Water for labour and birth

By Robyn Dempsey I have attended women for over 18 years, many of whom have chosen to birth in the water. It is my intention to help you understand how useful water can be to birthing families. I wish to acknowledge Joy Argent whose lecture on this subject has given me much of my


The birth story of Juniper Valentine

By Anna Rummey The birth story of Juniper Valentine begins not with labour, but the incident that would ultimately forbid it from happening, and alter the course of the remainder of my pregnancy. I was 21 weeks pregnant. Chris had been in Melbourne for the day on business, and returned jubilant after positive steps


Constipation in Pregnancy

Constipation in Pregnancy About half of all pregnant women report that they suffer from constipation. When you’re pregnant, large amounts of progesterone circulate in your bloodstream, slowing the activity of your digestive tract, and constipation can result. If you take an iron supplement, constipation can be made worse. Here are a few suggestions for


Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks Stretch marks are an almost inevitable part of pregnancy, though some women do avoid them. Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching to accommodate the enlarging uterus and increased weight. Some women probably have some genetic predisposition for stretch marks, and they’re also more common in younger women. The marks typically


Wondering what to do with your placenta?

By Erika Elliott “Well you also have the option to encapsulate your placenta and ingest it.”........ blank stares, open mouths, nervous giggles, or simply no registration at all. This is the normal response I see when talking about the third stage of labour in my calmbirth® classes. I have been encapsulating women’s placentas for


Successful VBAC with Gestational Diabetes

This is the story of the pregnancy and birth of my second son. My first son Sam was born by emergency caesarean after a dream pregnancy, 20 hour labour and getting stuck at 9cm dilatation with an anterior lip. This time I had morning sickness for 16 weeks, back pain from 10 weeks, gestational


Postpartum Haemorrhage

Significant blood loss after birth is the most common cause of maternal death in the developed world, and is also a major cause of reduced post-natal health. Postpartum haemorrhage refers to the loss of more than 500 ml of blood following a vaginal delivery or 1000 ml of blood following a caesarean. While in


CranioSacral Therapy for Babies & Children

By Krisitane Heidrich Creating A lifetime of Good Health Childbirth is a journey like no other. For mother and father it is one of wonder, excitement and the unknown. For the child it can hold all the rewards and risks that a new life offers. Thankfully, for babies and children today, there is a