Birth

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What April The Giraffe Taught Us

What April The Giraffe Taught Us

April the giraffe went live at the end of her pregnancy. Humans sat spellbound anticipating action, be it in the form of intervention, or rapid birth. They were disappointed for months.…

How To Avoid Victim Blaming With Birth Trauma

How To Avoid Victim Blaming With Birth Trauma

A traumatised woman may try desperately to warn her friend about dangerous obstetric practice but it's rare for anyone to listen to her. Vicarious trauma can lead to victim blaming so be careful!…

Stop! Don’t Share That Caesarean Video

Stop! Don’t Share That Caesarean Video

Have you seen a "natural" caesarean video recently? Have you been thinking that maybe it could be helpful to your friend that had a caesarean? Be careful, because it might just upset them instead.…

Let’s Do Away With The Pregnancy Due Date!

Let’s Do Away With The Pregnancy Due Date!

Due dates are often viewed as the pinnacle of scientific prediction, and health care for pregnant women. In reality they are neither. The mental anguish they create is damaging to women and babies.…

Regulating Obstetrics Like We regulate Midwifery?

Regulating Obstetrics Like We regulate Midwifery?

Who regulates obstetrics? Obstetricians themselves. Who regulates midwifery? Obstetricians! In what other practice would this be seen as anything less than a serious conflict of interests? NONE!…

The DOs and DON’Ts of Unhindered Birth

The DOs and DON’Ts of Unhindered Birth

Trusting your body, and trusting birth, it's all well and good, however it won't mean you achieve an unhindered birth! Follow these simple DOs and DON'Ts and you will increase your odds significantly.…

Natural Caesareans – When Buzz Words Fail

Natural Caesareans – When Buzz Words Fail

Whenever possible, caesareans should be calm and respectful, but let's not kid ourselves that they can ever be natural. Dentures, pacemakers, hip replacements, and caesareans are MEDICAL, not natural.…

The Questions They Love To Ask About Homebirth

The Questions They Love To Ask About Homebirth

Tell anyone that you're planning a homebirth and the odds are exceptionally good they'll have a stack of weird, whacky questions for you. You might like to try out some of these answers on them.…

5 Very Good Reasons Not To Induce Labour

5 Very Good Reasons Not To Induce Labour

You're heavily pregnant, your care provider tells you that they can induce labour now. Sounds good doesn't it? You can meet your baby soon! Beware though: Induction is not a risk free option.…

Why The Moment Of Birth Matters To Women

Why The Moment Of Birth Matters To Women

Birth matters to women. Not because they have unrealistic expectations, or are selfish. It matters because some moments in life are important to us. I know this because I am the mother of an adult.…

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