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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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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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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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Advanced Care Directive – for Birth

They say you can’t predict your death. But it will happen. Most of us hope for a peaceful death…the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep. Every honest gambler knows…the game’s ending may not be known, the way it will play out is out of our control. But you can …

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