birthing with guinever on facebook February 20, 2010Posted by guinever in : babies, birth, birth stories, birth story, doula, epidural, health, homebirth, homeschooling, kentucky, labor, midwifery, pregnancy , add a comment
Birthing with Guinever is now on facebook. I’ll be posting the latest pregnancy related research, the best pregnancy blog posts from around the web and products that every pregnant woman should know about, breastfeeding info.
sweet quiverful picture December 10, 2009Posted by guinever in : babies, birth, birth stories, doula, family, homeschooling, pregnancy , add a comment
mother of 5 talks about her baby carriers December 4, 2009Posted by guinever in : babies, family , 3comments
Reading all about “kangaroo care” while I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to continue to carry my baby close after birth. I wasn’t really familiar with baby carriers and there wasn’t the vast selection 10 years ago as is there is today. So I used a sling which was ok and helped to distribute the baby’s weight, but I still needed to always have one hand on baby to feel safe.
When I took my training to become a childbirth instructor, several of the women had wraps like the one pictured to the left. I ordered one and used it for my next baby. I loved it and still do. Pictured here is a baby carry scarf from carry me close. These 14 foot long Guatemalan scarves are hand woven cotton, and are truly beautiful.
Made from similar fabric but utilizing rings is the maya wrap. There are many styles and fabrics to choose from. Their website includes instructions and a video. Plus maya sells slings for your little girls to use with their dolls.
When I had my fourth baby, a friend gave me a moby wrap which I loved even more because it was longer and made of a stretchier material plus they’re also a little longer so you can wrap it once more than is shown here for extra security. I love my moby! Check here for instructions on the many different ways to wear your baby with a moby. Also on the website is a demonstration video.
I love this step-by-step front wrap tutorial in pictures done by a homeschooling blogging mother of many!
If you’d rather not tie the carrier yourself, but prefer one with structure that you just buckle onto yourself and then slide baby into, the Ergo is an excellent choice that is ergonomically designed so you won’t get an aching back.
Ideally, the best thing to do is to go to a store and try on some baby carriers to see which ones you like best or you can browse the carriers available in the slideshow below.
starting baby on solids foods: how to know when and what to feed December 14, 2007Posted by guinever in : babies, breastfeeding, homeschooling , add a comment
Don’t you just love this onesie? When I took one of my babies to the pediatrician for his 6 month check-up, the conversation went something like this:
Pediatrician: So have you started giving your baby solid food yet?
Thinking mother: No, not yet.
Pediatrician: Well, when are you going to start?
Me: When my milk isn’t meeting his needs anymore.
Pediatrician: Well, when do you think that’s going to be? …a good time to start is when your baby is around 6 months old.
Me: I really don’t know at this point. It could be next week or maybe not for a few months. He’s pretty healthy, isn’t he? I mean look at those thighs. My milk is all he needs right now.
Pediatrician: hmm. (laughing), I guess you’re right. He is a little chunk. And he’s healthy (looking at the medical chart), you haven’t brought him in for any sick visits.
Tips on knowing when to start your baby on solid food:
- Look at your baby, not at the calendar for knowing when to start solid food; it could be anywhere between 5 and 10 months of age for healthy babies
- Baby just seems a little fussy after feedings, not as satisfied as he once was
- Baby wakes up at night after sleeping through the night (this could have other causes like teething or sickness)
- Baby watches your every move while eating like he wants to get in on the action too
- Baby starts grabbing your food (can be confusing because babies naturally want to grab everything)
- If baby thrusts his tongue out at you and seems to gag on the food, he’s not ready. Try again in a few days.
baby’s first perfect foods
- mashed up bananas with a little breastmilk to thin it out
- mashed up avocado with a little breastmilk in it
- baby cereals made with breastmilk
- pears, apples, boiled to soften them
- sweet potatoes, thinned with breastmilk
what the pediatricians say
* Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection. Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.
* Complementary foods rich in iron should be introduced gradually beginning around 6 months of age. Unique needs or feeding behaviors of individual infants may indicate a need for introduction of complementary foods as early as 4 months of age, whereas other infants may not be ready to accept other foods until approximately 8 months of age.
* Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.
* During the first 6 months of age, even in hot climates, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed infants and may introduce contaminants or allergens.
* Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births). * There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.
Excerpts from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement on Breastfeeding and use of human milk section 10.
advocacy for homebirth: a video August 5, 2007Posted by guinever in : babies, birth, doula, home birth, homebirth, kentucky, midwifery , 4comments
Thanks to the Kentucky Midwifery Taskforce for putting together this video to promote homebirth and midwifery. KMT was formed to pursue legislation to license Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) so they may practice legally in the state of Kentucky.
To read about the midwifery laws in your state, please refer to the citizens for midwifery website.
This video was created for the purpose of educating consumers and legislators on the need for out-of-hospital birth providers in the state of Kentucky.
Current Kentucky law allows for licensed medical caregivers to attend homebirths but the state of Kentucky has not granted licenses since the 1970′s to direct entry midwives and does not recognize the certified professional midwife license. Only certified nurse midwives are recognized by the state of Kentucky. Most certified nurse midwives work only in hospitals, although some also do homebirths. The Kentucky Midwifery Taskforce’s goal is to have the state recognize certified professional midwives so they may practice legally in the state of Kentucky.