Labour & Childbirth Prep

Birth Doula, HypnoBirthing, Breech, Postdates, Group B Streptococcus, VBAC

 

Even though every human on the planet comes from their mother’s womb, there are many myths, unsubstantiated fears and misinformation surrounding labour and birth.

For a healthy, normal and low-risk pregnancy the safest birth is one with no interventions. 

Even with the medical field knowing this fact, labour and birth in North America is increasingly becoming a medically managed situation that has not improved outcomes for either the baby or mother. Also, birth situations that were naturally managed in the past (such as breech presentation or the desire to have a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean birth, VBAC) now more commonly resort to surgery.

This is compounded by the fact that women are not taught how to birth their babies; they are not taught that their bodies are perfectly designed to birth their babies.

As a certified hypnotherapist, certified HypnoBirthing practitioner and trained naturopathic doula I help mothers have a safe, relaxed, comfortable, healthy and normal labour and birth:

HypnoBirthing classes are a comprehensive childbirth education and preparation program using breathing, relaxation, visualization and affirmations to help couples have the confidence and tools to gently and naturally birth their babies.

As a naturopathic doula I bring my naturopathic modalities to your baby’s birth — a toolbox available when needed to help you move through labour and birth. Studies show many significant and measurable benefits to having a doula present during labour and birth. A naturopathic doula who is also a trained hypnotherapist is like having 3 support professionals at your birthing.

 

Naturopathic approaches are also an effective option to:

Help turn a breech baby: A combination of acupuncture, moxabustion as well as at home exercises can help turn a breech baby and help women avoid a cesarean section.

Help rotate a posterior baby: A baby in the occiput posterior position can lengthen and increase discomfort in labour. Acupuncture, moxabustion and home exercises can help rotate a baby into the ideal position for labour and birth.

Naturally start labour in a postdates baby: A baby is officially “postdates” at 42 weeks of pregnancy. If you had a previous postdates baby (and perhaps you were induced) or you are 40 weeks pregnant and are curious about natural ways to start labour, there are many natural approaches that can help a woman avoid an artificial induction. Acupuncture, moxabustion, herbs, homeopathy and home exercises are gentle and effective ways to help prepare the cervix and get labour started.

Possibly treat or prevent a positive Group B Streptococcus test: Up to 25% of pregnant women will test positive for Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacterium that can be found in the lower gut and vagina. Testing positive for this bacteria close to your due date may mean having to take antibiotics during labour and birth and may limit the amount of time that your baby can be born after your water breaks. There are natural ways to combat GBS and change a positive result to a negative result (Your healthcare provider must be willing to retest you after 2 weeks of treatment).

Prepare you for a VBAC: Most cesarean sections are performed on women who have had a previous c-section, however, many women are good candidates for a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC). For healthy women and their low-risk pregnancies a VBAC is safer than a repeat c-section. If your healthcare provider has deemed you as a good VABC candidate, then it is important that you prepare yourself for a positive labour and birthing experience!