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...

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,...

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...

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...

In the words of a new mother ….

Here is the account of the journey to birth of one of the mothers who birthed her baby at Healthy Mother Sanctum … http://aarathiselvan.blogspot.com/2011/09/discovering-miracles.html Enjoy, be inspired ….  Happy...