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    Pregnancy Diary #1

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    Pregnancy diary 1: Finding trust in birth after loss, when to tell people and choosing a midwife. I always wanted to be good at writing and journaling through my pregnancies and I am just not very good at getting around to it. So as my belly is now getting rounder and rounder again,  I thought I would start out using my blog i.e. ‘work time’, to write a bit about my pregnancy. Would love your comments underneath. I love being pregnant. I love the feeling of my baby inside me squirming around. I am 28 weeks now, but I would like...
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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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    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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    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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    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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