From Fear to Celebration: The Five Stages of Being

From Fear to Celebration: I stood on a beach.  Dogs galumphed and trotted, wagging tails and lolling tongues.  Blissfully enjoying the freedom of an off leash frolic with their human companions. Not so long ago, this scene would have had me in a state of fear.  Near panic and disbelief would have overcome me, and … More From Fear to Celebration: The Five Stages of Being

How I turned the Beast of Fear into a friend for life

The Journey began as I toddled around the yard The Great Beast lumbered toward me. Black. Huge. Unpredictable. Dangerous. Then it was gone. Just like that. What remained, the Memory, grew. And soon became a Fear. A Fear of Dogs. All. Dogs. The thing about a fear is, it is not rational. Whilst it may … More How I turned the Beast of Fear into a friend for life

The Birth Cartographer’s Guide to The Internet

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

When Science Communication is not science or communication.

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.

Mothers Matter!

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!

Child of Mines

The following poem is based on this news article about lead levels in Mount Isa children and a community service ‘living with lead’ advert from the lead alliance. It is clear lead is a health risk, especially for small children and babies, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.  Mount Isa mines zinc, lead, copper and silver. It … More Child of Mines

Curse of The Third

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

Feed the Love

Dear child of mine I see your struggle, for it is one also in me. This struggle is within us all, and will always be. A struggle between fear and knowing, greed and kindness true A struggle where the outcome lies with you. From within, you must know, is the power to choose And the … More Feed the Love