Hypno-Birthing Pt 2

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, August 25, 2014 In : Hypnobirth 
I have an old article on Hypnobirthing, which is still available here, but I have learned so much more about it since writing that original piece that I thought it would be good to add to it.

My first contact with hypnosis, as for most people, was through a stage hypnosis show. When I then heard that it could be used in childbirth the first image that popped into my head was of a male stage hypnotist, complete with waistcoat and spectacles, telling a labouring mother to SLEEP and then perhaps ...
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5 Tips for Coping with your Newborn Baby

Posted by Sarah Meder on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 In : Newborns 
This is my personal perspective. I really struggled to cope with the experience and since working as a doula over the last 10 years I have tried to figure out what the difference is between those who find it a breeze and those who, like me, felt like it was hell on earth. So this is what I have discovered...

(these tips are specifically related to the first two weeks post-birth)

1. Give up control

You have a new boss with a closed door policy. In fact, this is more of a Dictator than a boss. The...
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Cord Care without Surgical Spirits

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, August 29, 2013 In : Post-Birth 
Surgical Spirits, or rubbing alcohol, is still routinely used in South Africa as the standard method of caring for the umbilical cord despite many other countries (such as the United Kingdom) discontinuing the practice due to certain problems it creates. In South Africa, mothers are advised to apply surgical spirits to the base of the cord with every nappy change but alternative practices exist.

The problems with alcohol use

Studies have shown that using Surgical Spirits to clean the umbilical ...
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Alternatives to Plastic Umbilical Cord Clamps

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, August 29, 2013 In : Post-Birth 
Below is what the usual umbilical cord clamp used by most South African Hospitals. This kind of umbilical cord clamp is quite big, clunky and sometimes can cause discomfort for the baby if it gets caught on the edge of a nappy.



It's no wonder that parents are interested in alternatives to the standard cord clamp - and yes, there are options!

First some information about the Umbilical Cord itself...

Humans are the only mammals on earth which have the umbilical cord immediately clamped and cut fol...

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Top Ten Signs Your Doctor Is Planning To Perform an Unnecessary Cesarean Section on You

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, August 29, 2013 In : Caesarean Section 
By Jonathan Weinstein, MD, FACOG

1. Arrives on the labour ward immediately after office hours and says, “I just don’t think this baby is going to fit.”

2. Third Trimester, Routine Office Visit, “I think this is going to be a big baby. You should just have a c-section” –

ACOG has very specific guidelines for when it is appropriate to offer a patient an elective C/S for MACROSOMIA (fancy word for large baby). ‘Prophylactic (elective) cesarean delivery may be considered for suspect...
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Doula Care for a C-section

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, May 6, 2013 In : Caesarean Section 
There is no other major surgery of it's kind where you will be handed a newborn baby immediately afterwards and expected to care for it, and there are very few other major surgeries where you will be wide-awake and fully conscious of what is taking place.

A c-section is a very remarkable and sometimes overwhelming experience for both the mother and the father, so having a familiar, caring presence with you during surgery can offer immense relief to both parents. While many medical professional...
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Natural C-section

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, November 12, 2012 In : Caesarean Section 
You may have longed and hoped for a natural birth, but fate had something else in store and an elective c-section has become the fabulous life-saving technology it was always intended to be! While you can be glad of this option to delivery your baby safely, you may mourn the loss of a powerful natural birth and some of the benefits it offers, such as immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. How can you bring these special elements into an elective c-section?

Enter the Natural C-Sectio...
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Natural Induction of Labour

Posted by Sarah on Saturday, October 13, 2012 In : Interventions 

In this guide to the natural induction of labour, I will go through methods that are often recommended from innocuous suggestion of eat certain foods to more extreme methods in the form of castor oil.

The first thing which can help you determine if any kind of induction will be successful is to know your Bishop Score. You would need a doctor or midwife to assess what your score is, but you should have a score of above 8 for an induction to have a good chance of suc...


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Induction of Labour - the new c-section?

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, October 30, 2011 In : Interventions 
These days women in South Africa have become a lot more clued up on the high c-section rate and the benefits of opting for a natural birth. Studies done internationally have shown that the saying "Too posh to push" may have been somewhat of a myth and that many women were instead being pressured by their care provider to opt for a c-section, rather than choosing it themselves from the outset. Certainly in South Africa, women have become much more informed on the subject and will be choosing t...
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Using a Birth Stool

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, October 30, 2011 In : Active Birth 
A birth stool is a great addition to your options when having an active birth. It's probably one of the oldest birth tools around, as even the Goddess Isis is depicted in ancient carvings as giving birth on a birth chair, or stool.


 In fact, the modern origin of giving birth in the Lithotomy Position (ie. flat on back, legs apart) was the result of a certain King who found it to be the optimal position for his mistresses to give birth in for his viewing pleasure. As the role of birth moved fro...

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Informed Choice


by Sarah This section of the website contains information on different ways of giving birth, including information from magazines and videos.