Beautiful you be When a-floating in the sea But not so much…. on me. I was stung quite badly when I was 7. It was on the 12th of January, Redhead Beach, Newcastle. There was a warning sign but many people were swimming. The beach was patrolled. My sister and I were the closest to … More Haiku for the bluebottle
There once was a fish with no bike Which is what a manless woman is like, But the powers that be Don’t like that she’s free And so called her spinster or dyke. Now one word was reclaimed from a slur, For the joy of Her for Her, But the other stays bad For She … More This fish has no bike
The elephant in the room flashed with a neon light A glaring glow, a warning of a plight. Ignored so long, in the florescent gloom, hidden in plain sight, The elephant watched quietly, all through the night. The elephant observed an awful lot of fright, The cries for help, for relief, from contractions that bite. … More The elephant in the womb
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
A Riddle for you: What can you Give, but also Keep? (comment below) There once was a woman in a Labour Ward, Who was not feeling very assured Her dignity was left Upon clinical request Outside the room , where it was to be ignored. –it doesn’t have to be like this! original post … More Seven Ways to Facilitate Informed Decision Making
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
you must make informed decisions,you must provide consent and if you insist to plan it and communicate intent, then we really must insist, that the only way we’ll listen is if you make your wording sweet enough to glisten. so many give this strange advice, but only women must say please why is it … More want a positive birth? say please
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…
Ben Elton has a new book, Identity Crisis. or does it… was Elton just yelling at the cloud, or was he satirically holding up the mirror to a narcissistic society? is it funny, because it is true? or does it cut a little too close to the bone? and who is knocking … More man yells at cloud. ..or did he?
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?