Just an FYI for all of you…
Midwives Resistance: How Native Women are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms
2 FULL DAYS:
Indigenous Midwifery: Ancestral Knowledge Keepers – $150. (Proceeds go to Native American Midwives Alliance)
When: October 14-15, 8:00-5:00PM
Indigenous Birthworkers Network Birthworkers who are Midwives, Doulas, mothers…
What needs to happen, in order to fix a broken system? Your probably wondering what I mean by a broken system. I am talking about the care of women, and especially birthing.
In a nation that has been considered “advanced” we are so far behind the eight-ball that it becomes shameful. Our c-Section rates were seriously through-the-roof, and although some improvement has been made still higher than most “civilized” countries! The average being around 31%.
Along with that outrageous number of c-Sections are the ever-climbing mortality rates of women in birth, predominately women of color. This is shameful in a country that is supposed to be “advanced”!
On top of both high c-Section rates, and high mortality rates for birthing, is the across-the-racial-board birth trauma. It should NEVER happen! But, we have nurses and doctors who force women into procedures, who intimidate and threaten.
The media makes it seem that birth is both dangerous and extremely painful. When that consciousness is embedded in the psyche of women, and you have a medical field that relies on mechanical means to monitor births… the stage is set. We have normalized bad birthing practices, and outdated concepts about birth.
That is without discussing the current political scenarios.
The next few blogs will address the history behind, and the current information about birthing in the United States. The outdated concepts surrounding birth practices need debunking. The normalization of bad birthing practices needs to have a light shown upon it, in order to make it STOP.
It is time to become educated,
and create a change!
My sister site will also be publishing this information, although later, at joyousbirth
Citris Aurantium: Fresh Fruit
Both the unripe and ripe fruits are used in Chinese Medicine. The unripe bitter fruit is more potent. The unripe bitter fruit (zhi shi) is used for constipation or to move stagnant chi energy. It can be used to make an expectorant for coughs. This bitter fruit is NOT recommended for use in pregnancy.
The ripe fruit has multiple properties for the pregnant woman. It is high in vitamin C and when eaten with the pulp, it contains Rutin.
A Small Orange contains the following nutrients:
|Amount Per 1 small (2-3/8″ dia) (96 g) 100 grams 1 fruit (2-5/8″ dia)|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%|
|Potassium 174 mg||4%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11 g||3%|
|Dietary fiber 2.3 g||9%|
|Sugar 9 g|
|Protein 0.9 g||1%|
|Vitamin A||4%||Vitamin C||85%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||5%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
Sweet Orange Essence Oil
The essence oil of the sweet orange blossom can be used in a diffuser for lack of energy and / or depression. Sweet Orange is an excellent choice for women who are having difficulty in labor and who are lacking energy. Do not use the essence oil in the bath during pregnancy, and use with extreme caution with infants present. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil, such as Sunflower or Almond.
Neroli Essence Oil
Neroli is derived from the bitter orange blossom. It should not be used during pregnancy, but can be used during labor and right after delivery. Neroli helps with stress, fright, exhaustion, and shock. It is also great for anxiety. An excellent choice when there are complications in labor causing the mother to be exhausted, and anxious. If there has been a traumatic birth it will assist with the shock after the birth. Use only with the advice of a trained professional who knows about aromatherapeutic treatments. Do not use in a bath and limit its use around infants.
In the next few blogs I will be discussing the healing aspects and nutritional aspects of some common foods. These are beneficial for a variety of reasons and good to use in dishes, or to have whole, on your plate!
These particular foods I would recommend to include in your diet for a healthier pregnancy…
These will be:
Any warnings for pregnancy and lactation will be included, and where possibility of a recipe or two. All references for these are on my reference page.
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This seems to come up a lot when women tell me their birth stories. I cringe inside, because the majority of the time it ends up with a c-Section.
What is it?
Symptoms are: elevated protein levels in the Urine; high blood pressure or steadily rising blood pressure; headaches; swelling of ankles, face and hands; upper abdominal pain; visual disturbances; kidney, heart, or thyroid problems (Romm, 211).
Toxemia (a later stage of this condition) is life-threatening. Do not ignore these symptoms!
How can it be prevented?
A good diet
Plenty of water (plain, at least 6 Eight ounce glasses daily)
Lowering stress in your life, 2 aspects: exercise and some sort of meditative practice.
What can I do if the doctor says I am beginning to have pre-eclampsia?
For High-Blood Pressure
Eating well (see my nutrition hand-out), exercise (see my handout for exercise), and lowering stress will all assist in lowering high blood pressure when the other indicators are ruled out. Often times women do not drink enough water and water is the first thing the ER recommends for high blood pressure.
These are things you can do to lower the swelling:
- Elevate your feet for 20 minutes a day
- Lie on the left side when sleeping or resting (assists blood flow)
- Exercise 30 minutes a day (even a long walk will help).
- Eat more protein and salt foods to taste. You can use natural mineral waters to assist in electrolyte balancing.
Herbals: add Epson salts to foot soak, drinking nettle and dandelion infusion (assists in balancing the kidney retention and flow of fluids).
This was a question that has been like a mantra the last few months. My phone started degrading, and not functioning well. So my daughter gives me her old iPhone. Well, that precipitated a chain of events.
First, I had to order a sim card that was At &t compatible (I pay month to month because its actually cheaper than any service out there). It was gonna take a week. Meanwhile, I needed a phone to use. So I bought one.
The sim arrives, so I go get the iPhone registered. At&t says “we cannot use that phone number because it is out of our service area”. Well, no duh. That is why I am not with your company! What I did not think about was all the sites in which I had the two-step security…
That is why three months went by without a peep from me on this site.
WordPress and I went back and forth. Then they realized I was using the recovery email. Once I emailed all the information I had to prove this is my site from the correct email, I get into this site. Whew.
So, yes folks…she is back!
I am researching topics for posting in this blog. If you have areas you would like to see / read information on, please let me know.
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2016 will be even better! Thanks and gratitude for all those who are following this blog, and reading my posts!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
It has been my long-term goal, to start the work of Childbirth Education on the Rosebud Reservation, then expand the birthwork to local native women assisting families and extended family in childbirth. This vision includes a mobile bus that would be able to reach even the most rural of communities to assist in health care for pregnant and post-partum women, and a free-standing childbirth center. BIG dreams!
Today, I was thinking “What are the obstacles for young women who may be interested in becoming a Doula?” Well, first it would be the funding necessary to have the training as a Doula. So I set-up a scholarship funding campaign on Go Fund Me.
The campaign is designed to raise money for a minimum of 10 women. I believe that is a good start! If you are interested in supporting my vision, here is my campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/rstdoulas
PROFESSIONAL LABOR SUPPORT
On the average during an 8 hour shift a nurse will spend about 15 minutes offering physical comfort measures, provide emotional support, or advocate for her patients. Nursing staff are criticized during their reviews for spending too much time with patients if they DO take more time with laboring mothers.
Odds are better with a midwife. But often hospital based midwives have time constraints. You are going to do best with the support of a professional such as a Monitrice or Doula.
There are two different types of Doulas. A Labor Doula, who will be with you through the pregnancy, meeting with you several times, supporting you while you are in labor (if you so choose), and the first few hours after the baby is born.
There is a Post-Partum Doula, that will work with you and baby for a period of time after the baby is born.
Doulas do not “catch” babies. They will support you in labor and through delivery if you choose to have a Doula.
• Lessens problems with babies born in poor condition, babies are less often admitted into special-care nurseries, the hospital stay is shorter in duration, nor are they likely to have infections.
• Women are shown to have less pain and anxiety during labor, cope better with labor, less likely to have lowered numbers of episiotomies, the use of IV Pitocin is lowered, the use of instruments during delivery is lowered and best of all: C-section rates are lower. The length of the labor is shorter.
• Breastfeeding past the 6 week mark is higher when a Doula is utilized for support.
• Also women who have had Doula support have more positive feelings towards the new baby, a better relationship with the father, and lowered postpartum depression.
A BIRTH DOULA:
• Can accompany you when you go to the doctor the first time.
• Visit with you a few times during pregnancy to:
o Assess your nutritional needs and help you stay healthy through your pregnancy.
o Assist you with good posture and exercises that will keep you strong and help in having an easier delivery.
o Before the time of labor and delivery, discuss your options and help you write up a Birth Plan.
• During labor: assist with pain measures, advocate in your behalf with hospital staff (when necessary), help coach your labor partner during labor, etc.
• Afterwards, will assist you in breastfeeding and baby care (first couple hours after delivery).
• Make a visit Post-Partum to see how you are doing, and assist where necessary.
• Do not “catch” the baby.
POST PARTUM DOULA:
Generally, they offer some or all of the following:
• Breastfeeding Support
• Mother Care Support
• Cooking meals
• Caring for infant while mother bathes, eats, etc..
Some also offer:
• Other childcare (not directly caring for newborn)
NEXT WEEK: The Childbirth Educator