Childbirth Options

Known Benefits of Water Labour & Waterbirth

Posted on Aug 15, 2009 in Birthing, Childbirth Options | 0 comments

Known Benefits of Water Labour & Waterbirth

Facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and birth Speeds up labor Reduces blood pressure Gives mother more feelings of control Provides significant pain relief Promotes relaxation Conserves her energy Reduces the need for drugs and interventions Gives mother a private protected space Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies Reduces cesarean section rates Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again Is highly rated by experienced providers Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby Placing a pool of water in a birth room...

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Water During Labour & Birth

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 in Birthing, Childbirth Options | 0 comments

Water During Labour & Birth

Options for labour and birth have expanded over recent years. You can choose between different health care providers and different birth places. You can choose an active birth, a Leboyer birth and now you can choose a waterbirth. The use of water has become increasingly popular as a way of avoiding a high tech birth both in hospital and at home. While the use of water during labour is common place, giving birth to a baby under water is more controversial. A woman can use water during labour and birth in a number of ways. These include: A shower Hot towels Submerging in a bath Submerging into a deep pool of water Some women feel very comfortable in the water during...

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Birth Choices – what is right for you?

Posted on May 19, 2009 in Birthing, Childbirth Options, Featured, Maternity Care Options | 0 comments

Birth Choices – what is right for you?

Today we have more choices than ever about how we birth. We have the choice of using a doctor or midwife for our practitioner. We have the choice of birthing in the hospital or at home. We can choose who is present at the birth. We can choose to hire a doula. We can choose between a multitude of prenatal classes ranging from hospital-run classes to private classes in Lamaze, the Bradley method or Birthing From Within. We can enroll our older children in Sibling Preparation classes, we can take prenatal yoga or prenatal pilates, we can bring music, pillows and massage oil to the hospital. We can choose to labour in the tub or the shower or on a birth ball. We can play...

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Is homebirth safe?

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 in Birthing, Childbirth Options | 3 comments

Is homebirth safe?

The most recent studies have shown that with healthy pregnancies free of complications, planned home births attended by trained midwives are as safe as hospital births. There are some VERY important distinctions made in the above statement. Studies of home birth look at: Low Risk women Families who have planned ahead of time to have their birth at home and prepared for it. This does NOT include births that happened so fast that paramedics were called or mom delivered at home alone. Home births attended by trained professional midwives. These studies make no claim as to the safety of unassisted home birth, precipitous home birth or home birth for women who do not meet...

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Recipe for a Gentle Birth

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 in Birthing, Childbirth Options, Featured | 0 comments

Recipe for a Gentle Birth

Have you ever wondered what exactly people are talking about when they say “gentle birth”? From the way our culture talks about birth, there doesn’t seem to be much about it that is gentle. This week, I’ve been re-reading Barbara Harper’s Gentle Birth Choices – A Guide to Making Informed Choices and would like to share with you some of her suggestions for a birth that’s gentle on mom and baby. Barbara Harper is a former nurse who went on to form Global Maternal/Child Health Organization and Waterbirth International following the births of her children. She lectures around the world on maternity care reform and describes gentle birth like this: “A gentle birth begins by...

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Rebirth: Maternity Care Alternatives

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 in Birthing, Childbirth Options, Featured, Maternity Care Options | 0 comments

Rebirth: Maternity Care Alternatives

Planning to have your baby in the hospital? You might have to contend with some of the symptoms of an over-burdened healthcare system. Maternity wards can be over-crowded and under-staffed. Hospital stays are getting shorter. And if you happen to go into labour at the wrong time, you could be sent to another city’s hospital because all of the hospitals nearby are at capacity. What if our maternity care system could be over-hauled to relieve the burden? What are the realities? Fewer doctors and nurses Besides the well-publicized shortage of nurses, Canada also faces a shortage of physicians who attend births. Between 1992 and 2004, the percentage of general practitioners...

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