In Defence of the Amniotic Sac

In Defence of the Amniotic Sac By Rachel Reed of Midwife Thinking “Artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) aka ‘breaking the waters’ is a common intervention during birth. However, an ARM should not be carried out without a good understanding of how the amniotic sac and fluid function in labour. Women need to be fully informed …

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Why Peace and Quiet is so Important in Early Birthing

Why Peace and Quiet is so Important in Early Birthing Original Article By Gloria Lemay “Turning on the light, causes inhibition of the oxytocin release. Many couples don’t call their midwives until they have sensations coming 5 minutes apart at 7:00 a.m. but they’ve been up since midnight timing every one of the early sensations.” …

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Alternative Methods of Checking Dilation {The Purple Line and More}

Alternative Methods of Checking Dilation {The Purple Line and More} by Birth Without Fear “Cervical dilation tells us one thing and one thing only – where you are right that second. It tells you nothing about what came before that check (when you compare to other labors or women) and it tells you nothing about …

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Natural Childbirth III: Why Undisturbed Birth?

Natural childbirth III: why undisturbed birth? By Chris Kresser “Spontaneous labor in a normal woman is an event marked by a number of processes so complicated and so perfectly attuned to each other that any interference will only detract from the optimal character.” Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at its best! Join our Hypnobabies Community and …

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Epidural: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Epidural: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing By Kelly Brogan, MD “Epidurals are a delivery method for narcotic pain-killers that pass through the placenta to the baby and have largely unpredictable effects on the birthing woman. Evidence supports risks to the baby including reduced tone, poor feeding, jaundice, withdrawal, and sensorimotor impairment.” Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at …

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Pitocin Is Not Oxytocin

Pitocin Is Not Oxytocin By Kelly Brogan MD “So, when we manufacture a synthetic version of this hormone and commandeer a woman’s labor physiology, it should come as no surprise that there are unintended and poorly understood consequences.” Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at its best! Join our Hypnobabies Community and receive 10% off of all …

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Estimating the Estimated Due Date

Estimating the Estimated Due Date By Trina Hampton for Pathways to Family Wellness “I’m due on May 27th!” I was told enthusiastically by a friend who just found out she was pregnant. It took more than a little effort to mask my cringe and share her joy. Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at its best! Join …

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You’re Not Allowed to Not Allow Me

You’re Not Allowed to Not Allow Me By Cristen Pascucci For most women, pregnancy and childbirth are one of the few times we let other adults tell us what we are “allowed” and “not allowed” to do with our own bodies. It’s time to change our language around this to reflect the legal and ethical …

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Look at the Baby, Not the Scale – Hypnobabies

Look at the Baby, Not the Scale By Jay Gordon, MD FAAP “In the first 24 to 72 hours after birth babies tend to lose about 3-10% of their birth weight and then regain that weight over the next 2 to 3 weeks.” Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at its best! Join our Hypnobabies Community and …

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Cord Blood Collection: Confessions of a Vampire-Midwife

Cord Blood Collection: Confessions of a Vampire-Midwife By Rachel Reed “Cord blood contains magical stem cells, and the idea is that if your baby becomes ill in the future you may be able to use these cells as treatment. My concern with cord blood banking is the inadequate and misleading information given to parents.” Hypnobabies® …

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