Small Talk#13: 7 Post Birth Things To Think About

Ask & Organise before the Birth 

After the sheer exuberance of finding out you are pregnant and when all the congratulations are over, a mom to be will start thinking about all she can do to help her baby be born healthy. You will eat nutritious foods; go easy on the alcohol and some moms to be quit smoking immediately! You can do plenty whilst pregnant to help ensure the wellness of your baby. But what about immediately after your little boy or girl is born? What can you do then?

Normally the nurse might whisk your baby away right after the birth to wrap him up and for observation, cleaning and a quick testing. However, there are 7 beneficial steps to promote bonding and baby’s wellness that a mom can ask for, provided mom and baby are doing well.

 7 post birth things which you should think about:

1: DCCdelayed cord clamping

delayed umbilical cord clamping

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the clamping of the umbilical cord should be delayed until at least after the 1st minute after the baby is born.

According to WHO, it is believed that DDC results in improved health and nutrition outcomes for both mom and baby. Therefore, it is worth asking your doctor to delay the clamping of your baby’s cord for a minute or two.

2: Make like a kangaroo!

skin to skin contact credit: Lydia of GoFoto Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Once your baby is born ask that he or she be placed immediately, or as soon as possible, on your chest – in other words, have skin-to-skin contact with your baby or “kangaroo care” as it is known. Kangaroo care has many benefits not least of which is more effective suckling during the initial breastfeeding session. https://www.fitpregnancy.com/baby/baby-care/kangaroo-care-9-benefits-skin-skin-contact All the evaluations that are normally done after birth can be done with the newborn on the mother’s chest, as long as the newborn is stable. So ask your doctor if your baby’s APGAR assessment can be done while baby is still on your chest.

3: Placenta disposal

You may want to keep the placenta in order to have it turned into capsules, which you can take to experience apparent benefits like increasing breast milk supply and lessening the chance of suffering from postpartum depression. So, again, you have to chat to your doctor if you wish your placenta to be preserved.

4: Vitamin K or not?

is vitamin K necessary?

It is standard practice for your baby to be given a Vitamin K shot in the delivery room as most babies are born with a deficiency of this vitamin. However, it is worth researching whether this is worthwhile as there have been some concerns about the vitamin causing increased instances of jaundice.

5: Is eye ointment necessary?

is it necessary for a baby to get eye ointment at birth?

Many hospitals require that an antibiotic eye ointment (tetracycline or erythromycin) be applied to baby’s eyes to guard against a type of conjunctivitis infection stemming from sexually transmitted diseases. However, if you’ve been tested for these diseases during your pregnancy, there is no need for this ointment. So make sure that your doctor and the nurses know that your baby does not need this.

6: Hepatitis B vaccine

Hepatitis B is again one of those sexually or blood transmitted diseases. Therefore, if you have tested negative, there is no need for this vaccine to be administered immediately after birth.

7: Bathing immediately

baby bathing immediately after birth credit: Lydia of GoFoto Lifestyle Newborn Photography 

Some hospitals whisk your baby away to bathe him or her straight away after delivery. Your baby’s skin at birth is coated in vernix, which is meant to soften, moisturize and protect your baby against infection. It has also been shown to have immune-boosting properties. Therefore, you may not want that washed off immediately. In addition, being washed could lower the baby’s temperature, which means that he or she will have to spend time away from you being warmed up. The protective vernix is absorbed into your baby’s skin after 24 hours so you may wish to tell the staff and your doctor that you wish to delay bathing your baby for the first 24 hours.

So what do you want?

It is important to read as much information about all these things and talk to your doctor or doula about them so that you can make an informed decision of what you want done to your baby in the immediate aftermath of the birthing process.  You will be too exhausted then and too over the moon at having given birth to your little one to even think about these things, so make sure your wishes are in place before you go into the delivery room!

Any questions, any comments? Please post them in the comment box below or email me at lydia@gofotolifestylenewbornphotography.co.za and I will get back to you soonest! I would love to hear your thoughts and what you have chosen to do!

Yours in photography of the newborn

Lydia

 

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