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What Happens To My Baby After Birth?

by Guest
Posted August 25 2010 04:27pm
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You've waited patiently – and some days, impatiently – all these months to see the sweet face of your baby. Then, only a few moments after the birth, the nurse or staff want to whisk your baby away for several assessments.  These tests must be done, but only to ensure that your baby is in good health.  Some of these exams, such as the APGAR, can be done with baby laying on your chest or abdomen skin-to-skin. Other tests can be delay until after the first hour of birth to allow time for you and your baby to bond. These assessments, performed on all newborns, also help keep new babies healthy as they adjust to life outside the uterus.

The following procedures will be performed on your baby:

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Supporting Mom in Labour - Guidelines to Follow

by Guest
Posted August 25 2010 03:35pm
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Strategies to help support a mom-to-be during labour.

What can you as a father, partner or companion do to help during labour? 

Just be there. Just your physical presence at some points during the labour may be all that a labouring woman needs. She may not want to be massaged or have her hand held. All she may need is your reassuring presence.

Get physical. Physical support is key in labour. You can try various strategies to help mom get as comfortable as she can be. These strategies may include: walking, helping her find a comfortable position, giving her a massage, using hot or cold compresses, or reminding her to move around, giving her food and drink (if allowed), helping her bathe or shower, helping her through contractions or distracting her with books or music. Your most important physical role is to stay calm, watch her non-verbal cues and listen to what she says.

Show your soft side. Emotional support is very important to women in labour. You’ll be providing this by giving her verbal encouragement or support, maintaining eye contact and giving her information about what’s happening.

Be an advocate.
If mom is too tired or in too much pain to make decisions, have a copy of your birth plan, and use the following questions to help you make an informed decision

  • Why is this test, screen, procedure or treatment being done?
  • How will this test, screen, procedure or treatment be done?
  • When will this test, screen, procedure or treatment be done?
  • What are the risks to baby if we have this test, screen, procedure or treatment?
  • What are the risks to baby if we have this test, screen, procedure or treatment?
  • Are there any alternatives?
  • What might happen is we don’t do this test, screen, procedure or treatment now?

Worried that you won’t be heard? Introduce yourself to the medical staff right away (but wait until contractions have passed before talking to them). You may have to do this several times if you are labouring in hospital, as another staff member will cover for meal breaks or when the staff who have been with you leave at the end of their shift.

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Positions for Labour

by Maxine
Posted July 21 2011 03:16pm
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This handout provides images and descriptions of various helpful positions that you can use during each stage of labour including upright positions, forward leaning positions, asymmetrical positions, pushing positions and more.

 

Download the Positions for Labour handout (PDF)

 

This information was provided with permission by:

Injoy-MothersAdvocate-Lamaze
Injoy
Mother's Advocate
Lamaze

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Support Roles in Labour

by Guest
Posted August 25 2010 03:38pm
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Labour is often considered to be the most stressful part of pregnancy. During that time, you can benefit from having your partner in the labour and delivery room supporting you by wiping your brow, stroking your head, counting contractions or just being present. In fact, some research shows that a partner in the room can help to ease the pain of labour for women. Many partners also know what you may like to ease the pain and discomforts of labour. They may know whether you prefer a shower or a bath, your taste in music or what fluids you like to drink.

Some couples, however, prefer that the father or partner stay away during labour and delivery. Sometimes this approach is a personal preference, and other times it is important for cultural or religious reasons. We encourage you to thoroughly discuss your preferences, and decide what is right for yourselves.

Whether or not your partner is with you, you may have at least one other woman with you during labour and delivery. She could be a trained doula, a sister, your mother, a friend or someone who has recently had a baby to provide emotional and physical support. For our purposes, we call these women “companions.” They are companions to you, and sometimes your partner, as they go through labour and delivery together.

Dad and the companion can support each other if labour extends for hours. Sometimes two heads are better than one when it comes to figuring out what you want.

Your companion needs to take care of themselves during labour too!

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Nourish yourself-eat healthy snacks and meals.
  • Take a break- even if it is just to walk in the hall or to go outside for fresh air.
  • Catch some sleep when there is an opportunity it will help when labour becomes harder and Mom needs your help.

Did you find it helpful to have support during your labour? Share your experiences with other parents by leaving a comment below!

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