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Midwife

Midwife

About midwives

Midwife means being 'with woman'.

Midwives have special training and skills in caring for women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and in the weeks after birth. They also care for newborn babies for between a few days and six weeks after birth, including helping with breastfeeding.

In Australia, all midwives need to be registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia to practise.

Private midwives are registered with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and practise either alone or in small teams. Most private midwives have Medicare provider numbers and access to Medicare rebates or rebates through private health funds. Some of these midwives can also prescribe medications.

Midwives can be men or women, although most midwives are women.

Along with your GP or obstetrician, your midwife is the health professional to see for any questions or worries you have about your health and wellbeing, or your baby's health or wellbeing, during pregnancy and birth and straight after the birth.

During pregnancy: why you might see a midwife

If you're planning to have your baby at a public hospital or birth centre, midwives will be closely involved in your pregnancy care.

Many private obstetricians employ midwives in their consulting rooms to help with your pregnancy care.

If you're planning a homebirth, your midwife will coordinate all your care throughout your pregnancy.

In all birth settings, a midwife will usually:

  • talk with you about your general health and give you support and advice
  • do routine health checks on you and your baby, including checking your baby's position and growth
  • help arrange hospital bookings, tests and scans
  • give information and talk about labour, pain and birth
  • help prepare you for life at home with your baby
  • help you make choices about feeding your baby
  • ask about your lifestyle, including smoking, drinking and other drugs, and send you for extra support if you need it
  • support you emotionally.
Depending on your birth setting and the type of care you have, you might see one or more midwives. Women who can get to know their midwife (or midwives) can find that this one-to-one care from familiar people is a big part of a happy pregnancy and birth experience.

At the birth: why you might see a midwife

At public hospitals and birth centres, midwives are the main health professionals who care for you during labour and birth. They let you know when to come to the hospital or birth centre and what to do in labour. They'll call a doctor if you need extra medical care.

If you're giving birth at a private hospital, the hospital midwife will call your obstetrician close to the time of birth. In most cases, midwives and doctors work together as a team.

If you're having a homebirth, your midwife and another midwife will come to your home and care for you during labour and birth.

In all birth settings, a midwife will usually:

  • give you information and talk about labour, pain and birth
  • suggest positions, movements and changes to help your labour progress
  • guide your breathing and help you relax
  • monitor your health and your baby's health through routine checks
  • reassure and encourage you, and give you emotional support during labour
  • give you pain relief, in consultation with you and your doctors
  • assess the progress of your labour and birth and get extra medical help if needed
  • help your support people care for you.

After the birth: why you might see a midwife

After a public hospital or birth centre birth, midwives will provide most of your care, including helping you learn about breastfeeding and caring for your new baby.

After a homebirth, your midwives will stay for several hours. They will check on you and your baby every day for a few days, depending on how you and your baby are going. Some midwives are available for phone advice (or a visit) up until six weeks following the birth.

In all birth settings, a midwife will also:

  • talk about your labour and birth and explain anything you're not sure about
  • give you pain relief if you need it and help you recover
  • set up newborn screening tests
  • do routine checks on you and your baby
  • refer you to specialists if you need them - for example, a paediatrician or lactation consultant
  • discuss contraception
  • arrange for a child and family health nurse to see you in the first weeks after the birth
  • organise services for going home, if you need them
  • support you emotionally.

Going to a midwife

Depending on your birth setting and type of pregnancy care, you might see a midwife either at the hospital, in the community or in your home.

If you're planning a hospital or birth centre birth, soon after your first GP appointment in pregnancy, you need to call the hospital or birth centre to book your first appointment.

In a midwife-led program, you'll probably see the same midwife or small group of midwives. Birth centres and midwife-led continuity of care programs are very popular and usually have waiting lists, so you need to book in early.

In programs or services with other arrangements, midwives work on rostered shifts so you'll probably get to know several during your pregnancy and hospital or birth centre stay. That means you might not know the midwife who cares for you at the birth.

At a private hospital, you're likely to see the same midwife (if there is one) at your obstetrician's consulting rooms throughout your pregnancy care, but not for the birth.

In some hospitals you can take in a private midwife to provide your care during labour and birth. The private midwife needs to have a special agreement with the hospital.

Homebirth is usually with a private midwife. You don't need a GP referral to contact a private midwife. But some eligible private midwives who can offer Medicare rebates might ask you to get a GP referral. You do need a GP referral if you'd like to go through a public homebirth program.

Finding a private midwife

To find a private midwife, visit:

  • Homebirth Australia - Find a midwife or call (02) 6545 3612
  • Midwives Australia - Find a midwife
  • Australian College of Midwives or call 1300 360 480 (local call cost).
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Name: Lindsey
Lives in: Oberlin Park, Kansas
Breastfeeding experience: Not too difficult, not too emotional
Main challenge: Newborn in the NICU
Breastfed for: 13 months

My story

I had decided to breastfeed before my son, Logan, was born. But I told myself that if for some reason it didn't work out, I wouldn't get too stressed about it. I'm adopted so I wasn't breastfed. I mainly decided to breastfeed because of the cost of formula. It's way too expensive!

My son was in the NICU for over a week because he had a blood infection at birth (which was very scary!), so I started pumping right away on a two-hour cycle. It wasn't till day four or five that I actually nursed him.

We had a little trouble at first because Logan had some nipple confusion—he didn't know how to treat the breast differently from a pacifier, which he'd been given in the NICU. I had to use a nipple shield to help him latch on, which was kind of annoying, but it wasn't a lot of trouble. And because I'd been pumping and producing milk already, I didn't have any worries about making enough milk.

Still, I didn't really find breastfeeding a bonding experience – it was just something that I did. I nursed Logan until he was about 6 months old, when one day he pretty much just stopped wanting the breast. But he'd still take the bottle, so I just pumped and fed him breast milk in bottles.

I continued to pump until he was 13 months old. I had a good breast pump, a hospital-grade one. I never had any problems with pumping – it was easy and second nature to me. Sometimes I used the time to relax, almost sleeping while I was pumping. I watched a lot of TV while pumping – it was definitely a time to chill out.

It did become a bit of a pain in the butt toward the end, especially when I started working. But my work was really good about it. No one had a problem with it. We just started referring to it as "doing my thing." Everyone knew what it meant. When the corporate apartment we lease out was empty, I used that space. When it wasn't, I used a chair in the bathroom.

I never had any issues with letdown – to this day, I couldn't tell you what the milk letting down feels like. I didn't have any physical sensation of it, like other moms do. It was just really easy.

But by 13 months, I was so ready to be done with it. I increased the hours between my pumping sessions, starting with eliminating the middle-of-the-night pump. I just extended the times in between throughout the day. And then I was done. No pain, no infections.

My biggest lesson learned

If you're planning to go back to work, you should pump from the beginning. Learning to do it early helps you get used to it and gives you time to build up a supply of frozen breast milk. I don't think the majority of moms-to-be really think about pumping – it's usually about whether to breastfeed or go with formula. But many women work and need to pump, so it's worth thinking about.

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Dangerous childhood adventures: 12 children trapped in a cave by a game

Dangerous childhood adventures: 12 children trapped in a cave by a game

This time it has happened in Thailand, but it could happen in any corner of the planet. Even next to your house, in your peaceful neighborhood. Any 'forbidden', 'strange', 'dangerous' place is a temptation for a child. Or do you not remember when you tried to escape from the eyes of your parents as a child and evade their warnings to investigate the surroundings of your summer resort?

The story we tell you is real, and it could have ended with a tragic ending. Fortunately, dangerous childhood adventures don't always end badly.

It is clear that children do not see the danger. The recklessness is part of its manual of use constantly. Hence, they end up writing down numerous dangerous childhood adventures in their diary.

This is the story of a Thai soccer team, made up of 12 children between 11 and 16 years old, and their coach, 25 years old. They decided to live an exciting adventure investigating the labyrinth of a beautiful and mysterious cave, the longest in Thailand, with a total of 10 kilometers of narrow passages. The children took it as a game, sure, but the game turned out to be a real nightmare. The rains made the only entrance and exit of the cave completely buried, and the cave partially flooded. The children could not go out, or ask for help. They were trapped.

After about 10 days, some divers who participated in the children's rescue team in the area, entered the cave and found the children with their trainer. They had survived thanks to the rainwater, but they had no light or food. Upon seeing the divers, they asked them, totally disoriented:

  • 'What day is today?' - And they added: - 'We are hungry'

These are the first images (from the Univisión network) of the rescue of the children trapped in the cave. Since then, the rescue team at least He managed to get them food, light and medical supplies. But they couldn't get out. The options?

  1. Teach the children to dive to get out of the flooded cave.
  2. Try to drain water and remove all the mud from the entrance. This would take several months.

The children will at least be able to tell this adventure to their children and later, to their grandchildren, and of course, they will learn a wise lesson that will accompany you throughout your life: in front of the exciting voice that guides you towards danger to discover what mystery is hidden there ... remember the other voice that constantly remembers a word, prudence.

The prohibition, the inaccessible places, the abandoned houses ... what child can stay on the sidelines and do not be tempted to investigate? Curiosity has the same power of attraction as that of a magnet, and even more so when you are a child. Walking along the train tracks, visiting semi-collapsed houses, climbing unreachable pipes and even climbing the roof of houses ... Who has not been involved as a child in one of these dangerous adventures? This is why so many children are drawn to danger:

  • Curiosity: the children are learning. It is the first time they have seen what a tide, a sunset, a shooting star is like. Their learning is based on discoveries, one after another. In reality children are compulsive discoverers. They feel a real need to discover, motivated by a healthy and positive curiosity.
  • They do not know the risk: they have not yet assimilated that cause-effect nor are they capable of measuring risk. Faced with what they do not know, they are not able to intuit what is dangerous and what is not.
  • The attraction of the forbidden: it is something that accompanies us throughout life. Who is not attracted to what they forbid? In a kind of defiance and defense of freedom, both children and adults feel a terrible curiosity to investigate what is 'forbidden'.
  • It offers them autonomy: Many times, children feel 'older' trying risky activities, those to which only adults are allowed access. 'And why can't I'. Older children, or those who want to mature quickly, are especially tempted by anything that involves risk. The goal is to demonstrate and prove that they can achieve very complex goals on their own.
  • An act of rebellion: children sometimes challenge adults by challenging them, with the intention of showing that they are capable of and victorious over dangerous adventures.

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