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Welcome to the New Birth Company Resource Center! Our goal at New Birth Company is to give you as much information as we can to help you make the BEST decisions for you and your baby… We hope that this is a helpful tool for you to use and share with your friends. Please remember as you peruse books and websites that although they might be listed here, there may be things that we would not condone or view permissible for your care on an individual basis. Keep us involved in your decisions or if you have any questions about content from the following resources. Happy learning!!

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Why Choose a “Freestanding” Birth Center?

The following articles and studies might help you decide whether or not New Birth Company would be a good choice for you! Combine reading this compelling information with a Monday night tour at our facility (every week at 6:00PM) and decide what’s best for you and your baby.

Birth Center Savings

The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States

Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model

Assessment of Birth Settings

Undisturbed Birth: Nature’s Blueprint for Ease and Ecstasy – If you want a more challenging read through the hormonal intricacies of labor, this is for you. While always maintaining a priority of mom and baby’s safety, New Birth Company places great importance on high-touch, low-intervention care of the laboring woman. We strive to protect the importance of what you read in this article written by Sarah Buckley.

 

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Books We Recommend

There is a wealth of information out there about getting pregnant, being pregnant, having babies and raising them! This is a carefully selected list of wonderful, trusted books we at New Birth Company cherish. Any book on this list will be a great place to start educating yourself on the adventure of becoming a parent. Please remember to look for other titles by the below-mentioned authors as well!

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum Books

All Babies Are Born – Cathy Gordon

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices – Aviva Jill Romm

Our Bodies, Ourselves – The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Judy Norsigian

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth –  Marshall Klaus, John Kennel, and Phyllis Klaus

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions – Penny Simkin

Breastfeeding and Newborn Books

Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age 2 – William Sears, Martha Sears,        Robert Sears and James Sears

The Essential First Year – Penelope Leach

 

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Interesting Websites

The internet is an incredible gift when looking for information about pregnancy and childbirth. However, we want to direct you only to websites that have the highest regard and standards of care for your body and your baby. It is easy to get lost in different websites and not know what information to trust. Start with these! And if you ever read anything that sparks a personal fear or question in you, please bring that issue to your midwife for further guidance and we will process together…

Pregnancy and Childbirth Websites

American College of Nurse Midwives

American Association of Birth Centers

American Pregnancy Association

Spinning Babies – Labor is worth waiting for!  To ensure that you go into labor as close to your actual due date as possible you might want to look at the spinning babies website.  Spinning babies information is designed to help your body and your baby with optimum positioning for birth.

Miles Circuit – This website also details a series of simple positions that can help encourage baby to be in the best position possible – may be used prenatally as well as in labor.

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Childbirth Connection

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy – This helpful tool allows you to calculate based on your prepregnancy weight and height, an appropriate amount of weight gain as you grow your baby. With suggestions about how to achieve weight-related goals – before, during, and in-between pregnancies – this website can help you take one step closer to success!

Doulas of Greater Kansas City

Doulas of North America International

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services

March of Dimes

Science and Sensibility – Helpful research blog about healthy pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

Aviva Romm – Website of Yale-trained physician who specializes in integrative medicine for women and children – a leader in the midwifery movement and holistic living.

Postpartum, Breastfeeding and Newborn Websites

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center – Center of great support with 24-7 hotline for help, located in Overland  Park, Kansas.

Postpartum Support International

Dr. Jack Newman – This is the official website of Dr. Jack Newman, a Canadian physician who is known for specializing in breastfeeding support and advocacy. A wonderful resource to answer even the trickiest of breastfeeding questions!

Kelly Mom: Parenting, Breastfeeding

La Leche League International

International Lactation Consultants Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

The Soft Landing – A helpful webpage written by four sisters from Olathe, Kansas, which guides you in the act of childproofing your home with a focus on natural living.

 

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Therapeutic/Herbal Remedies, Over-the-Counter Medications

The following chart is a handy place to come for ideas on what to do with common ailments in pregnancy. Please remember the following list is not exhaustive and we strongly urge you to stay in communication with the midwives about any discomforts you are experiencing so we can help you decide what is the best course of action for relief. If you have questions about specific dosages of anything seen below, please call the front desk at New Birth Company (913.735.4888) and ask to speak with a nurse who can help you!

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Therapeutic Remedies and Safe Medications to Take During Pregnancy*

Allergy Consider avoiding the allergen first.   Good hand washing, and laundry reduces allergens.  Also, keeping your home dust free, remember to vacuum your mattress!  Some people use THIEVES from “Young Living” and natural immune system enhancer.   Antihistamines including: Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, Efidac, Teldrin), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin, Loradamed, Tavist ND Allergy). Tylenol Severe Allergy. *Avoid Afrin
Cold and Flu Eucalyptus oil (in a humidifier), Saline nasal drops or spray. Warm salt/water gargle. Consider Thieves from “Young Living” and extra rest too!   5 days of Eccinecea or Emergen-c helps build your immune system to fight the common cold. Antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec). Halls*, Robitussin, Romilar, Trind-DM, Vicks Cough Syrup. Actifed, Dristan, Mucinex, Neosynephrine*, Sudafed. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Tylenol Cold. Breathe Right Strips. Ocean Nasal Spray. Non-zinc throat lozenges. *Avoid – “SA” (sustained action) forms or “Multi-Symptom” forms of these drugs. CALL US IF YOU HAVE A FEVER of 100.5 or more
Constipation Dried apricots, raisins, prunes (5-10 daily initially, then as needed).  Also add ALFALF 3x a day with meals and a big glass of water!

Remember to Hydrate (>64oz. daily).  Other remedies include Citracil/Metamucil. Colace/Percolace. Fibercon/Benefiber. Milk of Magnesia. Senekot. Glycerin suppositories or Fleets enema. *Avoid laxatives.  HOWEVER, we prefer a natural remedy first!

Gas Avoid gas-producing foods (beans, sodas, etc).  Consider papaya extract to help reduce gas and or Mylicon-chewable tablets. Gas X.
Diarrhea Bananas. RICE and consider clear liquids for 24 hours.  HOWEVER, keep in mind this can be a sign of early labor, you may want to call us if you are > than 24 hours of pregnancy.
Sore Throat Warm salt/water gargle. Chloraseptic Spray. Non-zinc lozenges.
First Aid Ointment We prefer good old fashioned soap and water!  Keep your wounds clean and dry!
Insomnia Warm bath before bed. Soothing music. Meditation/prayer. Chamomile tea before you go to bed,lavender soaks and aroma, sometime melatonin or Benadryl helps too.
Headache First be sure you are drinking enough water!  Consider placing your feet in tub of warm water with a very cold washcloth on back of neck at the same time. Tylenol (acetaminophen). *Inform midwife if these do not resolve your headache.
Heartburn Dried papaya or papaya extract, ginger and sometimes peppermint.  Keep the head of your bed elevated to help gravity keep those tummy juices down.  Also, don’t eat within 2 hours before going to bed, your full stomach will be working when you lay down and this just enhances the heartburn at bedtime.  Consider, TUMs. Rolaids. Maalox. Mylanta. Pepcid. Zantac. Prevacid. Tagamet.
Hemorrhoids first lets work on avoiding them—be sure your stool are soft.  Eat 5-10 dried apricots a day with a big glass wot water to naturally soften your stools.  remember an apple a day too!  Apples are a great source of natural fiber.  If you have hemorrhoids, please let us know, sometimes Anusol. Preparation H. Tucks. Witch hazel (pour over flat, circle cotton pads) help reduce their size.
Nausea and Vomiting If you are vomiting, stop taking foods or liquids for 2 hours and give your tummy a break.  then slowly increase clear liquids as tolerated and advance as you can.  Consider small, frequent meals, like every 2 hours to bridge the high and low glucose you have without food.  Remember,  Vitamin B6 (50mg, 3 times/day) helps with morning sickness, you can get this is easy to take lollipops from the pharmacist called B-Natal, or a natural source that dissolves in your mouth.  Some use a Motion sickness wrist bands, Citrus/mint/ginger. Sour candies.  Please let us know if this does not help you and we can suggest other medical options
Rashes Call us if you have a new or unusual rash.  You may consider taking an Oatmeal baths (ex. Aveeno). Consider change in soap, changing your laundry detergent, clothing material.  AVOID scent lotions and creams as they can give you a rash very easily and are the most common indicators of rashes.
Yeast Infection Let’s avoid them all together–take a vaginal probiotic daily.  Such as Cranberry/probiotic capsules, my favorite is grapefruit extract daily. It tastes bad buts works very effectively!  Consider a Tub bath with 1 cup vinegar. Herbal peribottle wash 2x/day with 1Tbsp tea tree oil, 2Tbsp cider vinegar, 2 cups warm water.  If it gets your by surprise, don’t suffer, you can use over the counter Monistat cream for  – 7day or Gynelotrimin or Mycelex.

 

Article: Are Herbs Safe During Pregnancy?

Avoid these oral supplements during pregnancy: Arbor vitae, Beth root, Black cohosh, Blue cohosh, Cascara, Chaste tree berry, Chinese angelica (Dong Quai), Cinchona, Cotton root bark, Feverfew, Ginseng, Golden seal, Juniper, Kava kava, Licorice, Meadow saffron, Pennyroyal, Poke root, Rue, Sage, St. John’s wort, Senna, Tansy, White peony, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yellow dock, vitamin A (large doses can cause birth defects).

Avoid these aromatherapy essential oils during pregnancy: calamus, mugwort, pennyroyal, sage, wintergreen, basil, hyssop, myrrh, marjoram, and thyme.

 

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Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Preparation

7 Natural Laws of BreastfeedingNancy Mohrbacher

Videos of Babies Latching On!Dr. Jack Newman

Preparing to Breastfeedwww.kellymom.com

Improving Latch by Improving Positioning – Jessica Barton (7 -video Playlist on YouTube)

Baby-led LatchDr. Christine Smillie

Breastfeeding Help

Common ChallengesNancy Mohrbacher

Breastfeeding ArticlesDr. Jack Newman 

Hand Expression of Milk

Maximizing Milk Production

Motherwear Breastfeeding – Search for these helpful podcasts on iTunes for interesting topics and lectures.

Smiling Mother and Toddler

Other Helpful Links & Articles (and commonly asked questions!)

What is the Quad Screen?

What is the Glucose Tolerance Test?

Group Beta Strep – CDC Guidelines

Prevention of GBS

Is a Vaginal Birth Possible After a Cesarean Delivery?

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – New Insights

When Is a Cesarean Delivery Necessary?

Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis In The USA

Recent Trends in Cesarean Delivery in the United States

Thanks for visiting our resources page! Way to dig deeper and learn more about your body and your baby!