Latest Posts: Best Birth

March 16, 2011

Cord Blood Banking?

Do we or don’t we? Banking your baby’s cord blood stem cells may be one of the most difficult- and – one of the most significant decisions facing you as you prepare to give birth. Stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord at the time of delivery: it is painless and does not impact the mother or baby in any way.

My opinion is that cord blood stem cells are the wave of the future when it comes to potentially treating any number of medical conditions. It may be cousin Janie that ends up using the cord blood stem cells that you stored from your baby!

For further information visit: http://www.cordblood.com/education

February 25, 2011

L&D Nurses Misrepresented!

This weeks episode of ‘One Born Every Minute” portrays nurses sitting around casually chatting about their personal lives rather than caring for patients. As a labor and delivery nurse I can speak to this first hand. As in any stressful profession: firefighters, police officers, flight attendants – they ALL have some downtime- debriefing and relaxing in between stressful events is part of balancing out the job.

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

February 15, 2011

Grieving

The last thing expectant parents want to think about is the loss of their baby. When this unexpected and rare situation occurs, it needs to be grieved.

Thirty years ago, babies who died were whisked away; out of sight/out of mind was the thinking. We now understand that the opposite is true: seeing, holding, taking photos and having footprints and locks of their hair as mementos are actually very helpful in completely grieving the death.

Friends and family often feel awkward and at a loss for words, thinking that avoiding the issue is the kindest thing to do. In reality, just listening and letting the grieving mother or father talk is the most helpful and can be very therapeutic.

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

February 9, 2011

Are Nurses and Dad’s Necessary?

Not according to last night’s episode of ‘One Born every Minute’ on the Lifetime channel, nurses and Dad’s are depicted as being distracted and not invested. Is this helpful? Not! Let’s show the world L&D nurses that are working with couples and partners who are providing necessary support.
To see what I’m talking about, visit: wwwmylifetime.com

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

February 1, 2011

Does Hollywood Belong in Labor & Delivery?

The newest reality TV show ‘One Born Every Minute’ airing tonight on the Lifetime channel, depicts birth as the harrowing experience expectant parents feared it would be…while it appears to be amusing, I question the aftermath of this sensationalized view of birth.

I remain curious; watch for my comments tomorrow. If you watch tonight at 10:00 PM, please tell me what you think http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/one-born-every-minute?cmpid=Consumer-OneBornEveryMinute-Pandora

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

January 18, 2011

Pregnancy Kegels ?

Kegel exercises are recommended AFTER pregnancy not DURING! Regardless of what route the baby was delivered – vaginally or by cesarean, the pubococcygeal muscles (pelvic floor) were stressed during pregnancy and now need to be strengthened during postpartum.
Kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, vaginal muscles and bowels.

1. To find the correct muscles, practice stopping the flow of urine when urinating. 

2. Contract pelvic floor muscles for 10 seconds, then relax, repeating 10-20 times. 

3. Breathe normally during the exercises, and do this at least three times a day. 

4. Try not to move your leg, buttock, or abdominal muscles during the exercises.

The best thing about Kegel exercises is that they can be done anywhere, and no one knows you’re doing them!
Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

January 6, 2011

Autism and Vaccines?

According to the medical community at large, their overwhelming opinion: vaccines are safe, protect your children – vaccinate them! http://today.msnbc.msn.com

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

December 31, 2010

Pregnant Woman Choking!

The following video clips provide concise steps to respond to a pregnant woman experiencing airway obstruction

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/video/americas-healthy-summer-heimlich-maneuver-11268120

http://video.answers.com/heimlich-maneuver-for-pregnant-women-431146657

Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

December 7, 2010

Nurse Sarah Makes Headlines!

Marin Independent Journal Sunday Edition, December 5th, ran a feature story on the parallels between facing the challenge of the Alcatraz Triathlon and giving birth, and my passion for both. To read more:http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_16772868
Sarah McMoyler RN
www.thebestbirth.com

December 2, 2010

Silent Birth…Are you kidding me?

First, let me say congratulations to Kelly Preston and John Travolta who welcomed their son, baby Benjamin into the world on Tuesday, November 24th.

What the world is still waiting to hear however is whether they were able to accomplish their goal of a “silent birth.” Come on now- really…were they serious?! Last time I checked, the human response to pain evoked some kind of audible sound! Personally, I recommend deep, guttural moaning over screaming…still wondering what Kelly did in response to her contractions. Read more…