Archive for July, 2010

Free Radio Program
July 22, 2010

Two free radio programs on women’s pelvic health are available through Hay House Radio.

Ending Pelvic Pain – Thousands of women suffer from pelvic pain. Physical therapist Isa Herrera has developed effective natural approaches to end pain and start flourishing. Join Dr. Northrup as she talks with Isa and they take your questions.

Adhesions and Your Health – Larry and Belinda Wurn have pioneered an amazingly effective treatment that “turns back the clock” in the body by breaking up old adhesions manually. When you free up connective tissues, you free the body. Tune in to find new hope for chronic pain problems.

If you’re looking for more information on healing pelvic pain, especially after a Cesarean birth, check out Isa Herrera’s book Ending Female Pain

“Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS, women’s health physiotherapist, has written the quintessential self-help book for women suffering from chronic pelvic and sexual pain. In this unique book, Ms. Herrera delivers the goods, sharing her trade secrets with you and putting you on the right track to a pain-free lifestyle and enjoyable sex life. The large selection of techniques in this book are based on Herrera’s real life experience in treating women at her NYC based healing center, Renew Physical Therapy, where she treats women who suffer from conditions such as vulvodynia, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, vestibulitis, endometriosis, and pre and post-natal pain. Ms. Herrera has written a multi-layered book, fusing yoga, pilates, internal massage, scar therapy, visualizations, and vulva self-care, ensuring that there is something for every woman who has suffered long enough with sexual, pelvic, or scar pain. With this book Ms. Herrera shows you how she helped countless women get on a path to self-healing, ultimately breaking their cycle of pain. With this book Ms. Herrera is declaring a revolution, stating “I have given you the tools you need, don’t hesitate to get started, end your pain and be the heroine of your own story.””


AGOG updates VBAC Guidelines
July 22, 2010

Included in the update is a statement that VBAC should be an option for mothers including those with two previous lower transverse incisions (VBA2C), women carrying twins and those with an unknown type of uterine scar.  It also says that OBGYNs who do not offer VBAC should refer mothers who desire one to another care provider during the pregnancy, and women presenting in labor at a hospital that doesn’t provide VBACs should be allowed to continue with the birth and not be coerced into a repeat cesarean.

The new guidelines are now more in line with what research, mothers, and advocacy groups have been saying for years.  Hopefully this update will encourage more care providers and hospitals to offer VBAC to mothers as a real choice (currently close to 30% of hospitals ban VBACs and an additional 20% don’t have an official ban but have no OBGYNs willing to attend them).

You can read the statement from ACOG here:

If you are a mother considering a VBAC for current or future pregnancies the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) has many online resources and local support groups all over the country (including two here in Massachusetts).

Free Placenta Encapsulation Guide
July 7, 2010

I haven’t been blogging much lately – I’ve been working on this placenta encapsulation guide for mothers who want to do their own encapsulation. It is finally ready to share!

As I note in the guide, this tutorial is meant for mothers only and not professionals looking to offer encapsulation services. If you are a professional interested in learning placenta encapsulation please contact me and I will happily point you in the right direction for learning this wonderful service.

“Placentophagia may provide many advantages during the postpartum adjustment period.  Experiences and research show that placenta consumption:
– replenishes depleted nutrients like Iron & B vitamins
– balances hormones
– reduces or eliminates the ‘baby blues’
– provides increased energy
– increases breast milk production
– lessens postpartum bleeding
– speeds postpartum recovery
– helps uterine involution (shrinking)” – excerpted from the guide

This guide contains:
– What placenta encapsulation is and why someone might want to do it
– A tour of your placenta
– Complete list of supplies for encapsulation
– Thorough (with photographs) explanation of the steps to encapsulate your placenta
– Storage and consumption guidelines
– Users are welcome to contact me with their questions

I hope this guide enables many mothers to have a happier, healthier postpartum with placenta encapsulation!

You can download my free Placenta Encapsulation Guide HERE. (Please note there are actual photographic images of placentas in this document) You’ll need the ability to view Adobe PDF documents to access the guide.

If you enjoy this guide, please consider making a donation via Paypal so that I can continue to offer free guides for mothers and low/no cost placenta encapsulation services to those in need. Thank you!