The Quest for Better Birth

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

The Third Stage of Labour – A Midwifes Perspective

The Third Stage of Labour A Midwife's Perspective By Lois Wattis RN, RM, IPM – ACMI The Third Stage of Labour The third stage of labour extends from the birth of the baby to the expulsion of the placenta and membranes. 1 Modern midwifery and o

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean By Helen Bremner RN RM The decision to undertake a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) can be difficult for some women. As the rate of caesarean section grows in this country (1), more women may seek the option of VBAC for s

Waterbirth Feels Natural, But Is It Right?

Waterbirth Feels Natural, But Is It Right? By Phillip Thomson Eighty per cent of the world's surface is water, over half of the human body is water and ninety-seven per cent of a three-day-old fetus is water. Isn't it only natural for a birth

Oxytocin – The Wonder Drug

If there was a drug that you could take before your labour starts that would make you fall in love with your partner all over again (despite the fact that you are probably going to shout unspeakable things at him during labour); help you breastfeed; make

Trusting Birth

When I was pregnant for the first time "Trust" became a mantra for me.... Trust my body, trust my baby, and trust birth - all juicy sentiments for home birthing. Leaving my candles, birthing pool, Neil Young CDs and trust behind I arrived at the hospital

Turning Your Breech Baby – A D.I.Y Approach

Turning Your Breech Baby – A D.I.Y Approach By Elizabeth Orr It was half past eleven at night when the young registrar I had been demanding to see finally came to my hospital room. I was not feeling my best to say the least - on my own a long way fr

Saying the Great YES!

Saying the Great YES! A challenge of birth By Georgina Kelly In order to give birth and in order to passionately say “Yes”, we need to open ourselves up wide. Our womb, the repository of life, needs the door unfastened to give birth. Our heart

Sacred Passage – Woman in labour

“The profound mystery and spirituality of birth can never be understood with the mind; they are known through the heart.” Pam England and Rob Horowitz I will never forget the first time I heard a woman in labour. I was 37 weeks pregnant and si

Reclaiming every womans birth right

Reclaiming every woman's birth right Excerpted from Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Best Articles on Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting by Dr Sarah J Buckley, (One Moon Press, 2005) Birth is a women's is