by Doula Jacquie Munro. During a client’s first pregnancy, I’m continually trying to think of the best way to help her prepare for this life-changing event. Over the months, we certainly talk on the phone about her physical changes. But her emotional changes, her expectations, values and priorities are of even greater importance. Often, a woman’s inner wisdom is at odds with the societal standard, and my job is to help strengthen her confidence.
What to do when a toddler falls on his face and your see the first blood EVER?!? Or nothing will stop the baby’s crying and you’re starting to wonder… The BC Nurseline is a great resource! Now, you can just dial 811 from anywhere in the lower mainland, and you’ll be connected. Make sure you have your child’s care card ready when you dial. They keep your child’s history on file so that each time you call, you are not starting from scratch. Our time is very valuable, after all.
Many overtired parents wonder the same thing – when should my baby be sleeping through the night?
Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question. It really depends which definition of sleeping through the night you are trying to achieve as sleeping through the night means different things to different people. A baby can sleep longer stretches of sleep based on their age and weight.
Q – My baby is 10 months old and I am still up every 3 hours all night. I think I need to get some sleep in order to function properly during the day. How can I get my baby to sleep?
A – The way that your baby falls asleep is probably the way that your baby has to return to sleep during their night wakings. So you would want to start making changes at bedtime and then again do the same thing at all night wakings. You will have to teach your baby to fall asleep without props so that they can learn to return to sleep when they next wake up. The type of method that you could use would depend on a couple of factors but the underlying key in any method is for them to go into their crib aware – sleepy but awake.
Q – What are some gentle methods I can use to encourage sleep if I don’t feel comfortable letting the baby cry?
A – It’s very hard to train a baby to fall asleep by themselves without some crying as very often you are changing what the baby knows. As an example if the baby is used to being nursed to sleep and you would like to teach them how to fall asleep by themselves they will cry on the first night whether you are in or out of the room as they are naturally responding to the changes that you have made of not nursing them.
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Between the weeks of 28 – 32 of your pregnancy, most babies turn into the head down position. Once they have turned, they usually stay in this position because their head is the heaviest part of their body. However, some babies want to be close to their mommy’s heart so we find them in the breech presentation. Can acupuncture help turn a breech baby?
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So you’re nearing the end of your third trimester, and it’s time to start planning for labour & childbirth. Some important things to remember before the big day!
Have you pre-registered for the hospital? Your doctor’s office will have a registration package for you, which you can fill out at home and mail directly to the hospital. Many hospitals offer a tour of their maternity wards so it’s a good idea to book one for you and your partner to prepare you for your labour and what to expect during your stay. Book early; if you are having multiples you may be put on bedrest and be unable to attend a tour later in your pregnancy. Most hospitals recommend a tour when you are around 20 weeks pregnant.
Pack several weeks before your due date, in case you go into labour early. Throwing stuff into a suitcase at the last minute is not what you want to be doing when your water breaks! Have your bag in your room and put things in it as you think of them – this way you can be sure that you have everything.
It may be useful to divide what you will need at the hospital into two categories:
Labour / Delivery and Post-Partum and if you have two bags it makes it easier to find things. This is a near exhaustive list. Some hospitals provide many of these things, and your partner may not use the swim gear unless you plan to shower or bathe during labour.
camera and power cord
copies of Birth plan
favourite moisturizer and lip balm
flip-flops for both of you
hair bands or barrettes
medical records/insurance papers/Care card
padlock for locker
sign for parking at emergency whilst you get admitted
snacks and beverages for your coach
swimming trunks for partner
tennis balls in a sock
toiletries for you and your partner
baby diapers / wipes
baby names book
comfortable clothes – maternity size!
infant car seats that have been installed correctly*
infant wear – hats, sleepers etc.
nursing bras/nursing pads
overnight pads – industrial strength!
pens for filling out forms
telephone numbers and calling card
‘Tucks’ medicated pads (2 thumbs up!)
fun stuff to read
* BCAA, your local fire or police station will be able to ensure that your car seat has been installed correctly, or show you how to do it.
** bring lots of receiving blankets, some hospitals use them as ‘sausages’ to keep baby’s head secure in the car seat for the trip home
BC Ministry of Health. Baby’s Best Chance: Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care. (free at local BC health unit)
Iovine, V. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy: Or, Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You.
Murkoff, H., A. Eisenberg and S. Hathaway. What to Expect When You are Expecting.