Monday, July 27, 2015

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Book Review

Today, I decided to post a book review on one of the most recent books I have completed.  Enjoy!

Natural Childbirth the Bradley WayNatural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MIA Book Summary
June 30, 2015

Title: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
Author: Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg with Peter Rosegg
Publisher: Duton

Summary of material covered by this book
This book covers a broad amount of information from "Getting Read for your Baby": methods, type of doctors, nutrition needed during pregnancy, and daily birth prep exercises to running you through different examples of birthing. Also covered are several different controversies surrounding hospital birthing. Lots of practice and exercise to prepare you for labor and birth.

What new information or insights did you gain from this book?
I really liked "The Bradley Method" for childbirth, the practice guidelines, and also having the husband as the birth coach.

What did you think of this book?
I really liked the method, but felt that it was more geared towards a hospital birth and did not put much emphasis on midwives and home births.

Would you recommend this book to others?
Clients? Yes, for the method, but for info on options I would recommend "The Birth Book".
Childbirth Class Students? Yes
Other Midwives? Yes

Find more of my Midwifery/Doula/Birth related book reviews here~

Happy Monday!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th, 2015

July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

Usually on the 4th we celebrate freedom, freedom from England, but today it seems as though we are no longer a free. We loose freedoms every single day... and are becoming more enslaved to a government of tyranny. It's sad to look back into America's history where men gave their lives for freedom and stood for righteousness falling more into sin and loosing so much daily... Today, I am remembering that we were once free and a great nation only because of our dependence on God! So, remember on this Independence Day to never allow yourself to becoming Independent from the Lord! In Him only can we truly be free! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015

Today, I clicked over onto one of my brother's friend's profile on Facebook. I don't know her, but she had a lot of the same friends that I have... so I was wondering who she was... the very first post (posted publicly) was about how due the fact that she was no longer in a certain Christian organization that she could now be more honest about herself and then she went on to announce to the world that she was bisexual and didn't choose to be that way... Scrolling through the comments I was shocked to see young people I know or know of through other friends commenting and telling her how courageous and brave she was to speak out about that. Many other professing Christian young people told her that they proud of her and shared their support with her. Thankfully there were a few who pointed her to truth found in God's Word.

God's Word tells us to not be deceived.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." -Galatians 6:7 KJB

"Don’t delude yourselves: no one makes a fool of God!" -Galatians 6:7a. CJB

His word also tells us that He created male and female.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." -Genesis 1:27 KJB

So those who go against this are choosing to go against their Creator. They are not born queer, etc. They are born only male or female.

This morning the Supreme Court decide to go above our Constitution as well as God's Word and redefine marriage which in reality they have no right to do so because they are not the author of marriage. The Lord created marriage and He defined it. He is also very clear in His word about His definition as well as what will happen to those who go against Him:

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." -Genesis 2:24 KJB

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
-Leviticus 18:22 KJB

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:* neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
-1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJB (emphasize mine)

I'm not terribly excited about what the future holds in this area when I think about raising my future children or of my little siblings that are still growing up, but I know who sits on the throne and He is not mocked. 

"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." -Psalm 2:4 KJB

Because He lives yesterday, today, and forever. Because He does not change and Because He rules. I can smile at the future.

"Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future."
-Proverbs 31:10 NASB

By the way, that ‪#‎LoveWins‬.... Well that's also not true Love cause God also defined Love.
"Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love." -1John 4:8 CJB

‪#‎BiblicalDefinitions‬ ‪#‎BeNotDeceived‬ ‪#‎Abomination‬ ‪#‎JesusShallReign‬ ‪#‎HeWins‬ !!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Midwifery Monday: Webinar with Penny Simkin

This is a recap from last month of what I learned in a webinar given by Penny Simkin, BT BA  that the Gold Midwifery Online Conference offered.  It was a very interesting keynote presentation from their conference, titled "Maternity Care and the Microbiome: How Birth Practices Dictate Future Health".

Over the hour and 45 minutes I was continually amazed to remember over and over again just how fearfully and wonderfully made we are!  

Here's a small recap of some of the things I learned:

Right when the baby is born they pick up Microbiomes immediately that will either be helpful for their immune systems.... or not.  That's why it's very important to be aware of what type of surroundings the baby is being born into-- also what are the very first things that touch the baby on it's entrance into the world.  First contact is so important!!  

Think about the different settings a baby could be born into and what their first contact would be.  The very first thing of course would be the birth canal.  As the baby enters the birth canal there are actually microbes that collect on the baby's skin.  C-section babies for example miss out on these important microbes and this can effect their immune system later on....  actually I was a C-section baby and my mother tells me that as a baby I did catch viruses more easily then all of my other siblings which were V-back.

Here are some interesting thoughts surrounding a baby's first contact after birth...  

1) Is the baby being born at home in a hospital setting?

2) Is the baby held first by the doctor, nurse, relative, friend...  or a parent?  There is even the thought that grandparents should wait to hold the baby since they are not living within the same household and therefore have different microbes.

3) Is a bath necessary right away?  Giving a baby a bath right away after birth might wash away microbiomes which would be very helpful to the baby.

4) Is the baby handed to the mother directly or wrapped in a blanket for first contact?  How soon does the mother get to hold her baby?

5) In a hospital setting does the baby the baby spends the night in the nursery away from it's mother who birthed it.

The area of Microbiomes is still being studied and so much about it is not even known yet!  Like the question I asked during the Q&A time and was trilled that they picked to "answer it"-- What about siblings touching the baby at birth in light of the thought that grandparents do not immediately hold the baby?  Penny Simkin suggested that it would be ok since siblings living in the same house as their parents would then have the same microbes on them.  

I enjoyed learning from Penny Simkin and was thrilled to participate in the webinar when I heard that Gold Midwifery was offering her keynote free.  May sometime I'll "go" to the entire online conference.

Happy Monday!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Midwifery Monday: New Adventures

It's officially time for another Midwifery Monday post!!  This past week I finally finished my Chemistry chapter (insert tons of excitement here)!  I think this chapter is wining so far in page count... with 24 handwritten pages I was hoping that handwriting could be included in the final grade.  So, far I don't know my grade, but I am most certainly looking forward to finding it out next month!!  Here are some random study pictures~

Mmmm...  my sister left out a plate of cookies right where I was working...  :) :)

This a proven and effective way to study and do written work on something you'd rather not be doing! :)

With Chemistry behind me and finally under my belt-- I am now reading a book about the Bradley Method of Husband Coached Natural Childbirth.  So far it has been incredibly interesting!

My next "adventure" is diving into some Basic Skills!  I'm starting with Pulse and Respiration on myself and then moving into Knee-jerk Reflex as well as looking for some guinea pigs (maybe you?) to check out their overall heath as far as pulse, respiration, and reflex goes!  I hope no one ends up with a 0 on reflex. :)  Maybe if I have time in the coming month I'll get into working on blood pressure as well!  

Hope you enjoyed this update of Midwifery Monday and hopefully we will have more this year and on future Mondays! :)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

At My Finger Tips - Literally!

It's a brand new year!  Welcome 2015! :)  This week I'm in prep mode for an upcoming visit of three of my lovely cousins and trying to finish as much of my chemistry module as possible so I can have the time off when they are here (insert lots of excitement here!!!)!

So, that's my chemistry spread....  finally I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel-- knowing I'm nearly done is exciting!  Right now I'm just writing pages and pages of chemistry answers down.  A recent study a friend shared with me proved that writing information down helps people retain the info better.  It's a paper and pen thing too!!  No, typing-- writing.  Of course, my wise father had already taught me that back when I was having trouble passing tests so I have a head start already!

Besides chemistry, I'm stoked to be sending off some of my hats and a scarf to Jerusalem with a shipment my congregation is sending!  There is a ministry in my congregation called Tikvah Rabah that reaches out to the Holocaust survivors and most recently the poor in Israel with Abundant Hope International and Yeshua's Fresh Bread.  Here are my 2014 hats and one random scarf:

 Here are some of my 2015 projects!  First the use-it-up scarf!  This Granny Square scarf was made out of yarn scraps basically!  It was also very quick and easy to make.

Currently on my finger tips is this green scarf.  The Waffle Stitch makes for a wonderful scarf because the stitch creates almost a double layer so the scarf is extra comfy and warm!  Then I used Triple Crochet since it's a very tall stitch one of the tallest I know (I'll have to learn the Tall Texan sometime!) it also helps make a scarf *very* fast!

Lastly, you might have noticed a sudden blog name change... I've been thinking about it for awhile and decided to work on a name change.  Right now it says my name in Hebrew-- one of the three words I can recognize in Hebrew characters(!!), but I'm working on putting up a new name very soon....  if you have any ideas- let me know in the comments!

Back to the finger tips topic....  What's at your Finger Tips?  :)