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I Believe I Can Do This, Please Believe in Me Too.

I know some people do not agree with the way that I want the birth of our (mine and Michael’s) child to go. All the practicing, exercises, gaining knowledge, and more makes no sense if I do not have a support network. During labor there will be times that I will questions myself. At this point, I usually only have a little ways to go. However, if I do not remain calm and relaxed, this point may happen before I am ready.

Now all that being said, if people keep instilling self doubt into my head, that is how I will go into all this when the time comes.

I have made the decision that if I am panicking or freaking out, that Michael had the right to ask everyone in the room to leave until I get control of myself again. Like wise, if there are any decisions that need to be made and I can not give my consent, Michael has the authority to make what decision is in Nora’s and my best interest.

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Testimonials About Cloth Diapers

I posted a question on the forum that I am a part of about cloth diapers back at the beginning of August. Below are some of the responses I received about cloth diapers, the person’s name and screen name has been kept private. If you have questions for anyone of the people who wrote stuff, please let me know and I will find out which person wrote it and ask if it is ok if you contact them.

    Person 1 wrote:
    “I switched from ‘sposies to cloth about a month ago. Let me see if I can answer some of your questions. 1 – no cloth don’t leak – we rarely have leaks in the cloth diapers – unless we don’t change him often enough. 2 – You will probably want to have around 18-20 on hand – we didn’t start until DS was past the newborn stage; so we aren’t changing him as frequently as you would a newborn. 3 – We use the liners; but not that frequently – I haven’t actually used one when he had a poopie diaper; so I’m not sure how well it would have worked. We use pocket diapers – since DH is changing most of the dipes it just makes more sense for us. We currently have 15 dipes; and I’m planning on getting some more soon – I just need to determine which ones I’d like to get. I didn’t go with cloth b/c of the environment; I mainly wanted to go with cloth b/c of the cute factor – the environment was just secondary; plus everything I keep hearing about Pampers makes me angry. I also didn’t care for Huggies – it seems like ‘sposies are more for function than anything – and I wouldn’t want my baby in them for the next several years. Plus, they tend to train earlier if in cloth. I haven’t used pre-folds with covers – I just know DH wouldn’t do that – pocket seem to work best for our dynamic. I wouldn’t stock up on a lot of one kind b/c you just never know what you’ll like. Or what will work for your kiddo. and cleaning them is SUPER easy – it really isn’t bad at all. You just get a ‘wet’ bag to toss the diapers in – I have the FuzziBunz bag b/c i like the zipper on the bottom. Every two days you un-zip the bottom of the bag and the dipes just fall into the washer. You start a ‘rinse’ cycle and rinse out all the poop, etc. Then you run a HOT cycle with an extra rinse. I sometimes run a 2nd hot cycle w/o detergent – just depends on how I feel that night
    Then I toss ’em in the dryer and let them dry. I stuff ’em later whenever I have a few minutes. I would put the covers out in the backyard to dry – but I generally wash them at night. I am currently using regular powder Tide to wash them; but I have some Allen’s detergent to use too.”

    Person 2 wrote…
    “We’re doing cloth. my main reasons are economy and ecology. Not only are disposable diapers a problem because of the volume of diapers but also they don’t decompose. As a side I’m also not interested in having my kid exposed to the chemical desiccants in sposies-I’m always surprised when moms who are anti-vac because of the possible chemical exposure yet still use disposables. Anyway, I used to babysit and dealt with cloth then. It’s really not that much harder than disposables. And that’s using prefolds, if you go for the more expensive modern ones like pocket or all in ones it shouldn’t be any more work at all. Other than the laundry that is.”

    Person 3 wrote…
    “The cloth are nice and soft and my son has never had a diaper rash. We have the same stash of diapers we both 20 months ago and they are still in great shape..i will be reusing them with my twins. Cloth don’t leak unless they are on too long or have a detergent build up. I chose to go with bumgenius just due to all the positive reviews I read on diapers.com and amazon. (I literally spent hours and hours researching different types) We use flushable liners so we don’t have a poo mess in the diapers, but even when we don’t use them they always wash clean. For newborn I will use the small sized cloth or the chinese prefold with a liner. When my Ds was a newborn we changed his diaper every 2 hours practically….I would think minimum have 15 diapers and maybe keep some spare disposables in case you didn’t keep up with the wash.
    You just have to stay ahead on washing them. If you plan on putting your child in daycare…most commercial daycare centers probably won’t be okay with cloth.”

    Person 4 wrote…
    “You’d probably spend less on some NB size prefolds and nylon pants that a diaper service – and later nb dipes are GREAT for stuffing pockets or cleaning once you are done diapering. Prowraps makes a great NB cover, too – a little pricier than nylon pants but not too bad. Di-dee or Dy-dee or something like that diaper service in CA has them on line for the best price, or did 2ish years back… They have a gusset and hold newborn poo in really well. (We actually had WORSE issues with blow outs and leaks with disposables with my son, he was a power pooper!) We did prefolds and covers – mostly nylon pull on pants and prowraps – when my son was a baby. CD’ed him through potty training. Tried with my girls but by 9 months I gave up as I was up to my eyeballs in laundry between clothes and dipes and I had a broken dryer to boot – the backlog was killing me!!! If this pregnancy sticks and it’s a singleton (as it most likely is, no treatments) I plan to give cd’ing another go… I think I will try some of those bum genuis. I will need to sell off some dipes, though… I have enough prefolds for 2 kids which is actually way too many as, duh, it didn’t occur to me you still need to wash when the pail is full, which happens faster with more kids in dipes… luckily prefolds are cheap to start, hold up very well, and tend to resell well! Nylon pull on pants are so thin and comfy, and CHEAP… I liked these because it was easy to get clothes over them. Fitteds and pockets can result in weird bulk. The only downside is they have to come off over the feet for removal, which can be a pain if there are shoes and/or blown out poo.”

    Person 5 wrote again…
    “We have some BumGenius – and I want to give you a recomendation… We have only been using them for a very short amount of time and I can quickly see how we’ll have trouble with the aplix. I definitely would go with snaps – for a small baby they aren’t really necessary as the kiddo won’t be pulling open the diaper, but from what I hear it’s pretty common when they get bigger We have some FuzziBunz that I really like; and also some Smartipants – I am falling in love with the Smartipants; and definitely going to add more to my stash.”

    Person 6 wrote…
    “I’ve been using Flips since ds’s cord fell off (about a week old). He was kind of small, about 6lb 5oz at home so they were/are a little bulky but it’s not too bad – DH called him a pear. We start out with just 2 covers, the 6 inserts it came with and then about 15 or so just plain prefolds and it’s worked fine. If one cover got messy I just rinsed it out and used the other one. Just this past week I got two other covers – bummis smalls – so 4 total covers. I already like the snaps better since during a change the bummis’ velcro can get caught. It’s really been easy and we’ve had no leaks outside the covers. I’ve just been using Tide Free right now but will probably switch when we’re out.”

    Person 7 wrote…
    “We use a combination of both. I have 13 Kawaii cloth diapers. We use them during the day at home (which is every day because I stay home). We use disposables at night, when we are out and about, or when I am slacking and don’t have laundry done. With 13 diapers, I do laundry every other day. I highly recommend them (they are pocket diapers that fit all sizes). They are super cheap and are basically knockoffs of bumgenius diapers. Cloth doesn’t have to be all or nothing… theres no reason that you can’t do a combination of both. I just wanted to add, since many ppl on here have mentioned which brands they are going to use, that I recommend checking out the kawaii diapers. I have a friend who uses BumGenius and Fuzzibunz and was impressed with the Kawaii that I showed her. We chose them because the $ was right for us and they get great reviews and are (at least from my understanding) knockoffs of BumGenius. They sell on ebay under the name mayflower_garden and you can get 12 diapers with 24 inserts for $69.”

    Person 8 worte…
    “We sort of ended up using cloth diapers by accident. I had mentioned to my grandma with my first daughter that cloth diapers sounded interesting, and she went and sewed me five dozen without telling me. When our daughter was newborn she was small and the diapers were just too ridiculously big on her, so we used disposable newborn diapers for a few weeks. And when we were getting to the point of potty training, it was getting to the point where I had to double up the daytime diapers and triple the nighttime ones and we were still having occasional leaks, (and huge bulky diapered bottoms!) so we used disposables again for the last two months or so while we potty trained. (and besides, it was easier for her to take off disposable diapers herself) In between, we pretty much used cloth exclusively, except for the occasional time when we’d buy a very small package of disposables for a long trip somewhere out of town. I really liked my cloth diapers. We also exclusively breastfed, so between that and cloth diapers, it took care of most of the ongoing cost of a baby. We were not wealthy people and it really helped. I never found washing diapers to be much of a chore… I stayed home with my daughter for three years, and it was never much trouble to just chuck the diaper pail into the wash every three days. I didn’t really do anything fancy with the wash… I often added bleach, but that was the extent of the special care. And for our new baby on the way, my grandma has again sewed us cloth diapers. (we had none left… our daughter is nine now and all the diapers have long since been used as rags or otherwise worn out and disposed of) I like my cloth diapers, I did not find them that much more inconvenient, it saved me such an incredible amount of money, and it makes me happy to know that I didn’t make a huge disposable diaper mountain in a landfill somewhere. That said, I had no problems using the occasional disposable when it made sense to.”

    Person 9 wrote…
    “We’ve been doing prefolds and covers, and that’s worked out great… they do leak every now and then, but WAY less than disposables. We have maybe one poo leak a week, but it never makes it past the cover. I don’t think we’ve ever had poo leak on clothes from using cloth. We used sposies for the first month, and we had a blowout EVERYTIME she pooped, up the back. It was awful. We use BumGenius Organics all-in-ones when we go out because they’re just easier for travel, and I love them. We’re thinking of switching to them completely, maybe when tax time rolls around and we get a refund. I just wish they came in cuter colors/prints. Prefolds are nice and cheap though. Definitely a bonus As far as extra work, it’s not a ton. I’d rather do an extra load of laundry every few days than deal with leaks and the extra cost of buying dipes and wipes. (We use cloth wipes too, also not as much extra work as you would think.)”

    Person 10 wrote…
    “We started the whole CD thing around 6.5 months and I wish I started sooner! We are exclusively FuzziBunz one sized and I LOVE THEM. I use a pul lined bag and the smell isn’t too horrible. Usually the problem is the poopy diapers I have left and forgotten on TOP of the pail… oops. I just have the liner in a regular step can and it’s not bad. Laundry every three days. I have 16 diapers and we use a disposable at night or if we’re going to be away for a long time during the day. My daycare uses the cloth for me. I want to use cloth wipes, but that part throws me off. I don’t know why. I suppose its just the logistics of it all. Maybe I’ll get brave one day… maybe! I have one Kawaii diaper. I bought it because I heard it was good and the pattern (leopard!) was super cute. I HATED it. It didn’t last as long as I had hoped and the legs were weird. I had gDiapers with cloth liners. FAIL. They were just difficult to manage with a crazy squirmer. The WAHM diapers are nice. The ones I had didn’t fit my kid’s fat thighs though so I gave up on those. Another alternative is the AMP diaper. It’s another pocket and comparable in price point to the FB or the BG.”

    Person 11 wrote…
    “Just my two cents here…I have a son and I did both cloth and disposable. I have found bumgenius to be phenomenal diapers, and this time around will probably get some more and cut back even more on the disposable.”

    Person 12 wrote…
    “I absolutely love cloth… for the short time we had DD in disposables, she got rashes all the time, and blowouts every night. It always went up and out the back, every poo meant a bath and a new outfit 🙁 But once we switched over to cloth, they held in all the explosive newborn poops, and her rashes all but went away! (We still get one every now and then now that she’s started solids, but they go away pretty quick) There is a bit of extra laundry, but it’s really not that bad. I wash every 2 days, which means there’s about 15-20 diapers and 15-20 cloth wipes to put up afterwards, only takes a couple of minutes. It’s well worth the extra time compared to the money we’d be spending on disposables.”

To help you guys with the abbriviations look at the list below.

  • DD= Darling Daughter
  • DS= Darling Son
  • DH= Darling Husband
  • WAHM= Work At Home Mom
  • CD= Cloth Diapering or Cloth Diapers
  • BF= Breastfed
  • FF= Formula fed

    If there is any more in there that I missed, please just let me know what it is, and I will tell you what it means.

    Please check out DiaperDutyKanas.blogspot.com for more on cloth diapers.

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  • Pros and Cons of an Epidural Anesthesia

    I just want people to be aware of the pros and cons of an Epidural during birth, and to understand better why I don’t want to receive one as part of my labor experience. Please do not take any of this the wrong way, I am not bashing anyone for getting one, and I am not trying to stop you. I just feel women should be informed about what they are consenting to, what the benefits are, and what the risks are.

    Pros

  • Less pain during child birth
  • Allows mom to get some rest

    Cons

  • Increased probability that the mother will have to have a c-section
  • Mom may need to receive pitocin (an artificial hormone)to restart labor.
  • Requires constant electronic fetal monitoring.
  • Moms sometime feel disconnected from the birth.
  • Baby may require a dose of naloxone (a drug for an overdose).
  • Mom may get a fever.
  • Mom’s blood pressure may drop or become low.
  • Mom has to basically lay flat on her back.
  • Baby can develop fetal distress
  • The anesthetic solution could accidentally be injected into the blood stream, which can cause mom to twitch, have convulsions, or lose of consciousness. This happened in 12 our 1000 women.
  • Could be trauma to mom’s blood vessels in her back causing persistent backaches or headaches or even permanent paralysis.
  • Mom could develop bacterial meningitis from the injection site.
  • Mom may loose the desire to push baby out.
  • From the low blood pressure, mom may experience a heart attack or the spinal cord will suffer damage.
  • Asthmatics can get suddenly worse during epidural anesthesia with more wheezing and inability to breath.
  • Mom could stop breathing all together.
  • Moms, about 30% of the time, experience nausea and vomiting.
  • Mom’s heart rate may slow, which runs the risk of cardiac arrest.

    Click here for case examples with mild problems from epidurals.

    Click here for examples of permanent disability from epidural anesthesia.

    Click here for cases of DEATHS from epidural anesthesia.

    I have read these results in many places, however, I really found this website Healing-Arts.org very helpful since they have all the information in one place, and they have the statistics on the site as well.

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  • A Little About Baby at Week 20

    BabyCenter.com

    How your baby’s growing:

    Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)

    He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

    Baby2See.com

    Week Twenty: The halfway point

    Congratulations!
    You are halfway through your pregnancy, 20 weeks marks the midpoint. Remember, pregnancy is counted as 40 weeks from the beginning of your last period if you go full term.

    You are 20 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 18 weeks)

    • Baby now weighes about 11 ounces and is roughly 7 inches long.
    • Baby is 17cm long crown to rump, and weighs about 310 grams.
    • The baby can hear and recognize the mother’s voice.
    • The mother will probably start feeling the first fetal movements.
    • The toenails and fingernails are growing.
    • The growth of hair on the rest of the body has started.
    • The skin is getting thicker.

  • The heart can now be heard with a stethoscope.
    Your baby may react to loud sounds. Baby can actually hear noises outside of the womb. Familiar voices, music, and sounds that baby becomes accustomed to during their development stages often are calming after birth. This is an important time for sensory development since nerve cells serving each of the senses; taste, smell, hearing, sight, and touch are now developing into their specialized area of the brain.

    Your baby now weighes about 11 ounces and at roughly 7 inches long they are filling up more and more of the womb.

    TheBump
    Baby’s now the size of a cantaloupe!
    Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they’ve already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you’d like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

    Pregnancy Today
    At 20 weeks, your baby now has perfectly formed ears and is able to hear sounds from inside and outside your body. Studies have shown that she’ll learn to distinguish your voice from other people’s long before she’s born, and be soothed by it after the birth.

    All the major structures of your baby’s body are now formed, from her major organs right down to her fingers, toes and facial features. From now on, her main job is to pile on the pounds. She’s already roughly half the length she’ll be at birth.

    The next eight weeks will be your unborn baby’s most active time. She’s in full control of her movements, and has enough space inside you to move freely. She’s even developing her own daily routine, with periods of sleep, activity and quiet but alert wakefulness.

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  • Evie


    I am more worried about leaving Evie when we have to go to the hospital than anything else I have to worry about. She has never stayed with anyone other than Michael’s dad, and I am not sure anyone I know is willing to take on her as a responsibility for a few days. I don’t want to board her for 1) she will not handle being in a kennel very well, and 2) she can’t have vaccines so I would be putting her at risk for a bunch of stuff.

    If there is anyone out there that might be willing to watch her for a few days here is what you have to do for her.

    • You have to make sure she gets her medication every day. She gets everything at night. Medications include Azathioprine, Prednisone, and oral Ivermec.
    • You will need to make sure she has access to water at all times.
    • You will have to let her sleep in the bed with you.
    • She normally gets up every two hours to go potty
    • She likes to be fed between 4am and 7am, and if you don’t feed her she will cry.

    There are other things that you will have to do for her, and I am not sure how she will do with out Michael and me. She has never been away from us for more than a few hours. She really is my baby, and would have to be treated as such.

    So, if there is some brave person out there that would be willing to take her for a few days when I go into labor, than please email me at [email protected]

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    Baby Powder a No No?

    In my reading yesterday I came across this.

      Risks of Talcum Powder

      PreventCancer.com
      Q. What is talc?

      A. Talc is a mineral, produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. Processing eliminates a number of trace minerals from the talc, but does not separate minute fibers which are very similar to asbestos.

      Q. What kinds of consumer products contain talc?

      A. Talc is found in a wide variety of consumer products ranging from home and garden pesticides to antacids. However, the products most widely used and that pose the most serious health risks are body powders Talc is the main ingredient in baby powder, medicated powders, perfumed powders and designer perfumed body powders. Because talc is resistant to moisture, it is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture medications and is a listed ingredient of some antacids. Talc is the principal ingredient home and garden pesticides and flea and tick powders. Talc is used in smaller quantities in deodorants, chalk, crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler, paper, and in food processing.

      Q. Why is talc harmful?

      A. Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos. Responding to this evidence in 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc. However, no ruling has ever been made and today, cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government. This inaction ignores a 1993 National Toxicology Program report which found that cosmetic grade talc, without any asbestos-like fibers, caused tumors in animal subjects.1 Clearly with or without asbestos-like fibers, cosmetic grade talcum powder is a carcinogen.

      Q. What kind of exposure is dangerous?

      A. Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women.2

      Talc poses a health risk when exposed to the lungs. Talc miners have shown higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses from exposure to industrial grade talc, which contains dangerous silica and asbestos. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.3

      Q. What about infants?

      A. Talc is used on babies because it absorbs unpleasant moisture. Clearly, dusting with talcum powder endangers an infant’s lungs at the prospect of inhalation. Exposing children to this carcinogen is unnecessary and dangerous.

      ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:

      1. Do not buy or use products containing talc. It is especially important that women not apply talc to underwear or sanitary pads.

      2. Contact your pediatrician and/or local hospital and find out if they have a policy regarding talc use and infants.

      3. Write to the FDA and express your concern that a proven carcinogen has remained unregulated while millions of people are unknowingly exposed.

      References:

      1.National Toxicology Program. “Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of talc (GAS No 14807-96-6) in F344/N rats and B6C3F, mice (Inhalation studies).” Technical Report Series No. 421. September 1993.

      2. Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. “Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk.” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992.

      3. Hollinger MA. “Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous talc.” Toxicology Letters, 52:121-127, 1990.

      CONTACT:
      Cancer Prevention Coalition
      c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
      School of Public Health, M/C 922
      2121 West Taylor Street
      Chicago, IL 60612
      Tel: (312) 996-2297
      E-mail: [email protected]

    So I guess that is another product that we will not be using.
    Alternatives to use instead of the traditional baby powder:

    • BNG Enterprises Gentle Care Butt Dust Talc Free Powder
    • BURT’S BEES Baby Bee Dusting Powder Talc Free
    • Summer Hill Talc Free Powder
    • Lavender Talc Free Powder by Crabtree & Evelyn
    • Freshscent 2 oz Talc Free Baby Powder

    That is just a few of the options available.

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    The Bradley Method

    First of all you are probably wondering what the Bradley Method is.

      Badley Birth
      The Bradley Method® teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.

    Nextly, you are probably wondering what the Bradley Method teaches.

      Badley Birth
      1. Natural childbirth – Nearly 90% of Bradley® moms having vaginal births do so without pain medication.
      2. Active participation by the husband as coach.
      3. Excellent nutrition (the foundation of a healthy pregnancy and baby).
      4. Avoidance of drugs during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, unless absolutely necessary. No drug has been proven safe for an unborn baby.
      5. Training: “Early Bird” classes followed by weekly classes starting in the 5th month and continuing until the birth.
      6. Relaxation and NATURAL breathing – can be effective pain management techniques with training according to the National Institutes of Health.
      7. “Tuning-in” to your own body and trusting the natural process.
      8. Immediate and continuous contact with your new baby.
      9. Breastfeeding, beginning at birth provides immunities and nutrition.
      10. Consumerism and positive communications.
      Parents taking responsibility for the safety of the birth place, procedures, attendants, and emergency back-up.
      Parents being prepared for unexpected situations such as emergency childbirth and cesarean section.

    Yes, I am planning on using this method for giving birth to Nora. I have had people tell me that I am crazy or have no idea what I am getting myself into, but I don’t believe they fully know about natural child birth. The Bradley way teaches women to stay low risk through nutrition and exercise.

    They also teach that relaxation is the key to success during labor. Relaxation is the safest and most effective way to control pain while in labor with out reducing sensation to baby and mom.

    There is no changing in breathing. Some birthing classes teach you special ways to breath while in labor. The Bradley Method teaches women to do relaxed abdominal breathing while in labor.

    The Bradley Method was started by Dr. Robert Bradley in 1949, when he started testing his theories with pregnant nurses. His ideas were soon reported in a news paper article called “A Better Start For Babies”. Dr. Bradley was also the pioneer to get husbands into the birthing room with the mother as her coach.

    I hope this helps you some understand about the natural way of the Bradley Method.

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    I’m In Love With a…. SWING?


    Yes, it’s true, I am in love with a baby swing/bouncer. The swing/bouncer is called the MamaRoo by 4moms. When I first saw this swing, I liked it because of it’s unique design, and put it on my registry. However, I then convinced myself that I didn’t need something so expensive, especially since I only “liked” it because it looked different, so I took it off the registry.

    A few days ago, I revisited the idea of the MamaRoo. I looked up product reviews, checked prices, and just generally learned more about the product. Here is what I found out:

    • They are made by a small company Pittsburgh, PA
    • When coming up with the idea of the MamaRoo they consulted doctors, nurses, and hundreds of parents about what they liked and disliked about traditional swings and bouncy sites.
    • The MamaRoo moved more naturally than traditional swings and bouncy seats. For example, when was the last time you swung you baby like a swing does, or vibrated your baby like a bouncy seat will?
    • There are 5 motions this swing does.

      • Car Ride: Called the figure 8 on it’s side
      • Kangaroo: Lots of up and down, less side to side
      • Tree Swing: High on the sides, low in the middle
      • Rock-A-Bye: Low on the sides, high in the middle
      • Ocean Wave: Round and Round

    • There are five speeds
    • There are three toys that are like stuffed eggs. They are colored on one side and black and white on the other. They are easily grasped by young babies, and will pull out for chewing and playing with.
    • There is a connection for your MP3 player!
    • The fabric on the seat is replaceable and machine washable.
    • The seat will recline to any position on it’s axis.
    • There is a digital display for adjusting the motion and the speed.
    • Comes in six colors

    The swing cost, right now, around $199, but I believe that is a great deal for all that you get.

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    A Little About Baby at Week 19

    BabyCenter.com
    Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

    Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

    TheBump.com
    Baby’s now the size of a mango!
    Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

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    Week Nineteen: Genitals recognizable

    • You are 19 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 17 weeks)
    • Fetus is around 6.5 inches (17cm) and 9 ounces (250gm).
    • Your placenta continues to grow and nourish the baby.
    • Features of your baby’s heart, should be visible during an ultrasound.
    • Your baby’s genitals are distinct and recognizable.
    • Scalp hair has sprouted and continues to grow.

    If baby is female the uterus starts to develop, the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes are in place. Females have a limited supply of eggs in their lifetime. At this point your daughter will have 6 million eggs. This amount decreases to approximately one million by birth. If it’s a boy, the genitals are distinct and recognizable. Even if the sex looks obvious, ultrasound operators have been known to make mistakes.

    Baby’s legs are reaching their relative size and with the increase muscle development occurring as well, you will start feeling much more than tiny flutter kicks soon. If you have not felt movement yet, you will soon. Your baby will increase its weight by more than 15 times between now and delivery.

    Your baby’s size is around 6.5 inches (17cm) and 9 ounces (250gm).

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    Your baby’s skin is now covered in vernix, a white waxy substance. It helps protect her skin from becoming waterlogged while she’s immersed in the amniotic fluid, and also from scratches inflicted by her wayward fingernails.

    At 19 weeks, your baby’s sensory development is at its peak. The nerve cells that will control all of her senses are developing in specialized areas of her brain. The reproductive system is complete now, too. As your baby’s nervous system develops, she’ll master increasingly complicated movements, twisting, turning, stretching, grasping and even doing somersaults. If you press firmly on your bump, she won’t just sense the pressure but will actually move away.

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    Exersaucers, Swings, and Jumpers

    I was wondering which would be best for Nora. For years I have been against the door frame jumpers because of a case of neglect that I once saw. However, I got to thinking, are they really that bad. Then I did a search on Google, and came across a wonderful article.

    Exersaucers, Swings and Jumpers— A help or hindrance to development?

    By Deanie Barth, MSPT Physical Therapist

    Exersaucers, swings and jumpers are a constant source of controversy among parents, physicians and therapists. The initial source of controversy stemmed from safety issues. The original “exersaucer” was basically an activity table on wheels. Infants had a great time as they cruised around open areas retrieving objects across the room and enjoyed a new found sense of freedom. Unfortunately, these were extremely dangerous – even the most diligent parents might turn their heads for a moment and children went down stairs, into pools or tipped over on uneven surfaces. While the more contemporary models are certainly safer than the older ones, they still should be used with adult supervision.

    This article will describe the exersaucer, swing and jumper and list some pros and cons and personal opinions I have as a physical therapist. One thing they all have in common is that they should only be used in moderation (I recommend no more than 15 minutes at a time) and with constant supervision.

    Exersaucer
    The modern exersaucer is essentially an activity table in which your child can sit, stand with assistance and bounce. The activity table can be helpful in developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills thus make sure that items on the activity table have various colors, shapes and textures to stimulate. However, make sure it has a limited number of such objects so your child will want to turn his body and shift his weight to explore each one. When seated in the exersaucer, the infant’s legs are typically externally rotated and slightly extended if they are leaning forward. While infants enjoy this position as it enables them to move around freely, it is not a movement pattern that is conducive to learning to walk. Encouraging your child to stand while leaning on their arms rather than leaning with their trunk against the tray will help to strengthen legs and promote balance, however, achieving the important milestones of sitting, standing, cruising and walking, are best accomplished by playing with your child in a natural environment.

    Jumpers
    Jumpers usually sit within a door frame or a manufactured frame. The child sits in a sling and has the ability to use his legs to jump up and down which provides long periods of fun and entertainment. Weight bearing and contracting muscles against resistance (the floor) can help to develop muscles strength, however, the typical position within the sling seat is once again with hips externally rotated and slightly extended. The child will also tend to land and push off from their toes rather than with a flat foot. The concern here is that not only does it promote a movement pattern that will not facilitate walking, but it may promote walking on the toes as well. As with the exersaucer, if used for short spans of time, the jumper will provide lots of fun for a child, but little gross motor development.

    Swings
    Swings are typically used with the younger infant. If you choose to use a swing, one with an activity tray is recommended. Once again it should contain an assortment of shapes, textures and colors to promote batting, grasping and retrieving. While in a swing, a child typically semi-reclines with their legs dangling. While this may be emotionally soothing there is absolutely no gross motor benefit to this position. Leaning forward to play with the activity will help with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but essentially it’s greater purpose serves as a babysitter for the parent.

    When used properly exersaucers, jumpers and swings clearly provide brief, but much needed periods of respite for a parent, and they may even help with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. However, If used for long periods of time, there is a significant chance they will impede the proper development of gross motor skills. So, remember, don’t use them for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, and never allow them to be used unsupervised, even for a second.

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