Delayed Cord Clamping

~ Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM ~

Last year, I blogged about my 3rd supernatural childbirth and mentioned having delayed cord clamping. I wished I did this for our earlier 2 kiddos but I was not researching well into this method then and only plucked up courage during 3rd pregnancy (same thing goes for placenta encapsulation which I also did for 3rd kiddo)

Sometime during my 37th week of pregnancy with Carolyn, I mentioned to our gynae that if possible, I would like to delay the cord clamping and let my hubby clamps the cord himself. Hubby looked surprise (hehehe I didn't tell him I wanted this) and asked why would I want that and I said "I just want it lahhhh!!!". Actually, other than the benefits I read online, I also wanted hubby to have a part of doing something during the labor process, since he can't give birth to baby, I thought it was pretty nice if he can clamp the cord for his first fatherly duty hahahaha...

Our gynae is agreeable with my request provided our baby is born naturally and given all clear signs (such as loud cry right after birth), else if baby is not crying after birth, the gynae will have to clamp the cord immediately so that the hospital staff can quickly look into baby's care.

 Baby Carolyn was born at 5.55pm on 30th September 2013 and she came out crying loudly. Because of this, our gynae granted my wish to have hubby do the delayed cord clamping. We waited for a few minutes (can't remember exact minutes but it was somewhere between 3 to 5 minutes) while baby was placed on my chest for breastfeeding and bonding. Hubby was then passed a device to clamp the cord and was guided by gynae on how to clamp it.

Delayed Cord Clamping

Now, back to the reasons why I opted for delayed cord clamping? Before that, some information about delayed cord clamping:

Delayed cord clamping means to ‘delay’ the surgical intervention of clamping the umbilical cord at birth. The definition of ‘delay’ is subjective and can range from 30 to 45 seconds, 2 to 3 minutes, once the cord has stopped pulsating or after the placental birth. (There is currently no agreed clinical definition of delayed cord clamping, and wide variations exist in clinical trials.)

 

Benefits of delaying cord clamping (excerpts from articles - link to articles below):

  • allows more time for blood to move from the placenta, significantly improves iron stores and hemoglobin levels in newborns and does not increase the risks to mothers.

  • a normal, healthy blood volume for the transition to life outside the womb; and a full count of red blood cells, stem cells and immune cells.

  • For the mother, delayed clamping keeps the mother-baby unit intact and can prevent complications with delivering the placenta.

  • In premature or compromised babies, delayed cord clamping may provide essential life support, restore blood volume and protect against organ damage, brain injury and death.

 

Further reading:

* http://cord-clamping.com/

* http://cord-clamping.com/2011/09/22/delayed-cord-clamping-sharing-the-information/

* http://cord-clamping.com/2012/07/09/delayed-clamping-may-protect-from-trauma/

* http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/health/study-endorses-later-severing-of-umbilical-cord.html


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Sponsored Video: Coca-Cola® The Happiest Thank You

~ Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 2:00 PM ~

Lots of things happening in the world today. I think we should look around our surrounding, the people in our life and be thankful for everything we have. For good health, good friendships, good relationships, meals on the tables, ability to breathe for one more day and so on. And then spread the happiness as well. Watching this video made me ponder about all these and brings a smile to my face too.


What are you thankful for today?

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iPad App Review - The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #2

~ Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:18 AM ~

We have some of the Berenstain Bears' story apps on my iPad and have previously reviewed "The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1", so when I saw the pitch release for this collection of the Berestain Bears stories, I decided we must review this app. Without further ado, here goes my feedback...

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* Title: The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #2
* Price: $19.99
* Category: Books
* Released: July 30, 2014
* Version: 2.6
* Size: 151 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+ Made for Ages 6–8
* Requirements: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Dive into 8 exciting Berenstain Bears Living Lights interactive storybook apps that help young readers learn how God wants them to live every day! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Enjoy The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule, The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School, The Berenstain Bears Hurry to Help, The Berenstain Bears and a Job Well Done, The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share, The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors, The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game, and The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, all in one convenient place."

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I like that this collection of story apps is meant to teach our children how to live their life according to God's way, to be kind even though it is not easy, the benefits of going to Sunday schools, to be helpful, to focus on the job being assigned and more.

* I think that even though you are not a Christian, you can still be able to use this book as it instills good moral values in our kiddos.

* This app is fun to read and educational as well, I also like that it is relatable to our family of 5 as well.

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You can purchase the "The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #2" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"