In utero, baby’s blood is lower in oxygen than adults. Baby compensates brilliantly by making extra red blood cells to better deliver oxygen to tissues. This system insures that the pregnant parent has plenty of oxygen to keep their body healthy during pregnancy, too. When baby is born and breathes room air, the extra red blood… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: Newborn Jaundice
It’s normal for babies to lose weight after birth. We weigh baby a few times during the first week to make sure baby hasn’t lost too much. The nadir of loss hits around 48-72 hours. Loss up to 10% is ok. Losing more doesn’t mean you are failing or baby is starving, just that you… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: Newborn Weight Checks
Newborn metabolic screening (NBS) started with Dr. Bob Guthrie, father of 6 and a researcher in 1950s NY. After his son was born with a developmental delay, Guthrie became a patient advocate. Through advocacy, Guthrie met Dr. Robert Warner, who told Guthrie about phenylketonuria (PKU), a disorder that caused thousands of cases of intellectual disability… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: The Newborn Metabolic Screen (A.K.A. The Heel Poke Screen or the PKU Screen)
With Lauren Archer from Love of a Little One CCHDs (critical congenital heart defects) are serious heart problems present from birth. CCHDs affect how the blood flows in and out of the heart. In the US, 18 out of every 10,000 babies are born with a CCHD, adding up to over 7,000 babies a year. … Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: The CCHD Screen
Baby’s First Test: The APGAR APGAR scoring was developed in 1952 by Dr. Virginia Apgar who noticed that providers didn’t have a standardized way of evaluating a baby after birth. She created the APGAR score (a handy acronym that is also her name) to get everybody on the same page. Since then, the APGAR score… Continue reading Testing Tuesday: APGARS!
Ever just watch people poke and prod your newborn and wonder “What the heck are they doing that for?!” Knowing that parents have questions is exactly why Love of A Little One's Lauren Archer and I are starting Testing Tuesdays! We find that over and over again, newborn procedures and routine testing are overwhelming, scary and… Continue reading Introducing Testing Tuesdays!
"OHMYGODIWANTTOPUUUUUUUSH!!!!" This was Zoey's second baby and second planned home birth. She was 37 years old, had an uncomplicated pregnancy, and had been in fairly meandering labor - contractions maybe 4-5 minutes apart, at their most frequent, since 2 AM. Her last cervical check, at 4 AM, had her at 4 cm. Her sudden announcement… Continue reading The Beautiful and Mysterious Resting Phase