Teaching Legal Rights To Expectant Parents

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks First Published on www.birthworks.org Each week in my pregnancy and postnatal massage practice I find out from my clients that they’re being told they have to have an induction for various reasons that they don’t fully understand. Most are really unhappy and don’t want the procedure, but many are told they will be risking their baby if
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Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Book Review

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin Reviewed by Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Oh how I love this book! I much prefer this book to Spiritual Midwifery, only because it’s more readable for everyday women without the trippy language that was used in Spiritual Midwifery. I love Ina May’s term ‘Sphincter Law’ p.170 and all that it means. I think
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Birth Story – Dana & Jed

Homebirth – I did it! Hi Sam, I hope you have settled back down in the uk and things are moving along positively for you. I was happy to see a new clinic post on Facebook a wee while back! Finally I am sitting here to share with you the promised birth story of my amazing homebirth! On Friday at
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The Risks & Benefits Of Medical Procedures During Childbirth

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Here is a non-judgemental guide to the risks & benefits of the most common medical obstetric drugs and procedures used during childbirth. I’ve not included caesareans here as I’ll be writing another, more in depth, post about that. It’s important to be educated on the benefits and risks of medical procedures during childbirth so if faced with a situation
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The Best Breathing Technique For Labor

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Practise relaxed breathing as preparation for childbirth. During labour, breathing for relaxation is a very effective natural pain relief, reducing fear and anxieties and helping you to feel in control. The best breathing technique for labor? Follow your instincts, keep focusing on your breathing and it will automatically change to a more relaxed pace. Trust your body to
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29 Fascinating Facts About Oxytocin

by Samantha Thurlby-Brooks 1. Oxytocin is an ancient substance Oxytocin is a hormone that has “been present in the chain of animal development for millions of years… The fact that oxytocin has existed for such a long time… indicates that the substance is of fundamental importance and performs vital functions” (Dr Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg)  2. Oxytocin is found in all mammals This
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I was pregnant for 10 months

The idea that pregnancy becomes dangerous after 42 weeks, making induction essential, is out of date. Source: The Guardian, by Viv Groskop Friday 1 October 2010 Viv Groskop with Jack, born 20 days late: ‘I knew what I was doing and was happy with my decision.’ Photograph: Felix Clay for the Guardian Jack, my third child, arrived last month, 20
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Beware the Nocebo Effect

Posted in: New York Times Sunday Review By PAUL ENCK and WINFRIED HÄUSER Published: August 10, 2012 EVERYONE knows that a placebo — a fake medication or sham procedure, typically used as a control in a medical trial — can nonetheless have a positive effect, relieving real symptoms like pain, bloating or a depressed mood. The placebo effect is a
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The Socially Accepted Violence Against Pregnant and Labouring Women

By Samantha Thurlby-BrooksToday Amnesty International and One Billion Rising are campaigning together for women’s rights. They are encouraging everyone across the world to support the elimination of violence against women and girls. I think in the light of recent events, such as the horrific Delhi gang rape that happened in December 2012, this day is much needed. We usually think
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