How to Stay Healthy & Low Risk

Healthy Babies! Healthy Moms!

   (8 ways to help you be healthy and low risk during pregnancy, labor, and birth) By Amy V. Haas, BA, BCCE   Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time of life for most women.  However, women in the United States receive very little information about how to stay healthy during pregnancy unless they do a lot of individual research. In fact most women don’t realize there is anything they can do to positively impact their health during pregnancy or prevent a high-risk status, with the exception of prenatal care. While proper prenatal care is important, it is not magic.  Obstetricians...

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Vaginal Breech Birth

Vaginal Breech Birth

BREECH BIRTH A Breech birth is one in which the baby’s buttocks, foot, or feet come out of the mother’s body first, rather that the head. Most babies are born head first, or vertex, as it’s known. It is most common in the United States today for a doctor to perform a cesarean section, rather that allow a woman with a breech baby to birth vaginally. This occurs for various reasons, including the medical establishment’s belief that there are more risks to vaginal breech births, and for legal liability reasons on the part of the doctors. The problem is that this leads them to ignore the...

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INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

By Amy V. Haas, BCCE Induction of labor is the artificial starting of labor with the use of pitocin, castor oil, or herbal preparations such as blue cohosh. Other methods used to start labor include breaking the amniotic sack (an amniotomy), stripping of the membranes (separating the membranes of the amniotic sack from the uterine wall), and inserting prostaglandin gel, or pieces of Misoprostol tablets into the vagina to soften the cervix. The idea is to get labor going artificially, by starting contractions of the uterus. The most commonly used agent is pitocin, an imitation of the natural...

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Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class!

Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class!

Healthy Birth of Rochester Presents a Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class September 30th, 2017, from 1 – 2pm at  Lori’s Natural Foods, 900 Jefferson Rd., Rochester NY 14623 Please contact Amy directly for the schedule and how to sign up. A 1  hr. seminar that covers the nuts and bolts of How to stay Healthy and Low Risk during Pregnancy labor and birth, and how to plan the birth you want. Grab your partner and join Certified Childbirth Educator Amy V. Haas, BCCE in learning the important information and steps toward a healthy, positive birth experience. Topics covered include:...

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If birth is so natural, then why do I have to take classes?

If birth is so natural, then why do I have to take classes?

Human beings are cerebral creatures who think way too much. And we come with baggage. Add to that the fact that we have been socialized by the media into believing that birth is a horrible, painful thing that needs lots of medical intervention, and you have a major challenge. Birth in the US is not evidenced based. The ways in which laboring and birthing women are treated and cared for are not the ways that will produce the healthiest outcomes. Most women desire to have a loved one/husband/partner/friend trained as their primary labor assistant, or at least thoroughly educated so they know...

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What’s the difference between Bradley® Natural Childbirth classes, and other types of classes?

Bradley® focuses on prevention, and healthy normality. It teaches women ways that they can stay healthy and low risk. By concentrating on what is in their control, through nutrition, exercise, and avoidance of harmful substances. They give women the power to influence their lives in a positive way. The classes are longer because it takes a human being 10 – 12 weeks to truly absorb and develop muscle memory for the different natural labor techniques, and information. They teach not only natural labor techniques, but focus on what is normal in birth, how that feels , and helps women...

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