Won’t You Let The Hormones Play?

During the last few weeks, reliving the euphoria that I experienced as I birthed my daughter naturally, there have been many thoughts that have flitted through my head. I am amazed at what my body can do. I am thankful for the support that I got. I am happy that my daughter is perfect. But, I have been...

How to help mothers have natural birth

In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth. However, there were few resources to assist maternity care providers achieve this goal. In 2012, three major midwife organizations in the USA (ACNM, MANA and NACPM) came together to create a...

What are the benefits of Water Birth for mother and baby

Waterbirth - so simple, yet so complex. There are so many reasons to embrace it, not least of which is that water forms a protective cocoon aorund the mother, allowing her to do what she must do in order to birth her baby. GENTLY. Much has been written about waterbirth, and its benefits. Here are the...

New Year Babies!

Healthy Mother Sanctum Natural Birth Center, welcomes the first two sweet babies of 2013! On the 6th of January, we had 2 baby girls being born within hours of each other. Both dads had wanted baby girls, so it was sweet to see their wishes come true! The first baby was born to a mother who was in...

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...

Lamaze & Breathing, Breathing & Labor

As I just wound up another Lamaze Childbirth Educator Workshop, the ever present question of when I was going to teach “Lamaze Breathing” as a part of the workshop’s practical skills kept popping up. Just as in the Workshop, most women and their husbands who come to Healthy Mother Antenatal Lamaze...