Jan 26

Natural Childbirth is falling further and further behind.  The cesarean section rate is rising…………..what will it take to turn this around? 

 
I am

a mother of two, a midwife and a lactation consultant and am fed up with hospital birthing.  It seems that the hospital antenatal education system is failing women.  Only a small percentage of women seek education outside the hospital system and it is these women that are taking birth and making it their own. 

 
As a midwife I have taught antenatal education classes and I know that they do not give women real tools that they can use to plan and implement a natural birth.  What is taught is the basic anatomy and physiology as well as all the pain relief options.  Yes, I know that this is great information, but how about giving women the absolute confidence in their body and empower them to follow through with a

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Women need to learn more about birth and how they can use different techniques to become confident with their body and their baby.  It is time for women to rise up and embrace their birthing journey and ask for more…………more information, more trust and more empowerment.
 
How many natural childbirth techniques have you considered so far?  To educate yourself on all the methods available follow the book link and empower yourself to birth the way you want.
 
Take care and happy birthing,
Loretta

 

Jan 23

 

“Too Posh to Push”  Time Magazine, The Australian and Fox News

 

“Natural Childbirth Mom’s more attuned to babies’ cry”  US News and ABC News

 

“Orgasmic Birth”  Sydney Morning Herald, USA Today and ABC 20-20

 

These headlines are truly shocking! Do they help expectant mothers cope better with their birth preparation, or just cause unnecessary anxiety and stress? I am mother of 2, a midwife of 9 years, an internationally board certified lactation consultant and a passionate advocate for Natural Childbirth.  I continually see women on a daily basis have a poor birthing experience

and as a midwife I know that they could have used simple, natural options to make their birth experience one of fulfillment and joy.

 

Reflecting on the headlines, “Orgasmic Birth”, what does this say?  While possible, the last thing a woman expects to experience during childbirth is an orgasm. She is at her wits end dealing with pain, discomfort and the impending marathon that is childbirth…..and now she hears women are having orgasms! I know this film is about choice and showing how a group of women give birth, but again, the headline gives women more pressure and expectation.

 

When is it enough?  Why can’t we just give women some real and proven options to have a natural childbirth, rather than pressure?  This is my mission in life, to give women choice and educate them on the wonders of childbirth so they can work with their body and their baby. 

 

2009 is The Year of Hopefulness as mentioned by OPRAH, so how about we give women hope rather then fear and expectation.  With all the choices available to them, women can create an atmosphere that is positive and allow their confidence to shine.

 

I have endeavored to help women around the world gain the confidence back in their bodies.  I have interviewed 7 of the worlds leading authorities on natural childbirth techniques such as Acupressure, Acupuncture, Hypnobirthing, Reflexology, The Bradley Method and many more. 

 

In the 7 part natural childbirth series the experts have opened women’s minds to a new world of possibilities and options they may not have heard before.  Natural childbirth will become more about choosing what type of method works for them rather than just choosing whether to have a cesarean section or not.  Most women will enter into their birth journey with the pretense of ‘trying not to have drugs’, this is all well and good, however, ending up with a fulfilling natural birth is rare.  Women need to plan for their birth and equip themselves with knowledge of how their bodies work, how to work with their body and baby and have complete faith that their body was made to birth.

 

This new interview series is available online as a complete audio download from www.child-birth-options.com.  A transcript of the interviews is also available as well as a comprehensive birthing plan, an easy to follow exercise and stretching regime, a  breastfeeding survival book and great links to natural childbirth videos.

 

My aim is to try and change the perception of how woman view birth and hopefully influence the birthing statistics.  After all the choice isn’t between natural childbirth or cesarean section…..it is all about informing women and nurturing their skills and confidence to have a fearless childbirth that will permanently bond them with their child and partner.

 

I just want to leave you with one thought:

 

"Why avoid medications and take such good care of our

Body’s all through pregnancy only to pump it full of drugs for the last few hours?"

Take Care,

Loretta

Jan 8

 

Happy New Year!!  2009 is the the year of hopefulness!!  We, as a natural birth planning group, must embrace 2009 and give hope to all the pregnant women, the soon to be pregnant women and the younger women who are going to take Natural Childbirth into the future.  This year the birth statistics will be fantastic, women will choose where to have their baby, how to have their baby and with whom.   They will base their decision purely on their feelings, not on government bodies and the costs involved.  So come and join me in the Natural Childbirth movement!!

So what is the big deal about Natural Childbirth?  Why are we constantly talking about it and trying to achieve it?  Well, I will tell you why……………………..it is because it is the best for our body, our baby, breastfeeding and the well being of the whole family unit.

An article in a Budapest paper states that the fact of the matter is that there have been trends in childbirth, and in western societies, this trend has been leading towards more medicalised births actively managed by doctors, to the point where now fully one third of births in the United States are surgical births (C-sections) and growing to this amount around the world.  It is now hard to spot any birth in a hospital that hasn’t been intervened with in some way.

So what’s wrong with that, what is wrong with “intervention” if it means that the birth is safer, faster, or the mother feels less pain?

The paper goes on to say that the problem is medical interventions are introduced as a matter of routine (as opposed to necessity) into a well-oiled process, and in the majority of cases, these interventions increase the number of complications, not decrease them, and even introduce

new ones.

As I have written many, many times before, Interventions interfere in the natural process, which then necessitates more interventions. Before women realise they are taken down into a cascade of intervention and at the end of which is a C-section.

The paper asks the question on everyone’s lips; what is wrong with a C-section?  Well it is major surgery, with all the associated risks. At base, it’s a lot more risky to both mum and baby than a vaginal birth. For mum, there are all the post-surgery complications, potential infections, and so on.

The biggest point made is that the number of children a woman can have is instantly numbered, and the frequency at which she can have them, already determined for her. Because after a C-section, it is recommended that a woman wait at least 3 years before giving birth again, and the second birth after a C-section is likely to also be a C-section, and I believe few doctors will be willing to administer more than 4 C-sections on anyone.

You see how just one intervention can lead to another then another and before anyone knows, natural childbirth is out the window and a C-section is needed due to the extra stress on the baby and mother.  The mother is then put into a catagory that can never be reversed.  Some states in the US are even recommending that insurance premiums are higher for women who have had a C-section.  Who would choose this life and these restrictions on life.

The baby is also at risk when an unnecessary C-section takes place.  The baby is cut out of its mothers womb and not passed through the vagina.  Missing this step prevents the baby’s lungs from being squeezed and excess fluid removed.  Not removing this fluid can cause the baby to have breathing difficulties and possibly infection.  This will then reflect on breastfeeding by delaying it and delaying bonding time with the family unit.  Breastfeeding needs to be commenced within an hour of birth so as to create an imprint for further successful feeding in the baby’s mind. 

So how does these interventions start, well, as I have passionately written about before, it starts with the horrible word induction!  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………..as women we need to take a stand and say no to induction unless there is truly a medical problem.  And by doing this women will avoid the very first intervention and remain in control of their own natural Childbirth.

Women, I urge you to fully look into natural childbirth and really figure out what it is you want rather than leaving your life decision in the hands of doctors and medical staff.  We only get one vessel to live this life, our body, so we must take care of it.  Please research and take matters into your own hands I know you will feel immense pride when the birth you chose comes to fruition.

To help you with your education have a look at my book "7 Secrets to Natural Childbirth" it will give you some great advice on planning the natural childbirth you want.