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This is a guest blog written by one of my clients, Sarah.

I thought it would be interesting to cover having larger babies at home, having just had one (10lb 6oz) and to have a look at  some common worries.

I was lucky enough to have a great midwife for my last birth who was not in any way phased by the possibility of a large baby, however a flippant remark at a late scan made me worry that maybe we are scared into changing our plans by such remarks unnecessarily.  Happily I did go on to have my baby at home!

Common Concerns:-

The baby may be too big to pass through the pelvis (called cephalopelvic disproportion if you like!) – this is not generally considered to be an emergency situation, and if this situation arises, your labour will fail to progress, at which point you can then transfer to hospital to deliver your baby with medical help.  Therefore its realistic to continue to plan for a homebirth and to try for a homebirth with an open mind that you may have to transfer if needed.

Shoulder Dystocia – this is where the shoulders get stuck after the head is born. This can be fatal for baby but fortunately is extremely rare and is considered to be more likely to occur in a hospital birth as research has shown that induction in cases of suspected large babies has not reduced the incidences of this condition.

There are also positions that a midwife can manoeuver a labouring woman into to help to dislodge the shoulders should this occur.
Is baby actually big? Scans are often  shown to over estimate birth weight. One study found this to be the case in 77% of their diagnosis of a large baby. The estimated weight was only within 500g for 41 of the 86 women studied which is a considerable margin!

A UK  Govt  report (CESDI) into the death of large babies declined to use fetal ultrasound estimates as they felt the evidence of their inaccuracies was well documented and went on to concede that this could lead to unnecessary interventions.

Big baby = more pain – pain is subjective so this is a hard one to reassure.  Different labours can be more painful for numerous reasons (ie. position of baby, birthing position, maternal well being etc), and size may have a bearing on this. The head is the hardest part to birth, therefore a very small baby with a larger than average head may well be more painful than a large baby with an average sized head.

Conclusion:-

It appears that although there may be some reasons where a large baby may present problems, the majority are not a foregone conclusion, and generally not posing an emergency situation, and therefore its arguable that its not a reason to abandon plans for a homebirth.

Different positions can be adopted to aid the birth of a larger baby, and by having a larger baby at home, you are still reducing your chances of having medical interventions.
A larger baby is not a reason on its own to have a hospital birth.

PS From Valerie – women do not usually grow a baby that is too big for them.  Exceptions to this could be if Mum is particularly small and Dad is of generous proportions!  This said many smaller women will still go on to birth big babies!

Okay, so this posting is very controversial – obviously the Department of Health line is that it is much safer for children/people to receive vaccination that to have the disease and suffer the consequences.  Information is available from www.immunisation.nhs.uk.

However there are others who question our immunisation programme and I recently attended a talk given by Ursula Kraus-Harper, a homeopath who is one of them.  Much of the information given below was obtained at Ursula’s talk and I post it here for you to have references if you wish to look into this issue further.

Immunisation

a) A process that increases an organisms reaction to antigen and therefore improves its ability to resist or overcome infection.

b) A technique used to induce immune resistance to a specific disease in  humans or other mammals by exposing the individual to an antigen in order to raise antibodies to  that antigen.

Vaccination

Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against the microbe, thereby preventing disease. Vaccinations, or immunisations, work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body. The healthy immune system is able to recognize invading bacteria and viruses and produce substances (antibodies) to destroy or disable them.

Source:  www.medterms.com

Resources

1.  Childhood Diseases and Their Vaccines (e-book;  £8)

by Dr. Jayne LM Donegan  MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFPMRCGP MFHom can be downloaded from www.jayne-donegan.co.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=d%2ffky%2fIvwv4%3d&tabid=826 includes other sources of information.

2.  The British National Vaccination Schedule can be downloaded from www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/home

3.   The European Forum on Vaccine Vigilance website , with a whole page of links to other relevant sites: http://users.telenet.be/vaccine.damage.prevention/englishhomepage

4.  Table of Vaccination ingredients can be downloaded from www.informedchoice.info

5.  Dr. Richard Halvorsen’s website on vaccination, especially MMR:   www.cryshame.org

6.   Dr. Tinus Smits website with information and lots of cases about vaccination damage and its treatment with homeopathy is  www.tinussmits.com

7.   Australian Homeopath Dr. Isaac Golden has carried out extensive, long-term research into homeopathic prophylaxis of childhood illnesses and has written two books:

– Vaccination and Homoeoprophylaxis? A Review of Risks and Alternatives

–  Vaccine Damaged Children?  Treatment, Prevention, Reasons

see his website www.homstudy.net

8.  Ian Sinclair has studied and researched vaccination and natural health philosophy for over 20 years inAustralia. His book  “Vaccination – The “hidden” facts (1992)  can be ordered via his website www.vaccinationdebate.com

There are further sources of information available from:

BOOKS
Vaccination – Viera Scheibner
Vaccination and Immunization, Dangers, Delusions and Alternatives – Leon Chaitow
Immunisation against infectious disease – Department of Health HMSO
DPT – A Shot in the Dark – H L Coutter and K Fisher
The Vaccination Handbook – R Newstaedter

PAPERS
The case against immunisation – R Moskowitz ?from Society of Homoeopaths
Vaccination – the real issues – Ian Townsend (Thesis)
The Homoeopath – The Journal of the Society of Homoeopaths Vol 4 No 4 Summer 1984 (May be an updated version?)

BOOKLET
Immunisations – Mothering Special Edition www.mothering.com

WEBSITES
www.informedparent.co.uk

www.wddty.com

www.jabs.org.uk (this site is for parents of vaccine damaged children, not light reading)

www.breakspearmedical.com – for single vaccines

www.babyjabs.co.uk – for single vaccines

(Do a search for The People’s Doctor)


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