Birth and Body Memory

Our bodies hold information and release it to us in the perfect way.  During birth there seem to be certain points in which our bodies will either move ahead or wait for us to understand the piece of information it is holding.

What if you could open up this dialogue and reassure your body as it hesitates and wonders? Remedies are the bridge between you and your body.

snuggled mom and babe

Induction is about fear.  When I do a homeopathic induction I am inquiring about fear.  This is the block.  The remedy merely acts to keep you present, allow you to grow bigger then your fear and move you forward.  Each remedy has its own specific fear.  When I speak to someone about an induction I am asking all the details about the fear, how it came about, where it has popped up most strongly etc.  This fear is big enough to stop or stall labour.  This is the missing element of medicine.  We can numb out pain but there is nothing to address fear during labour, postpartum or pregnancy.  This fear is translated to our babies.  Is it not important to consider?

To read more about homeopathy and your pregnancy please refer to my e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy available on my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

 

The Basics – Homeopathy and your Newborn Babe

Homeopathy is safe for babies.  

Use homeopathy to help your baby make a smooth transition.  Remedies can assist with:

  • traumatic births – forceps, vacuum and c-sections all have an effect on the baby.  Simple remedies like Arnica and Aconite are incredibly effective for soothing head trauma, bruising, shock and fear.
  • breastfeeding challenges – homeopathy will address milk flow issues, mastitis, latching difficulties and failure to thrive in babes.
  • skin ailments – use homeopathy to ease the way through diaper rashes, eczema and cradle cap.
  • discharge from the eyes – breast milk is the most amazing medicine you have right at hand for this – but if you need a little extra support then homeopathy works beautifully to help babies move mucus from their eyes, out through their nose.

Using homeopathy from the beginning keeps your baby clear on how capable their bodies are.  Babies respond quickly and easily to homeopathic remedies, they are easy to administer and it is magical to watch the effect.  There are no side effects and you can feel good about addressing not only physical aspects of your babe but supporting them mentally/emotionally from the start.

To read more about using homeopathy for newborns please refer to my online e-book –

The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy – available on my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

Separation of Mothers and Babies

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When I see an older child with separation anxiety there has inevitably been separation at the birth.  This casualness we have about routinely separating mothers and babies in the first few hours of life is a problem.  It does impact people.  It does create distress which can have both physical and mental/emotional outcomes.  We are so trained to accept the protocols and rules of hospitals and taught that doctors “have our best interests at heart” that we don’t speak up.  What is really the risk of shouting out against those rules?

Over time I have heard many stories about women not being allowed to touch, hold or nurse their babies after birth.  This may be due to real or anticipated complications with the baby or it may be as simple as they want to “observe” the baby.  The part that stays with the mothers is the loss of connection after the birth.  IF it stays with the mothers, it also stays with the babies.  SPEAK UP.  It is the ONLY way things will change.

Letters written to hospitals are taken very seriously – write your thoughts and feelings, even if it is months later to the hospital, let them know they need to shift their policies and protocols.  Commit to what you feel passionate about.

Remedies for Your Newborn

Babies that are born with any degree of trauma could hugely benefit from two simple remedies.  Arnica 200C and Aonite 1M .  Both of these remedies are particularly useful in the following situations:

  • bruising from forceps, vacuum or malpresentation.
  • resuscitation of any kind
  • internal fetal monitoring – scalp clip
  • born into a room in which there is fear – i.e:  presence of meconium, unreassuring fetal heart tones, hemorrhage etc. 
  • separation of mothers and babies
  • cesarean births
  • families that were not prepared for spontaneous home births

Two pellets of Arnica 200C followed by two pellets of Aconite 1M for mother, baby and anyone else that is feeling shaken will ground everyone and clear any feelings of fear and anxiety.  This may need to be repeated every hour for the first few hours until nursing has been established and all is well and calm.  Check out www.hahnemannlabs.com  for high quality homeopathic remedies that come in poppy seed pellet format – these work fabulously for newborns.

Homeopathic Remedies for Breastfeeding

There is a homeopathic remedy called Lac Humanum made from mother’s milk.  This remedy is a little bit of magic for new mothers and babes learning to nurse.  It can be used to boost production and flow for mothers and help to establish a calm nursing relationship.

  Any baby that has experienced suction, resuscitation or supplementation will heal from the experience much more quickly after a dose of Lac Humanum.  This remedy was proven by Melissa Assilem – a classical homeopath from England.  More information on this remedy can be found in her book:  Matridonal Remedies of the Humanum Family or at www.melissaassilem.net