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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Controversial Issues Every Mother-to-be Should Confront

Content provided by Alex S.

There are several decisions that every soon to be mother thinks of, including what clothing to put the baby in for his hospital picture, whether to use pain medication during labor, how to decorate the child's room and whether to breastfeed or formula feed. Some other issues are not in the forefront of new mother's minds, but should be. Here are three controversial issues that every mother-to-be should confront.

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Cord Blood Banking
There are numerous beneficial reasons why any parent would choose to use stem cell bank storage. Cord blood is highly sought after as the stem cells within can be transplanted into the body an ill child, sibling, or relative, and can be used to treat life-threatening diseases including leukemia and other types of cancer. Th stem cells can also be used to treat subsequent children that may develop a life-threatening disease, or be given to any match in need of a bone marrow transplant.
If your family suffers from specific hematopoietic or genetic diseases, such as certain types of leukemia, anemia, or Sickle cell, choosing to bank cord blood could be a life saving option.  Research is also supporting that diseases, such as Type 1 Diabetes, may also be treated with cord blood, providing all the more reason to store it.
However, keep in mind, that storing cord blood can be expensive and isn't always covered by insurance.  If you choose to harvest your cord blood, be sure to speak with your insurance first to make sure that you are able to do so with the very little coming out of your own pocket.

Breastfeeding in Public
Although breastfeeding is a natural process, breastfeeding in public can quickly ignite passionate debate. Even though breastfeeding a child is the healthiest diet option for new babies, and a mother should be able to breastfeed her child in public. Some individuals feel that breastfeeding in public is not appropriate and exposes the general public to intimate parts of a woman's body.  These heated debates often make it uncomfortable for first-time mothers to decide on the issue, and many fearful of what kind of repercussions their decision may bring.
When a new mother makes a decision regarding breastfeeding in public, she should know that she will most likely hear some kind of criticism and that it is only natural.  People always assume their style of child-rearing is the best.
If a mother wants to breastfeed at home and in public, that is perfectly normal and natural and she should know that she is backed by the law in her decision.  Ultimately, she needs to mentally prepare herself for the comments that may follow, and just remain confident in her decision.

Placenta Keeping
Choosing to keep the placenta after birth has only recently become a common decision amongst mothers. Some mothers opt for a lotus birth in which the umbilical cord is left intact until it is naturally shed, and others recognize the health benefits of the placenta and consume or inject it into their bodies.
While this may sound extreme, the placenta includes many vitamins and nutrients that aid in a new mother's recovery after labor and delivery, and some mothers report an increased amount of milk development.  It is also believed that mothers who consume the placenta also experience a decreased rate of postpartum depression and are able to avoid other fluctuations in emotional stability because of the hormones the afterbirth provides.

Ultimately, mothers need to understand that the decisions they make are their own.  They know what is right for their children, and should not fear the criticism of others.  As long as they are making healthy and safe choices for their children and themselves, a mother's decisions are always right - regardless of others personal beliefs.



  1. Love that you decided to put these subjects out there! I did cord blood collection for my first birth and I would do it again. I waited for the cord to pass blood to the baby and then we clamped and did the collection. The midwife that assisted us did not have much experience in collectiong cord blood after the cord stoped pulsing, but there's a midwife forum online that talks about that as truly possible. In Portugal there are many doctors and birth activists that are against cord blood collection because the mandatory routine for almost every company that stores the blood is that the cord should be clamped imediatly after birth, and therefore the baby doesn't receive the blood it should and might get anemia or jaundice and lacks those cells that would have gone into him... Also, there is generealised belief that cord blood storage is a sham because there are very few results and applications (and they say that the amount of cells can only treat a person up to 40Kg of weight), and that the companies that store them can't even assure they'll be usable in the time they are stored (20 to 25 years)... I see it as an insurance: you pay for it, you may never need it, but it's there if you do. More research and publicity should go to explain to people they DO NOT have to imediatly clamp the cord... There are ways to collect the cord blood even after the placenta is born.
    The first time we also saved the placenta and did a homeopathic medicine of it, but the next time I want to encapsulate the placenta :)

  2. Next time I will for sure be encapsulating my placenta!

    Another one: circumcision... do your research and you'll find it's a part of a baby's body best left alone!!


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