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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information

(Instruction For Midwives)

Information obtained from "Heart and Hands" by Elizabeth Davis

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By day seven, the mother's partner may be back at work, and friends and relatives may again be busy with their own concerns. No wonder the new mother may feel suddenly depressed and forgotten - her energy level is not nearly back to normal, and her emotions remain volatile. If she has additionally been entertaining well-wishers and trying to do more around the house than she should, she may be quite exhausted. A definite sign that she has been over-active is increased lochia flow, or change from serosa back to rubra (brown to red). This is an optimal time for a close friend or relative to come help with major cleaning, laundry, shopping, or running errands, or the parents may want to hire someone to assist them (a home health care provider would be a great choice for this help).

The midwife needs to make sure that the mother is well nourished and has been receiving plenty of fluids to drink to keep her milk up. It is good to make sure she has a fresh container of water by her bed and a freshly made jug of herbal tea in the refrigerator.


2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf
1 part Nettle Leaf
1 part Alfalfa Leaf
1 part Peppermint Leaf

Mix dried herbs thoroughly and use a portion to make up a half gallon to a gallon of tea. This blend makes a nice sun tea that can them be refrigerated for a refreshing iced tea to be consumed throughout the day. It provides red raspberry leaf for hormonal balance and uterine toning, Nettle and Alfalfa are high in blood building vitamins and minerals, and the peppermint leaf is good for soothing the digestive system and getting it back to normal as well as giving the tea a nice minty flavor. It tastes fine unsweetened, but if the mom would like a little sweetener, use Honey. Honey is high in nutrients and digests easily. A great tea blend for not only pregnancy, but postpartum recovery. It makes a great tea blend for adding recovery tinctures to, if needed, since the flavor of the tea will help "hide" some of the flavors of the tinctures (not all of them taste good).

Again, she may wish to discuss her birth. This is even more likely if it was traumatic, or the outcome was disappointing for her personally. Accept whatever feelings of resentment, frustration, or sadness she expresses. Try to supply any factual information she needs without being defensive. Pay tribute to her strengths, and downplay her shortcomings, if any.

And listen carefully to the scope of any current difficulties. Most women have no idea until they become mothers how hard they will work, let alone how much loss they will likely experience. Yes, loss - loss of friends who do not have children, loss of income for time off work, loss of sexual intimacy, loss of personal privacy, loss of sleep, loss of career-based identity, even loss of the pregnancy! Any two or three of these losses could precipitate a crisis in the most emotionally stable woman; taken together, and combined with hormonal upheavals and practical concerns of running a household, it is hardly surprising that many new mothers suffer some degree of postpartum blues. It is important to differentiate this condition from that of postpartum depression, though. The blues tend to diminish as adjustments are made to this new phase of life, but depression typically increases as the weeks or months go by, and is marked by persistent withdrawal and inability to cope. It is important that the midwife be able to distinguish these states, and acknowledge that there are times when professional interventions is indicated.

Physical symptoms of recuperation should be tapering off by day seven. If the mother had perineal repair, the skin should be drawn together by now. Breastfeeding should be fairly well established. Lochia flow should be decreasing. This visit is primarily for emotional support. The midwife should do her best to help the mother with any problems she is experiencing, because the midwife probably will not be seeing the mother again for several weeks.

The midwife may want to bring up the topic of sex. Advise every woman at day seven to wait on intercourse until the lochia flow has stopped completely. And of course, the midwife should suggest the mother wait until she sees the midwife before resuming intercourse. This is particularly important if she has had stitches.

Over the next few weeks, if the mother reports extreme fatigue or exhaustion, continued bleeding, or sensations of pressure/dragging in her vagina when she is up and about, see her at once. All of these symptoms indicate less than optimal healing, which must be addressed promptly if she is to recover.


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    Amazon: Premium Blue Disposable Underpads (Chux), North Shore, 23X36-inch, Package of 25
    Used for incontinence or childbirth labor and postbirth fluid discharges to protect and cover furniture, bedding, wheelchairs and car seats. For Home, place under wet boots and clothing. Protect floors from paint, car leaks and more. For use by nurses and EMTs, lab use, antique dealers to protect investments. For pets, use as puppy training pads, under food and water dishes or as a floor mat during baths. For baby to keep car seats protected and have a clean diaper changing surface wherever you go.

    Amazon: Medical Sitz Bath Basin For Convalescent Care
    Includes tubing shut-off clamp and graduated water bag. Fits most toilet bowls. Individually bagged. Not returnable. Colors may vary.

    Amazon: DMI Portable Bidet Sitz Bath, Fits on Toilet, Smooth Contoured Plastic, Yellow, Dura-Med
    Includes 5 foot tubing, shut-off flow control clamp and a 2 quart capacity graduated water bag. Provides a convenient at-home solution for personal hygiene or for the treatment of hemorrhoids, other perineal conditions or recovery after childbirth. Smooth plastic and wide contoured edges are designed for maximum comfort. Durable, easy to clean plastic basin fits most standard toilet bowls and commodes or top of toilet tank.

    Amazon: Organic Sitz Bath Soothing Herbal Spray For Postpartum Care, Motherlove, 2 oz Bottle
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    Amazon: Organic Nipple Cream Salve For Sore Cracked Nursing Nipples, Motherlove,1 oz Jar
    Safe and effective balm that softens skin to help relieve pain from breastfeeding. All natural ingredients are safe for mom and baby and do not need to be washed off prior to breastfeeding. Organic blend of extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, calendula flower.

    Amazon: Instant Cold Pack, Dynarex, 4X5-inch, 24 Per Case
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    Amazon: Baby Rectal Thermometer, Vicks
    Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer has a short probe tip for safe rectal readings. Plastic casing made in the US for rectal use only. Large backlit LCD display with 10 second readings. For newborns to age 3. Lifetime warranty.

    Amazon: Long, Heavy Absorbency Pads, Tena Intimates, 39 Pads
    Individually wrapped, easy storage and use, allows for all around circulation while locking fluid into the absorbent core, helping maintain a natural skin environment. For women, providing a fit that conforms to your body. PH-balanced to fight against odors. An adhesive strip provides secure placement in your own underwear. Used for urinary incontinence or can be useful during postpartum lochia discharge following childbirth.

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