Pregnancy & Birth Articles

Raising Generation Pax: Peace Begins with How We Parent…From the Very Beginning

A Universal Peace Offering The universe has presented us with a powerful means of creating peace: the way we bring our children to life. Important principles about the influence of our thoughts and attitudes, together with...

Natural Birth: Wow! How Amazing!!??

“Wow! How amazing! You had a natural birth!!” is something I have heard repeated since we welcomed Clancy, William, and Tomas into the world on the 15th June, 2007. Yes, we have triplets. Yes, I had a vaginal birth of all...

Pelvic Pain: Symphysis, Pubis, Dysfunction

One problem that many pregnant women complain about is pubic pain. Yet doctors and midwives often dismiss this pain as either “inconsequential,” “unfixable,” or “just one of those pregnancy discomforts that have to be endured.”...

For Expectant Women, It’s Not Too Much To Ask

When I talk to women about the relatively recent history of childbirth—mothers strapped to hospital beds, doctors not washing their hands between vaginal exams and performing caesareans without anesthesia—their typical response is that we’re lucky to...

For Many Pregnant Moms, Webster Technique is the Key to a Safer Birth

As a mom navigating her way through a high-risk pregnancy, news of one more complication just leaves you with more questions and concerns. When the news is that your baby is not in the optimal position, your questions go something like this: Will...

Vertical Birth

While the awareness about the dangers and disadvantages of giving birth while lying on one’s back is more widespread, this is still the main position in which the majority of women in the United States give birth.

Pregnancy and Chiropractic: A Patient’s Testimonial

Sharp pains, piercing spasms, and the feeling that one wrong move would leave me bedridden for weeks. This was the kind of back pain I experienced as I entered the second trimester of my pregnancy. I was concerned for my and the baby’s well-being. M...

Epidurals

Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one third of all birthing women have an epidural,1 and it is especially common amongst women having...

Pain in Labor: Your Hormones Are Your Helpers

First published in Australia’s Parents Pregnancy, Autumn 1999, as “Your Hormones are your Helpers.” This version updated July 2005. Imagine this—your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags...

Midwives

As I attend and present at midwifery and birthing conferences on behalf of the ICPA, I am constantly reminded that midwives and doulas are aligned with chiropractors in numerous ways. Some of the common bonds we share...

Questions About the Webster Technique

Hello! I have found your website very helpful. I am looking for a chiropractor in the Denver area than can assist in turning a breech baby around. Do you have a database of chiropractors by their skill? Thanks,

Things You Can Do to Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean

The Public Citizen Health Research Group in Washington, D.C. has estimated that half of the nearly 1 million Cesareans performed every year are medically unnecessary. With more appropriate care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, these Cesareans...

Also labeled: Issue #09

How Long Should a Woman Feel Comfortable Going Overdue?

I would never put a number on how long a woman should feel comfortable going “overdue.” For one thing, errors are too easily made in recording of dates, and length of natural gestation varies widely, not only from woman to woman, but also from baby to...

The Due Date

The concept of a due date is based on a gestational length established by fiat in the early 1800s. Franz Carl Naegele officially declared that pregnancy lasted 10 lunar months (10 x 28 days), counting from the first day of the last menstrual...

Women’s Innate Knowledge

Midwifery knowledge is everything about women. It is innate. It is what our bodies know without instruction when fear is absent. It is more than birth. It includes living, loving, sharing, crying, learning, helping and simply being silent while...

Watch Your Language!

Pregnant women are some of the most sensitive people you will ever meet. They are highly vulnerable and very suggestive, at a time when they are actively seeking information and support from a wide range of contacts. They listen to everyone and...

Home Birth: A Mainstream Alternative

For many people, the term “homebirth” conjures images of earth mammas in handmade dresses with flowers in their hair. No offense, but I prefer Calvin Klein for my attire and professional highlights in my hair. When preparing for my first...

A Timely Birth: Part 3

Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) has been associated with a two or three times increased rate of preterm labor and delivery, urinary tract infections (UTIs), premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) and endometritis.

Also labeled: Author Gail Hart, Issue #07

Childbirth Affirmations: The Power of Positive Thought

Julie’s story is not unique. In her latest book, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, midwife Ina May Gaskin relates the story of a woman who said, “I just want to open up and let this baby out.” Gaskin wrote, “I had never heard a woman express the wish for...

A Timely Birth: Part 2

Postdates alone are not associated with poor pregnancy outcome. Extreme postdates or postdates in conjunction with poor fetal growth or developmental abnormalities do show an increased risk of stillbirth. But if growth restriction and birth defects...

Also labeled: Author Gail Hart, Issue #06