Saturday, May 22, 2010

Another amazing VBAC!

I run out of words when trying to describe the joy in the room when a woman pushes her baby out after being told by her OB, "I'm sorry, but you'll have to have another c-section!" This dad was overcome with absolute love and adoration as he encouraged his wife during the final stages of pushing. As he saw his son's head beginning to crown...Well, those moments are unspeakable so I'll leave you with this!

Meet Lucas Michael
Born May 12th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Weight: 8lbs 10oz Height: 20 inches long
Joins big brother Caleb and sister Alynna

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Is Your Baby Too Big?

How many times have you heard a woman say, "My OB says my baby is too big to fit through my pelvis so I have to have a c-section or else be induced before my due date?" Maybe you've been told this. Well, a big baby doesn't have all the extra weight in their head only...It's dispersed throughout their body in squishy parts like buns and thighs. A larger baby has less room to become malpositioned or have a compound presentation since pelvic room often dictates a ONE-WAY fit!

Certain positions will make more room for your baby as well. Did you know that squatting can open your pelvis by as much as 30%? Squatting is a great position to use toward the end of pushing to make room as the baby's head is descending lower into your vagina and is just visible.

Tips for giving birth to a big baby:

  • Allow labor to begin on its own without being induced.
  • Use a variety of positions during labor and pushing.
  • Consider a squatting position if needed.
  • Ask for as much time in labor as possible, especially in pushing.
  • Use additional labor support such as a doula, to help you with pain relief techniques and progress.
  • Consider the benefits of a natural birth since pushing is more effective and progress is better than if you use pain medication. Also, pain meds can make it harder to get into certain positions such as squatting.
  • Get regular chiropractic adjustments so that your spine and pelvis are in alignment before you go into labor.
  • Practice your positioning and exercises during pregnancy so that your body is toned and has the stamina to stay in these positions, if needed, for 30 minutes or longer during labor.

Used by permission of author. Original article by Brenda Lane can be found by clicking on the title above.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Photo Shoot with Miss Poppy!

This is sweet, little Poppy at 5 weeks old...She was born on Easter morning!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the Moms out there and to those that are just beginning the journey of Motherhood...Have a VERY happy and blessed Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom who dreamed this photo four generations ago!