I love looking at birth art from around the world and through the ages. There are always images of labouring women upright, moving, walking, and swaying. When you think of childbirth do you think of Dancing during labour?
Foetal monitoring occurs when trained care providers use tools to monitor and interpret the baby’s heartbeat during labour and birth. The information that health care providers get from foetal heart patterns during labour helps them decide whether or not to intervene in the birth process. In this article, we cover the evidence for the different types of foetal monitoring and their pros and cons. We also explore the history of foetal monitoring, barriers to evidence-based care, and ways to improve the current situation.
Lamaze suggests these 8 labour positions to help you progress through labour. Practice these positions at home with your birth partner and bring this sheet with you on the big day as a reminder of how you can keep moving!
Jaundice is a fairly common condition in newborn babies. You may know it as the condition that causes babies to turn yellow. It’s caused by a yellow pigment (bilirubin) accumulating in the body, which turns the skin and the whites of the eyes a yellow colour. More on that in a minute.
Jaundice can have serious consequences if you don’t treat it, but fortunately it is very easy to treat. The one challenge, though, is breastfeeding – because there is a lot of misunderstanding and outdated information in the medical professions, mothers are often told to stop breastfeeding or to supplement with water or formula while their babies have jaundice. As I will explain in this post, that is simply not necessary.
As a nation that enjoys the great outdoors, South Africans often share their outdoor spaces with creatures that may be rather dangerous to humans. This is especially true of creatures of the creepy crawly variety, such as spiders, scorpions and snakes.