Bottles of Homeopathy Globules

Homeopathy

for childbirth, pregnancy and beyond

 
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My goal as a midwife, Calmbirth Educator, qualified homeopath and reflexology practitioner is to help women make choices that feel right for them and keep mother and baby safe. If you would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help you during pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period and for baby please contact me.

I am passionate about women’s health and natural healing. I offer an hour birth/postnatal preparation session, which includes a pack of 12 of the most indicated remedies. This session includes practical advice for you and your birthing team on the use of remedies prior to and during labour and birth. Information on how to use homeopathy to help effectively support and ease complications should they arise.  Please enquire for details.


A perfect complement to Calmbirth classes and reflexology treatment. Homeopathic remedies are wonderfully safe, gentle, economical, simple to use, and gentle in their action by improving vitality. Homeopathy is a wonderful gentle companion, not only for childbirth but also common ailments of pregnancy, breastfeeding and for baby’s first year. Alongside conventional maternity services and nutritional advice, Homeopathy empowers and trains the basic instincts of self -care. It can complement natural preparations for labour and support mothers and partners through childbirth, both physically and emotionally.

An expectant mother cannot always control what happens in her world or how she deals with it. However, she can be aware of how she is feeling, how she reacts to challenges and how she deals with any trauma. The mind-body connection influences birth in many ways so writing a journal during periods of stress can be a way of letting feelings out and can be a useful tool for a homeopath, if needed later for either child or mother.

Conventional constitutional prescribing requires a homeopath to delve into the patient’s background, looking not simply for a symptom picture but also for a pattern of behaviour that the patient exhibits in their daily life, particularly how they repeatedly deal with problems or approach difficulties. This pattern (a combination of physical, mental, general and emotional symptoms) is matched to a similar pattern of behaviour ascribed to a homeopathic remedy. This form of individualisation gives homeopathy its uniqueness and is one of the reasons for its success as a treatment.


Please note:

It is recognised that there is some controversy when it comes to Homeopathy as a treatment. This article is not designed to recommend homeopathy as an alternative to any other healthcare treatment, but to offer information on complementary therapies in the interests of informed consent. It is the readers job to make personal health decisions based on research and personal requirements.  It is important that if you choose to use homeopathy you seek treatment from a qualified practitioner and who knows when to refer you if further treatment is needed.  It is worth noting that homeopathy is considered a standard part of treatment in countries like India and France.

 

Navigating birth with Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies are wonderfully safe, gentle, economical, simple to use, and gentle in their action by improving vitality. Homeopathy is a wonderful gentle companion, not only for childbirth but also common ailments of pregnancy, breastfeeding and for baby’s first year. Alongside conventional maternity services and nutritional advice, Homeopathy empowers and trains the basic instincts of self -care. It can complement natural preparations for labour and support mothers and partners through childbirth, both physically and emotionally.

An expectant mother cannot always control what happens in her world or how she deals with it. However, she can be aware of how she is feeling, how she reacts to challenges and how she deals with any trauma. The mind-body connection influences birth in many ways so writing a journal during periods of stress can be a way of letting feelings out and can be a useful tool for a homeopath, if needed later for either child or mother.

Conventional constitutional prescribing requires a homeopath to delve into the patient’s background, looking not simply for a symptom picture but also for a pattern of behaviour that the patient exhibits in their daily life, particularly how they repeatedly deal with problems or approach difficulties. This pattern (a combination of physical, mental, general and emotional symptoms) is matched to a similar pattern of behaviour ascribed to a homeopathic remedy. This form of individualisation gives homeopathy its uniqueness and is one of the reasons for its success as a treatment.

Common remedies and indications for use during childbirth:

Aconite

For fear, anxiety and restlessness during labour and birth. Sudden sinking of strength, intolerable pain, pains that are sharp, violent and rapid. Can be helpful when in shock.  Consider during transition.

Arnica

Take regularly throughout labour to help muscles to function properly, reduce exhaustion and pain. It is indicated if you feel like responding with, ‘Don’t touch me, I’m okay’, when offered help during labour; if you are intolerant of physical examination due to physical sensitivity; if you change position often; if you are quarrelsome and if you feel heat only in your head, with flushing in your face.  You should take no more than six doses of the ’30c’ potency remedy.

Nux Vomica

For intense pain, nausea and vomiting during labour.

Caulophyllum

From 37th week, 30c twice weekly until labour starts, to help strengthen uterine muscles and soften the cervix. First choice remedy when contraction diminish after previously established, may have slowed and stopped due to exhaustion. To soften the cervix during labour, or for short irregular and spasmodic contractions. You can start taking ’30c’ potency, from the 37th week and taken once a week (on the same day).  It will encourage regular and well-spaced contractions, tone the uterus, facilitate delivery and prevent premature labour.  This remedy is indicated if you experience fever and thirst, and it’s also useful for painful Braxton-Hicks contractions in the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Chamomilla

For unbearable intense labour pains and irritability, screaming with spasmodic pains which start in your back and pass down to your inner thighs.  This remedy is indicated if you are feeling angry and don’t want a fuss, demanding things then rejecting them. You may desire fresh air and fluids.”

Cimicifuga

Ideal for “I can’t do it” moments, complaining about everything, when you feel like giving up! Contractions in lower abdomen, pains moving from side to side are ineffectual and the cervix remains rigid.  Pain disproportionate to progress. You may feel Gloomy, fearful, shivery and faint.

Gelsemium

Feeling weak and slow. Helps to soften the cervix. Ideal for dull, heavy, backache labour possibly from posterior presentation of your baby. Feeling exhausted, from the onset of labour. Indicated if anxiety/anticipation is accompanied by diarrhoea, general shakiness and trembling. Great weakness in the legs.   It is also good for painful Braxton-Hicks contractions. Consider during transition.

Hypericum

Ideal for puncture wounds, as from epidural and helps to alleviate transferred pain. In the case of a caesarean section, Hypericum may help stimulate repair of any nerve damage.

Pulsatilla

Weepy and clingy! Contractions short, weak, stopping and starting. This remedy is indicated if you faint (or feel faint), crave company and sympathy, lack any thirst, crave fresh air, want to be warm, feel breathless or want to walk around the room for relief of pain. For malpresentation during late pregnancy (breech), 6c twice daily. May be used after external version to maintain optimum fetal position

Sepia

For feelings of depression, indifference or disconnectedness. Severe dragging down pains during labour. Cervix half open, anterior lip and shooting pain in cervix. May ameliorate false labour pains.

Staphysagria

For healing the wound after caesarean section incision, or episiotomy and in- dwelling catheter.

Kali Carb

You may be irritable and chilly with weakness (especially after contractions) and nagging pain in the small of the back. Good for posterior presentation and headache during labour. You may dislike touch but not want to be left alone.

Kali Phos

alternate half hourly with arnica 30c during established labour to support the nervous system. Helps to reduce exhaustion and keep spirits up.

Birthing your placenta

Sabina – given as single dose following babies birth, to help normal expulsion of the placenta.

Secale 200c – take one in third stage to encourage birth of placenta, can be used alongside syntocinon. May be helpful post-partum bleeding which is dark and slow.

Ipecac 200c – For bright red gushing post partum haemorrhage.

Post-partum healing remedies

Caulophylum for long labour recovery.
Sabina for after pains for the woman who needs cool fresh air.
Secale for woman with after pains who does not want to be covered, lays on her back exposed.
A beautiful healing mix of hypericum, arnica, calendula, staphysagria and bellis perenis is recommended. 
I suggest Calendula spray for your perineum after the birth. Manuka honey applied stitched or torn perineum, both for antibacterial qualities and healing.

Birthing Guidance

With my Birthing Guidance, I offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during and after birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and step in with anything you might need.