Needless to say there is a great amount of pride in my words today as I am a new grandfather to a beautiful baby boy. This is not my first grandchild but this little guy is very special. I was privileged to attend his birth and help with homeopathy through the labor and delivery. I thought it might be nice to share of the experience.
Firstly I have to give all of the credit to my daughter (in-law, I really hate this phrase; she is as close to me as my own blood daughter) This is her first child and she was very dedicated to taking good care of herself during the pregnancy. This I think had the very most to do with a successful delivery and healthy child. She did not drink any alcohol, ate only foods that would support the pregnancy, took her vitamins, stayed active and comes from good genetic stock. I think all of this combined made for her pregnancy to be very easy. She never really experienced morning sickness and I never gave her remedies during the pregnancy.
My wife and I were invited to participate in the birth. Needless to say we were very excited and felt quite blessed to be a part of such an intimate and sacred event. We got the phone call that contractions had begun and there was a significant discharge around 3 PM. We were attending a wedding then so it was not a convenient time to just drop everything and come running. This was the very first signs of labor so we knew we had some time. We arrived to find contractions around 5 minutes apart but not unbearably strong. They were felt primarily in the back. After waiting for several hours to look for changes I gave one dose of Nux Vomica 30C to help. Really nothing seemed to change in the next few hours.
My son and daughter did a home water birth with the help of a midwife. It was near midnight when contractions became a little more intense that the midwife arrived. She checked for dilation and said that there was no real advancement and that we should all go home and get some sleep. This was not going to be quick. We went home but the sleep was fitful.
Around 6:30 the following morning we got word that the night was long and they got a few blinks of sleep between contractions as well. But things were now picking up and the intensity, duration of contractions and frequency were definitely accelerating. We arrived by 7 to find that yes, she had advanced but I really expected them to be stronger. Mom would breath through the contractions and then rest cross-legged on the bed, eyes closed, looking like Buddha. It was really impressive to see how she was handling the labor. Because it seemed slow to progress I gave one dose of Caulophyllum 30C.
Around 8:30 the midwife returned and checked again. Yes things were advancing but still quite slow. She was only 3 centimeters dilated. This seemed very slow to me and I really wondered if Caulophyllum had helped. I asked what was happening and she said that everything seemed dry. That she was feeling OK physically but really wanted to get this over with. After another half hour it was clear that her level of anxiety was building and that Aconite 30C was indicated.
Within minutes she reported she felt so much better. Everyone could see the shift as well. Around 11 am she was quite uncomfortable and felt the need to push. It wasn’t time yet and the midwife suggested she break the placenta to relieve the pressure. I suggested a remedy and all agreed to give it a try before doing a mechanical intervention. We decided to wait one half hour. If it didn’t break after the single dose of Gelsemium 30C then the midwife would break her water.
At 11:30 still no flooding. So the midwife went to her kit to get her tools. Just as she walked back in the room there was a gushing sound and the water broke bringing a temporary relief. We all agreed that the remedy worked and that she takes a half hour to respond. The next stage was coming quick where she became 10 cm dilated and it was time to get in the tub of warm water and push.
After about 10 minutes of pushing it seemed that again things had stalled a bit. My first inclination was to repeat Caulophyllum again but frankly I did not ever see great results from the first dose. I asked again how things were feeling and she replied, “Dry. Everything feels dry. Like it’s stuck because it is just not slippery.” That was the second time I had heard dry and I was off to investigate the dry remedies that could be used during parturition. After a quick read of the repertory and Materia Medica Jaborandi seemed to jump off the page. Here was a remedy for tedious labor. The normal secretion of the vagina has dried up. Os unyielding and pains decrease in force. I did not have the remedy but was not deterred.
I wrote Jaborandi 200c on a blank piece of paper. I placed a glass of water with about 4 ounces of clean filtered water in it over the name and prayed for the next 3 minutes that the energy of Jaborandi 200C would be infused into the water. I then returned and asked her to take a sip and hold it in her mouth. Within minutes everything really changed and soon the childs head began to appear. The dose seemed to be like magic.
Within 3 giant pushes there appeared floating in the water the most beautiful baby boy. He was gently floated to the surface and held with his face out of the water where he began breathing. At first his color was grey blue. But after only about 10 seconds the most amazing flush of pink came over his entire body. It was like seeing an octopus change colors. He opened his eyes and looked around. What a miracle. There was not a dry eye in the room. After another 5 minutes the cord stopped pulsating and my son did the honors of cutting the cord. He was now free. It was another 5 minutes before he let out his first cry. What a gentle way to come into this world.
Moms afterbirth happened with only 3 strong contractions and it was time to get out of the tub. With mom safely at rest and the child examined they were again united. I knew all was well when after hours of pushing and very little conversation she yelled out, “I feel great!!” She finally caught up to the endorphin rush. I gave a dose of Arnica 30C to mom and a dose of Arnica 30c to the baby. Arnica is such a wonderful remedy for any traumatic experience. It also helps with hemorrhage. She was not bleeding heavily but had lost a significant amount of blood. That evening she was pretty wiped out and I gave her one dose of China 30C. She said she felt better within the hour.
The next morning we returned to check up on their first night with their new child. All went pretty good but I noticed that when the child was sleeping he would involuntarily jerk as if startled. I investigated what else had occurred during the night and that if at any time they needed to put him down and he was at all alone he would be very upset. They also said that if they turned out the light he would cry. Now I had heard enough. I gave him one dose of Stramonium 200c. Stramonium is very good for being in the birth canal too long. The entire labor was 27 hours so this qualified. This is not unusual for a first child delivery though. Subsequently the second night was much calmer than the first and everyone actually slept well. He has not startled during sleep since.
The next day I asked mom how she was feeling and she said, “I felt good energetically but feel so stretched out down there.” I was hesitant to treat this because her milk had not come in. I did not want to give her too many remedies in succession. The midwife came and suggested that we wait another 24 hours before worrying too much about her milk. She assured us that the baby would be alright. He was sucking good and getting colostrum. So I gave mom a single dose of Staphysagraia 30C. Oh boy did this remedy work. Within minutes she started to have major contractions as her uterus was shrinking. These lasted most of the night but by the next day she said she felt so much better and that her tummy had shrunk substantially.
By that afternoon she said she felt that her breasts were getting full and about to explode. Her milk came in very quickly and now the child would be nourished. During the first 3 days after his birth he lost 16 oz. This is not unusual. But the real test comes in how fast he could gain it back. After one week he had gained back all but 4 oz. This was a real sign of health and all is well. There has been only one other remedy given to the baby since birth. After day 3 he developed a sticky discharge in is right eye that would glue the lid shut. 24 hours after one dose of Euphrasia 30C his eyes are clear. Mom has received one more dose of China 30C after one week for a general tiredness. It is such a good remedy after loss of vital fluids and an ordeal.
So now the new family is doing very well. Everyone is adjusting perfectly to their new lives. I am happy to say I was able to witness the miracle of homeopathy again but this time was a little different. A bit more special. There is a very little boy in this world that will grow up to know me as his grandfather. This brings me such a good feeling I cannot begin to describe. The circle of life continues.