There once was a self-declared expert and leader Who took on the role of information feeder He feed us the news As we sat in our pews Believing he was the bullshit weeder. Not the best limerick, granted…but it expresses my feelings right now. That my feelings are in limerick form highlight the ridiculousness … More The trouble with science
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
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 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
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!
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
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