Saturday, November 15, 2008

Website Re-do

So, I re-did the website! I get bored with it easily, so I went in a totally different direction! Check it out!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lung Capacity in Breastfed Children

Yet another reason to breastfeed our babies!!

Babies' nursing workouts build lung capacity
Thu Nov 13, 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The exercise that babies get while suckling at the breast may be an essential component of the respiratory benefits associated with breastfeeding, new research shows.

Dr. Ikechukwu U. Ogbuano of the University of South Carolina in Columbia and colleagues found that by 10 years old children who were breastfed for 4 months or longer had larger lung capacities than their counterparts who had been nursed for a shorter amount of time or not at all. The breastfed children were also able to expel air from their lungs more quickly.

While the children's speedier exhalations could have been related to the beneficial components of breast milk, "the lung capacity cannot be really explained by the immune factors in the breast milk," Ogbuano told Reuters Health. Instead, Ogbuano and his colleagues argue, the harder work required of babies who drink from the breast rather than a bottle is a more likely explanation.

Breastfeeding is known to help protect babies from developing respiratory infections, but studies of whether it may reduce their risk of asthma risk later in life have had mixed results, the researchers write in the journal Thorax. To investigate, they looked at lung function in 1,033 children who were 10 years old, born on the Isle of Wight, and were followed since birth.

The average lung capacity, as measured by the volume of air a child could exhale forcibly, was 54 milliliters greater in those who were breastfed for at least 4 months than in those who were not been breastfed at all. Peak expiratory flow, or the maximum speed at which the air can blown out of the lungs, was 180.8 milliliters per second faster in these children.

The lung function in children who had been breastfed for a shorter amount of time wasn't significantly different from the lung function of children who weren't breastfed at all.

Ogbuano and his team note that the pressure nursing babies exert on the breast before milk begins to flow is triple that required when drinking from a bottle; nursing sessions also last 8 minutes, on average, compared with 4.4 minutes for bottle feeding. Nursing four to eight times a day "may also help to prepare these children for a lifetime of physical fitness," Ogbuano said in an interview.

The findings suggest that babies who are bottle-fed with pumped breast milk may be missing out, Dr. Wilfried Karmaus, another researcher on the study, told Reuters Health. "We may go just in the wrong direction with the pumping and bottle feeding. That's why it's so important to really clearly consider what's going on there."

Karmaus noted that in Canada and Europe, generous maternity leave policies make it possible for women to directly breastfeed their infants for several months if they choose, while in the U.S. many women must return to work after only a few weeks. Giving U.S. women longer maternity leave might pay for itself in terms of health benefits, such as reductions in obesity, he suggested, calling for an economic analysis to address the issue.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Some recent births...

I recently attended a clients birth that was just wonderful. It was quick and easy (although she doesn't think easy is the right word!).

I also recently attended a birth that was hard, but the mom did such a wonderful job. Her baby is so cute and she is so in love.

All is right in the world!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I bought some new cloth diapers!

Ok, I am officially a cloth diaper nerd. I just love them. I just bought some new ones to try out!

Happy Heiny's

These are so cute!


I'm such a dork!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I can make cloth diapers!

So, here is my first attempt at making a cloth diaper cover. It is fabulous and only cost about $1.00 to make.

The outside is fleece from an old baby sleeper, the inside is one of those things you lay down on a bed to keep it from getting wet (ie, soft and pretty water resistant). Then it's just thread, velcro and elastic, all of which was on sale.

So I am crafty, green and frugal. How awesome!





Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

Well, today is Father's Day! Soph picked out a card for daddy, complete with the "Kung Fu Fighting" song. She was so excited to give it to him this morning! He loved it. Such a good daddy!

Paul has to work... bummer. But, Sophia, Cole & I are going over to see Grandpa Dave (as she so lovingly refers to him).

Fun Fun FUN!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ballet Class!

Cathy DeLoney is teaching a Ballet Class for adults/young adults at the Cultural Arts Center in Dothan, AL on Monday's at 7pm. Come join us for a fun workout!

Cultural Arts Center

909 St Andrews Street
Dothan, Alabama 36301
(334) 699-2787

Cesarean Rates And Epidurals Reduced By Doula Support During Labor

A new study on the effectiveness of doula support! Yay!

MedNews: Doulas
"Cesarean delivery rates decreased by 12%, the need for an epidural dropped by 11%, and the need for a cesarean after induced labor decreased by 46% when a doula arrived shortly after hospital admission and remained with the woman throughout her labor and delivery when compared with the group without a doula."

Hooray for doulas!

An Introduction

I sit her musing over things I could type, and I've settled on just a short and sweet introduction. So... Hello! Welcome to my blog, hope you enjoy it.

First things first.... I am a doula and childbirth educator. For more on that, go to my website:

I am also a mother of 2 young children (2 yrs and 3 months) and a wife. I have 3 dogs. Suzie, the Chihuahua, (who as of this moment is being carried around the house by my 2 yr old daughter) who thinks of herself as "in charge, but is generally deflated by my daughters enthusiasm. Nero, the German Shepherd, whose name suits him well. And Dan, the Great Dane, who is the wimpiest dog I've ever known, but has a good heart, as gentle giants usually do. My husband is a deputy sheriff and works long and late hours, but leaves me with a bed to stretch out in, at least for MOST of the night.