Self-calming meditative relaxation has been shown to directly reduce adrenaline and cortisol secretion, naturally restoring hormonal balance and normalizing immune system function. Relaxation directly benefits pregnancy and childbirth by restoring hormonal balance, enhancing the immune system, optimizing nervous system function and providing tools for pain management.
With modern busy lifestyles our diets have changed compared to our previous generations. This change in diet may have affected our ability to have a baby. A good start to using your diet to maximize your chances of falling pregnant is to ensure you are not overweight and to cook all your meals from fresh rather than using ready-made meals.
If you have been in the habit of reading my blogs I hope you have concluded that I believe in birth as a Physiological process and that women are beautifully designed to give birth. I am however reminded daily that for many women their experience of birth is not a positive one and they are left feeling traumatised and feel that their bodies have failed them.
It has been my pleasure as an Independent Midwife to work with a number of inspirational therapists who work with pregnant women to help ease many minor ailments of pregnancy, as well as rectify other conditions such as breech presentation. The alternative therapy that is utilised for the correction of breech presentation is known as Moxibustion and having seen the positive outcomes from this therapy, I trained in the technique myself and have incorporated this skill in my practice for many years.
Birth is unique and dynamic, working alongside your midwife you will be planning and preparing for many months towards an ideal birth. Sometimes things can and do change which may mean that you as the mother cannot hold your baby for the first time; this may be in the event of a CS for example. If for any reason you cannot hold your baby for a while, skin to skin can start between baby and your partner –Baby will Settle to the rhythm of his/her breathing and his/her heart beating, it is a voice that baby will recognise immediately and can go a long way to start the instinctual process until you are ready to take over.