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Birth Lube

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A company in Switzerland has developed a product called Dianatal, an obstetric gel which forms a low-friction bioadhesive film in the vaginal birth canal. The company claims that this lubricant ”reduces the friction between the child and the vaginal birth canal which can make delivery more difficult.”

HCB Happy Child Birth Holding AG in Basel, Switzerland holds a European patent for the lube, which it claims shortens both the first and second stages of labor and should therefore be used throughout the entire delivery. It is also great for the manual detachment on the placenta.

According to a Ukranian web site for the gel, Dianatal should be applied frequently throughout birth during each vaginal examinations, beginning with the first examination.

A video on the site’s side bar shows how simple a lubed birth is. The woman lies on her back, the bioadhesive gel is inserted and the baby slips out.




Not only is dystocia impossible because the pesky birth canal friction that has plagued women for ages is a thing of the past, but the gel produces a happy childbirth.



Hat tip to Gloria Lemay

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Reader Comments (11)

Thank goodness for those innovators who are working so hard to make birth easier and mothers happier!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Romano

With my hospital birth, my midwife lubed me pretty good with warmed oil, and I did thank that for my lack of tearing. Somehow there seems to be a difference between nice warm oil rubbed in by a gentle set of hands and cold lube pushed in with a plunger.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

In four completely natural home births this has been a non issue!! Just another thing to try and control birth. We make our own lube.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Siever

oh and no tearing in any of my births. Position is what makes the difference in tearing or not.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Siever

and baby shoots out like a greased pig?

or baby needs to be suctioned to avoid risk of artificial goop inhalation?

good grief charlie brown.

bw be careful what oil is used in hospital settings...it's likely mineral oil, a petroleum-based product. NOT natural either.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbundant B'earth

Talk about putting the cart before the horse. Create an unnecessary product, and then create demand. Funny that my 7.9, 8.5, and 8.10 babies all made it out without artificial vaginal goo. Ewwww.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichele

Yeah. It's the "friction" that's the problem. Couldn't possibly be the fact so many moms are forced to push flat on their backs (just like in the illustration), right?

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBirthingBeautifulIdeas

HAHAHAHA!!!! This is hilarious. The above poster beat me to my comment - yup, it's our dang dried-out sandpaper vaginas that make it so hard for the baby to get out!

I guess I can kinda sorta see what line of thinking led them to this. If a woman has pain during intercourse, lube 'er up and the willy slides right in no problem. So therefore the same should be true for pushing out a baby, right? Right? Yeah, not really.

Seriously, what will they think of next?? And ACCKKK manual placenta removal?!? Just because a "bioadhesive" (and WTH does that mean anyway, not the most warm fuzzy term for sure!) makes it possible doesn't mean you should do it!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara
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