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Development and Function of the Placenta During Pregnancy

Create: 11/18/2016 - 11:57
Development and Function of the Placenta During Pregnancy
The placenta is a flattened circular organ in the uterus of pregnant mammals that nourishes and maintains the fetus through the umbilical cord. This cord is the main link from the fetus to the placenta. Through it, the placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to the growing baby and removes waste products.
 
The placenta grows throughout pregnancy. Development of the maternal blood supply to the placenta is complete by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy (approximately 12–13 weeks).
 

Caring for Your Newborn Baby's Umbilical Cord

Create: 08/27/2016 - 11:00
Caring for Your Baby's Umbilical Cord
When your baby is born, your midwife will take to you about umbilical cord care. The cord will be cut, and clamped actually after the birth. And she will take you through all the aspects of caring for your baby.
 
What basically happens to the cord stump, is it shrivels up, goes black and then it falls off. And all of this takes about ten to 15 days. You don't really need to do anything with regards to caring for the cord area, let nature take its course, whilst its healing. 
 

10 Beautiful Umbilical Cords

Create: 07/18/2016 - 10:07
10 Beautiful Umbilical Cords
The umbilical cord is the first tangible connection between a mother and baby. For nine long months, with the placenta it nourishes and supports the baby in the mother’s womb as it grows.
 
These photos taken by Denver Photographer Monet Nicole capture the beauty of the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord nurtured and kept your baby alive for 9 months and it is truly amazing, yet it is often not celebrated or photographed.
 

These Stunning Photos Capture the Raw Beauty of a Water Birth

Create: 07/14/2016 - 11:46
These Stunning Photos Capture the Raw Beauty of a Water Birth
The umbilical cord is the first tangible connection between a mother and baby. For nine months this cord has provided nutrients to the baby from the mum. And for nine long months, the love the mother has for that baby grows in kind.
 
Photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie, took the opportunity to capture the awe-inspiring power of birth with a startlingly beautiful image. In it, a newborn baby is still connected to his placenta by his umbilical cord that is adjusted to spell out the word "love."
 

Benefits Of Delayed Cord Clamping

Create: 06/08/2016 - 10:13
Benefits Of Delayed Cord Clamping
After birth, the mother must expel the placenta, which has carried oxygen and nutrients to the fetus during pregnancy. This process is known as the third stage of labour. In the 1960s, midwives and obstetricians began actively managing the third stage. This involves giving women an injection of Syntocinon (synthetic oxytocin) with the birth of the baby, clamping and cutting the cord and pulling the placenta out using controlled cord traction
 

Reasons Not to Cut Your Baby's Umbilical Cord Immediately After Birth

Create: 06/03/2016 - 07:51
Reasons Not to Cut Your Baby's Umbilical Cord Immediately After Birth
Delayed cord clamping is a birth practice where the umbilical cord is not clamped or cut until after pulsations have ceased, or until after the placenta is delivered. A growing number of parents are choosing delayed cord clamping for their baby.
 
The timing of clamping the umbilical cord, and practices have a sizeable impact on the outcomes or mother and baby. Research has shown that when we delay cord clamping the neonate will receive up to 30% more of the fetal-placental blood volume than it would have with immediate cord clamping.
 

Belly Button Care for Your Newborn Baby

Create: 05/17/2016 - 05:22
Belly Button Care for Your Newborn Baby
When the baby comes home, most likely the belly button will still be on, and it can look a little scary to some parents. The best thing to do is really leave it alone. And that means keep it free from any shirts that may rub and irritate it and even diapers. A lot of newborn diapers have a cutout and they dip in the middle and don't touch the baby's belly button. 
 

10 Amazing Things Babies Do in the Womb

Create: 10/16/2015 - 09:31
10 Amazing Things Babies Do in the Womb
From baby's conception to his or her world entrance, each little second is spent developing into what will be a big and unique personality. Besides the more obvious movements Moms feel, here are 10 things these precious ones do before even being born:
 
1 - Feel Pain: While debates continue, many authorities seem to confirm that babies feel pain as early as 8 weeks.
2 - Dream: Baby's dreaming is evidenced by rapid eye movement. 

How to Care for a Newborn's Umbilical Cord Stump?

Create: 09/17/2015 - 06:42
How to Care for a Newborn's Umbilical Cord Stump?
When your baby is born, your midwife will clamp the umbilical cord. The cord is made up of three blood vessels. There are no nerves in it so it won’t hurt your baby. 
 
You’ll find after about five days, the cord has changed in appearance, going almost black in colour and quite hard and dry. It will normally fall off completely by itself within five to 15 days.
 
It’s really important not to speed up that process and fiddle with it or cut it or pull it. Let the cord dry off naturally and it will fall off by itself.

Newborn Umbilical Cord Care

Create: 09/13/2015 - 02:49
Newborn Umbilical Cord Care
The umbilical cord transported nutrients from you to your baby throughout your pregnancy. Now your baby has a purplish-blue stump that is about a half inch to an inch long. 
 
The stump should dry and fall off by the time your baby is 5 to 15 days old. Keep the stump clean with gauze and water only. Sponge bathe the rest of your baby, as well. Do not put your baby in a tub of water until the stump has fallen off.
 

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