informed decisions

From one room to another

A poem invoked by the words of Australian politician, Barnaby Joyce, in relation to the Abortion bill for nsw: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/barnaby-joyces-argument-against-decriminalising-abortion-in-nsw-slammed-by-critics/news-story/26dbcdd8904845d072a7e4643377a488   “…he was part of this world for some time and was merely passing from one room to another,” Is how politician, Barnaby Joyce , described birth and the role of the mother. More than …

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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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Making the best choice for Down Under

For those Down Under, May 12th is Mother’s Day.  It also means Term Two has begun for our schoolies, and winter is coming.  And this year, it also means: ELECTION! The Federal election is on Saturday May 18th.  Do you know what happens to your vote? It’s a big decision, and the order you choose …

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To induce or not to induce – is impatience the question?

  Your due date approaches, you are tired and possibly even ‘over it’…your care providers offer a ‘stretch and sweep’ or ‘membrane sweep’..a simple procedure, they will place a finger in your cervix and sweep around it, the idea being that the membranes will come away and release ‘go into labour’ hormones.  Evidence suggests that …

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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 it is still widely promoted by medically trained people that this is necessary.  IT IS NOT. This news article …

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Would you rather stand aside, or stand up?

  I’ve written about Negative Politeness, and how it asserts our submissive position. We place the needs of others above our own, and perhaps try to please EVERYONE. We try to be inclusive, even when inclusiveness no longer makes sense. For example: Accommodating the beliefs of another at the expense of the mother-baby dyad. There …

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