How sleep training cost me my sanity (and safe bedsharing saved it).

 When I was pregnant with my first baby, like all expecting parents in Australia, we received extensive information about SIDS. Every antenatal appointment we attended, included a discussion about SIDS. Every information pack we received included a pamphlet about SIDS. By the time my little boy was born, I well and truly got the message:Continue reading “How sleep training cost me my sanity (and safe bedsharing saved it).”

Bree’s birth story: Part 2

Read Part One At this point the midwives suggested we asses for tears. I suspected I had had another second degree tear and they initially agreed. My second midwife who had arrived after the birth began to perform the stitches but asked to also perform a rectal examination. As a student midwife I understand theContinue reading “Bree’s birth story: Part 2”

How to get your partner on board for a homebirth

Let’s start this blog with question:  Do you need your partner’s permission to give birth the way you want to? It’s a polarizing question and people generally feel strongly one way or another. As with most things, I tend to sit somewhere in the middle. When it comes to women’s bodies I strongly believe inContinue reading “How to get your partner on board for a homebirth”

What is Matrescence?

Since becoming a mother, chances are you have experienced some or all of the below;      • Changes to your relationship; with yourself, your body, your husband and your friends      • Changes in your career; your goals, your aspirations and your capacity     • Changes in priorities, dreams or plans    •Continue reading “What is Matrescence?”

How to find and hire a private midwife

The process of hiring a private midwife can be dauting.   While you likely have family and friends who can share personal insights, experiences and recommendations for private obstetricians, statistically it is quite unlikely that you know someone who has used a private midwife in your area.   This is because despite compelling evidence that midwifery-led continuityContinue reading “How to find and hire a private midwife”

Do husbands make good birth partners?

I want to preface this article by saying what I hope is obvious. Not all people who give birth will have a husband. You may be a single parent – by choice or otherwise. You may be in a same sex relationship. You may be in a committed relationship which has not yet, or mayContinue reading “Do husbands make good birth partners?”