "media" contingent at MommyCon LA Babywearing World Record Event on Sunday, October 6, 2013.  We had such a wonderful time walking the floor, meeting vendors and being inspired by the wonderful speakers as we looked and listened to bring all the happenings back to you.  See the bottom of this posts for links to more of the activity! 

At 2:00 pm, the third person to take the stage on Sunday was January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear, sponsored by Nüroo.

Info Sheet: Newborn Vitamin K Shot/Oral Dose

Here is another installment in our Information Sheet series.  These info sheets are designed to give you information as a starting point for your own research to decide what is the best choice regarding this option for your family.  We are not medical experts or care providers.  We are informed consumers who want to help other families make informed consumer decisions when they say "YES" or "NO"
 
Definition:Newborn Vitamin K Shot/Oral Dose
A single injection containing .

AZ Hospital Report Cards

Did you know that the state of Arizona is now keeping a database on hospitals?  You can check on several different statistics.  For today's post, I am going to focus on the childbirth information you can find out about a hospital you may be considering for your birth or as a back-up for a birth center or home birth.



Then click on the 2011 AZ Hospital Compare to get to this page:


Once you are on the AZ Hospital Compare Page, click on the "Hospital Quality Ratings" tab or picture icon.

Information Sheet: Non Per Os

Info Sheet: NPO non per os nil by mouthRestricting food and drink is still a common practice in many hospital settings.  Here is our presentation of the information so you can make an informed decision for your labor:

Definition:  Non Per Os or Nil By Mouth
From Wikipedia [1]:
Nil per os (alternatively nihil/non/nulla per os) (NPO) is a medical instruction meaning to withhold oral food and fluids from a patient for various reasons. It is a Latin phrase which translates as "nothing through the mouth". In the United Kingdom, it is translated as 

Info Sheet: Group B Strep Test

*Definition
Group B streptococcus (GBS)is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of about 25 % of all healthy, adult women.

Those women who test positive for GBS are said to be colonized. A mother can pass GBS to her baby during delivery. GBS is responsible for affecting about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States. Not every baby who is born to a mother who tests positive for GBS will become ill.
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