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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Early Signs of Pregnancy

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, October 28, 2010 In : Pregnancy 

What are the earliest signs of pregnancy?

The early signs of pregnancy can often be difficult to detect, and can often be confused with certain illnesses as the symptoms are rather general.

The most obvious and accurate sign of pregnancy is a missed menstrual period, but many women would like to know if they are pregnant even before this. Here are some tips for seei...

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The Most Effective Drug to Have in Labour!

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, October 25, 2010 In : Doula 
This Miracle Drug is shown to have the following effects:
  • 50% reduction in the caesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
The are no contraindications
There are no side effects
It is 100% safe to use by all women

This miracle does not come in a bottle or a box though. It comes in the form of ...
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How to choose a hospital for childbirth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, October 17, 2010 In : Pollitics 

When autumn comes to New Mexico, the aroma of green chile being roasted fills the air. Locals buy big burlap sacks of chile which are poured into a big drum that turns over a fire until the chile is charred (which then allows the skin to be peeled off).

Chile is mild, medium, hot, or very hot! Locals know enough to ask, “How hot is your chile?”

One day a newcomer to New Mexico stopped at the Grocery Emporium on Girard Boulevard and bought a bag of roasted Chile. The aroma made her ...

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South African Unassisted Homebirth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 In : Unassisted Birth 
This is a beautiful story of an unassisted homebirth by a woman living in South Africa. It contains photo's and also the most fantastic video of the little boy following the birth, who is very alert and peaceful!

Unassisted Homebirth Story (this link will take you do a different website - please use your browser "back" button to return)

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What is a Doula?

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, September 20, 2010 In : Doula 

"If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use one" - Dr John Kennell

Doula is an ancient Greek word for a woman in service of another woman, but today it has come to be know as a woman who supports a couple through labour and birth. A doula should also be a trained professional who has completed a training program and continues to update her knowledge on a regular basis.

In South Africa, a Doula is also referred to as a Birth Companion and most professional Doulas wi...
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Homebirth Videos

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, August 29, 2010 In : Homebirth 

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Home Birth Gathering

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, July 25, 2010 In : Homebirth 

For those:

  • who have had a home birth
  • who have wanted a home birth
  • who are planning a home birth
  • whose home birth didn't go according to plan
  • who are thinking about having a home birth
  • who have ‘caught’ babies born at home
  • who have supported mothers giving birth at home
  • who are interested in home birth...

R30 per person,

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VBAC & the myth of "once a c-section, always a c-section"

Posted by Sarah Meder on Sunday, July 25, 2010 In : VBAC 
VBAC is an acronym for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and is pronounced "vee-back".

In the 1980's when medical interference with birth was at it's very highest and c-sections were being overwhelmingly common, there was no real research on the safety of having vaginal birth after the uterus had a scar on it. It was then that the saying "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" became known.

Today things are a little different. During the 1990's began the start of a movement where women started re-explo...
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Good Reasons to hire a Private Midwife

Posted by Sarah Meder on Friday, June 25, 2010 In : Pregnancy 
1. Continuity of Care

Obstetricians/Gynecologists often work in teams. While you might still get to see your doctor for each of your prenatal visits, when you go into labour you will see whoever is on call at the time (which might be anywhere between 1 other, to 3 or 4 other doctors). In some cases, where a woman would like to guarantee that her doctor is the one delivering the baby an elective c-section will often be encouraged.

It's completely understandable that you would want the same perso...
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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.