Born in the Caul!

Two nights ago, we witnessed the beauty of a baby girl being born in her little bubble, with the amniotic sac intact. It was quite an incredible sight, seeming almost like a snow globe, with the swirling vernix and hair in the fluid filled sac, as she birthed ever so gently. At our Birthing Center, over...

Low amniotic fluid .. is it a real problem?

Over the past 2 years, I am increasingly hearing the diagnosis “oligohydramnios” or “low amniotic fluid” as one of the biggest reasons for induction and/or C-Section. How do we “diagnose” low amniotic fluid? How much is too little? Do we need repeated Ultrasound Scans to determine the level...

What to do when your Bag of Waters Breaks?

Do not panic!! Panic scenes are only for movies! Even though we help mothers and dads be prepared for this event, we get scores of phone calls at our Healthy Mother Birthing Center from our mothers who are close to their expected due date when their bag of waters breaks. All of a sudden panic sets in,...

What is Meconium?

Wikipedia defines Meconium as the “earliest stools of an infant”. As opposed to later feces, Meconium has no odor, and is sterile. According to studies, babies pass Meconium during their 12th to 41st weeks in mother’s uterus, with most occuring between the 15th and 41st weeks. Typically, it is...

Of Labors and Births…..

I return to this blog, invigorated from having taken part in a number of incredible events, each marking a significant moment in the lives of seven members of our Healthy Mother family. Seven “Healthy Babies” joined our Healthy Mother family between the 9th and 21st of Dec. Five of our mothers gave...

A successful birth story

Two weeks ago, we welcomed one more baby into our Healthy Mother family. This story is a bit unique since mom had to go through quite a few trials and tribulations during the course of her pregnancy, but ultimately overcame all of it, and was able to have the natural childbirth that she had always...