After over a year working on The Baby Nurse Bible: Secrets Only a Baby Nurse Can Tell You About Having and Caring for Your Baby, I am happy to announce it will be released on Amazon early next month and will be in bookstores at the end of February.
In advance of the release, I wanted to share with you an excerpt from the Introduction and a few of the 125 Baby Nurse Tips included throughout the book:
I can still feel the excitement and anxiousness my husband and I experienced leading up to and after the birth of each of our three babies—especially our first. Birthing and taking care of a newborn was unknown territory to us, and that emotion-filled time of love and learning was amazing…I wrote The Baby Nurse Bible to enable you—to help prepare you for the arrival of your baby, and to understand each of your newborn’s needs and behaviors, and take care of yourself. Through this book, as a baby nurse and fellow mother, I hope to give you the experience, knowledge, and support that will help you transition into your new role as a parent and care for your baby with success, confidence, and happiness.
5 Baby Nurse Tips:
– If you would rather not be connected to the fetal monitor for all of your labor (and you don’t have a high risk pregnancy),
ask your care provider if you are a candidate for intermittent fetal monitoring. This means your care provider or nurse will
put on and remove the monitor from time to time to check on your baby, and/or use a handheld ultrasound device called
a Doppler, which was probably used during your prenatal visits. In early labor, the nurse will assess your contractions
with his or her hands and listen to your baby’s heart rate with the Doppler. Your health care provider will inform you when it is time for continuous fetal monitoring.
– After birth, expect to have a nurse come in your room at least once every eight hours (hospital protocol is once every eight hours unless medically indicated) to check your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and vaginal bleeding, and check your fundus (top of the uterus) to make sure it is hard and contracted. This may be slightly uncomfortable. The nurse will offer you pain medication to take if you’re feeling uncomfortable, and it’s perfectly safe to take this medication even if you are breastfeeding.
– If your baby scratches himself with his nails, rub a few drops of breast milk on the cut. When applied topically, breast milk
helps prevent infection and promotes healing by fighting off bacteria and viruses.
-If your breasts don’t typically leak throughout the day, you can save money on disposable breast pads—and time spent washing reusable cotton ones—by only using one (don’t worry; because these tend to be thin, this won’t make you look lopsided). When you’re feeding on the right side, place the breast pad on your left breast to absorb the letdown milk. The next time you feed, simply switch the pad to the other side. Wearing a pad can also help you keep track of which side your baby last fed on!
– Between the ages of four and eight weeks, many babies start to sound stuffy and congested when they breathe through the nose. Our family pediatrician used the term “snurgle” eighteen years ago, when I brought my then four-week-old baby in. Over the last fifteen years I have seen hundreds of babies with the same thing and I still love using the term “snurgle”—it’s a cross between a sniffle, a snort, and a gurgle. Parents often interpret this sound as a cold, but if this is the only symptom, your baby is most likely not sick. The congestion is caused by a buildup of mucus in the respiratory tract, which makes your baby’s breathing sound
noisy because he breathes through his nose. It is not harmful and will resolve by about eight weeks.
– If you are breastfeeding, try to eat many different types of foods to expose your baby to a variety of flavors. You may even notice that your baby protests at certain times or sucks differently depending on what you have eaten.