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!
The insurance exemption for private midwifery has been extended, again.
Just thought you ought to know…. … More You shall be grateful…
Are you qualified to think that?
Just as Sherpas are a specific group of experienced people, so are doulas. As you will see in the link about sherpas, not all sherpas are the same, you need to find your ‘best fit’. So it is with doulas. … More Birth Mentors and Sherpas: Keys to Success!
It is interesting, the semantics. From “bragging”…is it bragging to say how awesome you feel? A birth doesn’t have to be natural for a woman to feel empowered and ‘to brag’ about it…but I guess it is the natural ones that grate the most? It is really important to share positive experiences, but I … More The Semantics of Motherhood
An informed decision is more than just information gathering. An informed decision = new information + old information + current circumstances. NEW INFORMATION Ideally this comes from unbiased evidence-based sources. The information needs to be relevant to the individual and interpreted into understanding. … More The Informed Decision