The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
The information and recommendations contained in this are for reference
and education only. They are not intended to replace medical diagnosis
and care but to complement and inform in the area of holistic health. We
urge anyone with symptoms and problems to consult qualified medical professionals.
NOTE - Dolisos has merged with another homeopathic company, and the Childbirth Combo is no longer available. There's a similar homeopathic product called Matrigin.
A recent study on the effects of prenatal homeopathy in preparation for labor and birth had some preliminary results that are very promising. Pregnant women took a homeopathic complex (5C actaea race, caulophyllum, pulsatilla, arnica montana, and gelsemium)* each day beginning on the first day of the ninth month. The results (based on preliminary study of 93 subjects) were conclusive as to the effectiveness of the homeopathic treatment. The duration of 8.7 +/- 4.5 (1 +/- DS) hours of labor for the placebo group against 5.1 +/- 2.4 hours for the homeopathic group (p <= 0.001 for 90 ddl), clearly demonstrated the efficacy of the homeopathic treatment. The incidence of dystocia was significantly lower in the treated group (11.3% against 40%) (p <= 0.01).
(From: "Preparing for Labor and Birth with Homeopathy - Study on the Influence of a Homeopathic Treatment In Preparation for Labor and Birth." A copy of the study can be obtained from Dolisos at 1-800-365-4767. or 702-871-7153. Fax: 702-871-9670.)
The "Childbirth Combo" homeopathic complex can be purchased from Dolisos. When purchased in bulk by a professional, the cost per birth is about $5.00. [ Dolisos "Childbirth Combo" never got beyond the experimental stage. Alas.]
Homeopathic remedies are usually taken by placing the pellets under the tongue and allowing them to dissolve. If they are still undissolved after about 5 minutes, you can chew them and allow the smaller bits to dissolve.
Homeopathic remedies can be rendered ineffective (or antidoted) by strong smells. Although not everyone will be equally affected by all of the common antidotes, it is advisable to consider the following recommendations regarding homeopathic antidotes:
|Antidote||Avoid Before Remedy||Avoid After Remedy|
|Mint||20 min.||60 min.|
|Garlic||20 min.||60 min.|
|Onions||20 min.||40 min.|
|Caffeine||20 min.||105 min.|
DO NOT USE AT ALL WHILE TAKING A REMEDY Perfume - Cologne - Camphor - Essential Oils Note: Keep remedy in a cool and dry place out of direct sunlight. Do not keep the remedy near any electromagnetic devices and avoid x-ray machines at the airport.
Some people warn that homeopathic remedies may be antidoted by electromagnetic fields from electric applicances or such as telephones, cell phones, headphones or computers or from large motors such as automobiles. It's best to avoid these for 5 minutes before taking a remedy and for 25 minutes after taking a remedy.
* Childbirth Combo Ingredients:
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