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I have a question about one of our does. She has been bred and is due anytime now. Last night she started acting funny. She was grunting like she was pushing, she was stretching out like trying to get them in place to be born, she wasnt eatting but was drinking a good bit of water. She has layed around today but last night she didnt seem to want to lay down.You can feel her spine and her hip are showing. Her ligaments are loose but she doent have a big bag and she has milk in it. She is hollow above her rear legs/below the hips. She has had any babies yet. But is continuing to do the stretching like she trying to get them in place. We have read that the babies will be on the right side of the doe after the first 3 months and as long as you can still feel them they wont be born for another 12 hours. But when we felt on her her right side is squishy and her left is hard like they are on her left. What we have read was that the left side will become larger when they are getting ready to be born. What should we do?

I am not familiar with goats (though I have treated them with homeopathy). Normally I would not have answered a question I am not an expert in, but I wanted to give you some other options for now and in the future.

1. for the future:
2. Molly is very good and may be able to help you now -
3. has a lot of links including Molly's -
4. there were a number of possibles at a google search of holistic goat birthing.

I would call a person trained in Reiki. If you do not know any - Excellent recommendation in 2015 - or offers many types of energy healing classes- search a bit to find the reiki ones or email them.

Good luck for this episode and if you want to learn more than those people and sites offer, email me at and I will help you find the best vets, etc. My web site is but I do not have a lot on goats there. I did teach a goat class, so do have a set of notes somewhere.  

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Dr. Christina Chambreau


I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.


I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (I helped found this one) American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Center for Homeopathy American Veterinary Medical Association

I have written in many magazines, journals and newspapers. A few include Bark Magazine; Journal of the AHVMA; Baltimore Dog Magazine; Whole Dog Journal; Tiger Tribe; Wolf Clan. I have also been frequently interviewed on radio and TV. I am Associate Editor for the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, so often have articles there.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH)

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