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The Fantastic First Hour After Birth

November 8, 2019

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We are mamas and birth workers who decided to do birth differently– and bring others along with us. We are kind, fun to work with, and great at (lovingly) calling people on their bullshit when necessary. With 11 children and 16 years of midwifery between us, we’ve learned a thing or two along the way, and Indie Birth is our space to share it all with you.

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I loved looking deeper in to this idea of the “first hour after birth”. I definitely learned things too and I want to share these thoughts (and findings and ponderings!) with you. Mostly, I find it interesting how far we can stray, as a culture, from our instinct and knowing. There are so many modern day practices that we might not even notice we have ritualized around NOT letting the mama and baby initiate breastfeeding in this first hour. When met with new information, my question is: How can we do better?

Resources/Research referenced in this podcast:

“Don’t Wake the Mother” -Michel Odent
https://midwiferytoday.com/mt-articles/first-hour/
Delayed Breastfeeding Initiation Increases Risk of Neonatal Mortality (Edmond et. Al)
Breastfeeding Patterns, Time to Initiation and Mortality Risk Among Newborns In S. Nepal (Mullany et. Al)
Is Birth Attendant a Risk Factor for Delayed Initiation of Breastfeeding? (Masters Thesis; Amanda Penwell)

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  1. Maira D B Magalhaes says:

    Maryn beautiful, thanks for this thorough presentation on the Golden Hour and the importance of intiating breastfeeding within that time. I’ve been passionate about breastfeeding since I watched my mother breastfeed my siblings. Then when I went on to having my own kids, breastfeeding was so normal and natural (not the first month of my first baby, though, but I did it!) and gratifying that I never had issues with it. But realizing how so many women struggle with it, I’ve been on a quest to kind of understdand the roots of this disconnection (I mean, we are mammals, this is where our definition comes from) so as to inspire women to dive deeper within and successfully breastfeed.

    Anyways, just to complement, I would like to share the name of a book I read a couple of years ago and that helped me understand more (and actually confirm what I had always suspected) about how the industry of industrial milk sabbotaged women’s ability to simple nurse their young. It’s called “The Politics of Breastfeeding – When Breasts are Bad for Business”, by Gabrielle Palmer. Another book I would encourage women to read is “Maternity – Coming Face to Face with our own Shadows”, by Laura Gutman. She goes deeper into motherbabies’ psyche. It may be a tough read depending where people are at in their journey, but it is definetely mind-blowing and amazing.

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