The Mile’s Circuit – a simple positioning tool

The Mile’s Circuit is named after Megan Miles, a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and Student of Midwifery. The circuit is a simple set of positions used to achieve optimal positioning either before or during labour. Optimal positioning is considered to be the LOA position (Left Occiput Anterior) as this position facilitates a smooth entry into the pelvic outlet and descent for the baby. The Mile’s Circuit has been used prenatally to rotate a baby from posterior to anterior pos...
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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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Are induced labours affecting caesarean rates?

Today, more than one third of all babies almost 50% of babies born in Australian Private Hospitals are being born by c-section. So why are so many more women choosing C-sections? Do women have enough information to make informed decisions? What role do physicians and perhaps, most importantly, hospitals play in C-section rates? The Link between C-Sections and Induced Labor Today, more and more expectant mothers are scheduling their babies’ births rather than leaving the timing to ...
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Simplifying Birth

Calm natural birth is possible with HypnoBirthing. Pregnant Possibilities, HypnoBirthing in Brisbane
Written by renowned French Obsetrician Michel Odent who has revolutionised the face of Natural, Instinctual Birth in our modern drug prone world. When I was in charge of the maternity unit of the Pithiviers, France, my main objective was to improve the birth environment in order to facilitate the physiological processes. This is how the midwives, a group of mothers and I proceeded to transform one of the conventional delivery rooms into a small home-like birthing room—a small...
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Vaginal Exams(VE): who needs them in labour?

This is an extract from a great article by Nurturing Hearts Birth Services on vaginal/cervical exams: Vaginal Exams - when are they neccesary in labour? I get the call ... I head over to the family’s home and she wants her cervix checked. And I wonder…why? Is it to prove to me that she’s in labor? I believe her…and I doubt that’s the main reason. The main reason women want their cervix checked in labor is to prove to THEM they are in labor! They can’t just let it be w...
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A Vision of Birth

extract of an article by Sarah J. Buckley I can imagine myself in a dialogue with my friend Wintergreen, body worker and developer of The Pink Kit, who has another valuable perspective. Wintergreen would tell me that birth may be an instinct, like sex, but we can learn to give birth, just as we can learn to be good lovers. She would agree that it is important to look at the external circumstances of birth, but she would say that we can influence our internal circumstances by learning to work ...
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Are we Having Babies All Wrong?

Ina May | HypnoBirthing Mongan Method in Brisbane
Q&A With Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin Ina May Gaskin started delivering babies in 1970 while on a hippie cross-country trip known as "The Caravan." She had no medical training, just a masters degree in English a gut feeling that women deserved kinder, gentler births. When the hundreds of Caravaners settled in Tennessee on "The Farm," Gaskin and several other women began delivering the community's babies at home and also opened one of the first, non-hospital birthing centers in the cou...
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“Failure to Progress” an interesting Obstetric Label

Failure to progress is often named as a reason for cesarean. But many in the natural birth community often rename it to Failure to be Patient or just, Doc must leave to make his golf game. Whatever it means to you, the term failure to progress is both powerful, disturbing, and strongly indicates not just lack of ability but complete and utter physical failure on the part of the moth The Vaginal Exam You can not actually talk about the term "failure to progress" without fi...
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