Browsing Archive: October, 2009

Birth Plans

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : Pregnancy 
Birth Plans have, over the years, been highly promoted by birth activists as a way the pregnant mother can take control of her birth and have her needs heard, instead of just being treated as a sick patient. While the intention of creating a birth plan is great, when it comes to the practical application of this, the plan generally gets thrown out the window.

As a Birthing From Within mentor we do not generally advocate the use of a birth plan, as we know just how unpredictable birth can be an...
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Vrksasana - The Tree Pose

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : Inspiration 
This is a pose used in Yoga and it is called “The Tree Pose” or in Sanskrit “Vrksasana”.

When using this pose, a person should be like a tree, with roots holding them firmly to the earth but still able to bend and sway in harmony with the breeze or mighty gale.

A similar mindset is needed to face childbirth, where you are firmly grounded and can have a sense of inner peace and calm while being able to adjust and accept any obstacles that may arise.

By empowering yourself with knowledg...
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Info on Umbilical Cord Clamping

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : Interventions 

According to this article:

"If a blood pressure gauge is placed on an unclamped umbilical cord, it will pick up pressure rises as high as 60 mm Hg with each uterine contraction. This indicates that these contractions are intimately involved in the transfer of placental blood through the cord. A striking pressure rise, which persists through the first few hours of life, is also evident in the baby's vena cava and right atrium of the heart. All studies on this indicate a sign...

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How to plan for your c-section

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : Caesarean Section 
First, make sure you check out the article called "A c-section, but naturally"!

Penny Simpkin is an American author of several books and is an outspoken birth activist since 1968.

If you find yourself in place where a c-section has become the best and safest option for the birth of your child, then this is the document for you. This download is aimed at helping you take charge of your birth and offers suggestions on how to best deal with the birth by c-section. Mothers having a c-section need t...
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A C-Section, but naturally!

Posted by Sarah Meder on Friday, October 16, 2009, In : Caesarean Section 

This is a new term that is gaining popularity as it provides a very different approach to Ceasarean Surgery.  It offers parents, and their baby, some aspects of a vaginal birth that are not normally associated with ceasarean birth.

During the traditional method of ceasarean surgery, the doctor tries to perform this as quickly as possible. The baby is pulled from the mother uterus as soon as possible after the incision is made and then whisked away to be evaluated, then swaddled and brought...

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Know your rights

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, October 8, 2009, In : Pollitics 
Read the following article on Sheila Kitzinger:

  birth rights
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Orgasmic Birth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, October 8, 2009, In : Orgasmic Birth 
For most people the idea of having an orgasm during childbirth is inconceivable. It might even seem "wrong". The truth is that childbirth is simply another part of women's sexuality and that some women do experience orgasms during childbirth. 

For more information on this fascinating and little known facet of childbirth, please visit the following website which is dedicated to this subject.



Another video with an interview

Magazine Article on Orgasmic ...
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Bottle Feeding

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, October 8, 2009, In : Newborns 
Although breast is best, there are cases where bottle feeding is necessary. It can be very daunting to figure out which brand of bottle to use - there are just so many and each with their own special purposes!

Some top tips for choosing a bottle:

  1.  Don't choose what bottle you will use before your baby is born. The chances are that you might go through 3, or 10, or 20 different bottles and teats before you find out which one your baby likes most. So it's your baby that actually chooses in the en...

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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.