A Happy & Healthy Birth: Preparing for Birth & Labouring with a Homeopathic Doula

What is a Labour Doula?

A DOULA IS A VALUBLE MEMBER OF THE BIRTHING TEAM!

A labour doula provides non-medical, physical and emotional support as well as informational assistance to the couple before, during and after childbirth.  She does not make decisions for the couple but rather helps to empower the couple to voice their desires.  She is an advocate and facilitator.   

She offers continuous comfort, support and information.  She helps the couple bond and the partner to participate in the process fully (if desired).  She provides physical comfort and words of encouragement to the couple.  She does not offer medical services such as cervical checks.  She is the “women’s slave”. 

What Can a Homeopathic Doula Provide?

If you uncomfortable giving yourself or your baby synthetic drugs, or find they are not effective, homeopathic medicine is a safe alternative.  Mothers are often very relieved to find that there are gentle, natural and effective options such as homeopathy. Homeopathic doula services can be added to any OBGYN or Midwifery care so that you have more choice and support at your birth.

Some of the pregnancy related conditions that are effectively treated with homeopathy (although not limited to) include:

  • Nausea/ vomiting (morning sickness)
  • Constipation and Hemorrhoids
  • Exhaustion and Insomnia
  • Fears and Anxieties
  • Cold, Flu and Infections

Homeopathy can be useful in labour as well. Remedies can be taken during labour to help ease pains, calm the mother emotionally or remove obstacles that are preventing a smooth delivery. Some situations homeopathy can help with in labour include:

  • Delayed Labour
  • Slow Labour
  • Excessive Pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Malposition of the Baby
  • Hemorrhage & Retained Placenta

The postpartum period presents many challenges to the mother and infant. Homeopathy is effective in treating problems during this time such as:

  • Excessive Pain after Labour, Episiotomy or Caesarean Section
  • Breast Pain or Nursing Problems, such as Mastitis
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Diaper Rash, Cradle Cap, Thrush & Eczema
  • Colic & Teething

 

Preparing for Birth

(5-6 weeks Prior to Birth)

How Do I Prepare My Body?

Birth is like running a marathon.  It is better to train beforehand so that your muscles are prepared.  In preparation for labour you want to exercise the muscles of your pelvic floor, as well as stretch them so they are loosened up.

  1. Kegels:  Strengthen the wall of your cervix. 
  2. Perineal Massage: Prepare your sensitive tissues for birthing.
  3. Increase oxytocin:   Sexual interactions, cuddling, etc.
  4. Visualization:  Visualize a positive birthing experience and the strength you will bring to your delivery.
  5. Keep active:  Prenatal yoga, prenatal fitness classes, walk.
  6. Open Your Hips:  Get off Your Back & Butt!  Sit on an exercise ball with your hips open and with core muscles engaged.  Spend some time on your hands and knees to encourage the baby into proper position.
  7. Visit a Community Professional:  See a reflexologist, chiropractor, homeopath, massage therapist or acupuncturist to help you prepare for your delivery. 

Tips For Flipping Babies That Are Breach

(www.spinningbabies.com)

Follow Steps 1-4 daily

  1. Do an inversion pose such as Downward Dog or Childs Pose with your bum up.  Alternatively hang over a couch (with a spotter).  Hold for 2-5 minutes. 
  2. Next spend some time on all fours.
  3. Then do a standing activity such as washing the dishes.  Dance, do some figure eights with your hips.
  4. See a homeopath , chiropractor or TCM practitioner for moxibustion  before considering manual inversion or scheduling a C-section.

Wishing you a happy & healthy delivery!

Andrea Hauser, Homeopath & Doula