Holistic Birth Plan Additions

After writing the article about Johnson & Johnson and their deception with using preservatives that contain carcinogens in their baby products, I started thinking of other places that might use J&J because of it’s long shelf life. I asked new moms on the Mommy Footprint fan page if anyone had a baby recently – what did the hospital use to bathe baby? Based from the feedback it seems (like everything) it’s not a regulated decision within hospitals and everyone uses something different. I wanted to write this article and tell expectant moms when you’re writing your birth plans or going to on hospital tours, these types of questions belong under your birth requests. Two items that might be not be talked about unless you have enlisted holistic professionals with your birth or mid-wives are:

Request “Do Not Wash” For Your Baby

The easiest way to get around the issue of washing your baby in the hospital is to request your baby not be washed. Many people in the holistic world will tell you the benefits of leaving the vernix coating on a newborn. This is the white coating babies are born with – this study suggests that antimicrobial properties of amniotic fluid and vernix caseosa are similar to those found in breast milk. A coating that is so rich in nutrients – what is our rush to wash it off? Treating a newborn’s skin is very different to ours…it is much weaker and is very absorbent with what is put on it. It’s very important to research and find all natural skin care for your baby – definitely without chemicals.

Delayed Cord Clamping:

While researching The Whiteout Movement for this article, I learned about Delayed Cord Clamping. I had never heard of this before!  Talk to your Dr. and see if this is another note for your birth plan!  The below quote has been taken from Dr. Greene’s Whiteout FAQ.

Unfortunately, in the 20th century it became vogue to quickly clamp the umbilical cord within 10-15 seconds after the head is delivered. If cord clamping isn’t rushed, and takes place when the umbilical cord stops pulsing (~60 to 180 seconds), the baby gets several tablespoons more blood, which could be enough iron to tide them over for an additional 3 months later on when they are starting solids. Thankfully, what the medical community calls “delayed” cord clamping is now becoming more common.

A picture says so many words. Here is a picture of one of my twins having her first hospital bath:

Two little notes that I only thought about recently that I think are wonderful additions to a birth plan or to discuss with the trusted birthing assistants you’ll have if you’re an expecting mom.  If you have birth plan addition that’s holistic in nature, please comment on this post.


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2 Responses to Holistic Birth Plan Additions

  1. Patricia Torngren January 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    So good to see someone addressing the issue of early cord clamping. It is now recommended that we wait, as you say, till the cord stops pulsating. This time differs from baby to baby, and can take at least five minutes. In fact it’s even better if we do what other mammals do, which is to wait until the placenta delivers before severing the cord. Midwife Robin Lim has spoken a lot about this, and how babies’ lives can be saved by massaging the placenta and “milking” the last of the baby’s blood into the baby. This oxygenated blood — which belongs to the baby — can be very important if the baby is having trouble breathing. Getting all of the baby’s blood into the baby can also help prevent anaemia and possible brain damage. No other mammals cut off the baby’s blood supply after birth, and only humans suffer from some of the bad side effects of early cord clamping and cutting.

  2. Polina February 17, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    I never knew about vernix before now I see how important this for the baby and also about pulsating plasenta , thank you

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