Baby information overhaul

I spent the past hour and a half on the floor of the nursery going through papers, magazines and other informational jargon that’s been pilling up since we found out we were pregnant. There is some pretty interesting stuff that people think you need to be aware of before you have kids. And then there is the really helpful stuff, like how to apply for the birth certificate and who to contact about adding the baby to an insurance plan.
There are about 8 million different coupons for diapers (useless to us) and formula (again, useless) but I’m holding on to them, just in case. Better safe than sorry. There’s also the Gerber life insurance plan, we only for 7 pamphlets on that – all identical. And the cord blood donation or banking options. TONS of information on that.
We were planning on donating the cord blood because it can save lives and it’s free to donate – but when we called to get the kit for the hospital they denied me because I’ve had Malaria – I was born in Africa. I know I can’t donate my own blood, there was talk a while back about it being ok because it’s been more than 7 years since I’ve had Malaria – and with all the new shots and whatnot … it was deemed safe, however, I still cannot give my own blood. But I thought the cord blood would be different. Kinda sucks.
My feet went quite numb in the whole process and I’ve found sitting indian style isn’t the way to go when 9 months pregnant. But hey, I got through the information – I even have some extra reading material to pile into the hospital bag for labor – who knows, I might care in between contractions enough to read up on Breastfeeding technique or the first 3 months of the babies life … we’ll have to see.

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  1. This is what I found at the American Red Cross website about Malaria and donating blood …
    Malaria is a blood infection caused by a parasite that can be transmitted from a donor to a patient through transfusion. It is possible to have a new infection with malaria but have no symptoms, even though the parasite is present in your blood. It is also possible to feel well, but have a very mild case of malaria, especially if you have lived for extended periods of time in parts of the world where malaria is found.
    Wait 3 years after completing treatment for malaria. Wait 12 months after returning from a trip to an area where malaria is found. Wait 3 years after moving to the United States after living in a country where malaria is found.
    Blood donations are not tested for malaria. Therefore, it is important that people who may have malaria or been exposed to malaria because of living in, or traveling to, a country where malaria is present not be allowed to donate blood until enough time has passed to be certain that they are not infected with malaria. This is done by having a waiting period for those who lived in, move from, or traveled to, the locations with malaria.
    http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed/0,1082,0_557_,00.html#malaria

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