alternative birth


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Noun1.alternative birth - a method of childbirth that avoids intrusive high-tech medicine in favor of more natural and homely settings
accouchement, childbearing, childbirth - the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
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ALTERNATIVE AID THE Netmums study found 56 per cent of mums-to-be fancy including one of the new wave of alternative birth techniques in their birth plan, with more than a third considering hypnobirthing (using self-hypnosis to manage pain), and almost one in five opting for the experimental slow caesarean - a new caesarean technique which minimises anaesthetic use for a more natural birth experience.
Virginia Howes, an independent midwife from the Kent Midwifery Practice said: "Now there's so much information at women's fingertips, they're standing up and saying 'no' to the medicalisation of childbirth.Women are taking back birth, and it's excellent." Alternative aids - The Netmums study found 56 per cent of mums-to-be fancy including one of the new wave of alternative birth techniques in their birth plan, with more than a third considering hypnobirthing (using self-hypnosis to manage pain), and almost one in five opting for the experimental slow caesarean - a new caesarean technique which minimises anaesthetic use for a more natural birth experience.
(1991) The alternative birth movement in the United States: History and current status.
We created the first, an alternative birth certificate measure (ABC), as follows:
A longer-term goal is finding better therapies for delayed puberty and perhaps alternative birth control methods.
economic incentives to freestanding alternative birth centers and
The construction of the choice of caesarean section, as an alternative birth option, regardless of clinical need, attests to a volatile moment in the history of childbirth in which an explosion of discourses compete on a shifting terrain for a 'truth' about how women are to give birth and how babies are to be born.
At alternative birth centres including London's Active Birth Centre, a wide range of therapies for babies are on offer, including acupuncture and homeopathy for ailments as well as massage.
Not until the latter part of the century did an alternative birth movement emerge, one that challenged the glorified male histories of obstetrics that had by this time been constructed.
A good reference book is the NAPSAC Directory of Alternative Birth Services.

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