“After 10 years, midwife Amanda Burleigh has finally succeeded in her fight to change the guidelines for cutting off the umbilical cord after birth.
Since the 1950s, the standard for cutting the umbilical cord required that it be cut within seconds of the baby’s birth. This has been considered best practice as it is meant to reduce the risk of the hormonal injection—given to the mother to stop hemorrhaging—from reaching the baby’s blood stream and causing health issues. However, since the drug has been replaced with a safer alternative, Burleigh has questioned whether or not this practice should remain in place.
Over the past decade, the midwife has sought to change this method, insisting that the baby be kept attached to its mother longer. She followed her hunch, that the umbilical cord should not be cut while it is still pulsating with blood, with medical research that provided solid evidence that she was right.
Burleigh’s original thought was that cutting the cord too soon deprived the newborns of vital blood cells from the placenta. With the help of a group of fellow medical experts, evidence was found that the standard practice for cutting the cord could deprive a baby of one third of its blood stock. It was also linked to an increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia, which can lead to cognitive learning delays.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has officially changed the guidelines for cutting umbilical cords to now state that doctors and midwives should not routinely cut the cord “earlier than one minute from the birth of the baby.” It also suggests that the wait last anywhere from one to five minutes, or longer per the mother’s request.
Burleigh, who was recently named Midwife of the Year by the British Journal Of Midwifery, believes this is best for newborns.
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“CranioSacral Therapy Enhances Glymphatic Cleansing
Although glymphatic cleansing is a newly identified process, the concept of a stronger fluid motion through the brain is not new. Craniosacral therapy pioneer Dr. John Upledger hypothesised his “Pressurestat Model” of fluctuating CSF production within a semi-closed hydraulic system back in the early 1980s. This model of CSF moving under pressure within the dural membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord was the basis of his evolving research and development of craniosacral therapy. There is now an extensive body of evidence of the health-promoting effects of craniosacral therapy, published by craniosacral therapists among a worldwide network of practicing clinicians.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on body therapy that engages with the body’s craniosacral system, the interactive physiological environment surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord. The focus in craniosacral therapy is encouraging the release of trauma locked within the tissues, improving physiological function and promoting the body’s natural healing processes. Craniosacral techniques restore and enhance fluid movement within the brain and spinal cord and throughout the whole body. During craniosacral therapy cerebrospinal fluid motion is increased, improving glymphatic flushing of the brain tissues.
Adequate flushing of the brain environment is essential for brain detoxification, nutrition and normal range of function. Scientists’ recent discovery of the glymphatic system’s mechanism informs Dr. Upledger’s earlier hypothesis. Just as importantly, it affirms craniosacral therapy as an effective and established treatment option for enhancing brain cleansing in cases of brain disease or injury and as a preventative measure”
By Carolyn Simon
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DETOXING FOR BRAIN HEALTH – NEW RESEARCH FINDINGS: CranioSacral Therapy Improves Glymphatic Cleansing of Brain Tissue
Good quality mattress and pillows are very important:
1/ to maintain a good/neutral alignment for your back (neck, thoracic/mid back and lumbar spine/low back)
2/ to prevent further issues
3/ to maintain all the good work between your osteopathic sessions
If you are sleeping on your back you won’t need the same size/height of pillows than the height required for an optimal spinal position if you are sleeping on your side…
Most people change position during the night, however after few osteopathic sessions some people usually get more comfortable in one position which was not before starting osteopathic sessions.
As restrictions in the body, imbalances, accumulation of strains, tightness, asymetries accumulate, the body starts to get tired of compensating and/or adaptating which is then leading to pain/inflammation at different areas and dysfunctions.
Checking simple things such as mattress quality (firm enough) and good supporting pillow can make a big difference, helping you sleeping better (in term of quality and quantity), helping you to integrate the good changes from osteopathic sessions and giving a chance to your body to recover.
I am not affiliated with Goldilocks Pillows Ltd, I just like these products because I have good experiences with them privately and professionally, and I enjoy giving you information so you can take your health into your own hands.
As an osteopath, I recommend meditation for many reasons.
By experience, I found it very helpful for some patients in between osteopathic sessions, it helps regulating stress, anxiety, being more positive, improving emotional awareness, helps to focus to perform better, being just less worried, or more relaxed, it can help to improve your motivation as well.
I like to give to my patients advice / tools that they can use in between osteopathic sessions to improve their lifestyle, and meditation is one of them.
One very common comment I hear is “where can I go to meditate?”, or “I don’t have the time to go somewhere for this”.
I think that the Anamaya App is an excellent idea, as it gives more people the chance to create space in their “me time” for meditation sessions, at home, travelling, or outdoors.
“If you purchased the Childbirth Kit from Helios for the birth or if you have the Basic 18 or 36 kit from Helios, you will have all the remedies below. If you have neither though, and you want to start building your little home pharmacy but have no idea where to start, then definitely get the 5 remedies below with special mention of Arnica to have in your purse! All remedies aer suitable from anywhere between a 6c and 30c (the latter is the most common in the UK) but in cases of fever or fabulous teething you might like to have a 200c as this potency matches the intensity of a fever or the teething.
Arnica – for any bumps and bruised. Great trauma remedy so also will help your child calm down when having made a fall. Surely a remedy to keep in your handbag alongside an Arnica cream or gel.
Belladonna – number one remedy for fever. Give your baby this remedy before you reach for the Calpol and chances are you won’t need it at all. Useful remedy also in ear aches if the child is very hot, has a flushed face and is in a bad mood.
Calcarea Carbonica – good remedy for most babies when they have a very stuffy cold and are otherwise quite happy. Can be useful in constipation and is the second remedy you would consider for teething especially if teeth are coming through very slowly.
Chamomilla – your best friend in teething. First remedy to think of, especially if teething is accompanied by diarrhoea and if your child is very fussy and upset with the teething.
Pulsatilla – probably your number one remedy for colds in babies and toddlers. Often there is yellow/green discharge from the nose and the child is more clingy or tearful than usual. If the latter is the case this is your remedy also in case of a fever. Colds that go into the lungs, and that are worse at night with runny discharge during the day are also great indications for this remedy. Can be useful to alternate with Chamomilla in earaches that are not clearly Belladonna or if Belladonna does not relieve.
Bonus remedy for momma: Cocculus Indica – this has saved many mothers for sure. If you have been having bad nights and you wake exhausting, feeling a bit dizzy or sick during the day (like a jetlag), or nursing leaves you exhausted, Cocculus is your friend!
The remedies above are very useful in acute self-limiting diseases. Please remember however that if you notice that the remedy is not working or needs to be repeated frequently, another remedy may be indicated and it would be worthwhile to get in touch for a consultation.”
By Ingefleur Spreij
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