Umbilical Cord Burning

If you google it, you’ll find a few articles touting umbilical cord burning as the new trend for crunchy mums but it’s actually an age-old tradition and practice, one that hasn’t yet been lost. In 2004 when the devastating earthquake and Tsunami hit Aceh in Indonesia, midwives were trained and taught to burn the umbilical…

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HypnoBirthing® … empowering men at birth

All the men I come across in my work come to HypnoBirthing® because they want to support their partners during birth. They want to be active and participate in the birth experience and not, as one dad put it, be the Don Draper in Mad Men drinking scotch in the waiting room with other dads-to-be.…

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Interview with a Doula

As a Childbirth Educator, I strongly encourage all my clients to consider having a doula at their birth.  I have met parents who regret not having had a doula at their birth but I’ve never encountered parents who regret having one, they have all said their doula was invaluable and instrumental in helping them achieve…

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Delayed cord clamping, you can’t not.

If you’re planning for birth, delayed cord clamping is something you should know about. In most hospitals across Australia immediate cord clamping is common practice and standard procedure in the 3rd stage of birth.   That is, as soon as the baby is born, a clamp is placed across the umbilical cord to stop the blood flow from placenta to…

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The Labyrinth of Birth

When my midwives Josie and Mary started talking about The Labyrinth of Birth I was immediately intrigued.  I’d never heard of one before and hadn’t done anything like it when I was pregnant with my first child.  With my second child, I really wanted a home birth so was working towards that when I did…

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A home HypnoBirth

I kept telling my husband not to call our midwife, not yet, thinking I might be a long way off… But I was already in the zone and was actually very close to transition but of course I didn’t know that at the time. He didn’t listen to me anyway and snuck off when I…

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