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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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    Is Birth Getting Harder?

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    Based on a presentation by midwife and lecturer Rachel Reed. Check out her very informative website: MidwifeThinking Birth is rarely described as easy, and in today’s culture birth is surrounded by lots of fear and feelings of danger and risk. However, for most women the safest and healthiest way to birth is a normal, vaginal birth with no unnecessary interventions. In today’s Australia though, only a minority of women birth in this safest and healthiest way. According to Neonatal Perinatal Statistics, only 37% of women in Queensland, go into labour themselves and birth their baby without medical or surgical assistance....
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    Empowering birth

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    A lot of you know that I recently went through a miscarriage at 13 weeks. I wanted to share with you some amazing things I have learned on my journey through the three months of being pregnant and going through the miscarriage. Being a Doula and then getting pregnant makes you realise that it is vastly different supporting birth from the outside, to being in birth. Despite having birthed twice before, it was a good thing to be reminded of, when I found myself unexpectedly pregnant after Christmas. I know a lot about birth, about hospitals and obstetrics, but I...
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    Miscarriage from a Dad’s perspective

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    Miscarriage is often not counted as anything much. The foetus is not really a child in medical terms and no one around you have got much of a relationship to this pregnancy yet. But for the woman, who was pregnant, it is big. Even if she is only 12 weeks, she has spend that time getting used to the fact that she is going to be a mother, she might have had morning sickness and sore boobs and she is loosing a baby, who was already created in her mind. It often feels very unreal and the feelings can be...
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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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    Saying the Great YES, a challenge of birth

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    Written by Georgina Kelly, first published in Australia on The Natural Parenting website In order to give birth and in order to passionately say “Yes”, we need to open ourselves up wide. Our womb, the repository of life, needs the door unfastened to give birth. Our heart, the core of our being, needs to be unlocked to say a heart-felt “Yes”. Recently I read the phrase “saying the Great Yes” in a poetry book called “Women in Praise of the Sacred” and I experienced deep feelings of resonance. Jane Hirshfield1 writes that the poets included in her book all shared...
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    Public or Private

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    In Australia today there are a few different options of birth place for women. You can birth in a private hospital, a public hospital, a birth centre, or at home. Not all options are available to women everywhere in Australia and home birth is not funded by the government in Australia at the moment. (But that is another blog post all together.) Yet most couples find that their main decision is whether to go public or private. This post is about the differences between choosing public or private hospitals. In our society today it seems that anything private is perceived...

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