I’m getting so excited that baby will be here soon!!
It doesn’t matter that our house is chaos filled with boxes and we are moving in a couple days… I don’t care about any of that. I’m so stoked to meet this little bean. People can rush around cleaning and packing around me and I will just stay in my little bubble.
Parents coming in to town today to help with the cleaning/packing/moving etc. yay! happy they are coming.
“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”
― Ina May Gaskin
more inspiration from a fearless woman changing the way we give birth to change the world. <3
GBS NEGATIVE!! woohoo!! so happy I don’t have to be hooked up to an IV during labour… so happy I don’t have to have my body ravaged by strong antibiotics. Yay!! Happy dance!!
40weeks on friday!!! yikes! where has the time gone.
I had some contractions last night with menstrual type cramping… but they settled down and spread out after I had a bath. I didn’t feel ready.
No contractions this morning… but things still feel a bit different somehow. I think it’s going to be soon!!
<3 such a crazy feeling but I love it.
My favorite part.
Sometimes it hurts like a bitch… but I still love it. So special to feel those little feet. love it.
Leopold’s Maneuvers: Determining Fetal Position in the Uterus
(A: First Maneuver: Determining the Fetal Part at the Fundus)
Facing the woman, place both hands at the upper portion of the abdomen to palpate the fundus to identify the fetal part occupying the upper part of the uterus.
Head: hard, firm, round, and moves independently of the trunk
Feet: soft, symmetrical
Shoulders&Limbs:small bony prominence, move with the trunk
(B: Second Maneuver: Determining the Position of Fetal Back)
Still facing the woman, palpate the abdomen with gentle but also deep pressure using the palm of the hands. First the right hand remains steady on one side of the abdomen while the left hand explores the right side of the woman’s uterus. This is then repeated using the opposite side and hands.The fetal back will feel firm and smooth while fetal extremities (arms, legs, etc.) should feel like small irregularities and protrusions
(C: Third Maneuver: Determining which Fetal Part is Lying above the Pelvic Inlet in the Lower Abdomen)
The area above the symphysis pubis is palpated with the thumb and third finger to determine the presenting fetal part. ***The Pawlick Grip is often abandoned in favor of a two hand palpation due to the discomfort it causes the Mother.
(D: Fourth Maneuver: Determining Location of Fetal Brow)
Facing the Mother’s feet the fingers of both hands are moved gently down the sides of the uterus toward the pubis. The side where there is the greatest resistance to the descent of the fingers toward the pubis is where the brow is located. If the head of the fetus is well-flexed, it should be on the opposite side from the fetal back. If the fetal head is extended though, the occiput is instead felt and is located on the same side as the back.One hand applies pressure on the fundus while the index finger and thumb of the other hand palpate the presenting part to confirm presentation and engagement [preferably, the fetal head]
I love teaching this to students:) They are always so amazed. A lot of times I take the mom’s and partner’s hands and show them, too. They always have the best reaction when they feel the head and butt 👶
One of my favorite things in midwifery.
Father registers exciting photos of the birth of their 4 children in the sea
Births of babies are always exciting, especially when they happen in an environment so special and full of life as in the ocean. Russian Vladimir Bagrianski registered in fantastic photos pregnancy of his wife, and the birth of her four children in the sea, which took place between 1986 and 1992. The series was named “Sunrise at sea.”
Births took place in different locations, but always with the ocean as the main scenario. The family is very attached to the teachings of the obstetrician and psychotherapist Igor Tcharkowsky, pioneered the method of water birth in 1963.
This is so interesting!
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