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Postdates: Separating Fact from Fiction


So I am now 41 weeks pregnant, and the most common question I am getting is ‘so when are you being induced?’  On facebook, I answered that question ten times over a period of 3 days, so ended up making a new status message that consisted of this:
 
Thankyou for all your questions, thoughts and concerns regarding induction. I am comfortable, and bub is comfortable. I still have 1 more week before I am officially post-term. I will not be getting induced naturally or medically at any stage unless medically indicated. Now no more talk of induction! 😀
But I know that the people who were asking, were only asking and suggesting things because they care about me.  So I looked around and found this fantastic article that has some great research and simple facts that you can share with others.  This link was my status update this morning. This is how I introduced it:
 
Here’s some interesting research regarding ‘late babies’:
“Facts:
• A pregnancy is NOT “Postdates” until after 42 weeks.
• The risk of stillbirth is nearly a flat line between 38 weeks and 43.
• Amniotic fluid is dependent on maternal hydration, in the absence of congenital abnormalities.
• A baby’s weight virtually plateaus after 40 weeks.”
Good to know hey! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »
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Why I won’t leave my births up to chance


This is a great article by The Feminist Breeder.  She totally explains how I feel about why you have to prepare for a natural birth, and what you can do to get the birth you want.  I didn’t do the courses she recommends, but I read sooooo many good quality birth books while pregnant, which of course has an impact on your mental preparation.  Birth is probably the most vulnerable time in a woman’s life, and I don’t think you can be too prepared.
 
[edit] I’ve had to take down most of this article, as apparently having more than 100 words on here would actually violate her copyright and impact on her income.  And I don’t want to do that!  So to read her fantastic article go to her blog!
 

Why I Won’t Leave My Births Up to Chance

http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-i-wont-leave-my-births-up-to-chance/
May 29th 2010

The Feminist Breeder came across a Mumma’s website where she was asking people if they thought she was crazy for wanting a natural birth…

“There were around a dozen interviews with different mothers, and every single one of the moms supported her decision to have a natural birth. In fact, every single one of the moms said they had planned to go natural as well.  However, out of all the moms, only ONE mentioned taking a 12-week intensive natural birth class only that mom actually reported getting the birth she wanted.

Coincidence? I think not.

What happens during a woman’s birth is not all up to chance. Maybe some of it, but certainly not all of it.”

To read the rest of this article go to The Feminist Breeder’s website: http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-i-wont-leave-my-births-up-to-chance/

 

What if…


You MUST read this!  If there is nothing else you read during your whole pregnancy, read this one.  And give it out to all your pregnant friends too. Not only does it help prepare you just in case you have an a ’emergency’ childbirth situation, but it helps you to understand that birth is not scary, but pretty straightforward.

This is a booklet called Emergency Childbirth by Dr Gregory White.  It is written for emergency services workers, who may come across a woman about to give birth as they go about their duties.  It covers quite a few different birthing ’emergencies’ and what to do about them.

Here it is:
Emergency Childbirth

I just love this quote “In over 95% of cases of emergency childbirth though the emergency attendant will be overwhelmed with gratitude, and widely praised as a hero or heroine, he or she can smile within themselves at the knowledge that their simple tasks could have been performed by any bright eight-year-old.”  I know my hubby felt that way after my accidental unassisted homebirth!  Everyone congratulated him, and he said ‘but all I did was catch!’  He said, he had so much adrenaline pumping through his system, and all he had to do was stand by and watch and wait (and run to the bedroom to get my printed out copy of this booklet!)

 

 

Hints for Pushing


I love this article!  It has so many helpful hints and tips for how to let your pushing stage be straightforward and productive!  I wish I had read it when pregnant with my first!  This article talks a lot about primips – primips are women having their first babies, and multips are women who have already had one.  But either way, the advice in here is great. 🙂

http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=72

Pushing for Primips

This article originally appeared in Midwifery Today Magazine, Issue 55 (Winter, 2000). “Primips”-women having their first babies.

-by Gloria Lemay
The expulsion of a first baby from a woman’s body is a space in time for much mischief and mishap to occur. It is also a space in time where her obstetrical future often gets decided and where she can be well served by a patient, rested midwife. Why do I make the distinction between primip pushing and multip pushing? The multiparous uterus is faster and more efficient at pushing babies out and the multiparous woman can often bypass obstetrical mismanagement simply because she is too quick to get any.

It actually amazes me to see multips [women having second or more babies] being shouted at to “push, push, push” on the televised births on “A Baby Story”. My experience is that midwives must do everything they can to slow down the pushing in multips because the body is so good at expelling those second, third and fourth babies. In most cases with multips, having the mother do the minimum pushing possible will result in a nice intact perineum. As far as direction from the midwife goes, first babies are a different matter. I am not saying they need to be pushed out forcefully or worked hard on. Rather, I say they require more time and patience on the part of the midwife, and a smooth birth requires a dance to a different tune. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – a blessing or a danger?


A lot of people say that red raspberry leaf tea is good for inducing labour, and other people say that you should take it the whole way through your pregnancy to have an easier labour.  People say that it can cause a miscarriage if you take it too early in your pregnancy  So what is the truth?  Is this tea a blessing or a danger?
 
 
The first two articles on RRLT has been gleaned from the research completed by the lovely ladies on the  http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/ forums.
 

Susun Weed writes in Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Which is currently in it’s 24th printing!!):


The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:

~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.

~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.

~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves’ gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.

~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation. Read the rest of this entry »

 

What if?


So often you hear the negatives when it comes to birth, but What If things went differently from all their expectations?  What if it is perfect, with no need for any interventions at all – as well over 95% of births are.  From my wonderful UC forum www.bornfree.com.  These ladies are awesome!

taken from c-birth, by Amy:

I have this list of “What If’s” that seems to creep into my mind every so often, causing me fear. The other day I had this revelation – turn them around. IT IS WORKING GREAT! This is a MUCH better way to look at it all!
So, I thought I would share….

What If…..

This is a short, non-violent birth that takes me by surprise and leaves me saying “It’s already over? That wasn’t bad” at the end

The timing is perfect, I labor at night, quietly and have the baby before morning light – by the light of my Christmas tree as my family watches in awe – nobody wakes up until the VERY end Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in All, other, trusting birth

 

Don’t stop your hormones from helping!


This article is written by the Australian Doctor Sarah J Buckley.  Her work on the function of hormones during labour is well respected around the world. 
 

Pain in Labour: Your hormones are your helpers

http://www.sarahbuckley.com/pain-in-labour-your-hormones-are-your-helpers/
@ Dr Sarah J. Buckley MD 2005
www.sarahbuckley.com
Previously published in Australia’s Parents Pregnancy magazine, Autumn 1999, as “Your Hormones are your Helpers”
An updated version is published in Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices (Sarah J Buckley MD, Celestial Arts, 2009).

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Imagine this. Your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags packed for hospital, and are awaiting the first signs of labour with excitement and a little nervousness.Meanwhile your cat has been hunting for an out-of-the way place — your socks drawer or laundry basket — where she in unlikely to be disturbed. When you notice, you open the wardrobe door, but she moves again. Intrigued, you notice that your observation, even your presence, seems to disturb the whole process. And, wish as you might to get a glimpse into the mysteries of birth before it is your turn, you wake up the next morning to find her washing her four newborn kittens in the linen cupboard.

Why does birth seem so easy to our animal friends when it is so difficult for us? One obvious difference is the altered shape of the pelvis and birth outlet that is caused by our upright stance; our babies need to twist and turn to navigate these unique bends. Even our nearest cousins, the great apes, have a near-straight birth canal.

However, in every other way, human birth is like that of other mammals — those animals that suckle their young — and involves the same hormones: the body’s chemical messengers. These hormones, which originate in the deepest and oldest parts of our brain, cause the physical processes of labour and birth, as well as exerting a powerful influence on our emotions and behaviour. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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