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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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Teens and childbirth – why birth education needs to start in school.

“Miss, Miss! Is it true that you need to get your vagina sewn up after you give birth?” “So what hurts more? Getting kicked in the nuts or giving birth?” So, apart from wincing just a little bit at...

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The Top Ten most useless pregnancy and parenting gadgets of all time

From a marketing perspective, there are few target population groups more vulnerable than pregnant women and new parents, and that makes marketing people very, very happy. If you’ve ever been along to one of those humungous pregnancy and baby...

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The ethical responsibility of childbirth educators

I’ve just returned from Sydney where I taught a Lamaze Childbirth Educator training program. Part of the course is to explore the Code of Ethics for Lamaze Childbirth Educators. Quite ironically,  I received the following email while I was...

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Finally. A book about infant sleep I can get behind.

If you are pregnant, or the parent of a new baby, I don’t need to tell you how massive the topic of infant sleep is! The anxiety levels around how much – or how little – your baby will...

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Ask the Childbirth Educator… how to get labour started

Welcome to the first column in our new series, Ask the Childbirth Educator. Do you have a question regarding pregnancy, birth or early parenting? Send us an email with your question and we’ll feature it on our blog! Today’s...

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Why it’s time for a (new) birth revolution.

The other day, a friend tagged me on a post that she saw in a popular parenting group on Facebook. The post read; Any mums out there that didn’t bother with any of the prenatal classes? How did you...

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So what the heck is Lamaze all about?

The most common response I get when I tell people that I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator is; “Lamaze? Isn’t that the breathing method?” If you’ve ever watched an American television show or movie that features a birth,...

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Sunrise strikes again – early hospital discharge is not the problem.

Sunrise co-hosts Monique Wright and Andrew O’Keefe have jumped on the bandwagon yet again (or perhaps more accurately, their producers did) with a story that aired on Channel 7’s Sunrise on January 8th. Click here to watch it. The...

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Rockstar Birth Magazine Podcast – Lamaze with Tanya Strusberg

A few months ago, I was invited by the creator of Rockstar Birth Magazine, Shalome Stone to appear on her awesome podcast series. You know all those classic movie scenes where the woman is birthing on her back, holding onto...

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