Question & Answer Session with a Labour and Delivery Nurse: Part 2

This post contains questions I get when working as a labour and delivery nurse. Do you have any that I haven’t covered? Feel free to contact me and I’ll include it in the next question and answer period. Does the Epidural Hurt? Well it’s hard to say, because pain is subjective. Depending on where you are in the labour process and how you usually respond to pain, it can be different for every woman. When you get the epidural, you get two needles. The first poke is for local anaesthesia, so that you’re numb before you get the actual...

Question & Answer Session with a Labour and Delivery Nurse

Becoming parents for the first time can be daunting. With so many unknowns, people are bound to have a lot of questions.  The number one aspect of my job as a labour and delivery nurse is to inform and educate new parents. In my work I have seen some similar themes in the questions they have, so I thought it would be helpful to go over them in the blog to spread the knowledge. What Does the Labour and Delivery Nurse Do Anyways? Most patients are surprised by how much nurses do. Women in labour are usually in hospital...

More About Breastfeeding in The Beginning

This post is a continuation of my last post about breastfeeding. We now know that breastfeeding is a natural process that most women are able to do with the right information. It is still helpful to know whether it is going well or not. First, make sure you are holding your baby skin-to-skin as much as you can. This will trigger your body to release hormones that help with milk let-down (the reflex that lets the milk flow) and milk production. While you are holding your baby skin to skin, it is easier to follow your baby’s hunger cues...

Best Way to Be Successful at Breastfeeding

As a labour and delivery nurse I have extensive experience helping new moms breastfeed. I really want all mothers  to be educated about breastfeeding before they give birth. This is a perfect post to read to get all that juicy information before your baby gets here! Read on so that you are fully prepared to breastfeed your baby if that is your plan! Breastfeeding Common Concerns Women have an obsession with not being able to breastfeed their newborns. How come we are so caught up in the medicalization of birthing and breastfeeding? We forget our bodies know exactly what...