Vivien Clere Green This series of blogs is about raising our awareness and understanding our programming.

If we undo a loose pair of trousers and let go. What happens? They fall to the ground in a heap!

We all know this is due to gravity which we accept as a "given" in our world. As babies, all of us, have thrown things from our high chairs or from our beds just to see what happens. At first it is a novelty and a "fun" game but with time we lose interest and find something else to discover. Later on in life we are taught about gravity and become more consciously aware of this phenomenon.

So with the understanding of a phenomenon that just "is", why do we not harness this energetic pull to our advantage when we are having our babies? Lying down on a bed is going to make the birth more difficult. If we had to lie down every time we took our trousers off (especially a pair of tight fitting jeans) it would be much more of a struggle!

When we start to think like this, life becomes much easier. The female body was designed to give birth easily so make your experience not only easier but joyful too.

Today’s Tip: Don’t fight gravity when you are having a baby, harness it instead. Be upright!

To find out more about this and other issues, go to www.viviencleregreen.com where you can read an extract and buy the book Wellness our Birthright and so learn the secret of how to give a baby the best start for life.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags:

Vivien Clere Green This series of blogs is about raising our awareness and understanding our programming.

What I would like to share with you is a principle based understanding that gives us huge respect for both ourselves and others.

There are certain principles in life which are just there and which we often take for granted. Take for instance, breathing. We all breathe 24/7 and never give it a second thought unless we consciously strengthen our lungs and diaphragm through meditation or exercise or because we are challenged due to illness.

Now let’s take another example of something which is happening all the time, thinking. Everyone has the ability to think, we are thinking all the time.

As a thought comes into our being, we have two choices: a) to stay with that thought or b) to let that thought go.

Thoughts make us feel good or they make us feel negative. If we think good thoughts – how do we feel? If, for example, we think about conception, pregnancy and childbirth in a positive way, we will be confident, happy and excited about the prospect of having a baby and being a parent.

If we think negative thoughts – how do we feel? If on the other hand, we negatively about conception, pregnancy and childbirth, we become despondent, depressed and upset, even overwhelmed and life gets in a tangle.

Today’s Tip: Breathe out expelling all the air. Hold for the count of two, then breathe in and again hold for the count of two. Repeat five times.

To find out more about this and other issues, go to www.viviencleregreen.com where you can read an extract and buy the book Wellness our Birthright and so learn the secret of how to give a baby the best start for life.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags:

Vivien Clere Green This week’s series of blogs are on the effects of stress in breastfeeding.

Laughter is the best antidote to stress. We know many people have cured themselves of serious illnesses including those with cancer, using laughter as a therapy.

Do you know what laughter can do to your breastmilk?

It increases your melatonin levels – the hormone that is produced at night which regulates your sleep patterns, helps your immune system and is a free radical scavenger.

So what does this mean to your baby?

According to a recent study by Hajime Kimata of Moriguchi-Keijinkai Hospital in Japan, babies with eczema and dust mite allergies had reduced allergic responses when their mothers fed them with breastmilk after watching a funny DVD. This they showed was due to the increase in melatonin levels induced by laughter.

Today’s Tip: Laugh whenever you can, never take yourself too seriously and become aware of how you can reduce stress by looking for the funny side.

To find out more about this and other issues, go to www.viviencleregreen.com where you can read an extract and buy the book Wellness our Birthright and so learn the secret of how to give a baby the best start for life.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags:

Vivien Clere Green This week’s series of blogs are on the effects of stress in pregnancy and childbirth.

If we look at what happens to our bodies when we become stressed and tense, we become rigid and stiff.

Have you ever noticed how a dog, when in confrontation with another dog, stands rigid with a stiff tail? This rigidity not only conveys a message to the other dog but also makes his soft body more tough, almost like a suit of armour.

So imagine a woman who is in labour if her body becomes like this. All the muscles tighten, go stiff and the birth canal goes rigid and tight too.

How an earth is a baby going pass through a tight, rigid tunnel?

When explaining this, I clench my fist tightly and say you try putting your finger in the middle. It is impossible without force and pain. Now make a more relaxed, clenched fist and you will see a tunnel and hole already there.

Today’s Tip: Notice when your body becomes tight and rigid and consciously breathe deeply into the area, count to five and breathe out, count to five again. This could be after sitting at the computer for a long time or driving.

To find out more about this and other issues, go to www.viviencleregreen.com where you can read an extract and buy the book Wellness our Birthright and so learn the secret of how to give a baby the best start for life.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags:

Vivien Clere Green This week’s series of blogs are on the effects of stress in pregnancy and childbirth.

If a woman is stressed or around anyone who is, when she is in labour, it increases the chances of medical intervention including a surgical delivery known as Caesarean section. This type of delivery is a major abdominal surgery which poses higher risks both to a mother and her baby compared to a normal vaginal birth and has long term emotional and developmental issues too. Currently in the UK about 23% of births are by Caesarean section, that is almost one-in-four. This figure far exceeds the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 10%.

How can this figure be reduced?

One way is to give women accurate information which itself reduces our anxiety and stress levels, leads to informed decisions and gives women the understanding of how to increase their chances of having a natural birth.

This applies equally to a mother who has already given birth by Caesarean as then she has the dilema as to how to have another baby. Do I plan a Caesarean again or do I go for a natural birth? To do the latter is VBAC, vaginal birth after Caesarean which is quite possible. But to make this choice, a mother needs access to accurate information.

This is exactly what a team from the universities of Bristol and Dundee set out to achieve. They found that by providing sound advice, far more women had successful natural deliveries, second time round. This study was published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) at the end of May:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.39217.671019.55

Professor James Walker of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said that this was an interesting study and that around 75% of such women, who have already had a previous Caesarean, could have a successful natural delivery for a subsequent pregnancy. This is most encouraging and people need to be aware of it.

Today’s Tip: Make decisions that feel right for you, not because it will please others.

To find out more about this and other issues, go to www.viviencleregreen.com where you can read an extract and buy the book Wellness our Birthright and so learn the secret of how to give a baby the best start for life.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags:

Vivien Clere Green This week’s series of blogs are on the effects of stress in pregnancy and childbirth.

Yesterday, over 1,000,000 copies of the Metro (Britain’s only urban newspaper) were distributed across Britain with the headlines: “Stressed – before they are even born”.

The article refers to research, published in the May issue of Clinical Endocrinology, about the effects of foetal exposure to maternal cortisol. In other words, the baby is affected by the mother’s stress hormones and as the newspaper says “unborn babies suffer stress from as early as 17 weeks into the pregnancy”.

We owe the paper and the researchers a big thank you for publicizing and researching this valuable subject.

A pregnant mother passes on her emotions, through her hormones (her chemical messaging system) to her unborn baby and so contributes to her baby’s long term emotional programming. At first, this can be an alarming thought.

However, when we examine this further, we realize that this messaging system is nature’s way of passing on to the baby one of the most valuable hormones, oxytocin, the hormone of love. What’s more the levels a baby receives of this hormone will affect his or her behaviour for life, including the capacity to love.

So, yes, we do need to protect the pregnant woman from unnecessary fears and worries to lower her stress levels, especially at the time of birth and through the birthing process itself. This is when the stress hormones can have their most damaging effect. Put very simply, they block the birth.

This is a survival mechanism for the species. We only have to look at animals in the wild – when a predator arrives on the scene, the animal sensing that it is not safe to deliver its young, flees to safety. Exactly the same occurs to us humans. If a woman’s stress/fear hormones are being produced when she is trying to have her baby, the birth will not progress and medical intervention, more often than not, will be needed.

It was this understanding that led me to further research, which resulted in writing the book Wellness our Birthright, How to Give a Baby the Best Start in Life.

Today’s Tip: If you are pregnant or in the presence of one who is, reduce your stress levels and create an air of calm.

To find out more about this and other issues, go to www.viviencleregreen.com where you can read an extract and buy the book and so learn the secret of how to give a baby the best start in life.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags:

Vivien Clere Green Continuing with the theme of breastfeeding for this week’s series of blogs.

How is it that the most evolved species on the planet, human beings, do not automatically rear their babies with the milk that nature designed for them? Is this simply the intervention of technology displacing nature and upsetting the balance?

Likewise with our own food, has technology upset the balance here, too? It seems that every time we pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the TV or radio, we read or hear about what we shouldn’t eat and the need to go back to fresh, unprocessed foods for our health and well-being. Most of us are aware of this, whether we do so or not, is due to our individual programming.

This intervention has not occurred to the same extent in the animal kingdom. We know that mammals suckle their young.

This is very clear to those who breed animals, whether they are horses, dogs, cats, guinea pigs and so on, they all suckle milk from their mother, milk designed by nature for their species. Studies show that if this process is interfered with in any way, it impairs the behaviour and the health of the animal concerned.

So if we want our babies to thrive and to give them the best start in life then it seems logical to raise them on fresh, unprocessed food too, which in the first six months is their own milk – human milk, not an artificial, chemically processed one, devoid of vibrant energy.

The latter is life saving in certain situations but as we are discovering in other parts of medical science and even in global warming issues, there are always consequences of going down a route that is not in harmony with mother nature.

So why is it human beings do not automatically rear their babies with their own milk? Could it be that the way we are born and the initial bonding process with our mother has a bearing on this?

It was the quest to find answers to these thought provoking questions and many more besides, including the secret hormone of love that led me on a journey to write Wellness our Birthright, How to Give a Baby the Best Start in Life and to share these findings with you.

Today’s Tip: Never use the microwave to heat up the baby’s milk.

You can find out the secret of how to give a baby the best start for life in Wellness Our Birthright obtainable at www.viviencleregreen.com.

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Vivien Clere Green is a natural health practitioner, speaker and expert covering natural health methods in pregnancy and infertility. She combines both personal and clinical experiences with extensive research, to give simple easy to read insights to help men and women to do the very best for our future children. Recognized by academics and medical practioners working in pregnancy and childbirth, Vivien has guided and assisted many parents to create the right environment for their children. For more information about Vivien’s work, and her new book Wellness Our Birthright, email Vivien or visit Vivien’s website. 43 Things Tags: , Ice Rocket Tags: , Flickr Tags: , Technorati Tags: , Del.Icio.Us Tags: