Home birth; bravery has NOTHING to do with it!

Childbirth is often compared to running a marathon and for good reason. The physical and emotional demands are not dissimilar. A recent study showed that childbirth put an equivalent level of stress and trauma on the body as running a marathon. So I thought I’d take...

No need to give birth on your back. In fact DON’T!

If you were running in a race, you definitely WOULD NOT be dressed like that. Those heels are bound to cause you some hardcore foot injuries, not to mention adding a bucket load of hours to your marathon time. And who starts a marathon crouching on the floor, anyhow? All of it is nonsense, and we know it. In fact, we all know it so well, that you would NEVER see this. Not even in a comedy that featured a woman running a race. Imagine watching a reality TV show about marathon runners and seeing the coaches advising the women to do this. IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN!!!

If childbirth was a marathon…

The childbirth marathon Childbirth is often compared to running a marathon and for good reason. The physical and emotional demands are not dissimilar. A recent study showed that childbirth put an equivalent (if not more) level of stress and trauma on the body as...

How I dealt with the pressure to be induced

Are you suffering from the pressure to be induced ? Well maybe my story can help you. This time last year I was 5 days past my due date. Well, the due date that my midwife had given me. I was doing everything I could to stay calm and present despite knowing that I was...

The problem with One Born Every Minute

This week I had a conversation with a TV Producer who is looking for some pregnant mums for a TV documentary about childbirth. We were talking because as part of her documentary, she was looking to hear from mums who were happy to share their positive birth story. I...

Do you want to be a Conscious Parent?

If you haven't come across the term Conscious Parenting, you're not the only one. I only recently came across it this week when a friend of mine shared a wonderful video on Facebook. I'm going to share the video below because it's utterly compelling. But also it's...

Katrina’s Birth Story

Tavia's arrival into the world, in her mother's words "I had a straight forward first home birth 15 months ago, (on a Full Moon) I was obviously hoping for something similar this time round. Lawson was a bit of a surprise as I was only 37+3 and we'd only been in our...

Positive birth story: Do you have one to share?

What's the ONE thing that a pregnant woman is never short of? Let me tell you... hearing nightmare birth stories. Other women are only too happy to share their personal negative birth stories with anyone who'll listen. I get that, and to be honest, they need to do...

Book progress

I'm getting really excited now. My motivation has cranked up to a whole new level because the finish line is in sight. It reminds me of when I do really long drives in my car - you know the 3-4 hour ones you do every now and then - when I hit the last 45 minute...

The day I discovered how TERRIFIED of birth I really was

[from the archives - my first pregnancy} "Once my pregnancy was confirmed and I had got over the initial shock of it all, a whole new type of scary feeling moved in. Well, a load of them did! Fears, stresses, panic, shock, grief, terror – you name it, I was going...

My first appointment with my midwife

My first appointment with my mid-wife was couldn’t have been any more opposite to what I was expecting. My disappointing doctors appointment was nothing compared to what this little lady had in store for me. Sitting there in the waiting room, I was imagining a warm...

What’s my due date?

One of the first things I had to do now that I knew I was pregnant was to see my doctor. So, I go and have my first appointment. It was not quite what I was expecting. There were no bouquets of flowers, no girlie welcoming committees... it was just like a regular...

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