Benefits of a Natural Third Stage – Physiological Birth

The third stage of labour is when the placenta is birthed (usually within 30-60 minutes of the baby being birthed). Today almost all 'civilised nations' who have women birthing in hospitals manage the third stage of labour with an artificial injection of ocytocin/ Pitocin /Syntocin in Australia). The purpose of this is to encourage the placenta to release from the uterus quickly, in order to prevent the occurrence of a Post Partum Haemorrhage. In natural birth when this stage takes place w...
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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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4 interesting things about your cervix ..

Cervix Credit - from an article on www.birthologie.com :) Most women have no clue what their cervix is, where it is, its function or even what it looks like. So here are some important useful things for you to know about yours   Childbirth 101: The cervix is supposed to thin and then dilate (open) from 0 to 10cm open during labor. Once at 10cm a women is then considered to be 'fully dilated' and can push her baby out into the world. Simple as that (or so we are told). There are however a f...
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Advantages of Endorphins during Pregnancy, Labour and Childbirth

Everyday tensions and stresses cause an array of physical and chemical reactions within us that can have negative effects on our health if not managed well. Such tensions can be heightened during pregnancy, and as labour approaches, if fear and concern are added to the mix, these bodily effects become more toxic, swirling through the mother’s system to be absorbed by the babe in her womb. If that is not reason enough to understand how to prevent this process during pregnancy, there is another c...
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Pregnant? Stressed? Science says Talk to Your Baby

Brisbane HypnoBirthing Classes with the Mongan | Hospital Maternity System
by Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal I was a first time mother-to-be, nearing 40. I’d already had two miscarriages and I wasn’t getting any younger and I could go on and on about the reasons that I was stressed. It didn’t help that I was banned from a nice glass of chilled, white wine at night. And most foods that used to delight me, didn’t. Meanwhile, I was traveling a lot for my documentary, called In Utero, about the environmental impact on pregnancy. I was one of those women who believed I could do...
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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 Ma...
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Review of Birth Reborn by Michel Odent

by Bree Taylor Molyneaux I was already a fan of Michel Odent from the many birth videos I have seen him featured on and skim reading this book many years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book in its entirety, finding it provides a very holistic picture of how Odent came to be the expert on natural birth that he is regarded today and provides a realistic argument for everything that he does – why minimal intervention is used, how the environment of birth is created and supported and mo...
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