Baby’s Care After a Cesarean Delivery

If your baby was delivered through cesarean, chances are that you will be awake during the birth. It is only in rare cases that a mother will require general anesthesia for a cesarean delivery. This means she is not conscious for the birth. Most cesarean deliveries are done with regional anesthesia such as epidural or spinal. With this type, only part of the body is numbed for surgery. The mother is awake during the surgery and is able to see and hear the baby as soon as he or she is born.

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Babies born through a cesarean section are usually checked  by a nurse practitioner or pediatrician  after delivery. This is done right in the operating room. This is because babies born through cesarean  may have difficulty clearing some of the fluid and mucus, extra suctioning of the nose, mouth, and throat are often needed. Deep suctioning in the windpipe is required occasionally. read more

Reasons For a Cesarean Delivery

Cesarean delivery is also know as a (  cesarean section or C-section. It is  the surgical delivery of a baby by an incision through the mother’s abdomen and uterus. This procedure is done when it is determined to be a safer method than vaginal delivery  for the mother, baby or both.

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Reasons why you may need a cesarean delivery

If a mother is not able to deliver vaginally, the baby is surgically delivered through a c-section. Some c-sections are planned or scheduled while others are done as a result of problems arising during labor. read more

Caring For Your Health After Childbirth

How to care for yourself at home after delivery

The month after childbirth can be overwhelming. You may focus all your time on caring for your newborn. However you should not forget about caring for yourself. These tips can help you take care of yourself after childbirth.

  • Rest whenever you can.
  • Do not lift anything heavier than your baby.
  •  Do not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Limit stairs climbing as much as possible in the first week of delivery.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible especially after using the bathroom,  after diaper change and  before feeding your baby.
  •  Don’t try to be a perfectionist.
  •  Keep your baby’s care simple.
  • Recognize when you need professional help.
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    How Often Do You Need to Breastfeed Your Newborn ?

    The answer to this question is  as often as the baby is willing. You should not wait for your baby to cry before putting him on the breast. Crying is usually a late sign of hunger. The child will indicate

    his  desire to breastfeed long before he cries by doing the following :

    • Smacking his lips
    • Making suckling motions
    • Rooting,  which is moving his head around in search for your breasts
    • Kicking and squirming
    • Looking more alert

    Your baby may give your these signs  as often as every hour or so in the early days of birth . The child should not go about 2 or 3 hours during the day or about 4 hours during the night without feeding. Even if you have to wake him up,  it is important that he receives 8 to 12 feedings every 24 hour period. read more

    What is Prodromal Labor ?

    Prodromal labor is often called false labor. It is somewhere in between Braxton Hicks contractions and active labor  contractions. It is the part of labor that occurs  before active labor but doesnt  progress toward delivery.

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    This type of labor typically begins within hours, days or weeks before active labor begins.Prodromal labor  consists of contractions that can be fairly regular (between 5-10 minutes apart) and can be painful like active labor contractions. Each contraction  typically lasts just shy of one minute. These contractions are preparatory. They encourage the baby into a suitable birthing position and  prepare the muscles, ligaments, and pelvis for active labor. They may also  help prepare the mother for active labor. read more

    Is it safe to donate blood if I’m breastfeeding ?

    Donating blood while breastfeeding

    Yes , you can donate blood six weeks after giving birth. Delivery can take a toll on the body whether its vaginal or c-section. You will need time to recover  and regain the circulating red blood cells lost during delivery.

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    The American Red Cross  will allow nursing moms to donate blood  if its at least six weeks since they  delivered. This is assuming you  you’re not at risk for anemia or other medical problems.

    Some  moms worry about getting an infection after blood donation. However a sterile technique is used for donating blood and the risk of an infection from blood donation is extremely low  and no greater than  when you have blood drawn at the doctor’s office. read more

    Newborn Assessment

    Newborn babies are checked for signs of problem or complications. A complete assessment will be performed that includes every body system. Your baby will be continually assessed by doctors, nurses, and other health care providers throughout his hospital system.

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    Assessment of newborns

    Assessment may include the following :

    Apgar Scoring

    The APGAR test is a quick test performed  on  babies  at 1 and 5 minutes in the delivery room right after birth. The 1 minute test tells the doctor how the baby tolerated the birthing process. The 5 minute scores tells  how the baby is doing outside the mother’s womb. This test can help the doctor determine if the baby needs any immediate or future treatment. read more

    Does breast size affect milk production ?

    No, when it comes to breastfeeding, breast size is irrelevant. The size of a woman’s breast is mostly determined by how much fatty tissue they contain.  This tissue doesnt have anything to do with milk production .

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    Hormones triggered by childbirth as well as nursing stimulates the mammy glands in the breast to secrete milk and push it into the milk duct under the nipple and areola. The areola is the dark area around the nipple. When  the baby sucks, the milk flows into the mouth.

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    Cesarean Anesthesia

    Anesthesia during a cesarean

    Various factors may influence the choice of anesthesia during a c-section. However the most common ones used are an epidural or spinal anesthesia. In these types, you will be numb from your nipple line down but will be awake during the birth of your baby.

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    If your baby needs to be delivered quickly due to an emergency situation or if an epidural or anesthesia is not adequate, general anesthesia may be necessary .

    If you already have an epidural  catheter in place and require  a c-section,  you will simply receive a stronger dose of local anesthesia through your catheter.  If you are scheduled for an elective cesarean delivery or a c-section becomes necessary before you have an epidural or spinal pain relief ,  four options are available.  These are : read more

    Quality Rest for New Parents

    Being a new parent can be overwhelming. The frequent feedings, diaper changes  and calming a fussy baby can all make it difficult to sleep soundly at night. It is important for new parents to take care of themselves. It can be difficult to take good care of your baby if you’re tired and sleep deprived.

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    Ways new parents can get a sound sleep.

    Sleep while the baby sleep :  Newborns  can nap as long as 2 to 4 hours. It can be challenging to sleep while the baby sleeps  because of other kids and chores. However you need to try and get some rest. read more