Healthy birth is about sharing the vast options parents have available to them. While we live in a society here in America of rich opportunities and choices, we have become limited in believing we have only one traditional way to give birth. Like so much of American lifestyle is about making money and enjoying our freedoms, we have become lost and limited with birthing options, moving far away from what is best, simple and better for the mother in labor because we can make money exploiting this process.
Although, I have witnessed as a Doula (labor support) so many wonderful births in our medical institutions, I have also witnessed in home births much more ease, comfort and natural births without costing thousands of dollars! We have been so brain washed by the billion dollar medical industry by buying into their cookie-cutter procedures, complicating, medicating, interventions leading to more and more surgical births which in turn make them more them money, honey!
Some benefits of having a Doula and a mid-wife for your birth!
- Decrease of interventions such as:
- Pain medications
- Reduction in labor time!
Doula (pronounced doola ~ originally from the Greek word for slave) is a term which is used to describe a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and immediately after child birth. An internet search for a Doula in your area will help you find one near you. Also, ask for referrals of recommendations.
I encourage women and men to view this movie, to inform yourself of your alternatives when bringing a new life into our world.
The Mongan Method of hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing is not new, but rather a “rebirth” of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.
Natural childbirth is an important goal since most people want to give their babies every possible advantage without the side effects of drugs given during labor and birth. The Bradley Method classes teach families how to have natural births. The techniques are simple and effective. They are based on information about how the human body works during labor. Couples are taught how they can work with their bodies to reduce pain and make their labors more efficient.
For most people, the benefits of choosing a midwife rather than an obstetrician start well before the birth of the baby. Typically, a woman will choose a healthcare provider as soon as she knows she is pregnant. The differences between choosing a midwife instead of an obstetrician will become immediately apparent.
With an obstetrician, the first visit is a whirlwind of activity. He will take a quick history and do an efficient physical exam. Then, he will provide you with some general information at lighting speed. He will tell you what tests you must have, and which tests are optional. Then he will give you some pamphlets and have you make an appointment in another month.
Choosing a nurse midwife and the experience is entirely different. During your first visit, your midwife will want to get to know you. Your personal information is discussed at length. A gentle and caring physical exam will be performed. Information about pregnancy and delivery is discussed at length. The nurse midwife will ask you about your regular diet, and make recommendations for improving it. She will explain to you about all of the tests you should have, and the pros and cons of the optional ones.
The midwife will discuss the experience of a home birth. If you have any special requests, such as an underwater birth, she will tell you whether or not she provides this, and how the risks compare with a more traditional form of childbirth. She will discuss with you the pros and cons of having a homebirth, and what type of complications she can deal with, and which ones will require a transfer to a hospital. She will also tell you whether or not she does deliveries at hospitals, and the pros and cons of delivering your baby there.
Finally, the midwife will provide ample time for you to ask any questions you may have, and tell you to call her if you have any questions or concerns. No question is too small, and no concern is considered to be the result of an overanxious mother-to-be.
When the time comes for the birth of your baby, you will have the one-on-one attention of your midwife and adding a Doula will provide for both parents the ease and support they will need.
My favorite mid-wife who I highly recommend is Karla Morgan of Sequim, Washington. I have had the privilege and honor of being a Doula with her on many births. Her contact information is 360.477.0984
Some other websites to consider about natural childbirth are listed below:
To my surprise I ask this question, why are many women struggling with breastfeeding, when breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child? Why are so many young women opting out of breast feeding? This new trend is actually growing a moung young mothers. Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breast milk. The healthful benefits are many, from antibodies which protect an infant at birth to the exclusive nutrients in mother’s milk, which have been shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases. The benefits are incalculable. There is no other single action by which a mother can so impact the present and future health of her baby.
Yet, in today’s society, breastfeeding is often thought of as unnecessary. Young mothers are mistakenly led to believe that formula milk is a replacement for breast milk. It emphatically does not! Nothing can duplicate the properties of breast milk, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to what is basically a chemical formulation.
Breast milk remains the one and only natural, complete and complex nutrition for human infants. It is nature’s formula for ensuring the health and quality of life for infants, as well as on through childhood to adult life. Just as importantly, breastfeeding promotes a very special bond between mother and child that only a mother can provide.
To fully understand the benefits of breastfeeding, I have included information on some of the major, but by no means all of the benefits of breast feeding your baby.
Children receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies
The varying composition of breast milk keeps pace with the infant’s individual growth and changing nutritional needs.
- Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis,kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning),
- Breast fed infants develop higher IQ’s, and have improved brain and nervous system development;
- IQ advantage of 10-12 points studied at ages 8, 12, and18. (Breastfeeding is considered the 4th trimester in brain growth and development. There are specific proteins in human milk that promote brain development.)
- Reduced risk of heart disease later in life
- Increased bone density
- Breast feeding plays an important role in the emotional and spiritual development of babies
- Breastfed babies enjoy a special warm bonding and emotional relationship with their mothers
- Antibody response to vaccines are higher
- Babies who are breastfed are hospitalized10 times less than formula fed infants in the first year of life
The list is continuously long and endless in support of breastfeeding. Please, please, make the choice for your baby over your own desires. Placing your child’s health over your personal self-interest is what parenthood is about. If you are having difficulties nursing call the La Leche League they will come to your home and to assist you, over the telephone will not cut it. Ask for help and they will be glad to help.
Parenting, now that is the another topic! There is so much information available if we take the time to read, ask questions, research, study and call on those who have been successful with parenting for advice. We truly are one big family.