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Why Homeopathy in Midwifery?

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 2 views

by Paula Tipton-Healy, L.M., C.P.M., Homeopathic Consultant

When I became a midwife I was often confronted with maternal or neonatal conditions for which I had few safe or effective treatments to offer. Conditions such as nausea, varicose veins, and colic are common fare for the midwife, but how to treat them is another matter. The common medicines or treatments often are either of no real value, have unknown consequences or are downright unsafe.

My frustration with conventional medicine led me to the research of herbs and other alternative medicines. While I found (and still do find) herbs to be useful and often better than common pharmaceutical drugs, I discovered that they had their limitations and drawbacks as well. First of all, herbs usually depend upon digestive system for absorption. Unfortunately, during times of illness or imbalance this system is among the first to be compromised. Furthermore, the digestive system is a relatively slow point of entry and when dealing with critical or emergency situations time can be vitally important. Another problem I encountered was getting clients to comply. Have you ever tried to convince a one year old to take cayenne or golden seal? Sometimes my clients would have difficulty locating certain herbs, or preparing the recipes correctly. Although I found herbs to be useful, I was not always satisfied.

I then began studying homeopathy.

Homeopathy, though not a panacea, addressed many of my concerns. As a homeopathic consultant I am as astounded by the results I see today as by those I saw when I first started using homeopathy 20 years ago.

There are many advantages to homeopathy for the midwife. First of all, used properly they are safe and non-toxic. In over 150 years not one homeopathic remedy has been recalled by the FDA. Remedies are absorbed directly through the mucous membranes (or even the skin) therefore their effectiveness is not dependent upon the efficacy of the digestive system. The remedies taste good (and all taste the same) so compliance from children and adults is not an issue. Whereas medicine and even herbs always cause a reaction in the person, with homeopathy there's only a reaction if you have the correct remedy. Otherwise it is like drinking a glass of water. That is the type of safety for moms and babies I like!

Homeopathy works with the body's natural defense system. Conventional medicine, otherwise called allopathic medicines, generally suppresses symptoms rather than treating the underlying cause.Homeopathy balances the whole system thus allowing the body to heal itself. This is where homeopathy differs from most other forms of medicine. Homeopathy is very easy for clients to use. The remedies are palatable, easy to administer, easy to keep on hand in a fresh state, and there are no complicated recipes to learn or teach.

In our commitment to providing the best care possible we need to be actively involved in educating ourselves and our clients. Homeopathy is one of the ways we can empower ourselves and our clients to take more responsibility for their own healthcare and that of their families.

Paula Tipton-Healy L.M, now retired from midwifery practice, worked as a homebirth midwife for nearly three decades. She is a California Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife. She also has practiced as a homeopathic and nutritional consultant for over 25 years and earned a B.S. in Nutrition. Though she is no longer practicing midwifery she continues to offer nutritional and homeopathic consultations at her offices in Encinitas and Pacific Beach. She specializes in helping Women, children and issues of the gut and digestion with her products and website

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