Archive for May, 2011

having a baby, labor support tools

Here is a handy list of some  tips for labor support , Please pass on some of your helpful tips.


Labor Support Tips:

Moms :

Keep eyes closed during contraction, this keeps distractions to a minimum

Breathe from your abdomen, chest breathing causes hyperventilation

Relax your body , think about letting everything go loose and limp relaxing all of your body parts helps you avoid unnecessary discomfort , just let your uterus contract

Trust your body

Convey any worries or concerns, in between the contractions, try not to talk during the contraction it will prevent you form relaxing


Dads and other labor support team:

Guide her breathing  say “breath with me” and then start breathing with her never tell a laboring woman to BREATHE she will get angry, also holding her breath is typical so you do not want her to do that.

Help her relax,   say“relax your eyes, your neck your shoulders, this give her something to focus on it is hard for her to do this herself

Use guided imagery, massage her using firm strokes ,  pressure  squeeze to her back and sides.hopefully you talked about some of these techniques so you know what she  might like. Remember don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t feel good and she says stop.. just know at that particular time it is best to stop and try something else.

Sit closely, speak softly, tell her you love her.

Offer fluids after each contraction, ice chip,

Don’t ask her to many questions she cannot make decisions, and needs to just concentrate on her work if she doesn’t want something she will say no.., then try something else

Hug her

Praise and encourage her

Change positions, use a birth ball, go into the bath, try hands and knees

Offer cool cloths to her forehead, neck and back

Offer fluids after each contraction, ice chips

Reassure her,” each contraction gets you closer”, “you are doing so great I am so proud of you”,  “soon you will be holding our baby” ( she sometimes forgets why she is doing all of this!)


in joy,


Birth wishes for your labor

This article from Time magazine is a good reason to talk to your doctor or midwife about delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord, most doctors are taught that “too many ” red blood cells will get to the baby if they do not clamp right away, however this is difficult to detect and  the benefits of getting every bit of placental blood and the more positive respiratory status is one that seems to be the best solution for baby.

The lungs of most newborn infants begin to work exactly on schedule. But among some babies, particularly the premature, the lungs fail to expand properly. The chest sags, breathing is rapid and the child turns blue. Many deaths during the first week after birth are attributable to this condition, which doctors describe as the “respiratory distress syndrome.”

Obstetricians have long noted that babies suffering from such troubles either were delivered by Caesarean section, or were premature infants, or born of diabetic mothers. But in the A.M.A. Journal, a group of pediatricians* from the University of California suggests that the most important factor is the time at which the obstetrician clamps and cuts the infant’s umbilical cord.

The California pediatricians base their theory on a study of 129 infants. Among 41 whose umbilical cords were clamped before they took their second breath, 21 showed moderate to severe respiratory distress. In another group of 52 infants whose umbilicals had been clamped some time after the second breath, only six suffered the same symptoms. The condition of the infants who retained their umbilical cords longest was by far the best.

There are sound reasons, say the doctors, for a slowdown in cutting the umbilical cord. Delay allows a gradual change from fetal to regular circulation without putting stress on blood vessels in the lungs and elsewhere in the body. The carefree manner in which the newly born infant is “disconnected” from his mother, concludes the report, “is in sharp contrast to the meticulous care with which the thoracic surgeon separates his patient from the heart-lung machine.”

* Drs. Arthur J. Moss, Edward Duffle Jr. and Leonard M. Pagan of Los Angeles.

A child is born, a mother is born

An inspiring quote:

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

Happy Mothers Day!

With joy and appreciation to all my new moms