Originally posted on Full Cream:
When my fourth baby was born, a friend gifted me a vintage 2nd edition copy of ‘The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding’. First published by La Leche International in 1963, this book was revolutionary. At a time when breastfeeding was widely considered old-fashioned and distasteful in Western cultures, and mothers were…
Originally posted on Full Cream:
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
Full Cream asks Won’t Somebody Think of the Fathers! And raises some excellent points, relevant not just to breastfeeding, but also to birth – and life in general. Women are consistently expected to step aside, to accommodate the needs of others – in this case, the father. The blog post was a response to an article … More Would you rather stand aside, or stand up?
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
(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
The internet is Big. Mind blowingly Big. You won’t believe just how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. Yes, I am a Douglas Adam’s Fan It has been over a year since I left Facebook. Some said it would be the death of my business. That I would become isolated. That I would become obsolete. Many … More The Birth Cartographer’s Guide to The Internet
Like a breeze through a willow by a sleepy brook I will gently caress you Like the soft sun in Spring I’ll bathe you in love and warmth Like the moon when it’s full I’ll light your way I will never leave you I will always be there I’m the breeze across your … More I am there
Invitation to sign up to the ‘Letting Go of Guilt’ five day Challenge How many times have you caught yourself crying, while that little voice is saying “I am not a good mother.”? or “I am failing at this.”? or even “My kids need someone better than me.”? That little negative voice that is emboldened … More ‘Letting Go of Guilt’ Five Day Challenge
New mother finding her new self Alone Isolated Adrift Advice blows her in different directions Conflict Stormy Dangerous Precarious and vulnerable, under pressure Prescribed Judged Unhelpful New mother finding her new self Honoured Supported Informed Trusts her instinct and embraces the change Calm Gentle Observant Vulnerable, but powerful, self determining Confident Assertive Aware … More Adrift
Why do I keep harping on about Informed Birth Preparation? Because I am on a Mission : To provide all women with the means to make informed decisions regarding their pregnancy care, labour, birth and parenting. This matters because the current maternity system does not encourage women to own, trust or actively participate in their birthing. (see also The trouble with consent … More Mothers Matter!