Marianne will be presenting a Natural Birth workshop on the eighth and ninth of December 2012, at Passionate Births in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg. Register now for your chance to experience this uplifting and educational workshop on natural birth.
Women who give birth at home have fewer interventions and higher satisfaction with the experience. This in turn influences the breastfeeding relationship and their bonding and attachment to their babies. Women who give birth naturally at home also suffer less with postnatal depression.
The foetus ejection reflex is a term rescued from obscurity in the work of biologist Niles Newton by Dr Michel Odent. It refers to the reflex that mice and all animals have when they give birth to their offspring in a secluded environment. Mammals need to release a flow of hormones, particularly oxytocin, to initiate …
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 early morning frost singed my fingers and toes during feeding time and as the day warmed up, we all thawed out in the midday sun. Safely ensconced at my mother’s Kwazulunatal ‘Horselovers Haven’, I was blissfully spending time in the herd, lying down with my horse in the grass and playing with him while …
Women choose homebirth because they are private and offer minimal intervention in the physiological birth process. This best serves the psychological and emotional health of the mother and baby when she is healthy.
The significance of breastfeeding reaches far beyond its biological function; in fact there is nothing ‘natural’ about breastfeeding itself. On the contrary, attitudes and practices appear to be socially determined, and breastfeeding has to be seen as an essential element in the cultural construction of sexually defined gender roles.