The Weekly Newsletter for Heart of Houston Birth and Wellness Families and Friends
Happy Tuesday, friends! Hopefully you've recovered from your sugar hangover just in time for tonight's game 3. There was an audible sigh of relief when last night's game was postponed just as trick or treating was beginning!
Having lived in Houston all my life I can tell you that Halloween weather can be hit or miss so last night's amazing weather brought all the ghouls and ghosts out to play.
We had a great time at our 2nd Annual Spooky Baby Bash on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate! We can't wait to do it all again next year.
Our team spent Saturday at the 19th annual BIRTH Fair sharing all things birthy. Our dear friend and advising physician, Dr. Damla Karsan was recognized for her contributions to birthing families in Houston. Dr. Karsan and her staff are rockstars of the low intervention and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) birth. Congratulations Dr. Karsan and team!
Our very own Mary Love was invited to participate on two different panels as well. She spoke on both the Birth Center and the Where to Give Birth panels. Mary unique experience as a hospital-based midwife for a decade and now as a community/out of hospital midwife was a welcome perspective for all. I had the chance to speak on my very favorite topics, Diversity and Inclusion in the Birth Community. It was a great weekend of catching up with our peers and meeting expectant families. As always, high fives to the HOH crew for all their extra help this weekend.
Baseball season may be over soon but cold and flu season is in full swing! If you have a child in school or any type of daycare you already know that this year's germs are no joke. Our household just emerged from three weeks of passing various viruses from person to person. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, we all did such a great job social distancing and washing our hands that we've had mild flu seasons the past two years. This year is already different. While the cold and flu can usually be managed at home look out for more severe symptoms of RSV as seen in the attached video. Here are a few reminders for parents with new babies:
Keep visitors to a minimum. Let your guests know if they are not feeling well to stay home, even if they think it's just allergies.
WASH YOUR HANDS! Especially older siblings who attend school or daycare. It's impossible to keep your kids isolated from one another so just do your best!
Good nutrition and rest for everyone, especially the birthing parent!
Other tips on managing symptoms:
Frequent feeds/fluids. Keep them hydrated which might be hard for tiny babies since breathing while nursing can be hard. Expect lots of popping on and off the breast, be patient.
Cool moisture from humidifier can help keep congestion loose. Sitting in a steamy bathroom with a drop or two of eucalyptus oil can help loosen up stuffy nose and open airways for more productive coughs. Follow this with a good Nose Frida snot sucking session.
Sleep upright or at an angle. This can feel a lot like those hazy newborn days. Your baby might want to be in your arms more than usual since laying flat can increase postnasal drainage.
Remember that this can last a week or more but it WILL END! Hang in there.
Don't hesitate to reach out to your midwife or pediatrician if you have questions or concerns.
PLEASE GO VOTE!
This is the final week of early voting in Harris and Fort Bend counties. Please take the time to find a polling place near you and cast your ballot!
This Week's Events
All events, classes and circles are now at 6550 Mapleridge 77081
Postpartum Support Group: Alternating Wednesdays 10-12 on Zoom. Every Thursday in person 10-12. Link to zoom room has been sent to all HOH clients and Whole Heart Collective members. Email Jessica if you need more information.
Feeding Clinic: Twice a month during Postpartum group. Keep an eye on schedule for specifics
Queer Parent Circle: Second Sunday of every month 2-4pm Open to the public!
Birthworkers Circle: Second Sunday of every month 11am-1:30pm