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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What is the purpose of vernix and should we be waiting to bathe our babies?

A question came up on a message board that I belong to as to why we would want to hold off baths for our babies after they are born. I had never really given this serious thought until now, so of course, I had to do some research. What I found was pretty interesting.

From a hospitals stand point, a baby is considered contamintated at birth and all hospital personel must wear gloves when they are holding a baby until after it's first bath. This makes sense since they are touching and handling a lot of babies in one day. But from a normal physiologic stand point, vernix(the white substance on the baby) could be more important to keep on than we thought.

I'll be discussing this in my next newsletter, so check it out. I'll be writing on Fri or Sat.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.