Diplomacy, politeness and the underlying threat

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

From one room to another

A poem invoked by the words of Australian politician, Barnaby Joyce, in relation to the Abortion bill for nsw: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/barnaby-joyces-argument-against-decriminalising-abortion-in-nsw-slammed-by-critics/news-story/26dbcdd8904845d072a7e4643377a488   “…he was part of this world for some time and was merely passing from one room to another,” Is how politician, Barnaby Joyce , described birth and the role of the mother. More than … More From one room to another

CARE inc

Neolibric-favoured paid work and the culturally elevated ‘independent’ mean that care is reinvented.  Introducing CARE inc, the new ‘improved’ version of care. This outsourcing of otherwise unpaid and essential care work, is called liberation.  Or perhaps neo-liberalisation.  It is usually women who are being freed from this drudgery, and usually women who have the honour … More CARE inc

The heckler

A woman cheered and off she went In lycra, she rode away, Not far into her ride The Heckler Had something to say. He felt it was quite alright To sound his disapproval, He seemed to think his thoughts Needed our perusal. And so it was that others shared How The Heckler stole their power … More The heckler

Merry Giftmas!

A wish for 2019: May we all find a safe place to birth, May Joy fill our hearts, May Peace come to Earth, Let our Voices unite in Womanly Song, Let our stories be heard, Let us all stand strong. Catherine Bell The Birth Cartographer author of The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth … More Merry Giftmas!

The Legacy of Eurydice

Originally posted on Beautiful Heart:
There was a young woman name Eurydice, Who, by all accounts, was very nice. Funny and clever, Remembered forever, With the unassuming power of edelweiss. The Legacy of Eurydice is deeper than her death, and yet it is in her death that her voice is loudest.  She is the 30th…

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