pregnancy

The elephant in the womb

The elephant in the room flashed with a neon light A glaring glow, a warning of a plight. Ignored so long, in the florescent gloom, hidden in plain sight, The elephant watched quietly, all through the night. The elephant observed an awful lot of fright, The cries for help, for relief, from contractions that bite. …

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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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Is snow clearing sexist?

How ingrained is the male default?  Is it filtering into AI? Check out this news story about sexist snow clearing, which asks these questions. It got me thinking… where else does the masculine default impact the abilities of women? Where else could a simple re-ordering not only improve experiences for women (without impacting the default greatly), …

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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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