Having a strong and healthy abdomen (“gut”) is important for both mother and baby. Being pregnant automatically causes the immune system to work double time. It is a proven fact the health of the mom’s gut has tremendous impact on the infant’s gut health. If the mom has a poor diet, high in processed foods, low intake of fruits and vegetables, consumes coffee and/or carbonated beverages, has taken antibiotics or low-quality prenatal vitamins, or has experienced high stress level during pregnancy, the immunity of the baby changes and will be affected for life.
Educational Spotlight: Tips for Bathing and Diapering Infants
Article: Optimizing Neonatal Skin Care –
Key Points From AWHONN’s 2013 Practice Recommendations
About 6 months ago, AWHONN released their updated evidence based clinical practice guidelines. This third edition replaces previous recommendations from the 2007 clinical practice guidelines. The goal of this Guideline is to optimize neonatal skin integrity by providing nurses with guidelines based on the best available evidence. The Guidelines encompass all neonates (birth to 28 days of life), regardless of gestational age. Exclusion criteria include neonates with congenital skin disorders.
Today’s parents have more private options regarding how to preserve their baby’s umbilical cord. For over a year now, expectant parents have had the option to privately store more than their just the baby’s cord blood. Leading banking companies now offer the option of banking the cord tissue, commonly referred to as the Wharton’s jelly. According to experts, about 30% of parents who privately bank are choosing this option as well.
Educational Spotlight: Checklist: Traveling with Your Baby
Educational Spotlight: Suncare Tips for Infant and Young Children
Article: OB HOSPITALISTS – Delivering Something Special
When it comes to delivering babies, there’s a new kid on the block - the Obstetric (OB) hospitalist. Many Labor and Delivery units around the country are embracing a new model of care.
What is an OB Hospitalist?
A hospitalist, in the general sense, is a physician who specializes in the care of patients in the hospital setting. Most often, a hospitalist does not have a private practice or see patients in the office setting but instead focuses his or her medical practice on inpatient, hospital-based care.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer can strike a woman at any stage throughout her life. In the United States, approximately 225,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 63,000 with non-invasive breast cancer each year. Breast cancer occurs in 1 out of every 3,000 pregnancies and 1.5% of women are pregnant when they are diagnosed. Although breast cancer is rare in pregnancy and postpartum women, it does occur, and preventative actions should be taken and warning signs should not be ignored. With early detection and the right treatment, most women diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy go on to deliver healthy babies.
Handout: Breast Cancer Awareness for Pregnant and New Mothers
Article: Infant Choking – Ways to Prevent the #1 Cause of Unintentional Deaths in Infants
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents learn CPR. Many parents realize that choking is a prime concern in children, but many do not realize how soon this issue comes into play. According to the American Heart Association, choking is the number 1 cause of unintentional death in kids under the age of 1. Parents need to learn CPR before they deliver and then refresh their knowledge frequently. It is important for healthcare providers to recommend that parents take a’live’ CPR class. CPR is a hands-on skill that requires practice on manikins and guidance from experienced instructors.
Handout: First Aid
Traveling with an infant often overwhelms new parents. Being prepared is essential. Included are some tips to help ease travel with your baby. Replicate your home environment and keep to baby’s eating and sleeping schedule as much as possible. When planning your trip, first identify the travel duration, modes of transportation, and climate. These factors will determine the quantity of items you will need and dictate what you'll be allowed to pack for your travels. Call your hotel, airline, or other mode of transportation. Understanding the rules and amenities provided for families will help you pack more efficiently. Feeding, Health and Safety/Well Being and Sleeping are three main factors to consider when packing.
Handout: Checklist: Traveling with Your Baby
Ask the Expert Videos
First Aid (2012)
Disposable Diaper Options (2012)
Shaken Baby Syndrome (2011)
Early Literacy (2011)
Handout for Grandparents (2010)
Infant Massage - Skin Test (2010)
Travel Tips for New Parents (2012)
Sun Protection for Infants (2012)
Protection Against Pertussis (2010)
Engaging With Expectant Dads (2010)
Inspiring Ideas for 2010 (2010)