One of these Days…

…I will be back to write again. We have finally moved back to Oklahoma. Tomorrow, we are travelling back to Kansas City to sign the papers on the sell of our home. In one way, I am relieved to be rid of it, in another, I am sad to see it go.

Oh well. Time to start over again.

Long Time, No See….

Trying to get ready to move and take care of a sick baby don’t mix. So, I haven’t had much time to snoop around for interesting news tidbits, much less post.

We took AW to the doctor yesterday and apparently, she has the Coxsackie Virus. She has the blisters in her mouth, according to the doctor, but none on her hands and feet.

This all started Saturday evening. She suddenly vomited, forcefully — and continued to do so about every hour for the next six hours. She was also having diarrhea every few hours.

We called the nurseline with our insurance company. They said all we could do is keep her hydrated. (She was nursing fine between naps, but then throwing the milk up 30 minutes later.) The nurse wanted me to take her off breastmilk and feed her pedialyte or some homemade concoction involving infant rice. Yuck! And that’s insane. Breast milk is the perfect food for her — especially when she is sick.

I must admit though, I was very worried and thought for a minute that maybe I should get some pedialyte, although I suspected she would not drink it. I asked at a parenting message board what the members thought and got mixed results.

So, I googled up some breastfeeding your sick baby information from a site I know to be reputable. Her recommendation made sense — so I continued to nurse Aimee a little bit every few minutes (when she was awake) and sent my husband to buy Gatoraide for me.

Michelle’s Note (2.10.11): There was more to this story, but it was not stored in the archive.

Stillbirth Risk May Increase After Cesarean Section

Michelle’s Note (2.10.11): I found this old post of mine in an online archive, so I’m publishing it again for your perusal:

According to HealthCentral.com:

THURSDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDayNews) — A mother whose first baby is delivered by cesarean section may have an increased risk of unexplained stillbirth in her second pregnancy, says a Scottish study in the Nov. 29 issue of the journal The Lancet.

In women with one previous cesarean delivery, the risk of unexplained stillbirth when the fetus was at least 39 weeks old was about double the risk of stillbirth or neonatal death from uterine rupture, the study says.

Some proponents of elective cesareans may say that this is a good reason to perform the surgery, in order to prevent a stillbirth. But repeat cesareans have their own risks.

My opinon? This is yet another reason why doctors need to stop performing unnecessary (and sometimes elective) cesareans to begin with. Then we don’t have to worry about a doubled risk when a woman wants to have another second child.

Rising Insurance Costs Cause Descreased Birth Options for Women

Michelle’s Note (2.10.11): I found this old post of mine in an online archive, so I’m publishing it again for your perusal:

Women in Southern Oregon who have had a cesarean section birth may no longer have the option for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), according to the Statesman Journal in Salem Oregon.
Hospitals across the country, fearing expensive malpractice suits, have stopped offering VBACs. According to a certified nurse midwife in Oklahoma, only one hospital in the state offers VBACs. Oklahoma midwives who deliver babies in free-standing birthing centers or at home, do not attend VBAC births.

The one Oklahoma hospital that does allow VBACs, OU Medical Center, requires the laboring woman to have a heparin lock, a IV needle that is taped to the patient’s hand in preparation for an IV, if necessary. In my experience, the heplock was uncomfortable, though I was able to have the nurses compromise and put the needle in the back of my arm, instead of my hand.

Midwives, who are more open to alternate birthing methods, including natural childbirth, are also being forced out of practice:

The demand for midwifery care has more than tripled in the last decade, but rising insurance costs have made it difficult for midwives to stay in business. Midwives spend more time getting to know patients throughout their pregnancy and are less likely to intervene by inducing labor or performing Caesarean sections. For those reasons, many women favor midwifery care. But midwives earn substantially less than obstetricians and hospitals and independent midwives alike are finding it hard to shoulder skyrocketing malpractice premiums.

So, what does this mean for mothers? To begin with, I think that too many cesarean sections are performed needlessly. And too many mothers are told that they can’t give birth without one.

I had a cesarean delivery with my first child. I was was told that I was too small to have babies naturally and was diagnosed with cephalopelvic disproportion. CPD is a condition in which a woman’s pelvis is too small to have a baby, however, according to NaturalChildbirth.org:

Of these women, 65 percent–almost two thirds–went on to have normal births; many of the babies were much larger than the baby for which the original cesarean section had been performed.
-ICAN Clarion, Sept. 1997

Count me in that 65 percent. My daughter, born three years later, weighed a full pound more than her brother, and was born by VBAC. She was able to breastfeed within 30 minutes of her birth, was more alert as a newborn than her brother and I recovered much faster and with less pain. My bloodloss was also significantly less in the VBAC than with the cesarean.

Despite the evidence that VBACs are safer than repeat cesareans, some obstetricians are still recommending them to unsuspecting mothers.

Update On The Christmas Kidlets

Michelle’s Note (2.10.11): I found this old post of mine in an online archive, so I’m publishing it again for your perusal:

I think the grinch stole my kids. They’re both fussy, whiny and generally not in good spirits most of the time.

Let’s start by saying wrapped packages and 3-year-olds don’t mix. I take that back. Yes, they do. Too well.

We wrapped CW and AW’s presents and put them under the tree yesterday morning. Of course, CW wanted to open them immediately. We told him that he had to wait till Christmas. So, he refused to eat breakfast and chose to sit in the living room and whine instead.

Finally convinced him to eat and later, laid down to take a nap. Apparently, CW woke up while everyone else was napping — and decided to open every last one of the gifts.

The gifts are now tucked back in the closet, awaiting Christmas Day. Hopefully he’ll still be excited to get them.

AW, on the other hand, has learned to pull herself up to a standing position — and she’s got her first tooth coming through.

I’d probably be grumpy, too.