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rse,Childbirth Educator, board certified lactation consultant

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  1. Rooming-in Vs. Nursery Care

    There is a huge differnce between a cardiac patient and a new nursing mother. Let's compare apples with apples. Encouraging a breastfeeding mother to sleep through and have the baby fed in the nursery is undermining that mother/baby couplet. As a nur...
  2. Rooming-in Vs. Nursery Care

    Why, we do that on occasion. If you have very involved parents, and a baby that is not critical, it's fine for the parents to watch, as long as the nurses are around if need be. In my opinion, the parents are far more likely to really watch (sometime...
  3. more on CT schools

    St. Joe's is a private 4 year college (BSN). It's a good school. Goodwin is new and still has to receive its accreditation. Naugatuck Valley is a cc and has an excellent reputation as far as their nursing program is concerned. Like others, it has a w...
  4. What degree do I go for

    NO LPN's in my hospital at all. LPN's are not usually used in OB anyway.
  5. Pregnancy hormones

    The hormones women take during or before menopause are to help with the hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms that older woman may experience as they age. They feel better when they take these and those symptoms I mentioned are decreased. O...
  6. Rooming-in Vs. Nursery Care

    > I notice that you mention that your baby was returned to you two hours later (as above here). You also mention breastfeeding. I assume you were nursing and if that is the case it is perfectly natural for the baby to want to eat every two hours....
  7. Don't buy expensive: no need. They may have them on the unit. We do.
  8. At my hospital, GN's are not even allowed to practice as such. They remain aides until they pass the bards. I think the nurse manager is wrong to do that. I can see that she wants him to get confidence and experience, but I'm not sure that is good fr...
  9. Question

    We use gentamycin in infants as well as on moms in labor when necessary.
  10. Would YOU ever have a homebirth?

    I delivered a baby just the other night. She was there about 5 minutes before the baby came. She stayed home with her doula and SO. It was such a great feeling. I love when that happens!
  11. Would YOU ever have a homebirth?

    The only problem with that thinking is that in a hospital with a level 3 NICU, you (as the laboring woman) are probably far more likely to get unnecessary interventions that could cause your baby to need a NICU in the first place. Big, teaching hospi...
  12. Would YOU ever have a homebirth?

    There is no way you know that such a baby will not fit through your pelvis. I have seen very tiny women (under 5 feet) deliver 10 pounders without a tear.
  13. Would YOU ever have a homebirth?

    With my second, I delivered in my hospital with a CNM: no meds, no IV's no nothing except routine intermittant monitoring. It was great. I probably could have done it at home, but being a L&D nurse and having seen how wrong things can go so fast...
  14. Would YOU ever have a homebirth?

    Of course she does, depending on the environemnt in which she works.
  15. An update about the doc with the fundal pressure

    EXCELLENT job! You'll have made a difference for a lot of mothers and babes!