Epidural and painless delivery- Really?

Part of having true informed choices, is having true informed consent. However, true informed consent is hard to come by. With Epidural anesthesia rates standing at 80% or above in many private hospitals in India, and “painless delivery” becoming somewhat of a fashion statement, we at Healthy Mother...

Guest blog: Birth through the eyes of a new mother

I feel blessed to have chosen to birth with Healthy Mother for my baby’s delivery. After attending the Lamaze classes with Dr. Vijaya (along with my husband and mom) we decided that this is exactly the kind of birth I want – Natural, normal and without any medical interventions. Even before I...

Dance and Birth?

When I teach exercises during the Healthy Mother Lamaze classes, one of the first things I ask couples to do is to move their bodies freely and to do their version of the belly dance! Belly dance has its origins in African birth rituals, and many of the expectant parents in my class are surprised to...

So, is Lamaze all about breathing?

Many times, when expectant parents call me about Lamaze classes, the first thing they ask is “Do you teach breathing techniques?” I tell them that I do, and then also tell them that “breathing” is not the most important part of the classes. Many women who come to me for postnatal exercises, or...