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The Latch On Song

In honor of my friend, who has left us all too soon, and in honor of her passion to promote breastfeeding…

Janna Melsness; CNM, MSN, MPH, RN, BSN

January 28, 1981 – April 5, 2015

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!

When mom smokes marijuana, is her baby flying high?

 

What do you think about smoking marijuana while pregnant?

How about while breast feeding?

 

There are many experts who believe this is harmful in many different ways. Some site low birth weight, poor physical  development, impaired nervous system development, problems with short term memory, concentration and judgement, and the list continues. But there seems to be no conclusive evidence or studies at this time.

 

However, this much is a fact……when a mother smokes marijuana,

THC WILL show up in her lab work

AND IN HER BABY’S LAB WORK AS WELL!!!

If mom is smoking weed and feeling high because of this THC,

then isn’t her baby feeling high, too???

THC does mess with the brain…we all know that. But do you want it messing with your baby’s brain?

THC crosses the placenta to the unborn child.

THC crosses to breast milk to the nursing baby.

And here is another fact…

if THC is discovered in the lab work of mother and baby at Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, NC,

Child Protection Services of the Department of Social Services

WILL BE NOTIFIED AND THEY WILL FOLLOW UP!

So what do you think? Is it worth it???

You just may be harming your child!!!

Vitamin K Shot…Good or Evil?

Lately my clients have been asking me about the vitamin K shot that is so routinely given to newborns.
As a doula, my response is that I have no opinion. But, as a doula, I can give information.
 
Everyone knows the arguments for having this shot. What if there is bleeding in the brain? Or if there is a car accident on your way home from the hospital? And if you are having a baby boy circumcised the day after birth, additional vitamin K is a must. (Ever wonder why Judaism waits eight days for this procedure?)  It is said that a new baby does not have sufficient vitamin K for appropriate blood clotting for any of these situations.
 
Now……check out this article by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist on March 15, 2010 in Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & Child

Skip that Newborn Vitamin K Shot

One of the very first things on a doctor or midwife’s to do list after the birth of your baby is an injection of vitamin K. The purpose of this shot is to assist the newborn with blood clotting capabilities in order to prevent the very rare and slow problem of bleeding into the brain in the weeks after birth (risk in about one in every 10,000 live births). The shot also is a supposed safeguard in case your car is involved in a car wreck on the way home from the hospital or birthing center with newborn in tow. Even a mild injury to a newborn could be life threatening if blood clotting capability is not adequate.

At first blush, allowing the vitamin K shot seems to be a no brainer. Safety of this precious, helpless little being is of paramount importance and questioning the necessity of this shot seems ludicrous. Since questioning the unquestionable is something I seem to have a knack for, let’s have at it. Is the vitamin K shot really of any value?
Let’s start with the vitamin K used in the shot itself. Is it a natural form of vitamin K such as would be found in leafy greens (K1) or butter (K2)? No, it is a synthetic vitamin K – generic name phytonadione. Synthetic vitamins should be avoided as they can cause imbalances in the body and have unintended consequences. For example, synthetic vitamin A actually causes the type of birth defects that natural vitamin A prevents!
How much synthetic vitamin K is in the shot? Shockingly, the national standard mandated by most states for US hospitals to administer is over 100 times the infant’s RDA of this nutrient. Since studies have linked large doses of vitamin K with childhood cancers and leukemia, this large dose of synthetic K administered within minutes of birth seems questionable at best.
The fact is that medical science still does not know that much about the metabolic fate of vitamin K. Little to no unmetabolized vitamin K shows up in urine or bile. This is disturbing given the fact that vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore has the potential to accumulate in body tissues. More disturbing is that the liver of a newborn does not begin to function until 3 or 4 days after birth. As a result, this little being has very limited to no ability to detoxify the large dose of synthetic vitamin K and all other the dangerous ingredients in the injection cocktail including:
– Phenol (carbolic acid – a poisonous substance derived from coal tar)
– Benzyl alcohol (preservative)
– Propylene glycol (better known as antifreeze and a hydraulic in brake fluid)
– Acetic acid (astringent, antimicrobial agent)
– Hydrochloric acid
– Lecithin
– Castor oil
The manufacturer’s insert included with the shot includes the following warning, “Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after intravenous injection of phytonadione even when precautions have been taken to dilute the vitamin and avoid rapid infusion …”
If that isn’t enough to scare you, Midwifery Digest, Vol 2 #3, September 1992 estimated that the chance of your child developing leukemia from the vitamin K shot is about one in 500! This means that the risk of developing leukemia from the vitamin K shot is much higher than the risk of bleeding on the brain which the vitamin K shot is supposed to prevent!
Does any of this make any sense to you? It makes absolutely no sense to me. How could anyone say that this shot is safe and effective for newborns?
How about this for an alternative – eat lots of leafy greens in the weeks before your due date (I drank a cup or two of nettle tea every day in the final weeks which is loaded with vitamin K1) to make sure your blood is high in vitamin K and of course, this will transfer to your baby as well. Make sure you breastfeed your child as the probiotics in breastmilk will seed your baby’s digestive tract with the right type of good bacteria which will produce naturally occurring vitamin K immediately after birth.
Skip the shot, eat your greens. Now, THAT makes some sense.
And here is another article and video by Dr. Mercola……
 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/27/high-risks-to-your-baby-from-vitamin-k-shot-they-dont-warn-you-about.aspx
 
If you are concerned about the vitamin K shot, seek out information. Ask questions. You can start with your, and your baby’s, care provider.
 
Ultimately…….this is your baby and your INFORMED choice!

YOUR NEWBORN AND YOU…TOGETHER…NOT SEPARATED BY A NURSERY

Did you know that if everything is okay with your newborn, he does not need, or have to, go to the nursery???

Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, NC is beginning to follow the model of bringing everything to mom and baby, right on the L&D floor. And I say congratulations to Women’s Hospital!!!

What does this mean for you and your baby???

This means that you are able to continue skin to skin.

This means that there is no rush to initiate breastfeeding but you can follow a much more natural, calmer path.

This means that there is all the time in the world to cuddle, bond, nuzzle.

This means that there is ample time for your hormones, and your baby’s, to rage through your bodies and do so many beautiful things for you both.

This means that you get to give your baby his first bath.

This means that you are there to comfort when all of these new, some unpleasant, things are being done to your baby.

This means that you have the advantage of learning valuable information from the nursery nurse.

This means that after 40 weeks, plus labor, no one is going to try to remove your baby from your loving arms.

This means that you can relax and allow your new love to flow to your new baby!

 

Of course, this is all predicated on your baby, and you, having no medical issues.