Pregnancy and Brain Changes

This is a fabulous article that is not spoken about nearly enough. I want to call this attention to my prenatal mom’s and postpartum mom’s to be aware of, to ensure full healing after pregnancy occurs!


Delayed Cord Clamping, Uncategorized

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping

What is delayed cord clamping? Basically, it is when the umbilical cord is allowed to continue to pulsate until it stops on it’s on, approximately 3 minutes and through many trials, this practice serves to increase the hemoglobin levels and iron stores in the first several months and which may have a positive effect on developmental outcomes.

According to ACOG their recommendations are:


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice makes the following recommendations regarding the timing of umbilical cord clamping after birth:

  • In term infants, delayed umbilical cord clamping increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores in the first several months of life, which may have a favorable effect on developmental outcomes.
  • Delayed umbilical cord clamping is associated with significant neonatal benefits in preterm infants, including improved transitional circulation, better establishment of red blood cell volume, decreased need for blood transfusion, and lower incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis and intraventricular hemorrhage.
  • Given the benefits to most newborns and concordant with other professional organizations, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends a delay in umbilical cord clamping in vigorous term and preterm infants for at least 30–60 seconds after birth.
  • There is a small increase in the incidence of jaundice that requires phototherapy in term infants undergoing delayed umbilical cord clamping. Consequently, obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric care providers adopting delayed umbilical cord clamping in term infants should ensure that mechanisms are in place to monitor and treat neonatal jaundice.
  • Delayed umbilical cord clamping does not increase the risk of postpartum hemorrhage.

For more information please visit: https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Delayed-Umbilical-Cord-Clamping-After-Birth


Preparation: What to bring to birth

Things I bring to the birth

  • A rolling suitcase filled with
  • Hot packs and Cold packs
  • Aromatherapies
  • Massage oils/lotions
  • iPod and speakers loaded with a variety of music
  • Focal points
  • Handheld fan
  • Handheld mirror
  • Many other little tricks and goodies!

Things you should bring to the hospital

I recommend that you pack two separate bags for your trip to the hospital: one bag for labor and one for after the baby is born.

The labor bag usually requires less. Labor rooms can be really small and space is limited. Keep in mind that we will most likely be traveling to the hospital in the middle of the night and the laboring mother will be having contractions every 4 – 5 steps…the less you have to carry up the better.

Pack another bag to leave in the car with all of the things you will need after the baby is born – this is usually the bigger bag.

Labor bag

  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • Swimsuit for partner/husband
  • Shower accessories (toothpaste, brush, chapstick, etc.)
  • 2 pillows in brightly colored pillowcases
  • Cooler with food – frozen entrees, bagels, muffins, popsicles, applesauce, fig newtons, hard boiled eggs, coconut water.
  • Camera
  • Chargers and power strip

Postpartum bag

  • Nursing gowns
  • Nursing bras
  • Breastfeeding book
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Any other items you feel appropriate for your hospital stay