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Emergency Childbirth: Delivering Your Own Baby
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2013, 08:00:39 pm »
Many women fear that they won't make it to the hospital in time. They hear about babies being born in the back of cars speeding to the hospital. For most women, this won't happen. The average time for active labor (which starts at 4cm) is 18 hours for a first time mom. The longer you can labor at home, the better. Especially since once you check into the hospital you're up against the clock.

In case you're one of the few women who doesn't make it to the hospital in time, don't worry, plenty of women have delivered their own babies. In fact, unassisted birthing is a trend in the natural birthing world. Some women plan to deliver their own babies. They feel it's a much more intimate environment without medical staff present.

There are 5 things you need to remember in case you have to deliver you're own baby. You can read about these things here, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/05/emergency-childbirth.html

On my FB page you can also find useful links and updates, (https://www.facebook.com/TenderEmbraceBirthing?fref=tsf)
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LLL (La Leche League) Seoul
« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2013, 08:05:41 pm »
"Breast is best" can be heard all over the world. Although breastfeeding is natural, and your baby's perfect food! it is challenging. The majority of women who stop breastfeeding in the first couple of weeks do so because of lack of support. Whether that's no support at work or at home. LLL meets once a month in Itaewon. You can find info about it here, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/05/la-leche-league-lll-seoul.html

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Recommended Reading for Moms and Dad to be
« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2013, 08:07:07 pm »
There's so much info out there, it's hard to choose which books to read. Here are some books that professional organisations recommend, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/05/recommended-reading-for-moms-and-dads.html

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Avoiding an Episiotomy
« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2013, 08:16:03 pm »
Remember at the beginning how I said that women who treated like cattled on an assembly line? Well, this is just one of the many examples. Episiotomies are all too common here in Korea. Don't worry you won't have to get your dicitionary, I'll tell you what an episiotomy is. Plain and simple it's when the doctor cuts a woman in order to make the vaginal opening bigger.

Doctor's logic states that it's to prevent tearing. Doctor's logic is wrong. An intact perineum (the area between your vaginal opening and anus) is less likely to tear that one that has been cut. They also say that you're too small and the baby won't fit. Oh please! If you're too small you'll simply tear. Tearing really isn't that bad and there are ways to prevent tearing. Even if you tear you might only tear a little so won't need stitches. If you're cut you'll need stitches. Tearing is controlled by your body and your baby. Episiotomies are controlled by the doctor. Think about it...do you really want a doctor to take scissors to you and cut you without pain killers (if you have an epidural you might not feel it, but if you don't there is no numbing cream or anything, they simply cut you) down there?

Find out how to prevent getting cut by reading,
http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/05/avoiding-episiotomy.html

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Birth Plans for Korea
« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2013, 08:18:42 pm »
I said before that one of the ways to get the birth you want is to pick a place to give birth that aligns with your view. Even if you find the most perfect birthing place in the world, you still need a birth plan. And you need your doctor to SIGN your birth plan. And get it translated into Korean because your doctor will not be there the whole time you're in labor.

Here are a couple example birth plans that you could use, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/06/birth-plans-for-korea.html

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Why You Should Take an Online Child Birthing Class
« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2013, 11:13:02 pm »
Here are a couple reasons why an online birthing class could help you, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/02/why-you-should-take-online.html

On my FB page you can also find useful links and updates, (https://www.facebook.com/TenderEmbraceBirthing?fref=tsf)
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Save the Children: State of the World's Mother's Report
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2013, 11:14:09 pm »
See how Korea stacks up against other countries around the world. Kind of scary that the US has similar stats as some third world countries, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/05/state-of-worlds-mothers-2012-report.html

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When Should I Book a Doula?
« Reply #27 on: June 21, 2013, 01:52:16 pm »
ASAP. There are a limited number of doulas here in Korea. Find out what doulas do and how to contact them here, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/06/when-should-i-book-doula.html

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Re: Tender Embrace Birthing: having a baby in Korea
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2013, 03:42:14 pm »
Holy information! Thank you so much for posting this! I am not pregnant, and I'm not planning on it anytime soon. But I do plan on staying in Korea for awhile, and having a child here is something my husband and I have considered. I have always wanted a home/natural birth. I often wondered if that was a possibility here, and what the options were, but I never did the research as that part of my life still seems so far away.

I gotta hand it you though, thank you for making my research so much easier! I'll be sure to keep you in mind when that time comes for us.  Bookmarked this topic and your blog. Thanks again, you are a lifesaver!


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Re: Tender Embrace Birthing: having a baby in Korea
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2013, 12:25:06 pm »
Hey! Glad to help out.

These places do homebirths. Costs range from about 800 to 3 mil.
Mediflower
Danica at Mama's Birth Center
Lee Myung Hwa at Happy Birth in Ansan
Rosa at Ok's clinic

Contact info is here. Happy Birth's website isn't working at the moment, not sure what's going on. http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/02/hospitals-and-birthing-centers-in-korea.html

If you're looking for more info, try Expat Parents Korea. there's also a great group of us at AFIK, which is a group for foreign-foreign families, neither parent is Korean.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ExpatParentsKorea/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/afikorea/
\https://www.facebook.com/TenderEmbraceBirthing?fref=tsf

Hope this helps, let me know if there's anything else I can do!
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Many Interventions Do Not Help Women
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2013, 12:31:52 pm »
Call a hospital and you're likely to have them go, child what? Birthing, child birthing! And then have them chuckle at you and go, no, no, no classes. After all, the doctor's the expert, right? Why would you want to know what's going on?

And afterwards when you're responsible for another human? Just check into a mom's hotel. Truth is there are a lot of options out there and a lot of help for foreigners. Though doctors seldom offer you the non-medical choices and don't usually know where foreigners can get help. I know that the C-section rate in Korea is over 30% and many women don't end up with the birth they want. Many hospitals treat women like cattle on an assembly line that they poke, prod, cut, and sew up. While you usually recover quite quickly physically, recovering emotionally is a different story. Interventions can cause postpartum depression.

Read more here, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/06/many-interventions-do-not-help-birthing.html

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Postpartum Depression Support in Korea
« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2013, 12:43:58 pm »
Postpartum depression seems to be a taboo topic here in Korea. It's hard enough to get up and brush your teeth let alone care for a little human as well as deal with sleep deprivation, body image issues, not eating well, raging hormones, and getting advice from everyone. We're also living in a foreign country where most of us don't speak the language which further complicates things. Here's the group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/566338746742288/

and this post tells you why I started the group
http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/06/postpartum-depression-support-in-korea.html

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Schools and Educational Options in Korea
« Reply #33 on: July 01, 2013, 12:09:12 pm »
Many people believe that they can only send their kids to Korean schools, international schools, or homeschooling. There are actually a lot of options available out there. There's also boarding school abroad, but I'm not going to talk about that option. I'm only going to talk about options available in Korea. http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/07/schools-and-educational-options-in-korea.html

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Signs your doctor will perform an unnecessary C-section
« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2013, 11:56:20 am »
C-sections are way too common here in Korea. The best thing you can do to avoid a C-section is to find a doctor (and a birthing center) with a low C-section rate. Here are some warning signs that you might want to change doctors, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/07/signs-your-doctor-will-perform.html

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The Bradley Method: Husband-Coached Birthing
« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2013, 12:07:35 pm »
The Bradley Method is a method that believes that husbands make the best birth partners/coaches. It also believes that most women can birth without any type of interference or pain medication. Find out more here, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-bradley-method-husband-coached.html

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VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) in Korea
« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2013, 12:14:41 pm »
I recently wrote about signs that your doctor might perform an unnecessary C-section (i.e. unnecesarean) here, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/07/signs-your-doctor-will-perform.html. If you've had a C-section before you might have heard once a C-section, always a C-section. It's not true.

There are many women who have successful VBACs. It may be a bit more difficult to do here in Korea, but it's still very possible. Find out about myths surrounding VBACs, how the number one thing you can do to try for a VBAC, hospitals and clinics where foreigners birth at and more by reading, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/09/vbacs-vaginal-birth-after-cesarean-in.html

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How to Turn a Breech Baby
« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2013, 10:23:30 am »
Most doctors in Korea refuse to deliver a breech baby vaginally (but there are some doctors and midwives that do! (at full term a baby's head and butt are about the same circumference), so trying to turn your breech baby is beneficial if you want to have a vaginal birth. Here are some ways that you can turn your baby, http://tenderembracebirthing.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-turn-breech-baby.html

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Re: Tender Embrace Birthing: having a baby in Korea
« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2013, 11:17:22 am »
What a treasure trove of information!  If I ever get pregnant, the natural way is my first choice.  Thank you for starting this thread.  Even if I don't ever personally make use of this information, I can certainly pass it on to someone who might need to know that she has options available.  Keep up the good work!


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Re: Tender Embrace Birthing: having a baby in Korea
« Reply #39 on: October 14, 2013, 12:00:04 pm »
Hey, thanks for commenting! I'm glad to help out in anyway that I can. The natural birthing movement is really taking off here. Lots of hospitals, midwives, water births, home births, and doulas are now in Korea. And they're pretty affordable. I'd say most doulas charge about 800 a birth, though you do also have ones charging 100 and others that charge up to 4 million.

There are also a lot of FB groups out there for families. Let me know if your friend needs anymore info!
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