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ABOUT PHYSIOLOGY IN PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

INDEX:

Biological and Genetic Channels of Attachment
 Maternal attachment is a complex process that involves all components of the human being, but above all, it is a crucial process for the survival of the baby, and it is therefore protected filogenetically and biologically.

Physiological Adaptation Systems and Biological Resources

The integration of biological and social competencies as a process of empowerment

Posterior Position and Asynclitism in the Dynamics of Natural Birth
 

Posterior positions, particularly posterior blocks and asynclitic presentations of the foetal head, are often the result of obstetric manoeuvres

Meaning and Functions of Labour Pain

Physiological birth is linked to the experience of pain. The reason why physiological birth is disappearing today, and why we are scared of pain, is to be found in our social lifestyles.

The Transformation of the Pelvic Floor during Second Stage

During birth, the involuntary functions of the perineum are involved in the dynamic of the expulsion of the baby, while the voluntary functions are related to the tone of the muscles of the perineum and the force of expulsion.

Sexual Aspects in Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and sexuality belong to the dimension of the water element, and as such they are the natural follow-up to pregnancy. Sexuality, like breastfeeding, pregnancy and birth, is regulated by the primary brain.

“La Scuola Elementale Di Arte Ostetrica”

The Elemental School of Midwifery Art in Florence, Italy
The School was born in 1996, founded by eight midwives and a Bachelor of Arts, as an answer to the lack of midwifery, the lack of midwives as teachers in the training of midwives; the lack of a specific permanent training for midwives; and the need to bring the knowledge of the natural qualities of childbirth into the health institutions, where the art of midwifery, together with the figure of the midwife, is disappearing.

Verena’s Story

In the first years we mainly learnt from practice, from women: through observation and constant dialogue, and from the confrontation between us.

BIRTH PAIN

— explaining sensations

— exploring possibilities

a guide for midwives and other caregivers which provides information to help pregnant women make choices for or against pain relief or caesareans and to help make labour pain a positive experience

a philosophical, scientific and practical approach

Labour pain is one of the key issues at the heart of midwifery care.

This book contains information about:

• The physiological and psychological functions of pain

• Cultural influences on the experience of labour pain

• Elective caesareans, which are supposedly a simpler alternative

• Advantages and drawbacks of using pharmaceutical pain relief

• Transforming labour pain into an experience of strength and power

Overall, the book includes many convincing arguments for normal, physiological birth and can therefore help prevent women from requesting unnecessary elective caesareans.

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