Some homebirthing parents share their experiences of having siblings at births: “My eldest son Silas was five when his brother was due and was particularly keen to be involved. We got the sibling kit from our antenatal class for Silas’…
Hypnobirthing classes provide excellent education and support for immersing ourselves in the natural and spiritual essence of pregnancy and birth. It can be a great option and valuable resource for many women, particularly in birthing at home, as it assists us to draw on our own abilities to guide us through childbirth.
Acupuncture and Massage Therapy are great additions to any woman’s experience; from fertility, to pregnancy, the birth itself and then post-natal care. Chinese medicine has been well designed to create balance; physically, mentally and emotionally. Relationships strengthen, bodies change shape, a deeper sense of home is created and careers make room during the transformational period surrounding childbirth. Embarking on this journey to nourish a child means that supporting oneself is well worth cultivating.
A well thought out birth plan can be a useful tool in achieving the sort of birth experience that is important to you. Although you may not be able to control everything that happens to you during your baby’s birth, you can play a role in the decisions that are made about your body and your baby.
Having spent the three-hour plane ride between Bozeman and Las Vegas tabulating the results of the “Mothering Our Mothers” survey, I was both astounded and unsurprised at the results.
The respondents’ answers to the nine-question query were uniform and simple. What women needed most, in the days and weeks following their babies’ births was to be mothered.
If birth is a normal life event, why would you have a health professional there? Jo Davis looks at the controversial practice of freebirth.