September 1, 2018

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it’s furniture, still, treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laug...

June 19, 2018

Films and TV programs are full of images of women giving birth, and it’s fair to say that the vast majority of them show labouring mothers lying down on their backs. In One Born Every Minute and other labour ward documentaries it seems that most of the women arrive at the hospital and instantly get onto the bed.

It hasn’t always been this way.

Throughout history women of every civilisation, culture and nationality laboured and b...

May 25, 2018

First coined by Janet Balaskas in the early 1980’s, an Active Birth describes a birth where a mother is encouraged to follow her natural birthing instincts. She is free to move and give birth in a position of her choice, using upright postures and the power of gravity to help her. She will feel protected, safe and uninhibited in her environment, allowing her to release the perfect symphony of hormones that are needed for natur...

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