Birth

For everything related to childbirth.

Reviewing Maternity Care in Australia

Reviewing Maternity Care in Australia

"Statements released by the AMA frequently discuss the rate of deaths and complications that occur during homebirths, however no similar thing exists to show the rate of death or iatrogenic complications from hospital birth."…

End the Denial of Obstetric Violence

End the Denial of Obstetric Violence

There are countless stories of obstetric violence. Multiple reputable sources have spoken out in support of women, but people still aggressively deny women experience violence in birth.…

VBAC – Should You Have One Or Not?

VBAC – Should You Have One Or Not?

Are you wondering whether VBAC is for you? If your heart set on VBAC, reading this article might give you some new perspectives. You can obtain some tips on planning a VBAC to optimise your birth.…

Is Slow Labour an Emergency?

Is Slow Labour an Emergency?

Terms used to explain slow labour conjure up images of impending doom, imminent danger, or defective women who couldn’t birth, let alone survive without drastic medical intervention.…

Humanising Failure To Progress

Humanising Failure To Progress

The emotional trauma from some caesareans could be dramatically reduced by trusting women more, and supporting them where they are at rather than applying a conveyor belt approach to birth.…

What is Obstetric Culture?

What is Obstetric Culture?

Separating your beliefs from our society's ingrained obstetric culture can take a some work, but it can make a huge difference to how you approach pregnancy and birth, and how you welcome your baby!…

MYTH BUSTED: A Caesarean Isn’t Easy

MYTH BUSTED: A Caesarean Isn’t Easy

Have you been told that your caesarean was easy? Have we really reached a point in medical advancement where caesarean surgery is easier than vaginal birth?…

Can You Avoid Failure To Progress?

Can You Avoid Failure To Progress?

Failure to progress is the leading cause of caesareans, but is it really a dire emergency every time a woman labours slowly? Find out how you can help avoid it.…

What To Ask A Potential Care Provider

What To Ask A Potential Care Provider

It's important to make sure that you and your care provider are on the same page before you go into labour. These questions will help a discerning women work out if her provider matches her needs.…

Self Help – No Help for Birth Trauma

Self Help – No Help for Birth Trauma

Popular self help strategies of forgiveness force women to adopt the “At Least You Got A Healthy Baby” mantra into their own belief system, thus succinctly silencing multiple complex emotions.…

Midwifery, Philosophy, and Fathers at Birth

Midwifery, Philosophy, and Fathers at Birth

Like any human experience, birth is similar to a multi-faceted gem. The facets of this gem are aspects and understandings. There are at least three of these facets that fathers can understand....…

At Least You Got A Healthy Baby

At Least You Got A Healthy Baby

Is a healthy baby really the most important thing? How did we reach a point where the health and wellbeing of mothers - who are expected to care for babies - is all but forgotten?…

Is that A Birth Plan or Birth Vision?

Is that A Birth Plan or Birth Vision?

Do you have a birth plan or a birth vision? Women need to know an awful lot in order to get the birth they want, or at lease understand the birth they need.…