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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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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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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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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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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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Informed Choice


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