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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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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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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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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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Informed Choice


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