Womb Ecology

The Mid-Pacific Conference on Birth and Primal Health Research took place on October 26-28, 2012, at the prestigious Hawaii Convention Center, in Honolulu, a meeting point between Western and Eastern cultures. Recent technical and scientific advances that will influence the history of childbirth and the history of Homo sapiens were presented by the most authoritative avant-garde speakers from the five continents. Spread the word thanks to this recording.

Birth Around the World was there also filming!

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Contrasts – Episode IV of the Series Birth Around the World

Next Sunday we will travel to the the extremes of the world and find out some more about the CONTRAST during child labor. On one hand we have countries with high technology and infrastructure and on the other hand we encounter with lack basic resources. U.S., Vietnam, Germany to Nepal we will see cultural diversity and public policies that lead us down to this different paths.
Birth the World!! Sunday, May 26 at 11:30pm on GNT


“Diversity serves as a means by which we can learn and evolve” Birth Around the World

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the previous episodes, we have available online a piece of each one of the episodes! Hope you like it!!!

Birth Around The World – Episode III – Revolution

Revolution, our third episode will be on tv next sunday, May 19 11:30pm (brazilian time) at GNT. We have special interviews with the doctor and researcher Michel Odent, Ina May, Janet Balaskasand and Robin Lim! Passing by Indonesia, United States, England and New Zealand we’ll visit places that are living a revolution. Let’s see inspiring realities and who is behind them.


“The importance of the revolution is to expand the opportunities available to women of how she wants to give birth to her baby” Birth Around the World

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Home Birth March

First published at Gisele’s Blog, written by Mayra Calvette

Gisele Bündchen e Mayra Calvette

June was historic for the Humanization of Childbirth in Brazil.

One of the most popular TV program from Brazil, Fantástico, had a report about home birth on the 10th June. It showed a beautiful home birth video, with a midwife, two doulas and a neonatologist accompaniment.

The obstetrician Dr. Jorge Kuhn, spoke respectfully in favor of home birth as an option for low risk pregnancies. On the following Monday, the Regional Medicine Council of Rio de Janeiro – CREMERJ – opened a complaint against the doctor.

The movement for birth humanization in Brazil has grown in geometric progression. Every day many adherents. Every day more women empowered and sharing their experience. The complaint of this doctor, an advocate for a gentle birth, was the push for a great movement. The news quickly spread throughout Brazil, mainly through social networks.

Within a week thousands of people were organized in several cities of Brazil, to make the first Home Birth March. At the end of next week, June 16 and 17, around 5000 people in over 30 cities in Brazil were part of this revolution. Only in Sao Paulo were in 1500 women, parents, children and professionals marching for the rights of choice and freedom!

I shivered to see the strength of the movement and how quickly it spread. This is the advantage of being connected by an ideal and with the help of social media.

This march was similar with what happened in some other countries, 30 years ago in England and 20 years ago in New Zealand. Now it’s Brazil’s time!

Gisele Bündchen e Mayra Calvette

This was a march for the freedom of choice and respect for women and babies during birth. Women have the right to choose how and where they want to give birth, with correct information, respect and appropriate orientations. A march for women who have low-risk pregnancies and want home birth are not seen as inconsequential and people who put their lives and their babies lives at risk. For doctors, nurses, obstetricians, midwives and doulas who support these women not to be seen and treated as outcasts.

The safety of home birth should no longer be under discussion, since many studies show it’s safe for low risk pregnancies, accompanied by qualified professional and a referral hospital. No wonder that in some developed countries this is an option that is part of the health system.

We want to clarify that we don’t want to convince anybody to have a homebirth, we want to show one more option. If you have any kind of fear, of uncertainty, if you have any disease, if your prenatal indicate any problem – the best place to have your baby is at the hospital.

We are not protesting against the hospital birth. We are protesting against the violence during childbirth, whether emotional or physical. A study in Brazil showed that 25% of Brazilian women suffer some kind of violence during childbirth. We want women to be respected, to receive a loving care wherever they choose to have their baby – at home, in the hospital or birth center.

Respect for Birth is respect for woman and baby!

May we one day ensure that all women have the rights for a gentle, respectful and private birth, without suffering and no damage to their body and their baby, wherever they wish to birth them.

“Never doubt that a small group of aware and engaged people can change the world.” Margaret Mead

Special Video from the Home Birth March
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Casa Angela – Birth Center

I was in England when I received an email from Regina Wrasse asking support for Casa Angela – Birth Center in Sao Paulo – Brazil. I went to visit the Birth Center in June 2011, Luciana Benatti (author of the book ” Loving Birth”) went with me. We were received with much affection, Anke Riedel, coordinator, showed the house, delivery rooms, beautiful, assembled with a lot of love … but empty. I felt an emptiness in my heart to see all that beautiful structure, ready to use, with women in the community and throughout the region every day asking to have their babies there, but unable because of political and financial issues. They had prepared a delicious afternoon coffee and we ate and talked about the situation of Casa Angela, we recorded our conversation that can be viewed in the video below.
We stopped the other trip videos I was doing to produce this video and help Casa Angela with the goal of attending births next year! One of the project goals is to support and share Birth Models that Work, Casa Angela is one great example. Soon we will be posting more Birth Around the World videos!
You can read more about Casa Angela below.

The idea of continuing the work started by the midwife Angela, who died in 2000 and was honored with her name on the birth center, first popped up in 2004. A careful analysis of delivery and birth statistics in two Sao Paulo suburbs, M’Boi Mirim and Campo Limpo, offered shocking results. C-section rates topped 50%, maternal mortality rate was above the city’s average, and high rates of prematurity and low birth weight shocked ACOMA, an NGO with 30 years working on the southern periphery of são Paulo. At that time an agreement with the municipality established that the NGO would invest in building the birth center, and Brazil’s Public Health System would cover the cost of the service maintenance.
Relying on that agreement, the project was initiated with a fundraising campaign. After two years the birth center was ready but the money for its manteinance has never arrived.
The Reality Today
Today, Riedel leads the team of Casa Angela, a birth center capable of hosting 80 deliveries or more per month that is ready to start aiding women in labor. In a region of Sao Paulo where about 300 pregnant women a month can’t receive care at referral hospitals and have to search the city for an open hospital room after their water breaks, the ACOMA house is the only hope of a humanized delivery for this population.
Conducted by a team of obstetric nurses, the house offers new and well-equipped facilities. There are four suites for natural birth – two of them with bath, a breastfeeding clinic and ambulance at the door in case of emergency, ready to move the mother and the baby to a nearby hospital. The birth center already has an Anvisa license (National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance) which allows it to work but still depends on public money to function – which hasn’t arrived so far.

Good Quality Prenatal Care
Although Casa Angela’s birth center is not delivering babies at the moment, its doors remain open to the public. Consultations are provided for pregnant women enrolled in its prenatal care program, many of whom are teenagers. The center also supports these women in the postpartum period.
“They do prenatal care and the courses here, but the birth is in a hospital,” Riedel says. “Soon after discharge, they call us and our team makes an initial home visit.”
Support to families extends for about a year, and includes guidelines on breastfeeding and later the introduction of food for the baby. Through these one-on-one lessons, the ACOMA team has achieved an exclusive breastfeeding rate of more than 80%. “It’s an intensive work undertaken since the pregnancy that has worked very well,” concludes Riedel.
Article from the website: http://www.casaangela.org.br/

To donate: Banco do Brasil, ag.2434-1, conta corrente, 25.004-x, Associação Comunitária Monte Azul

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