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    Adorable pics! Thank you for sharing. I especially love the one of DD holding him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiddenblue View Post
    My Birth Plan:

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    Labor and Delivery
    ? Prefer to move freely throughout labor and pushing and be in positions other than lying on my back
    ? Prefer intermittent, external fetal heart rate monitoring (wireless if possible)
    ? Prefer to eat and drink, and not have an I.V. for fluids
    ? Prefer to tear naturally with the assistance of positioning, warm compresses, and counter pressure
    ? Prefer to push when I feel the urge
    ? Please allow the cord to stop pulsating before clamping and allow the placenta to come naturally without aggressive management: no pulling and tugging without medical necessity
    Medication
    ? Prefer not to have an epidural
    ? Please do not ask what my pain level is or offer me pain medications unless I ask for them
    ? Would like to be consulted before administering any medication
    ? Prefer to deliver placenta naturally and not have Pitocin administered after birth
    Baby Care
    ? Prefer to have baby placed directly on my chest, skin‐to‐skin, immediately after birth
    ? Prefer to start breastfeeding as soon as possible from skin‐to‐skin position
    ? Prefer to allow cord?s pulse to slow before cutting
    ? Prefer to wait at least an hour before beginning newborn examination in the room
    ? We do not want the eye ointment or Hep. B vaccine administered
    ? Prefer to avoid artificial nipples (bottles, pacifiers)
    ? Prefer to have baby with us at all times, please only perform tests that we approve
    ? We want our baby to be circumcised
    Unexpected Complications
    ? In the event a C‐section is necessary, I would like to remain awake and to have a hand free to be
    ? able to touch the baby and hold my husband?s hand
    ? Prefer the baby be given to me for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, if possible. If not possible, prefer the baby be given to my husband
    ? My husband should be with the baby at all times and I would like my doula to be with me if he needs to leave me to stay with the baby
    ? Prefer to breastfeed as soon as possible

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    Would love any input you may have...
    Thank you so much for posting this! I have not formally written out a birth plan (only verbally discussed it with the midwife and doula) and am going to use this as a template, if you do not mind. We are having a homebirth but I think it would still be good to have this in case the midwife or doula are not able to get the point across to the doctors if we have to transfer. Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on your little one!

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    Checking in... Did the jaundice go away or did you need to take Luke back in? How are you feeling? Are you adjusting to life with two kids? Is DD still in love with him?
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    Sorry I have disappeared the past few days... I really need to get the link to this forum on my iPad... can't be that difficult a thing to do and then I can check in during the hours and hours a day I am nursing!

    We finally got Luke off the phototherapy lights this morning. Fortunately, we did not have to go back in to the hospital, but we had to keep him on a bili blanket 24/7 except for diaper changes. This meant he had to be plugged in to a wall outlet at all times. And we rent one of those old homes with all the two-prong outlets and the bili blanket needed a three-prong. We have three prong in our bedroom closet (figure that one out) and the kitchen. So that just added to the fun!

    Anyway, we got him down to 13.0 yesterday and apparently that was good enough to take him off the blanket this morning. They told me to be nursing every 2 hours (we have been doing every 3 as he demands) and to call in if we think he is starting to look more yellow. The nursing thing is stressing me out. He wakes happily on his own every 3 hours. Occasionally, after a long feeding session, he will go 3 1/2 hours. Yesterday afternoon I tried to start waking him every 2 hours. He nursed for 7 minutes each time and promptly fell back to sleep, no matter what I did to try to wake him. He just wasn't hungry yet.

    He weighed 10lbs even yesterday morning, which has already surpassed birth weight. They weighed him, had me nurse and then weighed him again to note that he took 4.2oz of milk in one 35 minute feeding. At 8 days old. He wakes himself when he is hungry. He has 8-12 BM's a day. Someone tell me that I am not crazy to think he is doing just fine nursing every 3 hours!!! I guess the 2 hour thing is the rule of thumb for jaundice babies... but is that really for ALL jaundice babies? Even 10 lb otherwise thriving jaundice babies? I am just thankful they did not continue to push supplementing on me. Because that was a big NO in my book! Especially once it was established how much breastmilk he was actually consuming!
    -Jennifer




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    Sounds good to me! That's a lot of milk for a newborn to take in, even a 10-pound newborn, so he's definitely got the hang of nursing, and 8-10 poops every day is certainly cleaning out his system. You officially have my blessing to let him sleep 3 hours between nursing sessions.
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    Well said--ITA!

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    I say go for 3 hours also. That is some good nursing going on! Yep, they were pushing us for every 2 hours as well with Archer when he was under the lights and his levels were still high. We is more of a 3 hour nurser as well so I selectively followed what they said. I'm glad Luke is doing good though and that his levels have come down a lot.

    I'm totally picturing you sitting in the closet with Luke and the blanket lights glowing that bright blinding blue. I'm sure that was interesting times.

    How is everything else going? Are you doing well?
    ~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)


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    My midwife would say that he's hardly at worrisome levels anymore... so as long as he continues the downward trend you should be fine! Way to nurse mamma!
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