I am a Classically trained Homeopath. The focus of my practice is pregnant women and babies. I attend births and support families through the use of homeopathic medicine. I am the creator of an online course in homeopathic medicine called the Homeopathic Midwife. You can check it out on my website www.pipermartin.com. I am the very lucky mother of three vital boys.
Remedies have relationships and belong to families. This is one way of organizing and understanding how remedies may work together. Sepia and Nux vomica are two such remedies.
Sepia is a very hormonally based remedy and hence the reason it shows up a lot during pregnancy. Sepia women feel hormonal changes strongly, each shift such as menarche, the birth control pill, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause create imbalance and difficulty for the Sepia woman. During pregnancy Sepia women may experience some of the following symptoms:
aversion to their husband – this is a strong aversion – including the smell of their husband
aversion to their children – general impatience and feeling of being overwhelmed
lack of tone – sensation as if the baby is falling out
prolapse – bladder, rectum or uterus
craving for vinegar
stasis – varicose veins, hemorrhoids, constipation and cold hands and feet
desire for vigorous exercise but too tired to do so
aversion to breastfeeding – would prefer to go to work and this is their main conflict – knowing breastfeeding is a good choice for the baby but lacking the desire to sit and do it.
Nux vomica is the acute remedy of Sepia. This means if a person is constitutionally a Sepia type, then Nux vomica will work well for acute complaints – symptoms that are temporary and passing through.
morning sickness in pregnancy – this feels like being hung over – dry heaves, retching, headache and BAD mood
withdrawal from coffee, tea, drugs or alcohol – headache, constipation and BAD MOOD
impatience in traffic, at work, with families – extreme lack of tolerance and patience – translates in labour as a premature urge to push
constipation – with urging but little output
very sensitive to noise, light, stimulation and big reactions when overstimulated.
babies that cannot handle stimulation, especially premature babies
Pulsatilla is a very common remedy to see in pregnancy, labour and postpartum. If a remedy works well for you in pregnancy – i.e. it addresses your morning sickness, then it is highly likely that will also be useful for induction, to augment labour or to support any breastfeeding challenges. Pulsatilla is a remedy that appears to follow a woman from pregnancy to postpartum and often it will be the first remedy to consider should the baby need a remedy.
Pulsatilla emotionally looks like:
looks for comfort and reassurance and allows this
emotional about other children, fear of them feeling abandoned
looks to those around her for guidance instead of tapping into her own
Physically this translates as:
discharges that are yellow, thick and emerging from eyes, nose, ears – newborn goopy eyes
craves touch no matter what – even while in transition prefer to be cuddled and touched
morning sickness that changes day by day – different triggers, different times, different reactions to food.
indecisiveness is reflected in the baby assuming many positions during pregnancy and often goes breech, labour that starts and stops and is experienced all through the body – contractions in legs, bum, back, abdomen, unable to commit to the labour taking Pulsatilla will create a regular rhythm to the labour and is the gesture of commitment that is needed to progress.
goes into labour only when children are in bed or being cared for – reluctant to really be in labour without the midwives, husband, mother, support team that she has assembled all around her – within sight
very changeable milk supply and supply that is easily effected by food, company, upset, discharges etc.
Pulsatilla is a plant remedy, made of the wind flower – it blooms in the spring and softly blows in the wind – a way to remember its soft, changeable nature and being a plant its reaction to and awareness of its environment.
use Pulsatilla for babies if you have a baby with separation anxiety – by that I mean if you cannot walk out of a room without the baby weeping.
This is such a useful remedy for siblings that may be feeling jealous and becoming very weepy and whiny as a means of expressing their feelings. Pulsatilla will reassure them of their stability in the family.
Often little ones get congested and it turns into something bigger, simply because they have a very hard time clearing the mucus. When the mucus sits at any point too long, then infection can form – in the ears, eyes, chest and throat. Homeopathy keeps the mucus flowing and I have included some other easy suggestions to help your babies manage a cold.
Mucus in the Eyes, Nose and Chest
thick YELLOW mucus
can be either eye and often will swing back and forth
may also be thick, yellow mucus from nose
this is the main remedy for newborn goopy eyes
loose cough goes on through the night and early morning
babies are weepy and want a lot of contact during illness
thirstless except for lots of comfort nursing
will alternate an okay mood and then weeping all day long
mucus is green – in eyes and nose
snuffly babies from birth – often with green discharge in eyes
hot babies, night owls and prefer to sleep on their stomach
chesty colds – this is the place colds tend to land for these babies
very bad diaper rashes with blistering and open sores
reactions and cravings for citrus and strawberries
these babies are a little wild – fierce and passionate
green, fluent discharges – from eyes and nose
diarrhea with illness – mucus can come from this location too
sweaty and drooly during illness – especially at night
intense ear infection pain – especially at night
very unhappy during illness – want connection but is not comforted by it like Pulsatilla babies
alternating hot and chilly during illness
bad breath- which is an unusual symptom in children
Suggestions for managing the flow of mucus:
BREAST MILK IN THE EYES! every time you possibly can squirt their eyes with breast milk. Also great for diaper rashes.
CHIROPRACTIC adjustment – this will really help keep things flowing and prevent ear infections!
PROP up the bed with folded blankets under the fitted sheet.
Don’t be alarmed if the mucus comes out in a coughing fit that ends in vomiting, this is one of the main ways babies discharge mucus quickly and efficiently.
Reassure your baby that they have strong, capable bodies and they will move through this with ease. Keep yourself steady and provide them with lots of quiet, easy time AT HOME to recover.
Pulsatilla is a remedy that makes a suggestion to a baby to turn head down. That is actually how the remedy works. It gently suggests that anatomically it is easier to make an entrance in a head down, anterior position, this is just how most babies fit best through the pelvis. Variations of this position usually create a period of waiting in labour as the baby makes its way to an optimal fit.
The reason homeopathy is so incredibly safe to take in pregnancy and labour , is that the only way it works is WITH the body. Working with the knowledge each person possesses, it reminds mothers and babes of the simple design of the body.
IF there is a reason for a breech position – like the placenta has grown in a way that is blocking a position change or the cord has become looped in a way that will be restricted with a turn, then the baby just will not move. NO remedy will override the wisdom of the body and this includes the mother’s body and the baby’s body. I also would assume that there are some babies that just know that they are meant to be born breech. Every body is unique.
The remedy will make the suggestion and if it is accepted, the baby will turn within 24 hours. Interestingly mothers rarely seem to feel the turn, even if this is happening late in the pregnancy.
This provides me with additional evidence that the simplicity of the body just feels normal – nothing invasive is happening, no real effort is made – it is simply a suggestion that is being carried out by the baby.
The remedy for a breech position is Pulsatilla 200C. Take two pellets, that is all you need.
Pulsatilla mothers often are in an emotional state in which they are having difficulty landing on a solid plan for their birth, they may be debating home or hospital, frequently have people attending the birth they do not particularly want present and are focused on how to make everyone around them happy. They may even feel unsure about their ability to give birth and feel unprepared to make that commitment. The indecisiveness is reflected in the baby – the baby moves into many positions or lands in a breech position, which in turn takes the decision making process away from the mother and into the hands of a surgeon.
Taking Pulsatilla will strengthen the mother’s ability to be steady in her choices and ultimately reassure the baby that she is by his side as they have a birth experience together.
Lastly, you do not have to worry that taking Pulsatilla and turning the baby will induce labour. Again this is a situation in which homeopathy CANNOT override your body and you will only go into labour if the time is right for everyone.
If you have specific questions about Pulsatilla or using homeopathy in your pregnancy please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.
Babies and the treatment of newborns has always been my speciality. Homeopathy is completely safe for babies, there are no side effects and you cannot do harm. If you choose the wrong remedy the only thing that will happen is nothing. If you choose the right remedy you will likely know immediately as babies are very vital, clear and responsive to the gentle stimulation of homeopathy.
Here is how to give a tiny baby a remedy:
In a glass jar, put two pellets in 1/2 cup of water. Let the pellets dissolve. Give the baby a teaspoon of the mixture. Store the water potency in the refrigerator. Use as needed and then discard when you are finished. A teaspoon = a dose.
You can put pellets directly into their mouths, it is o.k. to touch them. Do one pellet at a time. They will roll them around and possibly spit them out but as long as they have held it in their mouths for even a small period of time the remedy will act. Two pellets = a dose.
Arnica 200C and Hypericum 200C are the remedies and the potencies you want to give for pain after a tongue tie release. Give each remedy twice a day for three days following the procedure. The combination of your magical breast milk and these two homeopathics will speed healing and provide comfort.
I highly recommend using Hahnemann Labs in Berkeley, California – http://www.hahnemannlabs.com for your homeopathic supplies, their remedies are in poppyseed format and are perfect for babies and children, as well as being of extremely high quality. They are the best!
If you have more questions on using homeopathy for yourself or your babies please email me, I provide email consultants for big and small.
Aconite 1M is a remedy for fear, panic attacks and the feeling of “I almost died!”
Why would a newborn need such a remedy?
A new baby may need this remedy to counteract emotions that were provoked either during the pregnancy, birth experience or in the postpartum. Some situations that could provoke these feelings include;
“high risk pregnancy” – this language informs the baby and the family that there is a risk to the life of the baby and that the potential for danger exists. There are usually more ultrasounds, more tests and more fearful appointments. These things promote the feeling of fear and anticipation of the birth and what might be wrong. The baby is aware of all of this.
threats during pregnancy – the mother may be under physical or emotional stress such as abuse, poor living conditions, shame, fear of survival, uncertain care for the birth or post traumatic stress.
during birth babies are reactive and aware of what is happening, heart tones are indicators of the emotional state of the baby and mothers that are frightened have frightened babies. Unfortunately the remedy for this is rarely to help the mother center herself and breathe, it is usually to inform her that the baby is not doing well! we need to do something! The increase in fear usually impacts the baby in a negative sense and the whole experience of fear takes on more momentum.
physical trauma during birth such as forceps, vacuum extraction, cesarean birth, deep suction or resuscitation can all create fear in a newborn. Usually no one is explaining anything to them about the sensations they are experiencing and it doesn’t take much imagination to understand how this might be viewed as painful, abrupt and frightening.
separating a baby from his/her parents is a huge factor and one that is minimized in regular hospital care. The presence of a familiar voice, touch and energy of a parent has a large impact on the feeling of safety and security for a baby. If the baby is able to be relaxed and focus on their intuitive cues all systems work better – nursing, digestion, sleep! Introducing stress and separation in those first hours of life is extremely disruptive to many factors while making the transition to the outer world.
Fortunately for all of these situations Aconite 1M can close the gap. The combination of honest, emotional conversation with your baby and giving them Aconite 1M will resolve these fears, keep them firmly in the past and assist everyone is moving forward. For specific information on how to use Aconite for yourself and your baby please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and treat yourself to a consult.