A midwife and "Birthing From Within" mentor, I am passionate about informed decision making and helping moms and partners birth in awareness. My blog chronicles my journey from cesarean to vaginal birth after cesarean and my quest for information to help families have EMPOWERING births.
Midwifery Today's latest E-Newsletter is full of useful information. I plan on putting the blurb on perineal healing by Elizabeth Davis in my client hand-out folder. Did you know that raw honey is a great remedy for first degree perineal tears? That little tidbit came from Demetria Clark.
I also appreciated the responses to the question of the week from a mom asking about safe birthing positions for someone suffering from symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). I once had a friend who suffered from SPD and she was not offered many options. The next time I meet someone with SPD I can offer them some encouraging advice.
Pregnant mamas, I would definitely spend a few minutes reading through this months newsletter. You might pick up some helpful tips!
As Corbin's due-date approached, I grew a tiny bit nervous about bringing Nettie to the birth. I called a friend who is also studying to be a midwife to check in with her and she exclaimed, without hesitation, "bring her, breast-fed babies have super-powers." Well they do! I headed to Corbin's house around 5pm January 1st. Nettie hung out on the floor during early labor. As things picked up a bit, around 9pm, I put Nettie on my back. Nettie remained on my back with a few brief exceptions, until 11am the following morning while I provided support. I think she nursed twice, went smoothly off and on during the transport to the birth center and then again transporting to the hospital and hardly noticed when I took her off to snuggle beside me for a couple of twenty minute cat naps. Matt arrived at the hospital (having taken public transportation with Khady and Fenimore, a good hour and a half journey) around 11am and hung out with Nettie for the rest of the day, bringing her back only once to nurse (with no complaint from Nettie). Nettie was briefly and only slightly fussy while we prepared for the hospital transport but I think she was expressing her concern for the baby. The rest of the time she was either asleep or calmly peering over my shoulder observing all from her post on my back. More about the birth to come.