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Trying to make a decision about an 

intervention during labour? Ask yourself,

and your caregivers, these questions:


How could the recommended course of action help me or my baby?


How would the recommended course of action harm me or my baby?


Are there any other courses of action I could consider?


What are my gut feelings about this?


What happens if I do nothing?


Can you give me some time to consider my choices? Then . . . 


Now that I have the information I need, I'm ready to make a decision.

Source: Lucina Birth Services






Hurricane, tornado, earthquake, fire, flood - disaster can hit without warning, and your family could be ordered to evacuate. With a baby to care for, you need to be prepared. Some items you'll want to have in a prepacked duffel bag or backpack:

For the Family Dried foods, energy bars, at least four 1-liter bottles of water, high-calorie canned foods, can opener and eating utensils. More options: flashlights, cash, plastic bags, matches, hats, gloves, rain gear.

For Baby Carrier or sling, meds (e.g., infants' Tyenol0, diapers, baby wipes, a few bodysuits, sweater and blanket. If you're not breastfeeding, pack formula, bottle, baby foods and cereals. -Rachel Ng

{After Labor}

  • Skin-to-skin contact for mother and baby immediately after birth: Have your baby placed on your stomach for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. He will naturally began to try to nurse within the first hour. Baby doesn't need a bath right away, doesn't need to be weighed right away and doesn't need to be swaddled until after they have had that first successful nursing session. Skin-to-skin will facilitate the first nursing session and will regulate the baby's temperature.


  • Rooming in: Kept  baby in YOUR room at all times. You need your baby with you to nurse as often as you can.


  • Frequent nursing: Nurse constantly in those first hours and days after your baby is born. Every time your newborn makes a peep, feed him.  This helps the milk to come in quickly and it establishes a good supply right from the start.


  • Seek guidance and help immediately: Utilized the lactation consultants at the hospital, getting them to show you how to get a good latch within 12 hours of birth. If your breasts and nipples are sore, uncomfortable or they hurt, ask for help right away, do not wait even a day. Ask lots of questions. It's easier to fix little issues before they turn into bigger problems.                                          Source {Adapted to fit context of my blog}



Avoid Nipple Confusion

Nipple confusion occurs when a baby is bottle-fed too soon, and then forgets how to nurse on mom's nipple. It's not very common, but you can easily avoid it. If you're planning on introducing bottles or a pacifier, wait until baby is between 2 to 4 weeks old. But don't wait too long after that to introduce a bottle or you may have trouble getting baby to accept one.


Should You Wake Baby to Nurse?

Yes, in the first weeks. Newborns need to nurse about eight times a day, with no more than four hours between feedings. To help baby wake, try removing blankets, changing baby's diaper, massaging baby softly, or placing your little one against your skin.


Should You Use Both Breasts?

After breastfeeding for a few weeks, start letting baby drain one breast before switching to the other. The reason? There are two types of milk during each feeding: the thinner, thirst-quenching fore milk, followed by the creamier, fat-rich hind milk. Your baby needs both. If baby finishes only the first breast during a feeding, offer the other breast at the next feeding.


Is Baby Drinking Enough?

So long as your baby is gaining about a pound a month, nursing every two to three hours, and has about six to eight wet diapers a day, you can feel sure your little one's eating all she needs. Good news: By the second month, some babies no longer need night feedings, and may even sleep through the night.


Does Your Diet Affect Baby?

What you eat affects your breast milk, but usually not as much as most new moms think. Generally you can eat and drink what you enjoy, so long as you strive for a healthy, balanced diet.  But steer clear of very spicy or gas-producing foods, and watch for allergy symptoms in baby -- which should appear in the first four to six weeks.


Bonding Without Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is just one way to bond with your baby. The connection between parent and child grows every time you hold and cuddle your infant, each time you talk and sing to him, and with every bath and playtime. If mom plans on pumping for use in bottles after two to four weeks, others can do baby feedings, too. ~Source: Web MD


What are the advantages for mothers of planning a VBAC?

Accumulating cesarean surgeries increases the likelihood of:

  • Placenta previa, placenta accreta, and having the two in combination
  • Severe bleeding
  • Hysterectomy
  • Maternal admission to ICU
  • Maternal need for postoperative assistance with breathing
  • Thromboembolism
  • Ileus
  • Operative injuries
  • Adhesions {Source}



  • That law makes it illegal to sue any vaccine manufacturer in the United States for any reason. Lawmakers and industry lawyers felt that convulsing children have a tendency to generate sympathy amongst jurists, and attorneys actually mentioned this in their justifications. Despite its known risks, the DTP vaccine was sold for use on infants and children for 48 years before the "safer" DTaP formulation was marketed. Wyeth (now Pfizer) blamed the F.D.A. for having an approval process that is too slow, but it was more likely due to the fact that they stalled the process themselves, because DTP is more profitable than DTaP. The newer DTaP vaccine still causes the same brain swelling reaction (encephalitis) that is blamed upon shaken baby syndrome. The biggest change is that it has become illegal to sue vaccine manufacturers, which is an unconstitutional privilege that is shared with no other industry. (Source)
  • As stated in the image above, the United States has the highest vaccination rate in the world, yet we also have the worst infant death rate in the developed world.  (Source)
  • Why Don't You Vaccinate? (Source)













Public Health Doula





 Anyone who has the mental and physical strength to sit through strong, painful contractions without budging a single muscle, in the bent-over, uncomfortable sitting position required for getting an epidural, for 10 long minutes, on a raised bed, under bright fluorescent lights, while a strange, unknown anesthesiologist sticks a large needle in her back, can have an easy attended labor in the comfort of her own home, without any need for pain relief beyond a few Tylenol capsules. This is a fact that needs to be told to her. Source





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     Trying to breastfeed anywhere outside

    of my home is often a challenge. Here

    is a list of the unconventional places I've

    had to breastfed Lil' D.


    • -On a marble bench in the main lobby of City Hall in Newark
    • -In the backseat of my car in a Walmart parking lot
    • -In a bathroom stall, sitting on a toilet in a Christmas Tree Shop
    • -This one is pumping on an Amtrak train on the way to Baltimore
    • -Walking down 6th Avenue in Manhattan with Lil' D in my arms-- walking and nursing









    {1} Bottle-fed babies - no matter what they're drinking - don't self-regulate their intake the way breastfed babes do, and this can lead to obesity. Bottle-fed babies are overfed by an average of 25%, research shows. 


    {2} DVDs for tots are hot-selling items, but don't expect your toddler to learn from them. In fact, those who had watched such DVDs from an early age scored lower on vocabulary tests. It could be that too much screen time interferes with the activity that really does promote language acquisition in babies: having real people talk to them. - S.R. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine


    {3} A breastfed baby will begin to have six to eight bowel movements daily, a few days after birth. If your baby is formula-fed, he will likely have one to two stools per day. 


    {4} Permanent growth in a woman's foot . . . can occur from the release of the same hormone, relaxin, that allows the pelvis to open to deliver the baby. It makes the ligaments in your feet more flexible, causing feet to spread wider and longer - Marybeth Crane, DPM, FACFAS, a Dallas-area foot and ankle surgeon.


    {5} Any other position, like squatting or standing up, is the best way to go rather than lying on one's back. This gives the mother a better allowance for movement and it results to a less painful, easier delivery.


    {6} Nearly 3,700 elective c-sections must be performed on women with an estimated fetal weight of 4500g (9 lbs., 15 oz.) to prevent ONE case of permanent brachial plexus injury to a child. ~Rouse DJ, Owen J, Goldenberg RL, Cliver SP. The effectiveness and costs of elective cesarean delivery for fetal macrosomia diagnosed by ultrasound. JAMA 1996;276:1480-6.


    {7}Many mothers do not realize that they have the right to refuse ANY intervention , including tests, induction, heparin locks (IV’s), fetal monitoring, epidurals, pain medication and cesareans. It is your choice to deliver your baby in a hospital. It is your choice to consent to each and every step along the way. ~Avoid an Unnecesarean


    {8} Think twice about getting an epidural. Epidurals, known for slowing labor, inhibit and often prohibit your ability to use gravity to your advantage by getting off your back to push. Squatting, standing or sitting in labor helps to open your pelvis. Going with your body’s natural urge to push can prevent coached or “purple” pushing and consequent tearing or generous episiotomies. ~Avoid an Unnecesarean


    {9} IV fluids can cause over-hydration and edema in the breasts. It is speculated that this prevents the milk from coming in. Antibiotics can cause thrush in your breasts, which makes nursing very painful. In some cases these are both required or necessary and receiving them does not mean that you won't be able to nurse your baby.  Drink lots of water and stay hydrated during labor and if an IV is required by the hospital ask if you can get a heparin lock instead. Source

    {10} Regarding blood loss during birth, she mentions that average loss is 300-500 mil and over 500 is considered a hemorrhage. She then notes that during a cesarean the average loss is 1000 mil. Reading that, I thought so essentially with a cesarean you have a 100% chance of a uterine rupture AND a 100% chance of a hemorrhage. Source

    {11} Did you know? In the early '90s, Cytotec (misoprostol) was used to induce labor in women who had previously had a c-section.  This resulted in thousands of women with ruptured uterus'.  This practice was abandoned in 1999, and this same drug is now used for abortions. {Source}

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    The Fultz Quads

    As I was catching up on my favorite blogs I arrived on this blog post from BLACKTATING: Breastfeeding News & Views from a Mom of Color about the Fultz Quads. Prior to reading the post I had never heard about the quads. I was fascinated by the brief depiction Elita provided of their life. Check out the post below:
    "During the opening plenary at the Black Mother's Breastfeeding Association's third annual conference, I learned about the Fultz Quads, quadruplet girls born to a tenant farmer named Pete and his deaf, mute wife Annie Mae on May 23, 1946. I'm not sure how I'd never learned about this important piece of African-American history, but I'm happy to be able to share it with you, in case you've never heard of them either.

    You can imagine the chances of a couple conceiving quadruplets in the 40s, decades before the availability of fertility treatments, and the fact that the family was poor and black made this a sensational story that garnered nation-wide media attention. The Fultz's already had six children at home when Annie Mae headed to the hospital to give birth to her babies.

    The white doctor who delivered the quads, Fred Klenner, gained world renown for attending the birth of the first recorded set of black quadruplets. Dr. Klenner decided to name the girls himself, calling them Mary Ann, Mary Louise, Mary Alice and Mary Catherine. All of the names were for women in his family. The black delivery nurse was quoted in a newspaper article as saying, "At that time, you know, it was before integration. They did us how they wanted. And these were very poor people. He was a sharecropper, Pete was, and she couldn't read or write."

    As much of a media circus as the girls' birth was, it seems no one wanted in on the action more than the infant formula companies, whose business was exploding due to the post-war baby boom. In addition to making the girls guinea pigs for his 'Vitamin C therapy,' Dr. Klenner also negotiated a deal with the PET milk company, which agreed to provide the girls with formula, food, medical care, a private nurse and a farm when they reached adulthood, in exchange for using their image in promotional materials.

    This is the beginning of the aggressive marketing of infant formula to African-Americans in this country. Surely the wife of a poor sharecropper would have breastfed her children had PET not come into the picture. And of course black women were breastfeeding their children at this time because they really had no choice. Formula would not have been an affordable or viable option for most people. So although white women were turning to formula in droves, the formula companies were missing a huge portion of the market because black women were still breastfeeding. So how do you change their minds? The image of four beautiful black baby girls 'growing up strong' on formula was probably pretty convincing.
    You probably won't be surprised to find out that things didn't work out so well for the Fultz Quads. They were eventually adopted by the baby nurse provided to the family by PET. The farm they were promised turned out to be in the middle of nowhere on land that couldn't grow weeds. They grew up embittered over the way PET profited from their image while they remained poor. The public eventually forgot about them and they lived quiet lives.
    They got to meet Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Althea Gibson, appeared on television shows, and in hundreds of ads for PET milk.

    But what were the consequences of being fed 'baby milk' in infancy? Well, the three eldest of the Fultz quads were all dead of breast cancer before they reached age 55. The youngest sister, Mary Catherine, also has breast cancer. I'll let you draw your own conclusions."
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