Saturday, November 17, 2007

My girlfriend, Kristin, is in labor! How exciting! They're having a boy. Please keep her in your prayers. She's having a lot of back pain...

Friday, November 16, 2007

I'm Healed!

Well, it's not fully closed up, but it's dry and closed enough for me to try not using the shell anymore! So, people, if you wish to visit, I'm all about covering up again! No more embarassing moments of milk pouring out of my top, only damp spots from now on! Thank you Cord Care and praise God!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

From a Friend - Cord Clamping

This is from my girlfriend, Christy:

I attended a Neonatal Resuscitation class on Friday, because I have to be certified in it as long as I'm attending births. It was an excellent class.

I learned something new. Us natural birthers usually advocate to wait until the cord has stopped pulsating before clamping and cutting the cord. But does anyone know WHY?

I never knew that HALF of the baby's blood volume goes out from the baby during pushing/crowning, and backs up into the placenta to keep it well attached to the uterine wall until the baby is fully delivered. THEN the blood is naturally supposed to go from the placenta to the baby, as long as the cord is NOT clamped.

So what happens when the cord is clamped before the blood can go back to the baby?

* It will take over 6 months for the baby to replenish his blood volume lost during birth.
* It causes higher rates of newborn anemia, which in turn has been associated with Autism, heart perforations, thyroid disorders, brain tumors, leukemia, hormonal imbalances and liver/kidney disease.
* In the hospital, more than 1 in 16 babies require *some* degree of resuscitation efforts. The blood volume is not present to push the fluid out of the lungs, and replace it with air.
* The US has the 2nd highest infant mortality rate amongst industrialized nations, and early cord clamping is done routinely.
* Seizures are more common in babies who have lost blood, and have required any resuscitation efforts.

After taking this class, what happened to my son has made much more sense. He was delivered via cesarean, which doesn't squeeze fluid from the lungs as a vaginal birth does. His cord was clamped *immediately* and cut, and then required resuscitation efforts. He had 2 seizures within 20 minutes of birth, and couldn't leave the NICU until his oxygen sats were at 100% for over 24 hours. He spent 9 days there, while they did every test known to mankind to "figure out" the reason for the seizures.

FYI - I had insurance that paid for everything. I wondered for so long why they did so many tests. My son made them a lot of money.

So women, it's important to make sure that NO ONE touches that baby's cord until it's COMPLETELY done pulsating, and the baby has gotten his/her volume of blood back.Christy

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

To the love of my life, my best friend, the father of my child...Happy Anniversary (yesterday)! I can't believe it's been a year already! Nine months, I understand...but a year? At the same time, it feels like it's always been us...You in my life makes it complete. Without you I wouldn't have a beautiful red-headed daughter! You were my strength throughout the pregnancy. That time helped assure me that you can be and are my rock.
Thank you for a wonderful time yesterday! I'm so glad we could get away together! The play was perfect! I love that you know me so well! I look forward to many more years with you! I'll follow you to the ends of the earth. The rest of my life just isn't enough, which is why I'm glad we'll have eternity!
All my love...