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The Homeopathic Midwife

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The Homeopathic Midwife is an online professional training program.  If you would like to receive information about the course please send me your information. A brief course outline is listed below, you may also visit my website for detailed information. http://www.pipermartin.com 

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
  • As you finish each section you will be asked to complete a clinical assignment to solidify 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 program 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

http://www.pipermartin.com

What if the Postpartum Blues were a good thing?

What if all postpartum feelings were normal?

What if your own self is taking advantage of this gap that opens up when you have a baby?

You are vulnerable, open, aware and alive postpartum.  Doesn’t it make sense that information would be available to you in a new way?

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Using homeopathy to offer yourself love and support postpartum means the messages will be delivered, not numbed out or pretended away.  Those messages from our own selves can be processed, felt, truly felt and then integrated.

All with a newborn by your side to assist you on keeping your focus on what is vital, alive and forward moving.

Consider this as a possibility.

love

Piper

http://www.pipermartin.com

 

Apis ~like a bee sting

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Apis 200C is a brilliant remedy to have in your home.  It is incredibly useful for challenges such as:

  • swelling – allergic reactions, bug bites,  pregnancy induced or emotional responses to crying – especially of the face and eyes
  • jealousy – PMS time & PREGNANCY is the PEAK!
  • hives – from allergic reactions, stress, upset, heat
  • eruptions with swelling, heat and itch
  • right-sided affections
  • bug bites of any kind (including bee stings) that swell, turn red, itch and sting.
  • hives with asthma
  • clumsy during PMS
  • chatty, busy and industrious
  • warm-blooded – better from application of cool water
  • no thirst
  • edema in pregnancy, especially in the immediate postpartum – any location in the body.  Will cause the woman to sweat and pee the excess fluid away.

To complement Apis 200C use Nat mur 6X tissue salts.  This will encourage the restoration of the water/salt balance in the body.

To learn more about homeopathy, for online consults or e-books for Pregnancy and Labour guidance please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.

 

The Sweet Relief of a Good Cry

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Crying mothers are a touchy topic.  Somehow mothers think they are supposed to feel only joy, only be smiling and content, only feeling physically blissed out.  The reality is many women are shocked to their core about what just happened.  They have just allowed a human being passage through their bodies, if they are breastfeeding they are keeping a person alive with their breast milk.  This can be stressful and challenging and really emotional.  With all those feelings come tears.

The instinct to hide those tears is strong! Not wanting to appear ungrateful for their life or their babies,  mothers put on their happy faces and keep it together! This is one of the many reasons I started Red Tent (a mother’s group) many years ago.  So that the tears could emerge with the real conversations, leading to the real connections between women in the community.

Giving birth is one of the most alive experiences you will ever have and crying is just simply an expression, an outlet, a discharge of all that emotion.  It is commonly judged and suppressed in our society but what if you could cry and just feel like it was a natural part of the process? Especially in the postpartum, women are tender in so many ways.  That is why the need for a quiet and private postpartum is so important – both the mother and baby need to be buffered from harshness so that those soft, alive feelings can be enjoyed instead of suppressed.

Let it the tears flow and trust that they are leading you somewhere.  Holding in your tears is painful and your body lets you know that – lump in the throat, burning eyes, chest pain… The sweet relief of a good cry ~

For more information on homeopathy and using it to guide you through those tender times please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

 

 

Dreaming – What Support do you need to be a Happy Mother?

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If you were going to allow yourself to dream of unlimited support – what would you create?

Imagine what makes you feel happy and then imagine receiving, experiencing or enjoying that every day.  How would this effect your time as a mother?

Our children are KEEN observers.  They are receiving the information when we are happy, sad or mad – despite how we may believe we are hiding those emotions.

They will also receive the information that my mother loves herself enough to do things that make her happy.

Like most children my kids are not happy when I am leaving the house, they prefer to have me home and within arms reach at all times.  However, when I say I am going to yoga they let me go easily.  Why? Because consistently I have told them that yoga makes me happy and when I come home I will feel happier.  They can support that.

Take some steps to start dreaming of support you would like to receive.   If you can imagine it,  it is possible.  Try not to block it with “reality” or “the problem is…” Just imagine what you want and then be open to receiving it.

Have fun!

The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy – Review

Piper –
I want to say thank you!  I bought your Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.  I was 10 days past my due date and my midwife had recommended having a consultation with you, although we are in New York, she had worked with another woman who consulted with you and was able to get her labor going after the consultation.   I wanted to get a jump-start to our consultation so I bought the guide.   I went into labor the next day and did not make our meeting, but during the middle of my 32 hour labor I got very scared and my labor stalled.  I was so afraid that I believe mentally I was slowing down the labor.  I remember reading in the guide about stalled labors.  I asked my midwife to look on my computer for the guide and she did and went out and bought me two of the remedies and gave them to me every 15 minutes.  I am convinced that those remedies gave me the self-confidence and courage to get going again.  Before taking the remedies I was refusing to do anything that made my contractions speed up, after I took them I was fully on board and working with my midwife to get the labor moving again.  I delivered my 8lb son 5 hours after I started taking the remedies.  Thank you!  Your guide was invaluable to me.
Rachel New York, NY
To purchase your own copy of a Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

Postpartum Sleep Disorders

Sleep can become a huge issue after having a baby –

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  • anxiety about not getting any sleep
  • unable to get to sleep
  • unable to return to sleep after being woken
  • unable to nap because there is too much to do!

Help is on the way – homeopathic remedies are fabulous for addressing these issues.  In the immediate postpartum one of the reasons women may not be able to sleep is in homeopathic terms – ailments from excitement.  Birth is a pretty intense, life altering event and it is reasonable to expect that it might take a few days and nights to process what just happened!  The remedy for this state is Coffea 200C . The sensation of this remedy is as if you have had too much coffee and you are literally vibrating with joy, excitement and an almost strung out kind of feeling.  You can take homeopathic remedies safely after birth, while you are breastfeeding, while you are taking other medications.  The remedy will help you facilitate the integration of the experience on a physical level so you are able to rest.

For more detailed information on homeopathy and the postpartum please refer to my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and my on-line e-book –

The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss – Postpartum

For specific information on remedy choices, potency and dosage please visit my website and access my e-book:  A Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy. 

Shifts in the hormonal system often create a hair loss during the postpartum.  To support your body in rebalancing hormones and encouraging the growth of new hair consider the following remedies:

  • Lachesis 200C – this remedy is used during pregnancy for varicose veins and left-sided sciatica pain.   Hair loss in a person needing Lachesis might occur during pregnancy or only during the postpartum.  Lachesis people are quite social, chatty and feel the need to return to their pre-pregnant body and clothes quite soon after pregnancy. 
  • Sepia 200C – Sepia women have usually had more than one pregnancy and do not react well to major hormonal shifts. This might be noticed after using the birth control pill, after a miscarriage, abortion or a pregnancy.  The hormonal shifts cause physical disturbances such as hemmroids, varicose veins, low sex drive and hair loss. 
  • Silicea 6X tissue salt- taking two pellets of Silicea tissue salts will encourage new growth of hair. 

The Truth about Postpartum

 

A real life postpartum story from a fabulous woman….

Here’s how I’m feeling, I think. I feel like I have a spiritual path that I’m intended to take. There is a person that I see myself being at the end of my life. Someone who finds it easy to forgive. Someone who can spread love in the face of hatred. Someone who loves and forgives herself completely. Someone who sees the bigger picture and greater purpose in all things. Someone who is predominantly at peace, even in the face of adversity. It’s a tall order but it pulls me.

I was doing a lot of work on moving in this direction right up until Clara was born and then it all went (seemed to go) to hell. Her birth was difficult and I am still dealing with the ramifications of it. It exhausted and drained me so completely that I felt so numb when she was first here. I have a lot of grief over the fact I wasn’t able to marvel in the wonder that was Clara in her first days and months. I deal with feelings of failure over my lack of joy in being a new mother. In going through the motions while being so completely exhausted and out of it. I see pictures of her as a little baby and I long to go back and have it to do over. To be able to sit and stare and appreciate the wonder that was my daughter in her first days. It’s something big that I deal with still, almost 3 years later.

I also have a lot of regret over her entire first year. She never slept so I never slept. I felt right on the edge of insanity all the time. I was often angry, sad, frustrated, exhausted. I had this beautiful daughter and while I had many moments of joy in her existence, I also had many that were dark. The sleep deprivation made me a shell of the woman I believe I am and made me a person I’m afraid of ever becoming again. No patience, unable to see the bigger picture, unable to see the bright side in anything. Often angry at this little person who would never sleep, even though I must have known that it couldn’t possibly be her fault.

I didn’t ask for enough help, with her birth and with her first year. I know that now. After reflecting on it, I am more aware of the enormity of what I took on. It can take you to your very limit. Handling an infant’s constant needs or handling chronic sleep deprivation might both be manageable but putting them together is enough to rock anyone’s foundation. It’s something I need to keep telling myself until I believe it and am able to forgive myself. Forgiving myself has not been easy for me, I still have much regret.

I have also come to realize that society has had its part in making this more difficult for me. All around me, in the mothers I meet, in the magazine articles I read, women talk of the ease and effortlessness of the journey of motherhood. Nobody seems to want to talk about the difficulties, lest they look less than grateful or like a bad mother. It has made me feel isolated and alone. Like the only person who ever struggled with this process. You also hear people talk about “easy” and “good” babies. I think these are terms that pierce the heart of mothers who do not have what would be deemed a “good” baby. My baby never slept and was often cranky. Did that make her a “bad” baby? Did it make me a bad mother? It’s something I think every time I hear someone talk of their good baby. It’s something I need to resolve in myself. Being able to sleep does not a “good” baby make. All babies are good babies. Some just require more care than others. I must come to terms with this.

Clara is almost 3 now and she is smart and beautiful and so much fun. She sleeps very well and has handled many transitions with ease. I am feeling like my normal self again, but I’ve been rocked. I have issues with worthiness and self-esteem. I don’t have the confidence in myself that I used to. I ache for a more solid foundation, for a spiritual life and purpose but wonder if I’m worthy or capable. That scares me a little, I always felt so self-assured.

I think 2009 and the way it has unfolded has happened for a reason. I think I’ve been sitting idle now that the chaos of young motherhood has past, afraid to make a move in any direction that would require strength of character and belief in my self worth. I’ve been “traumatized” for lack of a better word into non-action. I think this year has unfolded the way it has to shock me back into motion. Life is short, it is fleeting. If I want more out of it, I cannot sit idle. Any day could be my last day. I can’t wait until I resolve my problems before I seek out a more spiritual life. I should seek out a more spiritual life and use the strength I gain to resolve my problems.

To that end, I have felt the need to get quiet. To go inside and hear my thoughts and try to reacquaint with myself and understand myself a little better. Over the last 3 years I almost feel like who “I” am has become a stranger. As such, I have signed up for a meditation class to begin next week. I have also registered for a yoga retreat in the country, all by myself, for a weekend next month.

Lastly, I have made a pact with myself to be honest, with myself and others, about who I am and how I feel, regardless of what is viewed as an acceptable way to feel by those around me and around the world. I am who I am and pretending to be different does not do me any good and perpetuating the belief that everyone should be fine inside does not help someone around me who might also be struggling.

I think I went through all the things I’ve gone through this year for a reason, not as an interruption in my spiritual journey, but as a part of it. Maybe I needed these experiences to go deeper and reach higher. Perhaps I can use what I have learned to learn more about the depth and breadth of all that I am. Perhaps I can use what I have learned about myself to help other mothers. I’d like to think that.

Homeopathic Remedies for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression can be created through several different situations.  Some of the most common include:

  • birth trauma
  • lack of support postpartum
  • sleep deprivation
  • trauma/sexual abuse history being triggered
  • breastfeeding challenges
  • anxiety disorders

Homeopathic remedies can support women and their babies as they move through low times in the first year after a birth.  The following remedies can be used to alleviate feelings of depression but for your best bet connect with a homeopath and find your constitutional remedy. 

Birth Trauma

Aconite 1M– if you are feeling anxious and experiencing panic attacks since a traumatic experience.  This may have been a really fast birth, a birth in which you thought you or the baby might die or  a birth that was extremely painful .  Two pellets of Aconite 1M will quickly ground you, quiet feelings of panic and return you to the present. 

Lack of Support Postpartum

A lack of support in the home or family can really take its toll on women.  The combination of responsibility, sleep deprivation and the physical aspects of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming and create a feeling of depression and resentment.  There is a homeopathic remedy called Sepia 200C that is useful in assisting women in this situation.  The remedy provides hormonal support to assist your body in returning to normal as quickly as possible and helping you connect to things that provide energy.  For example Sepia women do well with regular exercise and part time or full time work vs staying home all the time.  The remedy will remind who you are and how you function best so that you can move through depression more easily. 

Sleep Deprivation

Coffea 200C –Coffea is made from coffee.  when you need this remedy you feel exhausted but unable to rest or to get to sleep.  Women most frequently need it right after the birth.  It is created from a feeling of great excitement, so much so that it creates insomnia.  You feel wired and restless, like you can’t turn your mind off.  This is also a great remedy to give to children when you are trying to put them to bed after a lot of excitement. 

for more specific information on homeopathy, dosage and postpartum depression please  visit my website and access my e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.