And so it begins… Baby Diaries email #1- Week 12 – Telling everyone… Hi all, Well its been a while since I put out a group email: the last, probably years ago in fact, on my travels. Well, I am embarking on another adventure – the scariest one yet – a

You can by no means call me a hippie. I love my SUV and get heart palpitations if my mobile phone battery goes dead. I do try. I try to eat well, I try to recycle, I ride my bike, as long as there arent too many hills, and I did, despite my yuppie demeano

What is a Doula? The word “Doula” (pronounced “doola”) is a Greek word meaning “woman servant or caregiver”. More recently, it refers to someone who offers physical comfort, emotional, spiritual and informational support to a woman and her partner before,

There are clearly different forms and degrees of contact with unborn children. Experiences can differ considerably from one another in terms of atmosphere, depth and effect. Short daily chats can be very valuable moments. More extensive contact comes most

The Support teams identity has been protected in this story and will be known as D and M. Im a little unsure of where to begin the birth stories of my two beautiful children, Xanthe and Grace. The first ended in a c-section after 26hrs – a challenging exp

I worked hard to bond with my baby and heal the separation. I got my baby back from the nursery, and never let her go. Unfortunately I suffered horrific postnatal depression, partially because of who I am and partially because of the experience. I was det

Once I was in the pool I didnt leave, nor did I open my eyes until Grace was born in the water, I wanted to be totally in my body, without distractions. I asked Russell to kiss me, which only happened once as it brought on a stronger expansion, and they f

Russell had tears; Xanthe looked a little surprise, full of wonder and asked if I was ok. I looked her firmly in the eye with a big smile and said, “Im ok, sweet heart. Heres your baby sister”. Xanthe said, “Shes so cute”. I hopped out of the birth pool t

The masses have been a little slow to catch on to the movement of the 21st Century. But those of us whove had a glimpse, want to see a whole lot more! The movement away from polluting our planet in the name of development. The movement away from tradition

Set a clear intention; consider having a birth affirmation or resolve. ?Write this as a clear sentence and place it in various places around your home.?Repeat it to yourself everyday before birthing, reminding yourself that your attitudes to a certain deg

There has been much media attention recently focused on birth and the questions around it.?Where pregnant women in Australia have the option to choose to give birth, levels of intervention, the impacts of these interventions and the quality of care we can

Does Birth Matter? By Sharon Gavioli “ Change and growth take place when a person has risked herself, and dares to become involved in taking more responsibly for their own life.” Herbet Otto The births and mothering of my children have been th

Siblings at Birth By Su Foster In the not too distant past, birth was a family affair, taking place in the home. Also, families were often larger, meaning that births were a regular occurrence in the lives of many children. In “civilised” time

The Caesarean Epidemic By Bruce Teakle Caesarean section as a “lifestyle choice” has had a lot of attention lately, but are women really to blame for sky-rocketing caesarean rates? Late last year morning viewers of Channel 9 were treated to a

10 years ago, I was pregnant with my first baby and looking for a midwife. I found my midwife in the form of Vicki Chan and we formed a strong bond. A daughter was born… simply, beautifully, gently… at home. Photographs of baby Caitlin&rsquo

Healing Birth, Healing the Earth By Sarah J. Buckley Birth, She is dying. This primal and unspeakably powerful initiation, the only road to motherhood for our ancestors, has been stripped of Her dignity and purpose in our times. Birth has become a dangero

HypnoBirthing – A Celebration of Life By Leanne Jackson HypnoBirthing is as much as a philosophy as it is a technique. It is a rewarding, relaxing, stress free method of birthing that is based on the belief that when a mother is properly prepared fo

A Mother’s HypnoBirthing Experience From the first mild contractions that woke me around 12.40am on Sunday night, my labour progressed so smoothly and calmly. I used the HypnoBirthing tapes and techniques – relaxing and breathing into the surg