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4. First Doctor Visit

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe University of North Texas Press PDF

First Doctor Visit

“Your son has gained a pound and a half since he was born,” the clinic pediatrician said. “That’s pretty good. We usually look for babies to recover their birth weight by their two-week checkup. Are you breastfeeding?”

“We are,” I replied.

The nurse asked me to remove Sam’s diaper for his weighin. As I answered the doctor’s questions, I was still blotting pee from the front of my favorite peach pearl-cotton sweater using one of the extra cloth diapers I had packed in Sam’s diaper bag. The doctor didn’t seem to notice. I suppose he’d seen plenty of peed-on clothes. I would rather Sam had wet my blue jeans.

“You seem to be doing all right. Do you have any questions?” he asked.

“We’re all right,” I lied. “I don’t have any questions. Wait.

Yes I do. What do I do when I’m ready to go back to work or need to go out for a few hours?”

I felt panic rise inside my chest. Sam had one bottle in the hospital. The nurses filled it with water so I could get some sleep, but Sam spit it up. So the nurses felt obliged to wake me up anyway. Once, Mark warmed up a formula bottle to take a turn feeding Sam, but he threw that milk up, too. Would I ever get any rest?

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Chapter Two: Year Two

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Chapter 20: Alicia—Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Twenty

Alicia—Sensory Integration Dysfunction

At first, Alicia’s parents, Lisa and Ron Wettig, thought, “There’s no way she’s going to get on a horse.” Now their daughter has a roomful of trophies, belt buckles, medals, and ribbons she has won in horse shows.

But at five years old, Alicia didn’t like to be in high places, and she would not put herself in any position she thought might throw her off balance. She was wary of things that moved, or made loud noise, such as wind-up toys, dogs, and other animals.

Alicia’s pre-school class had scheduled an outing to Rocky Top

Ranch, which would include horseback rides. “Ron and I discussed whether she should go,” Wettig recalled. “A horse is big, it moves, it’s an animal. She won’t get on one, we agreed. Then we found out there was a playground too, so there would be activities for her to enjoy, if she didn’t want to ride.”

When it came Alicia’s turn to mount, she walked up the steps, right beside the horse, and climbed into the saddle.

“One of the parents told us later that the teachers’ mouths dropped open, they were so surprised. I think kids with special needs have a sixth sense.” Wettig said. “She must have had some kind of connection with the horse. She had always liked them. When she was little, the toys she’d pick out at the store most often were little plastic horses, but she’d never seen a real one to know how big they were.”

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Kalena Cook, Margaret Christensen University of North Texas Press ePub

Learn Hospital Strategies
Buy Time and Let Go

I advised Lisa to stay at home until she couldn’t talk through a contraction, because once you go to the hospital, your arrival time is documented. “It’s like punching in on a clock,” I told her. “Your progress becomes measured by the hour. Even with your husband at your side, bring a female doula or a friend to support you because the nurses will be in and out. Keep upright as much as possible during active labor— don’t take labor lying down. You can do it.”

As Lisa sat on my patio sipping her iced tea that sunny day, I shared with her the benefits of natural childbirth. She didn’t think her doctor would support it. At thirty weeks into her pregnancy, she switched to another doctor who was known for delivering natural births. Lisa shares her successful birth of Jacob.

Stretching Time

Lisa’s Story

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Secret 3: Turn Scared into Sacred

Kalena Cook and Margaret Christensen, M.D. University of North Texas Press PDF


Turn Scared into Sacred

One of the most daunting hurdles facing women before birth is fear.

Especially for the first time, some expectant mothers may burden themselves with concerns that may never happen. Sometimes negative feelings from a previous labor linger.Whereas animals rely on instinct or whether they can see, smell or hear danger, women tend to worry needlessly.

Negative thoughts can grow into a dragon with several heads—anxiety, panic, and dread.

But hope exists. By looking at the ways you get scared, you can learn how to turn that energy into the sacred. Turn Scared into Sacred is the third natural birth secret: taking your darkest fears and facing them with faith in your own way. Frances Moore Lappe, co-author of You Have the

Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear, says fear is an energy— an energy you can use to your advantage. Instead of freezing up, you can move through the stages of birth naturally by designing your “shield of courage” ahead of time.

According to a study1 of fears among 329 pregnant women attending childbirth classes, their foremost fears include:

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