Last Saturday I was privileged to attend a 100th birthday party for a lady known to most as "Aunty Flo" (no, not Aunt Flo!). The guest of honour was widowed twenty years ago but her husband was recalled for herself and her daughter in the very intimate form of a sing-along made up of songs he would sing to her: You are my Sunshine, Hello Dolly and A Bicycle Built for Two, among others.During the speeches we thought about the changes Aunty Flo has seen in her lifetime, the wars, technology, social changes, medical advances and on it goes. The day was sunny, the food was delightful and about 100 guests attended from far flung parts of Australia. It was a fitting tribute to a woman who worked long and hard and still has the respect of all she meets.
As a doula I think that if I had to choose a single issue to stress with a client it would be this one. As a concerned citizen, I ask you to watch the clip or at least ask your pregnant friends and family to consider "optimal cord clamping" also known as "delayed cord clamping"
Centenarians are often asked the secret to their long life and give all kinds of reasons but I bet they never imagined that for some, a less medicalised birth was their very first advantage in their lifes journey :)