Acupuncture for Childbirth & Postpartum

Tweet While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening. There is also an acupuncture point that has been found to turn a breech baby. Acupuncture Postpartum Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help the transition of those first... Read More

Repost: The MUST-Have Talk Before Labor

TweetDeb of the Prenatal Yoga Center keeps a blog about pregnancy-related issues. Below is an excerpt of the July 31st entry entitled, “The MUST-Have Talk Before Labor,” in which she discusses something rarely considered when preparing for the birth of a child. Recently I was at a couple’s apartment doing a private childbirth education class. We went through quite a bit of information that covered everything from pain management techniques... Read More

Moxa for Breech Babies

TweetBelow is an instructional video from Acubalance Wellness Center to show a Chinese medicine acupuncture technique called Moxibustion that is used to turn breech babies.  Read More

A Happy Home Birth Story!

TweetI’ve been following this blog for several months, as author Ryan has chronicled his wife’s pregnancy in weekly photos like the one above and almost-daily entries. His posts are candid, smart, hilarious—and addictive. Last week, his wife, Cole, gave birth at home to a beautiful baby girl, and he has been posting photos and updates, along with the Birth Story. It’s a wonderful read if you have a few free minutes in your day!  Read More

Spanish Commercial Features Real Home Birth

TweetThe slogan of this new ad campaign by Spanish company, Flex, is “Tu cama, el lugar más importante del mundo,” or “Your bed, the most important place in the world.” This commercial, released in April, spotlights the home birth of Waira, daughter of Carolina and Nicholas Umpierrez of Barcelona, Spain. In the advertisement, they claim that their bed is special to them because it is where there son was born and they would like for their... Read More

Post-Partum Haircare

TweetAfter giving birth, when hormone levels return to normal, new moms often experience many physical and emotional changes. One of the most frustrating is hair loss. Just as you’ve gotten used to enjoying the thick, healthy hair you had during your pregnancy, it starts to fall out, sometimes in clumps! There’s no need to panic, though—It’s completely normal and temporary. Hair loss usually begins three to four months after the baby’s birth,... Read More

Pregnancy Sciatica

TweetDuring the last few months of pregnancy, as the baby grows more rapidly and the pelvic joints begin to relax to accommodate birth, expectant mothers may experience back pain and sciatica that can range from a minor discomfort to an exhausting, crippling condition. Sciatica may be causes by the weight of the pregnant uterus, altered posture to compensate for altered shape, fatigue leading to poor posture or other factors such as softened, relaxed... Read More

Breech Presentation and Moxabustion

TweetIn one out of every six pregnancies, the baby turns into the breech, or upright, position. There are several different variations of breech. The baby may have its feet flexed or its legs extended and raised up towards its face, or its knees may be folded up near its chest. In some cases, a foot may be extended downwards. While in most cases, there is no obvious causes for for a breech, but it may be due to a low-lying placenta, premature birth,... Read More

Orgasmic Birth

TweetOn Thursday, December 11th, an article about New York-based childbirth educator Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s documentary (which airs on January 2 on ABC’s 20/20), Orgasmic Birth, appeared in the New York Times. The film asks,What would happen if women were taught to enjoy birth rather than endure it? While an orgasmic birth may not be for every woman, it’s great to see childbirth portrayed in a positive light rather than as a painful... Read More

10 Helpful Hints for Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum

Tweet—from the Prenatal Yoga Center October 23rd, 2008 Please enjoy this list of 10 healthful hints for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Much of this information is gathered from friends, students, hands-on experience, mentors and teachers. I strongly believe in learning from others, so please feel free to pass this along to all your friends! 1. Olive Oil on Baby’s Bottom to Prevent the Meconium From Sticking Vanessa, one of my recent doula clients,... Read More