Posts Tagged ‘natural birth’

Birth Stories No.10 – Cordelia & Danny’s Home Birth

I just wanted to let you know that we had a beautiful little girl on Friday night! She was a very HEALTHY 6.6lbs (!) and we managed to have an absolutely incredible home birth as planned despite a couple of difficulties along the way! We both want to say a huge thank you as we

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Birth Stories No. 9: Natalie’s Active Water Birth

I wanted to thank you [Janet] for being such an amazing source of inspiration and insight over the last few months. Coming to your Tuesday evening pregnancy yoga class has been a complete treat and I am going to sorely miss you, your pelvis and woollen baby and placenta – and of course the girls.

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Clary Sage Oil: a discussion

These pregnant mothers are sharing a cup of herbal tea after one of my yoga classes this week. A discussion began about the essential oil of Clary Sage, which is often called a ‘womb tonic’ and has also been called ‘natural gas and air’. One of them used it for the birth of her first

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Birth Story No. 8 – Phil & Jasna’s water birth

We recently received this lovely story from proud new father Phil. “Jasna and I attended the active birth weekend in March – I’m the guy with the dodgy back. This Saturday afternoon at 4.30 Jasna birthed our son Bertie, in the pool in our daughter’s bedroom. Everyone is well. Jasna had a show Friday evening, surges started

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Birth Stories No.6: Rhian’s Home Birth

Birth is intimate and I think, where possible, it’s important to honour that. My husband, Bruno has a son from a previous marriage who was born by caesarean. When I told him I wanted to have our baby at home he deeply respected my decision but was understandably concerned. We decided to do a preparation

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Love Birth? You probably hate One Born Every Minute by Milli Hill

It’s high time the programme makers joined the birth revolution, writes Milli Hill On 4th April 1982, I was a carefree seven year old, and therefore totally unaware that, as I played with my Pippa dolls in my dungarees, six thousand women were marching in Hampstead Heath for a woman’s right to give birth in

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UK induction policies are having an adverse affect on normal birth

Dr Michel Odent was recently reported in the Sunday Times and  The Daily Mail to claim that that women are losing their ability to give birth and breastfeed naturally, due to a rise in caesareans and a tendency to induce labour. I agree with Dr Odent completely that current induction policies are having a devastating effect on

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Janet’s Water Birth Story

A new book of water birth stories has been published recently – (see below). Janet Balaskas has contributed her story of the birth of her 4th baby in 1988 to this book,  which we include here,  plus some rare personal pictures of Janet and Theo taken a few hours after the birth. Here follows the extract from

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Don’t clamp the cord! Some good news from the RCOG

I have always marvelled at the way nature has provided the newborn baby with a double lifeline in the critical period immediately after birth. Moments after birth, the baby takes its first independent breath. It takes a few minutes for changes to occur in the chambers of the baby’s heart so that is begins to

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Encouraging a Breech Baby to Turn

Some babies are in the breech position in late pregnancy  – its not uncommon! A high proportion of breech babies do turn head down spontaneously, especially with a little encouragement so maybe the info below will be helpful. When a baby is in the breech position, the head lies beneath the mother’s ribs and the

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