Vaginal Birth after C-Section

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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VBAC or vaginal birth after caesarean section is an increasingly popular method for birth, but its growth does not match that of the ever increasing total caesarean section rate.

The type of caesarean section “cut”, made previously, largely dictates whether a woman will be able to labour and birth vaginally for the current pregnancy. The most common lower segment caesarean section (LSCS) has less than 1% chance of rupturing, or reopening, during labour with a subsequent singleton (one) baby.

Under NZ governing laws, a midwife must strongly recommend a woman have consultation with an obstetrician to discuss her risk factors but she does not have to give over care. In other words, the woman can keep her midwife as her main maternity carer. This website aims to explain the maternal, family and socioeconomic impacts of both caesarean section and vaginal birth after caesarean section.

Visit this most informative website on the topic by clicking here.

Vaccine Tragedy

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Watch Dixie Marshall’s report here after logging into facebook.

“This time last year, Saba Button was a beautiful, thriving 11-month-old. She’d just taken her first three steps, and spoken her first three words. She was perfect in almost every way.

Her mum and dad, Kirsten and Mick, chose to follow the Health Department recommendation and give Saba the flu vaccination. What they thought was a simple and responsible decision has – in the blink of an eye – destroyed the health and happiness of this family.

Saba had her vaccination at lunchtime, by dinner time she was softly moaning in her cot, with a raging temperature of 40.2 degrees. Life was limping out of her. Saba began a desperate fight. After two days in ICU at PMH her family was called in to say goodbye.

She survived but she’s now a very different child. Saba has an acquired brain injury from prolonged seizures. It’s a global injury: she is no longer able to walk or talk, or eat by mouth. What makes this story so desperately sad is her parents believe the injury to their daughter could have been prevented. In the days leading up to Saba’s flu jab, 111 other Perth children had suffered adverse reactions.

The Health Department must have known about these terrible outcomes, but didn’t issue a warning to parents. Indeed, while Saba was in ICU clinging to life, nobody in the medical bureaucracy stepped in to stop the program. Do medical practitioners armed with the knowledge of the adverse reactions vaccinate their children? Or was it just the innocent deluded public, who trust in their health authorities?

This family’s beautiful life has been destroyed. Mick and Kirsten pass in hospital corridors, tag teaming so Saba is never left alone. Their son, Cooper, has lost the tight family unit of a year ago. His sister will never be the same.”

See the future and believe in it

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Having done a lot of personal development courses and coaching over the years, I think there comes a fine line between the need for constant improvement, continually being positive, always having a smile on your dial… and simply relaxing into whatever life throws at you. As recent earthquakes and tsunamis have proven, life is completely unpredictable and can be a very, very average experience at times. Sometimes the joy can, and does, get sucked right out.

Occasionally it’s okay to put things in cruise control and take it easy on oneself instead of constantly pushing and pushing and pushing for things to be right – right at that moment. I know of several marriages that have broken up indirectly through the pressures exerted by business coaching and the incessant drive to achieve. I was reminded that there are other areas in life we sometimes forget about: laughing with your friends, intimacy in your relationship, joy in playing with children, appreciating natural surroundings – especially in New Zealand! This past weekend we stayed at a lodge three hours south of Christchurch right next to the Pacific ocean. I heard thunderous waves breaking at night, which I hadn’t recognised for years. It actually made me smile… and breathe!

So while things are not exactly as we may like them at this time, it could be a good opportunity to take some pressure off your mind and just day dream about the future. Imagineering is the word I use.

From David Schwartz, author of The Magic of Thinking Big, here are some simple thoughts that I enjoyed:

  • Concentrate on the things you’re good at and don’t get bogged down. You’re better than you think you are.
  • Use a “big thinker’s” vocabulary. Try to talk in words that speak hope and happiness.
  • “See the future and believe in it” (Sensei Trevor Foster, Christchurch, 2011). Try to see things for their potential and not just what they are today.
  • Believe that your job is an important one.
  • Focus on big things, leaving triviality out of the picture. Ask yourself, “is this really important?”

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