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”

Can we prevent tearing during birth?

When we talk about childbirth there is one thing that is guaranteed to make women wince – conversations about tearing.   Despite our queasiness, this is a conversation we can’t avoid as the research suggest that most women will sustain some damage to their perineum during birth (AIHW, 2018).   Currently there is a lot of effortContinue reading “Can we prevent tearing during birth?”

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, 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 continuity ofContinue 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?”