5 Medical Advances That Could Save Your Baby’s Life5 min read

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Emma Dawn
Formerly, a travel writer/reviewer who traded in room service and housekeeping for diaper changes and nap times. These days I share my adventures on this journey through life as a single mom.

When it comes to the health and well being of your baby I’m sure you, just like myself, want to do everything you possibly can to give them the best life possible. During my pregnancy I did absolutely everything I could to keep my baby healthy and safe. Medical advances in today’s world are making protecting your baby’s life before and after birth even easier. With tests, precautions, and even some queasy alternatives we have more options today, as mothers, to do the most important job we have once the pregnancy test turns positive… Protecting our baby. After hours of research here are 5 medically forward ways you can save and protect your baby’s life. For more information on these topics click the info links at the end of each section.

Rh Sensitization During Pregnancy:

I am Rh – negative and in addition with my other conditions like PCOS it was very difficult for my body to support a viable full term pregnancy. Until Milo, my son, of course. In my opinion the first step to protecting you and your baby is getting the Rh test from your doctor as soon as possible. There are no warning signs and a blood test is the only way to know you have it or are at risk for it.

Rh sensitization during pregnancy:

If you are Rh-negative, your red blood cells do not have a marker called Rh factor on them. Rh-positive blood does have this marker. If your blood mixes with Rh-positive blood, your immune system will react to the Rh factor by making antibodies to destroy it. This immune system response is called Rh sensitization.

Causes of Rh sensitization during pregnancy:

Rh sensitization can occur during pregnancy if you are Rh-negative and pregnant with a developing baby who has Rh-positive blood. In most cases, your blood will not mix with your baby’s blood until delivery. The antibodies in your blood could attack the baby’s red blood cells. This can cause the baby to have anemia, jaundice, or more serious problems such as death. This is called Rh disease. The problems will tend to get worse with each Rh-positive pregnancy you have.

Treatment:

If you are Rh-sensitized, you will have regular testing to see how your baby is doing. You may also need to see a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancies (a perinatologist).

Treatment of the baby is based on how severe the loss of red blood cells (anemia) is.

*More info on this topic can be found on WebMD

Stem Cells:

Stem cells collected from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth can be used to protect your family from over 80 conditions and diseases.

Stem cells are biological cells found in the body

They serve as a repair and maintenance system for other body cells and the blood and immune systems by multiplying and transforming in to blood, bone, tissue and organ cells, when they are required to. You can request to store stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood and tissue. These potent cells find their way to injured cells and tissue in the body and begin to replace them.

Transplant:

A cord blood stem cell transplant can be used to replace diseased cells with healthy new cells, and rebuild an individual’s blood and immune system. More recently, cord blood stem cells have been shown to be able to form other tissues in the body such as nerve and bone cells.

Potential:

There has been considerable scientific and clinical interest in the potential of cord blood stem cells in regenerative medicine. In laboratory work, cord blood cells have been shown to be capable of developing into a range of cell types such as nerve, bone, skin, heart and liver cells to name a few.

Naturally Better You Mother & Baby
Sids:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is as mysterious as it is tragic. SIDS, also known as crib death, occurs for unknown reasons in children under the age of 1 year old who go to sleep and never wake up.
Nearly 4,700 U.S. infants died from SIDS in 1993. But then researchers discovered it was far less likely to happen in babies who were put to sleep on their backs rather than their tummies. A public awareness campaign encouraging parents to remember “Back-to-Sleep” helped cut the number of SIDS deaths in half.
*More info on this topic can be found on CBS News
Vaccines:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report focuses on breakthroughs made over the past 40 years, including vaccines for rotavirus — a leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration — and Hib, or Haemophilus influenzae type b, a bacteria that causes pneumonia, meningitis and other frequently deadly infections in children.
“When I was training to become a pediatrician, about 20,000 U.S. children had [Hib] infections every year and up to 1,200 children died,” said the AAP’s Dr. Tina Cheng. “Today, because of the vaccine, current doctors in training — including my interns — have never seen a case.” Hib infections in the U.S. have dropped 99 percent.
*More info on this topic can be found on CBS News

 
Placenta Consumption:
The placenta, or afterbirth, is the first organ that forms, even before any of your baby’s organs, after you conceive. It plays an important role in your pregnancy: It connects you and your baby in the uterus and delivers oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to the baby.
The placenta grows throughout your pregnancy. It is also the only organ your body makes and then gets rid of. After you give birth, you don’t need it anymore. If your baby arrived through vaginal delivery, you’ll push it out vaginally. If you have a C-section, the doctor will remove the placenta from your uterus.
People who support eating the placenta say that it raises your energy and breast milk supply. Increasing valuable immune boosting nutrients in the milk. They also say it levels off your hormones, lowering your chances of postpartum depression and insomnia.
One of the ways that women eat their placenta is dried, powdered, and sealed into capsules. Swallowing a pill with the dried placenta might be easier if you’re squeamish about seeing, touching, or tasting the “raw” tissue itself. Often a midwife can prepare the pills for you.
*More info on this topic can be found on WebMD

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Emma Dawn

Emma Dawn

Formerly, a travel writer/reviewer who traded in room service and housekeeping for diaper changes and nap times. These days I share my adventures on this journey through life as a single mom.

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