Did you know that the founder of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, was born in Meissen in Saxony on 10th April 1755? Hahnemann became qualified as a doctor in 1791 and practised medicine for nine years. But over time he became disillusioned by the treatments of his time that were not only cruel but ineffective.  For example, blood-letting, purging, and poisonous drugs with horrendous side effects. Thank goodness these modes of treatment are not around today! But Homeopathy is.

I am recommending this book because…

But few are knowledgeable about homeopathy. Often our first port of call is our Doctor – and why wouldn’t it be?  This book was gifted to me by my second elder sister when I was pregnant with my first child. It’s pages are discoloured, it is well loved and well used as it is now 17 years old! My sister gave me this book as there was a dilemma at the time as to whether to vaccinate baby by the Western standard or via Homeopathy. This is a topic I will return to later, when I interview my good friend and colleague Uli Holzer – Homeopath.  I was using homeopathic remedies during my pregnancy, following in the footsteps of both my elder sisters. Although in the early stages of learning about homeopathy, as a prenatal Mum, I wanted to have a better understanding of baby jabs. Little did I realise the scope of homeopathy.

Our bodies are amazing feats of engineering.

When our bodies are under attack from either a bacteria or virus, they are designed to deal with these invaders of the body.  I use to remember some of my fellow baby Mums would panic at the first sight of a temperature. They would rush to their stocked medicine cabinet to immediately feed their baby a spoonful of Calpol.  Our bodies have a fever for a reason. After reading what goes into every bottle I decided (for myself) there must be an alternative.…

CALPOL Infant Suspension contains 120mg Paracetamol in each 5ml. Excipients: sucrose (contains 2.2 g of sucrose per 5 ml). Sorbitol liquid ((E420) contains 0.45 g of sorbitol liquid per 5ml). Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218). Ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214). Propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) and carmoisine (E122).

I can’t even pronounce, let alone spell these ingredients! So I decided to do my own research so that I could come to my own conclusions.

Decide for yourself what best suits you and your child.

I did not judge my fellow baby Mums. Nor do I judge or condemn any Mum today for following the more traditional methods of treating their child. What I hope for here, is to challenge you into digging deeper. To ask questions of your HCP and do your own research.  In other words to be informed as much as you can be. Trust me I didn’t take this lightly. I spent hours on the internet, reading studies and books. I talked to professionals on both sides, before making the informed decisions that suited my child.

Homeopathy for Mother and Baby by Miranda Castro

So do you have an interest in homeopathy or has this blog prompted you to find out more?Then this book is where you should start.  

It’s a guide to the application of homeopathy in pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal year for both mother and child. It includes sensible and practical advice and ideas for dealing with minor ailments associated with birth and the first year of life.  Natural Medicine Society Newsletter stated ‘A truly lovely book – the humour, sensitivity and compassion of the author shine through’.

Here are some other reviews currently on Amazon written by Mums:

‘Invaluable information for mothers and babies – the alternative option. Well written and well presented information. By using homeopathy for any of the symptoms covered in this book, it’s possible to head the bigger problems which could develop off at the pass.’

‘Very well written book, easy to understand , so much info and advice, a real guide. Explains you how to prescribe remedy , what to do when feeling poorly, getting ready for birth as well as postnatal . Happy that I bought it, couldn’t live without it . This is the best on the market, I believe. Arrived in time, highly recommend it.’

‘Very thorough and full of useful hands on advice (not just homeopathic). It’s like having a wise old aunt you can ask when you feel dumbfounded as to what you should be doing!’

‘This book is packed with wisdom as well as ways of using homeopathy. It helps you observe your child with some objectivity at moments when you feel anxious and stressed – all is new and a reassuring source of informed advice is worth a great deal. For the pregnancy (which is not an ailment but a natural and wonderful state) it provides much in the way of support that I did not get from orthodox medicine. Not everyone needs medication of any kind during labour and birth, but for those who do, remedies can, and often do, avert interventions which can prolong labour and birth.The book has stood the test of time, as well. I have recommended it (and gifted it) on numerous occasions.’

‘It was a godsend when the children were small (they’re all over 20 now!) Lots of info on childhood illnesses and advice on when to see the doctor. Lots of clear remedy pictures and a helpful repertory for choosing the right remedy.’

On a final note…

Maybe you are brand new to homeopathy and you feel out of your depth? Then use this book to educate yourself, whilst at the same time utilising the services of a homeopath.  This is exactly what I did until I became more versed in the remedies to use for general ailments. I now have my own homeopathic first aid kits in the kitchen cabinet. However, when my sons or I become ill then I consult my homeopath Uli Holzer. I have have done so for the last 16 years.

You may ask do we ever see a Doctor? And the answer is yes we do! But only for those illnesses that need the treatment of Western medicine. For example, when my eldest needed his appendix out or my youngest contracted Dengue when we were living in Malaysia. Remember always go with your gut instincts. If you feel the need to consult a Doctor for either you or your baby then do so.  As I said Western Medicine and Homeopathy co-exist together.

Check out my ‘Meet the Team’ page to find out more about Uli. She has years of knowledge and experience ‘under her belt’ and her own clinic in Tunbridge Wells.  Happy reading and I will see you on the next blog.

Happy Mind, Happy You, Happy Baby!