April 25, 2018

July 6, 2011

           My Midwife, Sarah, called at 8:15am and said she was on her way to another client's house whose water had just broken and contractions were already three minutes apart.  Because our appointment was canceled, I went to my chiropractor for an adjustment.  She reminded me that babies are not “late” until 42 weeks and I still had two days before reaching 42 weeks.  Sarah called at 5:30pm having just finished the birth and scheduled me to come in at 9:00am on July 7.  My prayer was to go into labor without using anything to induce it, even though it would be with something natural.  However, I only had 2 days until things started getting serious and Sarah was leaving to China on the 13th....

April 18, 2018

           August 12, 2009 at 10:00am after so much paperwork, my nurse, Jessica, said I was 1cm and induced me with 25 mg of cytotec (see warnings: http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=559) as directed by my Dr.  I waited in the bed and ate soda crackers with Ginger Ale until 1:00pm.  My contractions were regular, but mild.

Granzy arrived!  At 2:00pm I was still just 1cm.  Therefore, Jessica gave me another 25mg of the cytotec induction pill. 

Dad and Angela arrived, so Granzy left for lunch.  As we were talking, my contractions were regular, four minutes apart, getting closer and increasing in pain.  At 5:00pm, myself, Carl, and Gr...

October 5, 2017

Estimating Blood Loss

  • Bleeding is a normal occurrence during childbirth, but it is important to understand how much is okay during labor and after birth.

  • Overestimating blood loss can lead to unnecessary interventions which pose more risks to the mother and/or baby.

  • Underestimating blood loss can lead to a delay in lifesaving hemorrhage interventions.

  • Postpartum hemorrhage is the loss of more than 500 cc of blood after birth.

Amounts are measured in cc (cubic centimeter) or ml (milliliter) 1 cc = 1 ml

1 T. = 15 cc            ½ C. = 125 cc         1 C. = 250 cc             2 C. = 500 cc...

September 21, 2017

         Ministry involves serving the Lord and is accomplished by serving people. Philippians 2:5-7 shows how the Lord was a servant, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men;” Often, the word “minister” brings to mind a church or a pastor. However, ministering is not just for a pastor or church, it is much more than that. Every believer has God given talents in which they are called to use, invest in and multiply. Serving the Lord by serving families as a doula is a beautiful ministry that provides aven...

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