Browsing Archive: July, 2009

Interventions, and when to use them.

Posted by Sarah on Saturday, July 25, 2009, In : Interventions 
The following are scanned magazine articles. click the image to see the article and read it.


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Lotus Birth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, In : Lotus Birth 

This is where a mother choses not to cut the umbilical cord following the birth, and instead, allows the cord to dry out and fall off naturally (as it would in the case of the small stump that is left when the cord has been severed). This means that both the cord and placenta will remain attached to the child until it falls away naturally.

For people who are not familiar with this idea, the initial reaction will be one of slight shock and perhaps some disgust as they immeadiately assume...

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Water Birth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, In : Waterbirth 

A waterbirth can take place, in the home, in a hospital, birthcentre or even outdoors in a ocean tidal pool or other natural pool.

The first question that people always ask is "But doesn't the baby drown when it's born under water". The answer is an emphatic "NO!".

The baby has been surrounded by water, or more specifically amniotic fluid, for nine months. The baby "breathes" through the placenta and umbilical cord and continues to do so until the cord is severed. Another fascinat...

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Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, July 13, 2009, In : Hypnobirth 

Hypnobirth is method developed by an american woman which helps labouring women enter a state of deep relaxation in order to diminish the pain of childbirth. This technique can be used whether you choose vaginal birth or c-section. Women who have had emergency c-sections have reported finding the technique very useful in such a stressful situation.

International website -

Local Resources

Kim Young (Northern & Southern Suburbs, Cape Town)


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Posted by Sarah Meder on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : Homebirth 

This is a birth which happens in at a place which is not a medical facility ie. the mothers home or the house of a friend/family member.

Prior to the mid-1900's childbirth always happened in the home and was attended by a midwife or the local GP.

People often question the safety of childbirth, and it is the responsibility of each and every woman considering this option to do her own research.

The conclusion that I, personally, came to was the following:

Prior to the m...

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Unassisted Birth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : Unassisted Birth 

This is when a woman decides to have a baby, at home, without the help of a medical professional (ie. Doctor or Midwife). Sometimes there may be assistance from a partner/friend/sister/doula and other times to woman may choose to have here baby in complete privacy.

The reasons a woman may choose this option are many and varied. It may simply be the case that the woman does not have access to a medical professional who is able to attend a homebirth, or perhpas there are no Birth Centres ...

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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.