Bringing Back Breech Birth

Bringing Back Breech Birth

When did a Breech Baby stop being just a variation on Normal? I remember, as a student midwife, sitting in a lecture being taught the mechanics of a breech birth by a lovely Obstetrician. Vaginal Breech Birth was definitely being presented as just a variation on...

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Skin to Skin After C Section is Priceless

Skin to Skin After C Section is Priceless

Have you seen the article floating around Facebook about the couple who were charged around AU$40 for skin to skin after c/section? I know most people were horrified that this couple got charged for this, and we could discuss the ethics at length, but a couple of...

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We Need To Talk About Stillbirth Risk

We Need To Talk About Stillbirth Risk

Are you reading this because you have been told of your "Risk of Stillbirth"? Firstly take a deep breath to lower your stress hormones and read on. I recently did an online course with Sara Wickham: “Post-Term Pregnancy: Exploring Evidence, Inspiring Confidence”. Sara...

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The Moment I Stopped Wishing for a Natural Birth

The Moment I Stopped Wishing for a Natural Birth

When I found out I was pregnant with my 4th child, it was quite a shock. My other children were 13, 9 and 7 and I thought I was well and truly out of the baby zone. I had also never imagined I would be a mother of 4! But after the initial shock wore off, I was really...

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Being Induced because you are “Over Due”?

Being Induced because you are “Over Due”?

Are you starting to think about Being Induced because your baby is “overdue”? Have you stopped to think what this is all about? Do you really think all babies have to be born at the same point in pregnancy? Just think about it. Why is there so much emphasis placed on...

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Mandatory Induction at 39 weeks: No, No, No!

Mandatory Induction at 39 weeks: No, No, No!

I feel so sick after watching the recording of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Colloquia (fancy name for academic conference or seminar) from  this  Monday. I have actually been in a state of shock for 2 days and quite speechless. For...

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How to Write a Birth Plan: Without a Birth Plan Template

How to Write a Birth Plan: Without a Birth Plan Template

You have found my blog because you are googling “Birth Plan Template”. You probably started off really enthusiastically and wondering:  “What should I put on my birth plan?” But as your search continued, you may have become more and more confused by the myriad of...

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Delete the Apps for Peace of Mind

I recently had a coffee with an ex client, now new mum extraordinaire. She told me if there is one bit of advice she would like to give all expectant and new parents, it would be... “Delete the Effing Apps!” These days you can get an App for anything, and I put my...

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More C-Sections is Not the Answer Prof Dietz

Why  is Professor  Dietz so determined to scare women out of a normal, natural process...vaginal birth? I already replied his claim that  "human childbirth is a fundamental bio mechanical mismatch, the opening is way too small and the passenger is way too big",  in...

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