Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Any Intelligent 8 Yr. Old Can Deliver A Baby"

Dr. Gregory White wrote in his book, Emergency Childbirth, that in most cases, any reasonably intelligent 8 year old could deliver a baby.

May 14, 2014 the mother's water broke and her 8 year old called 911 and helped deliver the baby.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Conn. Woman Delivers Home-Alone Birth

A Connecticut woman gave birth to her second child, at home, alone, May 2013.  A natural childbirth advocate, she planned on giving birth in the hospital with a nurse midwife, but her labor went faster than she had expected, lasting 5 hours.
"I trusted my body and the process," Bovino said. "I tried to stay as focused and looking inward as I could and not let any fear come over me."

Yup. That's the recipe!!
Read the story here.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

An Emergency Childbirth Article On Birth Faith

I came across this great article about Emergency Childbirth Preparedness on the site, You'll want to read the whole article, which provides many informative links, but for now, here is an excerpt:

Regardless of what type of disaster may strike or how severe it is, there will always be pregnant women in need of special assistance. Pregnant women are among those most at risk in disaster situations, in part because severe stress can trigger premature labor, but also because so many women are forced to give birth under precarious circumstances. When hospitals may be over-flowing with sick and injured survivors, roads or transportation inaccessible, and electricity likely unavailable, women who would otherwise have given birth at the hospital will have to seek alternatives.

It is also a possibility that hospitals will only have resources for the most high-risk pregnant women, leaving low-risk mothers to give birth with little or no assistance from staff. Even in the absence of a large-scale disaster, on just an ordinary day-to-day basis, sometimes a birth happens too quickly to make it to the planned location or before a qualified birth attendant can be present.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby Born in Evacuation Center as Cyclone Yasi Rages in Australia

Feb. 2011

It was quite an ordeal for one Japanese woman during the height of Cyclone Yasi. Not only was she taking refuge in an evacuation center, but she went into labor.

A Japanese woman gave birth to a baby girl inside a crowded evacuation center at the height of Cyclone Yasi.

Akiko Pruss and her German husband Christian and their first child were taking refuge in Red Lynch College, a school in Cairns, when her water broke.

[Jason Sydenham, Evacuee]:
"I'm sure it was a harrowing moment."

British midwife Carol Weeks emerged as one of the heroes of the night, after helping deliver the baby in a makeshift first aid room.

Weeks was on vacation with her husband Andrew in Queensland to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary... when they were forced to take shelter due to the Category Five storm.

The proud parent delivered a healthy girl baby after a three hour labor.

[Linda Cooper, Evacuee]:
"Very very smoothly. She's either got a very high pain threshold or she's a very strong woman. But obviously we've got no pain relief or anything here for her so a very natural birth in the most unnatural of circumstances...I said are we going to call the baby Yasi, and she actually threw a cup at me."

Many people were astounded that Cyclone Yasi - which packed winds of up to 186 miles an hour at its core - did much less damage than feared.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Breastfeeding Is Normal, Formula is Subpar

I love that this speaker makes the point that breastfeeding is vital as part of emergency preparedness. One never knows when a natural disaster will occur. It is wise to breastfeed for multitudes of reasons.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another Rapid Labor

Yet another couple is caught off-guard when their baby was born before they could even leave their house for the hospital. This story is another testament that every pregnant couple must prepare for unassisted birth!

It was reported on Huffingtonpost and Cnn. Both articles carry the interview by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of the father, Josh Lev, who is a news reporter. The Huffington Post story includes links to
Childbirth: How to Deliver a Baby in an Emergency Childbirth and The BabyCenter's Emergency Homebirth. It also gives a link to an article about a medically unassisted birth that occurred in a taxi in Lincoln Tunnel on Feb. 2011.

Although reporter Josh Lev's hadn't considered the fact that there is a chance that EVERY woman may deliver out of hospital, he did have some knowledge that helped him do all the right things. He knew not to cut the cord, he rubbed his baby when it hadn't breathed yet, and he talked to his baby.

Check out this post on Spirit-Led Birth for info on Clearing A Newborn's Airway.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Baby Born In Blizzard

"Some babies are conceived in cars, some are born in them!"

Just blocks from a hospital a couple gets stuck in a blizzard traffic jam and the mother is forced to deliver her baby in her car.

Listen to the mother's own words.

Watch the news video.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response

Check out this emergency preparedness checklist for mothers and relief workers.

An excerpt from the checklist:

In an emergency breastfeeding saves lives! Breastfeeding is always sanitary and safe, requires no electricity or water, and helps calm infants in stressful and traumatic situations. Mothers who breastfeed release hormones that help them relax, and they can continue to make plenty of milk, even under the most stressful situations....

* Don't wait until an emergency to learn about the importance of breastfeeding. The best time to learn about how to support breastfeeding mothers is before an emergency occurs.

Only 14% of US Mothers Breastfeed

Back in 2004 a writer shared his thoughts about the newly released statistic that only 14% of babies were breastfed during the first six months of their lives.

He expresses his concern that despite the nutritional and health benefits currently published as well as the support of breastfeeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization so many women continue to use formula.

This statistic is very alarming especially if we consider the significance such a low rate of nursing would have if there was a widespread natural disaster or emergency status in the United States.