If any of you out there haven't yet read Rixa's birth story of Inga, you really should. Not only is it beautifully amazing, wonderous, and peaceful, but she has the ability to teach us at the end of the birth story.
Her daughter entered secondary apnea, a deviation of normal neonatal respiratory efforts. During primary apnea (which occurs rather commonly), a baby can quickly begin respiratory efforts from drying, stimulating, a little puff ON the face, etc.. During secondary apnea (which occurs less commonly), stimulation alone will not help, baby needs actual AIR.
She got it all on tape, which is awesome, and she was provided with a teaching moment. Please, even if you aren't looking to become NRP certified, take the time to read this valuable information.
I am an NRP and CPR/AED certified doula. It is important to me that I have the tools and education to help families, in the event that I am witness to a birth where baby requires a little extra help. If you are a doula or midwife and are not certified, please consider certifying.
- For more information on Neonatal Resuscitation see here.
- For more information on a midwife coming to Rixa's defense from the internet criticism, see here.
- For information on how you can become certified, see here.
- For a more holistic approach to NRP certification, see here.
- For a read through of the NRP program, see here.