The umbilical stump

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The umbilical stump comes off while you are giving your newborn a sponge bath. You should seek medical assistance for which of the below circumstances.

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  • Notify your pediatrician when the cord comes off.
  • Notify your pediatrician if you notice around the location where the cord was some yellow discharge, redness, swelling and/or odor
  • If the cord has not come off within 10 days

You should take your newborn to the obstetrician who delivered your baby and not the pediatrician

Confused and Crazy!

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Congratulations! Your precious baby is due soon and your family and significant other are very confused.Have you gone crazy, have you lost your mind? You are cleaning everything. You are cleaning things you have not cleaned in years. You are moving the furniture around, changing and re- changing the nursery, doing all the laundry, etc. It’s like you can’t stop. You have such a burst of energy! Why? Is this normal? Take my class. Can you pick the correct answer from below?

  • It is called nesting it is a burst of energy a compulsion to get a lot of things done prior to your new one coming.
  • You are exhibiting signs of anxiety and probably need to attend a support group for mothers to be.
  • This is absolutely normal and can occur days or weeks prior to your delivery
  • You may have a hormonal imbalance and need to see your OB provider for consultation.

Which breast is best!

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You have your newborn and you choose to breastfeed but for some reason your baby is favoring one breast and not the other, what should you do? Do you know the answer?

• Feed on the breast that the child does not feed well on first.
• Feed on the favorable breast first
• Use supplemental formula feeding to compensate
• Notify your pediatrician or contact your lactation consultant

*At the Birthing Center Of NY we teach breastfeeding

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Can you take your baby out in the cold?

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Winter is here and it can be wicked.  Can you take your newborn out in the cold? Do you know what the recommended precautions are?

  • Never take your newborn out in weather that is below 15 degrees  Fahrenheit or less.
  • Do not have your child in the cold. If you need to be outside, try to keep it to 15 minutes or less.
  • Your newborn can freeze in a matter of minutes and can experience hypothermia 
  • Observe the newborn for skin color of redness or grey type skin color, blue-ish skin color or shivering.
  • Mommy you need to be healthy also – please bundle up and stay healthy and safe!

Jacqueline Ann Chapman 

Should Newborns Eat Thanksgiving Food?

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To all our wonderful friends and followers – Happy Thanksgiving to you all and your loved ones. Your table is set and the house has an aroma of Thanksgiving festivities.  Your newborn is not yet 6 months old. Should you give them solid foods?  Do you know the answer?

  • Giving solid food before 6 months can cause increase in weight gain and lead to childhood obesity 
  • Giving solid foods can lead to type 1 diabetes and eczema
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics says 4 months of age is allowable but recommend waiting until 6 months of age
  • If the child is expressing the need to get to the food on your plate – let them

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from our family to your family!

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I need to lay down!

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You are often told when you are lying down to lay on your left side. Do you know why? Ideally whatever side favors a good fetal response is the side you need to be on at that present time. But why is the left side the ideal and recommended side when sleeping? Pick out the correct answer below.

  • Lying on your left side helps the rich nutrition filled blood supply to go from your heart to the placenta.
  • It will relieve pressure off your liver and kidney allowing a greater blood flow to these organs.
  • The blood will flow through your body no matter which side to lay on. There is basically no difference.

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Let’s talk about baby safety

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NYS promotes NYS BABY SLEEP ABC- Which means your baby should be sleeping Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Sleeping on the back assists in preventing SIDS ( Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The cause of SIDS is still unknown Let’s go over the “B” for Back. Which statement below is accurate. In my class we do cover this. As a bonus we do cover modified American Heart Association Baby CPR & Baby choking management.

  • The baby should always be on their back
  • During waking hours the baby should have time on their stomach, it’s called Tummy Time
  • Baby always on their back will potentially develop a bald spot, flat back of the head, delay in learning to push themselves up, crawl, turn over on their own and decrease visual awareness
  • Once a child learns to rollover on their own. No need to turn them back onto their back if they can turn themselves.
  • Tummy Time will allow them to learn to crawl, rollover, strengthen their neck and back
  • Tummy Time gives one time to play, bond and get to know your little one. 
  • Tummy Time is done with supervision 
  • Tummy Time can be done in several baby positions 
  • Placing baby on their stomach can cause colic and baby should never be placed on their stomach.


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You are in active labor and do not want an epidural but request pain management.  IV medication is administered and you deliver in two hours. Which statement is accurate?

  • Intravenous pain medication crosses the placental barrier and your baby will go to the nursery for approximately 4 hours to monitor the vital signs and the effects of medication.
  • The newborn will be allowed to remain with you since IV medication has no effect to the baby.
  • The staff will review the observation of the newborn with you and the baby can remain with you
  • If your significant other is present the infant can remain with you in the room.

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Green Water?

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You broke your water and the color of the water is noted to be a light green.  Which of the following statements are true?

  • You should take a moment and note if you have fetal movement, call your provider immediately and let them know the time of seeing fluid, amount and color.
  • This is normal and indicates you will probably deliver within the next 24 hrs.
  • This is an indication that the baby may be experiencing some level of stress.
  • Take a tub bath and then go to the hospital.

It’s important to be able to distinguish normal process of labor. Take my class! The need to know is real as well as important.

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Cut the cord!

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You have planned a very special delivery however your significant other feels light headed and feels faint, but they are otherwise fine.  Can you identify some of the procedures you can do to still have a very special birth.

  • Request the provider cut the cord
  • Raise your bed slightly and cut your own cord
  • Request delayed cord cutting to allow the rich nutritional blood supply in the cord to return back to the baby, assuming the baby is okay.
  • Insist your significant other take part in cutting the cord.

*This birth is special and you cannot do it again. Take my class and learn different techniques you can do if special circumstances arise.

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