Obstetric ultrasound diagnostic techniques should carefully adhere to a cautious scientific attitude and exposure should be kept to a minimum during pregnancy.
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 is an involuntary process, related to activity in the primitive brain and body structures. It occurs best when a woman’s parasympathetic nervous system is operational and she is in a state of trust. The fetus ejection reflex is a short series of involuntary movements that result in the birth of the baby followed by transcendent feelings for the mother baby dyad.
Collaborative care between obstetrician, midwives and other health disciplines works best for mother and baby.
The traumatic experiences a mother brings with her to her labour and birth increase the levels of tensions and fear in her body, that may impede her ability to give birth naturally and interfere with her recovery post birth.
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?
‘Birth in South Africa’ was one of my presentations at the Damanhur Birth Summit. I presented a workshop on traditions of the ancient Khoisan and San Bushmen transcendent ways of approaching a birth, but this I will talk about later. Firstly I’d like to delineate the birthing situation in South Africa. We have two systems, namely the …