Sep 30

What’s the Rush?  We live in a society that wants everything NOW, even our babies!  Can we slow down and really feel what pregnancy and birth is all about?  I hope we can and I hope this article makes you think about how you want your birth to be.  There are so many options for women to help have a Natural Birth, so many experts out there to help and so many women who have amazing insights to share.

In an attempt to see our baby sooner, the word "induction", is thrown around like it is part of birth and the birth process.  Induction is not a word that should be used in everyday conversation with pregnant women!  Induction should only be used if medically indicated and not for social reasons…………………..when are we going to understand this!!  Natural Birth is such an amazing event and it cannot be achieved if labor is artificially started.

Let us stop and think for a moment, why can’t we just wait for our precious child to enter the world when they are ready, honestly What is the Rush!  Many doctors offer induction like offering a piece of cake with your coffee! It is ridiculous……… women we need to take a stand and say no to induction unless there is truly a medical problem.

Induction is the start of a whole cascade of intervention. Let me take you through a typical induction of labor that I witness day in day out in the birth suite. A woman is brought into the birth suite at 38 weeks for a "social induction", which is basically being induced for a reason that is not needed.  The woman either has gel placed in her cervix until it is open enough for the waters to be broken or if the cervix is open then the waters are broken then and there.  The gel may take 24 hours to work with a new application done ever 6 hours.  Once the waters are broken an IV is inserted and an artificial hormone is commenced to make your uterus contract.  At this time continuous fetal monitoring is necessary so your baby does not get distressed with the force of the artificial contractions!!  This medication causes contractions to start strongly rather than the gradual build up of natural contractions during Natural Birth.  The strong contractions are hard to take due to the immediate start of them; therefore, pain relief is usually needed in the form of narcotics and epidurals.  So you can see how one event leads to another and another and before you know it, your birth is totally taken over by a medical team and you are left feeling empty and alone.  I haven’t even mentioned the baby and how the baby copes with these forced events.  Some narcotics such as pethidine stay in your baby’s system for up to 2 weeks and effects your baby’s sucking ability.

Please look at all the Natural Birth Methods available and educate yourself on how to have a natural birth.  I have interviewed 7 experts on natural birth for all women to listen to and learn from.  These women are amazing and discuss such Natural Birth Methods as Hypnobirthing, Lamaze, The Bradley Method, Acupressure, Physical Therapy and Water birth.  If you want to have a listen then get your free grab by signing up to my blog and hear Barbara Harper talking about how women can have an orgasmic birth, why not enjoy rather than endure!  My blog is  My eBook, which is the interviews, is available from this link  www.child-birth-options.  Take a look and remember to plan your birth as you would any major event in your life…………….no wait, it is THE major event in our lives, so plan well and enjoy your pregnancy and birth……….don’t rush nature.

Take care,



Sep 24


Hi to all,

We plan so much for the birth of a child and think little of what happens after.  A lot of women just need to get over the birth hurdle, see that their baby is okay and recover physically from the birth. Once you have a baby your body has changed, it is a wonderful change as it has brought about your beautiful child.  One of the changes we don’t usually

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discuss is sex life.  It is such an important part of every woman and every relationship and should be brought to everyone’s attention.  The reason I am writing about this is that I crossed paths with a wonderful person who has a blog and book called Reclaiming Sex After Birth. Below is what its all about:

Are you looking for down to earth, honest and realistic advice and information on what to expect from sex after birthing?

Do you have concerns or questions about what to expect emotionally, psychologically and physically after birth?

Have you wondered what impact birth has on your sex life and why that is so?

Have you wondered how to reclaim or reignite that spark, but are just at a loss of why or how it even went out?


If you are pregnant,  or in a newly pregnant partnership, just birthed or have children of any age and have wondered about any of these things or know anyone in this situation – you are in the right place.


Our intention is for this site to be a starting point, an inspiration and a safe space for questions to be asked, wisdom to be shared and to provide information.


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Sep 18


Hello World,

I interviewed Barbara Harper who is an advocate for Natrual Birth, an RN and the founder and Director of Waterbirth International. Barbara is an amazing person and is so passionate about women and birthing.  She supports all women in their choice to have an amazing natural birth.  Below is what Barbara has been achieving throughout her career:

  • A single Mom with three children, Barbara has dedicated her life to helping heal the way we welcome babies into the world.
  • Barbara is known as the Mother Theresa of Waterbirth by putting all of her personal and professional resources into making Waterbirth an available option for all women.
  • Barbara’s organisation has helped millions of families worldwide discover the empowering effects of labouring and giving birth in water
  • Barbara’s expertise in Waterbirth and gentle undisturbed birth is widely sought in all areas of the globe.
  • Barbara has lectured in 35 countries, including medical schools, nursing schools, midwifery programs and university women’s studies departments
  • Barbara has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers and magazines and has appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows
  • Barbara’s research has resulted in the publication of Gentle Birth Choices book and DVD and has also produced Birth Into Beings: The Russian Waterbirth Experience.
  • Her video programs are hailed as “the most inspiring birth videos ever produced”  deliver

I have put a grab of the interview, along with my birth plan as a download for free on the right, just click subscribe.  Also if you like the sound of the interview I have interviewed 6 other experts in natural birth who share some fantastic insights and all have a wealth of knowledge  to share.  I had so much fun interviewing these amazing women, they all had so much information on how you can have a wonderful natural birthing experience.  Just click on the Natural Birthing Plan link and have a look at my ebook. 

Enjoy your pregnancy, or for those of you planning to get pregnant, have fun reading all the information.  My biggest tip to all women is educate yourself and then implement what works for you. 

I wish you the most calm, relaxing and memorable birth,



Sep 18

Hi all,

I heard about this new DVD that is taking birth by storm!!  It is called Orgasmic Birth The Best-Kept Secret and was released to the world in Prague, Czech Republic on May 16 2008.  From the press release it says that it is a powerful, passionate and thought provoking, with commentary by a dozen preeminent health professionals and 11 women and their partners who share their birthing journey, Orgasmic Birth dismantles untruths about labor and birth that women have been told for generations.  

Pioneering first-time filmmaker Debra Pascali-Bonaro brings to the screen the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see first hand the glorious emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through the miracle of birth. Her documentary reveals that birth is something a woman can enjoy, rather than endure.

 Barbara Harper the founder and director of Waterbirth International reviewed the film and wrote, “Orgasmic Birth tells us what is right about undisturbed birth without blaming anyone.  It is artful, realistic, dynamic, and full or hope for women everywhere”.

 Go and have a look at and see a short video clip of the movie.  You can host a screening if you desire and then purchase the movie at the screening.  You can also find out about screenings in your area from the website.

Sep 18

Hello to all Mothers and Mothers-to-be,

I found an article in the Inquirer about Natural Birth Planning and Hypnobirthing.  Ms Locsin-Chan talks about her natural birthing experience and how her husband was blown away by the ease of her birth, a skeptic no more!  Below is an excerpt from the article or you can follow the link to read the whole article.  It really shows how Natural Birth Planning can lead to amazing outcomes.

While the thought of giving birth without the security of an epidural scared me to death, I later learned there is, in

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fact, no need for such drugs or anaesthetics. All the pain management we need is in our mind and, with a super supportive spouse, it makes for a formidable “pain-killer.”

Sep 18



Hi guys,

Just stumbled across this article from Texas, USA about a Natural Birthing Center that offers waterbirth in a Jacuzzi.  The article discusses the birthing centre that is within a clinic set up for services

towards women.  A doctor by the name of Quezada, founded the centre which is called Primera Luz (which means "first light" in Spanish). It caters to women of all ages, ethnicities and economic status – and gives those women more of a voice in the health care they receive.  "We want to give them more of a choice. As opposed to ‘Do this,’ we give them options," Dr Quezada said.

This is fantastic to see that women all over the world are given the option of having a great natural childbirth.  Well done and good luck.

Below is a little snippet of the article or click on the link to read the whole article.

The natural birthing center consists of five suites named after pioneering women such as Rosa Parks and Frida Kahlo. They resemble luxury hotel rooms – with upscale decor, large beds, flat-screen TVs, DVDs and jacuzzis.

But the hot tubs are used for delivering babies, not the honeymoons that in some cases helped create them.

"In this day and age, most physicians tend not to put in the time for a natural vaginal delivery. Most of them push C-sections," said Norma Vasquez, a former Planned Parenthood staffer who is Primera Luz’s administrator. "Some women don’t get a choice. But that’s one of the big missions of Dr. Quezada is to give them a choice."

It’s a choice that Andrea Hernandez, 27, has made twice. Daughter Rory was born there 18 months ago, and daughter Lorelai, five months ago. Rory was born on a bed, Lorelai in the water.

"I knew it would hurt, but if I had them in the hospital, drugs would have been an option," Hernandez said. She didn’t want that. "I knew it was better for them (to do it naturally). That’s a benefit. And I figured that millions of women have done it before me."

Sep 17

Sep 12

Hi to all the lovely Mothers to be!

Please see below the incredible bond that is created between mother and baby in those first few hours of life……. Not that Caesarian does not have its place its just that when its used for convenience rather than neccessity we miss out on something naturally amazing!

Mothers who delivered their babies vaginally appear to be much more sensitive to the cry of their own child within a few weeks of the birth compared with those who deliver by Caesarean section, a new study shows.
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The finding, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, give researchers insight into why postpartum depression seems to be linked more often to Caesarean birth.

The researchers based their findings on MRI scans that show heightened activity in the sections of the brain thought to regulate emotions, motivation and habitual behaviors. They believe this may be because vaginal childbirth involves the release of oxytocin — a key mediator of maternal behavior in animals — from the posterior pituitary, uterine contractions and vagino-cervical stimulation.

The researchers also studied areas of the brain affected by delivery conditions and found ties between brain activity and measures of mood. This suggests that some of the same brain regions may help regulate postpartum mood.

“As more women opt to wait until they are older to have children, and by association be more likely to have a Caesarean-section delivery, these results are important, because they could provide better understanding of the basic neurophysiology and psychology of parent-infant attachment,” lead author James Swain, of Yale University’s Child Study Centre, said in a news release issued by the journal’s publisher. “This work could lead to early detection of families at risk for postpartum depression and attachment problems and form a model for testing interventions.”

Caesarean delivery, which occurs via incisions in the abdominal and uterine wall, is required at times to protect the health or survival of infant or mother. The procedure’s use has increased in the United States dramatically, from 4.5 percent of all deliveries in 1965 to a recent high in 2006 of 29.1 percent.

Sep 11

Hi everyone, Yet more proof that women are taking up the natural birthing option and leaving the doctors for dust. It is unfortunate that women must endure a medicated, disappointing and disrespectful birth when the natural alternative can be embraced as it has been since the beginning of time. Have a read and let me know what you think?

The first time Angel Bloom had a baby, she did it the conventional way: in a hospital, with an epidural. Though her son, Nicholas, was healthy and born without incident, the experience, she said, left her feeling disappointed and disrespected.

“You’re just not in control at all with doctors,” she said.

Now in her second pregnancy, Bloom has eschewed an obstetrician and chosen Jeanne Browne, a midwife who owns the Concord Birth and Wellness Center in Concord. Browne, whose clients get long prenatal visits, personalized care and choices about where to deliver their baby – at home, at her birthing center, in an inflatable pool – says she’s offering women a more healthy and celebratory way to give birth. During a recent visit, she told Bloom, “it’s all about you.”

New Hampshire midwives say that business has been growing, thanks to a increasing awareness of their services and a midwife-friendly state legislature that has required health insurers to pay for their services. But nationally, doctors have begun to bristle over the number of births being performed out of hospitals and far from surgeons and emergency support staff.

This summer, the American Medical Association, the doctors organization, issued a resolution warning women that “the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital,” or in birthing centers on hospital campuses. The resolution said that the AMA would support state legislation designed to promote such births.

Midwives say that the AMA is wrong on safety, and that obstetricians who oppose their work are more concerned about protecting their turf than ensuring the health of women. Geradine Simkins, the president of the Midwives Alliance of North America, called the resolution “arrogant, patronizing and self-serving.” But doctors who support the statement argue that women are taking unnecessary risks when they deliver outside hospitals and want to encourage them to avoid bad outcomes that they see as inevitable.

“It’s true in any delivery, in a hospital or in a home, things can happen, unfortunately, in completely uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Erin Tracy, an obstetrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, who wrote the resolution adopted by the AMA.

“We just feel that for those rare cases where an emergency can occur, why take a chance?”

Sep 10

Brain scans on 12 new mothers found that natural childbirth may strengthen the bond between mother and child. Scientists at Yale University think the contractions during natural childbirth trigger the release of oxytocin, known as the cuddling hormone, in the mother and form a closer attachment between mothers and their babies. Caesarean sections may not have the same effect, and could be linked to postpartum depression, scientists believe. The study was published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology. The Yale team scanned the brains of 12 mothers two to four weeks after they had given birth and found that mothers who gave birth naturally were more sensitive to their own baby-cry. “Our results support the theory that variations in delivery conditions such as with caesarean section, which alters the

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neurohormonal experiences of childbirth, might decrease the responsiveness of the human maternal brain in the early postpartum,” Dr. James Swain, lead author of the study said. More women are waiting to have children and become more likely to have caesarean sections because of their age, he said. Caesarean sections are sometimes necessary to ensure a healthy baby and mother. “The work could lead to early detection of families at risk for postpartum depression and attachment problems and form a model for testing interventions,” Swain said.

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