Friday, June 22, 2012
Since I post about all things natural health here, as well as natural birth, I thought I would put up this amazing link to Natural Cancer Cures. This page is what I will be visiting if I or anyone close to me ever gets cancer. I would definitely try this before chemo and radiation. Since its all natural, it can't hurt, and it looks delicious! Apricot seeds, anyone?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The following is from Midwife Samantha McCormick: "All our clients at my birth center take Hypnobirthing. I subsidize the cost of the class because many of the would not spend the money and it has made a huge difference - reduced our use of pain meds and hospital transports - plus it has made life much easier on the staff. We are no longer constantly exhausted from long drawn out labors. The moms are amazed and generally quite proud of what they can accomplish. Absolutely ♥ Hypnobirthing." -via HypnoBirthing Utah's Facebook page. Vivian Keeler. She was my HypnoBirthing teacher five years ago when I was pregnant with Hazel in Miami Beach.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
an article where a baby's blood had been banked at birth, and then a few weeks later was found to have a grapefruit sized tumor blocking its kidney, which was treated with several rounds of chemo, and the cord blood was only used after the tumor had completely vanished, as a sort of safety that the tumor not return. Not much of a treatment if you ask me. This article, via Midwife Thinking, addresses this topic. And don't miss the You Tube video, towards the bottom of the article, made by a doula trainer, Penny Simkin. It is the most concise and articulate explanation I have found on why NOT to bank cord blood. It makes a lot of sense to me. I'm glad I made the choice not to bank my baby's blood, and in exchange, allowed her newborn body to soak up as much of it as she could in the moments after birth. As a midwife I know once said: "If that blood is so curative, and so important, then let's give it all to the baby at birth." I have to agree with her. Who knows? It may just prevent diseases, if its actually allowed to transmit completely to the baby by delayed cord clamping (a topic explained in the video) instead of being clamped and thrown out with the placenta. Just another one of the myriad choices we have to make as parents on what we feel is best for our baby. What will you choose?
Here is a lovely article referring to the American College of Obstetrics' guidelines on a woman's due date. Don't know when your baby is ready to be born? Just wait until active labor starts. That's when the baby is ready.
Article by Birth Without Fear
Article by Birth Without Fear
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I am used to hearing about 4 or even 2 hour labors (one of my HypnoBirthing students just had 2 1/2 hour labor last month) but 30 minutes?!!! Now that's some quick, calm birthing. You've got to read this story. It will blow you away. Who wouldn't want a labor that's shorter than the time it takes to write out the story? This picture reminded me of what the mom must have been feeling after a mere 32 minutes of birthing. Especially since she wasn't medicated. Get up and go, baby!
Birth story compliments of my amazing HypnoBirthing collegue Laura Curtis from HypnoBirthing Utah
Friday, September 16, 2011
I loved seeing the two contrasting stories this Doula, Susan Lunville from Fearless Birth, had with the two births of her own children. The first one, she had no say, and handed her birth experience over completely to the doctors and nurses. Big surprise- she had an unneccesary cesarean. Then read about her second birth.. what a dream. She had just what she wanted. Scroll down to "My Birth Experiences" to read these two contrasting stories. The difference is night and day, and all she did was get educated, get the right team, and advocate for herself. I love hearing about birth success.