Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Delayed Cord Cutting

This is an interesting article of how delayed cord cutting can help your baby.  I am a great proponent of allowing the cord to stop pulsating before it is cut.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Skin to Skin

As midwives we promote skin to skin contact with your newborn baby.  If all is well we birth your baby onto your abdomen from birth.  This helps your newborn baby to adapt to life outside the womb where the umbilical cord (iho) is sending a rich blood supply from the placenta (whenua) to your newborn baby.  It helps with temperature control, if you are feeling shivery from the hard work of labour your baby will warm you up and vice versa.

Secondly, it helps promote breastfeeding, your baby will go to the breast and even if he/she does not latch straight away the benefits of skin to skin is phenomenal, even for premature babies.  If you do not know already, I am a great proponent of the love hormone :-) oxytocin, this  is what I call the 'falling in love' hormone.  

There is an invisible feedback mechanism between you and your newborn baby that you cannot see but goes on nevertheless.  You are falling in love with your newborn baby that you cannot put him down, we call this 'bonding.'  Oxytocin triggers the let down reflex when your baby goes to the breast and at the same time, it contracts your uterus to help the placenta expel itself.  I will discuss lotus births in another article but for now, I will keep to skin to skin.  

There is also good evidence for delayed cord cutting at birth until the cord (iho) has stopped pulsating.  This is because your baby is still receiving a rich source of iron, oxygen and nutrients that help your baby to adapt to his/her new world.

Speak to you midwife about skin to skin contact.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Updated information area

I have updated the information area on our website

I am adding various articles which I will ensure are on my blog and the website.

New website

What a beautiful day in Whangarei!  What a busy week with setting up not one BUT two new websites!  I will have to design websites for a living.

Because two other midwives will be joining us in our lovely new offices on Otaika Road, I have set up the Otaika Road Midwives website which is under construction but I thought I would introduce Melissa and Sue.  Some of my ladies will know Melissa, as she covered me when I went to England in July (thank you Melissa) and Sue, who used to be a Whangarei Team midwife but is now coming out as an independent.  Kia ora guys.