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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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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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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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Informed Choice


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