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Physiological birth

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Meeting my baby–an unfolding of love and discovery

Anticipating my fourth baby, I longed for a safe birth where we could transition together spontaneously. The moment I gave birth to my first baby, she was immediately whisked away for suctioning despite being vigorous at birth. The immediate cord clamping and suctioning was routine, and unnecessarily prevented us from seeing each other for nearly … Continue reading

Planned hospital waterbirth and natural third stage

Jess gave birth to her second baby Arya Ruby, followed by a physiological third stage in a planned hospital waterbirth.   The hospital where Jess gave birth is located in the north-east region of Victoria in Australia. It has a maternity service that facilitates approximately 1200 births per annum with a level 2 special care nursery. … Continue reading

Birth plan for delayed cord clamping

Immediate and premature clamping of the baby’s umbilical cord is a ritual performed in many hospitals across the globe. Premature clamping became standard clinical practice without evidence and without regard/ understanding of the physiological changes in the baby in the first few minutes after birth. There is no scientific evidence that supports immediate clamping in vaginal or cesarean birth. For those interested … Continue reading

Responses to Mother and Baby–Positioning After Birth

A recent article Mother and Baby – Positioning After Birth has been the most ‘shared’ article to date and generated some interesting discussions online. A follow-up post is being drafted with information about the scientific research on gravity, placental transfusion and cord clamping. In the meantime, below are some responses to the ‘Positioning’ article where … Continue reading

Mother and baby–positioning after birth

“This is the first moment we met each other. I was so overwhelmed and stunned that our baby was here that I hadn’t even picked her up! She is still attached to the cord and the placenta isn’t birthed yet. Before the birth, I had visualised in my head that I would pick her up … Continue reading

The Beauty of a Natural Third Stage

The ‘third stage of labour’ is described as the time from birth of the baby to the expulsion of the placenta and membranes. Although succinct, this description does not capture the immense beauty of a natural third stage. Behold the exquisite moment of first contact between mother and baby in an undisturbed birth In natural … Continue reading

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