Saturday, May 16, 2020

Hey, Midwives, A Shoulder Dystocia Remedy That Works!

R.A.F.S. Rectal Adjustment of the Fetal Shoulder [DRAFT]

Shoulder dystocia is one of the most concerning complications of birth where the shoulders do not follow the birth of the baby’s head. Many midwives fear it. It happens .5-1% of the time depending on the reference you read. Therefore, a true shoulder dystocia happens about once every 100 to 200 births. This is the rate I have experienced.
In 1994, I experienced my first true shoulder dystocia. It was a long active labor following 3 days of prodromal labor. All of us were very tired. After the baby’s head was born, it began to darken from the blood traveling to the brain, unable to return to the heart. I recognized the problem. I was attempting all the maneuvers I was taught. But you cannot accomplish them if you cannot reach the shoulder. Mom had been supine to begin with because she was so tired. Once we got her on hands and knees, I could reach a little farther, but not enough still. It is so scary to feel the seemingly endless neck! I was praying my brains out!
Thankfully, in the midst of my fumbling attempts, God gave the Motherwit, my fingers slid into her anus. Thank God! The shoulder was right there within easy reach. I pushed it to the side with the flat of my two fingers and was able to reach the baby’s armpit with my other hand and wiggle her free. It had been about 3 minutes but it felt like much longer. She needed nothing more than a little stimulation and she was pink and happy.
Here is why it works. The anus and the rectum are between the baby and the spine.
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The head is not in the way at all so there is no danger to the baby’s neck. In the diagram you see the location of the rectum. I had often wondered what was trapping the posterior shoulder. The tailbone could not do it and the sacral promontory is too high to be the problem. I hypothesize that because many Americans have stool filling the colon and rectum, the consistency of modeling clay, it fills the space that baby needs to turn its body. Of course, the head will push some out. But the stool that is higher remains, constraining the uterus from behind and limiting the baby’s spiraling movement.
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I wonder if the dystocia rate was less back in the day when enemas were a routine procedure in childbirth. Not that I think any routines should be imposed. But I will recommend a warm water enema to a client who is short or short-waisted with a large baby.
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All the cases of true shoulder dystocia in my practice that have happened since have been quickly resolved using what I now call RAFS; Rectal Adjustment of the Fetal Shoulder. I still try other maneuvers first. I have the mom shimmy and rotate her hips first. Runners stance and squatting may dislodge the baby, in which case, it wasn’t a true dystocia. But if baby’s head begins to darken much, I use RAFS. I am no longer afraid of Shoulder Dystocia. I hope you will add it to your arsenal.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

And the Truth will set you free!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

C o r o n a v i r u s; the common cold

I watched a very thought provoking video:

If this is true, we need to stop five gee.

And more here:

Thursday, September 5, 2019


"Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it." -- Edmund Burke

"But bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

"Free government is founded in jealousy, not confidence.  It is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind those we are obliged to trust with power.... In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." -- Thomas Jeffferson

Things That Interfere and Things That Overcome in Homebirth

I have seen girls turn into women before my eyes! It is a privilege to be invited into the most important event in a young woman's life. But most of all, I am happy to save a baby from being tortured by hospital protocols.

These are the things that may interfere with birth, especially a first birth:
  • Being rigid, in mind or body.
  • Feeling on the clock.
  • Feeling watched.
  • Not resting and sleeping through early labor.
  • Emotional problems with people at the birth.
  • Emotional baggage.
  • Fear, which is unbelief.
  • Malnutrition (the American Diet).
God gives you nine months to prepare for birth. Read everything you can and as many different perspectives as you can find. When it is all over, take responsibility for your decisions.  The most grown up thing you can do is be honest, at least with yourself.

These things may help overcome obstacles:

  • Eat the most micro-nutrient dense foods you can find!
  • Pray everyday and read something inspiring everyday.
  • Ask God to reveal your sins to you so you can repent and forgive.
  • Hire a supportive birth team.
  • Keep your first birth private.
  • Learn to relax.
  • Practice a variety of positions well before labor.
  • Squat, or sit on a birth ball, instead of slouching in a chair.
  • Pray for revelation about the things you don't know that you don't know.
Once Labor Begins:
  • Relax and rest between contractions.
  • Rest and sleep through early labor.
  • Use rhythm to get through this contraction.
  • Breathe deeply and slowly.
  • Be vocal, it really helps.
  • Design a peaceful birth place.
  • Do not have spectators. If someone is not helping, they should leave the premises.
I found Ronnie Facoa's policy very helpful, too:

Monday, March 25, 2019

You Were Created with a Perfect Plan

Give Honor to the One That Created You

You were created from the DNA in a sperm and an egg. In His infinite wisdom and love of diversity, God made it possible for you to be unique by combining different genes from your mother and your father. God designed your DNA to be nourished with micronutrients. It is easy to accomplish even with a poor diet when you are the size of a pea. As you grow you require more micronutrients. Most pregnancy related complications can be avoided with a micronutrient dense diet.

Health Stewardship is the Way

Now that you are a full size adult, nothing has changed except the increased need for micronutrients. And of course to avoid as many man-made poisons as possible. Our amazing creator made plants to change the energy in the sun and the minerals and nutrients in soil into life promoting food.
There will never be proof to satisfy the naysayers, only many, many, accounts where disease is reversed.

Read books on Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition to keep or regain your health. Avoid man-made and processed foods that cause disease. Avoid salt, oils and sugar, which bog down the system of health that God created. Study to maintain your freedom from fear and manipulation from the medical establishment that profits off your obeisance.

For more about Health Stewardship visit
God bless you, richly as He has promised!