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The Everlasting Flu Shot Debate

It is that time of year again….the offering of flu shots!

You may ask yourself…….should I? Or is there a valid reason not to?

The following is a post from a mother, and pregnant, sister birth junkie, Ashley Snyder:

“Honestly, being a science chick I go back and fourth. Looking at the list of ingredients is obviously very scary. However, trying to balance that when you see studies that show a big increase in better outcomes for babe including a 50% reduction in flu transmission over their first year of life…. It is such a hard decision. I personally rarely get sick, except when pregnant, but when I do it tends to be really bad. I wasn’t able to get out of bed for nearly three weeks when I had the chicken pox. The last time I had the flu I wasn’t able to walk, was delirious at points and very close to being hospitalized. I am however leaning toward not doing it this time since I am so early during flu season. If i were later into my second trimester or if baby would be born during flu season I think I would be more inclined to. What is swaying your decision?”

I (Kenny) recently heard a  midwife say it is the newborn that you are most protecting with mom getting the shot. The vaccination is not guaranteed to prevent mom from getting flu. If mom gets flu, and new born then gets it, it is potentially very dangerous for that little, newborn. Not 100% protection, but at least some, even if it is only to help new born to have milder case of flu. Oh…..and that wonderful, healthy breastmilk, without the vaccination,  does not have nearly the same amount of protection.

What I feel is most important here, is that you research, learn pros and cons, and then make an informed decision!

So……what is swaying your decision? While you are restricted from posting here (those robots drive me bonkers) please feel free to post on my FaceBook page: Triad BirthDoula! Or email me: KennyShulman@aol.com!

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Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse after Childbirth


written by Elizabeth Carrollton, guest blogger.

 

Any woman who has given birth can attest to the strength and endurance required of the human body. However, after the body has initially healed, and women become focused on their new baby, thoughts begin to shift away from pelvic health. What most women do not understand is that the legacy of pregnancy and childbirth can last long after babies have grown up. Often, problems come to light in a diagnosis of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) when women enter menopause. This condition can be avoided if women continue to focus on their pelvic health throughout the postpartum period and beyond.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse After Childbirth

During pregnancy and childbirth, the muscles and connective tissues in the pelvis become dramatically stretched and strained. Sometimes, additional tissue damage can occur during labor. These processes set the stage for the development of POP. Women who do not pay particular attention to maintaining strength and tone in vaginal and pelvic floor muscles will be susceptible to more severe symptoms of the condition. As women age, their estrogen levels begin to decline. This decline causes additional thinning and weakening of pelvic tissues, which can lead to the diagnosis of POP.

Sometimes, in mild cases of Pelvic Organ Prolapse, women do not experience any symptoms. In moderate to severe cases, women may experience the following symptoms:

  • The inability to insert a tampon.
  • Discomfort or pain during intercourse.
  • Light spotting or bleeding.
  • A feeling of heaviness, or a pulling sensation, in the pelvis and lower back.
  • The inability to begin urinating and/or a weakened urine stream.
  • Unusual constipation or difficulty with bowel movements.

In severe cases of POP, women may be able to feel tissue protruding from the vagina.

Prevention and Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

 

It is never too early for women to begin focusing on their pelvic health. Severe cases of POP usually require risky surgical intervention. One of the most common surgical treatments uses a material called vaginal mesh. These mesh products have been labeled risky by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to large numbers of health complications. Several products have been pulled off the market in vaginal mesh recalls in recent months. Women who require surgical intervention to treat POP should speak with their doctor about traditional surgical options that do not use mesh.

Women with mild to moderate cases of Pelvic Organ Prolapse may be able to reduce or reverse their symptoms with these simple treatments:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight and refraining from smoking, both of which are linked to more severe Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
  • Daily Kegel exercises to maintain pelvic and vaginal tone and strength.
  • Electrical stimulation to manually build strength in pelvic tissues.
  • Pelvic physical therapy.
  • Pelvic massage.
  • Using a vaginal pessary to provide additional support to the vagina and pelvic floor. (Pessaries also can treat incontinence.)

While childbirth does increase a woman’s chances of developing Pelvic Organ Prolapse, women can do Kegels and other exercises to maintain pelvic strength throughout their pregnancy and the rest of their life. Proper exercises can greatly reduce a woman’s chances of developing Pelvic Organ Prolapse, as well as incontinence. Attention to pelvic health can also lower a woman’s chances of having to undergo risky surgical procedures.

 

Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the general public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

 

This information is provided by Drugwatch.com and is not suitable for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The posting of this information is in no way an endorsement from TriadBirthDoula.com. Drugwatch.com is wholly responsible for this article, and should any third party wish to discuss or have concerns over any part of this article, we may be contacted at: webmaster@drugwatch.com.

FRIENDLY CESAREAN AT WOMEN’S HOSPITAL, GREENSBORO, NC

Most women do not wish to have a cesarean but sometimes it is necessary.
 
When this happens, a woman can still have choices. She can choose to have a “Friendly Cesarean” with the help of her care provider and hospital personnel.
 
The following is the story of one woman who not to long ago had a “Friendly Cesarean”!
 
 

Hello Kenny.. You are welcome to share my story with anyone you like.

My birth experience was very positive but it took a partnership between us and Women’s Hospital.

During my Cesarean everyone around me was very considerate and encouraging. They even had a mirror there so I was able to see my baby when he was delivered right from my belly. After which they handed him to me and helped me remove my robe. My husband and I were then able to hold him and the nurse was kind enough to make a makeshift tent over our heads so the operating room lights wouldn’t bother or deter my son from opening his eyes. We spent close to 15 minutes like this and it was wonderful.

I was taken to the recovery room after and my son was brought to me within a few minutes.

One of the things we made sure to request was that my husband be with our son whenever he had to be taken away from me. Luckily , with the exception of a couple of times, the hospital was able to help us make this happen.

My son stayed with me the entire time from there on out and I even got to give him his first bath. We requested for the staff not to do this immediately after birth and for me to be involve when it happened. It was wonderful that they complied.

As for nursing, I nursed as soon as he was born as I already had my colostrum/milk come in. Our birth plan clearly stated no bottles/formula or water and therefore we were never asked or offered any of these things.

The staff was very considerate of our wishes and tried to comply and find me alternatives to make the experience positive for us. The only thing that I absolutely hated was when they had to prick his heel to collect blood for tests. The only good part about this was that they let me hold him while this happened. I continued to nurse him but he was still pretty upset so we could have done without it.

One thing I would recommend to all mothers going through a cesarean is that don’t be afraid to ask and communicate how you want your experience to be. The staff at Women’s is very accommodating and I am sure if thy can’t fulfill your request as is they will find an alternative.

Good luck to all you momma’s out there and happy birthing.

 
Thank you, my friend, for sharing your story!
You will not believe how many women you have impacted by doing so!
You are a beautiful and brave woman!!!
 
(Obviously, these are stock pictures not of my friend.)