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 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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The Lion Effect™ & Failure To Progress During Labour

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Humans, like any other animal who is preyed on, are sensitive to certain stimuli getting their adrenalin levels rising ready to fight or run and sometimes to freeze. I call this The Lion Effect™; when in times of stress or perceived stress a person will get themselves ready for danger to protect themselves or their young for
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How To Make The Right Choices In Childbirth

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Many people who are faced with birth complications will leave it up to their midwife or doctor to make decisions for them. This isn’t always a good thing to do. Why? Your doctor or midwife may be the most dedicated natural birth advocate (or not) but they are not allowed to make choices for you. They are
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Your Birth Rights In The NHS

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Knowing your legal birth rights in the NHS will help you have a more empowering birth experience. It’s important that both you and your partner fully understand your birth rights in the NHS so as you can make your own right choices. The rights that are most important during birth as found in the NHS Constitution 2013, which is supported by UK
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How To Write A Birth Plan

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks How to write a birth plan? A good birth plan needs to be simple and easy to read. Midwives and obstetricians look after so many different people that to write too much will just get forgotten. Below is an example of a great birth plan for you to use and adapt as you see fit. I helped
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Optimal Foetal Positioning (for an easier birth)

Source: Optimal Foetal Postitioning By Jean Sutton, New Zealand MidwifeThe Optimal Foetal Position is our term for the First Vertex; Vertex Left Occipito Anterior; Vertex L.O.A. The position most commonly chosen by near term babies when they are able. [In every day terms it means baby is head down with their spine at the front of the belly on the
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