Every mother wants the best for her child. Whatever in her capabilities, she will provide the best of everything in her purview. But new mums always have a fear of what to do and what not to do. In spite of knowing everything and having the experience of doctors and mothers(adults), every mother feels the anxiety right through the pregnancy, birth and nurturing phase. This anxiety is the fear of perfection for your baby, the fear of whether you are doing the right thing for your baby or not. I want to tell everyone, that this is normal. Even if you end up fighting with your spouse, mother, MIL etc, still, follow your instinct.
I, as a mother, want the best for my daughter. Although I had my doctors and mothers with me, I tried following my motherly instincts more. I always tell new mums or to- be- mums to follow their heart and instincts. A mother can never be wrong for her child. You just need to be aware and confident. If you feel something is wrong, then please listen to your heart. No one except you, knows your baby in and out. I had my own fears and doubts, but with time and experience, they went. Their were certain things that I read on internet, somethings my doctor told me, somethings my experienced adults told me and all in all, today I am in a position of stating some important points that every mother should do along with the birth of your child.
Stem Cell Banking:
Modern medicine has come a long way and allows you immense benefits through stem cell banking. Stem cell banking involves collecting cryopreserving cord blood cells (blood from the umbilical cord is rich in stem cells that are precursors of hematopoietic cells) that can be used in the future should there be genetic disorders or disorders in blood or the immune system. As soon as the cord is cut, cord blood is derived from the umbilical cord vein that is connected to the placenta.
I use to see the ad on TV. With city transfers and settling, I never got the chance to sit and plan this with Mr Husband. But as they say, what is meant to be, will always be. 3 days before her birth we spoke to the concerned person and we went ahead with stem cell banking for my daughter. In this regard, I will thank my gynecologist, that she encouraged us to go ahead with this. She has done for her children and she recommends this for every child. Its like a health benefit for your child. It can cure so many diseases and disorders for your child and family as well. Consult your doctor beforehand expressing interest in stem cell banking.
Saving The Placental Blood:
Placental blood is richer than cord blood by ten times more of stem cells. In fact a unit of cord blood might not contain adequate amount of stem cells to for the treatment of an adult patient. Therefore it might be desirable to talk to your doctor to save the placental blood. The other benefits of saving your placenta will be to convert them into postpartum antidepressant capsules and increase the supply of breast milk. Search the internet or consult your doctor for more advantages on placenta.
There are few vaccinations that are optional. And some are necessary. Try to know from the doctor about what vaccinations will be given just after the birth. You should take a call on what you deem best for your child. You should be aware of everything that is happening with your child just after the birth.
Say Yes To Hepatitis B Vaccination:
Hepatitis B infection is one of the most dreaded infections around the world. Most children are known to contract the virus at the time of birth from their mothers. An estimated nine thousand to eighteen thousand children are known to be infected with the virus annually. So while it is an important vaccination, at times it could cause harmful reactions when administered soon after birth. You can opt for the vaccination at a later stage.
Skin To Skin Contact:
It is something you have longed for – holding the baby in your arms is now a dream come true. Make sure that the ‘kangaroo care’ is offered soon after birth. Placing the baby as soon as possible after birth on mother’s chest helps the baby in a number of ways, researchers suggest. Even the WHO has underscored the importance of allowing the skin to skin contact between the mother and the child irrespective of baby’s weight, birth route, gestational age, clinical conditions or birth setting. And it is needless to say the multiple benefits that skin-to-skin contact will offer a new mother.
Choosing To Bathe Your Baby:
Apart from the anxiety that a new mom might have when it’s a question of bathing her baby soon after birth, there good reasons why it can be delayed for at least until the next 24 hours. Your baby is covered with skin coat called the vernix which is protective sheath that defends the baby from infections while showing immune-boositng response. This apart the vernix helps your baby’s skin stay soft and moisturized. Also a bath after birth means lowering baby’s body temperature while the baby should be warmed up in the mother’s arms or the skin-to-skin contact. So make your option vocal that you might want your baby to be bathed later.
Breast feed the baby:
Even if its a c-sec , talk to you doctor beforehand for bf your child. Its always good for your baby as well as for you own body. Special cases aside, this is the most important thing to be discussed with your doctor. I was not aware of this thing, but today I recommend every to be mum to have a talk about the first feed of your child.
A mom does everything that she can to bring her child into the world, keep up her baby’s wellness and nurture the bonding with her baby. With these little steps on your child’s birth will give you ample satisfaction of doing right things for you child since his/her birth. It will give you confidence of raising your child in the right way.