1.)Well we suggest that you would have a natural childbirth because the pros outweigh the cons. Natural childbirth is cheaper and there is a faster recovery time. There is no need for medication so the con is that the birth process will be painful. Medicated deliveries can be less painful but they will take longer because the mother won't be able to feel the contractions. Cesarean childbirth is extremely expensive and is used mainly when the child is in breech position or if the mother can't deliver the baby naturally.Good luck with your decision on your delivery, hope we helped!Sincerely, JRO and BAM
Dear Pondering About Premies,The NICU is a fantastic way to start treating Emma's low weight and underdevelopment. However, there are other things you can do to help her get out of the hospital in a more timely fashion. One method is called Kangaroo Care; this consists of holding Emma against your or your husband's bare chest, this will develop a parental bond and also weight gain and higher oxygen levels. Something else you can do for Emma is to make sure that the environment that she is in is quiet and soothing. Too much stimulation could put her in distress, so keep your voice low, keep the lights dim, and use soothing, gentle touches. Remember that she is very delicate, and putting these methods to use will surely help her develop and get home quicker. :)Sincerely,New Kids on the Block
Dear Which way to go?,There are many benefits to each of theses child birth methods. Natural childbirth is painful, but a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction comes about by knowing you did it on your own. You also will leave the hospital earlier than the medicated births. Another benefit is you will be able to walk around after and it is cheaper. Medication will limit you to bed rest and you may not be able to feel contractions. There will be much less pain but you also may not know when to push when giving birth. C-sections should only be used if the birth is dangerous to either the mother or her baby. If you have a C-section with one baby you must have one with the others. So we suggest NATURAL!Sincerely,Jacked Baby Inc.
Dear Which Way to Go, During child birth it is good to research certain things to prepare yourself. In natural child birth, women do not need drugs. There is faster recovery, women sleep better and feel a sense of accomplishment. Using medications can help such as epidural. This can help but there can be some side effects such as pushing. There could be a problem because you cant feel your contractions. A c-section is a surgery, so it costs more and is riskier than natural and medicated child birth. Some after effects are that you have to stay in the hospital longer for recovery, it leaves a scar & you are awake while this whole procedure occurs. It is recommended not to get a c-section unless you or the baby are in danger or complications arise. Hope this helps! Sincerely, Don't Hate the Player Hate the Game
Dear Which Way to Go,Natural child birth doesn't involve any medication, but you can prepare yourself by taking Lamaze classes to learn how to cope with the pain. It gives you a greater sense of accomplishment and also has a quicker recovery time than other methods. Although, it is not recommended for high-risk pregnancies.Medicated delivery is the method in which you are numb from the waist down or have a walking epidural. Labor can progress slower with medicated delivery.Cesarean delivery is an invasive surgery. The recovery time is 3-5 days in the hospital and 6-8 weeks for a full recovery. This method may be required for high-risk births, such as multiple births or if the baby is in the breech position.Deciding which method to choose depends on the risk level of your pregnancy, your personal preferences, and advice from your doctor. Good luck!Sincerely,The Happy Helpers
Dear "Which way to go?",Part of having a baby is choosing what birth method is right for you- and it is different for everyone.If you have a high risk pregnancy, such as multiple births or an infection of an STD, a C-section would be suitable for you. This method of delivery is a surgery in which the baby is cut out of the womb through a small incision. You will be numb from the waist down but will be conscious throughout the procedure. Many women have C-sections and have perfectly healthy babies.Natural childbirth appeals to women who do not want their babies exposed to potential harm through medication. Many natural child births are accompanied by a midwife for support. This method of delivery can occur at home, at a holistic care center or at a hospital. During the process of delivery the woman will be completely aware and conscious and will not take any drugs. The mother will have a shorter hospital (or center) stay and may feel a sense of accomplishment or a special bond with her baby after a natural delivery.Medicated delivery is vaginal birth with the use of pain medication. There are two types of an epidural that may be used: the first choice medication numbs from the waste down so that the woman will not feel pushing or contractions. This may be un-beneficial as it can prolong labor. The second type of epidural is a lower dose of pain medication in which the woman does receive some pain relief but can walk around.
1. There are many pros and cons of all methods of giving birth. The safest and most assuring way of childbirth is natural childbirth. However, this way is also the most painful. It assures that the child will not be affected by any pain medication drugs. Women have been proven to recover faster and have a greater sense of accomplishment. Medicated delivery through an epidural is more dangerous than natural childbirth because there is a chance that the child will be harmed. Women also have more trouble feeling contractions, so the labor progresses slower. However the pain is greatly decreased by a medicated delivery. Finally, cesarean sections are a surgery so they do present greater risk. Women who receive C sections, have an average of two day longer hospital stay. Also, if women have a C section for their first birth, doctors usually require C sections for later births. C sections prevent women from having to go through the whole labor and are somewhat more convenient. Good luck with your birth!From Team Lebron James
Dear which way to go,First off find out if you have a high or low risk pregnancy. If your baby is in the breech position, if you are having multiple births, or at risk for placental abruption or placental previa you should consult your physician about cesarean section. The recovery period for a c-section is about 3 to 5 days in the hospital and 6 to 8 weeks until full recovery. A vaginal child birth’s recovery period is faster. A natural vaginal delivery has no medication; however, the mothers are completely conscious during labor and there is a stronger sense of accomplishment. Medicated vaginal delivery prolongs the delivery in labor because mothers does not participate in bearing down, which is when mother physically works with the contractions to push the baby. There are two types epidurals, classic and walking. The classic paralyzes the mother from the waste down and the walking allows the mother to be mobile during contractions. So really you should base your decision off whether or not you want to suffer the pain or gain a sense of accomplishment.Sincerely, Thinker-Perez
3. Dear Parenting,No one ever told me how hectic my life would be after Ethan was born! He is my first baby, and needless to say, my husband and I were unprepared for a newborn. What can you tell me about the patterns of newborns? What should I expect? How do I care for Ethan? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Dear What did I get myself into,Let me start by agreeing, that life becomes unimaginably more hectic with the addition of a newborn. Something that my husband and I have found to help is to divvy up the household responsibilities. While I would do the dinner dishes, he would fold the laundry, etc. Since you are on maternity leave (HOPEFULLY!) you should try to coordinate your sleep with Ethan's sleep. Since he only sleeps for about 2 hours at a time, that's all you will sleep, so try to sleep when he does, instead of attempting a 'through the nighter'. It shocked us to learn that babies need a diaper change about 12 times a day! Incredible, right? They should also be fed about 6-8 times a day, so basically, when Ethan is awake, he will either be pooping, eating, or, everyone's favorite, crying. To soothe his crying, hold him and coddle him, there is no such thing as over-spoiling a baby, he wants and needs his mommy and daddy! As far as keeping your marriage alive, just remember that both of you are under the stress of a newborn, and therefore more irritable, so be understanding, everyone's life has just gotten more hectic. Good luck!Sincerely,New Kids on The Block
1. Natural childbirth is the best way to have a baby even though it is very painful. Natural childbirth has a faster recovery time, no chance of drugs affecting baby, and you have a sense of accomplishment. Medicated childbirth is less painful but, the labor may take longer with a classic epidural and there is the possibility of the drugs affecting the baby. A C-section is the least painful but, your hospital stay would be about 2 days longer then normal childbirth. Also, your doctor may not perform a c-section unless it is a high-risk pregnancy. Best of luck with your child and hope that our advice helped.Sincerely, BELL Babies
3.) Dear, What did I get myself into? You are obviously now becoming aware, raising a child is no easy matter. Raising a child can be hard on both parents. That's why you have to work together to raise your child. The newborn baby has a pattern of wakefulness, sleep, and activity. The baby basically just eats, sleeps, and relieves itself. Expect the baby to sleep sixteen hours a day with not much activity other than eating and crying. The sixteen hours aren't consecutive.They sleep for two to three hours at a time and wake up whenever they are hungry. You should take care of the baby by never worrying about spoiling him. Give as much care as possible. Also because the mother is going to be under a lot of stress, you should split time with the father to take care of the baby.Hope you find this information useful and that you get a little bit more sleep with our tips.Sincerely, JRO and BAM
1. Dear Which Way To Go, All three methods of childbirth have their pros and cons, and it will be your personal decision as to which one is best for you. The first questions you need to ask yourself is if you're baby is healthy, and if your pregnancy has been trouble-free. If this is the case, than a natural child birth is an option for you. In a natural childbirth, you are given no drugs or pain relievers prior or during the birthing process. While this may appear to be a con, it in fact better for you and your baby. After a natural birth, your recovery time is much less than a medicated birth, you are more active after labor, and your baby is less at risk. Another method is a medicated delivery. You are given pain controlling drugs, usually in the form of an epidural. This numbs you from the waist down, which alleviates the pain from contractions and labor. Your labor may progress more slowly from your inability to feel the contractions, and your recovery period is longer than a natural childbirth. If your baby is developing normally, and you are healthy, this also may be an option for you. If your fear of pain is more of a concern for you, this is the better option. Another method of delivery is a Cesarean Section, aka C-Section. This method is only necessary for births that are progressing too slowly or complications have developed. A C-Section is not encouraged if not necessary. The recovery time is much longer than the other methods, and it riskier for the baby and mother. I hope this helped!Sincerely,A&L Associates
Dear Which way to go, There are numerous pros and cons for each method of childbirth. I will first inform you of the natural birthing method. During natural childbirth no medications are used, they are substituted by different breathing methods and coaching, such as Lamaze. Using no medication is a plus in birthing because you are more alert and more, which allows you to push with the contractions easier. You will also have a shorter recovery time and will be able to get up after labor compared to the other methods. The down to this, though, is that it causes excruciating pain. Another way to go is to have a medicated delivery. This is when you receive an epidural, which relieves some of the pain and will make you more comfortable during the process. However the con of this method is that you can have difficulty pushing during delivery because you can not feel the contractions due to the epidural. Ceasarian method is not usually used to deliver unless you or your baby are at high risk for complications. If you are at high risk, you should have a C-Section because it will lower your risks of more complications. Howerver, the down side to this method is that you will need to stay in the hospital for a longer amount of time and the recovery time is much greater. Also, you do not get to fully experience childbirth because this is considered a surgery you will be lightly sedated. Overall it comes down to your preference and views on each. Sincerely, Baby People
Dear Pondering about premies,Don't worry everything will be just fine. To stimulate weight gain you should take time in the day to hold her against your chest and letting her feel your warmth. Also hold her in a dark, warm room to avoid over stimulation by outside sources. Emma will be a perfectly healthy baby in a matter of a few weeks. Best of luck!Sincerely, Jorge
Dear Which Way To Go, Pros for natural childbirth are that you don't use any medications, which is healthier for the baby. You are more alert and aware during the birthing process. With natural childbirth there is a better recovery. You will feel better about yourself and proud of yourself for going through something so hard. Cons for natural childbirth is that without any medications, you're going to be feeling ALOT of pain. Labor could be even be possibly longer than other methods. If you're thinking about being medicated during childbirth, know that you will still be conscience during the whole process, you'll just be numbed. The most common drug used during childbirth is epidural. The amount of drugs used can vary from being numbed waist down, or a lower dose(walking epidural). Although the pain is mostly eliminated, there are still risks with using drugs. You may not be able to feel anything, making it difficult to push the baby. Meaning you'll most likely be in labor longer. Cesarean Sections are normally used when there are complications during childbirth. The baby may be taking too long or might be positioned to the point where it can't come out through vaginal birth. If the pregnancy is at high risk, like lack of oxygen, placenta abruption, and placenta previa, a C-section will be administered. Women who are having multiples, or have had previous C-sections will also be more likely to go through the surgery again with the rest of the births. Aspects for every type of delivery depend on each women and her body and lifestyle. You should speak to your doctor about what method is best for you.Sincerely, Dana
2. Dear pondering about premies,The NICU is the best place for a premature baby to be. If you would like your baby to gain weight to get out of the NICU faster, I would suggest Kangaroo Care. Kangaroo Care is when the baby is placed against the mother's bare chest. This provides the baby with quicker weight gain and higher Oxygen levels. Another way to get your baby out of the NICU quicker is to ensure that the environment is calm, peaceful, and relaxing. This environment will mimic the womb better, which will in turn encourage the baby's further development. Good luck with your new baby!Sincerely, Team Lebron James
Dear What did i get myself into, Going into parenting unprepared is not the best thing to do but you can work things out and get onto the right track. Babies need lots of attention and care. They want to feel loved by you and not feel like they were a mistake. You want a calm and soothing environment. Make sure its not to loud or too bright. Babies need a bond between themselves and you. Spend a lot of time with them and make sure you get that connection. Babies eat every 3-4 hours so make sure you have tons of food. You may not get a lot of sleep but that is normal. Also don't be surprised if they go through 5-9 diapers a day. In the first week they need to get rid of the wastes that are still in their system from being in the womb. A baby shouldn't be a burden on your life. It should be a blessing. Hope this helps !Sincerely,Don't hate the player, hate the game
Dear "What did I get myself into?",Having a new baby at home is a bittersweet experience for every new mother and father. It can not only effect you alone- but your marriage. The most important thing to do firsthand is for you and your husband to be on the same page. You need to work as a team.Newborns typically sleep 16 hours a day. It sounds like alot, but when babies are awake they require consistent care. Newborns are fed 6-8 times a day, and need 5-6 diaper changes a day, on average. The care for your child will differ depending on things such as if you wish to use formula or breast milk, if you use disposable or cloth diapers, etc. It is important to make sure that between all the work a newborn requires, you have time set aside to bond with your child. If your baby seems to be fussy often, the problem would be that he/she simply wants to be held more- as this is calming. Good luck!Sincerely,Jill&Miranda
Dear Pondering about Premies, First of all, an NICU is a great way to help Emma develop. It will keep Emma away from infections, help her grow and develop, and keep her fed. One way to help Emma develop and gain weight is a method called Kangaroo Care. During Kangaroo Care, the mother holds the baby to her chest while she comforts and bonds with her child. This method helps strengthen the relationship between the mother and her newborn and also helps the baby develop. Another good way to ensure a healthy developmental process is to make sure the hospital provides Emma with a dim, quiet environment which reminds her of the womb. Stimulation and noise can be a hindrance to Emma's development. The NICUs today are excellent; however, and Emma will be home before you know it!Sincerely,A&L Associates
Question #1The are several benefits and negative aspects to natural birth, medicated births, and c-sections.The benefits include negating the chance of the baby being affected by the pain reducing drugs, there is a faster recovery time for the mother, the mother is aware of what is going on, and there is a sense of accomplishment for having the baby naturally as mothers have been for centuries. The cons of natural birth are it can be painful and it can sometimes be dangerous if the baby is not positioned correctly.The benefits of a medicated delivery with classic and walking epidorals are babies leave in healthier conditions and can be less painful. Some cons to medicated delivery are labor might take longer, the mother can't feel contractions, and there is a possibility of the drugs affecting the baby.The benefits to a c-section are there is no pain, you are aware of what is going on, and increases the the chance of a healthy delivery of the baby in high risk pregnancies. The cons to c-sections are the need to stay in the hospital for 2 days longer than normal, there is a six to eight week recovery time, not many doctors do it unless there is a high risk to the baby or mother, some doctors do not perform regular births if the mother had a c-section previously.
3.The expectations are that a baby is going to have their own schedule, which you should be aware about. Babies control their behavior through crying and have a temperment.If you go out,hire someone to watch your baby who is responsible. Patterns for your baby, you need to change diaper on avg. of 6-8 times per day. Also babies eat every 2-3 hours on average.To care for your baby you need to change diaper, feed baby, buy clothes and other necessary items. Advice is that breastfeeding baby is healthier and less expensive. Never lay baby on his stomach to decrease chances of SIDS.Best of luck and we hope our advice helps.Sincerely, BELL Babies
Dear Pondering about Premies, Having Emma in the NICU is a great way for her to become a healthy, normal baby. It takes a long time for the baby to catch up with other normal babies, so make sure you continue to take care of Emma very carefully when you bring her home. "Kangaroo Care" is a great method of forming a bond between yourself and your baby. Hold her on your bare chest so she feels close and comfortable. Recreate the setting of the womb also. Dark, warm, and quiet, so that she isn't over stimulated.
Dear what did I get myself into?First off I want to address the issue of your marriage. You need to stick it out with your husband because this is a major adjustment period in which you guys need work together as a unit to succeed. This baby will test the strength of your relationship and compatibility. The will sleep about 16 hours of the entire day, waking up every 2 to 3 hours. The best advice would be to sleep when the baby is sleeping and alternate getting up to care for Ethan. If Ethan is colloquy, don’t worry about holding him too much because he will not be spoiled. He will eat about 25 oz. a day will need his diaper changes about 8 to 12 times a day. It is important to divide the workload between the two of you. There is a possibility of suffering from a post partum illness. Crying, anxiety, mood swings are normal signs just after giving birth. However, if the symptoms strengthen into loss of sleep, loss of appetite, or other destructive behaviors, seek medical treatment.Sincerely, Kangaroo Kates
Dear What Did I Get Myself Into,Babies have general specific patterns that typical newborns will follow. Whether you decide to feed Ethan formula or breastfeed, he will need to eat every 2-4 hours, and each feeding he will eat about 2-4 ounces. Infants sleep a total of 12-16 hours a day, in small intervals. You should sleep when he sleeps because you will need to wake up to feed him too. He will need to be changed about 12 times a day, but these will vary depending on each baby. Good luck!Sincerely,The Happy Helpers
#3 Some of the behaviors and things that you are going to need to expect during these first couple weeks are that the baby are going to have their own schedule, your are going to see the first signs of the babies temperament so expect to see patterns as you go, this is going to be the first time the baby has control of the world around him or hey through their crying so learning to differenctiate between different cries to find what the baby wants, expect not to sleep as often as your used to, and most importantly this is a fulltime job raising your child so that if you go out you are going to need to higher someone.Some comments on care neccesary are needing to change the diaper an average of six to eight times a day. Some other advice would be that breast feeding is healthier and less expensive.
Dear What Did I Get Myself Into?, Adjusting to a newborn takes patients and a lot of time to get used to. Baby Ethan has a low state of arousal. This means his daily cycle ultimately consists of wakefulness, sleep, and activity. During the first few weeks you should expect Ethan to sleep about 16 hours a day, however he will have a pattern of waking about every two hours. During the periods he is awake, you will usually have to be feeding and changing him. Having a newborn is a lot of responsibility and may have an effect on you and your husband’s relationship, but if so don’t worry it will get better in time just work together. Some advice that we give to you is to sleep as Ethan sleeps and get help from your husband because it is tiring and hard work. It will take time getting used to but you will learn and it is worth it. Good luck and congrats on baby Ethan. Sincerely, Baby People
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