In those first crucial minutes immediately after the birth of your baby (during the “Third Stage of Labour”), something important is happening – or rather is suppose to happen. When your baby is born, if all is well, they should be placed immediately on your body for skin to skin care. During this time the placenta is still inside of you and will remain so typically anywhere between 5-30 minutes (sometimes up to 60 minutes).
Did you know?
Between 30 – 50% of your infant’s blood volume is still in the placenta and the umbilical cord continues to pulsate, pushing the blood from the placenta into your baby?
When a dear friend buys you a notebook and tells you to write, you write!
Maybe it’s the arrival of little Miss Navy, maybe it’s my age or maybe it’s nothing at all. Whatever it is, something in me has shifted a little… and for the better, I think. I’ve really been trying to get back to basics and figure out what makes ME happy, that’s right ME! Not my kids, not my #dadbeast of a husband, not my family and friends, not my clients and definitely not that person I often think I ‘should’ be. I’m still searching, I think I always will be, but I think I’ve figured out a few things:
Sure, there’s no amount of baby-proofing and guidebooks that can truly prepare a person for the various trials parenthood presents. However, there are always things we can do in our lives to help provide some sense of security - especially when our life circumstances provide specific challenges like the ones that come along with a physical disability. If you have dreams of starting a family someday and you live with a disability, consider starting on some of these helpful preparations today to curate a safe home environment and stable financial situation. Having these things in line means you can fall back on them when the unexpected aspects of parenthood inevitably surprise you.
Last month we headed out to Headwaters Health Care Centre, a hospital we work at frequently supporting our clients, and sat down with Clinical Nurse Specialist Lucy Gilmore and talked about her career, working in maternal health care, and in this community.
We would like to sincerely thank Lucy Gilmore for taking time out of her busy schedule to meet with us. It was truly a pleasure to sit with her and learn more about the incredible team at Headwaters Health Care Centre. Thank you Lucy for all you do for the families of the Headwaters Region.
To give you an idea of who you’re dealing with:
I always have a list.
I overpack. I pack for my husband because there’s no way he knows how many pairs of socks he actually needs. I have at least two back-up plans, and, yes, I am nervous that I have forgotten my emergency snack. You see, I worry. BUT, I try to be the most prepared worrier possible. That makes me a good worry wart, the kind you still want to hang out with because I probably brought an extra water bottle for you. Right?
When my husband and I decided we wanted