Friday, July 22, 2011
> From: Mehwish Ansari <email@example.com>
> Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM
> Subject: Help Us Send Much Needed Supplies!
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Dear Coalition for Improving Maternity Services:
> I am writing to you on behalf of MADRE. MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, seeks to advance these rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and partnering with women to create long-term solutions for the crises they face.
> MADRE's sister organization, Midwives for Peace, is a group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives who have come together to provide in-home deliveries for pregnant women in the West Bank and Israel. This group offers a safe alternative for women in labor who do not have easy access to hospital care. We have the opportunity to send urgently needed supplies through a volunteer next week. A list of these supplies is below. We would love to speak to you about what you may be able to donate or any relationships you may have.
> These supplies will be used to create "safe birthing" kits used by the midwives during delivery. Any of the items you can provide would be greatly appreciated. The kit includes:
> Hydrogen peroxide
> Topical alcohol and alcohol prep pads
> Obstetric gel
> Umbilical cord clamps
> Syringe bulbs
> Sterile cotton balls
> Sterile medical masks
> Sterile gauze
> Sterile bed liners
> Sterile Latex gloves
> Sterile baby blankets and towels
> Prenatal vitamins and supplements
> Physio balls for comfortable delivery
> Maternity care reading material and birthing books
> MADRE is located in New York City. You may mail your donation to:
> Attn: Helping Hands
> 121 West 27th Street Suite 301
> New York, NY 10001
> Alternatively, you may drop off your donation at the address above during our business hours, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
> Thank you very much! As you know, these supplies are truly life-saving to mothers and babies.
> I hope to hear from you soon!
> Mehwish Ansari | Helping Hands Intern
> MADRE: Rights, Resources, and Results for Women Worldwide
> 121 West 27th Street, #301 | New York, NY 10001
> tel. 212-627-0444 | fax. 212-675-3704
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Joanna Moorhead: A bad birth experience can last a lifetime
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Nineteen years ago I ? and my baby ? almost died. I was 29 weeks pregnant at the time. The baby was my first, and all seemed well. Then a visit to an antenatal clinic changed everything. My blood pressure was high; there was protein in my urine. I was sent to hospital; admitted immediately; and by dawn the next morning, I'd had a Caesarean section and had a tiny (2lbs 13oz) daughter, who was fighting for her life in special care.
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Flashbacks, panic attacks and nightmares - how giving birth can be as traumatic as going to war
Research has found that a third of new mothers, like Lucy Lord, pictured, found childbirth to be 'horrific' or 'terrifying'.
14 July 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
But as the couple enjoyed their first minutes as a family, Katy began to feel
cold and shaky. Barry told medical staff he was worried about the amount of
blood she was losing as Katy's lips went blue and she lapsed into
Katy said: "Then I had a seizure and they had to get
crash team in. Up until that point, I was thinking I was over the
Later, surgeons explained they'd removed a large clot from Katy's
uterus and blood transfusions had saved her life.
She was later diagnosed
with post-traumatic stress syndrome and the family decided to move home to
Scotland last Christmas.
Today, with the help of counselling, Katy has
the trauma behind her and remarkably has not ruled out having another
She said: "If you'd asked me in the few months after Corrie was
I'd have told you even the thought of having another baby terrified
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: HHS Press Office
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day
Today, on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, we recognize the millions of Americans who suffer from this debilitating condition. PTSD affects a wide range of people, from new mothers to our country's service men and women.
PTSD affects about 5.2 million adult Americans, but women are more likely than men to develop it. PTSD occurs after an individual experiences a terrifying event such as an accident, an attack, military combat, or a natural disaster. Some people recover a few months after the event, but other people will suffer lasting or chronic PTSD.
HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a variety of resources to help people who suffer from PTSD and to help their families and friends better understand and deal with trauma and its aftermath.
We have a responsibility to help Americans who have lived through trauma, especially our nation's service men and women who may be dealing with PTSD. We owe them the care and resources they need to get well.
One of our key programs is our partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide military veterans and service members, along with their families, assistance with the effects of PTSD through the confidential toll-free Veterans Crisis Hotline, a service that also offers support through a confidential one-on-one online chat service.
Another important resource is the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (http://www.nctsn.org/resources/topics/military-children-and-families), which assists healthcare providers, educators, and families in helping children of service members deal with stress and trauma.
Also, as part of the Affordable Care Act, we are partnering with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share our best ideas on how to promote prevention and improve the quality of health care for veterans and all Americans.
If you think that you or someone you know has PTSD, you are not alone. Please take a few minutes to talk with a caring VA counselor by calling 1-800-273-8255 (press "1") or visiting the online VA Chat service at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/Default.aspx.
For a complete list of resources, please visit SAMHSA's Military Families Strategic Initiative Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/militaryfamilies/.
Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Ina May Gaskin started delivering babies in 1970 while on a hippie cross-country trip known as the caravan. She had no medical training, just a master's degree in English and a gut feeling that women deserved kinder, gentler births. When the hundreds of caravaners settled in Tennessee on what they called the Farm, Gaskin and several other women began delivering the community's babies at home and also opened one of the first, nonhospital birthing centers in the country. Word got around when Gaskin wrote about her successes in Spiritual Midwifery, and a movement was born.
Today, women still travel far and wide to give birth on the Farm, and Gaskin's methods have the respect of clinicians around the world (there is even an obstetric maneuver named after her). Now 71, she is credited with reviving what was essentially a dead profession in the U.S., inspiring scores of women to enter the field and helping found the Midwives Alliance of North America. But even while midwives attend more births in the U.S. — about 7.5% in 2008 — they're finding it increasingly hard to get practice agreements with doctors and hospitals. In her latest book, Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta (Seven Stories, April 2011), Gaskin argues that America needs midwives more than ever.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2062393,00.html#ixzz1NmYIZveZ
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Some of you may already know of this, but for those of you that don't, it's
worth a look and listen. I have signed on to the project.
Launch of new global birth film project - One World Birth
We've just launched the trailer to our new global birth film project ONE
WORLD BIRTH - featuring Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger,
Elizabeth Davis, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Cathy Warwick (Royal College of
Midwives) and more. To view the trailer - go to:
documentary that keeps its finger firmly on the pulse of what is happening
with birth all around the world.
Most importantly, however, it is a growing online community of birth
professionals and all those who have a deep passion for birth. All with one
goal in mind: to make birth better and safer for all women around the world.
Therefore, if the trailer appeals to you, please could you forward the link
to anyone else that you think would be interested so that this community can
Thank you! And very best wishes,
Barbara A. Hotelling
MSN, WHNP-BC, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
107 Sully Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919.928.6587 cell ~ 919.240.5678 home
The health of mothers, infants, and children is of critical importance, both
as a reflection of the current health status of a large segment of the U.S.
population and as a predictor of the health of the next generation. HP 2010
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The Secret Suffering: How Trauma Affects the Brain
|Michele Rosenthal joins Seaview Radio with her new show "Your Life After Trauma" Thursday nights at 7- 8PM EST.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For so many who suffer in silence there is now a radio program (the first in the market) that addresses and offers assistance for survivors of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD causes range from natural disasters to terrorism, war, medical dramas, domestic violence, sexual and child abuse. The PTSD survivor crowd is large, diverse, global and always growing.
Michele Rosenthal's first show airs live on May 12, 2011 on 95.9FM, 106.9FM, 960AM and online at www.seaviewradio.com with the topic "How Trauma Affects The Brain". Michele will have two well respected experts as her guests: Rachel Yehuda, PhD, and Dave Ziegler, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., L.P.C. (additional information below) .
Chet Tart, General Manager of Seaview Radio states, "We are so pleased to have Michele Rosenthal joining the Seaview family. With so many servicemen returning with PTSD, plus those who have endured trauma, it is heartwarming to know they will now have a program where they can find comfort and solutions for living with this debilitating disorder."
Since Michele Rosenthal struggled with PTSD she is the ideal candidate to address issues related to trauma and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. More information on Michele and her efforts can be found at www.healmyptsd.com.
We hope you will help in spreading the word about this wonderful show so that those who suffer with PTSD will no longer have to suffer in silence.
Interviews with Michele Rosenthal can be arranged by calling 561-502-8194.
Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies. She has authored more than 250 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD, including PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF PTSD. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has an active federally-funded clinical and research program that welcomes local and international students and clinicians.
Dr. Yehuda's research on cortisol and brain function has revolutionized the understanding and treatment of PTSD worldwide and has been awarded the renowned Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) 2004 Guest Professorship. The appointment signifies a special recognition of the outstanding research she has been performing in the field of neuroscience in the context of studies on causality of psychiatric disorders over the years.
Dr. Yehuda received her PhD in Psychology and Neurochemistry and her MS in Biological -1888248032 Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training in Biological Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at Yale Medical School.
Dave Ziegler, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., L.P.C., Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Founder, Jasper Mountain, an organizaton whose mission is to bring hope and healing to traumatized children and their familiars. With a 37 year career as a therapist, clinical supervisor, foster parent and program manager, Dr. Ziegler is also the author of multiple books and publications, including TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE AND THE BRAIN. He is an international authority and presenter on issues related to trauma and psychological treatment.
For more information about the show visit: http://www.healmyptsd.com/your-life-after-trauma2
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
The Relationship Research Institute is offering a new educational
opportunity for birth educators, ARNPs, MDs, nurses, psychologists, social
workers, licensed counselors, doulas, midwives, students, and other
professionals who work with expectant couples and new parents.
In this powerful new workshop series, health care workers and educators will
have the chance to learn about the latest scientific findings on what
families experience during the transition to parenthood and how they can use
this research-based information to support the couples and families they
This two-day event will be held on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th ,
2011, in Seattle, Washington. Saturday's full-day workshop will be held at
Swedish Medical Center and will focus on "Research-Based Educational
Strategies to Help Couples During the Transition to Parenthood". The Sunday
morning breakfast will be held at the World Trade Center Seattle and will
feature Penny Simkin, who will talk about "Bringing Home the Healthiest Baby
and Mother Possible--The Impact of Birth and Postpartum Practices".
Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for birth educators, and for 9.25
credits for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and MFTs in
Washington and Oregon states through R. Cassidy Seminars.
Phone (206) 832-0300 for assistance, or fax your completed form to (206)
Please contact me if you have any questions, need more information, or would
like assistance with registration. Thank you for your consideration and
dedication to building healthy families.
Thank you very much,
Start: Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park - Long Island Field 5: scenic boardwalk course along the Atlantic Ocean
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
Additional Date Information
Registration will begin at 8:00am
Jones Beach State Park - Long Island Field 5: scenic boardwalk course along the Atlantic Ocean
Adults - $25
Ages 18 & under - $15
*Please note there will be an additional $3 charge for day of event registration
Join us to celebrate mothers, fathers, and families! Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York invite you to participate in our 4th Annual Run/Walk to raise funds and awareness for pregnancy and postpartum depression - Help Break the Silence! This event will take place May 21st 201 at Jones Beach State Park, Long Island, New York. All proceeds contributed benefit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York www.postpartumny.org
To create and join a team, Team Captains first need to create the team by clicking on the yellow Create Your Team button above. Once the team is created, please go back and click the Register Now button and register for the event and select your team name from the drop down box on the registration form.
To join your team click on the Register Now button and register for the event. You will select your team name from the drop down box on the registration form near the top.
Click on the Register Now button and register for the event. You will not be asked for team information during registration.
Please note all are encouraged to attend, however due to insurance regulations no strollers will be permitted on the race course. Sanctioned 5k race by USA Track & Field Long Island Awards and Prizes: Top overall male, female, and under 18 runners, top fundraiser. Top male and female recognition in specified age groups. Commemorative t-shirts for first 250 runners. Post-race refreshments and snacks donated by various national and local companies such as the Babylon Village Meat Market and Sherry's The Healthy Gourmet Store. RAFFLES: Designer products, gift certificates and more. Participants need to be present to win. Race Timing and Setup: Finish Line, Road Race Technicians, Inc. David Katz http://flrrt.com/ Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. thank you in advance for your contribution to support a worthy cause.
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Next week! Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Conference: Including Jon Kabat
Zinn, Judith Herman, & more!
Live Webcast - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's
22nd Annual International Trauma Conference
Neuroscience, Attachment & Therapeutic Interventions
Get each day's schedule of events here!
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD • Judith Herman, MD
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD • Julian Ford, PhD
And Many More!
As low as $99 per day! Invite colleagues to join you.
Thursday, May 19 - Saturday, May 21, 2011
Register for one day or all 3 days to save!
Up to 20 hours of CE Credit
Re-watch at your leisure! An archive of the webcast is available to you online
for a limited time after the conference is over.
Friday, May 13, 2011
It's International Midwives Day! And, what better way to honor midwives
(and Mothers, too) than by signing
*The Big Push for Midwives Campaign's Petition to ACOG*
The Big Push Steering Committee is delighted to announce that we have
created a Petition to be sent to ACOG to demand that they end their war on
midwives and out-of-hospital birth. We have been working with our friends at
Change.org to develop the Petition. The best part is that every time
someone signs the petition, ACOG gets an email message. So, everyone, come
join us. Please go to this link to read and sign our petition:
Women's Rights Petition: Tell Big Medicine to Stop the War on Midwives and
Out-of-Hospital Birth |
After you sign,
PLEASE, PASS THE PETITION ON to your state yahoo or google groups and
Let's go viral fast!
Wishing you all have a nice PUSHy Midwives Day today!
Your Big Push Steering Committee: Katie, Jane, Steff, Susan, Pam, Rebecca,
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Saturday, May 7, 2011
Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on:
Mothering and Psychoanalysis:
Clinical, Sociological & Feminist Perspectives
Editor: Petra Büskens Pub Date: 2012/2013
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2011
This book aims to analyse the intersecting territories of mothering and psychoanalysis from feminist, sociological and psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic perspectives. Not since Nancy Chodorow's The Reproduction of Mothering has there been a sustained analysis of mothering from this three-fold perspective. This book seeks to analyse mothering and psychoanalytic/therapeutic theory and practice from within any (or all) of these perspectives. In particular, while there has been much psychoanalytic focus on mothers and mothering, there has been less focus on psychoanalysis from the perspective of mothers or as a form of mothering. As Chodorow said in her forward to the new edition of The Reproduction of Mothering (1999), at the time of writing, hers was the daughter's perspective, however, her own development has led her to be sceptical about some of her claims. How does the mother's perspective shift psychoanalytic theory? What is the position of the
mother in psychoanalytic theory and practice?
Motherhood studies is a new research area that privileges the theoretical, experiential and ontological vantage point of mothers (O'Reilly, 2010). This volume seeks submissions that draw on this perspective to engage a two-way discussion with psychoanalysis also drawing on clinical, feminist, critical theory and sociological perspectives. In addition to the psychoanalytic analysis of mothering, the editor encourages submissions that examine how psychoanalysis - and psychotherapy generally - constitutes a form of commodified care in the global economy potentially working to fill what Arlie Hochschild has memorably called the 'care deficit' (2003). Is care transmuting into the commercial domain? And, if so, what is the gendered composition of this care? How does the emergence of 'therapy culture' (Furedi, 2004), seen as the domain of self-exploration, compete with biomedical models of mental health and illness? If psychoanalysis is, as Freud said, 'a
cure through love' then how is the 'emotion work' of the therapist analogous to mothering?
Selected topics may include but are not limited to:
Psychoanalytic analyses of mothers, mothering and motherhood; sociological analyses of 'therapy culture' and the feminisation of care work, including psychotherapy; the commercialisation of intimacy; psychoanalysis/psychotherapy as a form of mothering; maternal perspectives on psychoanalytic theory and practice; psychoanalytic mothers including Helene Deutsche, Karen Horney, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud and more recent thinkers such as Nancy Chodorow, Jessica Benjamin, Nancy McWilliams, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva; Freud's relation to his own mother; clinical case studies of mothers; the 'good enough mother' (Winnicot); the 'bad', or pathologised mother; the mother-child bond and its relation to mental health and illness; attachment theory and therapy including the work of John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, and Peter Fonagy; infant observation research; the transference relationship; 'transference love'; object relations theory.
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words).
Deadline for abstracts June 1, 2011
Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due Dec 1, 2011 and should conform to MLA style
Please send submissions directly to:Petra Büskens: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Depression dilemma in pregnancy: Ditch meds?
Research on taking antidepressants during pregnancy has been mixed, with some studies showing a small risk and others showing no harm to the baby. Untreated depression is also a risk during pregnancy. So which is worse, having depression during pregnancy, or taking medication for it?
The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Heath Annual Congress
Echoes from the Womb:
Applications for Lifelong Well-Being
November 17 - 20, 2011
San Francisco, California
This year's congress will be held in beautiful San Francisco at the Kabuki Hotel in Japan Town.
Be inspired by individuals who are making a difference in our field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. We will have new and exciting speakers including:
Annie Murphy Paul, author of the popular book on fetal life ORIGINS: How The Nine Months Before Birth Shape The Rest of Your Life
Bruce Lipton, internationally acclaimed author and speaker who connects the biology and the psychology of the brain, the cells and the psychology of human development. Bruce will also offer a one-day workshop on Thursday.
Join us in San Francisco at the zen-like serenity offered at the Kabuki surrounded with a vibrant international community of restaurants, shops, cherry trees and tea shops. A perfect space to come together in networking, meeting and listening and sharing.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
*Eastside Birth Trauma Support Group*
We aim to help support mothers and their partners and families process,
integrate and heal from traumatic childbirth experiences. Trauma is in the
eye of the beholder, and any birth experience perceived as traumatic is
We respect the sensitivity and privacy of participants and expect all
participants to do the same.
While this group is facilitated by a leader that may be a mental health
specialist the group is a peer-oriented support model, no formal counseling
by professionals is offered at this group. However, referrals to
professional providers for additional support, if needed, will be made
There is a suggested donation to cover group costs, though this group is
free and open to all income levels.
WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 12-2pm
WHERE: The office of Heidi Koss, MA, LMHCA, 7981 168th Ave NE, Suite
202, Redmond, WA 98052
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Heidi at 425-802-6607 or email
Heidi B. Koss, MA, LMHCA
Psychotherapist, Private Practice, Redmond, WA
Executive Director, Postpartum Support International of WA
425-802-6607 Direct Line
Sunday, April 10, 2011
After a traumatic Caesarean section birth three years ago Magan Hall of Rosebank in Cape Town could not imagine herself going through another childbirth.
Her disappointment at not giving birth naturally to her daughter Holly, now three, left her feeling powerless and to a certain extent like a “failure”.
“I was so looking forward to having a natural birth and I went through 16 hours of labour thinking that eventually the baby would come down. When the midwife told me that I was going for an emergency C-section as the baby wasn’t coming down, I felt so aggrieved. I was so disappointed with how things turned out that I constantly blamed myself for everything. The experience left me with this fear of giving birth,” she said.
But after much contemplation, Hall decided to try for a second baby. This time, however, she wasn’t going to let her first birthing experience get the better of her.
She started doing research on birthing options, having decided that a C-section would not be an option.
After a visit to her midwife she was advised to try hypnobirthing. It was the first time that she heard of this birthing method, but decided to give it a go.
“I remember attending my first class and thinking how will this help me give birth naturally? Because of my bad experience with my first birth I had become very sceptical of everything,” she said.
Little did she know she was in it for the long haul. She attended the full antenatal course and used the techniques in
November last year when she successfully gave birth naturally to her son Huw within two hours of going into labour.
While Hall feels the second birth was probably just nature taking its course, or plain luck,she feels she was helped by the techniques she learnt through hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing is described as a childbirth method that uses self-hypnosis to help expectant mothers manage the tension caused by fear and anxiety during labour, through visualisation and relaxation.
It uses different breathing techniques to help the body reach a deep, relaxed state similar to “daydreaming”, thereby allowing the expectant mother to manage her labour pains. The techniques are also taught to birthing companions, who learn to help the mother reach deeper levels of relaxation.
Still a relatively new method in South Africa, hypnobirthing was developed in the US by Marie Morgan, a hypnotherapist who said she uses self-hypnosis on pregnant women to help their body’s muscles work the way they should during childbirth.
Today it is widely used in countries such as the US and UK, with available research suggesting that it can reduce the standard first labour from 12 hour to eight hours.
According to Kim Young, a hypnobirthing childbirth educator in Cape Town, the “horror stories” that pregnant women are told by friends, family, and other sources, including the media, about childbirth has resulted in many being scared of giving birth even though many are physically capable of giving birth comfortably.
Young, the only hypnobirthing instructor in the city and one of five in the country, said many women “failed to enjoy the experience of giving birth, (and) instead get so overwhelmed with fear”.
”The body’s response to fear is to release adrenaline. This causes the muscles to tighten, therefore diverting the oxygenated blood from the uterus, where it’s needed the most, to the major survival organs such as legs and arms to prepare them to run. This causes muscles that help with the birthing of a baby to work against each other and cause pain. The release of lactic acid due to the lack of oxygenated blood in the uterus increases the level of pain even further,” she said.
Young, who offers classes in both the northern and southern suburbs, said hypnotherapy techniques were taught while expectant mothers were fully conscious and aware in class, and then practised at home to help the mothers prepare for birth and to bond with their newborns.
Describing hypnobirthing as a philosophy of labour rather than a technique, she said although the method was not completely pain-free, it helped expectant mothers achieve easier, faster and more comfortable birth without unnecessary medical intervention such as painkillers.
“It’s about a mother and baby getting the best experience and this includes being relaxed and calm. When you are relaxed your body releases endorphins, which is the body’s natural relaxant. These endorphins, which are released at the onset of labour, help the birthing process as they act as a supplement to hormones that are specifically released to allow a woman to birth the baby easily,” said Young.
Hall believes that had she not used the hypnobirthing techniques during her second labour, she probably would have had a C-section.
“This time around I refused to be distracted by people telling me negative stories about birth. Somehow I was very involved with what was happening inside me and I wasn’t frightened of the birth. I had the attitude that I’d been there and done that, but I also accepted that it might not work. It gave me a sense of satisfaction about myself,” she said.
While the idea of hypnobirthing is largely supported by midwives, some doctors have also come out in support of it.
Dr Douglas Dumbrill, a gynaecologist at Vincent Pallotti Hospital is one of them.
Dumbrill, who works with several independent midwives, said he supported “any technique that makes labour manageable”.
“I haven’t seen many hypnobirthing clients personally as they mostly deal with the midwives I work with, but I know that many moms who engage in it are generally very happy about it. As a gynaecologist, I believe it should be a woman’s choice to choose birthing options that are suitable for them, and I think every woman in labour should have access to pain relief – be it hypnobirthing, acupuncture or water birthing.”
Dumbrill said with the shortage of staff and trained midwives in hospitals, any intervention that strived to make labour more manageable was welcome.
“Many of the mothers I deal with always feel they don’t get proper support in a hospital environment. So if using relaxing techniques makes their pain during labour more manageable, I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t support that.
“Surely that goes a long way in easing the workload of midwives and other support staff.” - Cape Argus
The purpose of the PTSD Survivors Support Group is to allow survivors or those concerned with PTSD, a place to get good information and support. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month to review literature and discuss topics related to PTSD.
April's topic : PTSD and Childbirth
A discussion and summary of the research regarding PTSD and childbirth will include the New Mothers Speak Out National Survey, highlighting women's postpartum experiences and traumatic birth.
Meeting Place: Villagers Restaurant, 1121 N. Saginaw, Holly
You must RSVP by email email@example.com or by calling 810-614-8995.
$15 registration provides refreshment and printed material.
Michele Burcar and Deb Medor-Watson are co-organizers.
31st March 2011
SAFETY, nurturing and bonding in a variety of childbirth situations is the ideal but sometimes it seems something goes amiss.
Betty Smith, a midwife with 40 years’ experience, says while many women welcome and adore their beautiful babies they struggle with unresolved feelings of frustration and anger as a by-product of this life-transforming event.
Ms Smith is initiating a Gympie-based support group focusing on “healing the trauma after pregnancy and birth”.
The midwife says for many women giving birth is the most memorable and empowering event of their lives. For others, who often suffer silently, the experience is nothing short of traumatic.
“For these women,” Ms Smith says, “the experience is certainly memorable but for very different reasons.”
Feelings of feeling physically and emotionally traumatised are not uncommon. And many feel they are the only one to have ever felt like this after having a baby.
What they hear is “you’ve got a lovely baby out of it what are you worrying about?”
Ms Smith says with help, women can work through many of their emotions and anxieties around their birthing experience.
“How women feel about their births is important,” she stressed. “Trauma and pain stemming from giving childbirth can persist for years or even decades if not addressed.
“It’s just now becoming validated. It can even be a post-traumatic stress disorder,” she said.
Women, their partners or support people who feel there are unresolved issues in relation to the birthing experience are invited to come along and join the support network.
Meetings are free and start on Tuesday, May 17, at 7.30pm at the Women’s Health Centre at 21 Alfred St and then the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information ring the health centre on 5483 6588.
Trauma survivors from non-Western cultures are being invited to take part in a unique research project at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The researchers are interested in any distressing life events, including physical assault, natural disaster, car accidents, bereavement, and relationship breakdown.
Led by Kate Gough, of the Norwich Medical School at UEA, the project is part of a wider effort to improve care for people recovering from traumatic events.
“We are investigating the theory that people from different cultures hold significantly different beliefs following a trauma,” she said. “Understanding this will help improve NHS care for people from all cultural backgrounds.”
Previous research suggests that the beliefs someone holds about a traumatic experience have a significant impact on their likelihood of developing the debilitating condition, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Understanding and modifying these beliefs can therefore be clinically benefiical.
Current treatment for trauma is based almost entirely on research conducted in Western countries, so it is unkown whether the same approaches can be applied to people from non-Western cultures. The UEA project is important because a significant number of trauma survivors globally are not from the West, and there are almost five million people in the UK who are from non-Western cultures.
Volunteers are asked to complete a confidential online questionnaire, available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/reactions-to-events. For more information, please contact Kate Gough on 07526 437848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy Partners with the University of Portland and Manatee Glens for PTSD Research Study
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For information on the study, please contact Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan at 352-476-5599
Dr. Holman offers a few strategies that, in his professional and personal experiences, appear to be useful stress relieving tools. They have produced successful results for his patients, as well as himself.
Citing Dr. Larry Dossey, author of "Reinventing Medicine," Dr. Holman uses the stress management activities in natural areas that have been developed by Dr. Michael Cohen's Project NatureConnect at Akamai University. Cohen has demonstrated these activities to be an important application of ecopsychology, one that genuinely connects us with the often the ignored source of spirit and wellness found in nature.
Cohen says Dr. Holman's findings are important because excessive stress is the leading cause of most illness and disorders that we suffer. "In addition," Cohen notes, "Nature is an often overlooked but significant healer. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) victims recover by connecting in nature to "something larger than themselves."
A description of Dr. Holman's article accompanied by a link to it along with many examples that further Dr. Holman's findings has been placed on the Internet.
In his book, Educating Counseling and Healing with Nature, Cohen links to many studies that show how our excessively nature-separated lives, make our inner nature feel unfulfilled, stressed and lackluster. This loss causes us to crave natural sensations or depend upon artificial, excessive and often irresponsible substitutes for them.
Cohen demonstrates that backyard or backcountry, doing sensory nature-reconnecting activities helps us let Earth balance us and teach us missing essentials that we need for eliminating destructive stress."
"Stress can more effectively be reduced by adding educating, counseling and healing with nature activities to stress treatment procedures depending upon the individual and the type of stressfulness or pressures an individual is encountering" says Dr. Cohen. Some of his students have added them to mindfulness, meditation and yoga, when practiced together or separately. This practice is thought to create better awareness of the connection between the unity of the mind and body. Nature connection activities strengthen the connection as they help an individual include the powers of the natural world, their other body, in it.
The addition of nature's healing ways helps us be conscious of our mind, feelings and spirit while they are beneficially interlaced with the self-correcting and restorative powers of nature's flow, in and around us.
The pioneering mission of Project NatureConnect is to enable our thoughts and feelings to tap into nature's renewing natural attraction "love" that flows in, around and through us. The online program's subsidized, UNESCO approved, training courses and degrees help us activate 53 natural senses that we inherit so we can make conscious contact with the life-nurturing attraction energy of the eons found in natural areas, backyard or backcountry.
The Internet addresses of the newly released web pages are
For further information visit http://www.ecopsych.com
Dr. Michael Cohen 360-378-6313, email .
Barbara Huning MA LP at 507-452-0200, email .
Institute Founder and Director:
Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a Program Director of the Institute of Global Education, where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the Ecopsychology faculty of Portland State University and Akamai University. Dr. Cohen has founded sensory environmental education outdoor programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University (AEI). He conceived the 1985 National Audubon Conference "Is the Earth a Living Organism," and is an award winning author of "Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature," "The Web Of Life Imperative"and "Reconnecting With Nature." A video about his lifework may be viewed at http://www.imdb.comtitle/tt1357054
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