Dr Grantly Dick Read wrote about the fear of birth and how this rising anxiety towards the end of a pregnancy may inhibit a woman’s ability to go into labour and give birth spontaneously. He called it the fear-pain-tension cycle. His premise was that fear leads to pain and tension in the body, which can …
What we learn about life starts in the womb and may have a lifelong influence on our lives.
Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC) and Homebirth After Caesarian (HBAC) are gaining momentum in South Africa and provision needs to be made for women seeking these options through collaboration of the medical health care systems. Preventing unnecessary caesarians by providing adequate support and information to women should be the first approach.
The human propensity for war can be prevented by starting at the beginning: Gentle and Safe Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting.
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 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.