ACOG Released a New Opinion on Delayed Cord Clamping

For decades, the prevailing viewpoint among healthcare practitioners was that it was best to cut the umbilical cord within 15 to 20 seconds after a baby was born. A new opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changes their previous recommendations regarding delayed umbilical cord clamping after birth. The umbilical cord functions as a lifeline between mother and baby. The baby receives oxygen rich blood from his or her mother through the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is also the baby’s way of removing carbon dioxide and waste products. For decades, health practitioners would clamp the umbilical cord, … Continue reading

“YouTube” Videos Demonstrate Cutting Techniques

Whenever I think about teens and cutting, my heart really aches. Sadly, my 13-year-old daughter has experience with two good friends of hers cutting themselves. I’m so thankful that she shared this with me because it gave us a good opportunity to really talk about why her friends were doing it and what the repercussions could be. According to a study put out by “Pediatrics,” there is an alarming new trend happening…teens and young adults are putting out “YouTube” videos that actually demonstrate how to harm themselves through cutting, burning and other forms of self-harm. This is just sickening to … Continue reading

Cutting Cursive Out of the Curriculum

When was the last time your third grader presented you with a handwritten note that featured curved and fancy looped cursive letters? If the closest thing you have are typed letters from your youngster featuring Freestyle Script or Magneto font, you aren’t alone. According to a recent survey, cursive writing lessons are getting cut from the curriculum at a large number of grade schools across the country. In fact, parents whose children attend a suburban Indianapolis elementary school recently received a letter from administrators informing them that third-graders can expect a scaled-down cursive lesson this year, in an effort to … Continue reading

Recycling Old Record Albums

I have tons of old vinyl albums, but hesitate to get rid of them. Yes, the quality is crummy after spending countless hours listening to them as a teen in my bedroom. But, there is love in those albums! So, what do I do with them? To see some really artistic uses of albums, check out the Crooked Brains blog. I, however, am not that creative. If you have been to a music store lately, you may have noticed some companies have turned old albums into cool things such as bowls and coasters. Can you do that at home? Yes, … Continue reading

Cutting Corners On Formula Could Be Fatal

In tough economic times, families are cutting back everywhere. One practice that could be deadly is cutting back on formula. Some parents are actually watering down formula in order to make it stretch further. Not only is this unwise, holding back needed nutrition for you baby, but it could be fatal. The is reporting on a story about one mom who almost lost her five-month-old son because she watered down his formula. She was shopping with him at a store when he curled up and stopped breathing. The culprit was water intoxication. The baby was rushed to the hospital … Continue reading

Cutting Down Wedding Costs

The wedding season is here. With the rising costs of almost everything in our society, many try to cut back on the costs of their weddings by doing some of the work themselves. While it important not to take on so much that you create a very stressful day for yourself on your wedding day, there are a few ways that cutting down can easily be done. Decorations Consider doing the decorating yourself. In most areas the new wedding style is keeping it simple. Huge flower decorations and candelabras are not nearly as popular as they once were. Try using … Continue reading

The Pregnancy Blog Review April 9-20

In the Pregnancy Blog, I try to cover a variety of topics related to all aspects of pregnancy, conception, birth and the post partum period. The review is a great place to see all the recent blogs in one place. Do You Wear Your Seatbelt? Many pregnant women don’t buckle up, usually due to a fear the seatbelt could injure the baby in the event of an accident. However, wearing a seatbelt can save the lives of both you and your baby. Learn how to wear it correctly in this blog. If you are trying to get pregnant or have … Continue reading

When Should the Umbilical Cord Be Cut?

One procedure more parents are considering as part of the birth plan is when to cut the umbilical cord. Should the cord be cut just after the birth? Should you wait until it stops pulsating to cut it? There are two completely different opinions on when to cut the umbilical cord. Some doctors believe the cord should be cut immediately after birth and not later than 30 seconds after the baby is born. This is largely due to a belief that delayed cord cutting can cause breathing difficulties in the new baby. Other doctors and most midwives are advocates of … Continue reading

Errands, Cheese, World Records, and Slowing Down

Today, the boys and I ran a few errands. One of our stops was at Whole Foods. My kids love all the free samples they have. We just needed one thing, so I told the boys it would be a quick stop. It wasn’t. While we were there, the store employees told us that they were going to set a world record by having 720 of their stores in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. break open wheels of Parmesan Reggiano all at the same time. Now, as world records go, cheese isn’t exactly the most exciting thing. But we … Continue reading

Is CBS Cutting Couric?

Even if that were their plan they certainly wouldn’t spin it that way. Instead, the brass at the eye network would make it appear to viewers that Katie Couric herself made the decision to leave her cushy anchor job for greener pastures. Enter the Wall Street Journal. The paper recently ran an article in which it quotes CBS News executives and a select group of Couric’s inner circle saying what insiders predicted was bound to happen sooner rather than later: The former “Today” show host is expected to leave her post at CBS Evening News shortly after the January 2009 … Continue reading