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The Birth Wars – no end in sight.

Sadly, it seems we are no closer to ending the divisive birth wars any time soon. If anything, the chasm today seems almost impassable. Emotions run so high in this deeply personal topic where both ends of the spectrum...

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Tanya Strusberg is featured on ABC Radio’s Babytalk with Penny Johnston!

I was thrilled to be interviewed by the lovely Penny Johnston, producer and host of ABC Radio’s Babytalk. Tanya Strusberg never planned on becoming a childbirth educator. But like so many women before her, becoming a mother changed her...

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Australian Midwifery News – Winter 2018 issue

I am thrilled to announce that my article, Stop! I Want to Get off the Conveyor Belt of Birth has been published in the new issue of Australian Midwifery News, Australia’s only national magazine dedicated to midwives. To have...

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A letter to my son on his ninth birthday

30th May, 2018 To my darling boy, Nine years ago today, you were born. And I became a newborn mother. We all waited so impatiently for your arrival. After a full 42 weeks of pregnancy, you were served your...

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In honour of Aksel Jude

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog deals with stillbirth and features photographs that some people may find upsetting. My first meeting with Sarah began like any other doula meet and greet. A nice café, a cup of coffee, and a chance...

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Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

In this blog, I am excited to welcome our special guest writer, Sonya Edmonds. Sonya is a Clinical Aromatherapist and a Registered Nurse and Midwife who is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to aromatherapy; particularly when...

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We need to talk about Birth Trauma. Now.

 August 14 – 21, 2017 is Birth Trauma Awareness Week. First of all, it profoundly saddens me that we need to set aside even one day of the year, let alone an entire week to raising awareness of birth...

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Inspiring VBAC Stories: Maggie’s Birth

I met Kate and her husband Simon when they did my VBAC Your Way course earlier this year. Kate had two little boys, both born via Caesarean section in the UK and she was extremely keen to avoid a...

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Why Midwives Love a Good Birth Plan

This week I am thrilled to feature a guest post from midwife, Kate Visser. Birthwell Birthright (BWBR): Many people are very cynical of the whole concept of a “birth plan”. Pregnant women hear all too often from their friends...

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