Saturday, May 27, 2017

My VBA2C Birth Plan



Birth Plan


Mother: Katie Whiddon

Father: Cole Greene
Today's date:
Due date: July 25th, 2017
Baby's name: Jaxton Cole Greene
Doctors name
Hospital name:

My delivery is as planned:

•VBA2C 
•Repeat cesarean ONLY if mother or baby's life is at risk 

During labor I would like for my children, family and friends to enter the room as long as I am comfortable enough for visitors. 


I would like the following people present during birth:

•Father/partner: Cole Greene
•Maternal Grandmother/support person: Toni Bender

During labor I would like:

•music played
•lights dimmed
•room quiet as possible
•as few interruptions as possible
•vaginal exams only as requested, unless medically necessary 
•no residents, students, or interns present during labor or birth
•to wear my own clothes
•support person to film and/or take pictures 
•my partner and support person to be present at all times
•to stay hydrated with clear liquids and/or ice chips
•to eat and drink as approved by my doctor

I would like to spend the first stages of labor in any position that I am comfortable and progressing in:

•standing
•laying down
•walking
•in shower
•in tub

I am not interested in:

•Urinary catheter 
•an IV, unless I am dehydrated. Saline lock IS okay, but only in arm so mobility isn't restricted. 

Fetal monitoring:

•intermittent
•external

Labor augmentation:

•preformed only if baby is in distress
•first attempted by most natural methods
•preformed with pitocin ONLY if most natural methods fail
•NEVER to include artificial rupture of the membrane, unless dilated to 6cm 

Pain relief:

•acupressure 
•breathing techniques
•distraction
•massage
•meditation
•hydrotherapy

Birthing positions:

•squat
•semi-recline
•lie on my side
•be on my hands and knees
•stand
•lean on my partner or support person
•use people for leg support
•use a birth bar for support
•use a birthing stool

As the baby is delivered, I would like to:

•allow body to push naturally
•push without time limits, as long as the baby and I are not at risk
•use a mirror to see baby crown
•touch the head as it crowns
•avoid forceps usage
•avoid vacuum extraction
•let partner catch the baby 

Episiotomy:

•used only after perineal massage, warm compress, and positioning
•preformed ONLY with my consent
•preformed as my doctor deems necessary 
•preformed with local anesthesia 

After delivery:

•my partner is to cut the umbilical cord
•the umbilical cord cut only after it stops pulsating
•no pitocin, unless deemed medically necessary by my doctor. 

If cesarean is necessary:

•make sure all other options have been exhausted 
•I am to stay conscious, unless at immediate risk
•my partner is to remain with me the entire time, even if unconscious
•screen lowered so I can watch delivery of baby
•my hands left free so I can touch baby, unless limbs become uncontrollable
•surgery explained as it happens
•spinal block for anesthesia 
•my partner to hold baby as soon as possible
•breastfeed in the recovery room

I would like to hold and breastfeed baby immediately after delivery. 


Baby's medical exam and procedures:

•given in my presence 
•given only after both parents have bonded

Please do not give baby:

•vitamin K, unless visible sign of bruising or surgery is needed
•sugar water
•pacifier
•formula
•any artificial nipple

Baby's first bath given:

•given by me and my partner

I'd like to feed baby:

•only breastmilk
•on demand

Baby is to stay in my room at all times.


I’d like my partner:

•to stay in my room
•to have unlimited visiting

As needed post-delivery:

•stool softener
•laxative 

After birth I would like to stay at the hospital:

•as long as possible

If baby is not well:

•my partner and I are to accompany baby to NICU
•only give breastmilk from my breast, pumped milk or donor breastmilk via syringe/spoon/cup/tube
•to hold him whenever possible


***NO CIRCUMCISION OR RETRACTION WHATSOEVER***

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pregnancy Update & BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

So I haven't posted any blog updates for a few weeks now, but for good reason! 

WE MOVED FROM GEORGIA TO TEXAS!! AGAIN! -woohoo!!!!!

We've been wanting to move back to Texas, and of course take Cole with us, for a few months now. And we were so excited to find out at the end of April that it was FINALLY going to happen! So we packed up our house, said the hard goodbyes to our families, and moved to Texas on May 13th. Cole has a great job working for my dad and step mom and my mom and step dad are kind enough to let us stay with them for a little while while we get our apartment stuff worked out. So thankful for all of my parents. 

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I am 31 weeks pregnant now! And pretty miserable. I have Braxton hicks contractions throughout the day and cramps a few times a day. Jax's head is also super low, just like his big brother's was. Another bonus about moving to Texas is that I will be able to get a VBA2C here and not have to travel an annoying/slightly nerve rattling distance. I've always wanted a natural birth, and to have it at my finger tips makes me feel so confident!! I am hoping to hear back from an amazing OB this week. He has my records and referral, so I'm going to call his office everyday until they schedule my appointment. I HAVE to birth my baby with him! So keep your fingers crossed and pray that I get my appointment with him soon. 

I've had a few requests for our registry, so I'll add them at the end of this post after all of the belly pics!


Week 30








Week 31





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You can find our BuyBuyBaby registry by typing in my name, Katie Whiddon, or typing in our registry ID #, 544234876. 

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You can find our cottonbabies registry by typing in my name, Katie Whiddon. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday: Josh Kennison

Our limb-different buddy this Wednesday is Josh Kennison. Josh was born without hands, feet, or a toungue. Despite his differences and with the support of his awesome family, Josh learned to walk, talk, eat, and even run!

A cool fact about Josh is that after only two years of running track, he broke the T-43 World Long Jump Record! No one has been able to break his record since!

When Josh isn't on the track, he spends his time coaching a middle school girls' varsity soccer team, which he's been doing for five years, and traveling to schools, businesses, and conventions to give motivational speeches about his life, all that he has been through and his amazing accomplishments!

One thing that Josh wanted me to talk about is his involvement with Camp No Limits. Camp No Limits is a camp for children with limb differences! Josh is a mentor at the camp and helps the kids learn how to do so many different things! If you have a child with a limb difference, you should look into this camp! From what I see on Facebook, this Camp really helps with the kids' motivation and confidence.

Josh is someone I, as a mother of a limb different child, look up to a lot. I go to him with questions I'm not sure about and he really helps me a lot! I hope that he will be Camden's mentor at Camp No Limits someday.





*If you would like to be a part of Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday, please send me a message on the Admirably Diverse Facebook page or email me at katiewhiddon@admirablydiverse.com with your photo, your story, and links to your social media if you would like for others to follow you!*

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baby jaxton: Pregnancy-Week 28

We're finally in the third trimester!!! Woohoo!!! I am sooooo happy to be in the last 12 weeks of this pregnancy because this baby is kicking my butt, literally and figuratively.

According to my favorite pregnancy app, Ovia, Jax is about 16 inches long and 2.5 pounds, which is the size of a coconut I guess, since that's what they're comparing his size to.



Here is his hand size. I love love love seeing how much bigger he gets this way! Makes me so excited to hold his sweet little hand.


And our 28 week belly! He was so up high yesterday, and then today he decided he was going to be soooo low. This pregnancy is very very similar to my pregnancy with Camden. I have Braxton Hicks contractions allllll day and Jax's head is basically between my legs. I'm also producing tons of colostrum, liquid gold, like I did with Camden. So hopefully I'll have an over supply of milk again and be able to donate my milk to other babies this time around.