Below is a list of research topics I found important to consider before childbirth.
Lots of pictures for your easy to read enjoyment!
I would recommend watching the following documentary “Pregnant in America”. The documentary can be found on Netflix or below is a link from Youtube.
Although I found this film to be overly dramatic for my taste with a bit of fear mongering at the end. The majority of the film does have a lot of good information and interviews (only reason I recommend it) that makes up for their choices at the end the film.
This blog post is just to get topics out there, you can further research on your own and make an informed decision.
- Midwife or midwives delivered babies way before women went to hospitals or obstetricians. Men did not attend births during Colonial times (1700s), as it was considered indecent. “1900: Less than 5 percent of women gave birth in hospitals. 1920: Dr. Joseph DeLee, author of the most frequently used obstetric textbook of the time, argued that childbirth is a pathologic process from which few escape “damage”. To avoid this specialist obstetricians should sedate women at the onset of labor, allow the cervix to dilate, give ether during the second stage of labor, cut an episiotomy, deliver the baby with forceps, extract the placenta, give medications for the uterus to contract and repair the episiotomy. By 1921: Thirty percent to 50 percent of women gave birth in hospitals.
Giving birth on your own? Everything Birth is a great place to get your supplies! I’ll give a list of recommendations in the future.
- Doula is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.
- Anti-ric or routine infant circumcision has no benefits like some doctors say, end of story. The history behind circumcision is a religious, the foreskin has the most nerve ending by its removal it reduces sensation. The process is seen as a sacrifice of “sinful” human enjoyment.
- Vernix Casesosa is waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies. It serves to conserve heat and protect the delicate newborn skin from environmental stress. Vernix is also thought to have an antibacterial effect, a physical barrier from bacterias. The rule of thumb is that the first bath occurs after the umbilical cord stump falls off on its own, usually 1-2 weeks.
- Magic hour “A must to read!”
- Eye Ointment “goop” applied an hour after birth is generally either erythromycin or tetracycline (both antibiotics), or the older silver nitrate solution. “In a sense, the skin of newborn infants is like freshly tilled soil that is awaiting seeds for planting — in this case bacterial communities,” said Fierer of CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “The microbial communities that cluster on newborns essentially act as their first inoculation. If a mother is known to be disease-free, there seems little reason to administer any ointment at all.” ON or Pink eye/ conjunctivitis can be cured with breast milk, end of story.
- Epidural/pitocin spiral, also call the Cascade of Interventions (Labor Interventions: How to avoid them and why you’d want to) “Both A must read”
- Delayed cord clamping
- Placenta – Is essentially the baby’s “Second Heart” after birth it allows the baby to continue to receive oxygen and nutrients until the baby is ready to expand his/her lungs via “the first cry”. I recommend telling your doctor/midwife to assist you in touching your placenta and umbilical cord. Your body made these organs, its not gross. The umbilical cord is made of the toughest material that it needs the sharpest scalpel to cut.
- First Cry When all is well your baby will cry on their own, no spanking needed.
- Coconut oil– One of the most amazing substances available in this planet. Always have a good amount of Organic, Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Gluten Free, with Lauric acid, Cold Press Coconut Oil on hand. I’ll create a post on some uses soon!
- Stages of breast milk
- Newborn stomach sizes
- Squats- Do them and you’ll thank yourself later.
- Lactation consultant There’s a lot of wonderful blogs out there about breastfeeding or you can visit La Leche League. I figured my way around breastfeeding with some research on latching techniques and saying my mantra “My baby and I will figure out breastfeeding together”.
- Cloth diapering– We went with the homemade all-in-one and baby grew out of those in two weeks so we opted for the Thristies cover, Indian pre-fold and snappie format from Nurtured Family. Feel free to explore your options here.
- Natural Baby Hygiene – The way its been done before diapers.
- Safe co-sleeping
- Skin to skin contact, babies placed skin-to-skin hold their body temperature better, and most “crawled” to their mother’s breast & began nursing on their own within 75 minutes of birth. SEE Magic Hour for more important reasons for skin to skin.
- Kangaroo care is when APGARs is done in the mother’s arms, the baby can be rubbed clean & dry, and will usually attempt to breastfeed on his own soon after birth.
- Baby carrying
- What is formula?
- Birth hormones
- Sitz bath
- Breast Milk remedies
- Atlas vertebrate-“…the practice of a doctor pulling during delivery with 50-70 pounds of force into the infant’s head from the birth canal and instruments like forceps and vacuum extraction can lead to a variety of different birth injuries. C-sections can also be very traumatic as the baby is pulled out of a small incision.So much so that women are told things like “yes your baby fractured their clavicle during the birth process, but that is normal.”What?! What is normal about a fracture during birth? It may be common…but that doesn’t make it normal.”
- Braxton Hicks Contractions