Ramblings of the Girl

My life as a mom, wife, and student…

On a Lighter Note August 17, 2010

Filed under: Birthing,Just Thinking,Ramblings of the Girl — The Girl @ 4:33 am
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Things could be going much better… but I am trying to stay focused on the positive instead of the bad.bad.bad. so that I can keep a smile on my face and possibly trick myself into reducing the otherwise boiling over stress level.

Last night I started a rotation at a different hospital. Where they have a new procedure for labor and delivery. I am still trying to comprehend how they can go from kind of antiquated to WOW without a few pit stops in the middle, but kudos to them!

Before, standard procedure was for laboring mom to leave the labor room and head to the delivery room where she would climb up onto a table, get her feet into the stirrups, experience a traumatic delivery that included a guaranteed episiotomy, a doctor climbing on top of her abdomen and pushing down to force the baby out or use of  forceps, a quick latch from the baby then baby is whisked off to the nursery, stitches, pain reliever/sedation without consent, at least an hour in a recovery room, then off to the OB ward.

Last night, we were enlightened about the way they do it now…

Laboring mom still leaves the labor room and heads to the delivery room where she climbs up on the table and gets her feet into the stirrups, BUT, no more episiotomy, skin to skin immediately after delivery… for at least 60 minutes, no more pain reliever/sedation… while baby is on mom, Vit K and Hep B are administered, and baby is wiped off instead of quickly bathed with soap and water or baby oil.

I know there is still a long way to go here. I haven’t had the opportunity to observe a birth with these new procedures yet, but I was so excited to hear that they are now requiring skin to skin immediately after delivery. This is something that is not even common practice in hospitals in the US yet either you ask for it, or you have an awesome nurse. It just made me happy.

I’m off to get ready for another duty shift now, so I will leave you with this picture snapped by the Manchild…

Double Rainbow From Abroad

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Out With The Old January 1, 2010

Filed under: Just Thinking,Ramblings of the Girl — The Girl @ 1:33 pm
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I’m not very different from everyone else.  The last twelve months have been a roller coaster ride for me.  Every time things seemed to settle down, either in a good way or a bad way, all of a sudden that incline came out of nowhere and I then there I was, facing a landslide decline.  The downhill was not always bad, not always scary, sometimes it was just that rush of excitement that I needed.

I have been struggling over the last few days both with some decisions I have to make in everyday life, and with the decision as to whether I should make The List.  You know the one, it has a Part A: all those things from the last twelve months that I deem to be list worthy, and then comes Part B: all those things I resolve to do in the next twelve months.

But why do we make these lists?  Especially the ones we resolve to do in the next twelve months?  How many times over the course of your life have you made those resolutions and then actually followed through with them?  I have decided not to make a list after all; I have decided that instead of making a list of resolutions to try to stick to… I am doing one thing only, I am going to wake up each morning and take a moment or two to meditate on all of the things I have to be thankful for.  I have been thinking that I need a little fine tuning of the attitude, and I think that this one daily exercise will help keep me centered, focused on what is really important.

While most of you are just waking up and starting your new year, I am half a world away.  My first day of the new year is already almost over.  Today was a challenge for me.   I find myself standing at one of those major forks in the road where I am forced to make some very hard decisions.  Today I made a conscious effort to give thanks for all of my blessings, and come back to center before I reacted to anything.  With this effort, I hope that I smiled at least once more than I did yesterday.  If I did, then I was successful.