What I read today Feb 28
WATCH: Care of a Woman with an Epidural - 5 Rules for Good Support
1. keep them moving - from side to side, kneeling over a birth ball
2. keep them cool - turn on fan, mop brow, ice back - keep parts cool that aren’t numb
3. keep them company - even if asleep, don’t leave
4. keep them from pushing too early - wait until feels something, called “laboring down”
5. skin to skin after birth
WATCH: Scene From Penny Simkin's Comfort Measures - "The 3 Rs" & Slow Breathing
3 characteristics in those who cope well: Relaxation: at least between contractions if not during Rhythm: breathing, moaning, swaying, stroking Ritual: repetition of same 1 activity 1 contraction to the other Slow Breathing: take long breath and hold it.
Out breath is your relaxing breath. Release tension on every out breath. Sighing way through contraction – sigh of relief. Partner can count breaths for a minute (avg contraction; those in early labor will be shorter, those in late labor longer) to see how many breaths take when nice and relaxed. 9 breaths – half of avg breathing rate. Partner can mention to relax shoulders, jaw, forehead etc. Start using breathing when you can’t talk through contraction – when labor stops you in your tracks.
Finding Community During Pregnancy As A Black Non-Binary Femme, The Establishment
1,300 works of art create apartment masterpiece, University of Chicago News
The Crime of Parenting While Poor, The New Republic
The Democrats Stole the Green Party’s Best Idea, The New Republic
By Reconnecting With Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves, Yes! Magazine