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
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
What follows is a poem relecting on the ‘to opt-in or to opt-out’ organ donation debate. It is inspired by this Australian news article. This is me, trying to decide….because opt-in or opt-out, a decision must be made. Opt-out systems do not sit well with me, because to actively opt-out judges you an a#$😱hole, even … More Do your loved ones know?
There once was a kid who loved Science And grew up to create an appliance* it’s science he said nature is ‘dead’ And to trust nature is medical defiance *This ‘appliance’ could be, for example, the constant monitoring equipment used in labour, very useful when indicated but not always necessary or beneficial. And it is … More When Science Communication is not science or communication.
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!
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
What is the difference between Support and Assistance? Do you know if you will meet resistance? Who is on your side and on your behalf can speak? Are you prepared if you end ‘up the creek’? Assistance is great, if you need it for sure. But without Support your prognosis is poor. In birthing … More Do you need Assistance or Support?
The parallels between birthing and dying are profound. It can be an awesome experience to observe and a great honour to be present in the moment. Or it can be a stressful, awkward experience. Following are two poems. The first is a medicalised experience, full of fear and uncertainty. The second could be a natural, … More Facing Birth Facing Death
As you escape into Peace, Love and Khaki Socks be prepared: dress comfortably – and for the tropics. No matter where you are. The very talented Kim Lock, in her debut novel, will leave you mopping your brow as you swelter in the Darwin heat. Kim Lock writes beautifully. Each paragraph will transport you, you will feel every … More Book review: peace, love and khaki socks by Kim Lock