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Anyone have a jaundiced baby following a homebirth? My last baby became jaundiced about 3 hours after birth (we were in the hospital) and ended up in the nursery full time under the bili-lights. We're doing a homebirth this time and the last thing I want is for the baby to end up jaundiced and need to go to the hospital. I have an O blood type, and my husband A+, so there's a real possibility of another jaundiced baby. My midwife suggested I check on here for some information of what others may have done in the past. Thanks!
 

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Both of my babies had a little bit of jaundice. The first was a hospital birth, the second a homebirth. From what I understand in my research is that jaundice is beneficial and healthy as the bilirubin is rich in antioxidants (if my memory serves), and that only very high levels of juandice are a concern. I took my babes out in the sun for about 5 min. a few times/day and it cleared right up. My first was born in dec. so I bundled him up and just turned his face toward the sunlight. They were also great nursers.<br><br>
BTW, at my homebirth the cord was not cut until it stopped pulsing and at my hospital birth the cord was cut right away.
 

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Jaundice in the first 24 hours or jaundice that comes on very suddenly is not normal and a sign of serious illness. It sounds like this is the poster's concern. If this baby has the same course as your other he or she will need the bili lights. Otherwise it is normal to see a little jaundice after a few days.
 

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Yeah, it came on fast - she was turning yellow before our eyes. Her numbers were high and she almost didn't get to come home with us two days later. Even then we had to do blood tests every other day. So if this baby has the same thing happen, it would have to go to the hospital without me since I wouldn't be a patient? Is there anyway to help prevent it from happening in the first place? (She was breasfed.)
 

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It sounds like the concern here is ABO incompatibility, and unfortunately I don't know of a way to prevent it. Can you arrange to get a bilirubin lamp at home?
 

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We had ABO incompatibility with my first (my second wasn't jaundiced at all -- I'm guessing he came out with type O blood). We had a supportive pediatrician, though, and ended up using a home bili blanket. His highest level was 23, on day 3, I believe.<br><br>
I would talk to your ped about the possibility of arranging for a bili blanket at birth if necessary and then arrange very quick postpartum followup with the midwives (maybe a 12 hour check). If you can get this baby started then the chances of needing hospital admission are less.
 

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we have also delt with ABO incompatibility. my first two were both very jaundiced, my oldest has bili lights in the hospital. My second was born at home, but my MW recommended we take him to the ped when he was 2 or 3 days old. We tested his levels daily, and after a few days my ped told me to temporarilly switch to formula. I don't want to go that route again, but I did that time and it worked with (thankfully) no detriment to our nursing relationship.<br><br>
I was very worried about my third, but he ended up being fine. My MW was very proactive though, she had me purchase a special type of light (no idea if it helped, but t was a natural spectrum light? supposedly similar to sunlight, who knows though) and she gave me some sort of homeopathic remedy to give him as well. He was jaundiced within the first day, but it never got to the point that we felt we should take him in.<br><br>
If we have the same trouble this time, I plan on starting out the same way we did with number 3. If that doesn't work, I will request a bili blanket from our ped.
 

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we dealt with this and had a bili blanket for our home and are going to do the same with this one in case it the same way.
 

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Just reading along here. My DD was born in the hospital and was jaundiced. I am O and my DH and DD are type A, but the jaundice she had was normal jaundice. She didn't need a bili light, it went away on its own. (I think they delayed cord clamping but I don't know for how long).<br><br>
I'm concerned about it happening again this time or being worse because of the ABO thing. I am going to ask my MW when I see her.
 
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