Friday, August 24, 2007

Early Clamping May Harm Baby

My new friend, Christy, sent me this article: Early cord clamping may harm baby - Clamping the umbilical cord straight after birth does not benefit mother or baby and may actually be harmful, a UK expert has warned.
...leaving the cord for around three minutes can boost the baby's iron stores, cutting the risk of anaemia...

..."There is now considerable evidence that early cord clamping does not benefit mothers or babies and may even be harmful."

He recommended waiting three minutes in healthy babies but said the issue was more complicated in babies born prematurely or by caesarean section even though they would perhaps benefit the most...

...There have been concerns that in healthy babies delaying clamping could increase the risk of jaundice, but a recent study in the US suggested this was not the case...

..."It wouldn't be a big step not to clamp the cord for a while, and that's what nature intended.

"Asking a midwife to do that is a perfectly reasonable request - this is an area we need to look at..."

I love it! Reasonable request!

Just more reason to stick up for our request to cut the cord after it stops pulsing.

More U.S. women dying in childbirth

Death rate highest in decades; obesity and C-sections may be the cause

ATLANTA - U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame...

...To be sure, death from childbirth remains fairly rare in the United States. The death of infants is much more common — the nation’s infant mortality rate was 679 per 100,000 live births in 2004...

...But the fact that maternal deaths are rising at all these days is shocking, said Tim Davis, a Virginia man whose wife Elizabeth died after childbirth in 2000.

“The hardest thing to understand is how in this day and age, in a modern hospital with doctors and nurses, that somebody can just die like that,” he said...

...“There’s an inherent risk to C-sections,” said Dr. Elliott Main, who co-chairs a panel reviewing obstetrics care in California. “As you do thousands and thousands of them, there’s going to be a price.”

Excessive bleeding is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related death, and women with several previous C-sections are at especially high risk, according to a review of maternal deaths in New York. Blood vessel blockages and infections are among the other leading causes.

Experts also say obesity may be a factor. Heavier women are more prone to diabetes and other complications, and they may have excess tissue and larger babies that make a vaginal delivery more problematic. That can lead to more C-sections. “It becomes this sort of snowball effect,” said King, who is now medical director of maternal-fetal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio...

Interesting...they'll admit to C-sections being dangerous, but in hospitals, doctors state them as common place and safe with such excuses to perform them as, "you're baby is too big", "lack of progress", etc.

First of all, God created this big baby for the mother's body and knows exactly what He's doing. On top of that, how can they know how big the baby is until he's out? Here's some info on the acuracy of ultrasounds:

Different methods are used to estimate the baby's age or fetal weight and there is great debate in the ultrasound community over the efficacy and relative merits of each method. Keep in mind that results can differ based on the method used, the skill of the sonographer, and the relative position of the baby. Therefore, take such estimates of fetal age or weight with a big grain of salt. They are not known to be terribly accurate most of the time.

...This worry leads to one of the most dubious uses of ultrasound----an ultrasound for estimating fetal weight. This practice is very controversial. Research clearly shows that ultrasounds for estimating fetal weight are often quite inaccurate, and especially so at the extremes of size (extra-small or extra-large). Doing ultrasounds for estimating fetal weight is a very questionable policy, but many providers routinely do it anyhow.

The accuracy of ultrasound for detecting macrosomia seems to run generally from 50% to 65% or so, very low accuracy to be the basis for so much intervention. For example, Pollack et al. (1992) found that only 64% of the babies estimated to be macrosomic (big) actually were. Levine et al. (1992) found that HALF of the ultrasound predictions of fetal weight were incorrect. Delpapa and Mueller-Heubach (1991) found that 77% of ultrasound fetal weight predictions exceeded actual birthweight and only 48% were even within 500g (about one pound) of the actual birth weight. Furthermore, 23% were more than 1 pound overestimated, and 50% of the babies predicted to be macrosomic weren't macrosomic at all.
Notice that predicting macrosomia through estimated fetal weight is as accurate or only slightly more accurate than tossing a coin! It is not very good science. Yet doctors routinely continue to order ultrasounds to estimate fetal size, particularly in large women. And these incorrect predictions continue to result in huge amounts of intervention, which have major health implications.

For example, when the baby is predicted to be 'big,' the doctors often induce labor early in the mistaken belief that this will be more likely to result in vaginal birth and to avoid birth injuries. Or they strongly pressure women (especially big women) to have an elective cesarean, which brings its own set of substantial risks, both for this pregnancy and any future pregnancy the woman may have. Unfortunately, research shows that early induction and/or elective cesarean for macrosomia are NOT justified in non-diabetic women, and may be questionable in some diabetic women too... (Link)


Then there's "lack of progress". Every birth is different and lack of progress can simply mean, "I'll be late for my golfing appointment." Sad times. Labor stalls for reasons - whether the mother needs to build up the antibodies for the baby for any sicknesses nearby or whether labor was induced and the baby simply isn't ready.

I'm so grateful to God that He's given me people who care enough about my family to get me to question doctors. ESPECIALLY prior to having my baby! If I did as all else to and ended up with an OBGYN who believed the last ultrasound we had saying that I was due July 30, I would have been induced and probably had a C-section as the baby STILL isn't ready to come out days after the Aug. 22 due date.

Things to Ponder...

(From my uncle to my hubby to me...)

  • Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
  • Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
  • Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  • Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
  • If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
  • Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
  • A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention! It never fails.)
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
  • Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
  • A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
  • Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
  • Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
  • No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
  • Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
  • Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
  • Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
  • Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
  • By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
  • Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
  • Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
  • It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.
  • If you had to identify, in 1 word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
  • There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
  • You should not confuse your career with your life.
  • You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant until she tells you.
  • There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
  • The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers.
  • Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
  • How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Disney Revisited...

In a previous post I was a bit harsh again Disney. I'm not saying I agree with everything they put up, but I do recognize that some of their programming has some positive value behind it. I didn't mean to offend anyone who loves their mindless (okay, some are thought provoking)cartoons. I, personally, enjoyed many of their movies, including their new movie, Ratatouille (for some reason the ones they partnered with Pixar for are favorites).

Maybe I was being hormonal or whatever, but the point I was trying to make was that as a parent I want to be more selective in what my child watches. My husband didn't grow up with his childhood surrounding TV and I like that idea, especially when even commercials can be degrading and offensive on public television.

Anyway, just wanted to make that post more clear. There's positives and negatives in a lot of TV shows and films, it's just making the choices of what's worth viewing by weighing those...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Midwife Appointment

We saw Simona today and she said the baby's dropped a little lower, but that we probably have another week. She'll be leaving town next Fri. for her son's wedding so she was hoping we'd have the baby before then. She has a friend midwife who'll be able to deliver the baby if he decides to come then.

If not, Simona is talking about natural induction. If we make 2 weeks "past due" then she said the baby would be too big for her to feel safe having the baby there. This makes me think, "Daja, what's your midwife's phone number?" Size is not a good reason as God has made our bodies to work efficiently during labor, including the loosening of our joints. Needless to say, I'm not happy to hear of her suggestions.

Oh! Big Red mentioned the whole cord cutting thing and Simon didn't blink an eye. Maybe he's just better at this than I am. I get too emotional? Anyway, she said they don't have a waiver to sign, but she'd look into it. No arguing or anything! Wish it went so smoothly when I brought it up!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Anesthesia Awareness

Another reason I fear doctors...



There's a website, too.

(Thank you Keith!)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

In church today the congregation had Big Red and I up to pray for us and the baby. A couple words were given:
Our baby is going to be a uniter - esp. over our family.

Big Red is going to shine through during the birth as a protector and I'm going to see him stand up for me.

Within the next couple weeks we're going to receive the answers we've been waiting for.

Uniter - Big Red's family is whole and a great example of what family should be, so I can only assume two different ways our family can be united. First, simply bringing Big Red's side of the family and my side of the family closer. Second, a healing in my side of the family. My dad doesn't have the best relationship with his sons and I pray that God heals them!

Protector - As I posted previously on the cord clamping, I'm looking forward to seeing my husband in action, defending our decisions and our right to make them. If he's behind it, I know it will get done!

Answers - Big Red's hoping to get an answer on where we're supposed to live. I was thinking of an answer on the Rhogam shot. I'm sure God will surprise us!

Disney...

On Friday we went over to my friend's house to say hi. She had some girls over and the night was centered around the premier of High School Musical 2. The Disney channel even had a count down!

After taking so much of it we took off. We have decided that our kids are not going to be allowed to watch the Disney channel. Anyone else see the movie? Honestly - it was extremely superficial and disturbing. One girl was all about popularity and trying to steal someone's boyfriend through deceit. The show encourages dating relationships in high school as well, instead of purity and saving your heart - not that you can find that on any other channel. (One of the blogs I read recently posted on courtship if you're interested!) Our pastor had seen the movie with his grandkids this weekend and noted that it was all about getting power and wanting people to like you and want to be you.

Another thing our pastor's been teaching on is the end times. He notes that the Bible says that the beast will have his face seen everywhere. Well, people, here it is - the face of the beast:

and it can be seen EVERYWHERE!

Okay, okay, I'm not 100% sure Mickey is the beast, but the channel sure doesn't lead our kids into biblical values. Not with shows about witchcraft, greed, power, good looks, and dating among kids. Disney is also responsible for the majority of kid "classics" that lead our kids to believe they're only valuable if someone is pursuing them (i.e. the opposite sex). (This is my opinion, of course.) Will we let our kids watch any of their stuff? Maybe some - but if so, we'll definitely have to make the time to sit down with them and discuss reality and where the movies fall short of encouraging godly values.

Birth in America