Saturday, December 07, 2013
1. I have been pregnant 7 times, (possibly 8 times.)
2. Our first year in rural MO we were hauling wood and water (cause our well dried up) and I may have had a miscarriage. Usually, I know right away when I am expecting and since I had no signs, I am not certain what I passed was a baby. If not, I have no idea what else it could have been.
3. I love being pregnant. (But not enough to have more than 7!)
4. Seeing an expectant woman excites me - I want to photographer her, teach her, praise her, and care for her!
5. I have always dreamed of opening a center for expectant women where they can receive holistic care, garden, and have classes available in mothering arts.
6. I have never had a belly cast. I should trying doing this for someone!!
7. I had a blessingway during 3 of my pregnancies and consider them to be sacred, uplifting, and heartwarming experiences shared with special friends!! (A blessingway is different than a baby shower. The blessingway focuses on spiritual and emotional support of the pregnant woman. The gifts given are usually freezer meals, mementos, or something to inspire and uplift the woman.)
Monday, December 02, 2013
Now, at 39 weeks (and after getting the green light from her OB and midwife regarding her VBAC plans,) my client has begun the final waiting game. Now, she waits on God's timing for her baby to come forth. She has done all she can to ensure her baby's health and to prepare her body for delivery. She must release her will to the Father and accept whatever happens. She must turn to Him and say:
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me. (Psalm 40:13)
I love this verse because it shows that even the Psalmist wanted God to hurry! It shows us that it is ok to ask God to respond on our time, though we must have the faith to wait for His timing. Our natural man wants to be delivered now, but that is not always what is best. Christ is our Deliverer and our baby will be born in the right time!
According to an article entitled, Saying No to Induction, published by The Journal of Perinatal Education and provided by Lamaze International, there are many reasons for choosing not to induce on ones due date. The following are excerpts from the article:
Women are encouraged to appreciate the last days and weeks of pregnancy and to have confidence that when a woman's body and her baby are ready, labor will begin spontaneously. This information, as well as knowledge of how induction alters the process of normal labor and birth and increases the possibility of having a near-term infant, is the foundation for informed refusal.
(W)omen need to know the value of waiting for labor to start on its own. The last days and weeks of pregnancy are vitally important for both the mother and her baby. The end of pregnancy is as miraculous as its beginning.
The watchful waiting and the intense wanting of the big day to arrive are all part of nature's plan. When the baby, uterus, placenta, and hormones are ready, labor will start.
Saying “no” to induction and to other interventions that are becoming routine takes courage and confidence, as well as the knowledge that women have the right to informed refusal.
Nature is not perfect. However, when it comes to babies and birth, unless there is a clear medical indication that induction of labor will do more good than harm, nature beats science hands down. For both mothers and babies, it is safe and wise to wait patiently until labor begins on its own.
Indeed women are pressured to induce. This pressure comes from health care providers as well as society at large. It is often assumed that a woman will choose a date to deliver on. Health care providers are usually highly concerned with a baby's weight and perform ultrasounds to determine weight. However, the estimation can be up to two pounds off either way, and often baby's are induced because their weight has been estimated as too large and they are actually born prematurely and UNDER weight and near term.
According to a WHO fact sheet:
An estimated 15 million babies are born too soon every year. That is more than one in 10 babies. Around 1 million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth. Many survivors face a lifetime of disability, including learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems.
Preterm birth occurs for a variety of reasons. Most preterm births happen spontaneously, but some are due to early induction of labour or caesarean birth, whether for medical or non-medical reasons.
According to the Lamaze International article cited above:
Elective induction increases the risk of giving birth to a baby that is near-term (born between 35 and 37 weeks, even when it seems the baby should be 38–40 or even 42 weeks by dates).
Babies born near term have a higher risk of mortality and morbidity as well temperature instability, hypoglycemia, respiratory distress, apnea and bradycardia, clinical jaundice, problems with feeding and hyperbilirubinemia.
In the case of my client she is planning a VBAC and she has gestational diabetes. Her OB informed her that if her baby reaches 4500 g as ascertained by ultrasound a c-section will be required. At her 39 week appointment an ultrasound to determine weight was performed. Her baby was estimated at 8 lbs, or under 4000 g.
For her this was a relief. She is aware that the estimation can be off by 2 pounds. During her previous pregnancy with twins both babies were born 2 pounds under their estimated weights. After meeting with the
OB, my client met with the midwife. The midwife palpated her belly and estimated the baby's weight at around 7 pounds.
However, according to ACOG:
Neither ultrasound nor physical examination is able to accurately estimate fetal weight.
And though my client is aware of this, she feels confident that her baby is not 'too big and is confident about her VBAC plans.
An expectant woman posed a question about "Baby Size for VBAC" to the Babycenter.com community. The following response was offered:
The revised ACOG guidelines say that suspected macrosomia (big baby) does not preclude a trial of labor/VBAC, and that there is only "limited evidence" of any effect on uterine rupture risk. They tend to use 4000 grams (8 lb. 13 oz.) or 4500 grams (9 lb. 15 oz.) as being macrosomic.
Here is a giant blurb from the government VBAC report last year:
In addition to this response several mothers commented similar to this:
I don't know..they are off on sizes so much that it isn't something I am going to consider. I had a c/s for a 7'2 was told my body was not able to deliver a baby any larger. I went on to VBAC one almost 9. So I don't know the research but I am not going to change my VBAC plans b/c of "suspected large baby", when size u/s are not accurate to begin with. Also, early induction for size resulted in a NICU stay for my first son, and he is still catching up.
So if ultrasound and physical examination are not accurate indicators of a baby's size how is a mother supposed to know what the best decision is for her birth? As my client's midwife said - trust. A mother's body knows what to do and USUALLY everything turns out just fine. More than this praying for guidance and deliverance, praying for promptings and spiritual witness and confirmation is what a mother can do.
Susan Fiero-Baig is a Doula currently offering FREE Bible-Based Childbirth Classes via Skype. Contact her via her FB page message.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Sometimes there can be latent fears that a woman does not realize she has. I attended an appointment with my client the other day where she received an ultrasound, mainly to determine baby's weight, had her blood
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Last year our eldest daughter gave birth to our first grandchild. It was awesome to be my daughter's doula. More than that it was so fulfilling to see how my experiences helped shape hers and how much she learned from my example, but also from her own personal study and inspiration.
I have just finished teaching a couple my Bible-based, Christ-Centered childbirth class. I am due to attend their birth as doula and photographer mid December. There are several other expectant women who have expressed interest in my birth work. I am excited to see how life unfolds. I feel like I have valuable information to share that can help women's birth experiences. I look forward to all the expectant women I will meet and all the amazing experiences I will have.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Released April 30, 2013
A Mother's Worth: Celebrating Motherhood is a 36 page, full-color, picture gift book.
A mother's worth is calculated by the deposits of love exchanged between her and her children: Not by examining her bank account. Mothers do many jobs for their families that they are never paid for. Their reward is in the form of love, not money.
A Mother's Worth: Celebrating Motherhood is a touching book that honors motherhood with engaging, color photos depicting many of the jobs that mothers do for their families and many of the precious ways children reward their mothers.
The book allows for personalization with an inscription page and places for adhering personal photos.
Because breastfeeding is a natural part of mothering one photograph depicts an infant nursing. The book promotes nurturing, attachment-style parenting and ethnic diversity.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
I am the mother of 7 children that were all born naturally. The first two were born in the hospital with CNM's, the third was born at home with a lay midwife, and the last four born at home unassisted.
My first two births were scary and painful. I was able to give birth peacefully during my remaining 5 births because I studied natural childbirth more deeply and combined the natural childbirth information with biblical truths. I developed a Christ-Centered or Spirit-Led Childbirth philosophy of birth and began teaching couples in their homes.
I am also a trained doula and author of the soon to be published book, A Mother's Worth: Celebrating Motherhood.
I am offering a series of 4 1 to 1 1/2 hour sessions.
Cost: $15 per session. Additional sessions available if desired. Payment accepted via paypal. Contact me via email at mamabaig at yahoo.com if interested or FB message Susan via www.facebook.com/YOUniquebirth
Friday, November 16, 2012
With my first two hospital births I experienced serious pain and anguish. I realized after those births that I had been afraid of crowning. I believe this contributed to the pain.
The opposite of coached pushing it physiologic pushing. Rixa Freeze, author of the True Face of Birth blog writes this about pushing:
Monday, May 21, 2012
The "A Mother's Worth" Kickstarter fundraising campaign has been launched.
You can help me publish my first book with a pledge as little as $1. If
you can't pledge you can still help by sharing this page and
encouraging your friends to check out the campaign.
Please help spread the word about this inspirational picture book. http://www.kickstarter.com/
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A mother's worth is calculated by the deposits of love exchanged between her and her children: Not by examining her bank account.Feedback I have received from mothers who have read the book:
That was beautiful! R.B.
Beautiful gift Susan - thank you! L.G.
Beautiful! Thank you very much! J. L.
Awe, Susana! Well done. A. G.
So beautiful!! Absolutely loved it! C.K.
I loved it, thank you M.O.
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LOVE it! Thank you for the heartwarming thoughts V.H.
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Beautifully said - and guess what! The things you highlighted are the actual "wealth" we get to take with us to our mansions on high! B. H.
I love it! J.J.
Beautiful concept. J.B.
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Monday, September 05, 2011
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 1 Cor. 3:8
This reminds me that childbirth is designed to unify a couple. Together they work with God to bring forth a child. The man plants the seed, the woman nurtures it in her womb. This continues through labor and birth where they work together in their own way to bring forth the child.
Per God's design, in the post-partum phase, the mother continues to nurture the child and the father must assume the role of provider. The woman becomes dependent upon the man's provisions as her main objective is not to participate in earning income, but rather to focus her energy on nurturing and nourishing the child for the first two years of life, ideally.
This concept is difficult to accept for many couples. Some women value their independence and may not want to give up their income and freedom. Men may not want the responsibility of being the sole provider. There may be a power struggle.
Recently an expectant co-worker told me that she wouldn't feel like she was doing her fair share if she were a stay-at-home mom and that the father of her child would feel the same way. She also expressed concern over his ability to provide for them, even though he had a good paying job, because of his spending habits.
Couples in Christ must recognize the benefits of God's plan. The two must learn to trust each other, have faith in God and accept their knew roles. They can learn from Christ's example of submission to the will of the Father, both understanding there are times and seasons for everything under the sun.
God's design is beautiful and purposeful and we are rewarded according to our own work.Click here to get Bible Inspiration For Pregnancy & Birth updates on your FB newsfeed.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Apparently, this is a new trend. A recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics showed that increasingly women are foregoing childbirth classes and allowing their practitioner to make their decisions for them. Unsurprisingly, women who use a midwife are more apt to be informed about their options and the pro's and con's of birth practices.
Equally as unsettling as expectant women not studying childbirth for themselves, is that young obstetricians are more apt to prefer epidurals and c-sections than older doctors. If women don't study for themselves and they let the doctor have the reins they are setting themselves up for difficult experiences.
I have seen first hand the apathy that many women have toward childbirth study and planning on an epidural without knowing the risks.
For example, I asked a young woman who frequents the store I work at if she was planning a natural birth. She informed me that she was definitely planning on getting an epidural. I told her I was a mother of 7 and had given birth naturally and that I could teach her methods for dealing with the pain naturally. She declined.
The same story played out with another young woman. This woman was two weeks from her due date and I asked about her childbirth studies. She said she hadn't taken any childbirth class nor read anything about birth.
I pointed out that people have to study to drive a car, be shown how to use a microwave, and learn from a coach how to play baseball and childbirth isn't any different. She didn't budge: She was satisfied with her boyfriend's sister telling her what to expect.
A couple of months after my conversation with the first young woman I mentioned above, her boyfriend informed me that they had had their baby. I was very happy for them and after congratulating him I asked if she'd gotten through the birth without a c-section. He informed me that yes, she had. He then said, "The only thing is that she wasn't able to get the epidural when she wanted it, cause they made her wait, so she felt it all the whole time until the very end."
This is a perfect example of why women who are planning on getting an epidural should also study natural childbirth techniques. There are many reasons, besides waiting for either a woman to dilate to a certain point, or waiting for the anesthesiologist to arrive, that an epidural may not take the pain away.
Here are some helpful links that provide information on why expectant women should study natural childbirth even if they plan on an epidural.
5 Reasons to Learn Natural Childbirth Techniques by Jennifer Vanderlaan (Birthing Naturally.)
Discover Natural Alternatives To Epidurals a blogtalkradio interview conducted by Pastor Carla with a midwife.
Natural Birth vs. Medicated Birth by Brenda Lane mother and doula.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
A VBAC After Placental Abruption & Vertical Scar
Bronwyn, an LDS mother of 4 children, converses with host, Susan Fierro-Baig, about the placental abruption she experienced during her third pregnancy, the emergency cesarean section that followed, the emotional trauma that ensued, and how she overcame the trauma through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Bronwyn also shares her victory over the vertical scar which makes a VBAC even more challenging and her son's miraculous recovery after being born premature at 26 weeks.
Read this post, Thoughts On Adversity & Expectations, (written 3 years ago on Spirit-Led Birth,) related to Bronwyn's experience.
Having A Supernatural Birth Experience
Host, Susan Fierro-Baig, discusses with Carrie, mother of 4 children, (3 living and one angel,) her birth experiences, the loss of her infant daughter, the impending birth of her son, and how her faith in Christ has impacted her journey.
A Born Again Doula
Doula, Shanon Purden, shares her call of being a Certifeid Birth Doula and a childbirth eduction advocate. She is a Born Again Christian, a mother of 2 children, and a Navy wife.
From Hospital To Unassisted Homebirth
An LDS couple share why, after two hospital births, they decided to birth thier next two children at home without medical assistance. They discuss how thier faith in the Lord impacted thier births.
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