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...

Pregnancy Nerves: Embracing Pregnancy as a Transition

Some days ago I was chatting with a group of kindred spirits about this sense of restlessness I’ve been feeling - acute physical discomfort manifesting as back aches, gastric issues, and mental discomfort as a result too. Of course, those manifestations are understandable, I am pregnant after all. But...

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

Before Western medical practices displaced traditional midwifery, the touch and massage of a midwife or birth attendant was a central component of prenatal care around the world. Prenatal massage and compassionate touch during the childbearing year are more than a primitive practice or luxurious...

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...

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...

Philosophical Cornerstones of Mother-Friendly Care

In a climate where mothers-to-be are treated as patients, over-diagnosed, over-treated with medicines, and under-counseled, it is sometimes difficult for parents to grasp the depth to which mother-friendly care can affect pregnancy, labor and child-bearing experience of a woman. This blog is for all...

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...