First, do no harm!

Why not to clamp and cut the cord at birth? First, do no harm! At our Birthing Center this question comes up time and again. When you leave the cord pulsing, you are giving your child his or her first autologous stem cell transplant, not to mention, 1/3rd more blood that actually belongs to the baby,...

Waterbirth Seminar

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending a seminar on Waterbirth, taught by internationally renowned Waterbirth Experts Barbara Harper and Diane Garland. It was an amazing experience to be a part of this seminar. While it highlighted the benefits of Waterbirth both to mother and baby, the seminar...

A VBAC and Waterbirth at Healthy Mother Sanctum

Last night, a beautiful baby girl was born to a VBAC momma, who had birthed her first son 15 months earlier by a medically unnecessary C-section. As she labored, she needed much encouragement and support, which was amply provided by her husband, who kept reminding her that “this pain only lasts for a...

How painful will my labor be?

How painful will my labor be? How long will my labor last? Will I be able to bear my labor pain? These are questions that come up time and again, in our Lamaze classes, as well as during antenatal check-ups at the Birthing Center. Is there pain in labor? Yes. We are not going to lie about this...

Water Birth

We conducted our first Waterbirth in 2009, and were one the earliest healthcare providers to do so. Water has been used over the ages to for labor and during actual childbirth. On closer examination, the baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid all throughout its stay in the womb. Waterbirth considerably...

Childbirth Preparation Classes: Do they help?

Historically, the purpose of childbirth education classes was to prepare childbearing women for birth and to teach them tools to manage pain during labor. While this is still one of the many things taught in Lamaze and other childbirth preparation classes, the childbirth educator now also includes...