Twelve great things about waterbirth and how it enhances natural birth, bonding and skin to skin attachment and protects the mother and baby dyad
For a healthy woman, home birth is an option that is not often considered in South Africa. Many women seem to desire to give birth in any number of private hospitals where their caesarian section rates are approximately 80%. Most women do not know that home birth is an option, especially when a natural birth is desired.
I have just returned home from attending the first Human Rights in Childbirth Summit 2015 on the continent of Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants included delegates, doctors, midwives, lawyers,
When we interfere with the process of birth we render the love hormone oxytocin useless and we need to ask ourselves how this will affect the future of humanity.
Physiological birth occurs when a mother is not disturbed during the process of labour and birth. This enables the body to release a cocktail of hormones and neurochemicals that enable and empower the mother and baby to make this major transition from womb to world in the gentlest and most loving possible way.
Human rights in childbirth are a global issue as women in different parts of the world struggle with various issues around the arena of rights in childbirth, autonomy, and choices in childbirth
Pain relief medication interferes with the neuro-endocrine systems of mother and baby during labour and birth. While the short term impacts may be negligable, no research has yet been undertaken on the long term effects.