Friday, July 26, 2013

Second Amani Birth Class

Second Amani Birth Class

Last weekend, Mr. Afif and I went for our second Amani Birth Class. There are a number of knowledge that we gained from this second class. I have talked about why we choose to go to this class in my previous post - " First Amani Birth Class" . 

Let me remind you that gentle birthing is not necessarily home birth. It can also be done in hospital and water birth is part if it. I just want to have drug free and minimal medical interferences during my labour in October in sya Allah with full support from my closed ones and positive vibes in whatever way I can get.

In this second class, we learnt that
  • Allah (SWT) has built-in protections for baby : 
    • Amniotic fluid - regulate temperature, equalize pressure, insulate from infection.   
    • Placenta- provide constant low of oxygen and nutrient.  
    • Mother's uterus, abdominal muscles and fatty tissues -provide strong protection
  • Pregnancy is typically healthy time and most discomforts are normal
  • Common discomforts : backaches, constipation (currently having it!!) , fatigue (so far, only in my 1st trimester), headache, heartburn, hemmorrhoids,illness(fever, cold, coughs-been having these a lots), insomnia, itchy skin, leg cramps, nausea, nosebleeds, crazy cravings, round ligament pain, shortness of breath, stretch marks, swelling, urinary tract infection, vaginal discharge, vaginal infection, visual disturbances
  • Nutrients needed throughout pregnancy
    • Whatever we eat will effect us, our baby and our baby's baby
    • No redo in the growth and development of our baby in the womb.
  • Eating well ensures baby grows healthy and keeps pregnancy low risk - low risk mothers have more options in birth and generally better outcome.
  • Preeclampsia 
    • Characterized by high blood pressure, swelling and protein in urine 
    • Placenta will not be working well due to poor diet during pregnancy that will lead to force surgery. 
    • In order to prevent this, daily intake of protein about 80-100 grams is recommended. Eggs are recommended taken everyday as a good source of protein.
  • Breast feed right after delivering our baby and it will help release the hormone "oxytocin". This hormone causes contraction in order to expel the placenta and helps to control bleeding after birth.
  • Benefits of dates.  Dates are a food of Jannah.
    • Full of essential nutrients, vitamins and vitamins that are required for growth and development. 
    • Excellent choice for breaking fast and labouring women
    • Prevent infection, inflammation (swelling) and hemmorrhaging (excessive bleeding).
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking caffeine as it triggers the body to get rid of water and be dehydrated
  • Induction of labour is an unnatural process of attempting to initiate and to speed up labour with drugs (fake hormones) and raises risks to mother and baby.
  • How do they check dilation? Through vaginal exam and this will increase the risk of infection. It is better to minimize vaginal exam.
  • Contraction or surges help the baby to find a position to get out from the mother's womb
  • Hormones in our body help the pelvic stretch in order to give way for the baby to be delivered.
  • When a mother is induced, the contraction or surges become often. Every time the surge comes, the heartbeat of the baby will drop. If the surges come too often, the baby heartbeat drops often and this will cause the baby to be distressed. Thus, the increase effect of medical procedures including c-sect.
  • Contraction or surge does not come progressively. Our body might be at rest at a certain point of time. This might frustrate the nurses or doctors and want to interfere our labour with medical procedures.
  • Labour is divided into 3 stages
    • 1st stage : 
      • early first stage - mild contraction
      • late first stage  - active phase when contraction is  hard and strong, a pattern will be establish for example 10 minutes apart for 1 minute
      • transition -  8 cm-10 cm dilate, just before pushing the baby out
    • 2nd stage: pushing phase. During this phase, the time is typically spaced out, giving mother decent rest period between pushes
    • 3rd stage: afterbirth, it is the time the uterus detach and expel the placenta
  • Trust in the mercy of Allah and not surrender to drugs although transition is a difficult time during labour.
All these information are all in the typical pregnancy book. However, the way it is presented during Amani birth class makes it even more interesting and more likely, to be applied during labour in sya Allah. 

Our next class will this Saturday, 27th July and I can't wait for it!

"Mind over Matter"