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Birthing your baby at home

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Homebirth is increasingly being spoken about as an alternative to hospital birth. Some hospitals are now offering a homebirth program, and of course homebirth is available through independent midwives. Homebirth remains a less common choice for birth, with the majority of Australian women birthing i

The New Childhood Epidemics

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In today’s developed, and industrialized cultures epidemics such malnutrition and common childhood infectious illnesses are almost a thing of the past, thanks to technology, hygiene and improved nutrition. Unfortunately this same technology and industrialization is also contributing to a new rang

The Gut-Brain Connection

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Hippocrates who is known as the father of medicine is often quoted as saying that “all disease begins in the gut”. Unfortunately what he knew back then has largely been forgotten in today’s medicine. Human beings have been divided into different systems and areas; such as the cardiovascular s

Lessons in Labour

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The front page of the Daily Telegraph ran the sensational headline recently ‘Four dead in home birthing’. The article went on to say that at least four babies had died ‘during homebirths in the past nine months’ and a further four babies had suffered brain damage. This was p

Birth Trauma

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Birth trauma can affect any woman who has given birth. Although it is experienced by many women, most women do not talk about it and many may not even know they have it. This silence does nothing to help women move past their trauma; it is my hope that this article will help you along the path to

Emotional transformation within pregnancy and birth – a personal and professional prospective

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To the best of my knowledge and experience birth comes in three parts – the physical, emotional and spiritual. Here is my story…….. I remember one of the first thoughts that I had when I got pregnant with my first child thirteen and a half years ago…….… “how did my mother feel when sh

Fever Management – A Dying Art

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Unfortunately when the subject of fevers comes up for parents a great deal of fear is also aroused unnecessarily. This fear is based upon a lack of understanding of what a fever is for and how it works. Whenever I explain to someone what a fever is and why it does what it does their fear of it disa