24w2d Infant CPR

J and I took a private at-home infant CPR class  with our friends (2 other couples who are also pregnant with their first child – we’re all having boys!) on Sunday afternoon.  The class lasted approximately 1.5 hours and was more helpful than I anticipated!  I’m curious to know what a larger group class experience is like now, because I really enjoyed the smaller, hands-on nature of our class.  Our instructor ditched the instructional video (which reminded me of the safety instruction videos on flights) and  just talked us through each of the various CPR scenarios.  Interestingly enough, the course covered both adult/child CPR and infant CPR, so it was definitely more comprehensive than I had anticipated.

I think the most useful tip I learned was the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator) kit, which is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the CPR patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation to help the heart reestablish an effective rhythm.  According to our instructor, manual CPR alone is less than 10 percent effective in saving the patient – with an AED, the success rate is over 90 percent!  All public spaces hosting more than 100 people (e.g. restaurants, fast food chains, apartment complexes, shopping centers, etc) are required to keep an AED kit on site (which reminds me, I should check with our doorman to see if our building has one).

Another useful tip I learned was that the best way to check for infant consciousness is by ticking the bottom of his foot.  Aww.

All in all, I would highly recommend a CPR course to everyone – whether you’re expecting a child or not.  You never know when you may have to use it to save a loved one’s life!

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19w0d Halfway there!

your baby’s the size of a banana!

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. 

He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

(Source: The Bump and Baby Center)

I was a little concerned at how Baby Z grew from being a “mango” at 19 weeks to suddenly a “banana” at 20 weeks (I know that babies grow fast, but this seemed a bit excessive) so I looked it up, and it turns that that up to 20 weeks, babies are measured from “crown to rump” (aka head to butt).  But after 20 weeks, they are measured from head to toe.  So Baby Z is approximately the length of a banana this week!  Crazy!  (I’m also eating a banana as I’m typing this…a little creepy?)

Our next OB visit is next Tuesday, followed by our next ultrasound (in 3-D!!) the following week — we can’t wait!  We get pretty excited by these few opportunities to sneak peeks of Baby Z.

In other news, J and I have signed up for an infant CPR course with HeartStart Training, an official training site of the American Heart Association (AHA).  Obviously, I hope we’ll never be put in the position of having to use CPR on Baby Z, but we figure it’s still better to be safe than sorry.  We looked into several infant CPR classes in Manhattan, and the good thing about HeartStart is that it offers private at-home training courses, which if you sign up for with friends, it actually comes out cheaper than if we attended the classes ourselves at a center.  So we’ve signed up for an at-home (non-certification) class with two other couples who are friends of ours that also expecting (and all expecting boys!), so it should be fun…or as fun as can possibly be, given the topic.

I’m sort of hoping that we don’t have to practice on those fake-real baby dolls that blink and “breathe”…they scare the living daylights out of me – but I guess if we don’t practice on something, it defeats the purpose of the course, right?