We have a huge problem in our society. And it is not that women need time and support to ‘recover’ from birth. The problem is we have developed a culture of segregation: where babies and mothers are not immersed in the ‘every day’ where children are sent off to school and adults to work where … More Recovering from birth: Eve Syndrome
There once was a dentist, honest and bold Who felt their story was best told As The trouble with consent, Despite good intent, Means uncertainty in how things unfold This is a story about tooth extraction. It tells a tale of a woman’s visit to a dentist, and the dentist’s need to obtain ‘informed … More Dis-Consent
Birth, for the modern human, is not without difficultly. Does it all come down to luck, or is it a matter of Good Management? or could it be something else? Read the full article here
I see paid articles, giving advice Thinly veiled to sell, falsely nice And I think to myself what a confusing world I see ads selling bras with near naked bods Public breastfeeding frowned, but this get the nods And I think to myself what a confusing world The politicians are ignoring our polluting way No … More What a Confusing World
(to the tune of Waltzing Matilda) Once a jolly woman sang aloud her own song, After eating from the knowledge tree, And she sang as she mused and waited ’til her baby birthed, My body, my baby, my choices are free Informed and Supported, informed and Supported My body, my baby, my choices are free … More Once a Jolly woman
Freewill or determinism? Regret or celebration? When faced with two options, the sliding doors if you like, we may wonder ‘what if’…what if I had chosen the other path? We’d have met different people. Had different experiences. Found out different things. We would be a different person, potentially. Birthing without a Birth Map is like … More Two roads. Robert Frost and The Birth Map.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” poet and writer Maya Angelou What is Care? Is Care… love? or is care providing basic needs? Is Care a service? Can you put a price on care? Can care … More The Care Factor
What follows has grown from a dream, or a short visual sequence as I awoke, that stuck with me. The vision: a woman swims in a luxury, private pool. She dives deep, enjoying the silence and time with her thoughts, the weightlessness, the agility. A man thinks she is drowning, he jumps in, tries to … More Protector, saviour or unconscious abuser?
You’re a seasoned Mother You’ve birthed before You did it well You know the score You know your body Your know your mind But third time ’round Here’s what you’ll find: You’ll be told it was just luck And to forget all you’ve inferred For anything can happen now, This is The Curse of The … More Curse of The Third
Naming a new human takes much thought and angst Making lists of ‘for’, ‘maybe’, ‘against’ Sometimes the namee will declare you were wrong And a nickname or a name change helps them to belong Our name is our virtue, or so I’ve been told We carry one with us from birth til we’re old Our … More What’s in a name?