Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
يملؤنا الحماس والإثارة لمشاركتنا في"Mommy and Me Market" يوم السبت الموافق 10/10. اتستمتعنا معا بيوم #حافل بالأنشطة و#الألعاب والأطعمة أيضاً. ستتواجد معنا مقدمة مشورة #للرضاعة_الطبيعية، ومثقفة في #الولادة_الطبيعية للإجابة على #استفساراتكم. وسنقدم مشاريع فنية وحرفية #للأطفال، وبعضاً من المنتجات الممتعة المفيدة للرضاعة الطبيعية (مثل كوكيز زيادة الحليب اللذيذة). هو سيكون بكل تأكيد حدثاً #ممتعاً ويوماً رائعاً#. ملاحظة: تم تغيير المكان.@mommyandmemarket .
We're very excited to be participating in the Mommy and Me Market THIS SATURDAY! Come enjoy a fun day filled with #activities, #games and #food. We will have a #breastfeeding counselor and a #childbirth educator available to answer any #questions you might have, arts and crafts projects for the kids, and some cool breastfeeding products available (including our famous lactation cookies in a jar ). It's sure to be a great #event! Please note the change of location
Attend our workshop and learn more about the numerous benefits of breastfeeding and how you can enjoy a successful breastfeeding experience. Seats are filling up fast, reserve your place today by sending a whatsapp or SMS message to the phone number above.
Mention a friend who is pregnant and starting to prepare for becoming a mom.
Recent studies have suggested that children whose fathers are actively involved with them from birth are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in exploring their surroundings, have better social connections with peers as they grow older, and are less likely to get in trouble at home and at school. Children with fathers who are nurturing, involved, and playful also turn out to have higher IQs and better linguistic and cognitive capacities.
Attend our workshop with your wife to learn how you can bond with your new baby, while supporting your wife as she
provides him/her with the best possible nutrition.
Seats are limited! Reserve yours today by sending a whatsapp message to the number above. And mention any amazing daddies and mommies who are expecting new babies .
Don't forget to ask about our new packages that allow you to attend our Nourish Your Baby, Birthing with Confidence and Newborn Care Workshops for a special combined price. .
Couples will learn all the skills they need to correctly care for their newborn, including feeding, sleeping, bathing, diapering, common mistakes, safety tips, symptoms of common ailments and generally how to keep your baby healthy and happy.
Reserve your seats today's by sending a whatsapp or SMS message to the number above. Spaces are limited!
The couples will learn about the healthy birth practices at the childbirth education workshop " Birthing with confidence "
Childbirth education workshop "Birthing with confidence" is built on the 6 healthy birth practices recommended by WHO to help improve the birth outcomes and maternal satisfaction.
1) Let Labor Begin On Its Own
2) Walk, Move, and Change Positions
3) Continuous Labor Support
4) Avoid Unnecessary Medical Interventions
5) Move Into an Upright Position for Birth
6) Keep Mother and Baby Together
A message to expecting couples:
Pregnancy and birth is a life changing event which will transform husband and wife into parents. Research shows that an empowering and confident birthing experience can improve a couples quality of life and impact early parenting positively.
Further, according to the latest research, healthy birth practices, husband's support and presence of doula are crucial factors to positive birth outcomes.
Attend our workshop and you will gain knowledge and skills that will help you to feel confident and prepared for your delivery and birth. Further you and your husband will learn positive ways to communicate during labor and how he can best support and be a source of comfort and strength for you.
Join us in October:
October 21th 4-7 pm (english)
November 21th 4-7 pm
Only a few seats remain, reserve your seat today via whatsapp 66234706.
We are pleased to announce the start of season 2015-2015 which will include many exciting activities and events. Kindly check out this October's schedule.
BirthKuwait would like to invite you to our upcoming events.
Kindly note that all our events (except the expo) require a prior registration.
"Birthing with confidence " (English)
Moms support group
"Nourish Your Baby" (English)
Starting a happy family: Planning for pregnancy
"Newborn care" both English and arabic
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
* see page 32
Do you want to get the most out of your birth experience? Be
savvy. Understand the language used during birth and make informed decisions.
While birth is a normal process and research shows that many of
the routines at hospitals today are not necessarily beneficial and may even be
harmful, the fact remains that
birth today has become intervention-intensive and the majority of moms in
Kuwait will likely experience one or more intervention during their birth. Most
of the statistics for these interventions are not publicly available in Kuwait,
so I will use the most recent statistics for women in America. The most recent
Listening to Mothers Survey showed that the majority
of women surveyed experienced one or more of the following interventions during
electronic fetal monitoring (EFM)(93 percent)
on eating (87 percent)
fluids (86 percent)
on drinking (66 percent)
anesthesia (63 percent)
ruptured membranes (55 percent)
oxytocin augmentation (53 percent)
surgery (24 percent)
What would those numbers look like in Kuwait? Perhaps some would
be higher and some would be lower. The point is that you should be familiar
with some technical medical terminology before you give birth. This is the
second of two articles designed to empower moms to make informed decisions
during birth. The previous article discussed Continuous Electronic Fetal
Monitoring (EFM), Restrictions on Eating and IV Fluids, and Episiotomies. In
this article we will discuss Artificial Induction or Augmentation (Syntocin),
Epidurals, and Cesarean Surgery.
Artificial Induction or
the central hormone that orchestrates a normal birth. It is nicknamed the
hormone of “love” and is essential to bonding, creating feelings of euphoria,
and produces uterine contractions. More than 50% of moms give birth using
synthetic oxytocin (Syntocin or Pitocin), either to induce the beginning of the
labor or to augment their labor once it has already begun.
oxytocin and natural oxytocin are chemically identical, their affect on the
body has significant differences. For example, natural oxytocin that is
produced in the brain circulates in the cerebral-spinal fluid, whereas
synthetic oxytocin is pumped into the veins and never crosses the blood-brain
barrier. In addition, the body only produces enough oxytocin to meet its needs,
where as synthetic oxytocin is pumped by steadily increasing amounts over a
short period of time to much higher levels than what the body would naturally
produce. Furthermore, while naturally produced oxytocin is responsible for
creating the mothers powerful and rhythmic contractions that eventually birth
her baby, it also has a softer side: oxcytocin floods a mothers body, reaching its
highest peaks during the most intense part of labor, and helping the mother
move into an alternative state of mind ((elation) in order to cope with labor
and filling her body with love and affection for her baby and partner. A whole
series of feedback hormones are also triggered with the natural production of
oxytocin, including endorphins (euphoria) and prolactin (for milk production)
to prepare her for the final moments of birth and her initial encounters with
her baby. This feedback process does not accompany artificial oxytocin.
oxytocin, on the other hand, produces more intense contractions over a shorter
period of time, without the softening effects of natural oxytocin or the
benefits of endorphins. This does more than just change the quality of the
contractions- making them more intense and painful for the poor mother. It
also increases the mother and baby’s risks for harm, necessitating continuous
fetal monitoring. These risks include postpartum hemorrhage through what is
called uterine atony: essentially, synthetic oxytocin has a diminishing return
of effectiveness by the end of labor, leaving the uterus soft and weak, unable
to contract to stop postpartum bleeding; and fetal distress: the sudden-hard
and fast-squeezing contractions produced by synthetic oxytocin induced
contractions diminishes the baby’s placental oxygen supply more often and for
longer periods of time than natural contractions creating disturbing fetal
heart rate patterns and necessitating continuous fetal monitoring, vaccum/forceps
assisted deliver, and cesarean surgery.
way to avoid the use of synthetic oxytocin in your labor is to wait for your
labor to begin on it’s own and to use movement throughout your labor to keep
your labor progressing, and use a doula or other support person throughout your
going to skip other pain medication options and speak directly to the most
commonly used pain medication: Epidurals. Epidurals are popular because they allow
women to be awake and aware yet free from pain during labor and birth. They
permit an exhausted woman to rest or sleep. And while their usual effect is to
slow labor, the profound relaxation they offer can sometimes put a stalled
labor back on track. They can be very effective.
all medical interventions, epidurals also have potential harms, including an
increased risk of
a vacuum or forceps delivery
a drop in blood pressure, which may pose a risk to the
nausea and itching attributed to the narcotics in
difficulty with breastfeeding, linked to fentanyl, a
common narcotic component in most epidurals
developing a life-threatening complication
breathing problems or difficulty swallowing
a baby who experiences a prolonged episode of abnormally
slow fetal heart rate
labor is unpredictable, and you want to keep all your options available. Just be
sure that you make your decision freely, not because you feel pressure or lack
an alternative. Here are some ways to do that as well as minimize potential
care provider with a cesarean surgery rate of 15% or less. Studies show that in
the hands of care providers with low rates, epidurals do not increase cesarean
Choose a mother-friendly birth environment. In most hospitals,
confinement to bed, continuous fetal monitoring, and restricting labor support
companions such as doulas, along with lack of amenities such as showers, deep
tubs, and birth balls make it difficult to cope with labor without an epidural.
Where epidurals are the norm, nurses may not know how to support a laboring
woman without one, and staff may actively promote their use. And finally, delay
an epidural until active, progressive labor (6-7 cm dilation) to reduce your
risk of complications arising from epidurals.
cesarean rate is between 10-15%, maternal mortality goes down and lives are
saved. However, when a cesarean rate goes above 15%, there are no overall
improvements for maternal or infant health outcomes. The risks of harm increase
for both mother and baby, future pregnancies can be endangered, and health care
resources are squandered on interventions that do not provide a positive net
gain in health outcomes. The World Health Organization states that cesareans
should only be performed for medically indicated reasons. These include
placenta previa, malformed or injured pelvis, severe pre-eclampsia, active
genital herpes, advanced HIV, transverse (side-lying) baby, twins if the first
baby is breech and triplets, certain birth defects, medical problems with the
baby or mother (emergency or chronic), placental abruption, prolapsed cord, or
following are NOT necessarily a medically indicated reason for a cesarean:
prior cesarean, breech presentation, failure to progress, CPD (Cephalo-pelvic
disproportion, or your baby's head is too big), twins if the first baby is
presenting head down, large baby, fear, convenience, or wanting to give birth
on a particular day.
Risks to the
• 4xs higher risk
of death than vaginal birth
• 20%-40% mothers
after cesareans have post-operative complications - uterine, wound or urinary
tract infections are the most common.
• increased risk of
serious infections such as pelvic abcess, septic shock and pelvic thromboembolism.
• up to 1 in 10
have a surgical laceration in their uterus.
• 6xs increase in
postpartum depressions three months after surgery.
• reduced fertility
• increased risk of
ectopic (outside of uterus) pregnancy
• increased risk of
unexplained still birth
• increased risk of
rupture of the uterus before or during labor, 2-4xs higher when subsequent
labors are induced or augmented with pitocin.
• risk of placental
problems (placenta praevia or low-lying placenta; placental abruption where
placenta separates early; placenta accreta, where placenta won't separate)
increased by 2-4xs.
• 7-15xs increased
risk of emergency hystorectomy after birth for the above reasons
• increased risk of
bleeding after birth, severe anaemia, blood transfusion, repeat cesarean, and
infection, for all the reasons mentioned.
• 5xs increased
risk of needing intensive care treatment after birth
• increased risk of
prematurity; even with ultrasound scans, around 10% of babies are born more
than two weeks early
Risks to the
baby include (for non-emergency cesareans):
• increased risk of
breathing difficulties after birth: minor problems around 6% compared to 3%
vaginal delivery, even when born at term.
• with ceasareans,
1.6% of babies require a machine for severe breathing difficulties compared to
.3% of vaginal births.
pulmonary hypertension. of which 40%-60% of affected babies die, can affect up
to 4 per 1,000 cesarean babies, compared to .8 per 1,000 vaginal babies.
• 1-2% risk of
laceration (surgical cut) during the operation
• all future
pregnancies have an increased risk of prematurity, low birth weight, poor
condition at birth, and death, for the reasons mentioned above.
decrease your risk of having an unnecessary cesarean surgery, find a care
provider with a low cesarean rate, let your labor begin on it’s own, move
around and stay active during labor, work with a doula or other labor support,
avoid unnecessary medical interventions, and push your baby out in an upright
Artificial Induction or Augmentation (Syntocin):
Choose a mother-friendly birth environment. In most hospitals, confinement to bed, continuous fetal monitoring, and restricting labor support companions such as doulas, along with lack of amenities such as showers, deep tubs, and birth balls make it difficult to cope with labor without an epidural. Where epidurals are the norm, nurses may not know how to support a laboring woman without one, and staff may actively promote their use. And finally, delay an epidural until active, progressive labor (6-7 cm dilation) to reduce your risk of complications arising from epidurals.
The following are NOT necessarily a medically indicated reason for a cesarean: prior cesarean, breech presentation, failure to progress, CPD (Cephalo-pelvic disproportion, or your baby's head is too big), twins if the first baby is presenting head down, large baby, fear, convenience, or wanting to give birth on a particular day.
Risks to the baby include (for non-emergency cesareans):