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. 🙂

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 »


Birth Story: Cord Prolapse Survival

This is an amazing birth story.  Please don’t think I’m putting it here to scare you, but instead, to educate you, if you have the rare birth complication of a cord prolapse.  This baby was born completely healthy, due to the mother’s quick thinking.  I’ve included down the bottom a ‘How to Handle a Cord Prolapse’ guide from another site.
The lady who originally posted this story on her blog is great.  Go check it out her site.

Birth story: cord prolapse at home

A reader recently sent me an incredible birth story, and I wanted to share it with you. After a few irregular contractons, she had a cord prolapse at home. She wrote to me:

“This was a planned homebirth…we had called the midwife as soon as my water broke to have her come out (my water had never broke previous to the pushing stage before). Then when I stood to get up, I saw the cord. Feel free to post and link back to me, I thought it was a story you might be interested in hearing. Amazingly, when I went in for my postpartum visit with the OB who did the c-section, the first thing he said to me was, ‘You know, nothing would have been any different if you had planned a hospital birth. You still would have been at home when your water broke and the cord would still have prolapsed.’ I was amazed at how positive he was and how willing he was to admit this was not a ‘home birth’ issue. I think Apollo’s story is important for people to hear…being knowledgeable about that one issue (what to do in case of a cord prolapse) is what saved his life.” Read the rest of this entry »


I needed to dilate to 12!

There is a massive myth that when you reach 10cm, you are ready to push out baby.  Apparently all babies have the exact same size head!  Why else would everyone need to reach the same dilation!  My DS2’s head circumference was 37cm (15.4″), which meant I needed to dilate to 12cm to birth him (He was 8lb 10oz).  With my smaller (6lb 8oz) DS1’s head circumference of 34cm (13.3″), I still needed to dilate to 11cm .Thinking about this, I really do think it is important that women wait until their bodies start to push, and then work with it, rather than submit to promptings from caregivers!  I mean, you might have 2 more centimeters to dilate – and we all know how long that can take!

Anyway, here is an interesting article for you! Read the rest of this entry »



Hi all!
I’m expecting baby #3! (or 4 if you count my miscarriage for #1)
Planning a homebirth, due in January!
Just thought I’d let you know 🙂


Posted by on July 22, 2011 in All


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 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  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


Delayed cord clamping – an OB’s perspective

This is a really interesting article written on delayed cord clamping, written from an Obstetrician’s perspective. A great article to mention to your own care giver if necessary.

Delayed Cord Clamping Should Be Standard Practice in Obstetrics

There are times in our medical careers where we see a shift in thought that leads to a completely different way of doing things.   This happened with episiotomy in the last few decades.  Most recently trained physicians cannot imagine doing routine episiotomy with every delivery, yet it was not so long ago that this was common practice.

Episiotomy was supported in Medline indexed publications as early as the 1920s(1), and many publications followed in support of this procedure.  But by as early as the 1940s, publications began to appear that argued that episiotomy was not such a good thing(2).  Over the years the mix of publications changed, now the vast majority of recent publications on episiotomy focus on the problems with the procedure, and lament why older physicians are still doing them (3) (4).  And over all this time, practice began to change.

It took a long time for this change to occur, and a lot of data had to accumulate and be absorbed by young inquisitive minds before we got to where we are today, with the majority of recently trained OBs and midwives now reserving episiotomy only for rare indicated situations.

Though this change in episiotomy seems behind us, there are many changes that are ahead of us.   One of these changes, I believe, is in the way obstetricians handle the timing of cord clamping. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in All


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
@ Dr Sarah J. Buckley MD 2005
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 »


Breastfeeding painful? Maybe it’s tongue tie!

I wish I had found this article when I was breast-feeding DS1!  I cried every day for 13 weeks when it came to feeding, as it was just so insanely painful.  I completely dismissed the idea of him having tongue tie, as he was still able to poke his tongue out.  But apparently some babies can stick their tongues out with tongue tie.  He suffered so many of the symptoms on this list.  And my husband had a tongue tie when he was young too (it’s genetic).  Well, at least I know now I suppose…

Tongue tie, the hidden cause of feeding problems? (however you feed your baby)

Milk Matters are confident identfying indicators of tongue tie.  We can provide information about moving forward either within the NHS and with the private IBCLC oral specialists we work closely alongside.

 We now over an International virtual service to help you identify signs of tongue restriction, and explore your options.

What Is It?

If you look under your tongue, you might see it is attached to the floor of your mouth with what is called a lingual frenum or frenulum.  This “string” is left over tissue from facial development and typically works its way back down the tongue during pregnancy, reducing to insignificance before birth.  Sometimes this doesn’t happen and ties can also occur on upper or lower lips, gums and cheeks.

If the string is too short, or tight and so restricts movement of the tongue, this is termed “tongue tie” (Ankyloglossia).

How Common Is It?

It seems to be a hot topic at the moment, but there are very good reasons for this.  Tongue tie in early infancy is far more likely to be obvious in a breastfed baby; bottle teats do not complain of compression, blister if an incorrect tongue action is used, nor does bottle supply dip as a result of poor feeding action.  Even if mum finds her baby refuses the bottle or struggles with a slow flow teat, is colicky, refluxy or showing other common signs – it may never be linked to the tongue.

For decades bottle feeding was more popular than breastfeeding, and as a result many medical professionals lost their skills of diagnosing and treating tongue-tie.  This means that not only are the statistics we have likely to be misleading because they only include those diagnosed, but also that mums may have trouble finding someone who can effectively recognise and treat the problem.  A more recent study at Southampton suggested 10% of all babies born had tongue tie (Note as Ankyloglossia is genetic, this rate may vary area to area and country to country). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in After birth, All, breast-feeding

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