Melatonin Synergizes with Oxytocin to Enhance Contractility of Human Myometrial Smooth Muscle Cells

Physiological understanding of why it is important for women to be supported to labour in the dark!

Labouring under fluorescent lighting is a technological interruption to the labouring woman’s progress. Let the simple things not be underestimated for their effect on labour and birth outcomes. Simply turn off the lights!

Thanks to http://birthfaith.blogspot.com/2010/06/melatonins-role-in-labor-progress.html we found the link to this awesome study!
 “[Melatonin] synergizes with [oxytocin] to promote [uterine smooth muscle] contractions and to facilitate gap junction activity [in a controlled testing environment]. Such a synergy in [a living human] would promote coordinated and forceful contractions of the late term pregnant uterus necessary for [childbirth].”

Please go here for the abstract:
http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/94/2/421

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Leaving Well Alone- A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour by Dr. Sarah Buckley

“The medical approach to pregnancy and birth has become so ingrained in our culture, that we have forgotten the way of birth of our ancestors: a way that has ensured our survival as a species for millennia. In the rush to supposedly protect mothers and babies from misfortune and death, modern western obstetrics has neglected to pay its dues to the Goddess, to Mother Nature, whose complex and elegant systems of birth are interfered with on every level by this new approach, even as we admit our inability to understand or control these elemental forces.”

http://www.sarahjbuckley.com/articles/leaving-well-alone.htm

Do Women Really Need More “Practical” support to breastfeed?

Do we really need more support to breastfeed?

Or do we need more privacy, a physiological birth, skin to skin babymoon,  role models, less fear and more trust, the initiation of breastfeeding by the breast crawl…..what if we did not “try”? What do you think?

http://breastcrawl.org/

Does Undisturbed Birth Ensure that we will Experience an Instinctive Physiological Birth?

“As important as instincts are to our survival, our learned perceptions are more important, especially in light of the fact that they can over-ride genetically programmed instincts. Since perceptions direct gene activity and engage behavior, the learned perceptions we acquire are instrumental in “controlling” the physiologic and behavioral character of our lives. The sum of our instincts and learned perceptions collectively form the subconscious mind, which in turn, is the source of the “collective” voice that our cell’s “agreed” to follow.”  Dr. Bruce Lipton
http://www.brucelipton.com/articles/nature-nurture-and-human-development/

This is why our course “Expect the Best When You are Expecting” Online Childbirth Classes, assists women to explore both their conscious and unconscious fears and limitations in birth, as much as we recommend birthing in awareness and birthing with responsibility (being able to respond from conscious awareness).

The place from which we birth, is as important as the place we choose to give birth in.

Sherry

Cervical Scar Tissue and Dilation

This is a fantastic article written by a Doula who figured out that women who have had cryo surgery for HPV sometimes have trouble with dilation (even when fully effaced). This is because of scar tissue on the cervix. If you have had this surgery you may want to read this to know how this can be overcome in labour (and it can be!)..also if you are a Doula or a Midwife you may want to start asking women if they have ever had surgery on their cervix so that you can give them options prenatally to break down the scar tissue.

http://www.birthresourcenetwork.org/blog/cervical-scar-tissue-a-big-issue-that-no-one-is-talking-about/

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