seen. not heard. obedient. unquestioning. confined. bound. safe? seen. not heard. controlled. authorised. approved. convinced. brainwashed? seen. not heard. afraid. unsure. reliant. complient. seen. herd. seen. heard. respected encouraged supported capable compassionate? seen. heard. innovative creative supportive confident critical. seen. heard. brave certain sane humane seen not herd.
Do you dare to play? The rules are sensed not told. Do you dare engage? Knowing the power you do not hold. In The Game of Birth you attempt to communicate your need In the Game of Birth, the unspoken rules you must heed. Do you wish or do you prefer? This is … More The Game of Birth
The Poem ‘want a positive birth? say please‘ was inspired by the frequent advice related to how to write a birth plan, that suggests you be polite, positive. And not adversarial. The scene is set: clearly birthing is Us vs Them. And there is no shortage of horror stories. The purpose of the birth plan, … More Diplomacy, politeness and the underlying threat
Originally posted on Beautiful Heart:
Default as the standard choice It’s what you get if you don’t change the settings? It’s what you get if you want no frills? No enhancement. Basic. Impersonal. ? Or is default a failure? Not meeting obligation? ? ‘Male’ has long been considered the default human. It is the default…
From the eek to the agghh..the rule of thumb is: I listened to a podcast, The Best Plan is No Plan, which covered some ideas that I would not put into practise for my circumstance, but in other circumstances they may be just what is needed. As I listened, having been hooked by the (dubious) ‘best plan … More The Best Plan is No Plan…or is it?
This post looks at the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration was made on Dec 10th 1948 – in response to WWII. Interpretation, thanks to the wonderfully complex and diverse human mind, means that even though these have been written with great care…perhaps sometimes they are misused? A short note on the language of the … More The Right to Life and Family
No point in planning for your birth, no point, no point at all! You’ll only be disappointed when all your plans do fall. No point in lowering your expectations, which are far too high, Better to have none at all, and to not even try. Defeated from the very first, your dignity at the door, … More birthing? meh! whatever!
A poem invoked by the words of Australian politician, Barnaby Joyce, in relation to the Abortion bill for nsw: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/barnaby-joyces-argument-against-decriminalising-abortion-in-nsw-slammed-by-critics/news-story/26dbcdd8904845d072a7e4643377a488 “…he was part of this world for some time and was merely passing from one room to another,” Is how politician, Barnaby Joyce , described birth and the role of the mother. More than … More From one room to another
July 19th 2019 8pm AEST (a recording will be available afterwards in the free member area) The Trouble with Consent in Childbirth and How to Fix it Our insurance driven, medicalised maternity system is giving lip service to women’s rights in the form of ‘informed consent’. The trouble with this is that women are rarely … More The trouble with Consent: Webinar
A WORD ON IDENTITY AND LABELS …poetry follows This recent news article is an interview with comedian and writer, Ben Elton, about his new book Identity Crisis (which I have not read). Of particular interest to me was this quote: “And yet actually the communities people seem to really care about is not the national community … More Identity Crisis