Acupressure is a form of Chinese medicine that is easy to learn and self-administer. Closely related to acupuncture, acupressure involves pressing various points on the skin in order to regulate and restore the body’s energy system. Your birth supporters may wish to learn these highly adaptable techniques as well, as acupressure can be used to assist labour in a variety of situations.
The Swiss Ball or Fit Ball was first used in the 1960’s by physiotherapists in Switzerland as a rehabilitation tool –hence the commonly used name Swiss ball. Since its humble beginnings it has earned its place as a mainstay piece of equipment used in gymnasiums, rehabilitation units and households worldwide. Unlike many fad fitness devices, which end up under the bed gathering dust, the Swiss ball is here to stay. Posing challenges to both the beginner and elite athlete, the Swiss ball is a versatile, value for money exercise tool.
When the big earthquake hit on Saturday, September 4, I was 38 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy on the whole had been pretty uncomfortable and I’d always thought I’d go early – at 38 weeks. However, following the rather rude awakening at 4.35am my body didn’t know where it was at. The hideous adrenalin fuelled shock of it all had my uterus solidly contracted from the moment of the quake and I did think I might have this baby at any moment!
The rest of New Zealand may be a bit sick and tired of hearing about the woes of our shaky city but it has been a time of learning for the Christchurch home birth community. Our home birth midwifery practice had quite a few women due to birth just after the 7.1 earthquake. Unlike those women planning to birth in hospital who all seemed to go into labour at once, for the first few days after the ground tossed us about, our clients kept their babies safely in utero.
We were young, innocent and very determined to have a homebirth in water. Water births were only beginning to become recognised at that time in the UK, and the local birthing centre had just received funding to purchase one.
Birth is supposed to be all about joy – is there anything more joyful than a newborn baby? The combination of birth and death is heart-breaking, there is little or no joy and the innocence that we have as parents is gone.
This has been written to inform and help parents and their families whose baby has died before, during or soon after birth. This tragedy is particularly deeply felt because it comes at a time when new life and joy are anticipated. It never occurs to most pregnant women that their baby may die. We see our babies actively moving on a screen when we have our ultrasound scans; we feel the vigorous kicking under our ribs; we know our unborn baby can hear our voice; we know childbirth has never been safer; we know very premature babies can survive because of amazing advances in medicine – it just is not something that we consider.
By Jenny Dewar On discussing this with several people who have suffered a loss the overwhelming response was that while books and resources were helpful, it was the person-person contact that was the most influential to people. These took the…
Homebirthing parents share their experiences of having siblings at births.
I thought it would be good to include in the magazine an article on having older siblings at a homebirth, especially as with the homebirth option many parents today are considering or planning this, but I was unable to find a specific article, just a lot of references, so I decided I’d have just have to put them all together and write one myself…..