Perfect postions for pushing

These are great positions for pushing your baby out, regardless of whether you have had an epidural or not.

IMPORTANT: Just because you are fully dilated does not mean you should start pushing. In fact, pushing too early can be exhausting and even counter-productive. So unless your doctor or midwife is telling you otherwise, wait until your baby has descended through your pelvis and you feel the urge to push*. Until that point, take a break and let your body do the work for you!

*You may not feel the urge to push if you have had an epidural. If that is the case, wait to start pushing until your baby has come down.

SAVE YOUR BABY’S LIFE: Basic infant CPR

Have you signed up for a basic first aid class? If not, now’s the time!

But until the class begins, this short video explains the basics of infant CPR.

And you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: NEVER leave a young child alone in or near a bath or a swimming pool–not even to answer the phone, check the pot you left simmering on the stove, or to go to the bathroom. Even though it is a pain, PLEASE take your baby with you if there is nobody else around to keep an eye on her. All it takes for her to drown is a few minutes under enough water to cover her nose and mouth.

How to choose an infant car seat

Correct me if I am wrong: You walk into a baby furniture store and the following things go through your mind:

1. OMG I want EVERYTHING!

2. OMG this is going to cost a FORTUNE!

3. Um. Now what?

So let’s start with the infant car seat. Of all the furniture items you are going to need for your baby, this is perhaps the ONLY one you absolutely cannot do without, starting from day 1. This video offers some great pointers on how to choose.

An introduction to the basics of infant massage

Don’t you think it’s funny when the “experts” say that babies like skin-to-skin contact?

I mean, why wouldn’t they like it? What’s there not to like?

This video offers some tips on how to get started:

(Frankly, I don’t think there is a “right” way to massage your baby. If she likes a particular stroke, do it again, and if she doesn’t, she’ll let you know….)

Excellent step-by-step video on how to bathe your newborn

Whatt??!! They showed you how to bathe your baby ONCE in the hospital, and now you’re supposed to do it on your own???

Let’s face it: You’re sunk (pun intended 🙂 ). After all, if you hold on to him too tightly, you’ll break him–but if you don’t hold on tightly enough, he’ll drown.

I recommend watching this video a few times and then doing a dry run (pun intended again…) with a doll (no, seriously).

Then go for it! It’ll be fine. Really.

And one more thing: Does your newborn HATE being bathed? If so, stop torturing him! After all, how dirty could he possibly be? Keep his bottom clean (duh), and wipe the spit-up from the creases in his neck with a warm washcloth. One bath a week (MAYBE two, but I am not convinced) should be plenty. He’ll grow up a bit, and then it will start to be fun for the both of you.

An “inside” view on how labor begins.

Watch from the inside as those first contractions get to work:

IMPORTANT: This video ends with instructions about what to tell your doctor when your water breaks.

It instructs you to remember the acronym “COAT“.

Here is what COAT stands for:

C=Color. What color is the fluid? If it is clear, that’s a great sign!

Green or brown fluid is a sign of fetal distress, so if the water is not clear, it is really important that you call your doctor right away.

O=Odor. Amniotic fluid should be almost odorless, though some women report that it smells like bleach or freshly-washed laundry.

If it smells like pee, and there was only a little bit of a trickle of fluid, then it could be that your water DIDN’T break. Instead, you may have leaked a little bit of urine–very common in late pregnancy with a 7.5-pound baby banging her head on your bladder….

A=Amount. Did your water break with a gush or a trickle? Do you still feel it coming out now and then?

T=Time. How long ago did your water break?

Keep in mind that once your water breaks, there is an open route for bacteria straight to your uterus (and your baby). So from this point on, you want to be careful not to put anything into your vagina. No sex, no tampons, and no self-checking your cervix!