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It has been about one month now since I lent out my copy of the book….What To Expect When You Are Expecting. The version that I bought was definitely an older version. But still I felt the contents of the book would help a first time mother. I plan on surprising her with a goodie bag to take to the hospital. One of the items will definitely be the hand held fan that her husband can use on her. Another item will be a cd of soothing sounds. I recently watched a tv show in which the speaker said that a baby is more familiar with it’s mother’s voice. He told the expectant fathers to talk to their wives bellies. I remember when I worked on the Labor and Delivery unit, one of the Doctor’s would do research on the effects of playing different types of sounds during NST tests. The results helped him to make a prototype device that pregnant woman could strap onto their bellies and play different sounds to the baby. It’s amazing how babies recognize the sounds of their mother’s voices. What’s even more amazing is watching a baby “crawl” up his mother’s belly looking for nourishment.

http://breastcrawl.org/science.htm

 

This is an old blog entry that I worked on years ago.

I have a friend who is due to have her fourth child on Christmas day. I hope she has her baby exactly on her due date. There’s nothing like having a baby on Christmas. Hopefully the baby won’t grow up getting ripped off with sharing birthday and Christmas gifts combined. I told my friend to make sure she goes to the hospital as soon as she feels her contractions getting close and strong. I joked around with her that I didn’t want to deliver her baby at her house. I my career as a  labor and deliver nurse I have delivered countless of babies. I have experienced both the happy and sad moments of childbirth. One experience still lingers with me……It was the first time I ever had a patient that had a prolapsed cord. I don’t know who had more of an adrenaline rush….  The patient was a multigravida and dilated 5-6 cm. I called her Dr and received orders from him. Because the Doctor lived 20 minutes away he decided to come to the hospital. My coworkers were rushing me on the patient’s bed. I remember the Doctor lived 20 minutes away and he had a habit of coming in to the hospital sooner than later. I prayed that this time he would get there sooner than later. When the Doctor arrived he was suprised when he was told his patient was in surgery.  The outcome was a live birth by C/S. This year the boy is twenty years old. Oh how I wish that I could meet him. I was 24 years old at the time that I was his mother’s nurse. But that was then and this is now…………. I am off on a new journey. 2010 will bring a new year of opportunities and blessings for me.

I can only imagine what it will be like on the labor and delivery unit on September 11 th. I will be a part of it since I am on call that day as a volunteer doula. I do not receive any payment for my services as of yet. That is what it means to be a volunteer. It is the stepping stone of a wonderful new beginning. The month of September will be very busy. The plans for the mother/baby/doula reunion are coming along nicely. I have all the items that I will be taking with me as raffle prizes. I can’t wait to meet the new mothers and babies. I can’t wait to hear their birth stories and labor doula experiences. I wonder if last year’s September 11 th baby will be there. September 11th will be a time of remembering what happened to our Nation on that day. It will be a time of reflection. A time of laughter. A time of tears. A time of healing. A time to recovery. A time of new beginnings in the birth of a baby. Life goes on……….

Someone recently suggested for me to apply to be a blogger for a health blog site. My labor and delivery blog was reviewed and accepted by the owner of the web site. I will be writing about pregnancy and fertility. If you have any suggestions on what subjects you would like me to write about please let me know. If you are an author of a pregnancy related book, please feel free to contact me. Although the process of childbirth has not changed over the ages, more and more women want to have the “birth day” of their wishes. Through my work as a labor doula, I hope to empower women to fulfill their ultimate birth plan.

http://www.childbirth.org/interactive/ibirthplan.html

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/birthplans/ss/birthplan_4.htm

Please keep this in mind……You will need to be flexible with your birth plan. Circumstances can change in labor at any time. Although your plan may not have worked out the way that you may have wanted, a healthy baby is the ultimate outcome.

No matter what you may think….. Your opinion really does matter. I loved receiving patient comment cards or thank you cards when I worked as a labor and delivery nurse. It’s ironic how one negative comment changed my life for the better. Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of the comment, I chose to grow from it. 2010 will be a very interesting year for me. This month will be very interesting for me. I have taken blogging  about Labor and Delivery topics to a whole new level. It has prepared me for a future business venture. Yes, money can be made by blogging only if it is done in the right manner. Follow your hearts desire and live your life with a renewed passion. It all starts with a dream. Give birth to a new idea. Let it gestate for awhile. Research it. Live it. Believe it. Dreams do come true from conception to birth. It begins today.

I decided to volunteer for another teen lamaze class on comfort measures. This time I will be bringing a few more gadgets that I have in my Doula bag. I recently bought a nice pink massager at Bath and Body Works

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3707199&cp=3161131

The other item came from Walmart. I will not promote the item because of a recent bad encounter with a sales associate over a clearence item. I will keep you guessing until Wednesday of next week. I am thinking of buying the item for each of the young girls in the lamaze class as a gift from me. Put it this way it is an item that will help get the significant other involved.

Here are some links to some interesting massagers and a few other ideas on comfort measures. HINT HINT……..I will be glad to review and try some of these massagers if you bless me with one 🙂

http://www.birthsource.com/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=33

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/laborbasics/tp/aatp100102a.htm

http://www.birthingnaturally.net/cn/technique/massage.html

http://pregnancychildbirth.suite101.com/article.cfm/benefits_of_massage_during_labor

Every minute a newborn comes into this world. At that exact moment a star is born in their parent’s eyes. I have seen the look over the thousands of births that I have been a part of for the past 17 years of my career as a labor and delivery nurse. I look forward to seeing the same starry eyed looked in the new parents faces when I volunteer as a labor/postpartum doula. I started to knit a new blanket to be added to the gift packs that I have been making up. I just multiplied the pattern to make the blanket to be what ever size I want it to be.

http://www.knittingknonsense.com/starcloth.html

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As my blog reaches the one year anniversary mark, I find myself working on a new project. I am quickly reaching the 6,000 view mark thanks to my faithful viewers. For the month of August I am planning to blog about the ABC’s of Labor and Delivery. Take a wild guess all you birth bloggers out there and let’s see what we can do………..

Topic A : AROM  What are some of the funniest stories that have ever happened at the workplace?

I have bnd een busy preparing for a mother and baby reunion with the other doulas that I am working with. I found some really cute woven totes colored pink and blue. Now I have to fill them with some different items. I have 24 bags to fill. I have some odd and end items to put in them  like note pads, ceramic angels, and some candles. I hope to find some cute bibs and bottles and Dollar General and Dollar Tree.  I have some homemade fleece blankets that I plan on putting in the tote bags. I was thinking of putting together some quick and easy recipes on cards that the mothers could use. I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of the mothers and babies.

Tonight will be the end of the month doula meeting and the educational topic will be about waterbirth. There will be a video shown about the topic. I have decided not to take my five year old son with me. Children are allowed at the meetings but I can’t see myself trying to explain why a birth is happening in the water. When I worked as a labor and delivery nurse, it was frowned on children being in the delivery room while their mother delivered. The youngest person I can remember being in the room was 15 years old. In a way it would be good for children younger than 15 to be in the room. It would be a great form of…… See how much pain is involved in childbirth……..Then again the child might be emotionally scarred for life. Or it could be a great bonding experience for the whole family. After all……Why do they call it a family birth center? Childbirth should be a family centered occasion. Bringing the whole family together for a blessed event.

http://www.waterbirth.org/


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