Learning to cope when your baby is born sick

This is  never an easy subject to broach, but I feel like eventually we might need to discuss it.  No parent ever wants to think that their new baby may be sick after birth, but the truth is, that it happens on occasion–and there’s usually not a thing you could have done about it. Especially if you have no warning of an illness or medical condition, it can be startling to take an already stressful event (though a happy one) and make it more stressful.

Statistics show that one in ten babies born in the U.S. will require some form of resuscitation after birth.  It may not be a full-blown CPR event, but sometimes babies need a little “jump start” to get going.  Thankfully, the resiliency of newborns makes them respond almost instantly to the assistance given by skilled doctors and nurses, and they bounce back quickly with no problems.  For you as a parent, you probably will never even notice the quiet whispers being passed between your nurses as they work to help your baby.  I have handed beautiful, healthy pink babies to mothers only minutes after I had been scrambling to help them breathe–and their mothers have no idea.  It’s the way it is. Continue reading “Learning to cope when your baby is born sick”

The benefits and risks of prenatal massage

For some women, the aches and pains of pregnancy seem to start as soon as they conceive.  Some women never complain and feel like they could run a marathon when they are expecting–others, well, not so much.  Trying to make due with a warm bath, and maybe even a maternity belt to help support your back and growing belly all work to a degree, but when you need more, many women turn to prenatal massage.  I never have been much of a massage gal, though I know that many people love it.  I have to say though, that I might have welcomed it during my pregnancies.   Continue reading “The benefits and risks of prenatal massage”

How Do You Know When You’re in Labor?

It’s perhaps one of the greatest questions every mom has–how will I know when I am in labor? When I was carrying my first child, I walked around for three weeks at 5 cm dilated, 80% effaced with a bulging bag of waters. If you don’t speak labor and delivery, that means I was facing every day with over half of my labor process already completed. Without a single contraction.    Continue reading “How Do You Know When You’re in Labor?”