The Impact of Fear, Stress and Anxiety during Pregnancy and Birth on Women and Infants

by Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CCE (BWI), CD (BWI), TICP Research shows that “both psychosocial stress and pregnancy-specific stresses can have marked effects on pregnancy, maternal health, and human development across the lifespan.”  Moreover, both animal and human studies suggest that activation of what is referred to as the “maternal stress response” and resulting changes …

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What is Birthpedia and How is it Changing the World of Birth?

A qualified resource where the worlds of hospital, birth center, and homebirth co-exist? A place where parents’ choices are respected, where information isn’t condemning, but enlightening? A resource like that simply didn’t exist… until now. In this post, you will learn how Birthpedia is changing the way information about birth is being presented and why …

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The Baby Way

What better way to show cardinal movement, rotation of a baby through the pelvis, than by demonstrating with The Baby Way, manufactured by BirthWorks International. This is an “Ah Ha” moment for any pregnant woman, helping her to understand the importance of movement in labor. Our imagination is much more powerful than we may realize. …

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Labor Pain – Part II

by Haley Macklin Pain in labour and childbirth is not a ‘bad’ thing requiring fixing or flat out avoidance. On the contrary, it is the pain of labour that helps contract the uterus and open a mother ready to bring her child into the world. This collection of sensations should be encouraged because it is …

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