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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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    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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    Ourselves as Women

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    I came home on Monday after a beautiful BaBs session, feeling so inspired to get better at looking after myself. Our topic this Month was: “Ourselves as women, how do we keep the woman part of ourselves alive, while being busy mothering”? It was a great session, which touched us all and I am sure you can relate as well. How do you look after yourself and what do you do, to keep that part of your being alive that doesn’t have to do with mothering? We once had a woman coming to BaBs who was pregnant with number 11....
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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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    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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    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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    DVD for Dads

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    I recently had the opportunity to borrow those movies called: “Being Dad”. I was very positively surprised by the first one, but it also raised a whole lot of questions in me. The movie shows three or four groups of men talking about their experiences and it is really relaxed and, I think, quite honest talk. It also shows the producer’s own journey as his wife is pregnant as they are filming and we actually see the birth of their daughter. The question it raised in me though is this: what is shown in this movie is very mainstream and...

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