The spectrum of birth possibilities in the western world spans from unassisted birth to elective caesarean and even surrogacy. For some people, the choice is made for them, for reasons beyond their control. For others the choice is absolute. When the absolute choice is at one of the extremes, it can be very difficult to … More Medically Extreme Birthing: born of fear or fantasy?
There was a time when human birth Was normally by the home hearth But times have changed It’s a little deranged For normal is now rather dearth. There was a call to see ‘normal birth’ redefined To reflect the medicalisation entwined For normal these days Is a medical haze With the mother positioned supine. So now … More A limerick for normal birth
A poem, of sorts, in that it rhymes, addressing gender concerns, identity and rights.
… More Feminist. Mother. Woman.
Vanessa Olorenshaw’s Liberating Motherhood was published last year, launching the ‘purple stocking movement’. The book raises the issue of the absence of mothers in feminism and politics. It is not enough to simply have women in leadership. Not all women are mothers and not all mothers mother the same. Society encourages us to return to paid … More Maternal Feminism in the Brave New World
The insurance exemption for private midwifery has been extended, again.
Just thought you ought to know…. … More You shall be grateful…
The language you use in your birth plan is as important as the decisions that back it up.
Many a well researched birth plan has been discarded because the language was passive.
Have you got an Active Birth Plan? … More The Language of Birth Plans
Many people wonder if a doula is only for those wanting a natural birth. Doula support is not restricted to natural births. Even if you are having a planned caesarean, a doula can support you before, during and after. … More Seven Ways a Doula can support your Planned Caesarean.