birth plan

Diplomacy, politeness and the underlying threat

The Poem ‘want a positive birth? say please‘ was inspired by the frequent advice related to how to write a birth plan, that suggests you be polite, positive.  And not adversarial. The scene is set: clearly birthing is Us vs Them.  And there is no shortage of horror stories. The purpose of the birth plan, …

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The Best Plan is No Plan…or is it?

  You may have heard that “The Best Plan is No Plan”, because: Birth is unpredictable, a birth plan = high expectations…but instead of lowing them…how about having no expectations!  Birth plans set you up for disappointment, you must be open to whatever unfolds…. This is actually a very interesting point, as behavioural specialist Ray …

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The trouble with Consent: Webinar

July 19th 2019 8pm AEST (a recording will be available afterwards in the free member area) The Trouble with Consent in Childbirth and How to Fix it Our insurance driven, medicalised maternity system is giving lip service to women’s rights in the form of ‘informed consent’.  The trouble with this is that women are rarely …

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Recovering from birth: Eve Syndrome

We have a huge problem in our society. And it is not that women need time and support to ‘recover’ from birth. The problem is we have developed a culture of segregation: where babies and mothers are not immersed in the ‘every day’ where children are sent off to school and adults to work where …

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Before you give birth you need to know this

LEAVE THE UMBILICAL CORD UNCLAMPED!   and by that I mean   Don’t Cut the Cord! It does not need to be tied off – with a clamp, shoelace, floss or crochet tie. I am deeply concerned that in 2019 it is still widely promoted by medically trained people that this is necessary.  IT IS …

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