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Info Sheet

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 Sheets: Gowning

*History
Definition fromMedTerms~
Hospital gown: A short collarless gown that ties in the back, worn by patients being examined or treated in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital. Hospital gowns are generally disliked by patients as skimpy, ugly, ill-fitting garments often leaves one's backside ignominiously exposed.
 

They can be used to cover the surgical patients and the bedridden. By design, hospital gowns are designed for easy access and durability.

  • Hardy enough to withstand multiple washes at very high temperatures

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: Male Circumcision

Definition of the procedure/test
 
"Malecircumcision(from Latincircumcidere, meaning "to cut around")[1] is the surgical removal of the foreskin (prepuce) from the human penis.[2][3][4] In a typical procedure, the foreskin is opened and then separated from the glans after inspection. The circumcision device (if used) is placed, and then the foreskin is removed. Topical or locally injected anesthesia may be used to reduce pain and physiologic stress.[5]"

Source:http://en.wikipedia.

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.

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 .

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.

Info Sheet: Eye Prophylaxis, aka Eye Ointment

Image from http://www.rxzone.us/images/products/big/313437.jpg Definition
Eye Prophylaxis:ointment or eye drops containing an antibiotic medication that are placed in a newborn's eyes.
Source:
History: 
Why was it developed?  What was it supposed to treat?  
“The use of erythromycin eye ointment in newborns has its roots in the late 1800s. During that time period, approximately 10% of newborns born in maternity hospitals across Europe developed ophthalmia neonatorum (ON). ON is a type of pink eye that caused blindness in 3% of infants who were affected (

Info Sheet: Cord Clamping

CORD CLAMPINGcan be immediate or delayed.  Today we look at the common practice of immediate cord clamping, and the alternative, delayed cord clamping.
 
Immediate Cord Clamping: (ICC) clamping the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of baby, generally carried out in the first 60 seconds after birth. World Health Organization (WHO)

According to ACOG “In most deliveries today, the cord is clamped within 15–20 seconds after birth.”
 
Cord Clamping
Cord Clamping
A little longer stump left - this baby pictured 30 minutes after birth
Cord Clamping
Cord Clamping
A tight clamp done on baby's 2nd day
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