Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: Know Your Rights

Have you or someone you know had a caesarean? If you answered YES to either of those questions stick with me here. Back in the 1900’s a doctor named Edward Craigin wrote an article on birth after caesarean that led a lot of people believing “Once a Caesarean, always a Caesarean” Sadly over time this statement along with other things in the medical field helped bring the cesarean rates up from 5% to what they are now at 32%. In today’s blog we want to share more with you about the options women have for birth after cesarean section.

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Why Branding Matters in Birth Work

No one becomes a doula, hypnobirthing teacher, independent midwife, or any strain of birth worker because they want to be a fancy corporate businessperson. But the term “branding” implies business, and many birth workers feel a need to distance themselves from anything that may make their beautiful, passionate work appear money-driven.

If this is you, I’m here to try and flip reverse your feelings on this, because there’s more to branding than sales.

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Why Do Birth Workers Need Contracts?

Though it may be true that working with folks in the childbearing year is a calling, it is also a profession and in most cases involves running a small, independent business. Most doulas, birth photographers, lactation consultants, and the like are working as independent contractors or sole proprietors who set their own practice standards and limits and are using this work as a primary source of income rather than as a hobby. In every case, it is essential that there is a solid contract - written NOT verbal - between the birth worker and the clients.

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Why Birth Photography Could Help You Create an Incredible Birth Experience

When you tell people, you are a Birth Photographer they look at you a little baffled, perplexed…. this quickly transitions to intrigue and curiosity, followed by a few rapid-fire questions. You take pictures of what? Why would someone want their Birth photographed? People pay you to do that? You take pictures of VAGINAS? 

People tend to fall into two camps the pleasantly open minded or the highly skeptical. Whichever camp you’re in hopefully I can shine some light on what Birth Photography is all about.

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My Experience of IUGR

This Wednesday, 13 March, is Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) Awareness Day. Next Sunday, 17 March, will be my IUGR babe’s second birthday. As such I thought now would be an appropriate time to share with people my pregnancy and birth story in the hopes of raising awareness of, and offering support to, the 3% of pregnancies that end in IUGR. This is my story.

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My Mantra: Do what works for you and your baby

I had all the lists printed and ticked off. Lists some friends kindly gave me with all things you shall have by the time baby arrives. I had also read every recommended article and blog post and followed those on social media who seem to have the know-how of this parenting business. Though being laid back in general and holding deep trust in our capabilities and in life, we were after all expecting our first baby, with no experience other than looking after our younger siblings. So we thought we'd better have it all covered. 


Our Josephine arrived and very quickly taught us that a lot of the things we bought, prepared or organised were just not her ‘thing’. 

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How to Effectively Advocate for Yourself During Labour

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an advocate is  “a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy”. When we talk about advocating for yourself during labour, we essentially mean how do you become your own biggest cheerleader and make sure you’re communicating your wants and needs. It sounds quite simple, but there’s a good reason why you’ll find so much discussion surrounding it. Labour can be a tricky time for decision making and communication. Between discomfort, unpredictable events, unknown options, unfamiliar circumstances, the whole thing can be a bit of a confusing whirlwind that you get swept away with – but that doesn’t have to be the case.

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What’s In A Name? How Fertility Treatments Are Changing the Way We Look At Family Dynamics

The definition of “family” is changing. Many of us have been programmed to believe that a family includes grandparents, a mum and a dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. Yet continuously families are becoming more diverse than we ever imagined!

 

Fertility treatment is expanding these possibilities. Things such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and the use of donor tissue (eggs, sperm, or donated embryos) are some of the options that someone can use to have a baby. In some cases, if the use of donor tissue is chosen, people opt to have an anonymous donor or a known donor; there are many organisations out there that work with anonymous tissue donors, and known donors can even be siblings, cousins, or friends!

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Natural Inductions: The Good, The Bad and The Scary

There are many reasons a woman may wish to induce labour, and in this day and age it’s almost second nature to turn to the internet for these things. But with a myriad on conflicting information, anecdotes and outcomes, it can be hard to know what to believe. I’ve put together some no-nonsense information about “natural” inductions. I’ve broken them down to three categories: The Good – clear evidence that this works. The Fun – little scientific evidence but more anecdotal evidence. And The Scary – the things that you should avoid, despite what the internet might say.

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Never Wake a Sleeping Baby… and Other Sleep Myths

After your baby arrives, it seems that everyone has good intentioned advice for you, whether you have asked for it or not (I’m looking at you stranger at the supermarket).  And while some pieces of advice are little nuggets of mum gold, it can be difficult to sift through all the information to find what’s best for your family.  As a Certified Paediatric Sleep Coach, my goal is to help guide families through what is fact versus what is a baby misconception. So go pour yourself another cup of coffee (I’m on my 3rd) and let’s get started! Here are my top 5 debunked baby myths

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How a Birth Doula Could Change Everything for Both You and Your Baby

Investing in a birth doula can bring up questions surrounding what you actually get for your money. It’s difficult without any tangible results or guarantees to know if it’s really worth it. But with more and more parents deciding to incorporate doula care in to their pregnancy, birth and postpartum lives, we are seeing more and more evidence of what the real results of doula care are. Check out this post for some astonishing figures and to find out how a doula could really change everything for you and your baby,

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The Pros and Cons You May Not Know About Water Births

If you’re interested in the idea of having a water birth, then chances are you’ve already looked towards the internet, friends and family and birth professionals to find out a bit more about what they are and why you’d have one. These are great sources of information and support, but can present issues where knowledge is limited to one person’s experiences or prejudice. I’ve put together a list of no-nonsense pros and cons that you may not have considered (or may not have even heard about) when it comes to getting in the pool.

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