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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 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 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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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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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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The Birth Partner: A Zero Bullsh*t Guide To Supporting The One You Love

So you're gonna be a birth partner! You may also be about to be a parent, grandmother, aunt? You're committed yet nervous. This is a woman you love, your soul mate, daughter, sister or best friend? I get it, it's a major responsibility. You don't want to see her in pain, you don't want anything to go wrong, you want her to feel safe yet empowered and when exactly are you gonna eat and pee?

This guide is your starting block, use it to propel you into your journey toward this birth.

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