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Side Effects of Routine IVs, VBACs are Possible and Safe, and When a Baby is Born at Home "

Hello lovely readers! I hope this finds you enjoying the gorgeous fall that we are having. I have been super busy studying, serving, and creating. Three things that make me feel whole and happy. One of the ways that I like to wind down is to hang out on Facebook and I always come across amazing articles that I love to share with you.

This first article makes me want to happy dance! I have had a cesarean and three VBACs and I had to fight for all three. I now facilitate the Kitsap Cesarean and VBAC Support Group so I am always on the lookout for info about cesarean and VBAC. It is so fantastic to see that finally it is being considered safe and has a high success rate.

Granted this is from the RCOG witch is the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK but it seems that other industrialized countries are more civilized with it comes to mother and baby outcomes in birth and I have to believe that over time the US will follow suit.

"New guidance from the RCOG states a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean section has a success rate of around 75%, which is the same as for first-time mothers.

Even if the woman has had two or more previous caesareans the success rate of a vaginal birth only reduces slightly to 71%."

Ever wonder what the negative side effects of Routine IVs are in labor? This article from does a great job of going over four negative side effects. Remember this is for routine IV.

There are times when an IV is absolutely worth the benefits compared to the risks, and as a doula and childbirth educator I encourage my clients to question and research all the interventions involved in birth including the ones that are considered "routine".

If you are wanting a natural birth, definitely do your research about IVs and the potential cascade of interventions that stem from them. This article is a wonderful place to start as it has a great non biased vibe to it.

Here are the four side effects however the article goes over why are routine IVs used in labor and should you have one.

#1~ IVs can restrict movement

#2~ Edema- swelling due to excess fluid retention.

#3~ Breastfeeding Challenges

#4~ Excessive Newborn Weight Loss

What do you think?

This last article is a collection of photographs of midwives doing the newborn exam after a birth. This exam usually happens an hour or two after the birth after the family has had some time to bond, snuggle, breastfeed, and rest a bit. The tenderness and intimacy between midwife and baby is just beautiful.

I truly hope that these links as well as previous link roundups will inspire you to dream and research what you want your own birth to look like. Let me know if I can help in any way and please pass on to me interesting links that you come across !




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