Jess and Katie from the Holistic Birth Acadamey are both professional acupuncturists, working with women to support their pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting journey's. Together they have created an online program, called Meridian Mama.
I have completed the course (even though I am well past all of the stages it is aimed at) and found it was a wealth of self help knowledge, some of which I had actually used with my own pregnancies 16, 20 and 30 years ago! Had this course been available then, I'm sure I would have used many more points for my pregnancies and my 6hr, 2.5hr and 45 minute births.
I particularly liked,
"SP6/Spleen 6 point is an amazing point to know for childbirth. It dilated your cervix and therefore can shorten your labour."
I used this one most successfully in my last birth. I did a session of points hoping to start things off 10 days after the EDD passed, and then, oddly, attempting to make custard fruit tarts for some strange reason. I didn't get too far before I was feeling the waves tightening and had to put it all in the fridge until after this little one arrived. We went straight to the hospital because my last birth was fast at 2 and a half hours and I knew this was on a fast track too. He was here in 45 min, my midwife only got one glove on and I only got one leg on the bed before he eagerly arrived!
I have also shared these acupressure points with many of my Doula and Placenta clients over the years and many of them also found that they really are a very simple effective DIY tool, and one your partner can use to help you too.
There are so many acupressure points to know that are demonstrated on video, and a pdf you can print out with each module.
Doulas! Midwives! This is a fantastic tool to have in your kit!!
When Katie told me about the Meridian Mama course I was immediately interested to learn more for the families I support and as an ambassador I can also offer them a 10% discount. To check out this amazing offering from Katie and Jess and arm yourself with aid in all the things from Morning sickness, labour support to boosting milk supply, click the link below and use the CODE: UTBT10 to get your discount.
This week is the early bird sale, so you will get the training for $30 off and 10% off with the code UTBT10 off the already discounted price!! Offer is until 30th of Dec 2023.
Fatima Wheeler, Birthing Goddess
A great discussion with Fatima Wheeler about her experience with Placenta Encapsulation and much much more. Fatima has consumed both of her placentas, both in different ways. Do we agree on the best way to do it? Have a listen and find out.
Also a visual on placenta storage, what to take with you to your birth.
Take a look at the Birthing Goddess podcast menu, you will find so many amazing interviews, I highly recommend her chat with Jess Ngahau, her incredible story, and one with a baby whisperer!
Meaghan Amor, A Place Called Birth.
I had some fun chatting with Meaghan Amor back when her podcast was a fresh adventure. We talk about the different methods of encapsulation, stem cells, postpartum, what you should expect consuming your placenta and much more!
Have a listen to my chat with her and then have a run through all of her other guests, discussing things like VBAC, home birth, vaginal breech, Dads, free birth and more recently, supporting her daughter through her own free birth at home with the family.
A place called Birth By Meaghan Amor
This is me ... my thoughts, views & journey as a Doula ( birth support person ) HypnoBirthing educator , the Mongan Method , Pre & Post pregnancy massage specialist & soon to be Pregnancy & Postpartum YOGA teacher Grateful I get to speak to my couples I’ve taught & supported during labour - so we can empower you to BIRTH beautifully Gold Coast Queensland Australia
Fun Facts about the Umbilical Cord
The umbilical cord develops from the yolk sac with the membranes.
It is made up of tissue, Whartons jelly, 2 arteries and 1 vein.
The Whartons jelly protects the vessels from compression.
The two arteries carry blood containing waste from the baby to the mothers system for removal.
The one vein carries blood with oxygen and nutrients to the baby from the mother.
Rarely the cord develops with only one artery.
The umbilical cord contains stem cells in the blood and tissue.
Cords are all unique, no two are the same.
Some variants are: true knots, false knots, coiling variations and whartons jelly variations.
1% of cords have true knots, where the baby's actions inside the womb have looped the cord and knotted it, leaving an actual knot.
35% of baby's are birthed with the cord around their necks.
Delaying the artificial clamping of the cord gives baby the rich stem cell filled blood from the placenta.
The cord has its own natural action to clamp the cord. Once the cord makes contact with our air the Whartons jelly begins to harden and shrink tightening the vessels and slowing their flow until the pulsating ceases. This can take from 3-30 minutes.
The longest cord I have recorded over the last 7 years was 85cms long and the shortest was just 15cms long.
The full length of the cord is reached at around 28 weeks gestation.
Preserving the cord is not new, it has been a tradition in many cultures throughout history.
Now isn't that incredible!
Written by Samantha Birch
Under the Birch Tree
This was the best thing I ever did! I went from getting the start of PND, then started taking my tablets and it levelled everything out and I could enjoy the time with my son.. I will be getting them again with my next child. L