TIPS AND TRICKS OF THE TRADE

I realized that, after 14 years of attending births, I have several little “tricks” that I regularly tell my clients…and have learned some things that I think some birth professionals might like to know about!   While I will be sharing my ideas and experiences and such here with you, I WELCOME all of your pieces of brilliance that you are willing to share! Just comment to this post with your own ideas!

PARENTS
When your baby is first born (and for the first week or so of your baby’s life), smooth olive oil all over your baby’s diaper area (anywhere that will be under the diaper) every single diaper change. If you don’t want your fingers in it, then get a spray bottle and put the olive oil in a spray bottle and ‘spritz’ the oil on the baby’s bottom. Olive oil is good for their skin (unlike mineral oil which is what baby oil is) and it will keep that yucky tar-like meconium from sticking to their skin which will make diaper changes much faster and more pleasant for baby! Doesn’t have to be a special kind of olive oil – the kind you have in your kitchen is perfect!!

When you pump breastmilk into bags to freeze them…make sure to get all of the air out of the bag, then seal the bag, then lay the bag FLAT on something in the freezer until it’s frozen solid! Once it’s frozen, you can pick it up and stack it in the door (or wherever), stacking it upright like a deck of cards. If you do this, then you won’t end up with “balls of milk” in your freezer, it makes it much easier to thaw them out for using, they take up much less space in the freezer, and it’s much easier to keep them in an order and go through them to see dates/amounts for each bag. Frozen as ‘sheets’ of milk…it’s the only way to do it!

If your baby gets diaper rash – try my magic diaper rash cure! Buy a bottle of liquid anti-acid (any brand) and let it sit for a few hours so that it separates. Open it and pour off the thin liquid that is now on top…keep pouring it off until you get to the thick “chalky” part that has settled to the bottom half of the bottle. Make sure that baby’s bottom is really really clean (even if that means giving baby a bath) and then pour that liquid anti-acid onto the baby’s bottom when putting the diaper on…it will neutralize the acid that is in the baby’s urine/poop that is irritating the baby’s skin! I’ve never seen it NOT work within 48 hours unless the rash is actually a yeast infection.

PROFESSIONALS

Hydrogen peroxide is my friend….we call it the “blood eraser”. If there is blood on carpet or clothing or a bed, I just pour peroxide on it and it bubbles up and breaks up the blood and you can just blot or wash it away! I also keep a spray bottle of peroxide in my own laundry room at home – if I get a couple of spots of blood on my clothes, I spritz them as soon as I get home. If it’s really bad, I’ll literally soak my jeans (or whatever) in a bucket with a full bottle of peroxide for a little bit before tossing them into the wash. Yes, even jeans…the peroxide is safe even for jeans! Works like MAGIC!

My midwifery bag…is a rolling crafts bag (quilters bag)! In fact, here it is..

I tossed the top bag and just kept the bottom bag – and I love it!! It rolls, has lots of pockets and compartments…and the top zips open to a large open center for all of my larger things that I carry. Because it has a flat top (as you can see in the picture), I do stack other things like my scale and birth stool on top of it so I can just roll everything in and don’t carry anything! I love it! For my pharmaceuticals, I got a cosmetics bag – again, well organized and I love it! It zips open, lays flat, and has a built in “hook” to hang it if I want to. I love that I can just take this bag out and have all of my pharmaceuticals (including herbs) in one place and easily accessed. I also have certain things (like my dermabond) that will degrade in the Arizona heat that I don’t want kept in my car…and for those few items I got a small hard-shelled zipper-closed camera case that I carry in my purse.

So please share!! What are your little tips and tricks?

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