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?
Fear: Forget Evidence And Rights.
When fear rules, we lose autonomy.
When fear controls our decisions, we forget evidence.
Understanding and compassion drive fear out. … More Fear for sale!
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
Whilst the far majority of people plan an assisted birth for their primary pathway when creating a birth map, the benefits of considering unassisted birth are undeniable.
… More Five Reasons to Prepare for Unassisted Birth
Are you at risk of preparing a ‘weak’ birth plan?
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