Thokozile, a Zulu maiden from Kwazulunatal gave birth last week in the most physiological spontaneous way, that I have no doubt Michel Odent would approve.
I imagined how through the centuries, African people had been giving birth in their thatch roofed dwellings, now replaced by glistening tin roofs that do not insulate the home from the heat of the strong African sun. Almost akin to the hospitals and clinics where African women now give birth and that do not insulate them from the emotional and physical trauma of medicalized childbirth.
Ane’ wanted to be allowed to walk around, and to eat and drink during labour, She did not want her baby to be separated from her after birth and wanted to experience the the labour and the birth without pain relief.
Natural Birth is an involuntary physiological process that occurs when labour commences, progresses and culminates in the expulsion of a baby from a mother’s womb.
The Travelling Midwife, South Africa is back in Cape Town for births after a Moms and Babies tea party, and being a doula!
The first lessons in life are learnt at the hands of midwives and obstetricians in maternity care units in South Africa. What characteristics are we imparting to future generations of people, both white and non-white in South Africa?
I am returning to South Africa after attending the annual International Primal Association Convention in The USA (and just missed hurricane Irene!!)at which William Emerson presented his workshops and seminars on healing the birth trauma that we may have experienced as babies. The healing is effected through reliving the original trauma and making connections between …