Breech Birth Choices

Options for Breech Birth | by Sarah Buckley
Breech Choices by Sarah Buckley (from Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, 2005) www.sarahjbuckley.com In 2002, a pregnant woman in Brisbane, Australia – a mother of three, including naturally born twins – was refused the option of a vaginal breech birth in hospital, and told she could only have her baby by caesarean. She sought a midwife to assist her and gave birth successfully at home. Her picture – glowing with new motherhood, holding her healthy, happy baby – appeared in the Brisbane Courier...
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A joyful experience after a previous birth trauma

I thought I would give you an update on the birth of our little baby Pippa Aderyn Williams born on the 27 of April. Well its been over a month since you helped me with a one-on-one session to help me with a past birth trauma and some serious fears I had leading up to this labour and birth experience. Up until a week before seeing you I had a planned and c-section at Lismore Base hospital. So I had the session with you and spent every night relaxing and meditating to the CD you gave me. I wor...
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Fast second birth – baby came at home with HypnoBirthing!

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We just wanted to say a big thanks to our practitioner Bree for taking the time to see me a few weeks ago (just before the birth of our son), the HypnoBirthing breathing helped me immensely. It turns out I had no time to get to the hospital - labour started at 2.30am and while I was in contact with the hospital at 3.30am and 4.30am they kept saying give it another hour..... I had no idea that I was so progressed as my breathing exercises had things totally under control as I paced around t...
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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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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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Top 15 Myths of Childbirth

Doctors only do interventions that are truly necessary. Continuous fetal monitoring is safer than intermittent monitoring. You have to birth on your back in a hospital bed. The umbilical cord: you have to cut and clamp the cord immediately after birth and if it is wrapped around the baby’s neck it is dangerous. It is safe to be induced and if you are not induced you will not go into labor on your own. Labor begins when a pregnant womans water breaks and she must birth between 1...
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Waterbirth – Myths and Realities

Common misconceptions about water births Wont the baby drown? No, babies do not drown if they are born underwater. They live in a watery environment for 9-10 months until labour heralds their transition from the uterus to the air-filled world outside. The stimulus to breath at birth occurs when the baby is exposed to air, plus the dramatic change of temperature, noise and light. During a waterbirth this occurs when the baby is lifted up out of the water. His umbilical cord, his...
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Homebirth – why it’s a necessary choice

By Ina May Gaskin, CPM Originally published by Ina May Gaskin Productions, 2007-01-14 Simply put, when there is no home birth in a society, or when home birth is driven completely underground, essential knowledge of women’s capacities in birth is lost to the people of that society—to professional caregivers, as well as to the women of childbearing age themselves. The disappearance of knowledge once commonly held paves the way for over-medicalization of birth and the risks whic...
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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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