Birth in the Know

Month: July 2019

REIKI: ANOTHER NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTION FOR PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND THE FOURTH TRIMESTER

General Information About Reiki Reiki is universal life force energy. It is the energy in and around us. You can’t see it and it is there. The Reiki practitioner is a channel for the energy. Anybody can become a Reiki practitioner. The Reiki Master passes on the Reiki through a series of attunements. In summary, …

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TOP TEN LIES YOU’VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT CHILDBIRTH

Here are the top ten lies you’ve been told about childbirth. 1) Pregnancy is an illness.  Most women (in the U.S.) give birth in the hospital. Hospitals are for sick people. People with disease and illness, emergencies, and tests, and procedures. Because this is what hospitals were designed for, pregnant women will be treated as …

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FEEDING BABY: BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING / RISKS OF FORMULA

Benefits and Risks There is breastmilk and there is formula. These are the two substances to choose from when feeding a baby. There are some very distinct differences between the two. There is no comparison. Breastmilk has the perfect composition for your baby to digest at whatever stage of development they are at.   Most of …

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POSTPARTUM DOULA: NINE ROLES DEFINED

The postpartum doula has been around longer than I have been at it (1991), yet there are still many people who don’t know what a doula is. There is often much confusion with a midwife, who is clinically trained. Many doulas worked hard to get doula into the dictionary. Online Meriam Webster’s says: “a woman who is …

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ELIMINATING FEAR OF PAIN IN CHILDBIRTH: POSSIBLE OR IMPOSSIBLE?

Can I eliminate the fear of pain in childbirth for someone? How would I support a woman whose biggest fear is she won’t be able to have a normal, physiological birth, and won’t be able to deal with the pain of labor and will want an epidural?  First off, fear is a made-up thought or sequence …

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FATHER INFANT BONDING: BATH TIME, DIAPER TIME AND MORE

A father and a mother interact differently with their baby. Father interaction contributes to the growth and development of the baby in many ways. When fathers spend time with their newborn baby, they are more likely to spend more time with them as they grow. I first learned of this when I viewed the video Amazing …

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