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    How to prepare for a positive birth?

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    Imagine if you knew exactly what your birth would be like and therefore could prepare accordingly. In my work teaching childbirth preparation, I think about what we need to know about to have a good experience, feel informed, confident and ready, all the time? What do we need to know to have a positive birth, regardless of how our birth unfolds? ‘Birthing From Within’ always inspires me greatly and yet again, as I am continuously searching and working on this issue, I was inspired by Pam England’s  ‘knowings’: The Primordial Knowing or instinctual knowing, the modern knowing and knowing yourself....
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    Continuity of Care

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    When I was recently at the ‘Nambour Markets’ promoting our Face of Birth screening night on Friday, where we will also be raising awareness of continuity models of midwifery care, I was again reminded that so many women don’t know their options, before choosing a care provider, and even more seem to just choose what is culturally trendy and safe i.e. what their friends did – private hospital and obstetric care. This is despite all research and evidence pointing to midwifery led continuity of care, being the one where women report greatest satisfaction, has least intervention and the best outcomes....
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    To say pain or not to say pain

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    Last month one of my beautiful doula client couples lent me a very interesting video. It was about an acupuncturist who was doing pre-natal groups on preparing for birth, and Chinese philosophy around that. It was really interesting. She was using moxa and a particular type of massage to release pelvic tension. She was also explaining things from the yin and yang perspective, which made a lot of sense. She did say one thing right at the beginning of this video though, which made me think about pain and how we as pregnant women are encouraged to approach labour pain....
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    Fear of Birth

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    Women have birthed babies successfully for millenniums. We don’t know if they were scared. Some of them probably were. It would be pretty unnatural not to have worries and even fear of something so epic and unknown in many ways. The difference, I suppose is that women in the past, partly was part of birth from a very early age, as birth just happened in amongst life in general, but they also had women around them, who they knew, had relationships with and whom they had seen help other women to birth. This, I imagine, must have provided some sort...
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    The trials and tribulations of the Birth Plan

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    How to write a meaningful birth plan. The birth plan has become an integral part of our modern birth culture. Most women, particular women wishing for a natural birth, will document what they want and what they don’t want for their labour and birth. But is it beneficial to do this exercise (or might we even call it ritual?) and do medical caregivers read them and take them seriously? Or are women just setting themselves up for failure by thinking they can control their birth in this manner? The practice of encouraging parents to write birth plans began with the...
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    The key to meaningful birth preparation

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    The key to meaningful birth preparation: Prepare for pain, intensity and the unexpected There seem to be a common belief in our culture today; that as long as a woman thinks positively about birth & is determined to birth without drugs, then that will give her a good birth. And if a woman worries about cesareans or pain, that will somehow manifest itself for her birth. I remember it well myself, giving birth to my first child about 10 years ago. I was determined to prove that birth was natural and that I would show them all where to put...
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    Soulful birth preparation

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    Most couples in Australia do pre-natal preparation classes before the birth of their child. Most of us feel it is important to get information about this big event, which is foreign to most of us in our culture today. For others it is about taking time to focus on baby, in their otherwise busy lives and maybe to connect with other families in the same situation. All these reasons are important and valid. But what might we learn in a typical pre-natal class? And what do we actually really need to learn to feel prepared, as we don’t know how...
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    Birth Activism or Mother celebrations?

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    It is needless to say that birth in our culture, is very different to what it used to be and  also to what it was meant to be. We save more mothers and babies than we used to in poorer times, but we are now at a place where the medicalisation of birth, is continuing without additional benefits for mothers and babies and often, in my opinion, at great expense to the birthing process in general and mothers emotional health. As a doula I see women paying for our cultural choices of safety. I meet women who was treated with...
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    Writing your birth preferences

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    ‘You can’t plan your birth’. It might seem like a funny statement to make at the start of a post about writing your birth preferences. Birth has it’s own mysterious ways and we can never predict how in might go. That said, I want to make some comments and let you know about the discussion and the great ideas that came out in our Monday BaBs session about ‘writing your birth preferences’. When you sit down to write what you would like and wont like during labour and birth, think about this exercise as a ‘motivator’ to learn about birth...
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    Book list from BaBs book review

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    Hi everyone, here is the list of books, DVD’s and websites that were recommended by the men and women attending BaBs on the 22nd of November. They are about parenting, birth and pregnancy. They are not in any particular order and are not an expression of what we as facilitators from BaBs believe in. Use them if they speak to you 🙂 : “The continuum Concept” by Jean Liedloff “Three in a bed, the benefits of sharing your bed with your baby” by Deborah Jackson The Fathers book from Nambour Hospital Antenatal Clinic “Birthing From Within” by Pam England “Your...

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