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Hypno-Birthing Pt 2

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, August 25, 2014, In : Hypnobirth 
I have an old article on Hypnobirthing, which is still available here, but I have learned so much more about it since writing that original piece that I thought it would be good to add to it.

My first contact with hypnosis, as for most people, was through a stage hypnosis show. When I then heard that it could be used in childbirth the first image that popped into my head was of a male stage hypnotist, complete with waistcoat and spectacles, telling a labouring mother to SLEEP and then perhaps ...
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Doula Care for a C-section

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Caesarean Section 
There is no other major surgery of it's kind where you will be handed a newborn baby immediately afterwards and expected to care for it, and there are very few other major surgeries where you will be wide-awake and fully conscious of what is taking place.

A c-section is a very remarkable and sometimes overwhelming experience for both the mother and the father, so having a familiar, caring presence with you during surgery can offer immense relief to both parents. While many medical professional...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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All about C-sections

Posted by Sarah on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Caesarean Section 
These days your biggest worry about the your baby's birth might be whether it should be by c-section or by vaginal birth. However, it was only as long ago as when your own mother was born (or maybe your grandmother) that the biggest concern for a pregnant woman was whether she would live through the experience.

Three things we can be very grateful for these days: Modern Medicine, Good Nutrition, and C-sections! It is because of these three things that the potential deaths of women and their ba...
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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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Water Birth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, In : Waterbirth 

A waterbirth can take place, in the home, in a hospital, birthcentre or even outdoors in a ocean tidal pool or other natural pool.

The first question that people always ask is "But doesn't the baby drown when it's born under water". The answer is an emphatic "NO!".

The baby has been surrounded by water, or more specifically amniotic fluid, for nine months. The baby "breathes" through the placenta and umbilical cord and continues to do so until the cord is severed. Another fascinat...


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Hypnobirth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, July 13, 2009, In : Hypnobirth 

Hypnobirth is method developed by an american woman which helps labouring women enter a state of deep relaxation in order to diminish the pain of childbirth. This technique can be used whether you choose vaginal birth or c-section. Women who have had emergency c-sections have reported finding the technique very useful in such a stressful situation.

International website - www.hypnobirthing.com/

Local Resources

Kim Young (Northern & Southern Suburbs, Cape Town) www.beautifullyborn.co.za

HYPN...


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Homebirth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : Homebirth 

This is a birth which happens in at a place which is not a medical facility ie. the mothers home or the house of a friend/family member.

Prior to the mid-1900's childbirth always happened in the home and was attended by a midwife or the local GP.

People often question the safety of childbirth, and it is the responsibility of each and every woman considering this option to do her own research.

The conclusion that I, personally, came to was the following:

Prior to the m...


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Unassisted Birth

Posted by Sarah Meder on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : Unassisted Birth 

This is when a woman decides to have a baby, at home, without the help of a medical professional (ie. Doctor or Midwife). Sometimes there may be assistance from a partner/friend/sister/doula and other times to woman may choose to have here baby in complete privacy.

The reasons a woman may choose this option are many and varied. It may simply be the case that the woman does not have access to a medical professional who is able to attend a homebirth, or perhpas there are no Birth Centres ...


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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.