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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.

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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

 

 

 

Family Expansion

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The addition of a second child in the family has this bittersweet component.  There is something very special about the first child that teaches you how to be a parent.  When you are on the brink of shifting all the family dynamics there is often a sense of grief as you expand to include the new babe.  It will all be about more love, even on a physical level your body creates more oxytocin receptors the more children you have – and your first child will now have a small sibling that will adore them, but in that moment before it all evolves there is a little sadness in leaving behind the familiar.

One of the opportunities in this shift is that the partner is usually given a chance to have a greater connection with the older child, perhaps taking over bed times or having special outings to give mother and baby a chance to sleep.  Usually this new love affair is very satisfying to the older child and allows the mother and baby to have some pleasurable time to greet and get to know one another.

If there is jealousy it is challenging because compassion for your first-born and a natural protective stance for your baby are conflicting sensations.  There are a couple of great remedies for the sense of abandonment or competition that may arise as a family expands.

Pulsatilla 200C

  • For a child that is weepy, clingy, can’t allow anyone but mom to put them to bed.
  • Refuses to do anything on their own – eat, dress, go to the bathroom – things they are capable of doing and were previously engaged in.
  • Wants to sleep with parents
  • Has no interest in going to daycare or having any type of babysitter besides parents.
  • Will get fevers and ear infections in this time as a symptom of distress

Medorrhinum 1M

  • Children that react fiercely to a new baby
  • can be violent to the baby, the pets, themselves or their parents
  • bite, use strong language about the baby – “I hate that baby!” etc.
  • wants to stay up late with the parents and get their own time in with them
  • can have severe tantrums and rage attacks – definite intensity to their emotions
  • will regress in terms of eating, toilet training and sleeping
  • lots of mischief when mom is nursing or feeding the baby

There are a range of remedies to assist your family through these types of transitions and if you need further assistance in prescribing feel free to contact me at http://www.pipermartin.com.  I offer both online and in person consultations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

Is anyone else bored by the FLU shot? Its so yesterday….

green cross for first aidReplace the flu shot and the over the counter medication with homeopathic remedies, good quality food, water and a relationship with a chiropractor or osteopath.  

I find it very disturbing that the flu shot is recommended for pregnant women, especially in this world in which there are so many other much healthier options available.  Begin by putting together a Homeopathic Acute Care kit.  It is safe and easy to prescribe homeopathy for adults and children. Homeopathy is safe for pregnancy and for newborns.

There are no side effects – which is pretty revolutionary considering pretty much any other medical substance you put in your mouth has MANY side effects.

The remedies I recommend including are:

Aconite 1M– sudden high fever, croup that begins in the night with fever, acute ear pain with fever, ailments from fright

Antimonium Tartaricum 200C- especially useful for babies – chest colds with low grade fever, sweaty, too young to actively  move the mucus out of the lungs. Loose rattling cough but not much coming out. Will usually make the child vomit up the mucus.

Arsenicum 200C – food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, chills, restless, anxious

Belladonna 1M – sudden high fever, RIGHT sided inflammatory complaints – ear, sinus, headache, breast, joints, frightened, intense, red, flushed and radiating heat.

Bryonia 200C – head pain with DRY cough, irritable, worse from being moved,thirsty – fears to cough because of pain.

Cantharis 200C – UTI – pain is worse at night, violent, burning pain in urethra and constant urging to urinate

Chamomilla 1M – teething, sudden ear pain, waking in the night shrieking, worse being touched, one cheek red, stool is green.

Eupatorium 200C – flu remedy – deep achy bones, chills, painful headache and cough, sore throat.

Gelsemium 200C – heavy eyes, heavy limbs, achy but not debilitating like Eupatorium.  Chilly, especially up the back, weakness, vertigo, ailments from anticipation of performance – a bad cold right before going into labour or a big presentation.

Hepar sulph 200C – last croup remedy – when the mucus arrives and the mood is foul – hypersensitive to pain, touch and cold. CHILLY, recurrent attacks of suppurating tonsillitis, sinus infections with thick, yellow mucus, discharge from ears.

Rumex 200C – tickling cough – continuous cough, profuse discharges, dry membranes – raw throat from coughing

Spongia 200C – DRY cough, barking, croup remedy after Aconite, membranes are all dry.

Sulphur 200C– loose stool, strong odour, red, sweaty, fevers but GOOD mood. Loose chest cold. Great to finish a loose cough that has been hanging around for awhile.  

Phosphorus 1M – chest colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, nosebleeds, thirsty, in need of constant company and touch, hungry and thirsty for cold water and juicy foods.

Phosphoric Acid 200C – dehydration, loss of fluids, headache, fatigue, emotionally flat – after any food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss or excessive breastfeeding.

Mercurius 200C – swollen glands,sweating, drooling, sinus infection with green discharges – colds go to the eyes, for sudden infections in foreskins of little boys

Pulsatilla 200c – yellowish thick discharge – pink eye, mucus filled cough, weepy, clingy, thirstless.

Lachesis 200C – sore throat, swollen glands, left side, headache on the left side, worse after waking from sleep.

You can do this and if you need guidance,  I am available to provide it via email.  Simply visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and set yourself up to experience a true level of health.

For an excellent book refer to:  Desktop Companion to Physical Pathology, Roger Morrison, M.D.

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.

Continue reading Pulsatilla 200C- when and why to use this remedy

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 f 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.

How to gather homeopathic information about babies….

To gather the information you need about a newborn or baby here are some places to land.  

Observe 

  • skin, brightness of eyes, movement, mood and how this baby communicates
  • comfort levels – where is the baby most comfortable – with whom and in what position
  • nursing – does the baby want to nurse and sleep the entire time even when it is age appropriate for them to be awake?
  • does the baby react to the mother talking about emotional subjects – specifically their birth

Information from the mother

  • how did she feel during her pregnancy – physically and emotionally
  • ask her to tell her birth story in detail
  • how does the mother feel while nursing?
  • does the baby have any fears and are they related to the birth?
  • what is the context this baby lives in – the feeling of the home?

If the mother is anxious – feeling stressed or unsupported this is where some of your energy needs to be directed.  Help her find perspective on the need for help and loving care for herself, in turn the baby will feel more at ease.  Both mothers and babies usually need the same remedy and are having a similar emotional experience with different expressions.  This co-creative experience they have, being pregnant, giving birth and then starting to build their life together can be very deeply effected by the use of homeopathy at this time.  Homeopathic medicine can assist in establishing healthy, hopeful neural connections between mothers and babies and doing that work together is a wonderful experience.  

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Consider a woman that has needed Pulsatilla throughout pregnancy – weepy, nauseous and in need of much reassurance during her pregnancy.  Unsure of her decisions – should she have a home birth, who should she have there, will she be alright, what about the baby…? Pulsatilla has been used to turn the baby from a breech position and the labour began with two days of “false labour”. Stopping and starting, becoming regular and then stringing out.  Once Pulsatilla was given the contractions became rhythmical and consistent.  Postpartum,  Pulsatilla women feel unsure, fearful that the baby is not receiving enough milk, that something may be wrong or that she is afraid to be left alone with the baby.  The baby responds by being fretful, crying when the mother is anxious and inconsistent in her responses to nursing, swaddling, sleep routines and nothing the mother tries seems to work.  This baby is responding to the irresolute vibe of her mother.  Pulsatilla will help the woman land in her body, in her role as  the mamma and with this little boost of confidence, the baby will feel safe and settle in.  

The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy – E- Book Excerpt

The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy
excerpt
Chapter Two : Remedies for Your Birth
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Remedies Commonly Used For Homeopathic Induction
“I do many homeopathic inductions each week. It is very possible to induce labour
safely with homeopathy. Using a remedy to initiate labour will be as if you started
labour naturally on your own.
This chapter contains some descriptions of remedy states, choose a remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms you are experiencing at the present time. These
are remedy pictures that I see most frequently in practice. If nothing seems to fit I
encourage you to seek professional homeopathic care to find your remedy match.
Dosage and Frequency
Take two pellets of the most indicated remedy and wait 24 hours. If there is going to
be a shift it will begin within that time.
You cannot induce labour before you are due. Wait until your due date to try a
remedy.
 
Pulsatilla
Pulsatilla is a remedy that comes up frequently during pregnancy. It has a special affinity
for the female reproduction organs and hormonal system. Pulsatilla is a state which
creates feelings of uncertainty and a gradual understanding that there is level of
commitment needed to create and give birth to a baby.
During labour, Pulsatilla women often take a few days of false labour before committing
to engaging in the contractions and allowing the process of birth to happen. The dilemma
for a Pulsatilla woman is facing the challenge of engaging or escaping. Once that decision
has been made she will work smoothly through labour.
Fears
The central fear for women in a Pulsatilla state is being abandoned. This
fear may be aggravated by the following situations:
• Her husband at work when she needs him
• Her midwife going on vacation or even off call
• Her mother unable to be by her side
• Impending separation of her other children when she has to go to the hospital.
In order to ensure that she feels cared for a Pulsatilla woman will be soft and
accommodating to the suggestions of others and suppress her own feelings and desires in
order to be liked and supported.
Fear that the baby will be harmed in some manner during the birth – feels generally
unwilling to take responsibility for making her own choices, usually prefers to ask the
opinions of others and follow their guidance.
This is a big part of the reason she needs all those other people to be present – should she
need advice or guidance. There is a lot of uncertainty in a Pulsatilla state.
Remedy Picture
• Baby may have been in a breech position at one point during the
pregnancy or moved into many different positions, as if she/he
could not make up their mind.”
 
To access your own complete copy of The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy or Birth Kit Essentials, please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.
 

The Homeopathic Babe – Pink Eye, Goopy Eyes and other crusty stuff

Babies will often discharge mucus through their eyes.  Although it is a positive for the body to express and discharge, ideally the mucus will come out of the nose instead of the eyes.  Remedies can redirect the flow from the eyes to the nose quite easily and there will be no need for antibiotic drops or trips to the doctor.  Breast milk squirted directly in the eye is my number one recommendation for young babies that are still receiving breast milk.  Breast milk is FULL of antibodies and will quickly and easily address inflammation in the eye.

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There are three main remedies for eyes that become red, discharge mucus and get crusted during sleep.

Pulsatilla 200C

Pulsatilla eyes are changeable, it will look better, then terrible then clear – all in the span of one day.  The mood will follow this – with the babe being weepy, then happy and then weepy again.  Through it all they prefer lots of affection and close contact with their parents.  The discharge tends to be thick and yellow – if there is mucus emerging from the nose it will be similar.

Medorrhinum 1M

Medorrhinum babies are stomach sleepers, they are night people, prefer to sleep in later in the morning and stay up late into the night.  They are quite intense little people – being very clear about what they like or dislike and have strong wills and forceful ways of expressing this.  Medorrhinum babies tend to get very bad diaper rashes – the kind that blisters, opens and is like red-hot fire.  The eye goop is more green than yellow and they can simultaneously be seen as snuffly babies – they sound like Darth Vader when they are sleeping from the time they are born, as if they are constantly stuffed up.

Mercurius 200C

Mercurius babies have green eye discharge, green nose discharge and often slimy, loose stool.  They drool and sweat and seem to want to find lots of ways to expel from their bodies.  They are very sensitive babies – there is a small window of time, temperature and environment in which they feel best and if that is not happening they have BIG reactions.  Reactions as if they are being killed.  This remedy state is often connected to any invasive procedure such as vaccination.

For more specific information on using homeopathy for babes please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and check out my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy with a special section for baby care.

Birth Kit Essentials – new E-Book now available

Do you want to create a birth kit for your labour?  I have just the e-book for you.  If you are attending births as a midwife or a doula or if you are just wanting to gather some effective remedies for birth this guide will clearly direct you towards the remedies most commonly used in labour.

I have added a new e-book on my website (www.pipermartin.com)- Birth Kit Essentials.  

This short, concise guide outlines the top ten remedies you should use to create a birth kit.  It include specific instructions on using these ten remedies during labour for both induction and assisting with fear and anxiety during birth.  You can purchase both the Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy and Birth Kit Essentials for a special combined price of $25.00.  To access this information please just visit my website at:  http://www.pipermartin.com.