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    Birth Journeys

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    This is a beautiful book about birth. It has a broad variety of different kinds of birth and all personal stories written by the mothers themselves interspersed with expert fact, figures and opinion about different issues all important to birth and parenting. This book was donated to our recent BaBs raffle and we also got 4 books to sell. All proceeds are going to BaBs. Give me a call or an email if you are interested. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– “Stop listening to horror stories. Be reassured, excited and inspired. Find out how beautiful and powerful birth can be. Discover the keys to...
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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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    Movie screening and continuity of care info night

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    Midwife Australia is proud to invite you to the movie screening of the popular movie “FACE OF BIRTH“and “continuity of midwifery care information night” This event is all about raising awareness of choices in childbirth and the benefits of continuity of care. The event also celebrates 5 years for our local Sunshine Coast BaBs group, (a program of the Maternity Coalition), which is a peer support mothers group for both pregnant women, and new Mums of all kinds, and will be raising money to keep BaBs going for another 5. As such we are holding a MEGA Raffle with 50-60 great...
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    Do not ‘bring up’ children

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    This article was written by Jesper Juul and translated by Hayes van der Meer – FamilyLab Australia/New Zealand –www.familylab.com.au It was probably easier raising children centuries ago. Ideas and methods only changed slightly from one generation to the next. Parents simply raised their children the way they had been raised themselves. They knew what to do and how to do it. …Until recently! Since 1990s a new major trend has been introduced every four years or so. In a highly chaotic fashion the media, mothers’ groups, friends and experts have developed and introduced new techniques with rapid speed. These fads, which many of them become,...
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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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    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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    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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    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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