Breech Babies ~ the TURN!

Pulsatilla – the windflower~ is blooming right now.  Early spring is the time that this plant blooms and moves with the wind and rain of the season.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that is very common to see as a remedy state in pregnancy and in children.

pulsatilla

Pregnancy

Pulsatilla is the remedy to remind a breech or transverse baby that the most anatomically correct way to be born is in an anterior, vertex position.  This may not be the case for all babies, I do think there are babies that do just fine being born breech.  But for those that can change the position safely, Pulsatilla creates the gentle reminder and the mother and baby create a more optimal fetal position together.

This happens within 24 hours of taking a single dose of Pulsatilla 200C and quite often the mother is not aware of it happening.  I have clinically seen this occur up to the 39th week of pregnancy.

This is a safe option to explore.  The remedy will only work if the change of position is to the advantage of the baby.  If the cord is too short or tangled to make the switch, nothing will happen.  If the placement of the placenta will be compromised by a move, then again, the baby will not turn.  Homeopathy is safe because it ONLY works with the body, it can’t override the body.  It makes suggestions and the body can choose to respond or not.

Pulsatilla is also very helpful for:

  • morning sickness
  • fear of labour
  • jealousy in pregnancy
  • long first stage of labour that stops and starts
  • indecisive about planning for birth

Childhood Pulsatilla

Baby

A Pulsatilla baby is usually born to a Pulsatilla mother.  These babies will strongly prefer to  be carried every moment, mainly by their mothers.  They need a lot of attention, tending, adjusting and adapting on the part of  the mother.  They weep often but are quickly consoled by cuddling.  They are changeable babies and very sensitive to being alone – even for a moment. You will observe all of these same characteristics present in the mother as well.

Child

  • thick, yellow discharges – eyes, nose or ears
  • remedy for chickenpox – still wants to snuggle despite the itching
  • thirstless – have to beg this child to take sips

Pulsatilla 200C is an appropriate dose for both pregnant women and children.  Please visit my website for more information.  I offer online consults, learning opportunities and ebooks on my site.  Thank you for reading and your feedback!

warmly

Piper

 

 

 

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The Homeopathic Midwife

On February 1st I will open registration for The Homeopathic Midwife, an online professional training program in Homeopathy for Midwives.  On the first of each month a new session will begin.  If you would like to be put on the list for the program please email me and I will notify you as soon as registration opens.

The focus of The Homeopathic Midwife is experiential learning, figuring out how to use homeopathic remedies during pregnancy, labour and postpartum. It is appropriate for anyone with a desire to learn. The program is specifically relevant for Midwives and Midwifery students. Homeopathy students, Doulas and Naturopathic Doctors may also find this information beneficial if they are attending births in this capacity. The program is divided into five modules and is paced to occur over a five month period of time.

You will receive:

  • written and audio versions of the materials
  • email access to consult with Piper Martin throughout the five months of your program
  • a flexible schedule of Skype calls to discuss  and improve comprehension through case conferences.
  • As you finish each section you will be asked to complete a clinical assignment to assess your assimilation of the material. The completion of these segments will result in a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program. Please note that these assignments are experiential and practical.

The fee for this progam is 1500.00 CDN funds.

A brief outline of the program is as follows:

Session OneHomeopathic Case Taking Skills

  • Learn how to gather the information you need to prescribe accurately.  This will be demonstrated in a variety of settings.
  • Selection of dosage and potency, which homeopathic pharmacies to use and time frames for prescribing.
  • Creation of a Homeopathic birth kit
  • Homeopathic philosophy and development of language to have an effective informed choice discussion.

Session TwoMateria Medica aka Descriptions of the Remedies

  • Remedies are divided into categories of plants, animals and minerals so that you may study the remedy descriptions with classification.
  • Each remedy description is specifically oriented towards its use in pregnancy, labour and postpartum care.
  • Information will be accompanied by relevant clinical notes and clues when possible so that the connection between the written description and the real life client can be made as easily as possible.

Session ThreeHomeopathy for Pregnancy

  • Common ailments of pregnancy that may benefit from homeopathic support are included in this segment.  Symptoms such as morning sickness, dehydration, iron levels,acute illness and accidents are all covered,  as well as emotional states such as anxiety and fear around upcoming births.
  • Discussion will include treatment for previous birth trauma, VBAC women and sexual abuse survivors.

Session Four – Homeopathy for Labour

  • Case taking in labour, how to translate what you observe into a remedy prescription.
  • Homeopathic induction – so amazing!
  • Homeopathic augmentation, remedies for first, second and third stage of labour – both physical and mental/emotional treatment.

Session Five – Homeopathic Postpartum Care

  • Remedies for the immediate postpartum – retention of urine, shaking, dissociation etc.
  • Homeopathic postpartum kit for the week following labour
  • Using homeopathy to support breastfeeding – milk supply and mastitis treatment, anxiety regarding breastfeeding
  • Birth trauma recovery and emotional support for mothers.
  • Surgical healing

I will look forward to hearing from everyone who co-created this new experience.

Piper

Midwifery Series #5 -Homeopathic Medicine for FRIGHT! FOR mothers, fathers and babies

The best thing about homeopathy is that it impacts your mental/emotional state – WITHOUT drugging you or your kids.

It reminds you of what is real and helps your body to mirror that truth.  When our bodies get frightened physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat,clenching, flushing, shaking, sweating and crying can occur.

Allopathic medicine seeks to shut down the physical experience and make the symptoms disappear.

Homeopathic medicine seeks to address WHY the symptoms are there, and address both the physical and the emotional discomfort.  Homeopaths understand that the body speaks to us in the language of symptoms.  This is especially useful when you have a child that is pre-verbal.  Understanding body cues is key to compassionate care of your baby.  It takes time and careful observation of both yourself and your children,  but these mysteries will be revealed if you persist.

Fear is one of the easier mysteries to see because the expression is so dynamic.  They physical symptoms mentioned above are all quite obvious, especially in a baby or small child.  As adults we tend to compensate and hide these expressions but they are happening regardless of our suppression.

Here is one of the easiest remedies to use for fear and anxiety – helpful for mothers, babies and fathers….

Aconite 1M

This is the top seller in my practice! Aconie works instantly to relieve a panic attack, calm anxiety and settle a person who has been triggered by something frightening.  Aconite relieves symptoms such as;

  • restless pacing
  • heart racing, rapid breath
  • fear of dying
  • claustrophobic in crowds or anywhere
  • fear of birth, fear of the pain of birth
  • transition during birth – feeling as if you were about to die!
  • birth trauma – when a baby has been surrounded by people who fear he/she will die.
  • nightmares after a fright
  • fear in the birth room – fathers and grandparents that feel frightened
  • anxiety after talking about something that upset you
  • anxiety after a fight or anticipating an argument
  • anxiety going into a presentation, dental appointment or performance
  • for babies it appears as – clenching jaw, eyes shut and fists shut, screaming and fearful

Give two pellets of Aconite 1M and wait.  Within just a few minutes you will observe/feel easier breathing, calmer language, a softer body and the fear subsiding.  It reminds you of who you really are and where you are in the present moment.

If you feel you need more guidance in using this remedy please contact me at http://www.pipermartin.com

Midwifery Series #4 – Homeopathic Medicine for Mastitis

Homeopathic medicine is incredibly effective for the treatment of Mastitis.  It is safe for mothers and babies, will resolve the problem quickly and without any invasive treatment.

Newborn baby breastfeeding.
Newborn baby breastfeeding.

In most cases mastitis is a signal of overextending, mothers that are trying to do too much too soon after birth. Dehydration is also a large factor in mastitis.

Mastitis and a recurrence of bleeding are two of the most common signs that mothers need more rest, water, food and rest! Heed these signals and all will be well.

Belladonna 1M 

  • sudden onset
  • worse at 3:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • fever, headache, flushed face, glazed eyes
  • worse on the right side – breast has red streaks
  • HOT to touch, DRY and HOT
  • throbbing sensations

Bryonia 200C

  • dry mouth, dry lips – dehydrated
  • severe headache, worse from ANY motion
  • breasts are painful from ANY motion
  • bad mood, irritable
  • slow onset, low grade fever
  • cannot bear a bra or any touch

It is most beneficial if the remedy is taken as soon as the first symptoms appear. Take two pellets of the indicated remedy and wait.  You should see a change within the 1:10 time frame – for example if the pain has been present for one hour – 60min then the symptoms should shift within 6 min.  Nurse the baby as often as possible on the painful side and line up the baby’s chin with the duct that seems to be the most affected.  This will drain that duct and clear any blockage.

If you need more guidance in choosing a remedy or managing mastitis please feel free to email me for personal support.

http://www.pipermartin.com

Midwifery Series #3 – Top FIVE remedies to Fire UP labour

mom and babe

Remedies are used to lift fear, create productive, rhythmical contractions and reassure women and babies that they are safe and all is well.

Occasionally women need assistance at different points in their labour to move the momentum forward.  This may be for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Gelsemium 200c – performance anxiety – labour is going along well and the midwives arrive then everything stops or they arrive at the hospital and things peter out.
  • Pulsatilla 200C or Phosphorus 1Mrupture of membranes with no contractions – often women are on a time schedule,  according to the community standards of the hospital – most health facilities want to see active labour within 18-24 hours of ruptured membranes.
  • Arsenicum 200Cstall in dilation at 6 cm – this is a point in labour where things normally really take off.  It can feel very out of control and frightening for some people.  In response to this,  their bodies slow things down.
  • Aconite 1Mfreezing up at a previous traumatic point in labour – our bodies remember previous birth experiences. If a woman stalled at a certain point in her birth and had to have an intervention,  her body often repeats this action in the next birth – even though she may not consciously know she is at that same point.

Gelsemium 200C – feeling exhausted, heavy, as if too tired to continue labour.  Gets nervous and sleepy as midwives arrive and set up or they arrive at the hospital.  Contractions slow down and labour can cease.

Pulsatilla 200C – weepy and frightened at the thought of going into labour- false labour – contractions stop and start, appear in the front, back, down the legs – key word is changeability.  Women needing Pulsatilla will not want to do anything to bring labour on- such as go for a walk – they are frightened and want to hide from the experience.

Phosphorus 1M – Phosphorus women may be overwhelmed by the rupture of membranes.  They are alarmed by what is about to happen and fearful that their baby may be at risk.  Phosphorus women tend to have big reactions to medications and allopathic induction will affect them strongly.

Arsenicum 200C – Arsenicum women tend to be A type personalities that strongly dislike being out of control.  They often stall at either 6cm or in the second stage of labour.  They strongly dislike the sensation of pushing.

Once you have picked a remedy that matches, give two pellets of the indicated potency.

Remedies are widely available at most health food stores, from homeopaths and naturopaths.

Once the remedy has been given wait within the 1:10 time frame – for example – if membranes have been ruptured for 1 hour then you will see a change within 6 minutes.

A change means contractions starting, bloody show, position change, new attitude evolving etc.  Once you see action just observe, there is no need to repeat the remedy once change is initiated.

If you are in need of more information or guidance on this subject please refer to my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.  I have two e-books available as well as mentoring via email for 20.00.

Midwifery Series #2 – Cesarean Birth Recovery

To care for a woman following a cesarean birth is a tender mission.  She needs both physical and mental/emotional support. Using homeopathic remedies immediately following a cesarean means that she will be able to integrate the experience faster and allow her focus to be on her and her baby.

Staphysagria 200C

  • two pellets immediately following birth allows a woman to pass gas and then be allowed to EAT.
  • two pellets for UTI from catheterization
  • two pellets for infection in the cesarean incision
  • two pellets for anger following a cesarean – does not need to be immediately following the birth, can be at any point following a cesarean.  Feeling of being traumatized by the birth, feeling as if violated, feeling of being dominated, feeling of having no choice, feeling of being a victim.  Anger may only show up on behalf of someone else – another friend who has a cesarean, their baby etc. Anger may only appear in dreams.
  • very sensitive to rudeness, to being touched, to feeling of powerlessness.
  • trembling when talking about a birth experience, shaking from anger.
  • Bell’s palsy from anger or a cesarean birth.

This remedy is the most important remedy to consider for homeopathic induction of a VBAC woman.  It will clear the pathway of any previous trauma or anger and allow the new experience to be fresh.  Two pellets will be enough to do this work.

IF you have specific questions about using this remedy please contact me for guidance.

http://www.pipermartin.com

Midwifery Series – #1 – ITCHY mamma!

Dolichos Pruriens 200C

  • This remedy will address the intense itching that some women experience during pregnancy.
  • This remedy is for itching both with and without visible eruptions.
  • Itching is worse at night
  • Itching is worse on the feet or begins on the feet, for some women it covers their bodies.
  • This level of itching prevents good rest and can drive people crazy.  They are compelled to itch incessantly but it does not bring relief.
  • This remedy has a tissue affinity for the liver so it will support the liver if this is the root cause of the itching.

Give two pellets and wait – the intensity and the frequency of the itchiness will subside in the 1:10 time frame.  This means that if the pregnant woman has been itchy for 10 days then within 1 day there will be a change.

If you have further questions about using or prescribing this remedy and would like some guidance please feel free to connect with me. I am an expert in the field of homeopathy and midwifery care.

http://www.pipermartin.com