So apparently I should stop using hand sanitizer and roll my baby in dirt immediately about birth.
I went to the Screening of “Microbirth” last night – put on by the London Doula Group and Babeeze in Arms Doula Centre. IT was a great night! My impression is that it was well attended by doulas, pregnant women and their partners, various health care professionals, and members of the general public.
The documentary (Microbirth) presented new information and fascinating insights about the connection between HOW we are born and our overall health. To summarize the documentary:
Wow…not heavy at all.
As someone who has worked in health care, I often think about its future. Where is it heading? What will the future of health be for my aging parents? For me when I’m 80? For my children? I work in the system…so I know that a lot of what goes on is not helping the situation and is in fact unsustainable.
I feel that the system is too big and overwhelming to change from top down or by instituting recommendations and policies. It is truly about the individual. It’s about me and it’s about you. What can YOU do for yourself and your family that will change the course of your health care? Particularly the microbiome…what should you stop doing right now? What should you start doing right now?
If the microbiome is seeded at birth, then birth matters. This is why I love what I do.
I’m a huge believer in natural birth. I know that sometimes this is not always possible. There are medical conditions and emergencies that arise. C-sections are important for the right patient, but not all women. Research has repeatedly shown that a natural birth (ie. vaginal without medical interventions including induction and other interventions) is superior for the physical and emotional health of both mother and baby. So unless it is truly impossible or unsafe, go for a natural birth.
It is possible and you are capable. The culture of birth in a given society, the expectations and the fears play a bigger role in birth outcomes than we realize. As someone who works with the body, I believe that given the right information and tools, you can do it.
What role does a physiotherapist play in facilitating a natural birth? A vital one. It’s all about preparation. Your body is the vehicle that the baby will pass through. Therefore a healthy body will have greater success than a sick body. I work with pre-natal moms to prepare them for labour. We optimize overall movement, alignment, strength, mobility, flexibility, exercise and activity. I specifically am concerned with position of the pelvis and status of the pelvic floor and its contents. Both need to be in an optimal state for natural birth to occur. We explore various birth positions which keep the pelvic floor and pelvic outlet open. We learn about the diaphragm, thorax and breathing and how this system can help or hinder the birthing process. We talk about natural pain control methods that work! If you have had a baby and have mobility, pain or function issues, it’s also important get that treated before baby number 2 comes along.
In other words, working with a physio can provide you with many effective strategies to use during labour – these options can be the big difference in how your labour progresses and helping you reach your goal in having a natural delivery.
So those are my thoughts on the documentary. I feel all the more motivated to make small daily changes that will ensure my babies are seeded with an as complete as possible microbiome. That means changes in diet, seeing bacteria as my friends, avoiding antibiotics as much as possible, and of course, doing all that I can to have a natural birth and breastfeed.
What about you? What do you think about our future of health care? How do you prepare for a natural birth and care for your body’s microbiome?
The Mama's Physio
We are a team of experienced physiotherapists with a passion for women's health and well being. We focus on pelvic health in the context of the whole body. We care for pregnant and post-partum mamas and women at all life stages from teens to the young at heart. We are mothers ourselves and we are women. We love what we do and we are here to serve you.