Category Archives: Birth

Eating and Drinking in Labour

Eating and Drinking in Labour

By Emma Mas Labour is often compared to running a marathon. Runners and labourers prepare physically and mentally for the event, most will experience pain or discomfort, they are encouraged by chants and cheers, and are rewarded with a great achievement. However, runners are encouraged to think wisely about what they eat to fuel and… Continue Reading

Keeping Your New Baby Close is Part of a Healthy Birth

By Michelle Carchrae When preparing for the birth of a new baby, many mothers-to-be focus very intensely on what it will be like to labour and give birth. It is important to learn pain management techniques, what happens when an epidural is administered, specific breathing techniques, labour and pushing positions, but there’s often a big… Continue Reading

GB21 (JianJing): A Must-Know Acupressure Point

GB21 (JianJing): A Must-Know Acupressure Point

By Renee Taylor The use of acupressure in labour has been gaining popularity in the west as a natural means to help women during labour with pain management as well as relaxation. It is easy to learn and in fact, a birth partner who knows even a few effective pressure points can really help during… Continue Reading

Placentophagy & Placenta Encapsulation

Placentophagy & Placenta Encapsulation

By Debra Woods Placentophagy is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after birth. The practice of eating placenta is not new. In fact, all mammals, with the exception of marine mammals and camels eat their placenta. Humans eating placenta started during the 1970s and has become more popular in the past… Continue Reading

ASK CHILDBEARING: What are my umbilical cord cutting timing options?

Q:  What are my options with regard to the timing of cutting the umbilical cord? A:  There are four main approaches to cord cutting. Immediate cord clamping (now sometimes called ‘premature’ cord clamping): This entails clamping and cutting the cord immediately after the baby is born, before the cord has stopped pulsing. This practice became… Continue Reading

Autumn 2019 Editorial: After Birth

Autumn 2019 Editorial: After Birth

By Stephanie Ondrack Once your baby is born, the birth seems to be over. Parents hold their new baby, exhausted and relieved, engrossed and amazed, utterly entranced and focused, and are often perplexed when their caregiver asks for one more small push. What on earth for? This is the third stage of labour: the afterbirth.… Continue Reading

Summer 2019 Editorial: Birth & the Unexpected

Summer 2019 Editorial: Birth & the Unexpected

Birth is always unexpected No matter what we were picturing, it is never exactly as we imagined. It might be faster or slower, it might be harder or easier, there might be more or fewer medical decisions, it might not be in the location we planned… But even aside from these obvious differences, birth always… Continue Reading

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