Browsing Archive: October, 2011

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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Dianatal Obstetric Gel

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Interventions 
This Obstetric Gel is now available in South Africa. It is essentially a lubricant for the birth canal and has been found to assist in easing childbirth and protecting against damage to the perineum.

  

More information can be found on their website. In order to use this during your birth in a South African hospital you just need to speak to your Gynecologist or Midwife who will be able to obtain it for you.

 

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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.