Posts Tagged ‘induction’

How to Make the Most of a Medical Induction

These days the topic of induction comes up for most women at the end of pregnancy. Thanks to everyone who sent in a question about this. This is my last newsletter on this topic – I suggest you save these newsletters in case you need them at the end of your pregnancy. Unless the need

Natural Ways to Induce Labour

Laura has asked the question: Are there any non-medical ways to help labour get started? Thank you, Laura, for the question. You can certainly try natural methods of induction or ‘nudges of encouragement’ first, unless the need to induce is urgent. All methods of induction, natural or medical, are likely to work best when carried

What to do when you’re ‘overdue’

To continue the theme from my last newsletter, stimulated by Helen’s question Do I need my labour to be induced? This a huge topic and could take up several newsletters! Your EDD (estimated due date) has probably been in your mind since your first ante-natal check-up. It can be very disappointing and frustrating to find

Should my labour be induced?

Thank you to Helen for this week’s question: I am healthy and have had a normal pregnancy. Do I need to be induced at 40+ weeks? At her last check-up Helen was told that induction was strongly recommended if she didn’t go into labour within the next week or so.  I’m sure this is a

maternity reflexology

Natural therapies for ‘priming for labour’, with a particular focus on reflexology

These days the pressure from hospitals for healthy mothers and babies to give birth around the “Due Date”, or not much later than 9 or 10 days “post due” (or else a medical induction will be required) has increased dramatically. Strangely, not so long ago, the patience of obstetric caregivers extended to 14 days, then

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.

Michel Odent Active BIrth Centre

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