Dear Health Visitor, I Must Confess I Lied …

Posted by Louise, a mother living the United Kingdom. She blogs at mamabeanblog.blogspot.co.uk. “Health Visitors” in the UK health system are community nurses who provide routine developmental checks, care and support to newborns and their parents, including advice on feeding, sleeping and all aspects of newborn care. Dear Health Visitor, I must confess, I lied. I didn’t set out to Read More …

The Bili Baby

“Pack up the bili baby. He’s going across town,” barked the charge nurse to my newborn baby’s nurse. I raised my eyebrows at her a little. “Oh, I’m sorry. Are you the mom? I thought you were one of the students. That top totally hides your postpartum belly…” She continued trying to flatter me. But I couldn’t hear a thing. Read More …

Should We Wait to Cut the Umbilical Cord?

I came across a very interesting article via Science Daily that delves into whether or not one should wait to cut the umbilical cord immediately after birth. According to the article’s research “In pre-term infants, delaying clamping the cord for at least 30 seconds reduced incidences of intraventricular hemorrhage, late on-set sepsis, anemia, and decreased the need for blood transfusions.” In Read More …