Sunday, March 20, 2011
A Deeper Look At Dairy Birth
A new birthing trend is sweeping the natural birthing world, called dairy or simply "milk" birth.
Milk birth has existed for hundreds even thousands of years. The Babylonians and Assyrians were known to have practiced this form of birth, as recently the Adivasi tribes of India have revived the practice back, and spread to the west after inga may gherkin visited the remote village of Tikka Masala, north of Delhi, where this practice is wide spread. In her book " journeys of birth "she documented what she witnessed in the little village " when i visited the bustling village of tikka masala, I didn't know what to expect, i have read research on midwifery and birth about the practices in this village, in the last 400 years, no birth death has existed and children were able to read and write prose by the tender age of 18 months, i discovered their secret, it was 'Dairy birth" or as the the villagers called it "dood paidaish"."
Dairy birth is like water birth, but instead of giving birth in a tub or pool of water, you give birth in a tub of milk. Dairy birth varies from tribe to tribe and country to country, in Inga May Gherkins book " Journeys of Birth`' pointed out that the village of Tikka Masala had varied forms of dairy birth or "dodo paidaish" some tribes birthed in raw cow’s milk whilst others birthed in goats milk, some believed that raw fresh milk, that was milked in the morning of the due date of the birth, is optimum and some believe in fermenting the milk for a few days and letting it turn into a kefir.
In Northern California where this practice is gaining popularity amongst midwives and doulas, who recommend the practice to the majority of their clients. " It’s almost magical" said Jennifer Klein, who had a dairy birth 2 years ago. " I was skeptical at first, but what they claim about it is true, my son is 2 and already in AP maths, enjoys reading Shakespeare and building circuits in his spare time."
Recent scientific research into the phenomenon of dairy birth has backed this practice saying " It’s the best head start for babies who are looking to excel"
The enzymes, sugar, minerals and vitamins naturally occurring in dairy products, help make the birth for the mother more relaxing enjoyable and reduces stress.
the milk is absorbed via the pores into the body and into the baby, giving him the nutrients and energy he needs to get out of the womb as fast as possible, the first dunk after the child is ejected out, increases the IQ by 78% and encourages a 6% IQ increase yearly, stated Dr. Jones of the San Francisco birth research facility. Dr. Jones also suggested that adding certain herbs and spices can make the experience more fulfilling, adding coffee or chocolate to the milk can fill it with healthful antioxidants, adding kefir balls can help the child become taller and maintain a normal BMI when he's older, also kefir is easily absorbed by the placenta making it increase in size and nutrient yield, adding cardamom to the mix increases the chances of the child becoming a good dancer by 67% and prevents diseases like whooping cough and wed betting, Adding curry increases the chances of the child to becoming more cultured and bilingual and adding nuts helps with the protein absorption, and last but not least adding honey gives a 98% protection against STDS for when the child is sexually active.
The milk is safe and sterile for use, can be boiled and reused for later birth or for consumption.
"In the 600000 dairy births annually, not 1 baby has died, in comparison to the 3-4, dying daily in hospitals in the US" doula Violet Green assured me.
What about those of us who are lactose intolerant?
" Well, we provide dairy alternatives such as soy, coconut or almond milk, of course they cost more since we have to specifically ship them from japan and where they area fortified with nutrients and minerals, and come in 3 flavors, banana strawberry and pomegranate" said Jemima boil head of the rose petals birthing center in north county. " However the benefits might not be as equivalent to dairy birth since it is from a different source" she added.
Research by : Mama Flower Eagle CPM, LC,DOULA (DONA),CBE