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Pregnancy

Homeopathy is ideal for pregnancy. Homeopathic medicines cannot cause side effects because only a small amount of the active ingredient is used in the preparation. Morning sickness, heartburn, ligament pains, varicose veins, cramp, are a few of the complaints during pregnancy in which homeopathy can be used to great effect.

During the birth homeopathic remedies can be used for example when the cervix is slow to dilate, pain, excessive bleeding, retained placenta and other difficulties. These need to be prescribed by an experienced homeopath. Often the homeopath is present at childbirth especially if it is a home birth.

Many women consider having a DOULA even if they are contemplating a hospital birth. Doulas can help women by giving them emotional, physical and practical support during the birthing period. They are not midwives. To know more log on to www.doula.org.uk.

The place of birth is often a dilemma for the first time parents and the website www.birthchoiceuk.com provides useful information.

If you are contemplating a home birth then www.homebirth.org.uk is a very useful site with excellent links.

If you live in the Hampton Hill area there is a long running Home Birth Support Group run by Marie, who has participated at many births in her role as a Doula and has an enormous amount of knowledge at her finger tips. Marie can be contacted on 020 8255 1206. The group meet every 1st Friday of the month.

Often parents will be keen to have continuity throughout the pregnancy and birth which is not often offered on the NHS and an Independent Midwife will offer that service.
www.independentmidwives.org.uk

Breastfeeding is not always straightforward and cracked nipples, repeated mastitis and baby not latching on properly can cause some mothers to stop. Homeopathy can help restore the mother’s confidence in the early days of feeding.

The local NCT group will always have a breast councillor and in my experience and those of mothers I treat they canmake be a vital difference in to continue or not breast feeding when times are difficult. www.babycentre.co.uk offers useful links to sites on breastfeeding including the NCT network.

Babies tend to respond quickly to homeopathic treatment. Remedies for colic, weepy eye, projectile vomiting, and problems with breast-feeding are easily administered either in liquid form or crushing pills between two spoons.

At all times an experienced professional homeopath must be consulted. Medical assistance should always be sought if symptoms persist.

If you wish to order a homeopathic birth kit or first aid kit please contact me.

Recommended books: Homeopathy for Mother and Baby by Miranda Castro
Interesting websites:
www.babykind.co.uk
www.alotoforganics.co.uk
These sites show companies that sell organic cotton and environmentally friendly products for babies like nappies, clothing, toys etc.
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ShaunaI trained at the London College of Homeopathy graduating in 1989 with a love for homeopathy that has continued to grow. I have a special interest in the treatment of women, particularly regarding hormonal issues, pregnancy/ birth/post natal and menopause and babies/children with regard to sleeping, behavioural problems, anxieties, skin problems, re-occurring illnesses and many more. I am a registered member of the Society of Homeopaths.