Sepia and Nux Vomica – Friends of the Pregnant Woman!

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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

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
  • exhaustion
  • 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

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.

For example

  • 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
  • short-tempered
  • headaches
  • 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

For information and guidance please visit my website- http://www.pipermartin.com

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Pulsatilla 200C- when and why to use this remedy

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:

  • weeps easily
  • looks for comfort and reassurance and allows this
  • indecisive
  • 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.

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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.

Babies

  • 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.

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Breech Babes

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.

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This footling breech babe – born au natural!

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.

Aconite 1M for Newborns

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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.

warmly

Piper

Online Consults – for Induction, Labour and Postpartum Care

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Hello Everyone,

I just had the feeling that I needed to update all the homeopathy connections out there that I am offering online consults from deep in the coastal mountains!

If you are interested in using homeopathy for induction of labour,  I offer free consults for all inductions, with no exclusions.  Everywhere, all over the world, this is available to all women.  We connect via email and talk back and forth until we land on the remedy for you.  I will help you figure out where to get it and guide you through the process.  It is safe, free and available to you.

I am always happy to work with all pregnant women, anyone who wishes to find out their constitutional remedy during pregnancy has excellent timing.  The unique element of homeopathy is that it addresses the mental/emotional realm. So not only can it impact your physical symptoms, but it can uplift your emotional state. This serves to contribute to the well-being you will feel. A constitutional remedy is also the best remedy to use to induce labour.  Knowledge of that remedy also opens up the information regarding which remedies you might specifically want in a birth kit and what you  may need in the postpartum.

Constitutional care is offered online, via email.  I will send you a series of questions to begin the conversation and we will work back and forth to establish this specific remedy for you and your body.  The initial consult includes a month of follow-up care.

Postpartum care via email is very accessible.  You do not need to be a former patient, anyone is welcome to communicate at any point in their experience.  Online care means no waiting for answers which often feel urgent in this period of time. I have 20 years of experience treating newborns with homeopathy and feel comfortable consulting for nursing concerns and all newborn postpartum challenges.

To contact me with questions or to take a look at my consulting fees, ebooks or online course please visit my website:

http://www.pipermartin.com

Warmly,

Piper

Time to Learn

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The fall is a perfect time to focus energy on your own educational growth.

The Homeopathic Midwife is an online program designed for those attending births and working with pregnant and postpartum women.  If you curious about homeopathy and want to learn how to effectively apply that knowledge to this specific realm then this course is for you.

You may be a pregnant woman, a doula, a midwife or a naturopath, chiropractor or homeopath.  This course covers all the remedies, potency selection and case taking skills you need to navigate from pregnancy to postpartum.

To read a full course description please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.

warmly

Piper

The perfect time to give birth

trust the timing of your life

 

  If a woman has been able to create and grow a baby,  it is reasonable to assume that she will also be able to give birth “on time”? 

It’s difficult to drop a topic such as due dates that has so much momentum,  but one way to do this is to choose something equally dynamic to focus on.  How about the idea that you have perfect timing?  That things fall into place – the right feeling person is on call, that the traffic lights are all green, that you and your partner are rested and ready for action, and that your new little babe also has a sense of perfect timing.

I can’t help but consider the perception of the baby through an induction.

Create a general statement that is reassuring to you and your baby with regard to the idea of a due date.  Something such as; I know this will all unfold perfectly, I will know by the ease and flow that my timing is excellent, I can trust that this baby will give me a signal when he/she is ready to make their transition into this outer world.  …

It is just as possible to believe in these statements and ideas as it is to believe in the feeling of running out of time, deadlines, due dates and the general bad feeling of being late.  If you find yourself worrying about or talking about a due date, go to these statements for soothing.  You will know by the relief your body feels when you think those thoughts that you are on the right path.

This type of thinking is what I offer along with a suggestion for a homeopathic remedy to lift off fear and allow more freedom within the body and the mind.

If you need assistance with this please contact me via my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

warmly

Piper