“makan ubat, okay sayang?”

We (saya dan husband) always found a problem to give our baby meds when she is sick (fever, viral flu). The sweeter the meds syrup gets, the more she refuses to eat it and spit it out.

Remember my cousin who is a staff nurse? I voiced out a concern in regards of this. She told me a ‘trick’ that did the work.

Jgn stop antibiotic once kite da start unless ade side effect mcm allergic reaction…kne complete kan antibiotic…klu muntah2 non stop kne jmpe dr utk amik ubt muntah…baby mmg suffer kan klu dorg xsihat kan…ksian sgt2….

The doctor where I went to bring the baby also advised to alternate meds and warm water. One small push of meds by syringe, one small dose of a water. She gagged at first, but we managed to finish the antibiotics and other meds given.

She just had her 5th month vaccination as well, which probably gave the small side effect of flu and fever.

Found this website when I was googling (what? google?! yes, google) about babies. An online website by Malaysian paeds that gives great insight to the wonders of babies and toddlers.

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Two sides of everything

It’s my time off day with husband and kid, and I got to know that The Star has published pretty interesting stories about gentle birthing, from the co-founders of Gentle Birthing Group and the doctors.

The doctors:

But whilst women should tune in to their natural birth instinct, the risks of unassisted births should not be taken lightly.

A study published in 2010 in the American Journal Of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that planned home births involved less medical intervention but carried twice or thrice the risk of the baby dying.

First-time mothers were also far more likely to need last-minute transfer to a hospital, up to 37%, compared to only four to nine percent of home birthing women who had had at least one child. Reasons for transfers include lack of progress in labour, concerns about the foetus, hypertension, bleeding and a poorly positioned foetus.

Chances are, most low-risk women will have a safe, natural childbirth but it is the 10% that are worrying, especially when they don’t have quick access to medical help, says Selayang Hospital’s Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dr Mohd Roslan Abd Halim.

Dr. Roslan is correct. We need more professional midwives in the future.

In recent years, the number of women coming to their doctors with birth plans has shot up tremendously.

“Eighty per cent of these birth plans are very reasonable whilst the remaining 20% may require more discussion. For example, many don’t want the routine injection to promote uterine contraction. I would explain the rationale behind the injection and if there’s leeway to avoid it.” Continue reading

Der Letzte?

i don’t want to share the supports i have been getting, because it’s from a closed group and I appreciate their privacy, but i am grateful for them.

but to end all that, someone asked me why i didn’t make a report?

so i am sharing my answer here, so i can remember it, should i forget it someday.

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“I am being gentle!”
– OB to mother who was having a vaginal exam that felt very rough to the mother, and the mother screamed out “Gentle!”  The OB then preceded to mumble “ridiculous” under her breath and leave the room.

“…You Don’t Care About That Baby, You Only Care About Yourself…”
 “You are so selfish. You don’t care about that baby, you only care about yourself. You want her to die….”
– OB to mother who stated during a prenatal that she wanted to try and avoid interventions.

“He’s too big to be born vaginally. You should consider an early cesarean section. He’s too big to come out.”
– OB to mother, after the OB just finished explaining how inaccurate fetal weight assessment is.

“The problem with women wanting a natural birth is that they don’t want to be hooked up to the monitors.” 
-L&D nurse to mother in labor.

“When you invite somebody to your party, you have to let them dance.”
– Certified Nurse Midwife, in reference to the NICU nurses that took the baby away from the mother immediately at birth, for over 15 minutes, to “make sure” he was okay after being born with a nuchal cord. Baby’s APGAR was 9.

“Why do you have the monitors off?!?! We can’t keep your baby safe if you don’t leave them on!”
– L&D nurse to a mother laboring with a baby who had passed away and would be stillborn.

“Water births are disgusting and completely unhygienic. Nobody around here offers those.”
 – OB to pregnant mother when asked about water births while discussing birth options. Comment was made complete with sour face.

“Don’t scream because it takes away energy from pushing.”
– L&D Nurse to mother during crowning.

“What is she yelling about?”
–OB over his/her shoulder to staff as the mother clearly and firmly requested that the nurse continue to provide perineal support as she had been doing for over the past hour, and which stopped as soon as the OB entered the room.

“You can’t do that, you’ll kill her.”
– Postpartum nurse to mother who was dozing with baby on her chest, skin to skin.

and…

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