Various baby/pregnancy notes
- No, I’m not pregnant. But, I’m thrilled that my friend Erin is! (Click to read Erin’s 2-step plan to popularity with other women, one of which is “get pregnant.”)
- There’s always so much to learn about pregnancy and birthing! God has created us so amazingly complex. Every time I learn something that would make pregnancy or birthing an even better experience, it makes me want to have another. Seriously. At this rate, I’ll end up with 27 children. Just kidding. However, thanks to Christy at Zimm’s Zoo, I learned that the vitamin K shot that I OK’ed for all my children is likely what contributed to their jaundice. Fiala, you may recall, had to stay overnight in the hospital shortly after birth because of serious jaundice. (Read more here on the vitamin K shot.) WHY HAD I NEVER HEARD THIS BEFORE??? I don’t know. I’ve read an awful lot on natural pregnancy and birth, but had never heard/read this one before. If we do have any more children, we are definitely NOT getting the vitamin K shot.
- I read Daja’s recent article on the benefits of unmedicated birthing… funny, it’s like she was preaching to the choir. However, I find myself reading more and more and more about natural birth. I’ve had five Bradley-style unmedicated births myself, but there’s always more to learn, both for myself in the possible future, and because I relish any opportunity to help lead others I know — gently — towards the decision to birth naturally. Anyways. Searching out something she had written led me to this article, called Infant Self-Attachment, published by La Leche League. PLEASE. Read it!! It is absolutely, gloriously fascinating. It’s all about how babies, even moments after birth, if just left on the mother’s bare abdomen, baby skin to mama skin, will crawl their way up and find the breast, 100% on their own. The drive and impulse for a baby to nurse (combined with the “useless” stepping reflex and Bauer’s reflex) is so strong, the baby, left to its own devices, will latch on absolutely correctly, with no help from the mother (or anyone else) at all. Fascinating.
Posted on February 6, 2009, in Babies, Birth, Friendships, Medical Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.