Birth Story – Paul & Tori

Paul says:

“Heather – your advice and direction in relation to standing up for what we wanted, rather than following what the specialist said we needed to do was invaluable.

Imagine, happily coasting along with an obstetrician, who suddenly at 36 weeks tells us that we are having a C section in two weeks – WHY!!! Continue reading

Good Vibrations

By Karina

It’s all in the perspective. Our homebirth was a beautiful, gentle experience for myself and my partner but not so for our daughter Sophie.

While admittedly she experienced no intrusive medical interventions or interferences with the biological imperatives of birth, her progress through the birth canal with the umbilical cord looped twice around her neck and ever tightening as she neared the unknown could not have been without real fear and distress. Continue reading

Zinc – The Missing Link

Sometimes raising a child can seem very difficult, yet often there is a very simple answer. The process of teething can be a mine field to be endured by all, yet it is sometimes easy to resolve. Instead of putting up with baby misery, compounded by illness and grumpiness and everyone’s lost sleep and good humour, think – why is this new body creating havoc? Is there something missing – a magic ingredient? Continue reading

Uneasy Babies

Unforseen Caesarean Consequences

Without weighing into why C-section is now a major growth industry, and why natural birthing is seen by many as dangerous, and archaic, I would ask you to please think about the effects of a major abdominal operation in our fee for service medical world. Continue reading

Induction

Induction – Heather’s position statement.

40 weeks is NOT the due date – it is  an average for subsequent births – not for the first one.

That is 10 – 12 days later.

It is the normal range after the first birth – 37 to 43 weeks – on a Bell curve.

Ask yourself why you want to hasten baby who has not yet signaled wanting to be here /breathe.

Is this safe to be controlling what is essentially a ripening process?

Do you force a rosebud open to smell the fragrance.?

Do you pick unripe fruit – not if you want the best flavour  . .

So why hurry up what will happen eventually?

Fear of what might happen if you don’t?

Who talks you through all the likely problems should you consent to interfering with yourself?

What about the horror of what happens when you do consent to induction?

If you wish to have a safe happy and pleasant natural birth perhaps download the easy birthing kit available here. 

As a continuity-of-care practitioner one who looks after you and all of your family through all your life and phases,

I support nature and life in all things.
I do not support modern obstetric practices as they are too dangerous – especially to mum and baby bonding. Continue reading

Why WOULD you want a Natural Birth?

Dr Michel Odent on his WombEcology website says: “An overview of the “Primal Health Research Data Bank” will convince anyone that our health is to a great extent shaped in the womb. We have now compiled hundreds of studies detecting correlations between states of health in adulthood, adolescence or childhood and situations when the mother was pregnant. Continue reading

Birth Shock

What Are The Consequences Of Birth Shock?

– Baby Becomes An Adult?

Dr John Shen’s whole pulse framework model sat on top of his four levels of functioning model. This entailed understanding the nervous/circulatory/digestive and then organ functioning systems.

For everything to work well as opposed to mechanically – for everything to be optimal . . . , it was important that initially the heart was open and not shocked. Continue reading

Male Fertility Factors

  • It is all about HIM.
  • A male factor is involved in up to 50% of clinical infertility cases, making preconception care for both partners absolutely essential for the best chances of achieving a successful, healthy pregnancy.
  • Proper development of the placenta is largely dependent on the expression of genes from the paternal chromosomes, further supporting the role of the male for optimal pregnancy outcomes. Continue reading