Month: October 2016

Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Works Cited

Works Cited Adzick, N. Scott. “Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele: Trials and Tribulations.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery, vol. 47, no. 2, Feb. 2012, pp.  273–281. National Center for Biotechnology Information. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.11.021. “Birth Defects Homepage- Data and Statistics”. Centers for Disease Control, 29 February 2016. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/data.html “Prenatal Care for Myelomeningocele (Spina Bifida)”. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 2016. http://www.mottchildren.org/conditions-treatments/prenatal-care-myelomeningocele-spina-bifida “Delivery of a Baby With Spina Bifida”. … Read More Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Works Cited

Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 4

PREMATURITY AND PRENATAL SURGERY Since many babies who undergo prenatal surgery will be born prematurely, mothers who have elected for this procedure should receive guidance on how to prepare for breastfeeding a preterm infant. Many neonatal intensive care units are encouraging kangaroo care and the benefits of skin-to-skin contact will help the baby with the process of learning to breastfeed and increase the mother’s … Read More Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 4

Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 3

BREASTFEEDING CHALLENGES Challenges with positioning will be one of the first difficulties to overcome. There are three types of mother-baby dyads with spina bifida and each will have different challenges: vaginal delivery with postnatal surgery, cesarean delivery with postnatal surgery and cesarean delivery following prenatal surgery. Mothers who deliver vaginally will probably have the fewest challenges with breastfeeding as they may be able to … Read More Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 3

Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 2

Diagnosis often occurs prenatally through the quad marker screening test and/or ultrasound. The quad marker screening test is 85 percent accurate for detecting open neural tube defects. If an abnormal result is found on the quad marker screening, an amniocentesis may be recommended to verify the results (Stoppler and Davis). Despite a high level of accuracy, some cases of myelomeningocele will go undetected until … Read More Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 2

Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 1

This is part of a series of posts taken from a research paper I wrote for my certification to become a breastfeeding educator.  Though myelomeningocele and other forms of spina bifida are relatively common, information on breastfeeding infants with these defects is limited. In their 2007 study, Hurtekant and Spatz state, “At present, no research has examined the unique breastfeeding needs of a mother … Read More Breastfeeding the Spina Bifida Baby, Part 1

What I Wish People Were Aware of About Spina Bifida

“…extreme disability is not synonymous with unhappiness and we are only at the beginning of finding ways of developing the capabilities of these patients….”- Dr. Robert Zachary, pioneer of spina bifida care It’s October and among other health causes, it’s Spina Bifida Awareness Month. Yes, I know folic acid. But only about 50% of spina bifida cases can be attriubted to folic acid deficiency. … Read More What I Wish People Were Aware of About Spina Bifida

DDT Is Not A Magic Bullet

Sometimes I will post things I have written for my MPH classes if I think the subject is interesting or timely. This is a forum post I wrote for my Environmental Health class about whether we should bring back DDT, an insecticide used to combat malaria in the United States that was later banned because of environmental hazards. I have been inclined to believe … Read More DDT Is Not A Magic Bullet