Every persons body is different!

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You are full term, 40 weeks gestation and in active labor (more than 4 cm cervical dilation, cervix is soft and thinning (effacement) and the baby’s head is low in the pelvis. Less than 5 cm usually means you are still in the “latent” or early stage of labor and this can take 1-2 days sometimes.  However if you are contracting consistently every 2-3 minutes, 60 seconds is the length of time the contraction lasts and this is going on for hours – it is possible there is something not average going on even at this stage (like the head is not dropping or positioned correctly or sometimes the head just isn’t fitting).

Remember every person’s body is different and every labor is different. The GENERAL progression of labor is you move approximately 1cm per hour (if this is not your first labor), but possibly every 2 hours (if this is your first time in active labor) can be within average range as well. A rate slower than 1cm per hour could be effected by which of the following?

  • An epidural was placed
  • Inadequate contractions 
  • Advanced maternal age
  • History of previous births 
  • Obesity
  • Position of the baby, example Occiput Posterior (OP) (some refer to this as “sunnyside up” or baby’s looking up at the ceiling so the baby’s back is facing the maternal back
  • Lack of pain control (not relaxing which causes the baby’s head to fail to descend “drop”)

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Babies are overwhelming!

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You find yourself overwhelmed. You feel you can no longer give emotional, physical, spiritual and loving care to your newborn. Which statement below is correct? 

  1. In year 2000 the Abandoned infant Protection Act was formed
  2. Abandoned Infant Protection is also known as Safe Haven Law
  3. Safe Haven Law covers from baby’s birth until 30 days of life
  4. Safe Haven locations include of any place able to care for the newborn such as hospitals, police stations, etc. 
  5. You can leave a child as long as the parent immediately notifies a person of the infant’s location.
  6. If you follow any of the above you do not have to leave your name or identity  you are protected from any wrongful act.
  7. You have from day of baby birth to 60 days of baby’s life to be protected under the Safe Haven Law.

Let’s keep our newborn safe and protected.  You can start by taking a complete 5 hr class at The Birthing Center of NY!  Yes- doing the class we teach Newborn Safety, it’s just that important!

Babies DO come with Instructions

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Your delivery is precious

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This week’s Nurse Jackie Hint is a learning experience. Your delivery is very precious. You would like nothing more than having a video of your birth. Majority of hospitals only allow pics and no video. Video can  be misleading without an explanation or you can eliminate scenes that are crucial and in need or explanation .Watch this video of me bowling, how confident I am, how I bowl so well. I hit a strike. I’m so good. What you fail to see is I only hit 2 strikes the whole game and a whole lot gutters .  This is not shown in the video. The video is actually misleading.  Hence this is why videos are not allowed in a delivery room. This is and example hoping to enlighten your understanding. Wishing you all the best!

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He “feels” pregnant?

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Congratulations! You have confirmed your wanted pregnancy. You and your significant other could not be happier. During your first trimester you experience a little morning sickness. You notice your partner has similar symptoms – increased appetite, can’t keep any foods down, feels bloated, has  weight gain, heartburn and is always tired. From the choices below what is the one thing you should not do.

  • -Take prenatal/ childbirth classes 
  • Talk about the pregnancy and baby.
  • -Gently let them know this is unfair to you.  You should be the main concern . You are the one who should be getting the attention.
  • -Let them know this is real and it is called “couvade”. It will go away once your beautiful baby is born.

Babies DO come with Instructions

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Protecting your baby from the hot weather!

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Hot weather!! How should you dress your newborn for the outside weather that is greater than 75 degrees? Which answer is incorrect?

1- Do not cover the baby’s head with a light hat. The baby’s head does not need to be protected from sunlight.

2- Keep the baby’s genital area covered.

3- The newborn only needs one layer of clothing with temperatures over 90 degrees 

4 -Avoid taking your newborn outside for a long period of time if the temperature is over 90 degrees.

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Pregnancy Diet – do’s and dont’s

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During your pregnancy, the best thing you can do to have a healthy mommy and baby is to have and maintain a good nutritious diet. This will help you with the extra demands that the body will require as your pregnancy progresses.  Do you know which Vitamins can be found in which foods and  how do these vitamins affect your pregnancy? Let’s see if you can match the vitamins with the statements?

  1. Choline 
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Iron
  4. Vitamin C

A- Helps with fetal bones, teeth, skin and eyesight. Foods are fortified milk, breakfast cereal,fatty fish (Salmon)

B- Cannot be found in prenatal vitamins- you get it from your diet. Chicken, beets, eggs, milk, soy products and peanuts.

C- Helps with immune system, strong bones and muscles. Foods are Citrus fruits, prenatal vitamins, strawberries, broccoli and tomatoes.

D-Used by your body to make extra blood for you and your fetus. Found in prenatal vitamins, eat foods rich in iron, beans, lentils, beef, turkey, liver, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli.

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That Damned Dirty Diaper!

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Do you know how to change a baby’s diaper? Take my class!

  • Using one hand , hold the feet together and lift the baby’s bottom up. Clean from front to back!
  • Put your hand on the baby’s chest and turn the baby to one side, clean and repeat and do the other bottom side.
  • Lift the legs and hips after 6 months when the child knows how to crawl to prevent hip dystocia.
  • Putting the feet together and lifting the baby’s hip can cause hip dystocia.

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What to do with your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta?

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You are contemplating what to do with your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta after you give birth. Which one below is not recommended?

  • You can encapsulate your placenta and change them into pills 
  • Preserve the blood, umbilical cord and placenta by collecting and storing in a registered cord blood bank- This can be used in the treatment of many life saving diseases, cancer, immune deficiency, Sickle cell, and over 70 different types of disease.  They are hopefully treating Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, and other neurological diseases as well.
  • Can let the cord dry up and fall off and put it in a scrape book for your precious memories.
  • Can burn the cord off with use of candles ritually and turn it into a necklace or hang it on your wall
  • Discard in the garbage 

Baby and Mommy safety is ever so important!!!

Preparing for delivery is a lot of work!

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WOW- preparing for this delivery, whether vaginal or cesarean delivery can be a lot of work. What other things do you need to consider and put into place before the big day? Which task is definitely a no-no, no matter when you plan to deliver?

  • Contact your place of delivery to find out who can support you. Ask if they provide a Boppy pillow, Birthing ball Etc.
  • Find out what are their Covid  policies related to significant  and supportive others ( being tested, visiting, sleeping in)
  • Between significant other, friends or family, who can assist you in taking any items home that you do not need after you deliver.  In order to make your discharge easier having less items to manage when being discharged is ideal.
  • Make arrangements for the pet and other siblings care or housing while in a facility for 2- 3 days.
  • Make sure you  have a lighter for candles and or incense for your relaxation and comfort.
  • Find out their policies on taking your placenta home, cord blood collection, etc.

-Wishing you all the best  -Take my class .  Relax you so got this!

*With the rising heat outside during the summer, please drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, which can cause contractions!!

Jacqueline Ann Chapman 

Babies DO come with Instructions

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Don’t worry you are almost there!

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Congratulations-You are now 37 weeks gestation. You are beginning to get a little nervous. You are having mild discomfort all over your abdomen. You notice that when you walk or change your position the discomfort gets lighter or even go away. You are probably experiencing what? Do you know the answer?

  • Round ligament pain
  • False labor, practice labor, Braxton Hicks Contractions 
  • An indication that your water is going to break soon

* It is so important to know the signs and symptoms of labor.  Know the normal vs complications. Take my class and recognize “The Need To Know”!!