Working as a doula I speak with parents that are terrified of birth. We in western society hear from a very young age that birth is scary, painful, and traumatic. Can we change the way we think about birth? Can we feel empowered, supported and inspired by it? Yes we can. With the right support, education and encouragement birth can be all those wonderful things, start now and experience something that will change your life forever.
The rebozo is a tightly woven traditional Mexican shawl approximately 5 feet in length and is used during pregnancy, labour and postpartum. Its is an excellent tool for many reasons. The most popular way of using a rebozo is during labour to help alleviate discomfort and encourage optimal baby positioning. It is very gentle on mom and baby and is used as a non invasive technique to relieve discomfort and to move baby.
The rebozo when used correctly can be relaxing and nurturing to a labouring mom it can relieve tension in the hips, bottom, legs and back area. The gentle belly sifting with the rebozo feels very calming and rebozo belly massage can relieve uterine ligament tension during pregnancy and labor. The gentle jiggle between contractions can relax tense muscles and help mom feel grounded.
After childbirth, the rebozo can be used to wrap the baby to the mother for bonding and give the new mother the ability to be hands free while baby is still skin to skin.
Many doulas are being trained in rebozo support for labouring mothers and really encourage the partner to be involved during labour so that they both can connect, bond and communicate with each other.
Don’t wash the Vernix!
The white creamy stuff vernix caseosa on your baby when they are born honestly isn’t as gross as you think! Some new parents don’t understand the significance of this sticky white substance but it is a protective layer meant to be absorbed by your baby’s skin.
What is Vernix?
Vernix is a cheese like coating, an oily, waxy matter that is secreted by the skin to help protect and lubricate your baby’s skin. During delivery vernix acts as a lubricant which a lovely help to mamas.
Why not wash off the vernix?
Postnatally it is temperature regulating and antibacterial. Nature is brilliant! Your baby is naturally protected from low temperatures and against harmful bacteria from their new surroundings either in a hospital or at home.
Some babies might have more vernix than others it really depends what week gestation they were born. Babies tend to lose their vernix the more time they spend in utero, you may only see it in their arm and leg creases, others born earlier than 40 weeks tend to have a lot more visible. Leave the vernix on your newborn’s skin it will absorb into their skin like a moisturizer within the first few hours of life.
It is recommended you hold off bathing your baby for the first 48-72 hours. No rush! Your baby is clean and smells amazing!
Ask your doula, or midwife or delivery nurse and OB to leave the vernix.
If you would like to read more about Venix please read this: http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/rub-it-in-making-the-case-for-the-benefits-of-vernix-caseosa/