Sometimes when we’re dealing with people in a position of authority or someone who we class as more educated in a particular subject, we find it hard to question what they say. This is particularly the case with medical professionals. Doctors, midwives, obstetricians, nurses, and surgeons have all studied for years, not to mention having … Continue reading Use your BRAIN
It’s an analogy I use a lot when I’m teaching. We have to learn how to ride a bike and once we learn it we don't forget how to do it. It becomes natural to us. Birthing a baby is a natural act, but it’s not something we do often in life. Some people might … Continue reading Just like riding a bike.
Stop telling pregnant people negative birth stories Everyone who has given birth has a story to tell. And, unfortunately most of the time they tend to share the negative side of their story rather than the positive. I’m not saying pregnant people are fragile but, especially if it’s their first pregnancy, they’ll naturally be experiencing … Continue reading Negative birth stories
The role of a birth partner is one of the most important roles during birth. This person should be continuously by the pregnant person’s side and on their side. Traditionally a birth partner is typically the baby’s daddy, but as we live in a very diverse world it can be a friend, a life partner, … Continue reading The SCOPE of a birth partner’s role during birth
Birth can seem pretty complicated. So I’ve created a simplified version in five steps. There is: One BOSS! The pregnant person is in charge, closely followed by the birth partner. There are: Two ways to be born: vaginally and abdominally. Abdominal births are by cesarean section, where the baby is born by a small incision … Continue reading Five Steps of Giving Birth
My breastfeeding journey has come to an end for the third time. Breastfeeding is such a personal, intimate choice for people. I am so grateful I was able to breastfeed but I never put any pressure on myself or allowed anyone to put pressure on me when it came to feeding my babies, because feeding … Continue reading Thank you boobies
In our society, birth has become extremely medicalised and it is amazing that pregnant people have so much support during pregnancy and birth from their medical team. This, however, has shifted the judgement, instincts and positioning of pregnant people and their birth partners within the birthing hierarchy. It is important to bare in mind what … Continue reading Birthing Hierarchy