This lady has some wonderful advice for preparing for the postpartum period. I highly recommend reading her list and seriously considering her advice.
This article describes several inexpensive ways to keep small children busy for a few mins. This would be a great idea if you have young children at home for when you need to feed your new baby or just need a few moments to yourself.
This is something I would recommend pregnancy women reading. I am not endorsing or agreeing with everything on her blog but this article is something I wish more women knew. We do not have to fear our care providers or facilities and we do not have to be rude to them, but we should understand that we are in charge of our own decision making.
Keep in mind that this article is written by a woman in Australia and may not be the case for all countries and/or states. I would suggest researching the laws in your own state/country. Also, asking friends or Facebook groups about the practices with your care provider and birthing facility is a great way to get a heads up to how they practice. The thing I want women to know is if you do not feel comfortable with your provider or birthing facility, you can change. If you are in labor and at the hospital and do not feel you are being treated well, ask for the charge nurse to discuss changing nurses or provider. If you do not feel you were treated well by your facility, ask for a formal meeting with administration to discuss how they may improve.
“Doctors, midwives, and hospitals do not ‘let’ women do anything because they have no legal power which grants them ‘letting’ rights.” “Policies serve as a guide for staff, to standardise care, not as a law for labouring women.” “The truth is that women are not only legally viewed as the primary decision makers, but they are extremely competent when they are “given” the freedom to do so.”
Nuchal cords or “cord around the baby’s neck” got a bad wrap many years ago. I remember being told when I was younger it was the cause of many perinatal deaths and caused cerebral palsy but there is no evidence for such claim. “Since nuchal cords occur at rates of 30-34% at 40 weeks and are not associated with adverse perinatal outcomes, practitioners and women should consider their presence reassuring and normal. Given the common occurrence of nuchal cords and its very high association with a favorable outcome, scanning for nuchal cords appears to have no efficacy.”
This isn’t birth related…unless you are craving pizza. This is a new pizza restaurant opening in Argyle next week. I started following them on Instagram last night and love what they have done with the old fire station. This is not your typical pizza joint but a gorgeous, chic Italian restaurant. They’re food looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it!