The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
YouTube video - Why home birth is 1000 times safer than hospital birth for low risk women
Planned hospital birth for low-risk women involves at least a 20% risk of a life-threatening complication
that could have been avoided by planning an attended homebirth.
Colic - intestinal gas in babies - a YouTube video with
author of Wise Woman Herbals
/ HerbLore's web page about Colic provides an excellent
about the importance of the baby's emotional environment.
Remedies and Information for Stressed Parents! from ColicHelp.com
Note that the techniques of Elimination
may facilitate easier bowel movement. In particular, if it
for a baby to poop, you can help them by applying GENTLE pressure
to their belly to gently
increase internal abdominal pressure.
Massage May Help Infants Sleep More, Cry Less And Be Less
Foods From Maternal Diet May Reduce Colic in Neonates
For babies who need to be held tightly, they might benefit from
Cocoon - The Cozy Cocoon builds on the wisdom of ancient and
cultures that understood the importance of swaddling newborns, and
this wisdom with the knowledge of our own times to create the
for holding newborns close, with love and in freedom.
their arms should be bent at the elbow.]
Temple Grandin talks about swaddling to comfort autistic
She says that it's very calming for about 20 minutes, and then it
uncomfortable after that. It's not clear whether this
newborns and young babies.
Fussy Baby - Help for infants
cry, scream or don't sleep
Natren produces a probiotic product designed specifically for
Start is made with Bifidobacterium infantis - the beneficial
which is most prominent in infants. This can be beneficial
thrush, newborn diarhea or diaper rash.
BioFlora makes a product called Infantiflora,
containing B. infantis, which can help with colic by improving
Our culture tends to be very undereducated about the importance of sensible postpartum recovery. Women bounce back much more quickly and easily when they are pampered for the first few weeks. And new babies are less likely to have colic.
Here's a good book to read BEFORE baby comes, because you'll be too busy afterwards:
The Keys to Postnatal Rejuvenation
How to Avoid Colic, Avoid Postpartum Depression, Experience Deep
"Many cultural traditions use the same principles after childbirth, the ones which statistically don't have problems. The language is the same - mothering the mothers with TLC, warmth, oiliness (internal and external), massage, simplicity, moisture, favoring sweet, sour and salty tastes, specific foods, freshly cooked (not raw) soupy foods, herbs, and of course rest - these are keywords to favor. The details even of these considerations are significantly more under guidance (and communication with/advice of your primary care provider is essential with pre-existing medical conditions)."
Here's some specific information about Happy
Garlic eases colic and helps to bring the milk in, too!
GERBER® SOOTHE™ – Colic Drops Probiotic Supplement - Ingredients include Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis® and silicon dioxide, similar to simethicone.
has some good articles about colic.
You could try Colic-Ease
about colic and baby-safe remedies
Tolerated, Safe in Infant Formula (News CME) - Feb 2004 - In
double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, infants given
formula had a lower rate of colic and use of antibiotics.
The new Tummy Tub may be
the thing to help soothe your baby's colic.
is an EXTERNALLY applied, herbal oil that alleviates newborn
Rooibos tea is
to relieve colic in infants. [Search on the net for lots of
Several homeopathic remedies can be used effectively for colic.
baby bends backwards or arches his or her back during a colic
homeopathic Dioscorea as the label directs.
- Chiropractic has been found to be effective for infantile colic!
controlled trial shows that manipulation is more effective than
Effective for Infantile Colic
Some parents swear by the modern version of Gripe
Water, containing ginger and fennel to ease nausea and pain
gas and stomach upsets. It is also available from Cascade.
I've heard of a new tea that is supposed to be a terrific
to treat colic. It's called rooibus - it's a South African
apparently it works wonders. It
to be available mostly on the Internet. [NOTE - This
only hearsay, and it wasn't even clear whether the tea was for the
mother or the baby to take! Please check with your
Colic Relief and
I decided not to vaccinate my daughter after I found out she had
intolerances/allergies at 2 months old because I did not want to
more damage to her immune system. I talked to parents of other
food allergies/intolerances and the majority of them who had
strongly regretted it and thought it caused their children's
to become worse. My daughter's pediatrician also said that food
were a contraindication for vaccines. I had originally planned to
the slow vax route and am really glad I researched it before my
had any vaccinations.
The inserts that come with the vaccines themselves or the literature that is published by the pharmaceutical companies themselves all state that the vaccine should not be administered to those with deficiencies of the immune system. Therein lies the ambiguity of what exactly is an immune deficiency. One can not truly know If a child is immune deficient until their immune system is a fully functional immune system as that of an adult. Some studies suggest this does not occur until well after 7-8 years old....some studies show that the child's immune system isn't fully developed until age 14 and yet others say sometime around 4-5 years. When this occurs is obviously a bit ambiguous as it can depend on allergies & what type of nutrition one is surrounded by, antibiotic use, probiotic use etc. What is obvious though is that infants can not possibly have a fully developed immune system yet we are supposed to be giving them these vaccinations that the pharmaceutical companies own literature admits should not be given to immune deficient children & there is no way to know that until they are much older. What a farce!
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