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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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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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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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Why questions are good, but answers are better.

I recently came across an article on Popsugar entitled, The 23 Questions You Should Ask Before Deciding on a Natural Labour. The article posed a lot of pretty misleading (and some downright silly!) questions, but no answers. So while...

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4D ultrasounds: what are we not being told?

Pretty much every pregnant woman in Australia would have come across the ubiquitous Bounty bag. The little navy blue bag stuffed full of samples and brochures are a marketer’s dream. Captured audience, perfect product placement. All of the contents...

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Childbirth: It’s time to stop the fear-mongering!

My initial reaction to Claire Harvey’s article; Childbirth: Why are we going back to the medical Middle Ages? (The Daily Telegraph, July 31st 2016) was one of anger and frustration. Here we go again, I thought. Yet ANOTHER article...

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The Tsunami of Interventions

If you are somewhat immersed in the birth world like I am, then you’ve probably come across the term, “The Cascade of Interventions”. Sadly, for many of us in the birthing biz, this is an all-too-familiar term; describing the...

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Why I became a childbirth educator

In two weeks, my son – my firstborn – turns seven. There is a photo that my husband took only a few hours after he was born, where my baby boy and I are staring into each other’s eyes....

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