Want a Natural Birth? Choose a Midwife.

Why choose a midwife or a midwifery model of care over an obsetrician? There are many reasons why every pregnant woman should consider having a midwife. First of all, it is very important to be able to define and differentiate a midwife from an obstetrician / doctor. A midwife is a health professional who provides holistic care to pregnant women and their newborns. A midwife does not only focus on the natural processes of pregnancy, labor and delivery, she also combines natural practi...
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Pregnancy Complaints

Typically, morning sickness begins about the same time the placenta begins serious production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a special pregnancy hormone around week six of pregnancy. In most women, symptoms peak during week eight or nine and wane after week 13. The good news is that morning sickness seems to be a sign that the pregnancy is going well. A National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study of 9,098 pregnant women found that women were less likely to ...
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Probiotics during Pregnancy can reduce the occurence of Gestational Diabetes

We all know that prenatal nutrition impacts upon the health and well-being of the child, but it can also impact on the mother in the long term. A recent Finland study examined the safety and efficacy of perinatal probiotic-supplement in conjunction with dietary counseling by evaluating pregnancy outcome and fetal and infant growth during the 24 months' follow-up. In a 2010 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that probiotic supplements and dietary counse...
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Natural Undisturbed birth

An extract from “gentle birth gentle mothering” by Sarah J. Buckley MD. When birth is undisturbed, our birthing hormones can take us into ecstasy, so that we enter motherhood awakened and transformed. This is not just a good feeling; the post birth hormones that suffuse the brain of a new mother and her baby also catalyse profound neurological changes. These changes give the new mother personal empowerment, physical strength, and an intuitive sense of her baby’s needs, and they pre...
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Post Natal Recovery – Some Herbal Options

The profound personal and physical transformations of pregnancy and birth can leave a woman feeling both depleted and exhilarated at the same time. Recent studies suggest that around half of new mothers find the level of support and guidance from health professionals after birth is inadequate. In fact less than a quarter of new mothers who do experience negative changes in their health actually seek assistance. Part of living a holistic lifestyle, is understanding how holistic...
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