Friday, June 03, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Pink Welcomes a Baby Girl Named Willow Sage [People]

Donald Trump Jr. and Wife Vanessa Are Expecting A Boy [CelebrityBabyScoop]

American Airlines stops accepting bulky baby strollers at gate [LATimes]

Study reveals high-fat diet during pregnancy increases risk of stillbirth [EurekAlert]

Wristband that warns children when to stop playing in the sun [Daily Mail]

Onesies Dedicated to Dear Ole Dad [lilsugar

Kaitlin Olson: Beginning to Breastfeed Was 'Extremely Challenging'[People]

Should babies be screened for untreatable diseases? [Reuters]

Why Work and Breastfeeding Don't Mix [BNET]

Dad's Smoking Linked to Daughter's Menopause [Today]

Can We Interest You In A "Centrifugal Birthing Machine?" [Jezebel]

Feeding your baby on demand may help prevent obesity [Daily Telegraph]

Strange Places Women Have Given Birth

As you near the end of your pregnancy, the fear of giving birth in some strange place will likely enter your mind. Most of the time, we're afraid of our water breaking at work, at a meeting or during a formal event.  However, there are some situations we find ourselves saying, "I really hope I don't go into labor while I'm here." Unfortunately, these fears came to life for some women.

On a Shrimp Boat. Being afraid of going into labor in an office setting seems mild compared to giving birth at work when your job is on a shrimp boat. The chef on Ed Kiesel’s boat went into labor while they were 30 miles out at sea; delivering a breech baby with the cord wrapped around his neck. The baby is fine, thanks to Kiesel’s CPR skills, a package of fresh paper towels, first aid kit and net of twine.

On Fifth Avenue. Imagine being stuck in traffic in New York City when you go into labor. That’s what happened to Elizabeth Brew, who was pregnant with twins. She gave birth with her legs sticking out of her SUV, as hospital staff blocked off traffic. The baby girl was born on Fifth Avenue and her twin brother arrived shortly before making it to the hospital.

In a Tree. No, this mother wasn’t a hardcore advocate of natural birth. Carolina Chirindza was in a tree for four days trying to escape flood waters in Mozambique when she went into labor. A medic was lowered into the tree where Rositha was born above crocodile-infested waters.

On a Plane. There’s a reason doctors and airlines don’t want you to fly past 28 weeks, but that’s no guarantee that you won’t go into labor on a plane anyway. Nicola Delemere was 25 weeks along and 30,000 feet in the air when she went into labor. The baby was born somewhere over Germany. Despite being 1 lb 1 oz, the little preemie survived after a flight supervisor was able to resuscitate him.

In a Helicopter. Natasha Watahomigie lives in a remote village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where she naturally went into labor. The only way out of the village is by horseback or helicopter. Needless to say, she didn’t take the horse. Of course, she isn’t the first person in her family to give birth in a helicopter – her sister did it 11 years prior!

Have you heard of any other strange locations women have given birth?

Four amazing childbirth stories from 2009 [SFGate]
7 Bizarre Places Women Have Given Birth [Babble]
world Weirdest Places To Be Born [Believe it or Not

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Nuclear Radiation Influencing Sex of Babies

A new study featured in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research journal suggests that exposure to radiation in the womb may influence a baby's sex. Reviewing male-to-female ratios around the world in relation to nuclear events, researchers found that areas exposed to high levels of radiation had a higher male-to-female birth rate.

The study out of Germany is one of the few to reveal significant hereditary effects on children of parents who are exposed to radiation. Previous research has suggested that men exposed to radiation tend to produce more male offspring and women, more females.  However, the findings do not determine if the different ratio is due to the births of fewer girls or more boys.

Scientists compared the sex ratios of babies born in Europe directly following Chernobyl, to sex ratios of babies born in the United States during the same period. The elevated number of male babies born in Europe was significant. The researchers discovered a similar increase in Germany and Switzerland among populations living within 22 miles of nuclear facilities. The sex ratios in the United States and Europe also saw an increase in male babies between 1964 and 1973, just after the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963, which pushed widespread nuclear weapon testing underground.

This new research leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but helps further our understanding of the effects of nuclear radiation on unborn babies. 

How do you feel about nuclear power?

Nuclear Radiation Affects Sex of Babies, Study Suggests [ScienceDaily]
The human sex odds at birth after the atmospheric atomic bomb tests, after Chernobyl, and in the vicinity of nuclear facilities [SpringerLink]

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Carrie Prejean Welcomes Christina Grace [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Joey McIntyre and Wife Have a Baby Girl [People]

China Bans Use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Baby Bottles [InventorSpot]

6 Safe Sunscreens For Kids [lilsugar]

11 Nursing Bras We Love [iVillage]     

Flu Vaccine May Reduce Premature Birth Risk [WebMD]

This iPhone App Lets Your Unborn Baby Choose His/Her Name [AppScout]

5 Creative Ways to Remember Your Pregnancy [Babble]

Stem cell study brings new hope for premature babies [CTV]

Gerber’s whey claim [IBTimes]

Ana Ortiz Is Pregnant with a Baby Boy [People]

Monday, May 30, 2011

Partner's Guide to Delivering a Baby

Chances are that when your baby arrives you will make it to the hospital or have a midwife come to your aid with plenty of time to spare. However, in the event that the baby is coming out with no medical professional in sight, you'll want to know a few things about delivering a baby.

 Keep your cool. Your partner has a lot to deal with from the moment labor starts. Be sure to be supportive and stay calm.

Time the contractions. The best indicator for when the baby is coming is the timing of the contractions. When they are less than two minutes apart the baby is going to arrive quickly.

Get help. Even though you may feel ready to deliver the baby by yourself, you should still call for medical assistance. A medical professional can give you step-by-step instructions over the phone and can help with any post labor issues.

 Know what works. Hopefully by this point in the pregnancy you’ve become aware of the different laboring positions, breathing techniques and other tips and tricks to help keep mom comfortable. During labor (even if you are in the hospital), helping your partner to change positions and keep breathing will be very helpful.

Sterilize.  You will need to make sure your hands and arms are thoroughly washed with soap and warm water. Keep a stock of clean towels nearby to place under the laboring mother and to help clean up the baby once he arrives.

 Trust her instincts. Keep in mind that birth is a natural process. Your partner and the baby are going to do the majority of the work. Rather than try to coax her to push and breathe constantly, know when to sit back and watch as nature takes over. Your partner will feel the urge to push when it’s time to push.

 Catch the baby. Be ready to catch the baby once the head has started to crown and be aware that babies are slippery. Place the baby in a towel and gently clean him off. The rubbing will help to stimulate the baby to breathe. You will need to wipe the fluids out of the mouth and nose to facilitate breathing – you can use a straw to suction it out, by putting one end to the nostril and then closing the other end with your finger.

  Don’t cut the cord. At this point, you can put the baby on the mother’s chest but leave the umbilical cord alone. You should probably wait for a medical professional to cut it. Otherwise, the umbilical cord will actually fall off on its own after a few days, a practice called lotus birth.

 Wait for the placenta. The placenta will come out on its own about 20-30 minutes after birth. Don’t pull on it or help it along or you can cause the mother to hemorrhage. You can gently massage the woman’s stomach to encourage its release. Put the placenta in a portable container for the doctor or midwife to examine later. If the placenta does not come out, then you will need immediate medical assistance to remove it.

Encourage the mother to breastfeed. Breastfeeding will nourish the newborn and protects him from infection. It also causes the uterus to contract, which can help expel the placenta.

Here’s a funny tutorial video that accurately explains the process step by step:

Have you witnessed a live birth before?

A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy: How to Deliver a Baby in a Pinch [theArtofManliness]