Author Patti Digh discusses her book 37 days
Letter #6: by Anonymous
Advice for having a great labor and delivery….
- Be prepared for the baby
- Have a family member or friend you know who will be there to help you
- Ask as many questions to get the help you need
- It is OK to scream and cry during labor
In January, 2010, I was in labor with my first child. I was a single parent, but I was still prepared for my baby and had my foster mom and baby’s dad to support me during labor. This is my first child so I didn’t know what to expect. I stayed positive about whatever was going to happen next so it was a great labor for me. When reality hit and she was in my arms to leave for home, I knew I had a bundle of joy and a big responsibility. I always asked questions to learn for myself. I went home and kept learning from then on. If I can do it, you can to!
Letter #5: by Amayrani
Hi! My name is Amayrani. I am 18 years old and I have a little boy. To me, labor and delivery was the most exciting part. I just couldn’t wait to see my baby. It was hard and long but I made it through. I was in labor for 30 hours.
What my advice is, though, is to just stay as calm as you can. Breathe and try to relax. I know you are probably thinking I am crazy, but it worked for me. I stayed calm, talked a lot to my partner, and took long, slow breaths when I was getting contractions.
I ended up having to get the epidural which did take a lot of the pain away. But when I was ready to push, I couldn’t. If you want to do it natural, just relax and try not to think about the pain. Think about the happiness it will bring you to see your baby for the first time. It is the best feeling in the world.
Letter #4: by Maribel
Hi. My name is Maribel. I am 19 years old and I have an 8 month old daughter named Jacinda. The day I had my daughter was the best day of my life. But if you’re pregnant and almost due, I have some advice that I think would have made my delivery easier.
First of all, I would advise you to attend as many birth-giving classes as possible. It is important that you learn the proper breathing techniques. I didn’t learn the proper breathing techniques so I had a real hard time when I went into labor. I struggled with each contraction. Memorial Hospital offers all types of birth classes even for new dads. Make sure you are well aware of what’s going on with your baby before and after your delivery.
Second, make sure you know exactly who you want in the delivery room with you. You’re going to need someone with a lot of patience and love. You may think you are ready, but once your contractions start to get more and more intense, your attitude will become more and more aggravated. Have a good coach by your side and prepare them by watching birth-giving videos. Remember, you need a lot of rooting and support, keep all of the negative energy out of the room because it will not help you at all.
Third and last, don’t close out your options on using medications. I thought I was ready for natural labor, but when the hard contractions came I was ready for the epidural. But it was too late. So keep your options free! I hope you have a wonderful labor and good luck. Congrats on your future new baby boy or girl.
If the baby has diarrhea or vomiting, the mother should NOT stop breastfeeding. The best medicine for a baby’s gut infection is breastfeeding. Stop other foods for a short time, but continue breastfeeding. Breastmilk is the only fluid your baby requires when he has diarrhea and/or vomiting, except under exceptional circumstances. The baby is comforted by the breastfeeding, and the mother is comforted by the baby’s breastfeeding. Remember also, that breastmilk stools are more liquid than formula stools, so unless the baby is stooling more than eight times a day, watery stools do not necessarily mean diarrhea. If an infant has vomiting or diarrhea, a physician should be consulted.