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Alternatives to Plastic Umbilical Cord Clamps

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Post-Birth 
Below is what the usual umbilical cord clamp used by most South African Hospitals. This kind of umbilical cord clamp is quite big, clunky and sometimes can cause discomfort for the baby if it gets caught on the edge of a nappy.



It's no wonder that parents are interested in alternatives to the standard cord clamp - and yes, there are options!

First some information about the Umbilical Cord itself...

Humans are the only mammals on earth which have the umbilical cord immediately clamped and cut fol...

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Natural C-section

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, November 12, 2012, In : Caesarean Section 
You may have longed and hoped for a natural birth, but fate had something else in store and an elective c-section has become the fabulous life-saving technology it was always intended to be! While you can be glad of this option to delivery your baby safely, you may mourn the loss of a powerful natural birth and some of the benefits it offers, such as immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. How can you bring these special elements into an elective c-section?

Enter the Natural C-Sectio...
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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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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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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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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.

http://www.orgasmicbirth.com

   
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Another video with an interview



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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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Informed Choice


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