Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Birth of Nur . . .

Greetings! As the Birth of the new bundle is more eminant I wanted to reflect and share the birth of my first daughter....

On the morning of Thursday, November 4, 2010 around 9 am, DeAndrea and Hannibal went to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ for a non-stress test. During this test, the nurse found DeAndrea’s blood pressure to be slightly high. After a call to the doctor, the decision was made to induce labor at 3 days past her due date of November 1. After waiting quite a while for an available room, the couple was admitted to Room 332. Since the doula had arrived, Hannibal made a quick trip home to pick up the pre-packed hospital bags, a few extra items like food, lotion, and movies, and to print out the birth plan. After his return, the resident doctor checked DeAndrea’s cervix. She and the charge nurse, Rhonda, agreed she was “closed and thick,” but the baby was head down. At 12:50 pm, DeAndrea decided to get up and move to help her baby make her way down. Shortly after, the day shift nurse, Shawna, arrived and introduced herself. She had a warm spirit and was very supportive of the couple’s natural approach. At 2:15, Shawna placed the drug, cervidil, which would help to soften the cervix in preparation for labor. The cervidil had to be in place for 12 hours. The couple advocated for themselves and DeAndrea was able to get of bed and walk every other hour. A few hours later, Dr. Sharon Thompson, the couple’s obstetrician, came by to briefly explain the process and stated she would check back in the morning. DeAndrea was vigilant about walking. She counted down the minutes until she was able to get up and move, all in the hopes of making the baby’s arrival easier. At 7:15, the night nurse, Bailey, came on duty. During the 8 pm break, the couple shared a conversation and some special time while on the birth ball. There was lots of kisses and hand holding. Around 9:30 pm, DeAndrea got into the shower and tried some natural techniques to get the contractions going which were coming, but not very strong. By 10:30, we were in contraction city!

This was the turning point of the labor, because the contractions kept coming, longer and stronger as the hours passed. Hannibal was a rock for DeAndrea, supporting his wife through each contraction with massage, encouragement, affection, and his undivided attention. He was a role model support person. Some of the natural comfort measures that helped DeAndrea were: Position changes Slow dancing Massage tools The birth ball The peanut ball The rebozo Tennis balls Dum dum suckers A rolling pin Heating pads DeAndrea kept describing what she felt as pressure. She never said the word, pain. At 2:10 am, the cervidil was removed and DeAndrea had dilated 4 cm! At 2:30 am, she got a heplock IV placed while standing with Hannibal holding her in his arms. In the meantime, DeAndrea developed a case of the shakes. This was a sure sign that her body was preparing to deliver this baby. DeAndrea’s cervix was checked again when she requested pain medication. She was given Stadol through the IV and found that within the past hour she had dilated another 2 cm. It was at this time that the nurse noticed the baby’s heart rate dropping during contractions. Recommendations were made, but once again the couple advocated for themselves. With oxygen and IV fluids, Dr. Billie Zoby determined that birth was imminent. After having her water broken and internal monitors put in place, DeAndrea dilated to 8 cm while shaking uncontrollably. She fought though the next few contractions in her husband’s arms. While Hannibal was suiting up to catch their baby, DeAndrea felt the urge to push. With 4 big warrior mama pushes, Nur Al-Huda Maryam Muhammad was born into her father’s waiting arms at 4:47 am, November 5, 2010. When DeAndrea, who was still pushing, opened her eyes and saw her beautiful baby girl for the first time, her smile could have rivaled the sun. She gleamed with pride at the work she had done. After being placed on her mom’s chest, Nur promptly peed! The couple soon discovered their daughter weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long. Even after enduring a rough repair, the brand new mother’s only thoughts were getting her baby to the breast. (Prepared by Doula Lakisa, 2010)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Blessed Beyond Measure… Less than 10 weeks to go!

The test before the testimony…

 It was rough for me the first time I was expecting. I was in a new city, new marriage, no job, and had just lost a parent. Needless to say it took me awhile to get over that turbulent year. 

Expecting for the second time around has truly made me more aware and thankful for all that I have. I found a new appreciation for many of the people in my lives and I have learned to enjoy the simple things in life, like only having a 15 min commute to work. I have been more at peace than ever before. Life isn’t perfect, and the day to day issues are still there, but the way I handle and react are so much different. I think I have committed myself to stress free living lol. I have meditated on this scripture: 
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 KJV)” 

The anointed peace of God is a wonderful thing!

Here are a few moments from my Baby shower/celebration hosted by my wonderful sister in my hometown. Enjoy!

 Peace and Blessings ~De

Friday, January 2, 2015

Week 27- 30 Blessed beyond measure

Time is flying. This pregnancy has flown by. I have only 10 more weeks to go! I have been feeling totally blessed. Blessed beyond measure…

Although I am still working full time, I have thought of work as a pleasant distraction. I recently changed jobs and dealt with a lot of self-doubt at the time. In the time of transition I questioned if my new employer would find a silly reason to not hire me, or if I would be treated differently. But God calmed my spirit…and I knew what was for me, was for me!

Much to my surprise I was hired. Most of my coworkers have treated me differently, but not in a negative way. Many are very excited or just curious. I’m glad I didn’t let any negative thought hinder me from pursuing a place I really wanted to work.

Physically I have started to get tired again. Sleep never relieves it. It’s a feeling of fatigue. I’ve tried to take some moments to myself to just relax. Warm baths, reading time or just relaxing watching a movie have been some favorites.

Emotionally I have been a wreck. I find myself crying a commercials or movies that I was previously unaffected by. Not that long ago my little girl was sick, and I broke down in the waiting room after a fit of laughter...Hormones! Well that’s what’s up! LOL..

I’m looking forward to my baby shower soon. I’m having an early one due to travel restrictions out of state. I’ll keep you posted!

Peace and Blessings in the new year! -De

Friday, December 5, 2014

Week 26! What's up with me Mentally, Spiritually, and Physically!

Greetings!



 This is week 26 for me in my pregnancy. I'm very excited! Sometime last week it hit me. I'm actually going to have to deliver this baby LOL. I started to prepare mentally, physically and spiritually.

     To prepare physically I attended a prenatal yoga class at the Babymoon Inn birthing center and it was awesome! The instructor was very attentive and boy did I get a good workout. I definitely thought yoga was just a little stretching. I wrong. I plan to keep it up for the remainder of my pregnancy. I also added another supplement to my routine. I'll talk about that later on.
   
   
I started reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. So far I have read a lot about other women's birth stories, and they are amazing. I had a beautiful vaginal birth with  my first daughter, but really want to go totally unmedicated this time around. That is my goal, but I know I will have to be happy with what ever birth I'm given. You can only control so much. However, Ina May's experiences on the Farm is truly amazing. Check out her videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tknikOZkC4

I also started praying more, and being more mindful about being grateful and appreciative of everything around me that I have. Let me know what you were up to around this ti
me in your pregnancy. Any suggestions for me?

Peace & Blessings


Thursday, July 3, 2014

FEATURED in the FCN: Mentally, spiritually, and physically training to secure a Nation

Greetings Beautiful Ones!

This author was featured in the internationally distributed news paper, The Final Call! Check out my comments here:

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_101561.shtml

Love `De

Excessive Heat: The Importance of Proper Hydration during Ramadan

Repost: By Dr. Akili Muhammad Repost By Dr. Akili Muhammad via Brother Jesse Blog 



I am writing this for all of us who are dealing with hot temperatures and also for those who will be starting Ramadan. The most important thing to do in heat is to hydrate yourself with WATER. Please see the links below because if you believe the corporate lies that Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, flavored water, juice or soda can hydrate you, you are highly mistaken. 

The best thing to do if you plan on being in the heat is to hydrate in the morning with 1 teaspoon of pure sea salt in a bottle of water to begin your day. Maintain a constant intake of water throughout your day. 

For those doing Ramadan, please make it a priority to drink water in the morning before sunrise. You can start with sea salt in the first bottle followed by 1 or 2 bottles more. The sea salt should not have any other ingredients in it. The salt helps pull the water into the tissues and into the cells which makes the water maintain in the body for a longer time. We SHOULD NOT concentrate on replacing our electrolytes through drinks. GOD hasn't made any water on His planet that we should be drinking with enough electrolytes to replace what we lose in sweating, breathing or urinating during strenuous activity. Electrolytes should be replaced in food such as fruits, vegetables and also cooking with sea salt. The ocean is the only source and I think we all know what would happen if you drank that type of water all day! On the evening side of our days in Ramadan we should also drink water before eating our meals. The digestion process can't happen well without water. The cleansing of the body through the liver and kidneys can't occur when the body is dry. Very similar to the earth. All of these areas in America that are in a drought is a sign of how the body doesn't work without water. So please hydrate yourself well and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. There have been plenty of deaths already this summer because of these dangerous problems so please don't believe it can't happen to YOU!

Many of the young children that are dying while playing sports are due to improper knowledge of nutrition. The many colors of different fruits and vegetables that are in the grocery store represent different nutrients and vitamins that the body NEEDS to do its daily processes. You cannot get those nutrients from hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, fried chicken, noodles, chips, hot fries, candy or soda. You need to eat plenty fruits and vegetables to be healthy as a human and if you add the athlete’s schedule, it takes more than the average person. BUT, the biggest problem is hydration. Most athletes think that Gatorade, PowerAde and Vitamin Water are good replacement drinks. THEY ARE NOT. These drinks have a lot of coloring and additives that are not natural and they will not hydrate you as well as fruit juice and water. The blue, red, orange, green and so on colors of these drinks are man made food colorings. You do not see these colors come out in your urine nor in your stool so that is another thing the body has to work hard to deal with. The colors in fruit juices are used by the body to help it exist. It is important to hydrate yourself during the game but it is most important everyday as well as before and after the game. The heat in the summer is the source by which we lose most of our fluids. We lose fluid when we sweat and when we breathe in addition to urinating. My suggestion would be to drink mostly water (should be bottled because we cannot trust tap water) and periodically through the day drink 100% fruit juice (orange, apple, grape, grapefruit, cranberry etc.; organic would be the best). 

A lot of medical people suggest that people drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day. That is not good information. People come in all different sizes and shapes. The only way to determine whether you are drinking enough water/fluids is to watch your urine every time you go to the bathroom. Your urine should be as close to clear as you can get it. If your urine is yellow, dark yellow or orange, your body is dehydrated. Give your body what it needs and drink more water. Some coaches and schools have agreements or contracts with these drink companies, so some schools will have plenty Gatorade and PowerAde around. You would be better off bringing your own fluids.

 

I am writing this for all of us who are dealing with hot temperatures and also for those who will be starting Ramadan. The most important thing to do in heat is to hydrate yourself with WATER. Please see the links below because if you believe the corporate lies that Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, flavored water, juice or soda can hydrate you, you are highly mistaken. 

The best thing to do if you plan on being in the heat is to hydrate in the morning with 1 teaspoon of pure sea salt in a bottle of water to begin your day. Maintain a constant intake of water throughout your day. 

For those doing Ramadan, please make it a priority to drink water in the morning before sunrise. You can start with sea salt in the first bottle followed by 1 or 2 bottles more. The sea salt should not have any other ingredients in it. The salt helps pull the water into the tissues and into the cells which makes the water maintain in the body for a longer time. We SHOULD NOT concentrate on replacing our electrolytes through drinks. GOD hasn't made any water on His planet that we should be drinking with enough electrolytes to replace what we lose in sweating, breathing or urinating during strenuous activity. Electrolytes should be replaced in food such as fruits, vegetables and also cooking with sea salt. The ocean is the only source and I think we all know what would happen if you drank that type of water all day! On the evening side of our days in Ramadan we should also drink water before eating our meals. The digestion process can't happen well without water. The cleansing of the body through the liver and kidneys can't occur when the body is dry. Very similar to the earth. All of these areas in America that are in a drought is a sign of how the body doesn't work without water. So please hydrate yourself well and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. There have been plenty of deaths already this summer because of these dangerous problems so please don't believe it can't happen to YOU!

Many of the young children that are dying while playing sports are due to improper knowledge of nutrition. The many colors of different fruits and vegetables that are in the grocery store represent different nutrients and vitamins that the body NEEDS to do its daily processes. You cannot get those nutrients from hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, fried chicken, noodles, chips, hot fries, candy or soda. You need to eat plenty fruits and vegetables to be healthy as a human and if you add the athlete’s schedule, it takes more than the average person. BUT, the biggest problem is hydration. Most athletes think that Gatorade, PowerAde and Vitamin Water are good replacement drinks. THEY ARE NOT. These drinks have a lot of coloring and additives that are not natural and they will not hydrate you as well as fruit juice and water. The blue, red, orange, green and so on colors of these drinks are man made food colorings. You do not see these colors come out in your urine nor in your stool so that is another thing the body has to work hard to deal with. The colors in fruit juices are used by the body to help it exist. It is important to hydrate yourself during the game but it is most important everyday as well as before and after the game. The heat in the summer is the source by which we lose most of our fluids. We lose fluid when we sweat and when we breathe in addition to urinating. My suggestion would be to drink mostly water (should be bottled because we cannot trust tap water) and periodically through the day drink 100% fruit juice (orange, apple, grape, grapefruit, cranberry etc.; organic would be the best). 

A lot of medical people suggest that people drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day. That is not good information. People come in all different sizes and shapes. The only way to determine whether you are drinking enough water/fluids is to watch your urine every time you go to the bathroom. Your urine should be as close to clear as you can get it. If your urine is yellow, dark yellow or orange, your body is dehydrated. Give your body what it needs and drink more water. Some coaches and schools have agreements or contracts with these drink companies, so some schools will have plenty Gatorade and PowerAde around. You would be better off bringing your own fluids.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Turn Off Your Cell Phone!

Greetings!

I know many of us have run across a relatively rude person talking loudly on a cell phone in the bank or office. I came across this useful list of proper cell phone etiquette.  Enjoy!


When to turn your cell phone off… In your professional life. Whether you are a full-time student, stay-at-home parent, working your first job or a seasoned professional, turn off your cell phone:
• During class
• While attending work or parent-teacher conferences
• During a job interview
• When on a work deadline In your family life. Both family milestones and certain everyday moments might require you to unplug.
 Turn off your cell phone:
• In places of worship
• In hospitals (especially during a birth!)
• During court sessions
• At weddings
• While trying out a complicated new recipe, and later at the dinner table
• At funerals At special events, social gatherings or classes. Both you and your fellow patrons will enjoy yourselves more if you turn off your cell phone:
• At movie theaters, plays, poetry readings, choral recitals, concerts
• In museums and libraries
• During dance, yoga or aerobics class While out and about. Focus on your errands and turn off your cell phone:
• At the ATM, in checkout lines, or when approaching anyone in customer service • In public bathrooms
• In bank and fast food drive-throughs, or at school pickup lines
• While pumping gas or taking public transportation

Where do you turn off your phone?