Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Section

Yesterday, I was talking to one of the moms who came to us for her first check up in this pregnancy, and she said something to me that blew my mind away. She told me that in her last pregnancy, she set into labor, and that her bag of waters broke after a few hours of labor. Contractions were coming a...

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...

When did interventions in labor become the norm?

Yesterday, a mother came to us for her first antenatal check-up. Her first son was born by C-section 2 years ago, and she wants to try for a natural birth this time around. As we were going through her history and the circumstances surrounding her first birth, we were struck with the reasons given to...

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...

Obstetrics and Lack of Evidence-Based Practice

Our midwife Marianne, just posted a link to how the current practice of Obstetrics has such little base on scientific evidence .. This is something we have known for a while! The fact that Cytotec or Misoprostol is used widely by OB-GYNs to induce labor, even after the manufacturer and FDA explicitly...