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Why an OB chose a homebirth, with Amali Lokugamage

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #11

In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, we are going to be talking with Dr. Amali Lokugamage about why an OB would choose to have a homebirth. And this is a very interesting story, because it was an unexpected path, that revealed itself through her pregnancy, and lead her to see the practice of maternity care in a new light.

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

 

Show Notes: what we talked about!

  • The evolution of an obstetrician: before and after being pregnant
  • How pregnancy can heighten your intuition
  • Trusting what your baby tells you
  • The need to move away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to medicine
  • Ways OB care can evolve to encompass that intuition
  • Organic Birth: getting medical students to be more comfortable with natural birth
  • Creating a cooperative care between midwives and OBs
  • “Intero-receptivity”: your inner sense of balance just may be increased by oxytocin
  • The biochemistry of trust
  • Your human right to autonomy over your body
  • Some ways to increase your pregnancy intuition
  • What her colleagues thought

 

Want more of Dr. Lokugamage? Are you near New Jersey?:

She and Nekole Shapiro of Embodied Birth will be speaking about  “Inner and Outer Wisdom: Decision Making for Pregnancy and Birth” on March 21st, from 10am-2pm.

Get more information here.

 

Resources mentioned in the show:

 

Links for informed decision making:

 

Great links of Dr. Lokugamage, and some of her lectures:

 

About Amali Lokugamage
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Dr. Amali Lokugamage is an Consultant obstetrician and gynecologist in London, UK,  who -through the process of having quite a revelatory pregnancy- ended up choosing to birth at home.

Dr. Amali has over 24 years of experience and her main clinical interests lie in medical gynecology and general obstetrics with expertise in normalizing birth. She has authored an acclaimed book called “The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration of the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion”, which is a personal and professional perspective on how birth impacts long term societal physical and emotional health, with specific focus on love compassion and social cohesion.

She has also contributed a chapter to the book “The Roar Behind the Silence: Why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care”, which will shortly be published.

She is on the Board of Directors of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (which is a UN recognized NGO); on the Advisory Board of Human Rights in Childbirth; and on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Childbirth.

She is a champion for healthcare human rights and is involved in compassion and patient experience projects at her London hospital. In December 2014 her lectures on “The Cost of Institutional Birth: A Wake up Call for Obstetricians” and “Obstetric Violence” were published on the World Health Organization’s webpage devoted to respectful maternity care.

 Dr Lokugamage is an internationally invited speaker at many multidisciplinary Birth conferences promoting respectful care, dignity and autonomy in maternity services.

Her research & publications cover critical evaluation of evidence based medicine, human rights in childbirth, normalizing birth, life course epidemiology, recurrent miscarriage, the use of Misoprostol for labor and delivery, and international women’s health.  She has a keen interest in Integrated Medicine and the psychobiological dimensions of diagnosis and treatment.

 In London she leads an NHS maternity acupuncture service. She is a Trustee of the Birthlight Trust where she instigated a pregnancy yoga dance project. Dr Lokugamage also has expertise in the treatment of chronic illness integrating both standard and complementary medicine modalities in a patient centered approach.

Find all about her book at theheartinthewomb.com !

Adriana Lozada