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We need to focus on CHOICE, not consent.

We should be focused on CHOICE not consent! https://www.bellabirth.org/bellablog/we-should-be-focused-on-choice-not-consent Consent is on everyone’s lips. From media discussion about ‘enthusiastic consent’ to medical requirements for ‘informed consent’, it seems pretty clear there is a problem with ‘consent’. If consent was what mattered, we would not need to prefix it with a qualifier. Consent assumes a yes. …

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The Birth Cartographer’s Guide to The Internet

The internet is Big.  Mind blowingly Big. You won’t believe just how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. Yes, I am a Douglas Adam’s Fan It has been over a year since I left Facebook.  Some said it would be the death of my business.  That I would become isolated.  That I would become obsolete.  Many …

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Discover Birth Cartography

Visit http://www.bellabirth.org to discover Birth Cartography. You can get the monthly newsletter and join the free Member Area. There is a wealth of resources and support opportunities. Catherine offers Birth Cartography workshops and private sessions, and ongoing support through First Year Parenting Mentoring. Her book ‘The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth plan has …

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When death is not an option

(Inspired by this article) The parallels between birthing and dying I have long fascinated me.  My Birth Map is to birth, as an Advanced Care Directive is to death. The thought that death must be avoided,  is a last resort,  is always a tragedy,  and anything natural is stupid or insane, disturbs me.  We do …

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Is menstrual blood dangerous?

The syncronising uteri of dedicated birth supporter and the birthing woman…. Is it possible? There are anecdotal reports that co-habiting women syncronise their menstrual cycles.  Are there dominant uteri?   Do some women, such as birthing women, have this effect? Does it only affect women not on hormonal birth control? In high school, our choir mistress …

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The Survivor, The Warrior and The Goddess

Birthing is not innate, Not in this Modern World Our instincts may be masked and crushed We may find ourselves being processed Our questions being hushed.   For many women birth is something they Survive A life event without honour or joy It is enough to just get through with a healthy girl or boy. …

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