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CONSCIOUS BIRTHING INDIA

Holistic Perspectives & Directory For Northern India

Conscious Birthing: Re-introducing the Birth Process

Why seems birth so easy to animals and so difficult for us humans? Why should we, who have been created as sexual beings that come together in love and joy, get pregnant and then have to give birth in a painful and stressful way? It just does not make sense. And why have women in some cultures gentle, pain-free childbirths and why do women with less educated and upscale backgrounds usually deal with birthing in such uncomplicated manner? 

We’d like to share the most important facts about natural birthing as it reveals a whole new perspective on birthing (including a new, much gentler language for the process), which every woman – and man – should be introduced to. Natural birthing methods help to resolve limiting social norms and to recover a healthy confidence in the female body, in its natural instincts and in the harmonious orchestration of the mother’s and baby’s bodies at birth. Continue reading “Conscious Birthing: Re-introducing the Birth Process”

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Connect Immediately after Caesarean

This week Amber Price, the Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, posted the above photo on Facebook with this caption: “Celebrating Nashville’s first baby born via CS with delayed cord clamping, and placed directly on mom via a window in the drape.

Continue reading “Connect Immediately after Caesarean”

Home births as safe as hospital births: International study

Hamilton, ON (August 8, 2019)  –  A large international study led by McMaster University shows that low risk pregnant women who intend to give birth at home have no increased chance of the baby’s perinatal or neonatal death compared to other low risk women who intend to give birth in a hospital.

The results have been published by The Lancet‘s EClinicalMedicine journal. Continue reading “Home births as safe as hospital births: International study”

Winds of change in India

Long awaited winds of change are blowing through India. 

Thanks to years of advocacy, the Government of India and various state governments in the country have now acknowledged the urgent need to promote normal birth and eliminate unnecessary surgical intervention.  Continue reading “Winds of change in India”

Upfront & Straight forward


Donations

In view of the current situation in North India – lack of awareness amongst pregnant parents and medical professionals as well as a lack of facilities –  we have decided to move forward with a hands-on-approach: we ask for donations. The money that reaches us will be immediately used for awareness campaigns, networking & research, website maintenance AND eventually for funding the implementation of a holistic birthing sanctuary near Dehradun (Uttarakhand). 

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Birthing Dilemma in Dehradun

Here we go, once again, a pregnant lady from Rishikesh contacted us, asking for a place and a doctor that would allow her a natural birthing experience. And once again, I have no one to recommend in this region! Once again I directed a pregnant woman towards South India: Kerala and Hyderabad. 

It is exasperating, infuriating even, that women cannot get any holistic support for their birth planning in Uttarakhand. Forget homebirths and waterbirths. There are just no midwives / doulas around, and even if one can be found, there are no doctors / ob-gyns as back up, who have the necessary holistic view, the commitment and integrity. Because even if doctors say they support zero/minimal intervention, they tend to change their minds last minute. Usually, money is the reason, as they can charge much more for c -sections etc. Standardised clinical birthing is also time efficient (‘cookie cutter principle’) and fairly foreseeable in terms of risks. And although women might be able to get the natural birth with no epidural, they still get episiotomy and made to stay in the bed in one position…  Continue reading “Birthing Dilemma in Dehradun”

The Greatness of Women

“I call on the next generation of young women to be the mothers of the Compassionate Revolution that this century so desperately needs. You have a special role to play in creating a better world. It is often thought that women are more empathic and sensitive, and more receptive to the feelings of others. These are qualities that are embodied by mothers. In this sense, women are models of humanity.”
~ His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama 

Continue reading “The Greatness of Women”

Take care of your children TODAY…

… and of course, take also care of your mothers, today. Continue reading “Take care of your children TODAY…”

The Truth about Birth Trauma…

…and how to heal from it

Text by By Anthea Thomas for hyonobirthing.com

You yourself may have experienced a difficult birth, and let’s face it, you only have to start talking to couples about their births, and the horrific stories start pouring out. Clearly the system around birth is not working, because it is not your body that is failing. Let’s look at how birth trauma is defined.  Continue reading “The Truth about Birth Trauma…”

Benefits of Natural Childbirth

While medical interventions can and do save lives in a small percentage of births, the majority of labors can unfold as nature intended. As natural mamas, we need to take back this experience! Natural birth is a tremendous rite of passage, but you just may be surprised at how beneficial it is for baby and mama.

Written by Genevieve Howland (childbirth educator, bestselling author, breastfeeding advocate, mother of three)

Here are 14 benefits of having a natural childbirth. Continue reading “Benefits of Natural Childbirth”

India’s Maternity Mess

When it comes to health policy, India often strangely lunges at the mistakes of the US, ignoring insights and better approaches from Europe.

India has an irrational fear of midwives. To some, it is a reminder of ancient times with their unhygienic practices and unscientific opinions. Understandably, therefore, many women are unsure of the quality of care they might receive from a midwife, compared to a doctor.

But there is growing evidence that trained midwives are as good as doctors in taking care of pregnant women and in overseeing uncomplicated births. In the United Kingdom, for instance, there is a recognition that “all women need a midwife, and some need a doctor too.”  Continue reading “India’s Maternity Mess”

The Umbilical Cord Blood Controversy

by Chinmayo Forro, CDM

When it comes to new research aimed at saving people’s life, none elicits more conflicting opinions than the stem cell controversy. More specifically, the use of umbilical cord blood has generated numerous heated debates: to cut or not to cut and when to cut? Conflicting information has added pressure on pregnant couples: who is right? Doctors favor cutting the cord within seconds of the baby’s birth, whereas midwives have always delayed cord clamping until it stops pulsating – an average of fifteen minutes – and some even advocate to wait a couple of hours after the delivery of the placenta. Cord blood banks have been growing like mushrooms in the past twenty years and advocate freezing the cord blood for possible later use.

Some cultures even practice Lotus Birth – leaving the placenta attached to the baby until the cord falls off days later – as a meaningful spiritual practice. Thus, if we want to improve the health of future generations we absolutely must start at the beginning of life and seriously investigate the risks/benefits of early vs. delayed cord clamping.   Continue reading “The Umbilical Cord Blood Controversy”

9 months in 4 minutes

An amazing journey we all made – in our mothers’ wombs.

And some of us will make it again (if they reincarnate).

 

Deciding factor: Limbic Imprinting

By Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

Limbic imprinting is the inborn capacity of the nervous system to absorb and memorize, on a cellular level, all of the information from its surrounding environment during the early formative period– the moment of conception through 9 months of gestation, birth, and the first few years of life. Every fluctuation of the mother’s hormonal, physical, emotional experiences are registered by the fetus and non-cognitively recorded in its developing nervous system. These early impressions and sensations remain with this person throughout their entire lifespan. Good news: If the original limbic imprint, or ‘basic settings’, were undesirable and painful, it is possible to consciously create an alternative later on in life.    Continue reading “Deciding factor: Limbic Imprinting”

Birth, Baby, Chiropractice

See baby being pulled out by the neck? That’s a typical c-section, with the doctor pulling baby through an incision in mom’s abdomen. Those pulling forces are experienced by baby in most births, vaginal or cesarean, and cause a subtle shift in the top bone of the neck. And this can cause a variety of issues for the child. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates everything in the body, including development and healing, we have to make sure that a child’s nervous system is working properly. And the spine is the most common place in the body that can interfere with the nervous system, disrupting the amazing power that made the body.

Continue reading “Birth, Baby, Chiropractice”

Midwifery in India

Disgruntled with the way the hospital machinery functions, more and more couples in India are looking at other (happier) ways of bringing their babies into this world… And more certified independent midwives for one-on-one care are needed!

Continue reading “Midwifery in India”

Healing powers of Spiraling

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova speaks about ‘Spiraling’: Continue reading “Healing powers of Spiraling”

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Birthing & Bonding

Joseph Chilton Pearce (January 14, 1926 – August 23, 2016) was an American author of a number of books on human development and child development.

Your grandma’s and your mother’s lives affect You

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The above illustration (currently circulating on social media platforms) shows that the egg that created you was formed inside of your mother’s fetus while she was inside of your grandmother’s womb. So the way your grandmother and your mother lived their lives, affects you in the now… 

Continue reading “Your grandma’s and your mother’s lives affect You”

Perfect Hands Off Breech Birth!

Screenshots of video, posted by “Mães & Babys” on fb:

Quoting the video description:

“I never imagined a birth like that would be possible. The realization of natural #childbirth with pelvic presentation is possible? The answer is #yes! Before clarifying the reasons for this possibility, we will define what the pelvic presentation is. Between the 36th and 40th week gestational occurs the intensification of uterine contractions and the baby begins to adopt a position to be born, most often with the head down (presentation presentation) which is considered the most appropriate For birth. However, it does not always happen and there are cases that the child remains sitting in the mother’s belly, so this posture is classified as a pelvic presentation. Pelvic labor is not an absolute indication of caesarean section! Many people believe that this type of presentation prevents a natural and safe birth by associating with anomalies and / or gestational disease, which in fact is a great #myth! In this type of delivery we need a team prepared to understand all the processes involved and do not intervene unnecessarily (pulling, compressing, compressing, etc. ), one of the most indicated positions is support with knees (of four), which may still have ball or shower aid. Pioneers in this area as researcher dr. Frank in points out that it is essential to wait for the baby to come naturally because physiology will be responsible for driving birth. In The Brazilian public health scenario it is essential that this subject is disseminated in the perspective of reducing the submitted of an elective caesarean section without indication because there are several studies that point to natural childbirth as the safest, the surgical conduct indicated only in births with dystocia. #Curiosity : the only anomalous presentation that is considered absolute indicative of caesarean section is transverse / Oblique (crossed in the uterus). However some professionals still choose to adopt this conduct only after the start of labor because they also consider the possibility of the baby adopting vertical position. 👶 #Health #woman #mother #sus #nursing #birth #obstetrics #neonatology video: the arrival of thayla – Youtube. The video features scenes of a labor. It’s not porn!”

Why not to clamp the cord early

“There’s something important parents need to know about that moment when the umbilical cord is clamped. And that is that at the moment a baby’s born, 1/3 of their blood, the blood that’s been going through them for all of pregnancy, is still outside their body. And what happened for all of human history is that after the baby is born, the cord would pump. It would pulse. It would push blood into the baby. They’d get 30% more blood. They get 60% more blood cells. They get iron to last them through their first year. They would get white blood cells to fight infection. They would get antibodies. They would get stem cells to help repair their body. But what happened in the 20th century is we got the idea to immediately put a clamp on the cord. To clamp it, cut it, and lock out the oxygen, lock out the iron, lock out all those wonderful things. If you wait just an extra 90 seconds or so, you get all the good stuff in your baby. Immediate clamped kids are 10x more likely to get iron deficient in the first year, which can affect their brain. So the campaign’s called TICC-TOCC Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping to Optimal Cord Clamping.” – Dr. Alan Greene

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To have children, or not to have children?

Conscious birthing embraces also the understanding that not every woman (and every couple) has to procreate. To be fertile and to consciously give birth can also mean to bring something other than a baby to the world: writing a book, expressions in art and music or any other project and venture that comes from your heart… there are so many ways to bring love, life and aliveness onto this planet, to people, animals and nature.

This post is an invitation to rigorously and ruthlessly check your self before ‘making a baby’. Below some inspiration for your investigations. After all, a child is a 20 years + project. Are you and your partner prepared for and integrated to it? Do you have the energy and commitment? Are you sure it serves your soul’s calling?  Continue reading “To have children, or not to have children?”

WHO: Individualised care is key

WHO has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions.

Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections.  Continue reading “WHO: Individualised care is key”

Conscious Birthing in Northern India

Conscious birthing is as much about conscious conception and parenting, as it is about the actual natural birthing process. Given India’s rich yoga and ayurveda traditions one would expect this country to have holistic doctors and natural birthing facilities available en masse – but the reality is far from it. When searching for clinics for water birthing, midwives for home birthing and experienced, holistically thinking gynaecologists in the state of Uttarakhand (North East India), there are NONE to find.

While Mumbai and Hyderabad offer already some good alternatives to the standardised allopathic birthing procedures, the region between Delhi and Dehradun is way behind. Continue reading “Conscious Birthing in Northern India”

Beautiful Video: Home Water Birth

Thanks to Maraya Brown & Family.

 

Where to Walk?!

Conscious ‘conception-birthing-parenting’ are part of conscious living. What about conscious city planning and landscaping? Shouldn’t this also be an integral part of our considerations and social responsibility, in order to prepare the ground not only for the well-being of our children but also for creating sustainable infrastructures for generations to come? Increasing traffic, the related bad air quality, noise and lack of safety are major concerns that need to be addressed – urgently and wholeheartedly. 

Continue reading “Where to Walk?!”

Midlife mums: Pregnant over 40

Given that in India the average marriage-age for men is 26 and 22 for women*, and in rural regions even earlier, the median age at first pregnancy is 20. In Western countries the average age for women to have their first baby has risen to 29 and above – and with that an increase in books, blogs and other media featuring women getting pregnant in their 40s can be observed. In contrast to India: the fact that women can have healthy happy babies also at a later stage in their lives seems doomed unrealistic (by most doctors) and undesirable. BUT once a 40+ woman is pregnant or once the baby is delivered, hardly anybody raises an eyebrow. Pregnant women and mothers are adored and honoured in India. 

Time for an awareness and paradigm shift amongst Indian women, couples and above all amongst Indian doctors, gynaecologists and nurses. Continue reading “Midlife mums: Pregnant over 40”

Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin is the famous midwife who founded The Farm, an inspiration to birthing women worldwide, and an advocate for normal birth. She is the author of several books: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, and Spiritual Midwifery.

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Lotus Birth

Lotus Birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut, so that the baby remains attached to the placenta until the cord naturally separates from the navel, 3-10 days after birth. Please research this process yourself to make an informed decision. There is a lot of material available on YouTube, blogs, websites and in books.

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3.-9. Sept 2016 : Healthy Birth Healthy Earth : International Conference

Healthy Birth – Healthy Earth
International Conference in Scottland
from 3. to 9. September 2016
Live Webstreaming and/or participation in person at the Ecovillage Findhorn in Scotland.

„A conference about conscious conception, pregnancy, birth and early childhood, as well as the healing of birth trauma in adults.“

Amongst the 24 speakers are Michel Odent, Elena Tonetti Vladimirova and Robin Lim.
Full program and detailed information:
https://hbhe.co/programme/


 

Home or Hospital?

Holding the Space for Human Birth
TED Talk by Saraswati Vedam:


WHO Recommends Doulas Attend Births

“WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist” has been developed to support the delivery of essential maternal and perinatal care practices. The Checklist addresses the major causes of maternal death (haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour and hypertensive disorders), intrapartum-related stillbirths (inadequate intrapartum care), and neonatal deaths (birth asphyxia, infection and complications related to prematurity). It was developed following a rigorous methodology and tested for usability in ten countries across Africa and Asia. 

An implementation guide for health facilities has been developed to help birth attendants and health-care leaders successfully launch and sustain use of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist. The simple document lists basic interventions. Amongst the six instructions: “Encourage birth companion to be present at birth”. Continue reading “WHO Recommends Doulas Attend Births”

Paradigm Shift

Giving birth with ease and grace

1.) Birthing can be calm, gentle, painless and even pleasant for a woman.

2.) A woman and her baby have their own timing which is perfect for them. No “pushing” is needed and no nurse or doctor should interfere, know better and try to shortcut the individual birthing process (“Let me give you an injection and your out of here in no time.”). Continue reading “Paradigm Shift”

Become a Doula!

Learn about doulas, how labor works and how our ideas about birth can shape our experience of birthing in this awesome talk by Ginny Phang:

Continue reading “Become a Doula!”

Slow Birth & Social Implications of Fast Birth

So called modern societies have dramatically disturbed women during the child birth process and these days we seem to have not only a lack of an appropriate cultural model for childbirth but also a lack of time, patience and trust in a woman’s body, and the natural orchestration of mother and baby during birthing.

It seems standard to replace natural oxytocin with drips of synthetic oxytocin and natural endorphins by epidural anaesthesia. So most women give birth without relying on the release of their own natural hormones. The downside of the readily available synthetic hormones is, that they do not have the same behavioural effects as the natural ones. Synthetic oxytocin for example inhibits the release of natural oxytocin from the woman’s pituitary gland. The artifical drug will be effective at stimulating uterine contractions, but it will not reach the brain, meaning it will not have the ‘bonding effect’ as the natural hormone.  Continue reading “Slow Birth & Social Implications of Fast Birth”

Importance of Oxytocin

The key role for an amazing experience in the birthing process plays oxytocin, the „love hormone“ involved in bonding, sex, childbirth, breast-feeding as well as feelings of peace and calm. Those who meditate regularly might know that also meditation can increase oxytocin’s effect. The deep state of rest produced during meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Ingredients that have vital roles for emotional awareness, attention, perception, self-recognition, decision making and stress regulation.

Dr. Michel Odent talks about the biochemical explanation for why birth is and should be an erotic and sometimes orgasmic event: the main hormone in both sex and birth is the same (oxycontin). And we need as good conditions for good labour as we need good conditions for good lovemaking. Because if a woman produces adrenaline (related to fear) she cannot produce oxyocin, which is the hormone not only needed to deliver the baby but also to deliver the placenta.  Continue reading “Importance of Oxytocin”

Labour in harmony with nature

An increasing number of moms-to-be are opting for traditional birthing practices. An article by Poona Jain.

We are not incharge of our existence. Who knows this better than a woman in labour? Perhaps, that’s why an increasing number of women are choosing to give birth naturally, a departure from the earlier trend prevalent among upwardly-mobile urbanites, to go for a Ceasarian-section.

 
When, on the march, a Guyanese woman in South America goes into labour, she just steps aside, delivers, wraps up the baby with the afterbirth and runs to catch up with the others. At the first stream that presents itself, she washes herself and the infant, reveals Judith Goldsmith, in her book Childbirth Wisdom From The World’s Oldest Societies.

Continue reading “Labour in harmony with nature”

Conference 2.-5. February 2017, Mumbai: Human Rights in Childbirth

An impressive forum of scientists, gynaecologists, midwives, therapists, lawyers, journalists and visionaries. Check link for program details:
http://www.humanrightsinchildbirth.org

Background:

Everybody working in maternity care shares a common goal: healthy mothers, and healthy babies. Governments, NGOs, and providers are working around the world to help ensure that every woman and baby survives birth.  But more is at stake in pregnancy and childbirth than survival alone, and obstetric models of care can either protect or violate the fundamental human rights of the women they serve. The care that women receive during pregnancy and childbirth intersects with the rights to physical integrity, self-determination, privacy, family life, and spiritual freedom. Continue reading “Conference 2.-5. February 2017, Mumbai: Human Rights in Childbirth”

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