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Jaundice: another risk of pitocin

Jaundice is the yellowish tint caused by elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced when the body breaks down old blood cells, and is processed by the liver for elimination through the bowel.  A small amount of … Continue reading

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Want a healthy birth? Get up and get moving!

One mom’s account of her “free range labor” at Giving Birth With Confidence: How One Mom Moved & Grooved Throughout Her Labor

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Healthy birth practice #6: Keep your baby with you after birth

So you’ve just gone through the hardest work of your life, and your baby is finally here. Don’t you want your baby skin-to-skin with you while she adjusts to life outside the womb? Remind your caregivers that your baby is … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #5: Get up, stand up (and follow your body’s urge to push)

When left to their own devices, women naturally assume upright positions such as squatting, standing, or kneeling on all fours during the pushing stage. This uses gravity to bring the baby down. When lying on your back, you are actually … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #4: Avoid unnecessary interventions

For the majority of women, labor progresses well on its own. Unfortunately, most women are subjected to routine interventions that have no clear benefit, but carry significant risks and often lead to the need for further intervention.

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Healthy birth practice #3: Continuous support

One of the most valuable things you can do to have a safe, healthy labor is to be supported by positive influences. You can be confident in laboring with a partner, friend, parent, or sister who is committed to helping … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #2: Walk, move, change positions

As women designed to give birth, our bodies give amazing feedback during labor’s progress. Following the body’s needs to move around, adopt a more comfortable position, and stay upright optimizes the baby’s progress through the pelvis. In fact, staying confined … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #1: Let labor begin on its own

The first healthy birth practice is to let labor begin on its own. Although induction is often recommended when there is no medical need, in most cases it’s better to allow your baby and your body to determine the best … Continue reading

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