Here at Deanna D. Midwifery of the Tri-Cities (that’s Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco – for the uninitiated), we believe in a mother’s right to choose holistic midwife services among her prenatal care options. Midwifery is exactly that kind of approach, and it’s been around in some form far longer than modern western medicine.
And while we certainly aren’t attempting to disparage the many advances in medicine and relevant technology over the past few centuries, we do adhere to a form of prenatal care that combines the wisdom of this rich tradition with the obvious virtues of modern medicine.
As a testament to this fact, we provide midwife services in tandem with local health systems and hospitals. We also partner with private doctor’s offices, ambulatory care clinics, and birth centers. We at Deanna D. Midwifery are certified to provide birthing care, but keep in mind that we are supplemented and supporting during births by local physicians in case extemporaneous complications arise during labor or delivery. This way, parents can have control of the birthing process with the added layer of security of a physician. To make a long story short, we think this is essentially the best of both worlds.
As a reminder, our local midwifery offers the following services as part of our comprehensive healthcare for women offerings:
- Physical examinations
- Treatment of STIs (this can be for both the patient and her partner)
- Postpartum care
- Childbirth assistance
- Pregnancy checkups
- Preconception care
- Primary care
- Gynecological care
- Family planning counseling
But we digress. Today’s post isn’t actually about how our midwife services work seamlessly with local, traditional physicians – although that would make for a fun post in the future. Keep your eyes open for one such as that in the months to come.
In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy today’s post which offers our readers some practical tips for safely setting up your baby room, nursery, or whatever you happen to call it. Keep reading whether you are expecting or not!
Nursery Safety Tips
Let’s start with laying the groundwork for any kind of decor or style-based decision we make. We need to set the room up safely – we don’t think that’s a novel concept for anyone, but here are some pragmatic ways you can do exactly that.
- It’s a good idea to have a functional smoke detector in your child’s bedroom, or at least nearby. Make sure the batteries are up to date as well.
- Place plug protectors in any unused electrical outlets. Yes, we know that your little one won’t be able to crawl for a while, but you’ll be getting so busy trying to keep up with them that you might as well be proactive while you are still able!
- We recommend keeping blind cords or any drapes out of the reach of your little tyke’s crib.
- If you are getting really into setting up your nursery, you might already have a toy chest for the newest member of your family. If you do, double check to make sure it’s not one that has a hinged or heavy lid that could slam on your little one’s fingers, or perhaps even trap them inside the box.
- Don’t place any furniture near the window(s). Likewise, make sure that you’ve got window guards put in place to make sure no kids feel attempted to test their hypothetical superpowers anytime soon!
- Be meticulous about your crib – Whether you are buying a used crib or a new one, you want to ensure that your selection complies with current government safety standards. For starters, make sure the slats are not wider than a soda can’s width apart – that is, 2 ⅜ inches. This is to keep newborns’ heads from getting stuck in there. Check out the corner posts as well to make sure they don’t have anything that might snag your kid’s clothing on it. This is to avoid getting tangled up, which might lead to choking via strangulation. Finally, make sure the screws and nuts are firmly in place. Again, this advice is irrespective of whether you go with a new or old crib.
- Don’t forget about the door – While most of our readers have already considered this measure, let’s be as thorough as we can be in this blog to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the essential elements of a safe baby bedroom! You’ll want to buy a gate which that can screw into a door jam or the wall because pressure-mounted gates, while they are typically quite useful and more easy to set up and remove, might be circumvented or dislodged entirely by a particularly adventurous toddler.
- Where to store baby-changing supplies – Store all creams, powders, gels, and the like away from your baby-changing table. These essential products can pose a serious threat to your little one if they are ingested, so just make sure they are out of reach. Likewise, we don’t recommend leaving your little one alone on your changing-table – even if there is a strap there that is supposed to keep them safe. We recommend keeping an eye, and a hand, on your little one while they are on the table at all times. Kids can easily wiggle out of these safety straps and have an accident, so keep that in mind if you are setting up a changing-table in your nursery. Or really, keep it in mind every time you use a changing table!
- Keep safety in mind even when it comes to decor – It’s probably not a great idea to hang heavy objects in your baby room. Ornate mirrors and heavy picture frames can be lovely, but it’s better if they are left outside the little one’s nursery. It’s also important to take inventory of any decorations with twine, string, or rope. Remove all such threats of strangulation from the room. Mobiles are fun, but remember to get rid of yours once your baby is around 4 or 5 months old, as they could potentially pull themselves up by the string and get dangerously tangled up in there. Let’s just avoid all scenarios like that, shall we?
Decor Safety Tips Continued
We decided we should just make decor safety tips its own section.
When it comes to paint, make sure you use the water-based kind. This is because water-based paints typically have lower levels of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. And make sure you let the room air out for at least two days after you’ve painted it. Ideally, you won’t be painting any rooms the day before you give birth, but to each their own!
When it comes to selecting furniture for your baby room, avoid anything which might have formaldehyde in it, like particleboard or plywood. It can irritate the throat or worse.
New carpet will give off some level of VOCs, but synthetic carpeting tends to emit greater levels when compared with natural-fiber carpeting. And while we are talking about VOCs, avoid vinyl wallpaper for the same reasons as listed above – VOCs. Go with a natural-fiber or paper-based wallpaper, if you are electing to go with a wallpapered room in the first place, that is!
If you’d like to schedule an appointment, reach out to us at Deanna D. Midwifery today! We’d love to provide you with quality WHNP and midwife services.