Oct 172014

Skin to Skin contactOur son´s first hours outside the womb were spent on my chest surrounded by the loving presence of his dad. He was calm, awake, locking eyes with us, which left us in awe. Now, 3 years later, he still thrives on physical closeness, and my motherly instinct is to provide him with that communion. I feel that skin to skin contact  forges healthy early development and science validates that this is the case.

In the video below, M.D. and researcher Nils Bergman discusses the effect of skin to skin contact between mothers and babies.

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Jul 152014
 Mind-Body relaxation and visualisation therapy.

Mind-Body relaxation and visualisation therapy

I decided to include this article on the Birthing Without Fear website because in my opinion a conscious birth starts at the point of conception or even before then (although deciding on a conscious birth at any stage during pregnancy is better late than never). I am endorsing the following audio programme which has already helped many women and couples to conceive naturally, as it successfully reduces stress levels and the limiting beliefs that prevent conception.

The Optimum Fertility and Mind Body Stress Reduction Audio Programme is a pioneering listening experience designed to be listened to once or twice daily around the phases of your reproductive cycle. Continue reading »

Nov 202013

Cesarean birth or c-section means different things to different people. For some it means controversy, loss, end of life, giving up and for others it means relief, life and medical blessing.

It seems as if this subject will remain controversial – but what´s the controversy all about?

Last week I had a conversation with a woman who just had her second baby. She had wished for a physiological/natural birth at a local hospital in Hamburg but when her contractions slowed down and then stopped completely, the Doctor decided to perfom an emergency c- section. She was very disappointed at first about not having had the birth that she envisioned. It was only when she learned that any strong contraction might have caused a complete uterine rupture (her uterus was already scarred from a rupture during her first birth) that her feelings shifted from being disappointed to being grateful to her baby. In a complete uterine rupture, the tear goes through all layers of the uterine wall and the consequences can be threatening for mother and baby. The woman now strongly believes that her baby, by not “persisting” in the continuation of labour, potentially saved both their lives. Continue reading »

Aug 142013

It has always seemed cruel to me to stick a needle into any newborn after just having undergone birth – an event that in itself is certainly no walk in the park for those little beings.

In terms of health research (references below), vitamin K is best known for its role in healthy blood clotting. It is one of the key nutrients for keeping our blood clotting ability at the exact right level.

At the time of our son´s birth, I got told that the standard vitamin K injection for newborns is done by default – no questions asked. There is controversial information to be found on this subject and the purpose of this article is to get pregnant women and couples to inform themselves broadly about the possible consequences of (specifically) such injections just after birth. Our son did receive vitamin K – not injected though. My husband and I avoided to have a needle stuck into our baby but instead we requested to have the vitamin K administered orally. It was the first time for the nurse to administer the vitamin orally and she was surprised by the fact that sticking a needle into newborns is not a necessity.

Administering vitamin K shots to newborns has been a standard medical procedure in most western countries since 1944. However, according to vitamin K expert Dr. Cees Vermeer PhD, Continue reading »

Aug 142013

What foods provide vitamin K?

This post is a follow up on a recently published article called Is that Newborn Vitamin K Shot really necessary?.

Excellent sources of vitamin K include parsley, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, thyme, romaine lettuce, sage, oregano, cabbage, celery, sea vegetables, cucumber, leeks, cauliflower, tomatoes, and blueberries.

Fermentation of foods can be especially helpful for increasing their vitamin K content. One widely-enjoyed food that can be fermented in a way that increases its vitamin K content is Continue reading »

Aug 112013

In the following video physician Dr. Gabor Maté discusses parental stress and the negative impact it has on children. Dr. Maté is referring to children already born, but what he is saying is directly transferrable to children that are not born yet. In other words, being stressed while being pregnant can have a severe impact on our unborn children. An article published in the WebMD Health News in 2003 for example mentions that stress has long been suspected as Continue reading »

Apr 202013

Precious and valuable trailer…

This trailer is a broad overview of a very complex topic. It acknowledges that people do the best they can given their knowledge at any given time, and proposes that feelings of guilt, blame or regret from past challenges can be transformed to help us develop inner skills, expanded awareness and greater wisdom. The (full) video traces the origins of love and violence to the womb and reveals how prenatal and birth experiences shape the lives of individuals and the course of society. Made by Monica Matos. Continue reading »

Apr 172013

Connecting with your newborn against all odds

“Instead of being a static one-time event, bonding is a process, a dynamic and continuous one. Thus, a reciprocal, loving attachment is still realizable even when early contact is delayed – as it is for many mothers and their prematurely born infants, or when illness of either the newborn or the mother intervenes. Bonding is the formation of a mutual emotional and psychological closeness between parents (or primary caregivers) and their newborn child. Babies usually bond with their parents in the minutes, hours, or days following birth.” -Julius Segal, Psychologist-

Regardless of any culture or origin, most new mothers will instictively hold their baby next to their bodies, rock them gently, strive for eye contact, sing or talk to the baby and begin to nurse. Often within just hours of birth, mothers report feelings of overwhelming love and attachment for their new baby.

Sometimes though, bonding is not as immediate and some mothers feel Continue reading »

Apr 132013

Attachment parenting in a nutshell means listening to our hearts if we want to truly hear our children.

While our ears register speech and sounds, our hearts register feelings and emotions. Ears hear only the vibrations, but our hearts, in combination with our capacities to think, understand even that which is unsaid. Our hearts listen for that which is never expressed in the sounds and words that our ears hear. Being there for our children is one of the best investments we can make in the lives of our children as the following video shows… Continue reading »

Oct 042012

When our son was about to be born, the Obstetrician gently took my hand and placed it on top of the part of the head that was already visible. I remember being overwhelmed by the sensation of touching my baby´s little body while he was busy moving towards the “finish line” – breaking through to his new life outside…

There was no way I could have imagined my baby being taken away straight after birth by an unknown set of hands to be washed or measured (We avoided this standard procedure by having expressed our wishes in form of a letter to the midwives prior to going to the hospital).

With the support of the Obstetrician, I assisted my baby to emerge and find his place on my chest where he rested his head on my heart, listening to the familiar beat of my joyful heart – a familiar sound and Continue reading »